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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Peeling Back The Layers-INpowering Truth

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Many of our struggles in life are pushed back after we get a peek at deliverance. Bam and we’re in there…saved, set FREE and delivered, it’s over! Many times it’s not over. Being set free from things that hinder our Christian journey is often a progressive work like peeling back the layers of an onion. Why then do we think we’ve gotten to the core (root) when we’ve only peeled back the first or second layer?

Residue is an issue. Many people experience deliverance in powerful ways but until we deal with the seed cause of an issue, until we get rid of the residue the enemy has something to work with. I know, I know, no one wants to hear about being transformed into the image of Christ in a time when there is already so much negativity in the air. But why is being transformed an unpopular topic?

Tell me how good God is, how much he loves me, what he has in store for me, how he’s going to bless me etc. is the measuring stick of the day and if you don’t stay in that vein you’re not an encourager. Biblical encouragers spoke the truth in love and not all of that truth was viewed as positive by today’s standards.

There is a truth we all have to embrace, found in 1 Peter 4:17-18: For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

It doesn’t give me goose bumps but it does jolt my spirit to attention and help me realize that God wants to do a work in me so he can do a greater work through me.

I know you many people already have ministry up and running, and are preaching powerfully and the people are loving it, complimenting them , patting them on the back, rubbing shoulders with them—I know this and it’s wonderful because they are a gift to The Body of Christ. The Lord deposited in each of us his anointing specifically for the purpose of worshipping him and advancing the kingdom but we are not to forget about our own soul. Don’t say OUCH or AMEN—simply YES LORD!

To many servants are saying they are about kingdom business in the public eye but behind closed doors there is another layer waiting to be peeled back……
Matthew 16:26 ask US a question: For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

In our own power we cannot bring about TRUE deliverance in our own lives. There is a call from heaven that the seeking heart and hearing ear is answering in this season to get back to biblical basics. I know this is not popular and doesn’t produce an “Owweee God” moment in our lives. Where God is taking us requires a new level of dying out to ourselves …. Peeling back the layers to get to the core and bring us to a spotless place IN him.

Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

For some who think they have to come to God’s measure of perfection (maturity) on their own this is a challenge but the raw truth is you cannot redeem you nor can you peel back your own layers. You don’t have to because God’s grace is available to do the work for you, yield to it layer by layer. ~Just another Tiney Thought.
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