Viewing Body/Self Properly
'Offering your bodies as living sacrifices...', members of one another, and viewing ourselves properly in the Body of Christ has the specific outworking of building the Body up by laying our lives down for one another. Our gifts and callings that God wants to bring out are for the sake and purpose of the Body of Christ.
(a living room discussion among some Saints…)
Christ and His Body are Inseparable
Jesus lives in His people! We need to be asking God, desperately, for a revelation of that. When you’ve seen Him, you’ve seen His Body—the two are inseparable. We can sow seeds toward seeing Jesus in His body in our times alone with God, but there are also practical ways that will help us to put “feet” on the things that we hear. Lately, reading in Romans 12 has helped me in this.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me, I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12)
“Offer your bodies as living sacrifices…” When I’ve looked at that in the past, I’ve always taken it seriously that God has very specific things in mind for me to do—ways I could give of my time and energies to serve His people and His purposes. I might care for someone’s children, or help with yard work or pray for someone or stay up late for some particular purpose. Living sacrificially in those specific ways are certainly valid and good and right.
But taking it a step further, notice how Paul ties this whole idea of “offer your body as a living sacrifice” into the context of the Body of Christ. He says, “Don’t conform any longer to the patterns of the world, but be transformed in your thinking.” He goes on to talk about viewing yourself properly as a member of God’s Body. You no longer belong to just yourself. Now you belong to all the other parts of the Body. Paul speaks of having a view of yourself that’s according to God’s view. Now you’re one of His people, not just a bunch of individual Christians that happen to live near each other. When we view the Body of Christ properly—have a revelation of and clearly see Jesus in His people—we see that we are His body, we are His hands, we are His feet, and we are His mouth. We are the members of His body to do His work on the earth.
This encouragement to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice has a very specific outworking within the context of the Body of Christ. We need to see the Body of Christ and that we’ve been supernaturally drawn together as a people. The more that you see and believe that, the more you’ll see that God has a specific idea in mind for your personal life.
God has placed YOU—a specific individual—as one of the members of His body. You have a specific part in building up the Body, and this will express itself. Your living sacrifice, that you have to give, will be in the context of the Body of Christ. It’s not just, “I’m an individual. I need to sacrifice. Jesus died for me, so I have to die for other people. I have to give myself away and sacrifice.” It doesn’t stop there! Sacrifices are made because I’m “plugged into” the Body of Christ. When Paul talks about being a living sacrifice, it’s in the CONTEXT of being members of one another.
Viewing Yourself Properly
And as you give yourself up as a living sacrifice, be transformed by the renewing of your mind. That means to change the way you view things. In Romans 12:3, Paul goes on to talk about “thinking.” How do you think of yourself? Don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought. Rather, think of yourself with sober judgment in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
Now in one sense, you can read “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought” and then automatically think, “Well, I don’t want to be prideful. Paul is admonishing us to not be prideful.” Or you want to be sure that you are seeing that you only have a certain amount of faith, and so therefore you don’t want to look at yourself too pridefully.
However, it seems like Paul is trying to contrast the difference between thinking of yourself as an individual person (putting weight on yourself, and having thoughts that circulate around yourself) versus viewing yourself by the faith God has given you. Even when we fail, our response indicates a lot of times that we put a whole lot more weight on us than we do Jesus. In our response to failure or to sin, we often put a lot of weight on what we’ve done, what we haven’t done, or what we haven’t yet achieved. We think of ourselves more highly than we ought, even in our failures. In a backwards way, we put so much importance on the fact that we failed in something, that our minds get wrapped up in what we did or didn’t do.
He’s really trying to get us to change the way we think. Let’s be transformed by the renewing of our minds in viewing the world around us, in viewing what Jesus has done for us and viewing His body properly. The way that we think about things needs to change and our minds need to be renewed about how we view ourselves. “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.” Don’t be so wrapped up with who you are, or concerned about what you can or cannot do. Instead, “…think of yourself with sober judgment in accordance to the measure of faith God has given you.”
