God of the Carnal Mind
God of the Carnal Mind
(#013 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, looking unto Yahshua, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Almighty.
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin [resisted sin unto the death of your “self”]. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of Yahweh,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom Yahweh loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” (From Proverbs 3:11-12)
If you endure chastening, the Almighty deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? (Hebrews 12:1-9)
Do you think I cannot provide for you? You must, because you continue to seek the gods of lesser things. I speak to you as an adult, even though I have asked you to be like a child in your faith (Matthew 18:3). Nevertheless, chastisement for your sins and rebuke for your resistance will be according to your age. Light spankings for adults will not suffice. You have heard My numerous warnings; My anger has been aroused. Beloved, do not despise My chastening. Do not be discouraged!
Even though it will hurt, I am with you during your correction. Do not pray against it; My rod has already swung. You will not escape this opportunity for growth. Perhaps now you will obey and return in true repentance. I know your thoughts. I know the truth about you. If your own carnality has overtaken your ability to see clearly, ask for help; My Son made the way. Whatever hinders you has been handled by His death and resurrection.
You can actively participate during this time of chastening; or you can struggle against it. But, either way, the path will be made straight. Throw off everything that obstructs your growth and the sin that so easily ensnares you. Remember…author and finisher. It is time to resist every sin, even unto your own bloodshed, even unto the death of your “self.” (Hebrews 12:1, 2, 4) It is the difference between true and illegitimate sons.