Friday, 4 May 2018

The Life of Simply Trusting in God is the Blessed Life

Many people in the modern Church have the mindset that a blessed life is one which receives whatever one wants or desires. That is an extremely dangerous false teaching which has ensnared many in seeking to get what they want, leading them to do move ahead of God, or resort to illicit ways of getting what they want. It has caused many to loose faith in God in waiting on God, resulting in much frustration, leading to bitterness, which leads to unbelief.

To be blessed by God is to be favoured by God. What makes a person favoured by God is whether he or she walks righteously in the sight of God. He or she does not trust in himself or herself, but acknowledges God in all his or her ways.

Proverbs 3:5-6 gives great wisdom:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

The Bible specifically exhorts us to trust in the Lord with all one's heart and not lean on one's own understanding, because it is the human tendency to do precisely the opposite. People tend to trust in their own hearts, lean on their own understanding, not acknowledge God, but think of themselves as owing nothing to God, and think they are capable of directing their own paths.

The Bible tells us to seek wisdom, not riches, money, houses, relationships, success or power, for wisdom is the principal thing. Proverbs 4:5-9 says:

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

It is by wisdom that one can live right in the eyes of God, by which honour and glory come. True wisdom does not seek honour and glory for oneself. Anyone who seeks honour and glory for oneself is not wise, but a fool. Rather, it is that true honour and glory are the rewards of true wisdom. The wisest people are those who forsake honour and glory, and strive to do all things, only to honour God and give only God the glory. They seek to give no one else the glory, no pastor, teacher, prophet or deacon, or anyone else the glory but God. They seek to honour God and God alone. All their honour towards other people is ultimately to honour God, and not them. 

Only where one seeks to live to life only to ultimately honour God and give all glory to Him, and not anyone else, one's desires will be God's desires for oneself. 

It is only when one's desires are perfectly aligned with God's will for oneself that one can be truly joyful, fruitful and successful. Whenever one's desires are not perfectly aligned with God's will for oneself, even to the slight, one will not be joyful, fruitful or successful.

Many in the professing Church have no joy, fruit or success. They are laden with heavy burdens, frustration, bitterness towards God and discontent. They are full of misery, loneliness and depression. This is ultimately because their desires are not perfectly aligned with God's will for them. One key reason is because of the false teaching that one needs to pursue one's own desires that has lead them into  the deep spiritual error of not trusting in God and leaning on His ways, but striving to satisfy their own desires instead.

The result is that their desires are not good desires, which lead them to much spiritual bondage. Any good desires they have had become perverted into evil desires, which control them, and lead them into seeking to satisfy such desires in their own ways. Such is lust, be it for money, power, sex, success, or anything else the desire for which controls the person. 

While all sin is from the heart, false teaching serves to keep people in bondage to such sin, by deception. It prevents them from the cure to such sin. The false teaching that one is blessed because one has whatever one wants or desires is one such teaching. It implies that if a person does not have whatever what one wants or desires, that person is less blessed, or worthy. This drives people to desperation, which leads to ungodly sorrow, which leads to death: For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death ( 2 Corinthians 7:10).

Those of you who teach that one is blessed because one has received whatever one wants or desires for oneself have blood on your hands. You drive people to desperation to satisfy their desires because you teach them not to trust in God, lean on His understanding, acknowledge their ways, to let Him direct their paths. Yet, when people fall into all kinds of sin, sorrow and pain because of that desperation you have caused in them, you do nothing to help them out of sin, or show compassion. Instead, you simply bully, ostracise, browbeat, mock, ridicule and laugh at them, thinking you are superior to them when you are just a sick individual. 

The simple life which is a life which simply trusts in God, and seeks only to honour and give all glory to God, is the blessed life. Do not let anyone deceive you into thinking otherwise.