The ways of God are much better and higher than living stuck within the pigpen of our old man.
Never settle for the old when the new is so much more exciting and exceptionally excellent.
The pursuers of God have set their affections above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. When you have discovered Him as the ultimate Treasure, then you begin to see the old ways of the flesh compared to the prodigal son which dwelled in the pig’s domain.
Luke 15:15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country. And he sent him into his fields to feed pigs.
16 And he was longing to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, and no one gave to him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father abound in loaves, and I perish with hunger!
A son of the Father hungers and thirsts after righteousness and lives to feast with the King from His heavenly table of Holy Spirit delicacies.
The 3 pig troughs of satan are repulsive to the pursuers of God for they have learned that to be filled with and driven by His love costs the sacrifice of the ways of the earthy fleshly old pig that use to hang out with the swine of carnality.
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him,
16 because all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passes away, and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever.
Sheep Don’t Wallow
The story is told of a lamb and its mother. It seems the lamb passed a pig pen each morning on the way to pasture with its mother. Watching the pigs wallow in the mud seemed like fun and on an especially hot day the lamb asked his mother if he could jump the fence and wallow in the cool mud. She replied, “NO”. Then the lamb asked the usual question, “WHY?” The mother just said, “SHEEP DON’T WALLOW.”
This did not satisfy the lamb. So as soon as the mother was out of sight, the lamb ran to the pig pen and jumped in. After a few moments he decided he had better go back to his mother, but he couldn’t, he was stuck. Mud and wool don’t mix. His pleasure had become his prison. He cried out and was rescued by the kindly farmer. When cleaned and returned to the fold, the mother said, “Remember, sheep don’t wallow.”
Sin is like that. It looks so nice, and fun, thinking we can escape when we wish, but it is not so… pleasures become our prison.
CHRISTIANS DON’T WALLOW!
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given unto us.
God desires to shed abroad His love in our hearts by His Spirit but it costs a good thorough emptying out first of our old ways and fleshly lusts if we expect to be driven by the power of His love.
Can you fill a cup when it’s already full?
Do we expect God to serve our sinful ways or are we called to serve Him as disciplined disciples who has become 1 with Him in vision, desire and purpose?
Remember that justification without sanctification would not be salvation at all. You cannot call the pig clean and leave it to wallow in the mud again and again.
Can we call a sick person healed and leave him to die of his disease?
Will God forgive the rebellion and allow the rebel to remain an enemy to the King?
Can we call the captive free and leave him frustrated and bound in chains of bondage?
So realise that you are poor in spirit and stay dependant on God.
Poverty of spirit is a godly attribute and it is something that we grow into as we mature as growing children in the Father’s household.
Even Jesus himself proclaimed in John 5:19 the Son can do nothing of himself, but what He sees the Father do. In John 5:30 He declares, I can of my own self do nothing, because I seek not My own will, but the will of my Father which has sent Me.
Then again in John 15:5 of His disciples the Lord says these words, I am the vine, you are the branches; he that stays in Me and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing.
I have learned in my pursuit of God that I am a man in desperate need of God. I am a very needy person in the presence of an all-sufficient God. Without Him I am nothing, I can do nothing, I can teach nothing, I can heal no one, I have no lasting abilities or recources that can keep me in the will of God. Of myself, I cannot obey, of myself I cannot be holy, of myself I cannot be righteous, of myself I have no real strength and no power.
By my fleshly abilities I cannot resist temptation, understand the ways of the Spirit, understand scripture or even read the Bible not even to mention praying correctly.
In my poverty of spirit I have discovered Him as my all-sufficient eternal and enduring source of existence and in Him and by Him I need to live and move and have my entire being. Without the operation and empowerment of the Holy Spirit in my life I am indeed like a fish on dry ground.
To be poor in spirit is to realize my constant need of God.