Balance is what Pleases our Lordís Heart
Penned by:††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kevin OíConnor
Date penned:††††††††††††††††††††††† Oct 23, 2017
Thought:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† To share what I believe Truly brings Glory and Honor to our Lord & King
Scriptural Springboard:††† Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Pro_11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
Pro_16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.
Pro_20:23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
One of my thoughts that I believe the Lord had me pen way back on Dec 13, 2002 was the following; http://www.rubornagain.com/bull's-eye.htm which truly emphasizes this truth of balance. We as people tend NOT to be balanced but tend to drift either more to a person of Truth OR of Spirit and to be excessively one or the other does NOT bring Glory and Honor to our Lord & King Jesus.
As a teenager BEFORE finally being filled with the Blessed Holy Spirit (Praise our Lord for Him!) I had come to faith in Jesus as my Lord BUT, I hadnít experienced the breaking of my will AND the filling of the Holy Spirit. Thus being hungry for God, I was doing EVERYTHING in my power to get close to Him, like memorizing a chapter of Godís Word each week (this while being a 15 year old teenager by the way), sharing the four spiritual laws by Bill Gothard, you name it, I was doing it while the whole time, I was feeling more and more fake.
And then it finally happened, God made it through my old tough hide and broke me so that the Beautiful Holy Spirit could fill me! WOW what a testimony that is and would be very happy to share with any and all wanting to hear it.
So since I was about 16, Iíve lived and walked a Spirit filled life and so have walked with Jesus, my Lord & King since 9 years old thus totaling 51 years of walking with Him so far. That has been 51 years of faithfully (ONLY Thanks to Him!) serving Him without straying to do my own thing. During this last 51 years, the Lord called me into active and passionate intercessory prayer for about 10 years where I would go to bed about 7 p.m. and awake at about midnight and then find an open church building and lift the rafters in all out singing shouting and praying fervently from anywhere between about 2 and 4 a.m. Mon Ė Friday. And afterwards work for the FAA for about a 10 hour day (4 on and 3 off).
What I found by pulling out ALL of the stops and totally and completely delighting myself in Him is that one canít do that without Him wanting to reciprocate and fill the one doing so with TONS of thoughts that one tends to ask. And so, many of those thoughts have been placed down at; http://www.rubornagain.com/food4thought.htm
OK, now that I feel I have laid groundwork necessary for this penning, let me continue. Prior to being broken and filled with Godís Spirit, I was only a person of ĎTruthí and very little ĎSpirití. And, after finally getting filled with His Spirit and continuing with Him for 51 years now, thereís quite a few things I feel He has taught me. And one of them is how we as people tend to either drift to one side or the other of Truth and Spirit that our Lord mentions in John 4:24.
Those prior to the yielding to the Spirit tend to be people who over emphasize ĎRightly Dividing the Word of Truthí while those after finally yield to Him (The Holy Spirit) tend to then over emphasize being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and neglect obedience to the Word. I have learned that over emphasis to either end both result in a person becoming unbalanced and thus unfruitful to our Lord & King Jesus as a result.
as Iíve walked these 51 years, it seems that those who have yet to experience
the breaking and thus filling of the Holy Spirit, tend to share and witness
from a spirit of works or religion while those who have experienced it and have
come out of that spirit (one-sided religious spirit) then tend to drift far to
the other side of the equation and then say itís FAITH , FAITH, FAITH, and then
neglect the whole reason itís faith, for obedient service for our Lord &
King which drifts back towards to the Truth side of the scales. And from those
being saved out of that spirit, they tend to NOT want to even go that direction.
BUT, both extremes do NOT bring Glory and Honor to our Lord & King Who
Himself was very very clear as to WHY He Saves us
Ďfor those being saved to GO AND SIN NO MORE!í And These (those saved out of the spirit of religion) are those who tend to emphasize Eph 2:8&9 and then neglect WHY God says what He says there, itís for VERSE 10! And yet, because itís going in that direction of obedience (Thereís the Truth again) it is avoided with an excuse to ďThis is only being shared as a witness to bring people into the KingdomĒ, Iím sorry, but God wants His kids to be balanced ALL the time and NOT lopsided to Ďfill the Kingdomí.
Those who over emphasize the Truth side of the scales have their argument and those who over emphasize the Spirit side have theirs, BOTH are NOT fruitful to His Glory, Honor and Praise! To over emphasize Faith is to say, Iím only presenting desert first so that they will then want the meat, WHAT?! Once you train a child like that, do you think that they would even look at the meat? Not hardly.
Everything we do during this life will have eternal consequences associated with it, everything! Even how I listen to the Holy Spirit in penning these thoughts and how those who read it respond. For God is NOT mocked for what a person sows, they will reap. †God is in the process of growing Kings and Priests for His Son, He does not do that lightly.
Heavenly Father, thank You for being a God of Balance! Ever teach us to listen intently to all You are trying to speak into our spirits to continually transform each one that names the Name of Your Son as Lord & Savior into His image and not our own. For, itís in His Everlasting, Glorious, and Matchless Name we pray, Amen.
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