Few in the leadership of the church will admit they are basically insecure. This is not a negative reality, actually it is a basic truth, even a requirement to serve. God’s strength can only grow in us as we acknowledge the best we can do is say “I surrender to your Love."
To say “I am weak and He is strong,” is far, far more than a nursery school song. Unfortunately, personal weakness in those who will not acknowledge it is hidden by pride. Those who take ownership of their weakness and come to the Lord will not be disappointed nor rejected. Actually our Father has been waiting for you to come to this point. He has organized every situation and encounter to bring you to the point where life becomes greater than you can handle and it breaks you. He comes to pick you up not reject you. Our submission to true honesty about ourselves opens us up to the very heart of God to fill us. His benevolent embrace brings us out of our brokenness into a new state of being. The Kingdom of God, the bible says, is “Righteousness, Peace and Joy in His Spirit.” The Kingdom is not a place but is a condition. He brings to the humble the very qualities of Heaven. I believe this wonderful Truth. God is not trying to get us to Heaven but He through Jesus, has brought the Kingdom to us here on the earth where we really need it.
Not all will allow the painful revelation of personal inner weakness to lead them to the true restoration that only the Father can give. Without being Fathered by God, what do we have to give this confused world? It can only be manufactured concepts with no redeeming value resulting in false images of God. All mankind has weakness. When leaders have not had an authentic encounter with God and do not know His continuous abiding Presence, there is an emptiness that demands to be filled with something. The choice is to swallow pride and call out to God to heal the soul, or erect a religion empty of redeeming eternal values.
Only God can give Power to transform us to be His Son or Daughter.
Not all traditions and rituals are empty, but many skirt the fact that inside man is like a broken pot that can’t be fixed. Past wrongs and hurts are pushed down and hidden in the recesses of the heart and mind. What is negative inside has a way of spoiling our dreams and hope for a good life. Temporarily the soul is soothed by empty traditions but it is like medicine that only touches the symptoms and in the end it too is harmful.
Some traditions and rituals do help us toward God, but eventually Jesus fills all places in the heart with Himself.
There is the danger of putting God in a box here. At times He seems to break many of my concepts about Him. Even dead traditions can be given Life from God to help a hungry heart, for a time. One must be careful and have Heavenly Wisdom when helping others. Spiritual fathers and mothers are particularly gifted with wonderful discernment. Their love brings many from faith in traditions to a wonderful experience of Love and Family.
When all is said and done ,it is the Father's love through Jesus that takes us to heaven and nothing more.
I’m praying for you, Dan
Dan Chappell was fathered in the prophetic by Robert Ewing of Grace Churches of Texas in the early 80’s and mentored in “The Heart of the Father" by Jack Winters.
He is recognized trans locally for his sensitive and encouraging prophetic and strategic insight. His gifting is not just for the local church, but impacts churches across the continent. Debbie, his wife, stands with him in this demanding role.