- Jim Corbett
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“When I put you in a place where you cannot move and have hemmed you in all around so that you must make difficult choices, I am allowing you to see who your god really is. In most cases, your god is your need at the time. It is all that you can think about. It is what you focus all of your attention on. It is what you serve with all your heart. You must take your eyes off of your need and find what I am doing in your situation. Begin to focus on the need of others. Begin to find My purpose in the situation that you are in. Fools serve Me only from their comfort areas. My power flows through you when you serve Me from a place of challenge.”
Matthew 26:53-54 NIV
53) “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?
54) But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
Luke 23:34 NIV
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Phil 4:13 AMP
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
Jesus cared more for the souls of those who drove the nails in His hands than He cared for the pain He was going through. Paul ministered to those in need from a prison cell. Those who lost their homes proclaimed the gospel from their place of need.
Throughout the Word of God, we see the true heart of many individuals emerge when they are faced with much need themselves. We see the rich young ruler choosing to cast aside his own salvation rather than loosen his grip on his god of money. In contrast, we see Paul choose obedience to his Lord over his own comfort and safety. Each instance was an exposure of heart motive. One failed miserably; the other glorified the Lord.
At this very moment in time, I believe that God is again exposing the true heart motives of the church. From difficult places, extreme circumstances, unusual challenges, and God- orchestrated opportunities, whether we know it or not, we are once again proclaiming out loud by our words and actions, who or what holds our hearts and is the true lord of our lives. Our mask of religion is being taken from us by everyday occurrences, revealing an honest image of who we really are and what god controls our lives.
Bring me to repentance if I serve anyone or anything but you, Lord,