Deliverance Follows Obedience

Deliverance Follows Obedience
Prepare your heart to seek God for obedience that you may observe and do all that Christ has commanded through His holy apostles.
"For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent." (Zephaniah 3:9)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Overcoming Self, Satan, and the Word

While crying out to the Lord to assist me this week in overcoming something that's been a long standing problem for me, the 3R's came to mind.

The angel of the Lord was assisting me in preparing my sacrifices for offering with my petition. This brings to mind the way Chief Elder Apostle Eric brought it out yesterday in assembly concerning the soul finding rest in completing the cycle of making petition and offering our sacrifices.

The way the 3R's came to mind was first in the form of the schoolboy version of it with reading, writing, and arithmetic.  This brought to mind the word fundamentals and after a brief chuckle about how the 3R's of man don't even start with the letter R, I quickly made connection to the true fundamentals of our education in Christ: Revelation, Resistance, and Reward. This is the record Jesus Christ set for us while in the form of flesh so that we could follow after Him in His new covenant.

The Spirit then brought to mind several dreams I've had in the past which spoke to addressing this very thing along with other dreams addressing similar things that I've cried out about in the past too. I was also reminded by how, in the past, each time I've cried out for any of these things these dreams have been brought to remembrance.

The word "resistance" stood out to me. The Spirit reminded me of something from yesterday's assembly about how the imagination of man is quick to justify self and how common it is to make excuses for our behaviors as with driving faster than the legal limit for instance. This brought to mind the inclination workshops we did with Chief Elder Teacher Maria. We are naturally inclined to justify ourselves using the scale of our own feelings.

So by working with the anointing, it became clear to me that each of these dreams addressed petitions offered with sacrifices and that there has always been resistance following these revelations which was not overcome through prayer, preaching, and prophecy (the other 3R's of reflecting, rehearsing, and reciprocation).

The Spirit brought to mind what we are overcoming: Ourselves, Satan, and the world with ourselves being the hardest part.

The initial thought of "reading, writing, and arithmetic" came to mind while I was lying in bed. The first connection to "revelation, resistance, and reward" and the imagination being quick to justify ourselves did too. I wanted to fall back to sleep as I was up earlier than my alarm but instead I decided that this was far too important and I got up to record it in my reflection book. As I did so, the Spirit continued to bring more things to mind and these notes are the result of that.

As I put the period on that sentence, the alarm went off. Praise God.