Sacrifice…I’ve been thinking alot about this word recently because I went in for some advice to a person who I trust to counsel me. I thought in my head, before going in, that I will state my case and ‘this is how it will go and this is what he will tell me’ I had already prepped this person by telling him my ‘problem’ via email and asked that He pray before I see him. He did, and told me what he thought the Lord was impressing upon him to talk to me about.
First, I must interject, the Lord is never changing. The Lord spoke to me several years ago about a particular subject, it was eye opening and I knew that even though it was hard it was what the Lord was asking of me. As time went on, I decided to do it my own way again and the results were no change. When I was going about it the Lord’s way I saw movement, I saw change, I saw ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’ but as time went by my flesh over road what I knew to be true and went back to going around the same ole mountain over and over again.
The advice given to me, after much prayer on my behalf, was exactly what the Lord told me to do years ago. I had never told this person about the revelation of what the Lord had spoken to me about years ago, I told him ‘my problem’. When this person told me this advice, advice I ALREADY knew, I almost started laughing, ‘like, are you serious?’ The Lord, He isn’t going to change His mind because I don’t want to do it His way, or it’s too uncomfortable for me!He just keeps being patient with me and letting me do things my way, be miserable enough to listen and do AGAIN!
This whole time I have felt I’ve been ‘sacrificing’ by me doing things the way I want to do them and the results are not turning out the way I wanted so I was sacrificing in the situation.
I am learning, that I do need to sacrifice by doing it the Lord’s way, being obedient to what he has asked me to do, and the results? Change, transformation, answered prayer.
The sacrifice I make in my fleshly manner will only be sacrifice in vain.
The sacrifice to die to my flesh and do it God’s way will only turn out the way God designed it, which is in return, the whole goal, when we live to be in His will and in His ways.