View yourself through His glasses. Don’t think about yourself according to what you can or can’t do. Think of yourself in accordance with the measure of FAITH God has given you. God has given each one of us faith, and THAT is how God wants you to view yourself, by what He has done in you, by what He has given you, and by who He is. He wants you to look at yourself through HIS eyes, at what He’s done and by what He’s deposited inside of you. The emphasis is on God, not on you. He doesn’t want you to look at yourself based on who you are. Don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought. Don’t be wrapped up in what you can or can’t do. But rather, view yourself with sobriety, with sober judgment, with a “weightiness” of what God has done inside of you. View yourself THAT way… with sober judgment according to the faith God has given you.
The Gifts You Have—Give Them Away
Faith is a GIFT that God has given each one of us. Fan it into flame! It’s something that can grow and grow and grow. “Please increase my faith.” It’s simply not true that a certain amount of faith is given to someone and then that’s all they’ll ever have. “I have 5 points of faith and someone else has 105. I won’t ever have 105 points. I’ll only have 5 points for the rest of my life.” No! Have a heart that says, “Please, Lord, increase my faith.” Protect it, fan it into flame, and sow seeds towards faith so it will grow.
Then, just as each of us has one body with many members (and these members do not all have the same function! : )), in Christ we are many who form one body and each member belongs to the others.
You weren’t given the things that you have for yourself. You were given them for the edification of the body, to pour into the Body of Christ, that Jesus might be a lamp amongst His people. You’ve been given your faith, your giftings, the callings, and the special things inside of you so that His name and His glory would be held up. The things God wants to bring out and pour out, are for the sake of His Body. That’s why He has put things inside of you. You don’t belong to yourself anymore. The only way these things can be fully expressed is if you see God’s Body clearly and you use them “unto” God’s Body. They are fanned into flame for the purpose of the Body of Christ, that Jesus might be glorified and raised up and truly seen in His people.
Our job is to fan into flame the faith that God has put inside of us and have a proper view of this faith and a proper view of ourselves. Be transformed or changed by the renewing of your mind. Change your mind. Don’t look at yourself more highly than you ought, in a human, fleshly way, that puts weight on who you are. But rather, view yourself according to the measure of faith that God has given you as a gift. Then go on to pour into others, because the gift wasn’t given to you for the sake of yourself. It was given for the sake of the Body of Christ. Be active in your faith. If you have been given to serve, serve diligently. If you have been given to show mercy, then do it cheerfully. Fan into flame and put into practice the things God has put inside of you.
In Ephesians 2:6 it says, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
That’s a promise. That’s another part of the covenant. God has works in mind. He has specific things in mind for us to be putting our hand to. Maybe you don’t know quite what to do with your day, or how to pour into the children, or how to prosper in Christ. But God really does have good works in mind, if we would believe. It has to be combined with faith of course, seeing Jesus and who He is and seeing our part in the Body. Each one of us has to see that we do, legitimately, have something to offer the Body of Christ.
In fact, we have far more to offer the Body of Christ than we even know. But we have to step out and begin to take chances in faith. We have to be active, and fan into flame the little sparks that we see in ourselves. Do something with it. Run with it. Don’t let anything squelch you. If you don’t see anything going on around you, don’t let that stop you. Don’t let fear or imaginations stop you. Don’t let “well it’s not really fully developed in my head” stop you. Step out and do the things that God has prepared in advance for you to do.
This is a wonderful thought! We are not just waiting for whatever randomly comes along. God has specific interest in specific good works that He has given us to do. He has given us faith to show forth the glory of God. “Don’t put your light under a bushel. Let it shine forth so that men can see your good works and praise your Father who is in heaven.” There’s something about putting action on your faith that inspires other people. It shines forth the glories of God to other people.
James said that faith without works is dead. In James 2:21-22, speaking of Abraham, he said, “Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he DID when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?” You see that his FAITH and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. That really struck me! Sometimes I say, “God I do love you, I DO believe You” and I really want to do what’s right, but something seems to be missing. Then, when I finally put something into practice by caring about someone, speaking a kindness to someone, writing a note or giving something to the children out of my heart because I care for them, then my faith is made complete.
