7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
I am feeling the tug of the Holy Spirit today to lay down many things I have begun to put my trust in …OTHER than God. For the people who are close to me … you know the things I have already suffered through as well as the things that I continue to lay down before the feet of Jesus. Yet somehow this is a new requirement that God is asking of me that goes along with a timeless principle…. dying to self!
Many people will not and cannot understand the call that God places on each of us and what He asks us as individuals to do… they make no sense to our limited human mind. But in this wilderness season in my life I am learning that patience is necessary to make it to the next promise. The things that this world offers are temporary, including the things we think we “need” to survive. And God has commanded us not to love the things in this world, even those things we think we need, simply because He is our true source of life and our sustainer!
This past year for me there has been a cutting away of things and people…God how that hurts.Sometimes it could be God telling you to walk away from a relationship but then it could be something like Genesis 12:1 leaving your hometown and all your family behind to go to a place that He will show you. I have been stripped of everything I put a value on. Yet I know in my heart that God has taken the familiarity and comfort of such things out of my life to show me yet another level of truly trusting in Him. The wilderness is a place where even the very food you are to eat to sustain life is handed down by God in His timing which may not necessarily be when you “think” you should eat… and it requires faith that worketh patience to quietly trust that He will.
See…what good would it do to have all the material possesions and comforts you desire but then a sickness hits your body and you have no power through faith to command it to leave your body and it obey you? Faith isn’t an easy walk… it draws every ounce of patience inside of you out to walk in… until the promise is fulfilled. But it is fulfilling. I want God to use me and the power of His Spirit operating through me to bring about healing and deliverance to others that are lost and hurting. It hurts and brings water to my eyes because of what I must go through to see it manifested, however it is a small price to pay considering what Jesus endured for me plus the lives that will be changed as a result of it. Romans 8:18 says For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
I count it all loss that I may intimately know Him and the POWER of His resurrection!