We must be at full attention and listen to His instructions to go forth in immediate obedience. We need to prove ourselves in all things. (1 Thessalonians 5:21) Whatever He tells us to do; do it! As the Holy Spirit is perfecting us — whether for carpentry, parenting, typing, painting, signing, or public speaking — we are being developed to do our best.
Recall that even Jesus learned obedience and grew in wisdom and favor with God. (Hebrews 55:8-9, GNB) Remember, each of us is gifted and called by Father God to use our gifts for the church’s benefit (the Church is the body of Christ).
I love and enjoy being the Titus 2:3-5 ‘older woman’! Teaching is my gift. God needs teachers, missionaries and evangelists to go wherever He calls. Other examples include people to “go” to programs like: Habitat for Humanity that needs carpenters; Hands and Hearts that needs people with a strong conviction to repair devastated areas, bringing the love of Christ and restoring hope, and more.
We need to set boundaries and finish what we start by following God’s daily instructions. This may require us to unblock or re-establish communications with friends and loved ones. Sometimes we get angry, feel pressure and hear verbal abuse all around us. We may even be attacked. Do we respond with negative reactions? Do we make the choice to respond in love. Only WITH the Holy Spirit’s comfort, help, guidance, and understanding can we overcome worldliness. This is part of our journey to perfection. Wait before the Lord; follow His leading… for timing is crucial.
If we go prematurely, to satisfy our egos, thinking we need to re-establish a broken relationship, the result could be very disappointing. We need to wait before and with the Lord until He tells us to go.
This, too, is part of our journey into perfection. Continue praying, even fasting, if He leads you. Remember certain things only occur with fasting and prayer. (Matthew 17:21, AMP) God is faithful!
I’m still learning about setting boundaries and completely following God’s instructions. A few months ago, I added a class to Ark programs. It’s called “Boundaries,” based on the best seller by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend. This is a follow-up course to our Anger Management Resolution and Domestic Violence Intervention classes. We need to resolve anger, not just face it.
The setting of boundaries about Spiritual teaching (the word of God) is part of our total healing. Please read and pray Psalm 51 over yourself and others who are hurting, who need to reconcile with family and friends. Thank God that, if we practice to become perfect, we can do it through the power of the Holy Spirit.