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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Sons of the Kingdom, #26
This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, (I John 5:3)
God's commandments are not grievous. You do not have to cry out or force yourself to build the Kingdom of God. Learn to wait on the Lord and rest in Him. We are not speaking of being passive or lazy but of turning away from the efforts of the fleshly mind and soul and listening for the sweet voice of the Lord.
The Lord will lead you into fruitfulness after He has carefully trained you. Do not despise the years of training. The sons of the wicked one may be rushing about "doing the Lord's will." Pay no attention to them. Keep on patiently waiting for the Lord. Look to Him for every detail of life. The Lord is building His Church. He is more than willing to use you, but first you have to cease from your own works.
The great error of today is the attempt to make the Lord our servant. The Lord is not our servant. We are the Lord's servant. The Lord upholds His servants.
The rest of God.
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. (Hebrews 4:1)
Determine to enter the rest of God. The rest of God is that place of abiding in His perfect will. Cease from your own works, your own attempts to build the Kingdom of God. Wait on the Lord. He has planned your life from the foundation of the world. The Lord knows where you fit into the new Jerusalem, the Body of Christ. You do not know where you fit. In fact, you do not know anything at all, any more than the rest of us do.
Since you do not know anything, stop attempting to create your own heaven and earth. All was finished from the beginning. God is resting as His perfect plan is being carried out. Why don't you enter God's rest? The enemy will do all in his power to turn you back to your striving. If you let him lead you, you will be a tare, a son of the wicked one, even though you are busy in "the Lord's work." If you turn back into the works of the flesh, sooner or later you will begin to criticize and fight against those who are waiting on the Lord.
You are not called upon to correct the leadership of your assembly. You are not called upon to murmur, complain, gossip, and slander the elders of your church. It is not your responsibility to force some plan or program on the elders and the assembly.
Your task is to pray concerning what you feel to be God's will and to follow the Lord in peace and quietness of spirit. But if you try to force your agenda on the leadership of the assembly you will find yourself fighting against God. You will be a tare and will be separated from the wheat.
To be continued.