Pastor Robert Maxie Sr
At some point in recovery, especially in the early stages of making conscious contact with God, we relax our standards. We can fall into the trap of being certain about what would work best–and then praying for God to rubber-stamp our decisions, rubberstamp our relationships and the way we follow him.
Leave and Cleave
The “law of first-mention” is the principle in the interpretation of Scripture which states that the first mention or occurrence of a subject in Scripture establishes an unchangeable pattern, with that subject remaining unchanged in the mind of God throughout Scripture.
In the book of Genesis God establishes the law of leave and cleave- law that whenever you leave something you must cleave to something else
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24 KJV)
With that verse God established a law that whenever you leave something you must cleave to something else.
If you leave your past hurt, habits and hang-ups and don’t cleave to Jesus you will fall back into the same patterns. You were dead in your past but God has made you alive.
The Hebrew word leave means “to let go” or “leave behind. Some of you today have refuse to let go of some stuff and God is telling you that it is time to leave them behind, Where God is taking you they can’t go. That don’t make you a bad person but you will never meet your potential carrying death weight.
The Hebrew word for word for cleave means “to cling or adhere,” “to be joined together,” “to stick” like something glued together.
For the verses to be understood correctly both concepts have to be accepted. It is not a leaving without a cleaving or a cleaving without a leaving. It means to go all in!
But in order to go all in, you must die to self you must die to sin
How do you die to something? You quit feeding it. You see, every time you give in to the desires of your flesh, you feed it. But every time you press through and starve those desires, a little bit of your flesh dies.
I’ve had to die to so many people, places things and ideas over the years, but here are just a few.
• Sin: There were things that I knew without a doubt I shouldn’t do but I did them anyway. Those things controlled my life and my mind.
• Past Hurts: I let my past hurts with my father control my life and every relationship I had with not only other men but with my heavenly father. I couldn’t go all in with God and have un-trust in my heart for him. Because we tend to treat our heavenly father according to our earthly father but when I forgave my father I was able to cleave to God my heavenly father.
• Control: It’s a reason that those first steps are called surrender. Many of us still want to control things and the problem is we are on the
For our relationship with God to grow, we have to be willing to die to the things that aren’t of God so we can make it all the way through to victory and freedom.
Turning away from the dead and accepting life in him.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. John 5:25
Are you hearing Jesus saying follow me but you have conditions, still held-up by the people places and things of life…still stuck in the past. Jesus is saying it’s time to go all in.