© by Joyce C. Lock
Problem: Many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
How many people do you know that can't stand on their own two feet spiritually, that seem to be sick the entire winter every year, or that haven't shouted, "Amen!" since 1958.
Cure: If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. I Co. 11:30-31
All our righteousness is as filthy rags, in comparison to God's way of thinking. His ways are higher than ours. Understanding that, it seems odd when people go into a state of shock, being offended that another would even think they weren't perfect ... when all God wanted to do was to set them free.
It takes a person maturing in their walk to be able to consider thoughts that might not be lined up with God's, without their pride or low self-esteem kicking into overtime. When we allow ourselves to be introspective with ourselves - to see if any part might be in error ... we accomplish what the Bible said. If people judge themselves, they shouldn't be judged.
When our insides begin to go haywire, instead of pointing to a person or circumstance, we can look inward and upward, asking God, "What is it about me that crumbles whenever this happens?" "Where does this feeling come from when I get angry over such little things?" "Why do I always fall apart in like circumstances?" "Why can't I trust you with my needs instead of taking matters into my own hands?" "Why do I expect the worst and get offended at people when I only presume to think I've seen their heart?"
Spiritual and literal healing is promised for those who are willing to examine themselves. It is a process of restoration, becoming free from ways of thinking that Satan planted
When our thinking doesn't line up with God's, it isn't our thinking at all - but Satan. For, we wrestle not against flesh and blood ... and if we do, we're going to become weak, sickly, or asleep (missing God's blessings).
Once we get a glimpse into that, whenever anything makes us feel anxious, worried, insecure, or any other negative feeling - we can continue to take those things to God so we can find our way to more areas of inner healing.
Take Satan by force (cleaning the inside of the cup) and the outside will take care of itself.
God is very pleased when people can consider new things. For those who dare take the journey through the refiner's fire, no doubt, God has some special purpose for you. Doing so makes one a purified vessel that God can both teach and use.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.