A man kneels down, his head is bowed, and he asks God to reveal a matter to him. God complies and shows the man the truth and the man wilts. That is not what I was expecting my Lord. Surely you must have misunderstood what I was asking? No my son, the problem is not theirs, but yours, and if you wish to see the desire of your heart – it is you that must change.
Now faced with the stark reality that a mans previous position was based on false premise what is he to do now. To comply with an internal change to modify an outward
circumstance has now become up close and personal and a little troublesome. Factoring external circumstances or an event that troubles us always cause’s a person to look outward at the circumstance and declare self-justification…, this is why I feel as I do. When difficulty comes we have tendency to blame another or even God. How could this be? What did I do to deserve this never once considering you are the one who is wrong. There remains a perversity somewhere within that we refuse to release and let go of. You don’t know what has happened to me if you did you might be a little bit more sympathetic towards me. A position of Self-justification again rises to the fore and we invoke all the ramifications of the victim syndrome and we become frozen in the very thing we despise and as long as we pay tribute to ourselves and God we live in perplexity. The attitude must be complete reliance upon God. When we do this it becomes easier to see that root cause of the issue has been of our own making and difficulties arise when we choose to usurp the authority of the Holy Spirit for our own ends. Always provoke your own thinking on a matter and go through the crushing process of making fine wine from the fruit of ego, pride, selfishness, and your own meanness of character. I will not suffer for the sake of holiness God does not expect me to carry out something that is contrary to my will, but God says you must. Take up your Cross (daily) and follow me, you who call me Lord. Denial of fleshly practices is a war to be fought out before God. You have to wrestle against the things that prevent you from getting to God. If God comes to you with an unwanted truth about yourself you will fight with Him as Jacob did and you will be crippled the rest of your life. If you should ask me to pray for your circumstance and I am not complete in Christ my prayer for you will not avail much but when we are complete in Christ our prayers avails every time.
The Christian states with prejudice, I am a Christian , a follower of Jesus Christ! And when the furnace of the Refiners Fire does draw nigh thee and at the first singe of Truth the flesh declares we are not so certain anymore about this heavy cost impugned on me. And St Paul declares “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness unto him.” It is only the loyal soul that believes God engineers circumstance and we are so busy creating our own environments that we pay no attention or even ponder the fact of God engineering them. Something like Jimmy Stewart praying before his families meal (The Movie Shenandoah) Paraphrased “Lord we ask you to bless this food – even though we planted it and harvested it but bless it all the same. From where came the seed, the rain, the earth for the planting or the concept of growing? When God breaks up a planned sequence of circumstance we wonder and then realize that we have again reverted from our God to our own devices and we forgot that it was He who ordered them and now we find ourselves repentant with the sorrowful understanding that we never recognized what He was after.
This is too hard, you ask too much. Our Lord’s teaching can be summed with the understanding that to us it is impossible unless He has done a supernatural work in us. The Sermon on the Mount is a statement to of what will happen to us when Jesus Christ has altered our disposition and put in a disposition like His. It is Christ in us that will carry this out into an experiential occurrence in our lives. Yes there is a cost, a price to be paid, and that price is the surrender of yourself unto Jesus and His plan which does indeed supersede your plans.
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”
Jesus states emphatically; I Am the Truth and no one comes to the Father but through me. He also informed us that it was expedient that he go away and that he would send us a Comforter who would guide us unto all Truth. So the question at hand is not Truth, but rather do you want Him more than you want yourself?