Friday, June 10, 2016

We Have Always Been Taught

Many of the conversations I have found myself engaged in lately have started with the words "we have always been taught".

The Lord has been busy in the last couple of years "unteaching" me things that I've always been taught, and I am beginning to have a clearer understanding of who he is, how much he loves me, and how much he wants to give me.

Have you ever thought this..."If I keep "messing up" God's going to get sick of it, run out of patience with me, and cast me away." (?) I've spent most of my adult life believing that. And I'm here to tell you today that it's a lie. A flat out LIE from the pit of hell!

Luke 11:11 says, "which of you fathers, if your son asked you for bread, would give him a stone? Or if he asked you for a fish, would you give him a serpent?" It goes on to say that "if we, being evil, know how to give good gifts, how much more does our Heavenly Father?"

I'd like to pose a scenario. Let's say that you've been teaching your child to not play in the road. Over and over you have had to remind and correct your child because for one reason or another, whether it is forgetfulness or even perhaps disobedience, he keeps playing in the road. What is your limit? After a number of times of having to speak to your child about this, do you take him out into the road, lay them down, make them stay there, get in your car, and run over them to teach them a lesson?

Of course not!

Neither does our Heavenly Father do hurtful things to us "to teach us a lesson".

This way of thinking limits God. It limits his love for us, his patience, his compassion, and so on. We hold him to our own measuring stick instead of his.

For example, when the 12 spies went to spy out the land, 10 came back exclaiming, "there are giants in the land and we are like grasshoppers in their sight. There is no way we can take that land!" Joshua and Caleb however, proclaimed, "yes, there are giants. But we are well able to conquer that land!"

What I see here in Numbers 13 is a classic case of men who measured themselves to the giants vs. men who measured their ability in the power of God. Scripture tells us that "Joshua and Caleb were of a different spirit".

More and more I am realizing that I have lived a limited life, void of many of the victories and blessings that my Heavenly Father intended me to have, because I believed "what I'd always been taught".

My husband has said for years, "we need to know what we believe and why we believe it". God has used this in my life a lot lately, challenging me to look at various beliefs that I have had.

I "was always taught" (and believed) that Jesus did not heal everyone. After all, at the pool of Bethesda Jesus stepped over many to get to the one, right? But one day I heard someone say, "Jesus healed everyone that asked him". This provoked my thinking and caused me to dig deeper into the scriptures. I found no account of someone asking Jesus for healing and him refusing. In fact, in many cases when Jesus healed someone he told them, "your faith has made you whole".

I recently heard a preacher, B.H. Clendennen, speak on this subject. He stressed that it is God's will that all would be whole, just as it is his will that all be saved. And as long as we continue to believe that "maybe God doesn't want to heal me, because maybe he's trying to show me something", we don't fully believe that he wants us to be whole. We don't fully believe that God wants only good things for us. We don't understand what his will is for us.

"And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief". Hebrews 3:18-19

I am challenging you today to look deeper into the written word of God. To know what his will is for you. To believe what his word says. Don't believe something because "it's what we have always been taught".

Find out exactly what his word says.

Then,

Believe it.

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