Friday Bulletin13: ELIMINATING RIGHTEOUS REMINDERS

SIX STEPS OF SEPARATION

Peter G Mkolesia
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STEP 1. DOUBTING GOD’S GOODNESS, WISDOM, AND PERFECTION OF HIS INTENTIONS TOWARD US.
STEP 2. BELIEVING THAT WE NEED MORE THAN GOD AND WHAT HE HAS PROVIDED TO SATISFY, SUSTAIN, AND SECURE OUR LIVES.
STEP 3. PLACING MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS ABOVE LOYALTY TO GOD
STEP 4. CONFORMING GOD AND HIS WORSHIP TO OUR WANTS AND EXPECTATIONS.
STEP 5. RESISTING GODS REPROOFS
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STEP 6. ELIMINATING RIGHTEOUS REMINDERS FROM OUR LIVES.

When Cain refused to heed the reproofs of God, the only way he could cope with his choice was to eliminate the things in his environment that reminded him of his failure before God. Abel was the first target. Cain’s instinctive response has become on going pattern in our own culture of hostility and intolerance towards symbols and proclamations of righteousness. Godly people are particularly irritating to us when we cling to our sin. We love to find their flaws, gossip about their shortcoming, and tell ourselves that we would never really want to be that holy. After all, there’s got to be more to life than just being sacred all the time.

These are the signals that we are well established in the far country. Use these as markers in your life. Are any of them reflective of attitudes or activities in your life? What could you do to reverse the direction and turn your face towards HOME? Any sense of satisfaction in an intimate relationship with God requires that we deal with the drift. We must also identity and deal with the obstructions.

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Agogo P!
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