Sunday, February 27, 2011

Entirely challenged by Oswald, (again)

I have read pages in "My Utmost for His Highest" that have really spoken to me and given me wisdom before, but I don't think I have ever come across something that has ever made me want to change my attitude so much as this. I am beyond the shadow of a doubt convicted. I'm going to post the whole devotional page, and I'm sorry if that's too long for you. But I'm trying to get the whole point across because is so important. All of it.

"Heedfulness or Hypocrisy in Ourselves?"
[my firefox spellcheck is trying to tell me heedfulness is not a word....hmmm...]

   If we are not heedful and pay no attention to the way the Spirit of God works in us, we will become spiritual hypocrites. We see where other people are failing, and then we take our discernment and turn it into comments of ridicule and criticism, instead of turning it into intercession on their behalf. God reveals this truth about others to us not through the sharpness of our minds but through the direct penetration of His Spirit. If we are not attentive, we will be completely unaware of the source of the discernment God has given us, becoming critical of others and forgetting that God says, "...he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death." (1 John 5:16) Be careful that you dont become a hypocrite by spending all your time trying to get others right with God before you worship Him yourself.
   One of the most subtle and illusive burdens God ever places on us as saints is this burden of discernment concerning others. He gives us discernment so that we may accept the responsibility for those souls before Him and form the mind of Christ about them (see Philippians 2:5). We should intercede in accordance with what God says He will give us, namely, "life for those who commit sin not leading to death." It is not that we are able to bring God into contact with our minds, but that we awaken ourselves to the point where God is able to convey His mind to us regarding the people for whom we intercede.
   Can Jesus Christ see the agony of His soul in us? He can't unless we are so closely identified with Him that we have His view concerning the people for whom we pray. May we learn to intercede so wholeheartedly that Jesus Christ will be completely and overwhelmingly satisfied with us as intercessors. 
{this is March 31 for anyone who wants to look at it in their own books}

After reading this a couple of nights ago, I had so many overwhelming thoughts about it. I immediately thought of the people who are around me that had things in their lives I would always ridicule. And instead of judging them, I decided to pray for them; that they would find full life through God instead of through their bad decisions. I don't want to judge people anymore or talk about them, and I don't want to be the cynic. Everyone's got their crap. I'm sure there are things that I do which you guys (my friends) absolutely cannot stand. And that's ok. Pray about it and pray for my heart. I never thought of seeing the brokenness in others as something that is good or God giving me "discernment" because I actually see it fairly often among people and now I can have a more prayerful attitude towards it. 
Only through God can a burden become a gift.

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