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There Is A Scripture 08-17-18

“Sell whatever you have, distribute the proceeds to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven.     Then come   follow Me!

But when the man heard this, he became very sad, because he was very rich.” Luke 22:22-23 CJB.

I was reading a devotional this morning about devotion and discouragement. A point made that struck me was that Yeshua simply answered the question the young rich man posed to Him. And when the man heard, turned and went away saddened, Yeshua did not go after him but let him go.

The point being made was that God asks us to do things that are hard, and when we first hear, we know what is being asked, commanded. He spoke. That’s it, but we balk, we hesitate, we try to find an alternative.

How do we reconcile,

“…My yolk is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:30 CJB.

with the discomfort with what He is telling us He wants?

So here we go, negotiating a different deal, one more comfortable and convenient for us, in essence, questioning His.

When I hear distinctly, and I do, a prompting to do this or say that, my first reaction is to question and in that there is an element of my own desires.

There are times when on the other side, if I had been obedient, I experienced a satisfaction knowing that by being obedient I pleased my Father, and there is a bit of fear at the thought of how close I was to missing out on that.

There are other times when on the other side, if I disobeyed my Father’s direction, I pictured what I didn’t do, saw how good it could have been had I been obedient and wonderd, “Just what did I think was so hard about it? What would it have mattered anyway, what might have been said or how it might have turned out?” There would have been comfort in knowing I had done His will, that He would have been gloried, pleased. But now what I get is disappointment.

My thought is that there will always be a battle at some level going on because we are in the flesh till the day we die. So the old standards and values we used as reference will be there challenging the new standards and values that are God’s. The battle is on but with each successive skirmish in which we listen to what God wants and value that over the cost we see, because there are costs, we do not search for alternatives anymore but instead draw close and draw on Him, so that we can do what He asks.

Father, we want to please You.

Walk with us Father, train us up to that point where there is no questioning in our minds the things You instruct in Your Word and the voice of Your Spirit counseling us in our everyday lives.

May we seek to know Your will for each of us and upon hearing, we would gladly accept Your answers and obey.

May we grow that the costs will become less and less consequential to us compared to the peace and well being and joy of having pleased You, of having demonstrated our love for You in a way that You value.

May we do so before men in such a way that they see Your work in us, are drawn to You and give You glory.

Thank You Father.

In Yeshua’s name we pray,

Amen.

May God’s love be in us all.

Elder.

Devotional mentioned:

August 17 Are You Discouraged or Devoted

“My Utmost for His Highest”

Oswald Chambers

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