From the 40 Days of Daily Bread Series.
On your journey with God you will go through seasons of various gaits. If you want to fulfill your destiny, then likely you will find yourself enlisted in God’s army, marching. To march is be subjected to methodical discipline, not one you would normally choose as a comfortable form of travel.
In this world, the army makes a person into someone they can use. Those enlisted don’t have a vacation whenever they want. He must submit to order and authority. He is trained to be in cooperation as a unit, not off doing his own thing. The Body of Christ can relate to the Father in the same way, especially in regard to character disciplines.
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Timothy 2:3-4
Some Old Dirt On Me
I’ve been singing on the Worship Team since I was about twelve. Very often early on I was asked to sing solo parts, extras, etc. After a few years, God saw my stinking prideful attitude. More frequently someone else was asked to sing the special part that was normally delegated to me. I threw my temper tantrums to God:
That’s the part I wanted!
You’re being selfish.
My voice and ability is better!
It should go to me!
I learned that God could anoint a singer with flawed technique if his heart is right. And I would sit in the shadows pouting, eaten alive with my own nasty response. Eventually I allowed God to start removing the pride deeply embedded in my heart. But it took time; it had to come off in layers. Many tears later I learned to rejoice when another was chosen instead of myself, and even suggesting another take the part.
Apply the Word
This section is to help us respond to His promptings. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22
If you don’t acknowledge sin areas, how will you be free of them? Ask God to show you any areas where you have tried to put the “I” in “Team.” Tell God you are willing to let Him whip you into shape so you can be useful.
Write what God shows you in your journal. Write the verses from this post in your journal and pray them over yourself.
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:1-2 NKJV
Question: Was there a time that you didn’t respond properly when God used someone else instead of you?
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I’m in God’s army even though marching is not a comfortable form of travel. [Tweet this]Photo credit: Amber Karnes (Creative Commons)
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