“Join Me in destroying those things in you that separate Us or limit Our intimacy. You must not tolerate them in you if you desire to be completely Mine. You know what they are. I have been pointing them out over and over again. I use My Word. I use those I bring to you. Now it’s time that you listen and submit to My hand upon you.
"As you fortify yourself against My intervention, you become opposed to Who I am. When you resist My removal of your sin and build your little support places to be able to remain where you are, instead of where I want you to be, you are no longer an ally to Me and My Word. That is not a good place to be! I am relentless in My covenant promise to make you into the image of Jesus.
"You have some choices to make. Make the right ones and your joy will return because We are walking together again. It is always good for you to side with Me. I win!”
2 Samuel 14:14b NIV
“But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.”
Romans 2:4 NIV
Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?
Eph 4:12-13 AMP
12) His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church),
13) [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him.
Hebrews 12:10-11 AMP
10) For [our earthly fathers] disciplined us for only a short period of time and chastened us as seemed proper and good to them; but He disciplines us for our certain good, that we may become sharers in His own holiness.
11) For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness – in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God].
Forgetting God’s promise to be relentless against our sin is not a wise thing to do. It can be great cause for confusion as we deal with the reminders He places before us, if we think that they are attacks; or, worse yet, harbor thoughts that He has turned away from us. His great love is what motivates Him to eliminate those things that harm us and our relationship with Him. We need to join with Him against those things, rather than fight the process.
Help me to learn to work with You, not against You, Lord,