An 'Aha!' Moment

Have you ever had one of those 'aha' moments? Those moments when it all comes together and you see things for what they truly are? I had one today.

Ever since God told me to lay down my rights in my pursuit of Him, the issue of holiness has become more and more important to me. I can't say the process of cleansing by God is an enjoyable one by any stretch of the imagination. If anything, pain and loneliness greet you in valley of sanctification (Hebrews 12). They are your constant bed fellows .

I laid down my securities in a title, money, knowledge, responsibilities, everything, for the express purpose of finding my securities in God. Again, if I were completely honest with you, I would not have chosen this path because the broken glass found here shredded my feet and lacerated my hands. God knows us. He knew me. He tells us to go into the promise land, but leaves out the details of the desert, scorpions, sharp rocks, betrayal, and other slight incidentals that would deter us from undertaking such an arduous journey. Yes, he does warn us in the Scriptures about the hardships, but for some reason we forget or we don't realize the severe reality of these words. In hindsight, I thank God for loving me enough to deal with my character. I pray you are saying the same.

Romans 8:29 states that God wants us to become like Christ, the firstborn among our non-Christian family and friends. James 1:2-4 speaks of the same thing. God is serious about holiness. If you are not, may the Lord have mercy on you. Anything that can be burned up, will be burned up. We will not be judged for our lack of knowledge, but for our unwillingness to obey what we already know (2 Cor 5:10).

The 'aha' moment was this: I realized God is calling us to completely reject the value systems of this world. I mean completely reject them. I always knew about 1 John 2:15-16, but only in these last days do I see the value and power of these verses. Whether it is parenting, marriage, ministry, money, personal relations, education, everything, He is challenging us all to apply Biblical, holy standards to it all. It is not legalism, but realism in the truest sense of the word. The things of this world are passing away and the new is preparing to break open upon us like a flood.

My wife and I are teaching a parenting class and God is revealing how blind we parents have become when it comes to His standards in child rearing. Actually, we have become blind to a lot of things. These are just a few of them. Our world system promotes self esteem; God promotes humility. Our world system promotes reasoning with arrogance; God promotes shutting up and discipline. Our world system promotes therapy; God promotes repentance. Our world system promotes a child-centered family; God promotes a husband and wife centered family. Our world system promotes intelligence; God promotes character. Our world system promotes the flesh; God promotes the Spirit. Our world system promotes money; God promotes God. Our world system promotes comfort; God promotes thankfulness in all circumstances. Our world system promotes entertainment; God promotes purity. Our world system promotes the temporal; God promotes the eternal. Our world promotes the path of death; God promotes the way of life.

Beloved church and friends, the heart is deceitful above all things. We cannot love God and mammon at the same time. We cannot love the world and God at the same time. We cannot hold back from following God. It's time to lay it all down and follow. It's time!


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Minstrel. what can I say!! This is awesome. I love how you did the comparisons. "Our world system promotes self esteem; God promotes humility. Our world system promotes reasoning with arrogance; God promotes shutting up and discipline. Our world system promotes therapy; God promotes repentance. Our world system promotes a child-centered family; God promotes a husband and wife centered family." May I quote you?

This is beautiful. I'd like to link back to this hub in one of my other articles. Minstrel you said it well and beautifully done!!


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FriendofTruth 5 years ago from Michigan

Beautiful and true!

may we all apply this way of renewing our minds to our lives...


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Loved this article adressing realities. It is so true that we launch of into our promise land not considering the difficulties on our way there

I also liked the contrast and comparison of the world system and values that are in opposition to the biblical Kingdom values.

Good presentation and exhortation.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Minstrel,

Beautifully done from a heart of humility and sincerity--Two things God looks for in His servants. Bless you!


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The Minstrel 5 years ago from Hawaii Author

Thank you Tamarajo, FaithDream, Lifegate, and FriendOfTruth

Blessings on all of you.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

Amen. I thought about how believers are as strangers and exiles on the earth; how God has called us out of the world, etc. To follow Christ means to be in a different 'place'. Surely, we are under the shadow of His wings here; however, those who spiritually and culturally become a part of this world and reject God's design for us find it terribly strange to follow Christ. When we get to a place where the things of the world feel terribly strange ~ we know we are being transformed into the image of Christ; amen! It's kind of like the world's ways are the flip-side of God's ways ~ complete opposites. It's incredible to see God's Spirit calling believers who have never met each other to the same walk of faith and transformation. When we begin to see that we are not alone in this pilgrimage, it is comforting to know He is the Lord of His flock and no matter where we are in the world, we are united in these things. Hallelujah!


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Kristeen 5 years ago from Michigan

We need to "Let go and Let God". We all need to learn humility and to be more like Jesus who came not to be served, but to serve. Its very hard to stay on track in the world we live in, especially for young people. Great Hub!


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DavePrice 5 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

Thomas Jefferson said "The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." You, my friend, have mastered the art of speaking truth as simply and yet profoundly as it can be done. I needed a good word this Sunday morning, and God delivered it through your words. Thanks for the reminder that my solitary walk with God is not solitary confinement, it is solitary refinement.

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