There is a real Gem here, that your faith is made complete by what you do. Perhaps you are walking with Him, you understand that He loves you and cares for you, and it’s a vertical relationship and you’re in touch with Him. But if you haven’t yet put action on your faith, something is incomplete. When you DO put feet on something because of your faith in Him, it completes your faith. The action changes everything. The “doing” is just so vital to keeping our faith in Jesus fanned into flame. Our faith isn’t just going to stay in the closet or in our minds. Faith isn’t something that happens once a week. It’s going to be something that we are continually sowing seeds towards.
How Can You Show Your Love to God?
If you love someone there’s got to be a way to express that love. How do you express love to a God that you can’t see? You can tell Him in your prayer closet that you love Him and you can sing songs to Him. But that’s not all that God is looking for. He’s looking for an expression of our love for Him, by expressing it to other people, in His people. Jesus is the head. His body is on earth. This is the context in which God would have us express our love to people. “Do good to all men, especially to those of the household of faith.” There are going to be righteous acts of the saints that clothe us in the last days. The bride, that’s making herself ready, is clothed with white flowing robes that ARE THE RIGHTEOUS ACTS OF THE SAINTS. This is the love we express towards one another. And our actions complete our faith.
You have probably felt inside yourself, “Yes, I love God, I really do want to do what’s right.” But, there is something about actually putting our faith into practice. And part of the sacrifice is stepping out, paying a cost, and being a living sacrifice for others because you have been placed in His body. God has placed us each uniquely in His body with a specific purpose in mind.
In 1 Corinthians 12:17-20 it says: “If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact, God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them just as He wanted them to be. If they were all one part where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.”
God has put each of us in a certain place. Now, part of your thinking might be, “Well, what part am I? What is my gift?” God doesn’t want us to get focused on all of that. He wants us to fan into flame the “life things,” the “heartbeat,” those “sparks of life” He puts inside of us. If you are faithful to do that, you will find yourself functioning in the things God means for you to function in. You just will. You’ll not just be “zeroing in” on what your gift is, in order to “do it.” Instead you’ll be zeroing in on Jesus and fixing your eyes on Him who is in heaven. And He will put little “sparks” in you and thoughts about specific things. Perhaps you have a thought come to your mind to go to someone’s house and help them with something. It’s little things like that. You will pick up on what the spirit of God is pointing towards for that particular moment, and run with it. A lot of times He opens the door, and it’s an invitation to walk through the door. But OUR job is to walk through the door. He’s not going to do all the work for us. That still small voice is an opening of the door. It’s our job to walk through it and put our faith into practice, to put it into action. Then our faith will be made complete.
In Philemon it says to share your faith so that you will know all the good things that you have in Christ. That’s not just sharing your faith with unbelievers. It’s sharing it amongst one another, and this sparks you, and it spurs you on. It causes you to want to give. It causes you to want to grow. It causes you to love God more.
The Gate of Heaven
We’ll be able to see the Body of Christ more and more clearly as we are taking these practical steps of acting on things, and stirring up the gift of God that He has put within us. We will be stirring up our faith, and BELIEVING that God has placed each of us in His body. We are not just a bunch of Christians who happen to live close to one another. We are a BODY on earth as it is in heaven, connected to the HEAD. It’s a miracle. We are the very gate of heaven. We are the gate of heaven as a people, with Jesus living in us. We are the gate into heaven.
There is something about God’s people coming together that is so “other” than when we are by ourselves only. There is something divine that God does when He has His people together. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am.” This is the context, the place, where God wants us to work out our love for Him. This is where we are going to grow in our sacrifice, our understanding, and our insight of Him, and His body. It’s by pouring into His people that we’ll understand more and more clearly who Jesus is. By pouring into His people, His body—who He is on the earth—we’ll grow and thrive. This is also the place where the things inside of us will be fanned more and more into flame. This is the only context in which you are really going to find out what you were meant to be, when God created you in your mother’s womb. You will find out who you were meant to be, and change the world around you, and leave the earth knowing that you have made an impact on people’s lives.
