THE GREATEST OBSTACLE- part 4 of 4

Saturday, 02 April 2016 14:24 Written by 

 

 

Let me begin with repeating myself… “The principle of overcoming the greatest obstacle by taking effectual action is not to achieve our self interests. It must be purposed to achieve intimacy…an interactive relationship with God.” If we do not have the intimacy…any action we take will be nothing more then self works. Self works can certainly bring worldly change into our lives which can be helpful. But if it’s true spiritual change to be drawn closer to God that we seek then self works can be an obstacle as well.  Listen to Philippians 2:12-13…“Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). 13 [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight”. This verse isn’t saying that we have to work to earn…rather it is speaking of a willful work…taking heartfelt desired action…to manifest the intimate benefits of salvation into every part of our soul, into our everyday walk of life. To the measure we put intimacy into action is the measure to which we become spiritual adults having an interactive relationship with Him.

So how do we take action? How do we achieve intimacy? What does it look like? Well formost our actions need to be God led. For them to be God led we need interaction with Him. The quality of that interaction will be dependent on our relationship with Him…intimacy. So removing the obstacle of “not putting into action” comes down to responsive obedience to the directives God lays on our heart. So really it all comes down to being able to hear Him, trusting Him, having faith, then moving in obedience…in other words relationship with Him. We do this by living His presence…pulling Him into our daily routines. God loves opportunities to show Himself in our obedient responses to His directives. Discern what action He would have you take…in trust act on it…and watch how He gets involved. Don’t look for how the events serve your agenda…look for God’s agenda. 

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William Broer

William Broer is the co-founder of freedom House Canada Incorporated. He has a real passion for ministering to the brokenhearted. Having studied under several high-profile ministries and interning with Elijah House ministries, Bill is committed to making the word of God practical in our everyday experiences.

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