Strong consolation is that which is not dependent upon the excitement of public services and Christian fellowship. Ministries are blessed, but oh! we must live on surer bread than ministries if we would have the highest form of life.
We must use the means so long as God gives us the means, but we must have a spiritual life that could live even if means were denied us; in fact, a grace that would become the fountain of the means of grace to others if we were banished to any distant land. May we have such a consolation.
-Charles Spurgeon, September 26, 1869-
WOW! That is a hard place to be, but it is also an awesome place to be. To be a fountain of grace to others when we ourselves only have God to go to for our strength would mean that we have a relationship with Him that most people will never achieve.
It is in this place that God’s Power will be able to work through you just like it did in the people that made up the early church. God was able to use them to impact the heathen world around them in a mighty way.
The biggest thing that holds most of us back is the fact that we have grown comfortable in our surroundings and don’t wish to be moved. Stepping out into the “unknown” is a scary thing if you haven’t come to the realization that even though YOU don’t know where you are going, GOD DOES. He not only wants you to learn to trust Him, but to trust Him without worrying about what the outcome will be. That is real faith!
I don’t know about you, but I rather like being in a good church where I can listen to a great sermon each Sunday and feel like I am being fed spiritually. I also love the fellowship of my Christian friends whom I can count on to encourage me and lift me up when I am down.
My flesh definitely does not want to think about being cut off from all the good things above to be thrown out into the cold with nothing but my relationship with God to “keep me warm.” I know from God’s perspective that will always be ENOUGH, but I like to have REAL people to talk to and get advice from.
I also know that what my flesh wants isn’t always the best thing for me because I can’t see into the future and certainly can’t see the plans God has for my life. My flesh generally likes to choose the easiest and least complicated way out of any situation, so taking the time to get to know the Character of God and learn His biblical truths for living will take discipline, control, and walking in obedience to His Will.
For much of my life I preferred to have someone else tell me what my best option would be to solve a problem, or the right direction I needed to go. I always chose people whom I thought were mature Christians, but I never took the time to study the Bible much myself. After all, that takes time and discipline.
Sometimes God has to take the easy option away so that you will be forced to consider His way. When God looks at you, He thinks what a powerful and awesome Christian you could be for His Kingdom if you could only get rid of everything that is holding you back. Then He sets out to give you a (sometimes not-so-gentle) nudge in the right direction by taking some things away that are causing you to lose focus and steering you in the wrong direction.
From your point of view it might be tough, but from God’s point of view He is just getting your life to the point that He can use you. That is much more awesome than you could ever imagine.
Here is one example of how God has shown me very specifically how I need to act when the following situation arises:
The Holy Spirit has made it very clear to me that when I encounter some kind of problem that makes me really want to get in the flesh (or bash another person for what they have done or said); I am to pour all my problems out to God and Him alone. I am to do this in the initial stages of my hurt or anger. I am not saying that you should never have another person you can talk to, but get your initial counsel from God. He always knows the answer and you will never have to worry about Him taking your side and telling you only what you want to hear. He can be very blunt when He needs to get your attention.
Unfortunately I realized that when I went to my friends first, I always seemed to choose the ones who would sympathize with me and make me feel justified in my hurt. As I look back, I see that did me absolutely no good in the long run. It just made me cling to my hurt and anger much longer than I needed to.
Since the Holy Spirit has given me this directive, I try to get by myself and pour everything out to God, tell Him how hurt I am, and what I would like to tell the other person. Naturally my flesh wants to hurt them as much as they have hurt me and make sure that they suffer as much as I have. But when I pour out my anger and frustrations to God alone, He starts to heal my hurt and give me the healing I need to get past whatever happened.
God already knows what is in my heart anyway, and He is an awesome listener who will reveal truth to me even if it hurts. He knows situations where I need to change.
The Holy Spirit has always given me good counsel so that God is honored in whatever happens. I don’t have to feel bad for having done something in the flesh that I know is wrong and apologize for words said out of anger that were intentionally meant to hurt the other person.
The same directive applies in a situation where I feel all alone with no one who understands what I am going through. God has never failed to give me encouragement and comfort when I needed it most. He knows me better than any other person ever could, and knows exactly what I need for comfort and reassurance (and that might likely come from another person whom He has sent to help me.) After I made the choice to pour out all my hurt to Him a few times, I found that it really was much better than going to another person immediately.
God wants you to come to Him first with every problem you face, whether large or small. If you will go to Him with the smallest of problems, it will seem easy to go to Him first when something huge comes your way.
It is an awesome thing to have Christian friends who will always be there for you when you need them, just don’t let them take the place of going to God FIRST. Try it the next time and see the awesome way He handles your problem!
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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