The only way you are going to find out what you were really made for, is by pouring into the Body of Christ. This is the place where you demonstrate your life, and the faith God has put inside of you: in the Body of Christ—into His people—day by day by day, seed by seed by seed. You’ll see the things that God has put inside of you by being interested, like David, in building the house. We love the house, through His people, because we want to see Jesus glorified. We want to see Him honored supremely and preeminently in His Body in a very, very divine way. We see Him high and lifted up and we want to see Him honored and praised and glorified. It’s going to happen in His people. Therefore we pour into that people—into His people—because we want to see Him high and lifted up. That’s WHY He has given us different gifts and different special qualities of His heart and strength. He may give compassion that’s of a supernatural nature, something beyond what most everyone will have. He may give a special measure of insight or sensitivity to someone’s needs that other people might not see as easily. He has given each of us these strengths, callings, and giftings for the edification of the Body of Christ, that Jesus might be high and lifted up. He gives them so His people will be a city set on a hill, holding up the lamp of Christ to the nations, that all men might be drawn to Him.
A Mystery and Oh, So Awesome!
Hebrews 12:18 “You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words, so that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain it must be stoned.” The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”
This is the old covenant that He is talking about, where there was a “place and a time.” No longer will you worship on this mountain or in this place, but in spirit and in truth. It’s not going to be an external place and so full of fear that you can’t even come near.
But rather, “…you have come to Mt. Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time, his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:22-28
These are all ONE…. Jesus in His people, and God the Father drawing us to Himself. It’s a mystery! THIS is what it is all about. THIS is what we’ve really been given. And, “Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and worship God, with reverence and awe for our God is a consuming fire.”
This should draw up in us that dread, and a revelation of seeing things properly. And as we fan all of this into flame and put “feet” on things and do the practicals, God can give us more and more insight. We will find ourselves having experiential knowledge of the Body of Christ, discerning the Body, and discerning different situations and people properly. We’ll look at things from heaven’s vantage point, not from the earth’s, as we’re with one another. The message in Hebrews is part of the inheritance we’ve been given. It’s an awesome thing.
So be spurred on… and put into practice what God has done inside of you. Don’t shrink back, or be fearful, or bury things that God has done. Don’t measure yourself according to what other people are doing, or limit yourself according to what you have always been, or what you can’t do, or what someone else thinks you can or can’t do. But instead step out, and put into practice the things that God has put inside of us… for the sake of our children, for the sake of one another, and for the sake of Jesus being lifted up.
The whole subject of seeing His body clearly is very related to how we are able to pour into the children. As we see His body clearly, as we are freely dispensing what God has given us, and as we are fanning into flame what He has put inside of us, we will find ourselves having a supply and overflow for the children. We will be a “spur.” Small actions that we do serve as a spur for other people more than we know. The smallest seed of activity of faith ends up being a spur and a spark for other people, which can multiply far beyond what would be logical. All of this is very much related. The children as well as every other area of our lives will be greatly affected by the way that we view His people… seeing Jesus in His people, with reverence and awe, and responding to the Head and responding to His people as ONE.
See and Think Clearly
Part of being transformed by the renewing of our minds is that we are thinking clearly and properly. We aren’t going to be transformed through striving and straining. If we find ourselves running ahead, we just have to stop and rest in God, and say, “God, I know You’ve got good works prepared in advance for me to do. You said that in Your Body is where the love will be expressed. It doesn’t ‘follow’ that I would just sit at home all day and do nothing. It doesn’t make sense that there would be nothing to show for what You have prepared for me.”
Now, if I am supposed to be pouring into just my children, or only the scriptures today, that could be a possibility. But, more times than not, He’s going to have me pouring into the people around me. I don’t want to run ahead and initiate that myself, so what’s the answer to that? Do I just do nothing? No. Well then, I have to clear out that way of thinking.
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” “Wait a minute, God, YOU said this…. I’m going to base what I do and how I’m thinking right now on Your word. You said that You have works prepared in advance for me to do. You’ve got a place that You want me to function in Your people and in Your Body. You have things You want me to plug into in order to be able to give towards others.”
