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Doing the Hard Work is Hard

Jill-1bOur childlikeness has become entangled with the weeds of sin, and our ability to freely relate to God has become hindered by the overgrowth of our shame. It doesn't seem to matter to the little child within each of us whether the shame we feel is a result of our own sin or the sin of another. The fact is that sin and shame have propelled us into a raging war between our flesh and our spirit, and therefore, our willingness to surrender to the authority of almighty God is left wanting. We struggle between doing life our own way and submitting to the capable ways of our God.

Now it is up to us to fight the battle between dependence and independence and, once we realize our need for Him, to run to the Father with enthusiasm. He is patiently waiting for us to permit Him access to our garden so the weeding, pruning, and new planting can begin.

As we seek to learn and grow while walking hand in hand with the master Gardener, and thereby develop a transparent relationship with Him, we will better understand that we should never question God 's great love for His children! Of course, it is okay with Him if we do ask questions, as children are naturally inquisitive, and the Father certainly can handle our doubt. Naturally, the inquiry of a child is especially intense when he does not like the situation in which he finds himself or shudders at the unknowns in life. "Where are we going? Why? What's going to happen, and what am I going to get?" This is only the beginning when it comes to the questions a child can come up with at any given moment. For parents, naptime is useful for escaping this type of diatribe. Thankfully, God never tires of our questions when we ask them in earnest and when we are willing to listen to His reply. So one obstacle we may face in swinging the garden gate wide open in total surrender to the Father is our willingness to ask questions and hear His answers., Our natural temptation is to run away to figure out the answers and then let God know what needs to happen. However, on this journey with the Father toward childlessness, the spirit part of our being must learn the art of listening to direction from Him instead.

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Listen to a sample from a recent speaking engagement.

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"Paul says he is gripped by the love of God, that is why he acts as he does. Men may call him mad or sober but he does not care; there is only one thing he is living for, and that is to persuade men of the judgment seat of God, and of the love of Christ. This abandon to the love of Christ is the one thing that bears fruit in the life, and it will always leave the impression of holiness and of the power of God, never of our own holiness."

Oswald Chambers My Utmost For His Highest

"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."  Matthew 28:19-20

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