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21 May 2014

Clinging to Release

I remember when my children were toddlers with separation anxiety. This mama's heart could hardly take the tears and clinging, but, in time, they discovered that I would not abandon them. 
They learned to trust and they found a joy in their new autonomy.

I have found in this life in Christ, 
Holy Spirit is not opposed to bringing me to a place of separation.

Separation unto the Father. 

Separation unto the gospel. 

Anxiety can well up in my heart and overflow in tears that seek to blur my vision. 
The sense of clinging in my heart is not from fear of abandonment, but rather for a sense of loss. 
Each separation takes me further from those relationships I have depended on for so long. 
In His faithfulness, He allows me to see where I have leaned too hard on one or another.
He gently takes my hand that He might remove the crutch to which I cling.

An idol is something you turn to in a time of need 
and something you have to check with before you obey God.

 Like the Apostle Paul, it is God, 'Who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen...' 
It is a humbling place to be

~ Separated ~

The Word of the Lord to Abraham can leave your knees knocking.
 "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, 
unto a land that I will shew thee"

Oh, it sounds like a trip to Disney Land. It sounds like a delightful adventure. 
You can hear the birds singing and the see the butterflies flitting around. 
But you didn't think about what He meant when He said He would make the way straight and plain before you. A mountain, a valley, a rocky or crooked path? These things had no significance in your finite little mind. Sort of like getting on your first roller coaster.
weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
NOT!

And yet, it is delightful.

Over the years, I've ridden a few roller coasters, and climbed a few mountains. 
The valleys are deep, the rocks are hard and sharp, 
and the crooked paths make it difficult to to be sure what lies ahead.
I am often thankful for the revelation from many years ago, that He makes the way straight and plain,

~ ONE STEP AT A TIME ~

It is as we take the current step that He makes the next one straight and plain.

~ TRUST ~

Trust is the first requirement of a holy separation.

The Lord brings separation for many reasons:
To avoid strife (Gen 13:8)
To give a promise (Gen 13: 14-15)
To establish nations (Gen 25:23)
To provide an inheritance (Lev 20:24)
To bring you near to Himself (Num 16:9)
To establish a work (Acts 13:2)
Just to name a few.

In Act 13:2 Holy Ghost said, "Separate unto Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them" and later the Apostle Paul penned the words, "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God" (Rom 1:1) 

To be "separated unto the gospel of God", "the work whereunto one has been called"

Is to let go of the things that lie behind (the good and the bad) and to press on toward the high calling in Christ Jesus. Because, while nothing can separate from His love, 
there are those things that can separate from the work to which one has been called . 

For every believer, there is a separation from the world, to the body of Christ.
For some, there is a further separation to leadership. 
There is deeper separation to an office that equips the saints. 
Still, for the Apostles and Prophets, there is yet another separation.

Each separation has its own set of responsibilities corresponding to the work of the call. One set of responsibilities under girding the previous, requiring a lower place of humility.

An ear that hears, an eye that sees, and a heart that understands
enables a trust that baffles the minds men and delights the heart of God.

Separation anxiety is the result of immature fears of abandonment. The Lord will never leave us or forsake us. 
He is with us always. 
We can, and should, enjoy the autonomy of living separated unto Him.

With His Heart,
Kimberly



Faithful is He Who called you, He also will do it.
 1Th 5:24