Weeding


Sequoia
1 Corinthians 3:12-15

It’s been discovered the beautiful majestic Sequoias are dependent on fire for their regeneration and growth. . When the fires are suppressed other plants take over and the Sequoia is strangled from growth and reproduction. In the same way a Christian’s growth and reward is dependent on the burning away through trials the debris that accumulates without the Lord’s faithful pruning.

The Lord burns away the selfish motives getting in the way of a believer’s spiritual growth.  He purifies the mindset so only His will remains. This is the groundwork where a genuine love for Him and others may grow.

The weeds of selfish ambition choke the blooms for the Lord’s glory.  The Lord Jesus Christ continues to weed so only His motive remains which when completed manifests the Father’s heart- the cultivated, unconditional and unrestrained- Perfect in every way -Agape Love. (Philippians 1:6)

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Where Judgment Begins


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“For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”
1 Peter 4:17

Psalm 73
Proverbs 11:31
2 Chronicles 7:14
Romans 5: 9-10

It appears today by moral standards the ungodly are allowed to flourish and go unpunished, and with the increase of lawlessness the love of many is waxing cold.
(Psalm 73, Matthew 24:12)

God deals with the sins of the believer by grace through faith. God deals with the sins of the unbeliever by wrath through disobedience.

God is a just God and punishes sin. If He ignored sin He would not be just, therefore He begins first by cleansing His temple with His blood. Then He exacts discipline rather than punishment. God deals presently with the believer’s sin for cleansing and to refine their faith through trials and tribulation (1 Peter 1:7). He delays His punishment to the unbeliever to bring them to faith.  God’s punishment for sin is eternal death. (Romans 6:23). One day all will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Those who went through the testing of their faith to prove their righteousness is in Christ will be justified by His grace. Those who refused and rejected God’s way of salvation which produces unrighteousness are condemned. (John 3:18). Christ has atoned for all sin by His blood sacrifice but it has to be accepted.

God first deals with our sin, then our works and our faith. (Ephesians 2: 8-9). In 1978 as a young mother I was caught up in building a ministry to be recognized by man and God. What started out as a sincere desire to help others turned into a way to be prestigious earning a name for myself. (Genesis 11:4)

God loves us too much to allow us to go astray from abiding in Him. It is what He has created us to be as one with Him in Christ Jesus (John 17: 20-21). He is faithful to deal with anything getting in the way of our relationship with Him. My unfruitful work manifested itself as judgmental and religious; thinking, believing I was spiritually superior through vain imaginations
(Romans 12:3, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Hebrews 13:9).

The Lord was merciful to judge my sin and discipline me so I could return to my first love-Jesus (Revelation 2:4). Therefore, for a season, He separated me from family and friends and even the Word which became twisted in my mind during this painful trial. My faith in Christ was tested as the Lord began to identify my sin and establish my faith. As I had judged I received judgment and my hypocrisy was revealed (Matthew 7:1-2). Satan was allowed to sift me and what was not of God belonging to faith in Christ was removed (Luke 22:31-32). When the cleansing of my soul was complete, the only thing remaining was the foundation of Jesus Christ whereby the Lord began to rebuild with His tools of grace (Isaiah 33:6, Colossians 1: 16-17, Ephesians 1:12-13, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4). All my works went up in smoke and I began all over again drawing closer to the Word of God. I came out of this fiery trial with God’s unconditional love healing my failures while again embracing Christ’s victory on the cross (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). I also developed spiritual discernment by studying His Word, whereby, I could detect teaching motivated to lift-up Christ from teaching motivated to lift-up self (Hebrews 5:14). I learned to Avoid teachers who’s motivation is to develop a dependency on their teachings, rather then teaching dependency on God (1 John 2:7). Teachers of the Word will guide believers into knowing how to study the scriptures for themselves, hearing God’s voice personally, rather than a dependency on their instruction. If when you hear a teaching and the teacher is being lifted-up rather than Jesus, or you are lifted-up and magnified, then it is false teaching.

I believe if a person belongs to Jesus Christ, any trial experienced in the believer’s life will result in strengthen faith and discipline whereby the Lord works it for good (Romans 8:28). The Lord is zealous and jealous over His flock, and will guard those who belong to Him from deception (Matthew 24:24).

