Open to Promotion

Are you currently or have you ever been in a relationship that seemed to sputter out or that reached a point of complacency, still well but obviously lacking a zest that was once present? This is often due to the lack of promotion. Promotion is the process of transitioning closer to God’s ideal’s for us. Promotion comes from testing, which happens through adversity, which is the born out of conflict, and conflict is necessary for change because the “new” has to confront the “old”. The carnal nature is more in favor of complacency because change can often come with the cost of work and pain, heated with a degree of uncertainty. Is promotion worth the trouble? Can we even arrive at God’s best for us? We must firmly believe that whatever God has planned for us is worth the effort it takes to realize it and we must firmly believe that God has made His promises obtainable. We have to keep hold on God’s vision for our lives.

 

As uncomfortable as it can be at times, we must bring all things pertaining to our lives into the light of Truth and look at them soberly after the spirit with a willingness to strive for whatever changes are needed to bring us closer to God’s will.

 

God is merciful in that He gives us liberty to work out our change based on His guidelines.  The Lord compels us through scripture to work out our salvation in fear and trembling. Salvation is the process by which we are changed from our current state to a place where we are in the likeness of God. We should be employing all that we know of God to methodically bring every aspect of our lives in to submission to God so that He can transform it. I am not saying we should be focused on what is wrong but that we should be pursuing what we know to be right whole heartedly, without reservation. In relationships, this means asking the tough questions when we have reason to ask them, also revealing the things that have been hid in darkness. It means exposure. The tendency to want to hide can be traced all the way back to the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden, but by the grace of God we have to overcome the shame and fear and be bathed in light. Relationships sputter because the truth that ignites change is seldom sparked in conversation. The tendency to avoid conflict keeps us from the tough talks that create the adversity which leads to testing and promotion.  We have to live and love courageously. It is written that we should love one another “fervently” with a “pure heart”. Love on fire and in truth!

There is a thirst in the soul that will only be satisfied by waters purified through the fire of Holy adversity. Jesus didn’t sugar coat it. We enter the kingdom through much tribulation. The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy. God wants to bring our entire lives into His Kingdom. If we will have righteousness, peace, and joy in our relationships then we must subject them to tribulation; tribulation born from suffering the old to be transformed into the new. The “new” is the things God has resurrected in our lives from those things we have sacrificed to Him by faith. Let us move forward in full acceptance of the fact that we will have suffering in this life but let us make sure it is the suffering that Jesus is referring to which comes from bringing forth new life and not the suffering that comes from the afflictions of fear or the stagnancy of complacency. Let’s take the promise land in full confidence knowing that an enemy will not arise that we can’t conquer with the Lord that fight’s for us.

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Turning Up The Heat

The assaults on our heart are pretty relentless. When we are not being attacked from the outside, we still have to contend with the occasional utterances of our own wounded heart, questioning our well-being. The wounded heart can be a fifth column, an enemy within. This is why God is creating in us a new heart. The battle to stay motivated, inspired, impassioned to live and to love is a task that only true warriors will excel in. If we are wimpy and self-absorbed, we will be casualties of war and other soldiers will have to carry us. They will have to carry us with one arm and continue to fight with the other. There are times when we all have to be carried by others and we shouldn’t feel bad about that, but for the sake of our own calling in the war, we each have to be vigilant, courageous, and fearless in our pursuit of the enemy. Yes! The children of God are manifest to destroy the works of the enemy!

In our ranks, there must be fervent love. A different love than the cold, reserved, and timid expressions found predominantly in the world today.  Our love should be life changing. We have the ability through the power of the Holy Spirit to love gloriously. The scripture says that the love of the Father is shed abroad in hearts through the Holy Spirit. We have to reflect this love to one another just as the moon lights up the night from the light of the sun. A word of encouragement or reproof in the right season, an “I just called to say I love you,” a gift for no particular occasion, a request for some shared time, all these at things to name a few could be exactly what our wounded comrades need to get back in the fight. To walk in this consistently, our focus has to be on how God the Father loves us, not on how people have loved us or what people have done to us. If that is our focus then that is what we will reflect and the glorious love we should be beaming becomes eclipsed.

The need for God’s love in this world is a daunting thought but God is handling that. The question is, are the people around you warmed by your fervently love and are those closest to you ignited by the fire of God’s love burning with in you. Before you are over run with thoughts of performance understand this, just as a fire by simply burning emits heat, if you endeavor to keep you heart centered on the reality of God in your life others will feel the fire and see the light. The enemy knows this so there is always an evil vying for our focus but there is an even greater Holy calling for our presence at the beautiful feet of Jesus, even in the bosom our God if you can receive it.

If we are to have something to give, we must first receive of God. It is my prayer that we will all surrender increasingly to the call of God, so that from being in His presence, we may live in greater assurance of His care, which in turn will fortify us against the dampening effects of self-concern and free us from unfruitful busyness.