Faith Child, because of our very nature of sinful rebellion – we have to go through the school of hard-knocks and learn to comply. Bottom line is if you do not want to go through that painful experience, you can just trust and lean on the Lord and let Him direct your paths in accordance with His Word and Will. You will submit to His Authority. For you to live is Christ you say, do you mean that? If you follow the Word, you
pshall not need to suffer the hard-knocks because you do not resist the Lord’s moulding of your character and you will rejoice in everything. Yes is the answer, for if you let Him carry you and you are pliable it will be smooth-sailing… but you are human.. and depending on where you are in the spectrum of being carnal and spiritual you will experience the hardknocks that come your way.
You see, if you submit your will to God’s will, it will be perfection for you. However, you won’t suibmit all the time because being human, you will be prone to take the reigns of your heart, resulting in your fall, and repentance and letting Him sit on the throne again and again through your life. As long as He does not sit on the throne of your heart, the hard-knocks are inevitable and they can be rather painful. Every promise of God with its conditions points the way out of the School of Hard-knocks, but we will not naturally follow, seeking rather to experiment if what He says is true. Each non-compliance with the conditions of promise throws you into the School of Hard-knocks and you will stay there till you have overcome the carnal nature that rears its ugly head once in a while. If only we can be totally committed to God. Every promise He made will become real to our experience and save the pain.
Why are we going through the School of Hard-knocks? Because we choose it versus the abundant life that Jesus promised to those who believe. In our unbelief we test the boundaries of God’s love and suffer the consequences of non-compliance. Thankful that He is merciful and full of grace or else we will all be consumed.
What God has joined, let no man put asunder. Through Christ, we have become His but man and the enemy of his soul would do everything to separate you from God. If you allow the devil one foothold into your life he will takeover, no doubt about it, and bring all the regrets. However, if you have decided to follow Jesus and will not turn back, He offers you the security that He has and the joy of beholding Faith Children get right with the Lord and living above the world. If you turn back there are the consequences of backsliding.
It is said of the book Taking back your faith from the American dream – Radical by David Platt that ““Radical will cause you to bounce on a spectrum between two words: ouch and amen. Tough truths do that. They challenge us to examine our lives and then choose the lasting over the temporary. Read Radical if you’re ready to live differently.”
—Gregg Matte, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Houston
So it is in life – do you choose ouch or amen?
In Luke 9 Jesus was not using a gimmick to get more followers. He was simply boldly making it clear from the start that if you follow him, you abandon everything – your needs, your desires, even your family. Jesus was calling them to abandon their comforts, all that was familiar to them and natural for them. – this means amen – so be it.
And if you have nothing, He becomes your everything. In the eyes of the world that is very hard. But once it is settled that you have nothing and He has everything, there will be no hard-knocks by resistance from you, whatever happens. Until then you will suffer hard-knocks with each resistance/rebellion against His best for you. Ouch!!
Jesus will make your difference if you choose AMEN! There will be hardships but they will not seem hard when you know the purpose of God and His power to carry you through.