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The lesson from the circumcision of joshua’s generation is equally important but a little more subtle: until you humble yourself and submit your heart to God’s process of renewal, you cant go forward into the next victory He has planned for your life.
Before God can bring His promises to pass in your life, He has to strip away all the stuff that keeps you from trusting Him wholeheartedly. And that stuff is on the inside. God’s invisible work in you prepares you for His visible works through you.
When God comes toward you with the flint knife remember that He’s not out to hurt you. He’s aligning your desires with his desires so that He can accomplish the impossible in your life.
I bring this up because I want you to live your best life. To achieve all you dream of. To live under the blessing and favour of God. To have all the doors that can be opened opened. Lets not be ignorant and stick our head in the sand and pretend we can live our lives our ways. Not realistic.
I know by experience that God will orchestrate experiences and circumstances to root out sin and change us. He is determined in His process and unrelenting in His love.
Hosea 6:1 Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.
Lamentations 1:5 The LORD has brought her grief because of her many sins. Her children have gone into exile, captive before the foe.
Following God does not guarantee a crisis-free life. These are opportunities to strengthen us and refine us. Sometimes they may be discipline orientated. Sometimes not. Regardless embrace hard times as times of strengthening. This process is the place where you lay down your pride and learn to rely totally on God. Most importantly, the process is the way we grow to know God. And that’s really the whole point.
When you really understand God’s work in your, your natural desire will be to surrender your life to Him. To obey Him unconditionally. That posture of surrender will result in radical steps of faith, and a confidence that flows from a heart that’s fully devoted to God’s plans.
Brethren, as for myself, as I look back upon my life and calmly draw a conclusion, I am not counting myself yet as one who has in an absolute and complete way laid hold [of that for which I have been laid hold of by Christ Jesus]; but one thing: I, in fact, am forgetting completely the things that are behind, and am stretching forward to the things that are in front; bearing down upon the goal Philippians 3:13-14 Wuest
its the last day of the E100… what began as a reading plan with our mums ground developed into a deepening and strengthening of my love for Jesus and all He has done for us and is doing in us and to us and through us. there are some passages that i got new revelation on and passages that stirred my heart afresh. so very grateful to Jesus for His great love and power at work. so grateful for His promises and faithfulness revealed in His Word.
i did E100 on youversion – is fantastic, can get the readings emailed to you or just read online or on a fancy phone… or you can get old school paper versions from your local christian bookshop which have cool punch out holes so give you a kinetic experience in completing a day. most days have 1-3 chapters to read.
"The E100 is a carefully selected list of short Bible passages–50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament. The passages are usually one to two chapters in length and can easily be read in 10 minutes or less." E100
I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and so had the sea. Then I saw New Jerusalem, that holy city, coming down from God in heaven. It was like a bride dressed in her wedding gown and ready to meet her husband. I heard a loud voice shout from the throne:
God’s home is now with his people. He will live with them, and they will be his own. Yes, God will make his home among his people. He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone forever.
Then the one sitting on the throne said:
I am making everything new. Write down what I have said. My words are true and can be trusted. Everything is finished! I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will freely give water from the life-giving fountain to everyone who is thirsty. All who win the victory will be given these blessings. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Revelation 21:1-7