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ESCAPING ABUSE: “MY SOUL IS [CALM AND QUIET] LIKE A WEANED CHILD…” (Ps. 131:2.)
Everyone who raised a baby would know how, when it is time to wean the child from mother’s milk or the bottle, that child can fight, plead, kick and scream. The child fights like this for milk because he believes it is his life; everything revolves around it. Then, (if the mother persists in denying the child, presenting him with solid food,) one day, the child is suddenly weaned; calm and quiet. This is exactly the fight believers have with themselves - and those who refuse to repent from the lusts of this world. Heard a guy say the other day that his whole life is based on love, and when he falls in love it must be unconditionally from both sides, without expecting or demanding anything. This must be very nice for people who care nothing about God, themselves and others, because they never make a commitment to anyone. Sadly, this is satanic love not Godly love. God’s love is never unconditional.
There is only One Way, One Door, One Truth, One Life, One Blessor, One Savior, One Redeemer… His name is Jesus, and no one comes to God except through Him, and through His full atonement in the place of all humanity. Also, no one stays in Him without obedience to His Moral Law of Love: “Love [or commit to, honor, respect, obey] the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength, and your neighbour as yourself…” If we think we can change “love” to mean a lack of commitment to Morality: senseless fornication, rebellion, infidelity, etc., we are really deceiving ourselves. No relationship, marriage especially, can exist in sin and non-commitment. Commitment to God, His Gospel of Truth, and others is what keeps us human.
We must not deceive ourselves; we are our own, worst enemies. The devil is always somewhere busy planning our fall, and yes, he also uses other people, especially our loved ones, whom we trust, and on whom we rely. But the call of carnality is so strong, that most believers never grow in truth and obedience to Christ; living a double life, deceiving themselves, (Jam. 1:8; 2:14-22.)
Self-deception is another mighty weapon in the hands of the devil. God is into totality: He wants our whole spirit, soul, body and life, devotion, trust… not just a portion of us. He is patient as we allow the Holy Spirit to teach and lead us into “all truth,” but He will not tolerate unrepentance and Moral disobedience forever. As long as “sin” is kept alive by our non-commitment to the truth of God and disobedience to the Voice of the Holy Spirit, we will kick, scream, yearn, beg… for that particular lust, that particular evil person whom we “love too much” to obey Jesus’ commandment in dealing with constant unrelenting people, (Mt. 18:15-20.)
There is only one way to die to sin: we must see sin, or that person, situation, or ourselves exactly for what they/we are. Jesus said “If you abide [stay] in My Word, you are truly My disciples. And [then] you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” (Jn. 8:32.)
I know of a woman who lived for two-thirds of her life in bondage to a very ‘good’ man, who was actually a very shrewd child molester, fornicator, adulterer, and womanizer all his life. He even kept one of the girls he molested as a ‘second wife’ for some thirty years while pretending to be the ‘good’ husband! His wife never focused on how he really controlled her life and therefore, she did not know how he was deceiving her. Even as a ‘born again’ believer, at the Lord’s Supper, in prayer and in ministry, he continued to live in lust and underhandedness — supposedly confessing his sin to God but lying and to her, (Jam. 5:16; Mt. 5:23.) When the wife could not stand the inward false settlements and the suspicion without proof any longer and constantly began to confront him, he confessed only some of his gross adulterous affairs – but still hid behind his ‘good,’ ‘kind,’ face and the ‘great evil’ he committed with other women and little girls.
The wife always sought reasons to overlook how badly he was actually treating her – and she always blamed other women for ‘making men stumble.’ It was only until God revealed the most terrible facts of her life with that man; how he forced her to live in fornication and a farce – a double life, a false matrix, without any truth and love, that she could stop blaming other woman and stand up to him. The pain, humiliation and rejection was unbearable, but at last, she was not living in denial and self-deception anymore.
The truth of who that man really was weaned her soul from him and his evil.
She was deceiving herself to believe she would perish without his love – she never had it in the first place.
So, if we humans expect total commitment from one another, we certainly cannot expect God to be satisfied with only a portion of us.
That’s why Jesus warned in Jam. 4:4; 1:8, “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?... Let not that [half-hearted] person suppose that [he/she] will receive anything from the Lord: he [or she] is a double-minded person; unstable in all his [or her] ways.”
May God give us the grace to allow His truth (and the truth of all other things) to wean our souls from sin, self-deception and bondage to people, to be calm and quiet in the wonderful grace of our God.
Casting Lots to Determine the Will of God for a Particular Situation — is it still valid under the New Covenant?
Supplement reading: How do we know the Voice of God?