Confronting Self-Reliance Through Training Exercises

Neil Vermillion —  November 19, 2019 —  Comments

Understand this, many of your training exercises will feel like pain. They will not be easy, nor will they be enjoyable. These exercises will be working to develop your reliance on me. They are not designed to make you stronger, per se, but rather designed to help you become more aware of your weakness, and to acknowledge your need for me. These exercises are designed to remove the deception of the mindset that declares, “I am strong enough already. I can do this. I am self-sufficient.” (1)

Many of you have built foundations upon reliance of yourself. You have built your hope, future, identity, and security upon your own strength. However, your own strength will not be able to sustain you. So understand, this is the very issue I will be confronting in the days ahead as part of your preparation. This issue will be brought to the surface through these training exercises, and you will be confronted with you dependence upon me. (2)

One of the primary objectives of these trials and exercises is not to build strength in yourself, but to reiterate your reliance upon me, my words, my ways, and my timing. Your primary skill will be hearing from me, and then following what I have said. Your greatest skill will be to listen to, and obey what I say, as you listen to my voice. For many of you this is completely foreign, for you do not even know me. But do not worry, for I will assist you. Though you resist me, and though you do not want to cooperate, I will help you, train you, and guide for I am committed to you, and I am invested in you. (3)

This removal of self-reliance will feel like death to you. Though it will be life, it will be death to your former way of living, and your former way of thinking. It will defy the Adamic nature as it asserts the sovereignty of my lordship in your life. As such, part of these exercises will confront these issues of dominance and control, but they will also be to brought about to help you put to death your former ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. (4)

Some of these habits are unknown to you, and some are well known to you. Do not concern yourself about areas of weakness that are presently unknown to you, for everything will be brought to surface, and everything will be addressed in due season. With this in mind, do not be surprised as you experience death to your old mindsets for as long as you walk in self-reliance you will resist me. As long as you deny your need for me you will not fully follow me. You will be double-minded, attempting to walk in two directions, and serve two masters simultaneously. (5)

These exercises will bring all of these issues to bare, and will provide ample opportunity to make your choices. So rejoice, for in all these things you will be refined. Though this may sound harsh, it will produce delight. Though it may sound like death, it will produce life more abundantly. So rejoice, and take heart, for these things will bless you and will be good for you for they will reveal how you have been set free. (6)

(1) 1 Peter 4:12, James 1:3, Hebrews 4:13
(2) Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 55:8-9, 2 Corinthians 12:10
(3) Matthew 11:15, Hebrews 3:7-8, John 10:27
(4) Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 4:22
(5) Hebrews 4:13, John 3:19, Romans 8:7
(6) Philippians 4:4, Isaiah 48:10, John 15:11, John 8:32

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