Monday, September 24, 2012

Foundational Testimonies

I don't know if you have ever noticed that there are some preachers and it seems that they always preach about the same thing.  There is a reason for that.  That one thing is usually based on a foundational principle that God gave them to live their entire life by.  It's the testimony God gave them...................and yes your whole life can be based on 1 key testimony given to you by God.  One pastor I had use to preach about "Holiness" all the time, to the point where even his wife would ask him "Are you going to preach about Holiness again?"  But it's what God gave him to preach about.  Joseph Prince preaches about "Grace" alot.  That's what God gave him.  Even those of us who are not bonafide preachers, have something as believers that God has given us to share with the world.  Some conviction that came in the form of a testimony.   Mine has to do with "motives".  I guess it's based alot on the scripture whatever is not from faith is sin.  This scripture has had to take on a rather extreme form in my life.  Keep in mind that we all have different strengths and weaknesses.  Many times our testimonies, ministries, and messages are birthed from our weaknesses.  For me "ambition" is bad.  For me "determination" is bad.  This is just for me, because God has shown me that for "me" it leads to a "striving" spirit.  The Holy Spirit cannot flow in your life when you are "striving".  The hardest thing about this for me,  is that often times I have to step back from work that needs to get done until my spirit is right.  That's not easy to do but I have experienced that when I don't it causes sickness in my body.  Lemme say that again, when I operate from a wrong spirit, "it causes sickness in my body".  If I live my life by this, I stay symptom free.  Recently I got ambitious about getting my home clean and my allergies flared up worst than they had in years.  I know the weather is changing and people are getting allergies, some will look at this post and not receive what I'm saying.  But I know anytime I get really exagerated symptoms whether an extremly stuffy nose are extremely soar throat, it has to do with my striving spirit.  I caught myself this past week. But it also made me realize, this is a life principle that God wants "me" to live by.  This is not for everybody.  It's like the below scripture reference:

20 Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”

22 Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

23 Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?”

Many times we are too concerned  aboout the differences between how God works in our lives.  We want to know,  "why do I have to do this but this person doesn't?".  Jesus is saying "What is that to you, you follow me".   Following Jesus manifests in different ways among believers.  Each believer is led according to their unique purpose, their unique strengths, and their unique weaknesses.  Don't compare yourself to other believers.  The bible says those who compares themselves, by themselves are fools.

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