Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 3:17-4:1 (KJV); And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Wilderness experiences are part and parcel of growth and maturity in the Christian faith.
Right after the voice from heaven spoke, the Bible says that Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil (Matthew 4:1).
In the wilderness, God kills your flesh. However, such death cannot occur without an affirmation of one as a son. It is nearly impossible for one who does not know that he is a son to survive the wilderness.
This same pattern applies to the house of God in our day.
It takes the voice of one whom you have accepted as a spiritual authority in your life to speak the words that kill your flesh. If this is not the case, you will easily be offended by what your authority says.
There are people in the Church who will leave because of the rebukes that must grow them.
Why do they leave? The voice that spoke has not been accepted as a spiritual authority and as such, any words, even when spoken in love, are perceived as a personal attack.
The wisdom required of us is to understand our spiritual authorities and the voices that God has placed in our lives. We should never filter rebuke through the lens of insecurity but understand that certain admonishments spoken kill our flesh that we may grow in God. Hallelujah!
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, John 6:63
GOLDEN NUGGET: It takes the voice of one whom you have accepted as a spiritual authority in your life to speak the words that kill your flesh. If this is not the case, you will easily be offended by what your authority says.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for breaking me every day for Your plans and purposes. I recognize the voice of authority in my life and yield to its instructions as though they were from You. I know that You are dealing with me and in humility, I yield more and more to You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.