Can You Take Pleasure in the Treasure of God's Will?
I didn't realize that examining the life of Annie Johnson Flint would impact me so profoundly.
I didn't realize I had started to doubt His will.
I didn't realize it until I woke up this morning with these words ringing in my inner ear like so many church bells, "Take pleasure in the treasure of His will." "Take pleasure in His will." "Take pleasure in His will."
It's hard when you realize you've built a part of your foundation on the sand.
You need to move and nobody likes to move.
I want to yield to his touch, but not to the brokenness.
I want to yield to the joy, but not to the weeping of past sins.
I want Him, but I didn't want His correction.
We can't have one without the other.
The Destroyer is also the Builder.
He must destroy what I have so easily built up if He is ever to construct something pleasing, perfect and good.
He had to show me I was wrong.
He had to change my way of thinking.
Just before going to bed last night I read these words from Romans 12:2, Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world. But let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
If God's will is perfect, pleasing and good then why am I so afraid of it?
Self continues to want her way.
I need to stop doing what the world does and move in His direction.
I must let Him change the way I think - change the way I think about everything.
Self doesn't like change.
If I continue to do what the world does then maybe I'll never find His will.
My thinking so warped and I don't even know it.
If our move is toward the Spirit then our thoughts will be spiritual.
If our move is toward the world then "it is what it is."
We wonder why we can't understand Scripture.
The truth is our thought patterns are so out of line the transformation is incomplete.
God's will is foreign.
We're surprised it is good, pleasing and perfect because we don't know God - we don't trust God.
Our very thought process must be changed.
I missed the truth in God's handiwork in the life of Annie Johnson Flint.
Her broken, used arthritic body was filled with the glory of God.
Her words, attitudes and inspiration pouring from the inner recesses of her heart is strong enough to touch us today.
We miss the pleasure of His will and look at the woe.
God is with us in the everydayness of life.
In our challenges, in our disappointments, in our losses and in our frustrations.
It rains on the just and the unjust so why do we think whenever we give our lives to Christ we are somehow immune from hardships and pain?
Why do we get angry at God when things don't go the way we think they should go?
Jesus didn't promise us peace - He said He would be our peace.
He is our stronghold and an ever present help in times of trouble.
His will becomes our pleasure even in the hardest of struggles.
The house built on a strong foundation still faces the storms, wind and waves beating against it.
Every joy and trial works to form us into His "masterpiece."
Do you hear what I hear?
Let us take pleasure in the treasure of His will.
Yes, let us take pleasure in the treasure of His will.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thes 5:6-8
Fore we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. Eph 2:10
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