Today, I had another fake call claiming to be from the IRS with intention of frightening me. Even after knowing it was false, there appeared a heaviness in my thought. Immediately, I turned to God and Hebrews 12:3 which reads “Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” If I do not address this kind of thinking, it becomes overwhelming and goes from the subtle serpent in Genesis to the raging dragon in Revelations.
Knowing this is not about me but the opportunity to know more about God and my relationship to Him. Only Spiritual growth is going on as I tend to these matters and I am grateful.
As I think on the word, “Sacrifice”, immolation comes to mind. We are never asked to sacrifice anything that is Good for our Spiritual growth, but we are expected to sacrifice self-pity, which leads immediately to self-condemnation, self-justification and self-righteousness. One can never experience joy while “wallowing” in any of those. Freedom from mental bondage comes from the release of those and focusing on God. Once I heard an expression which I love, “God is, error isn’t and that’s that!”
Spiritual growth comes from trials and is proof of God’s Love. It is never punishment, just as we were not being punished by the teacher in school when we were tested, but just making sure we understood what we were studying.
Lessons always become blessings when viewed properly.