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Take Up Your Cross December 23rd 2014

God must test willing servants so He can use them greatly.

But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (Luke 12:45-48 KJV)

I want to settle down and live for the Lord; each man must come to his own breaking point or decision in their own life choosing through grace to live for the things of God according to the spiritual condition thriving within their heart.

It is God’s desire that every man to make the decision to live for Him but He will never hog tie an individual down demanding their spiritual dedication unto Him but rather will persuade his obedience through the pricking of his heart through conditions and circumstances of life while sojourning upon this earth.

Lot and Abraham made different choices when God provided each of them their own house and abundant land.  After settling into his chosen land Lot soon gave up his tent moving back into town.  Choosing to live among heathens knowing full well it was far removed from God’s will was for his life; but Lot chose to live according to his fleshly desires instead of according to God’s calling upon his life.  This is the life of a hypocrite.  This was choosing to run with the wrong crowd and living a life without restraint and not according to the holy standards God set forth.  This life made Lot troubled, restless, and dissatisfied from within his heart brimming forth into his life.

Abraham, on the other hand chose to stay in his tent among the land which had been given to him by God to settle down.  This life was not glamorous or highlighted with many social events or filled with many friends or shining circumstances but rather constrained peacefully by the teaching and commandments of God.  Abraham’s life was circled by a spiritual fence of self-restraint powered by the hand of God and filled with His peace and mighty power.  His life had much oil in his lamp and kept shining for others to see.  Abraham learned from wrestling over spiritual things with God what was important in life both upon this earth and for all eternity.

takeupyourcrossredocmclearSo much more was required of Abraham than of Lot.  God requires much more out of those who choose to live the “sold-out life” for Him.  God must test those who are willing servants deeply before He can use them greatly to accomplish an eternal purpose upon this earth.

Testing and pricking by God proves His servant’s spiritual heart condition will produce a bumper crop of fruit giving honor and glory unto Him now and for all eternity not spoiling or fleeting away in the contrary winds and storms of life.

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