The blessing and rewards of sonship would be more than enough to convince anyone to pursue the title within their own lives. This is want I think many churches have done. They have announced, long healthy lives, healing of aliments, prosperity, happiness, and a host of other promises. Yet, we do not see this fruit in the congregation. My desire is not to condemn any, condemnation should have no part in any Son, my hope is that we can all grow unto the Lord. The problem with announcing. the benefits of Sonship to those who do not know the Fathers nature and have not heard His voice, is that the only reason one would pursue at this point would be for flesh. However, you cannot be a son of the Father if you desire something other than His will. We do an injustice to those when we do not speak the whole truth of Christ, that is if you desire your life you will lose it, but if you lose your life, it is at this point you gain.
One problem we face in the pursuit of Sonship, is that if we are not submitted to the Fathers will, once afflictions come, we turn back to the old man. If we have no roots, nothing can sustain us during our transformation into Sonship. So many teach exclusion from affliction instead of deliverance and triumph over them. Without affliction we would not grow, our flesh would not be exposed. Without affliction we would not understand suffering, when we suffer we are challenged, we at this point face a decision, to produce compassion which is a characteristic of the Father or we produce bitterness. Bitterness arises when we pursue sonship for the benefits and blessings, if we pursue with the flesh, we can only produce the flesh. It is under submission that freedom is found, and the flesh cannot submit to the Spirit, for they war against each other.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my names sake. Matthew 5:11
To be clear there is noting wrong with wanting all the Father has for us, this desire is the mark of a son, but it wanting what the Father has for us not wanting our own will.
Morning thoughts 4/07