The Lord disciplines those who belong to Him and is committed to presenting them to the Father without spot or blemish. The believer who yields to the Lord’s discipline has a testimony of His mercy and grace. The believer who refuses His discipline will suffer lost in rewards and in testimony, but because of their belief and Christ’s faithfulness they will be saved.
(Ephesians 5:27, Hebrews 12:6, 1 Corinthians 11: 29-31)

The Lord deals with His church so His body does not suffer the judgment coming upon the whole world through God’s wrath. There will be some who will come to repentance and faith  through God’s wrath instead of His grace. This will occur during the tribulation period. And there will be those whose hearts are so hardened they will never come to faith having rejected the only way to salvation.  (Revelation 3:20, 1Thessalonians 5:9, John 14:6)

But the Lord will complete the work of salvation in the believer’s life and trials and tribulations only come to humble, sanctify and bring the child of God to surrendering their life for Christ. So rejoice, for the Lord is preparing you for His eternal purpose and know trial or failures can never separate you from the love of God found in Christ Jesus.
(Romans 8: 31-39)

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The Root of the Problem


 

Philippians 1: 1-11

 

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Vs.6

 

When one comes to faith in Jesus Christ, God goes to work to conform his child into the image of His Son. And we as believers can be assured the work He begins, He also completes through the partaking of His Word and His Holy Spirit.

I had an object lesson in this when I was plagued with basal cell carcinoma. I had two open sores on my leg that refused to heal. They remained a constant pain to me and so I sought how to treat them through the Lord’s guidance.  I am not one who rushes immediately to a doctor. The reason is I’ve experienced negative results, so if there is a natural remedy for my condition or the Lord chooses to heal in His own way, I seek to find it because it has worked well for me to do so.

I did go to the dermatologist for the biopsy. But the treatment was to remove the cancer growth surgically. This alarmed me since I had discovered that even with this the cancer can return and the skin is permanently scarred. I also did not trust the treatment because they gave no adequate advice on how to prevent infection from the biopsy procedure. In fact, I told them what I would do instead of their suggestion to apply Vaseline to the wounds. I had a relative who did this and it ended up infected. So with my suggestion they looked up the best antibiotic ointment to apply.

In the meantime, the Lord was teaching me about how to nourish my body by avoiding foods that are overly processed and manufactured. My grand-daughter was researching a college paper on the Vegan diet when she discovered how a person gave testimony of being cured of skin cancer by changing her diet. When I looked into the research I stumbled onto a natural remedy for basal and squamous cell skin cancer. The treatment was to apply an eggplant extract until the cancer cells were destroyed. I wanted to go this route instead of surgery so I ordered the cream and when I was contacted by the dermatologist to schedule the Moh procedure I asked if she was willing to monitor the treatment using this cream. I consulted my Lord about all of this by saying to Him if the biopsy report was not melanoma and only basal cell cancer I would feel confident to go this route. All of the biopsies reported “Basal Cell carcinoma. Well, as I predicted the dermatologist was not interested in monitoring this treatment and I was on my own. But not really, I had the great Physician guiding me on this scary unknown path.

I ordered the cream and began a ritual of applying it two times daily. The cream contained an acid base to permeate the tissue and allow the extract to attack the cells. Needless to say, it was painful and I at times wanted to give up, but the instructions said to continue until the tissue was healed. The skin would be inflamed all around the sore as the extract began to hunt and destroy. Finally, after approximately nine weeks, the burning subsided and I discontinued the treatments and the skin began to heal.

In all of this the Lord was also going after deep rooted habits and wrong thinking in my life. As He exposed them it was painful emotionally to discover my faults, but the knife of the Word was applied and He told me to be patient as He completed the work to get rid of the root of what was holding me back from experiencing His complete freedom in Him and healing.  (Hebrews 4:12).  As I prayed concerning His cleansing, He spoke to my heart He was removing everything that was not of Him.

The Lord has promised to complete the work of redemption in our life until the day we come face to face with our God. In that day we will stand righteous before a Holy God in Christ, presented to the Father as His faithful bride. (Jude 1:24-25)

Let the Lord do His work in your life through all adversity, knowing He is transforming you into His likeness and removing all that is not of Him. What remains Is His awesome transformation of your nature to reflect His own without scar or blemish.  (James 1:2-4)
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