Christian growth can often be stunted at rebirth without good ‘discipling’. Spiritual maturity can frequently go into hibernation, through a believer’s fleshly ways. The one can incubate pride while the other can foster independence from God. And both result in a believer being removed from God’s best purpose in their life. But God can correct many decades of dormant growth in a stunted Christian life, and God can reverse the worldly ways of a saint’s fleshly independence from Him… if the believer changes his mind, and looks to Jesus and away from all else… if the repentant believer approaches His majesty in genuine humility of heart.. if the man or woman of God sincerely recognises his own lack and need of God.
For God will give back the years that the locusts have eaten, in sweeter abundance. We read in John, “how is it that thou hast kept the best wine until now…” John.2:10. God uses all our experiences.. even incorrect training in early Christian life. God uses all life’s circumstances, including years of carnality, to perfect His saint. Yes, all things work together for good… all things. Rom.8:28. There may be ramifications for seeking fast-track spiritual development, and there may be consequences for a paucity or lack in a spiritual life, but there will also be reward… if that one earnestly seeks God in his lack, indifference, disinterests or rebellion, for God has a purpose for all that are blood-bought saints in Christ Jesus – but He chooses to do it His way, and will often wait many years for our compliance.
This wonderful open secret permeates through the pages of scripture like perfume. It is found in Paul’s letter to the Romans, as well as other confirmatory chapters, and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God – to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son.. that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover….. whom He did predestinate….. them He also called….. those He called….. them He also justified…. and whom he justified, them He also glorified. Rom.8 28ff. Here he is talking about believers.. all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let this precious promise of God be the bedrock of your trust in Him. Let the truth of these words to His erring child, sink to the very core of your being. We may not understand the life-storms that upset the fragile craft to which we cling. We may be confused and ‘wrest’ in life at ‘some things hard to be understood.’ 2Pet.3:16. But as with the Word of God.. the promises of God are all ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Christ 2Cor.1:20. Let us accept that God’s best purpose in our life is being carried out despite life’s twists. We are being changed into the likeness of Christ so that we too will be a sweet aroma unto the Lord.. a freewill oblation.. a trusting His Word.. a pleasing sacrifice – willingly submitted to Him.. a personal offering of thankfulness and praise – a burnt offering of which Christ is our example.
It is the attitude expressed in Job’s words: though He slay me, yet shall I trust. Job.13:15. It is the expression of a self-life… that confesses the truth – a life willing to admit that God alone has the answers. Christian growth can often be stunted at rebirth with poor ‘discipling’. Spiritual maturity can frequently go into hibernation thru a believer’s fleshly ways.. but God can correct decades of dormant growth and fleshly independence, in the one that seeks Him with a surrendered heart of genuine humility. The secret is to know and accept that God uses all things in life for good, and then to thank Him by offering up a freewill ‘burnt sacrifice’ of praise to the honour and glory of His name. For only as we recognise and Grasp that we’re being changed into Christ’s likeness will we be prepared to cry. “Thy will not mine be done.. in my life..”
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