From Cottage to Palace…

“Compromise: A concession to something detrimental or pejorative: a compromise of morality.”

I remember a person saying, “All I want to do is love God and people…” and I remember thinking to myself that’s all good and gravy, but what would happen if we actually lived up to our convictions, if we actually never compromised our godly character for cheap actions and words, that tend to be the cause of us hurting people. I saw this on a tweet recently, “You were bought at a high price do not make cheap decisions!” Ouch! How often do we speak an unkind word because we are flustered within ourselves yet we unleash it at another person. I know some of us are thinking but we don’t mean to. But you see if we didn’t mean to we wouldn’t, plain and simple. We are given the capacity better yet the freedom of choice, and even greater yet freedom to control our actions. You see a long time ago there was a woman named Eve who lived in a beautiful garden that had everything for a human to live off of, but the woman believing and compromising the word God had given to her led her husband to eat the forbidden fruit. Thus humanity in sin. God gave two voices in that garden, his and the enemies (hello free will here). Instead of choosing HIM and his word, we chose cheap action over God. The craziest part of it all? God was visible, Adam and Eve stood face to face with God. Yet they decided to give it all up, for the sake of compromise. They settled for less by giving up their godly character. And lets not forget David. David had it all wealth, power a relationship with God yet he compromised it all for a one night stand with Bethesda.

And that is the way with us, we compromise the things of God, (moral, action, emotion) and instead settle for the opposite. Sure the opposite might look more appealing yet it feeds our souls toxins and slowly releases things that are not of God. Compromise makes me think of one thing Judas (the traitor). Many of us would hardly ever think we are like Judas, though the opposite is true. We are a lot like Judas. Because you see even though he walked with Jesus, and saw all that he did and all the love he showed Judas love as well.  Judas still decided to do one thing compromise a friendship and a possibility of greater relationship with God all for money. Yes, low indeed. But if we start to think about it, it is the same with us. How often do we compromise time with Jesus just so we can watch T.V., how often do we compromise praise and spew cuss words with our buddies, how often do we compromise Godly character by doing that which we know is wrong, and how often do we compromise a fulfilling life with God because we refuse to let go of that which hinders us?

Compromise is a dangerous game. Because everything that we do in our everyday walk either feeds the Spirit or it feeds the flesh. Even the smallest things can be nourishing and damaging to the soul and our testimony for God. God wants 100% of us, walking in tune with him and making him the center. See God didn’t give his spare son he gave his ONLY son, so we must give the best of ourselves to God. How pleasing it must be to him that our soul decides to enter each day with thanksgiving, even if nothing is going well with us and rejoicing simply because he is ALIVE.Choosing to live by the conviction of the Holy Spirit… our walk would radically change to be blameless children of the light…

I know that there are moments in our lives that it is hard to truly think about God because we are busy, etc… but its good to remember not to compromise our devotional time with him because he is the well of living water. If we do not draw water from him whom is the water source, you bet we will not make the race. Living by conviction enables us to grow, to discard more of ourselves so that more of God can grow, and so that our souls, body, spirit can live more in freedom; casting off all that hinders so that we might live in the fullness God intended. And though living a life of conviction and utter surrender is crazy difficult remember that a King lives inside of you, so how could a king live in a cottage? He wants the best for you, his intentions are good he wants to build you a palace… he wants to make YOU into a palace… so let go and let God.

And… Don’t compromise your Godly character for that which is cheap…

For God is interested in building palaces, not cottages.

So remember next time that God is telling you to let go; let go. Because he doesn’t want you to compromise a whole life for an empty life… As C.S. Lewis says:

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right, and stopping the leaks in the roof, and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably, and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to?

The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of– throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

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