What Is Hindering Me?

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A current and direct reflection of my own life:

Q. What is holding me back from the progress and growth that I aspire to?

Q. What is the ultimate objective of the progress and growth I seek?

A. I have become complacent and tolerant. Tolerant of the things that I should not be doing. The biggest hindering block in my life right now- is myself.

How so?

By allowing myself to continue indulging in activities and behaviors that God has explicitly forbid me to. Plain and simple.

Here is the perfect example:

2 Timothy 2:22 (which happens to be today’s date) The entire precipice of my hindrance is my failure to abide by verse 22.

Revisiting the 2nd question at the top of this message-
Q. What is the ultimate objective of the progress and growth I seek?

Verse 21 contains the answer- “if you stay away from sin……then Christ himself can use you for His highest purposes.”

Let me be clear about one thing, God has never led me to believe that I am capable of refraining from sin. Nor do I believe it is possible. Don’t buy into any teaching that claims such. That’s ridiculous. There is only ONE who could refrain- and that was Jesus Christ.

What God IS saying- is to refrain from indulging, participating, and having anything to do with the behaviors/activities/ that He Himself has already worked with each of us directly on, taught us, spent time with us on, and has already convicted us in our hearts that doing so- is wrong. These are the things we MUST avoid. That I must avoid, if I am to have any hope of being the sharp, calibrated, ‘ready to use’ instrument for Christ.

Every time I relent to temptation, my usefulness declines. My readability. Doctors do not reach for the instruments that are dull, uncalibrated, or not sanitized. These are the real consequences of entertaining and courting temptation, instead of abiding by God’s counsel in verse 22.

“Run! Run, from anything that gives you evil thoughts…”

My recent short prayer:

Father,

I ask you, please, to strengthen my durability and capacity to resist temptation. That I may immediately follow Your counsel- and stop entertaining temptation, courting it, and associating with it- instead help me RUN to YOU, let me court You, Your Word, and Your Goodness. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.

Thank you for visiting. Thank you each for reading. God direct and strengthen you each, in Jesus name, Amen.

Published by Benmadley777

My aim is to help others make sense of their own lives, by sharing the failures and misfortunes of mine. Misfortune and failure lead a man to the unmistakable clarity of his deception- That there is no need, nor room for God, because he himself is self sufficient, well educated, rich and capable. The more the man stays his ground, holding fast to his position- the more suffering he shall bring into his life. Suffering is the ground upon which elimination of the false occurs and perception of the Truth begins. After enough time is spent courting Misery, Pain, Humiliation, Slavery, Emptiness, one seeks to stop the bleeding. Some men prefer to bleed their way to death rather than admit their ignorance; that their way will never work. While other men, surrender, which is the beginning of knowledge. By surrendering the man does not fall, he rises and steps foot upon the path of Eternal Wisdom and Truth. It is the path that leads to Eternal Life- the pursuit of knowledge, is the pursuit of Almighty God- Man's Creator. *If you have questions, concerns, need direction, prayer, you may email me.* I do not charge for what Almighty God has given me freely. Bhines7165@gmail.com

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