Do you know that we all have symbolic axe heads in our lives? Those weights we’ve yet to lay aside, those sins that so easily beset us (Hebrews 12:1).
I was reading in 2 Kings 6 this morning and saw a connection between the ancient text and today. We want to go where we want to go and when, too. We’re so quick to tell God the place He has us in is too small, too tight, too lacking, not up to our standards.
In the text we see the sons of the prophets acknowledging to Elisha that because the place he’s had them in is too strait, they accept the work, the building, the effort that always follows the decision to come up & out of places of confinement. And so it is with our mentalities… That as we ask God for more, we have to be willing to take up the beams and build the new life we long for.
The sons of the prophets asked Elisha (the man of God is symbolic of God the Father) to go with them. Of course he agrees. God never denies us His presence when we invite Him to accompany us on our journey.
And as they built, chopped down the high things that needed to be leveled so they could make their way, an axe head flew off and became obvious. A weight: an issue, a limiting thought process, the knife in one’s self perception, that bad habit…these are the present day weapons represented by the axe head .
When our dysfunction is functioning, we are fine, or at least, we tell ourselves we are. But when the weight, the dysfunction, shifts to the point that it falls off the balance, what do we do?
Do we do like the man in the text and cry out to the Father for help? Have we even invested ourself in the study of Him enough to know we can? That it’s not even our burden, it’s the world’s. We must be self aware, mindful enough to understand this. Mindfulness is what grants us the foresight, the power to take the burden off & give it back. Mindful enough of our Lord’s work to know that He’s already absolved us, & already restored us from any need to keep it.
And when the servant cried out to his master, he asked him ‘where it fell?’ The Scripture reads in 2 Kings 6:6…”And he showed him the place”. What about you? Do you know where your axe head lies?
This is where responsibility meets self awareness. No one can do these parts of deliverance for us. You can’t carry my cross or make me carry it. Working out my own salvation means I acknowledge, not only that I have weights, but am real enough to take God to them. That’s the real journey. See, in our desperate desire to be ok, we self protect. And self protection often means distancing ourselves from those things that hurt, hinder, and howl. Trusting God to be our Source asks us for that foreign thing called faith. We have to learn ourselves into the realization that there is a safe place after all where we can heal into all we were created to be, and that that safe place is GodLove. When we learn that we are not only asked, but encouraged to unashamedly give our burdens, faults, & fears over to Him, our axe head not only floats…it swims.
And the interesting thing is the man of God didn’t instruct the servant to just let it swim away. Elisha told him to take it up to unto himself. Our weights are not made light to be forgotten about. They’re not to be abandoned in any way. We take up the weight made light by God to teach. To share our experiences & understanding with others of what made the weight light enough to swim in the first place is what Christian discipleship & brotherly love is all about.
This is our testimony. We’re not only saved by the Blood of the Lamb but also by the word of our testimony (Rev 12:11). And our testimony isn’t ours until we’ve overcome. Anything less is just us recounting a story about an experience we’ve had…heathens do that.
It’s being real with the Father, crying out to Him and showing Him our weight. We have to understand that the Blood of Jesus has made us safe to do this. God does not despise our need for purification….it’s quite the opposite: He has supplied it by the Holy Spirit and the Blood of Jesus Christ.
We’ve been guaranteed testimonies of triumph…all that’s required to receive it is our participation:
1. Make a decision to come out of current mentalities.
2. Be willing to do the work required to change the mind.
3. Cry out for help (without God this work is impossible).
4. Be truthful about where your axe heads are (speak your truth in prayer).
5. Don’t be ashamed about your areas of God’s deliverance in your life….
This is your testimony. This is your witness.
6. Commit to staying committed to this process all your lifetime…
The riches of Kedar are waiting<3