Although God is merciful and ready to forgive, people are not.
We cannot let the responses of people affect our honesty before and our trust in the Lord.
Though people may reject us, God does not.”
Richards, James (2001-12-01). Grace: The Power To Change (Kindle Locations 542-544). Whitaker House. Kindle Edition.
When the world says I am a loser, I am too old to be part of what they are doing, or too fat, or overqualified, or under-qualified, or whatever excuse the world offers because I am not in my 20’s or 30’s and that is all they are looking for, it is easy for me to get discouraged.
When old friends or family know that I am a new creation in Christ, and say they have forgiven my past, but still treat me as if I am still that same old self, or they are so in love with their opinions and assumptions of me that the facts and evidence do not count for anything, it is easy for me to get discouraged.
Discouragement temps my mind to resort to old beliefs, to old habits, to old methods of acknowledging to opinions of the World and Family. I find it refreshing that because I am a new creation, I have the mind of Christ.
Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. KJV
When I rest in the Lord, I find what His mind desires for me. When I find that He desires the fruit of the spirit of God, then I am able to rest in Him and walk after Him. Then I am not discouraged, or angry, or disappointed. My temptation to be my old self literally vanishes. I find that instead of discouragement and anger, I have joy and peace. I see the Grace and Mercy He purchased on my behalf, and receive it, and am filled with it, and understand how Godless and Religious people have missed it. It is impossible for me to resort to my old self when I pray for these circumstances. I have tested the claims of the scriptures, and find that they are true. They are true because I have placed my faith in the Grace of God and His mercy.
Because of the Hope He has given me, my mind calms down, and I can wait on Him to see what he has already set in motion for me. His ability to keep me focused on His will makes it possible for me to Wait on Him:
“O rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him, and He shall give thee thy heart’s desires. Commit thy way unto Him, and trust in Him; and fret not they self because of evil doers.”
If I try by my own strength to follow the will of God, I become a law unto myself, and forgo the Grace (Ability) of God. Then I have to try to do everything right, even though all my effort will never be enough to please God or get me saved, or change me into the likeness of Christ. If I fail in any single thing by my own effort, then I have failed completely.
There was only One who lived a sinless life, and who walked in the will of God. Jesus’s promise to us is that, when we accept Jesus Christ as Savior, WE will have the same ability as God poured into Christ.
ABIDING IN HIM (The Mind of Christ)
There is a verse in the Bible that talks about ABIDING.: 1 John 2:6 – “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”
The Greek definition of the word walk could more accurately be translated into this phrase: rest in the Lord so HE will cause you to walk. If I try to walk on my own strength, the best I can do is produce what is NOT the will of God for my life. I know this because I just spent the last 20 years doing that very thing.
It is because Jesus rested in the will of God that He was able to know and do the things He did: “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him (God the Father) who sent Me.” John 6:38 NASB Parenthesis added by me.
Our position is one of rest in Christ, who set the example by resting in God and His will. When we do that, life becomes clearer and simpler. By resting in Him, a very intimate relationship in the Greek language, we get to know Him and His thoughts and His will. This intimacy causes our love and dependence on Him to grow geometrically. After doing His will in your life, sin and temptation become apparent for what they are: Death and Destruction.
God has placed a new desire in my heart. It is become apparent that I cannot, nor do I want to, return to the world I left behind. All having my way has gained me is loss and destruction. Now I am beginning to see glimmers of what God wants for me, and I can wait on Him because Christ did the same. Christ makes me able to rest in Him. Christ makes me able to walk after Him because HE is my motivation and ability and power.
WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?
I tell you all this because I know you are human, and go through the same temptations. Believe me when I tell you that the gift of God’s grace (ability, will, mind, power) comes as you surrender yourself to it.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace
In Christ there is rest. In my own will there is the sweat of my brow that leads to failure. I know that my present circumstances is not the judgement of God on me, but simply the logical and natural consequences of living by my own will instead of trusting God.
God is with you if you are going through this, too, if you believe in His Son. His Mercy has forgiven you and His grace sustains you. Rest in Him, give whatever it is you are going through to Him. He will show you a better way than any way you can come up for yourself. I know this, too, is a fact.
You are His beloved. You are an heir to the Kingdom of Heaven. He is longing to help you if you will rest in Him.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NASB
PRAYER: I thank you Lord for this opportunity to share this topic with my brothers and sisters who are going through the storm of doubt, frustration, disappointment and anger. Because you have delivered me from these things, I desire to share this with anyone who will listen, and I pray you pour your Holy Spirit on those who read this message and take it to heart. I love you God, that you have sent Jesus Christ who died for our sin, and in our resting in Him, we are led to the green pastures and clear water that is your will for us. Reveal to each of us your will for our lives. I pray this prayer in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. AMEN
Let’s be about it!
David G. Perkins