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We are challenged to both recognize and submit to the sovereignty of God over our lives and our training. It is possible to be so focused on the “things” of the Spirit that we neglect our relationship with the Lord. The reason doesn’t matter; not tending to your responsibilities of knowing God face-to-face is denying your heritage and authority. If there is something keeping you from resting and trusting in Him, take care of it now! If there’s a concern you have about what He may say, or ask you to do, go to Him and settle it now! Anything that you turn to before you turn to Him will be brought to your attention as a distraction. We are challenged to acknowledge and take responsibility for the inheritance, gifts and authority God has given us. All believers are gifted of God, but not all believers accept or act on that reality. In our physical bodies, whether we were taught that we each have a heart or not doesn’t mean we don’t have a heart, and that it is operating to give us our physical life. But many are educating themselves about how our actions today affect the health, longevity and effectiveness of our heart, affecting the quality and length of our life.
Likewise, each of us is responsible for educating ourselves regarding our gifts. That’s right, OUR gifts. Though we are re-born as sons of God and co-inheritors with Jesus, we grow into dependence through this life process. Acknowledging and accepting responsibility, and sometimes accepting credit, for our own dependent relationship with God, including the precision and operation of the gifts, is one helpful measure of our understanding of our purpose here in this life—to be healed, have our flesh exposed, and live in full dependence on God.
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