Where does your strength come from?
Well, we are talking about the praise that our will seeks. It creeps up slowly and it gives you the feeling that it’s correct.
And along with that it brings distress, evil thoughts, and even distances you from others.
Consequently, you’re not at peace with you consciousness, and you suffer conflict after conflict.
But before that happens, let us find out how we seek praise (honor) from others.
When you have a great battle within yourself it takes some time to resolve or overcome it, but when the miracle happens… you say it was because of your sacrifice that it was resolved.
It’s true your sacrifice does justify you because you used your faith in obedience to God’s Word.
But, unconsciously you think it was your strength and righteousness before God that brought this forth, but in reality that’s not quite what happened.
What you carried inside of you before the miracle happened was what caused the problem and took your peace. Deep down you did not want to give that up, because you thought it was your “right” to hold on to it. It seemed as though it was your only safety net, because no one seemed to care about you, except yourself.
You lived tormented by this. You thought about it day and night. The agony of being understood or acknowledged by someone just deepened the wound.
And when you finally heard the Word of God, which transmitted faith, certainty, and made you put all those feelings to the side and you decided to obey and surrender any and all your “rights”, safety net, defenses and fear. Therefore using a rational faith that brings results.
After the joy of having achieved the blessing you forget the procedure you went through to obtain it. And in your heart you exalt yourself saying, “See how strong I am?”
It’s not that!
You are strong, when you obey the voice of God. It’s not in your strength, but when you submit to God’s voice.
We all benefit from using our faith. It justifies us. How are we justified? For we have nothing to offer God.
I’ve been through that process numerous times, unconsciously. And when I was at the temple I saw in more detail how insignificant I am.
It was this reality that I saw.
Not that I was seeking praise, but because I did not know in depth my weaknesses and flaws.
It’s amazing how the closer to God you are and the more sensitive to His voice you are the clearer you see your mistakes.
That is the reason why we need to know God day after day.
I will talk more in the next post.