Who am I listening to?
There is a way that seems right to a man,Prov 14:12
but its end is the way to death.
I desire, more than anything, to live my life for Jesus, to be completely surrendered to him, and to be ready when he returns for his bride. I worry that I won’t be ready for the rapture, and I need to trust Jesus to make me ready: to trust his spirit in me to prepare me. I can’t prepare myself without him. This means I need to know him.
I often come under self condemnation and fear, especially if I hear someone saying what they are doing and how they are living for Jesus.
If someone has given up TV or is fasting once a week, it doesn’t mean I have to, unless God specifically leads me to, which he is well able to do. He has enabled me to make amazing changes in my life, and I want to continue trusting him to direct me.
I have discovered that dead works are when I try to do something in my own strength, and it usually doesn’t work out well.
Works that come from faith are the things God empowers us to do.
Without him we truly are nothing.
Trusting Jesus, trusting that he is leading us, requires faith.
We are told, in scripture, to run the race and press on towards the goal with endurance.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12:1-2
This scripture appears to involve striving and straining, but is actually encouraging us to “look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.” He perfects us. We are his workmanship.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.Phil 2:12-13
We need to strive to not give up, and strive to keep trusting and obeying Jesus, whatever happens. We need to let him lead us (which means letting go of our own ideas, and surrendering to him). We do this by drawing close to him each day, by talking to and listening to him.
It is “God who works in us, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
This is what Jesus told me, when I was asking him about these things.
I am with you and in you my child. I am leading you, preparing you. Obey me: follow my leading and trust me. I have called you. I know you worry that you’re not doing enough. Don’t worry my child. You are in my hands – you truly are.
I have called each person to a particular work/ministry, and the path – although it’s one path – is different for each person. One person’s calling will look very different to another person. You can’t copy. You can’t do something because someone told you to. You need to be led by me, in all things. Don’t compare yourself to others, for if you do, it will lead to self condemnation and striving, to fear, to exhaustion.
Don’t give up! Keep trusting me, whatever happens. The striving involved (in following me) is striving to trust me, striving to obey me, striving to let me lead you. You do this by drawing close to me each day, by talking to me, by listening to me.
Do not worry.
I tell you often to trust me. This is so important. I am leading you, my child, and I will not let you go. Trust that I’m leading you, I love you, and in me, you are safe.
Rest in me, do not strive, but be at peace, my bride!
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,Isa 30:15
“In repentance and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”