Lesson 7 - Introduction

  

Before we begin Principle 11, let’s review what we have already studied and have prayerfully begun to live. We have come to deal with our denial on a regular basis because of our growing and developing relationship with God. Lying to others and ourselves has ceased to be our practice. Now we realize and recognize the freedom found by living in the light and telling the truth. With the result of confronting our denial, our will now has a desire to be conformed to the image of Christ's will. With the assistance of the Holy Spirit, we are now able to follow and be humbly directed into an abundant life, pleasing to the Lord.

The results of doing an inventory have made way for us to conquer the fear, guilt, shame, and condemnation that had ruled us in the past. The result of discovering the faith and power to move ahead and the ability to confront our past without condemnation have given us a new courage and zeal to continue on our path of righteousness. Job 10:6 "That You should seek for my iniquity and search out my sin,…"

With the healing that has resulted from allowing God to reveal to us our sins and His graciousness to grant us the ability to repent from them (2 Timothy 2:25-26), we now have within us the desire for full reconciliation with those relationships within our ability to reconcile. With the help of God and His gift of other people by our side, we are now given the desire to clear and clean up those sins that have separated us from our loved ones, friends, and acquaintances. Our consciences are now being healed and sensitized to the voice of God, and our practice of obedience is making our boldness more evident. Because of the newly found sensitivity and conscious awareness of the feelings for others, we now seek out God’s will before we act. We are beginning to learn and recognize the fact that our reconciliation process is not entirely about us, but is primarily about others. Therefore, we are willing to endure and persevere the tough, lonely times where the ones whom we have hurt are not willing immediately to reconcile. It is God’s responsibility to develop the desire in the hearts of others to forgive and reconcile with us. Because of the new work that is ongoing within us, we now have the ability to suffer and wait for God’s season and timing. Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He has made everything beautiful in its time….”

We have also looked at the first phase of the necessity of keeping our conscience and walk clean. We saw our need of having God’s perspective when it comes to our sin. By doing a daily inventory, we are able to surrender to the will of God and practice holiness. We are given the hope and the promise that if we are willing and obedient to put into practice these principles, we will be used as holy vessels in the Master’s hand.

Prayer is the second phase in the development of this walk. It is the lifeline of communication and communion. It is the one area that must develop within us in order to have a fruitful and vibrant life. With a living prayer life, we can be assured that we can have the desires of our hearts because prayer doesn’t change things, it changes us. It causes us to learn to listen to His voice. It causes us to distinguish and discern His voice from others that beg for our attention. Prayer teaches us to respond and obey to what we hear Him say. It helps us to learn to surrender to His will, and through practice, we learn to pray for His will to be done, not our own. When we pray for His will through the course of this life, we are promised that whatever we ask in His name we will receive.