It is good for me that I have been afflicted, …

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It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.   Psalm 119:71

 

I was looking over some notes from last year, when this church break-up was much fresher. What I have found to be a great revelation is how very different our lives are now that we are not tugged on all sides, responsible for multiple ministries, reports, delegations, projects, recruitments, etc. At first it felt like someone had cruelly yanked the plug and left us gasping on the operating floor. Then we began to breathe on our own. And then we realized we didn’t actually need all those tubes & wires to keep us alive. What we really needed was to be plugged directly into the Bible. Drink deeply and often. And pour out all the poison to Jesus. He can handle it.

The busy-ness is a fraud. It deludes you and others into believing that this is how you prove your worth before men. It is much too easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of “serving,” while forgetting Whom you are to be serving. It’s way too man-centered, this idol of Pharisee-ism. “I seriously doubt her Christian walk. After all, she didn’t come to the women’s picnic, the covered-dish supper, the Saturday outing, or the benefit concert.”

I think I would literally fall on the floor if someone called me up and asked me, “How are you doing spiritually these days? What are you struggling with? What have you learned from the Bible that impacts you the most? Are you repenting? How can I pray for and with you? Can we be honest with each other?”

So what have I learned in the past 18 months?

“3 Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,
Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.” Psalm 146:3-7

 

Because we are not called, justified, adopted, and sanctified for the approval of man. If you are a chosen child of the King, He doesn’t need you to prove your worth to Him. He doesn’t reward or punish you based on your performance. He has declared you righteous in His sight solely based on the imputed righteousness of Christ, freely bestowed on you based on His choice, for His own glory. Simply hold up your arms to Him like a child and say, “Abba, Father.”

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