Posted by: forfreedomalone | 12/09/2016

Will you be one of the three?

Today life affords us many comforts and labour saving devices. With the advent of the internet, knowledge has become more or less instant and even shopping can be delivered within hours, if you are in the right place.

We have come to expect results in short order and, as we forget how to wait, are losing our ability to value the process.
The delicious anticipation of delayed gratification is becoming as rare as the dodo.

As a result, we have become a people who do not want to be taught, trained, tested and purified. We just want to ‘be’ whatever it is we are supposed to be and be done with it.

The Israelites were taught, trained, tested and purified in the wilderness and 3 made it to the end. Three out of over 600,000.
Our success rate is not much better today.
We want to be who God says we are, yesterday.
We want to be treated like royalty, but we don’t want to learn how to treat others that way.
We want prosperity but we don’t want to be taught good financial management.
We want the degree without the decades of schooling required.
In short, we want everything with no suffering on our part.

Suffering need not be in the form of physical pain, it can come in the form of rejection or gossip or wrong accusation.
How do we deal with those things?
Do we pray for deliverance, do we pray for judgement on the offender, or do we follow Jesus’ example and teaching of turning the other cheek and loving our enemy?

We cannot ‘love our enemies’ if we have none. Loving our enemies requires us to have enemies in the first place.

Jesus said that we would have trouble in this life but he would be with us through them.
Do not despise the wilderness training, it is preparing you to take possession of the promised land.

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