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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Three Aspects of the Rest of God, #13
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Isaiah 14:13,14)
A third area of opposition comes from within our own will. It is presumption. Presumption operates in at least four dimensions:
A compulsion on our part to follow our own will rather than the will of the Lord. Self-will, self-importance, self-seeking, self-centeredness, self-love—all of these are symptoms of a mammoth ego determined to force its own will, that is stubbornly resolved to do whatever it chooses to do. This is king self in all his majesty. It is Satan's image in man.
An unwillingness on our part to confess our sins and shortcomings while at the same time we are quick to point out the sins and shortcomings of other people.
A lack of understanding of God and His ways, a lack of understanding caused by the sinful forces that drive us.
A desire to be preeminent accompanied by pride and arrogance of personality.
The love of the world, the lusts of the flesh, proud stubbornness of will, and the desire to be preeminent among one's fellows—these all must be overcome if we are to enter our inheritance in the Lord.
How do we overcome these fierce, vicious enemies of God and His Christ? We overcome them by the means God has given us. God has given us the body and blood of Christ, the written testimony of the Apostles, the Holy Spirit, the born-again experience, the assembly of saints. God has forgiven all our sins so we may begin to enter His rest without a guilty conscience.
Notice once more the foundation stones:
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. (Hebrews 6:1,2)
We are to repent from our dead attempts to make ourselves righteous apart from Christ. We are to exercise faith toward God. We are to be baptized in water and in the Spirit of God. On certain occasions we are to have hands laid on us for healing or to give us direction and strength for life or for our ministry. We are to learn to live by the resurrection life of Jesus so we attain to the resurrection of life. We are to cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He judges our sin, washing our robes in the blood of the Lamb by confessing our sins and turning away from them.
To be continued.