Archive for November, 2014

10/4 Refusing to Relinquish our life to Hear God

November 3, 2014

 Jackson inner healingWe continue with one more post examining those who refuse to look at the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus for whatever reason. We suggested several possible reasons in our last post as to why people are not willing to ‘Relinquish’ their self-system, their self-sufficient way of life.  We could add those who have such a self focus, no other way of living seems possible.  It is this group that could benefit from Jesus’ Good News!  We know the Lord never turns His back on these He died for but gently continues to call them. 

Others may cry out that any religion is an escape from reality. Not so.  In fact it is the group who cling to their self-defences that may deny reality.  Filling that God-empty space inside with anything else but God is not facing reality.

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10/5 In Hearing God, We will Not face an angry, Judgemental God

November 18, 2014

light in forestWhen we start this journey, one of the biggest strangle-holds we need to deal with is the Conviction versus Condemnation.   Even as you step into this step of following Jesus, you felt a conviction – hopefully – and you responded. What is the opposite of that?  Condemnation!

In my over 30 years of counselling, many common problems emerge. Those of us who claim to be Jesus Followers must deal with this deadliest of enemies – following Jesus out of condemnation rather than Conviction!

Condemnation comes from the conscience while conviction comes from …. the Holy Spirit. Have you learned to tell the difference?  The Conscience is conditioned by our family or origin, our peers and our society.  We have ‘internalised’ the voice of Mother saying “You should….”  or “You aren’t ….”. All those shoulds, oughts, have to’s and musts are lodged in our Conscience as we grow up.

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