By: Richard Gazowsky
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As God continues to clean up our lives, He seems to be using smaller and smaller brushes to get into the cracks of our hearts that have previously seemed unreachable. The Bible tells us that God even tries the thoughts and the intents of our hearts. But this fine-tuning can feel incredibly heart-rending. At least it has been that way for me, because I seem to be repeatedly making the same mistakes. It isn’t that I don’t want to learn the lessons. It’s just that there are parts of me so engrained in my flesh that when God starts to remove them, my invisible habitual self commits the sins of presumption. Even king David asked the Lord to stop him from presumptuous sins.
The most common area I’ve dealt with (and it might also be familiar with you) is the response of my inner critical spirit. It shocks me how many times I’ve found myself in conversations with positive friends, and I just slip presumptuously into the acknowledgement of criticism. This then turns into a critical posture, which quickly leads to my own self-righteous additions to the sin. Oh, I’m so sorry, God, that this is such a part of my character. I’m trying to let You remove it.
I was having lunch with a friend one day and suddenly, in the middle of our conversation, he said, “You know what Richard? The Lord wants me to ask forgiveness for a critical thing I just said.” I was shocked because the statement came so out of the blue. Yet he was so right on. Why didn’t I see it? I asked him, “What caused you to know you did something wrong?” He responded with, “I felt a slight check in my spirit.” Wow! Is that an area I need sensitivity in! I haven’t yet come to the point to where I’m sensitive enough that my thoughts and intents are truly with God. But I’m repenting to Jesus because I realize it’s an area I cannot fix. It’s way beyond my own understanding. I’m going to totally put this in the hands of Jesus to fix.
I believe this subject matter is important to our advancement in the kingdom of God, because the Bible says that a critical spirit has a way of boomeranging back on us. These are spiritual dynamics that can affect our careers and spiritual successes in God. It’s vital for each of these details to be dealt with by God in our own spirits. If we allow the Lord to clean us in these little areas, it will amaze you how the big areas of cleaning will come so easy.
Solomon said that it’s the little foxes that spoil the vines because the vines have tender grapes. These tender grapes in our spirits are where the sweet wine of success dwells. Each one of us must hold these parts of our spirits as precious. Every day let it ferment into a spiritual tornado of wonder where God’s miracles exist around you constantly. Lately God has been taking me to places in the Spirit that I just can’t understand. But I know if I’ll obey His voice, each one of them will become an adventure of wonderment!
But think what will happen to the person who not only doesn’t have a critical spirit, but has a spirit that is beaming with marvel and faith. Every conversation they have builds people up and releases childlike faith in them. Wow! This also has a boomerang effect (or more like a nuclear chain reaction) that will launch others into new dimensions full of power and spiritual radiation ~ full of godliness that will make lives always glow with God’s love!
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Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called The Voice of Pentecost, and is also president of Christian WYSIWYG Filmworks. He has directed the films, “Guardians” and “The Roman Trilogy.”