Gen. 17:4 π Ex. 3:11 π Psa. 118:17 π Psa. 118:18 π Psa. 119:7 π Heb. 12:10
The Charismatic movement has reminded us Christians of the many wonderful proclamations of the Lord telling us of how we are kings and priests, God’s men of faith and power, manifest sons of God, living temples of God, King’s Kids, one with God, joint heirs with Christ, etc., etc. These are legitimate proclamations; however, just because the Scriptures imply we are these things doesn’t automatically make us what these proclamations say.
Joseph’s youthful dreams, were only fulfilled after many dealings, imprisonments, rejections and testings of the Lord.
David’s kingship became a reality only after many disappointments, failures, and prolonged harassments from King Saul.
Abraham’s promise of being “the father of many nations” ( Gen. 17:4; top ) was initially laughed at, and it wasn’t fulfilled until hundreds of years later.
Moses was called to be the deliverer of the Hebrews from Pharaoh’s slavery, and it became a reality after he was 80 years old, a tired shepherd, void of influence, authority and leadership ability.
At 80 years of age, Moses’ exclamation to God after the Lord told him that he would lead the children of Israel out of Egypt was “Who am I?” ( Ex. 3:11; top )
This admission was necessary to prove his (Moses’) sufficiency wasn’t needed, just Moses’ obedience, which had been decades in the making.
God’s process of making us after His nature and likeness is a lengthy ordeal which God does in the most expeditious manner, and yet it is usually a lifetime process.
It is utterly amazing that an Almighty God has such a struggle in choosing to discipline us to a place of surrender and obedience. It only reveals our hardness of heart, the corruptness and fullness of our pride, and the stubbornness of our unsurrendered fleshly wills, even as born-again Christians.
The original fall of man was a complete fall - and even though the new birth gives God a chance to search the inner recesses of our inner being, the inner capitulation is a spectacle of unholy rebellion which agonizes itself against Godliness, brokenness of spirit and tenderness of heart and refuses to be made partakers of His likeness.
Oh! Most patient and merciful God! Show us again and again that Your mercy endures forever.
“The Lord has chastened Me sore, but He has not given me over to death.” ( Psa. 118:18; top )
But finally:“I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord.” ( Psa. 118:17; top )
“I will praise You with uprightness of heart when I shall have learned Your righteous judgments.” ( Psa. 119:7; top )
“...that we might be partakers of His holiness.” ( Heb. 12:10; top )
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