Fluid and Flexible
Sometimes you might not have clear direction for your day or for your evening, but you might think, “I just need to go over to so and so’s house.” If you are listening as you are going, you might find that there are other things that open up as you are walking along the way. God doesn’t want us to have everything all mapped out ahead of time. He wants us to be “fluid” and listening enough so that we’re able to be moldable and guidable as we go through our day.
Perhaps you hear of a need, and something about it really “clicks” for you. You realize that God wants you to help out with something specific, or gives you some direction that you need to take. However, you can’t just decide what to do and then go out the door and “execute” it. Instead, you’re listening to God as you’re walking along the way, and you’re easily teachable and guidable by God’s spirit, moment by moment by moment.
So many precious days have opened up to me in this way—not because I’ve known from A to Z what I’m going to do—but because I have stepped out on that one thing God has put in front of me. At other times I might be groping, not knowing exactly what to do, but I can say, “God, You said that whatever I choose to do, to do it with all my heart, in faith.” And as I go through my day, I can STILL be listening. It doesn’t mean that for that day God’s not given me anything specific to do. I can still be listening, leaning in and asking for bread from Heaven. I believe He wants us to do that in specific situations as we are gathered together, or with the children.
“God, do You have any bread from heaven for Your people? You don’t want another day to just go by where there is really nothing supernatural to show for it. What would you have, God, that would provide Your word to Your people, or that would feed or help the children…?”
Wait on God for Full Life
Sometimes we can have a mentality to “execute” something and we say, “Okay, I know what I’m going to do now,” and then we rest on THAT. We may execute the plans, but sometimes we don’t even get the full life out of it. We are so “relieved” that we have something to “carry out,” and something to do, that we really miss the full blessing and the full Life of it. And we find ourselves leaning on the actual thing: “Oh good. I can rest now. I have something to do.” If we are thinking this way, we are missing out on how God could really bless the situation.
You have to believe that God has a sovereign way of working things out, of positioning people in places at certain times. He knows all of us and He knows all of what we are doing. He can stop time, start time, and lapse time so that we’ll end up in the right place, at the right time….because God is not bound by time! He sees all of this. We have to have a very trusting, believing, and listening heart as we go through our whole day. At times we WILL have things planned from A to Z, and back-to-back, but we still have to stay in a posture of listening. We have to be led by His spirit, being very correctable, teachable, and moldable to His purposes.
Trust Him. He cares about the moments and the people in our lives—children, adults, and even our own lives. Our part has to do with really trusting in Him and being a listener. Part of it starts from “being transformed by the renewing of our minds” in the way that we are thinking about things and approaching them. God has prepared good works in advance for us to do, and that makes all the difference between just doing a bunch of things versus life being birthed and initiated by His Spirit.
Sometimes we have a thought to do something, and our response is to panic. “Oh, I have to make sure I get this done!” But another response could be, “Well, God, I trust You and I believe there will be a time and a place and a way in which YOU want to see this thing come to pass.” You can think of these things and lay them at His feet saying, “I care about this. I’m not being lazy in my thinking. I trust there is a way in which You, God, may want to communicate to me ‘the how,’ the timing, and who might need to be involved. I’m going to wait on You for HOW even to put this idea into action.” And as you’re considering it, thoughts will come into your mind that have Life in them. God will open doors, “This is the door I would like for you to walk through.” I should not get discouraged in the middle of the situation if things aren’t working out just right. But rather I need to say, “I really feel as though God initiated how this thing should unfold, so I’m going to step out. I am going to ask a couple of other people what they think. I will not just try to do something independently.”
Be teachable and correctable as you go along the way. Be a listener, humble before God. You don’t need to be hyperspiritual about every single thing that happens to you. All situations are seeds and opportunities to learn how to be led by the Spirit, to trust that God has a real way, real place, and a real time to work things out. This is a paradox because you aren’t being lazy and you’re not being irresponsible. You are not just sitting back, doing nothing. But what is taking place is an active work in your spirit. Your heart and mind are fruitful about it, and you are active in your spirit towards God about it.
