Are you willing to drink the cup destined for you?
Abba asked me if I am willing to be a Job or not. Will I be okay to experience the turmoil Job experienced? Am I willing to be refined by fire some more?
I answered with a soft-fear-of-the-Lord “yes”, though I know being refined is tough, challenging and sometimes painful.
This year, I believe we will face more trials and tribulations than in 2020. How else can we be prepared? This is the year of preparation, after all.
1 Peter 1:6–7
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Can you remember the events that took place in the garden of Gethsemane? Before Jesus was taken captive for His crucifixion, He prayed to Abba:
“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.
What stands out for me in Luke 22 is when Jesus admitted His feelings towards this cup, He still chose to consciously pray that His Father’s will be done. How profound that the angel appeared after this! Selah …
What does this reveal to you?
What would happen if you were OPEN enough to face your fears, insecurities, traumas or pain? And then choose Abba’s will instead of what you are feeling.
Our fleshly minds lie to us in the fact that it says if we admit, utter or honestly say how we feel, we are weak. If we struggle with past traumas or pain, we learn to resent, criticise and judge ourselves. Sounds familiar?
In facing our fears, insecurities, traumas or pain we unlock a wonderful remarkable opportunity for Jesus to appear and strengthen us. An angel strengthened Jesus (Luke 22), but He will strengthen us (Isaiah 40:31).
How glorious! Does this not encourage you to feel and face your fears?
We can celebrate our vulnerability knowing we are embraced by our Father regardless of our emotions! Yeah!
1 Corinthians 2:16
“For who has understood the mind of the Lord to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
We have the mind of Christ because we chose Jesus and believe in Him. Our fleshly mind, as we discipline it and allow the Holy Spirit to teach and change us, is replaced by the Mind of Christ. This is a process and requires self-care and patience. It is, however, impossible to activate the Mind of Christ without facing our false beliefs, baggage and patterns.
It is our responsibility to solve the issues or pain trauma printed on our souls. We need to identify the beliefs and patterns behind trauma actively operating in our minds. Why? Without removing the patterns, our minds will keep on going back to what was instead of moving forward.
In my opinion, removing beliefs and patterns are part of mind renewal and the result of repentance. (Matthew 3:8) However, removing patterns and beliefs are not for the faint of heart. It takes courage and stamina, and to me, it is the bravest thing one can do. The one that truly overcomes their past, is an overcomer! It all starts with a choice.
Yes, the Holy Spirit is the one to help us with this process because Jesus blood-bought our freedom.
But, to allow our stubborn fleshly minds to be changed, is up to us. The unconscious mind does not like change and often see change as trauma. To breakthrough, the barriers of our own minds, therefore, is the hardest part. (2 Corinthians 9:5)
How can we breakthrough the barriers of our own minds and make sure we do not resist the refining process?