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“…[And now, Job, who are you who dares not arouse the unmastered crocodile, yet who dares resist Me, the beast’s Creator, to My face? Everything under the heavens is Mine; therefore, who can have a claim against God?” Amp Job 41:34

“And Saul said, Who are You, Lord? And He said, I am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting. It is dangerous and it will turn out badly for you to keep kicking against the goad [to offer vain and perilous resistance].” Amp Acts 9:5

“In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the curse and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes God].” Amp Eph 2:2

“Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)?” Amp Rom 6:16

Your life as a believer is made up of choices. You chose to hear the word, you chose to receive the life of Christ, you chose and still choose to walk it out daily and deny yourself.

The Lord never takes away your choice. Just like King David chose to stay home when kings were out fighting, and he brought himself into the choice of taking Bathsheba…choices matter greatly. Some of them will change the course of your life, eternally.

If as a believer you consistently make choices that run counter to the will and purposes of God … then even though you might call yourself a believer, the principle operating in you is more like sin and rebellion than the principle of obedience.

Thus, what you have continued to surrender to (sin) becomes the defacto ruler over you, even if you have confessed Jesus as Savior.

This is the truth behind the Scripture in Mt 7:21-23. If you have truly surrendered your life to Jesus (Who is the Emblem of Obedience), then His nature will have victory within you, and that victory will foster obedience.

The struggle between your natural life (call it gravity) and your supernatural life from the Spirit (Aerodynamics) are continuously in a struggle. They are adversarial forces which will always be diametrically opposed to each other, but one of them is going to win.

Which one wins is your choice. You get to choose! You choose whether gravity happens and you crash and burn, or whether you overcome gravity with the principles of flight!

Here is the hard part. Choices are not always easy. Sometimes they cost you greatly, and in surrendering again to Christ, you are called to die to your self, die to your rights, die to what seems fair, die to your own opinions and emotions.  This is hard. But it is necessary. And the Lord has given us everything necessary to make the hard choices. We just don’t like it, but it will yield a harvest of righteousness that will bring peace that is freedom from every agitating passion and moral conflict.

Right now my heart aches for many people I know who are locked into a difficult struggle, where the cost of victory in Christ seems too high. They find themselves falling again and again, captive to their natural emotions, to old habits and patterns of behavior that have only yielded wounds so deep they appear like gullies in the terrain of their soul.

These people are choosing comfort and safety. They think they are choosing freedom, when by their choice they abort the conflict in preference to peace. But it is not a true peace, for it is only the quieting of the struggle, but with it comes a loss of perception, of insight, of holiness in the character of God – for they have actually chosen sin, something that conflicts with God’s will and purpose (the comfort and ease of the flesh).

But I would tell you that in Christ all efforts are worthwhile and profitable, and will yield an eternal reward. You have everything given to you that you need to choose to please God rather than yourself. Choose to please Him!

1Peter 4:1-2 speaks to this directly…

“So since Christ suffered in the flesh for us, for you, arm yourselves with the same thought and purpose [patiently to suffer rather than fail to please God]. For whoever has suffered in the flesh [having the mind of Christ] is done with [intentional] sin [has stopped pleasing himself and the world, and pleases God]. So that he can no longer spend the rest of his natural life living by [his] human appetites and desires, but [he lives] for what God wills.” Amp

The choice is before us daily to live for Christ. It never leaves us. It is never taken away. Rather, it is like while seeing gravity before us, we choose instead to mount up with wings of eagles, to run and not grow weary, to walk and not faint.

Remember, the Lord doesn’t lay a standard before us to walk out on our own. He is God with us… Emmanuel, and He provides all that we need to stand up under the trial (1Cor 13:10).

Rest in Him even as you fight the great fight!

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“Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is, and do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit.” Eph 5:17-18 Amp

Sometimes improving our spiritual walk is more about refining our focus than improving our stride. Sometimes we need to hone our aim – if we truly become what we behold, then improve your beholding!

The force of the word of God can focus us and it can empower us. Let it do so! So as Ephesians above instructs us – Stop being vague and thoughtless and foolish! We dissipate the force of our lives by doing so.

Often we think of the end run and where we would like to be and we try and focus on that as the target to hit. But a better plan might be to focus our heart and to aim with the force and provision of the word.

Hear what I am proposing: Ephesians gives us a glorious target. Exact, definitive, perfect as a target, and a singularly refined point that will ensure not just the focusing of our heart but rather that all things will proceed along that same line! What I place my heart to pursue, ensures the rest of me will follow.

So what is our improved focus? What is our better aiming point? To grasp firmly what is the will of God – and to do this by ever being filled and stimulated by the Holy Spirit!

As I agree with God in this, as I incline myself towards that goal, and release myself by faith into His hands – He aims and shoots us like an arrow to an unseen destiny of a time and duration of His choosing. But in His hands we can be certain we will hit His mark! Propelled in trust and rest and confidence in Him, I can be certain all things are corrected for – thrust, wind, velocity, etc. –He will get us to where He wants us to be!

What I have to give up is control, and that seems to be the hardest part. If I realize, however, that not knowing what we are going to look like in our final state (1Jn 3:2) means it is impossible to aim at that target, then perhaps I can begin to trust the trajectory the Lord is aligning for me…

My part, my responsibility… is to be ever filled and stimulated with the Holy Spirit. Even as I may not particularly know how to do that, again it is accomplished by faith, and trust, believing in the Lord, and placing myself in His hands, in His authority – that He will bring me to such a place because His word says that is His desire and will for me, and He can make it happen.

Even though that may seem a vague thing because it is a spiritual target, and not seen by natural eyes, it is not a vague thing and requires a deliberate, ongoing effort of trust and faith from us!

Saints, launch out in this! Press into Him by faith! Place yourselves fully in His hands! Without vagueness, thoughtlessness, or foolishness, let Him hone you and shape you! Your destiny, your life, your fruitfulness and your joy will reach a level in Him that you cannot even imagine, but He can do it!

The way is His, be the arrow in His hands, and FLY! To God be the glory!

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