When God opens a door, you may recognize the door and say, “Oh, that’s a great door!” But then you may not walk through it, or not really pursue it. You need to see that this is God trying to say something. Put that much weight on it. If He is initiating this, that’s great! I’m going to jump on His initiation and go for it. He is constantly initiating towards us, but we are just missing it a lot of the time.
Father Communicates With Us the Same as He did with Jesus
In Thessalonians, it says, “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love.” Specific work that is done, is done by our faith in God.
Jesus was THE most productive person on the earth. The Bible couldn’t contain all the things He did, and what He DID do was initiated because of His relationship with His Father. He was extremely active, all the time. People were constantly going to Him. He hardly had time to get alone with God because people were around Him all of the time. He was not a lazy man. There was not a lack of responsibility in Him. But He was acutely tuned to God’s voice. He listened and acted on every single one of the doors.
God communicated to Jesus the same way He communicates to us. It was no different. It wasn’t a big BLAST of “spiritual string of thoughts” with everything just fully developed the minute it came. What He heard was a still small voice, just like it is with us today. It’s no different. But He knew how to respond properly and work the situation out all the way through. Now I don’t know exactly how Father walked with His Son : ), but I do know that it would be the same way for us. He came as the firstborn of the race so that we might walk in the exact same footsteps. So it had to have been the same way for Jesus. It was a prompting by God, and He went on that.
When Jesus started walking towards the crippled person at the pool, He didn’t know how the whole thing was going to unfold. But Jesus walked with God through the whole thing, and when it was time, He knew THIS was the man. He knew God had something in store for this man. It was a very peaceful thing. He wasn’t standing in the crowd saying, “Which one?! Which one is it?!” But rather, “There’s something here. There’s something special.” He kept His ear tuned toward heaven. And then “It’s this man, here.” A conversation unfolds, and before you know it, the Pharisees are on Him for healing on the Sabbath. Then they begin questioning Him about it. And Jesus just said, “Well, I’m the Father’s Son. I’m only working just like my Father is working.” “How dare you! Blasphemy!” And then, Jesus is into a whole conversation about the fact that “Yes, I am. I only do as my Father tells me to do.” Jesus could only say this if He were living this way. He just got done living this very thing—“I’m only doing what my Father tells me to do.” The Father loves the Son and He reveals all the things He does to His Son.
There is such security and peace in God’s presence and His faithfulness. There is a peace in His communication to His Son that’s just wonderful. The more and more we walk in this, the more secure we will be. We will be peace-filled. We won’t be frantic when we come upon a situation. We will not panic because we don’t know what to do next, or don’t know what to “put our hand to.”
If the things you are doing are from God, it won’t be a feverish thing to accomplish. If He lays things in front of you and says, “Here’s what I have for you to do, walk in it,” you may even go at it in top speed. But, if you’re always prone toward the busyness, activity and feverishness—and you’re without peace and you’re not looking to Him—then something is wrong. Ask yourself these questions. “Is there something of my flesh in this?” “Am I trying to accomplish things because I want them accomplished?”
The Bible says to offer your bodies as living sacrifices. It will take sacrifice too, to accomplish what He has for us to do. Maybe I will have to leave my house in disarray in order to do this work. That’s a sacrifice. If I’m insisting on getting the house cleaned up, doing this and doing that, plus attempting to accomplish what God wants, it will cause me to be feverish. When I “add” all these other things that my flesh wants to do too, it can make me feverish. Sometimes I incorporate a whole bunch of other things that God isn’t necessarily calling me to do. When you sacrifice, there has to be a trust in God that He will take care of the rest.
Some Final Thoughts
You can feel so secure in your walk with God and that you’re able to respond to His voice. You do not need to be intimidated by three other things, or by your own thoughts about what someone else is thinking. “Well, I should be doing this thing…” This is logic that comes into our mind. Instead we can be so secure in the fact that God really does communicate to us. You can respond to the Head, recognizing the life of God, and recognizing death as well.
Through constant use you’ve been able to discern good and evil, discern the difference between God’s calling on something, flesh calling, or some other distraction attempting to call. There are a lot of “good” things we can do, but the BEST, the only real way to live, is when we hear Father, are secure in His voice, and walk in that…knowing Him.