Key Words – Hypocrites & Happiness, Hardships & Holiness
Exodus 17:7 He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”
Phil. 2:5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
Matthew 21:32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.
Kingdom Principle: Authority comes from Christ’s Righteousness not Right Actions. (Don’t waste your time doing right actions, if your attitude is not that of Christ)
I no longer wonder how it could be possible that Israel, after they crossed the Red Sea and were delivered from the Egyptians, could suddenly forget and begin to grumble. For, I am an Israelite at heart. I can see how the more you see the hand of God – move you, rescue you, forgive you, save you, etc…. the more likely you are to be faced with the heart of Israel in you – grumbling for more of His provision and His deliverance rather than to face your own inconvenience and challenge. It is at this point where our attitude is forged into that of Christ or a Complainer. There remain two options at this point: 1. Embrace the challenge and submit yourself to a life of transformation and growth in the Kingdom where you peace is not dependent on your circumstance. Or 2. Chose not to believe in a God who has the power to deliver, raise from the dead, heal the sick and broken, and at times does not act in such a way, rather believe in a God who is pleased to reward and move based on your own actions rather than His own. Pharisees and Hypocrites have chosen #2 and complain that Christ was not righteous enough.
Israel saw God move and wanted more. The Pharisees saw God move and wanted it to stop. The Psalm tells us to pass on the power of God through story to all generations, which includes the story of suffering and hardship in the wilderness. Without suffering and hardship there is no need for deliverance. It is far better to say my life sucks, then later discover the joy of the Lord, than to say my life is perfect, only to be empty inside and cover it up in shame or pride.
The King has us in a process of holiness not happiness. He is Holy and wills for us to be Holy, lip-service is merely a means to happiness. It was not lip-service that brought Jesus to the Cross, and Jesus was willing to weep and express his heart-ache, “that there might be another way”. The way of the Kingdom is not for the weak, it is for those who embrace their weakness and cry out for help. It is not for those who have it all together, it is for those who together know that they need a King to save them. It is not about what you have done or what your are able to do for the King, it is about embracing the change of your heart in service to the King.
- Where have you said no to God, and He is nudging you to look again?
- Where have you said yes to God, and have failed to move into action?
- The Process of Holiness is one of change… How are you different today vs. 1 year ago?