Thursday, March 29, 2012

Now or Never

The amount of time we spend wishing our lives away is phenomenal. Then there’s the amount of times we put off what’s best for us—to lose weight, get fitter, start a course of study, or get saved, etc—so we can wallow in the continuation of experiences that bring us no respite from our spiritual lack.
Then there are times when we hear the mightiest of revelations...
If you believe it’s from God, it is from God, it’s yours, and, as history will show, it was from God. Take it as fact. Go forth in steady obedience.
When It’s Now Or Never
“Wisdom cries out in the street;
in the squares she raises her voice.”
~Proverbs 1:20 (NRSV)
There’s a secret wisdom shouted from ages eternal, and it screams from the pages of the Old Book, namely, for instance, from Proverbs above.
Only in the moment of spiritual revelation—which is defined, here, as an enlightenment experience from the Lord—can we realise the eternal benefits for change; not via dreaming and planning about it, but by actually doing it. To go forward of our fear, beyond known safety of not risking the new way, is the way of faith—one engendered by foremost unquestioned obedience.
Going Where Power Resides
All Christians, presumably, want the benefit and blessing of living powerful lives. This is what caught them in the headlights (like deer) of God in the first place.
Going where the power resides is hearing the urgency within the call of God in the moment which reminds us, it’s now or never. It’s time to commit (or re-commit).
A Gift Out Of A Hateful Ill
Can it sometimes be that we’re facing inner angst or depressive moods because we’re resisting what God is placing before us to do? My personal experience agrees comprehensively. This can be the case.
In a situation of only two possible paths, the right one and the wrong one, these times redeem more inner dissonance and distance from God when we continue in arrogant procrastination—when we answer ‘I’ll do it later’, rather than obey—or they redeem the anointing of the Spirit’s power, even if in pain, when we take the path of obedience.
There’s no wisdom in putting things off.
Motivations For The Journey
Most quests for obedience are stunted early. Instead, as we guide each foot on each step, following the initial and subsequent direction of God, we find our way along this right straight path, one step at a time.
There’s no sense in getting prize-focused, for then we’ll take our eye off the next step.
Times of spiritual revelation bring us to a point of ‘now or never’ and we’re required to act in obedience. When we do this we receive power. Then all we need to do to obey is put one foot in front of the other.
© 2012 S. J. Wickham.

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