Don’t you just love the topic of accountability?
I was recently challenged by the Lord on my level of obedience. He was speaking to my heart about accountability and taking personal responsibility for what I know. You don’t know what you don’t know until you know it, but when you know it you are fully accountable for your knowledge. And for some that can be a very scary prospect if they fail to accept responsibility.
God shines a light…
A few weeks ago I was praying and God took me to the prophet Ezekiel. It was in Chapter 3 where he told Ezekiel to eat the scroll and then go and speak to Israel the word of the Lord. At the time, I wondered why the Lord was giving me that scripture. What was it’s relevance to my life? Usually, the Lord speaks very clearly to me. Usually, I get it straight away. In this instance, I was struggling to put two and two together, to understand the parallels to my life. However, it became very clear to me after this weekend where I went and spent time in prayer, breaking off generational curses and repenting of the sins of my forefathers, my family and myself.
If you read Ezekiel Chapter 3, you will see how God told Ezekiel that he was a watchman and that he was responsible to share what he saw with the people. That if, in fact, he failed to share, then he was accountable. But that if he shared and they didn’t receive his words, he was no longer accountable. That it is in the sharing, there was a transference of accountability and responsibility.
A huge shift…
As I got free of curses, soul ties, and bondage this weekend, I experienced a huge shift in my spiritual walk and even in the dynamics of our family. Suddenly, I was all black and white about everything after a season of greyness. I was in the faces of my family members. My message? There is no excuse for issues of greyness that existed in our lives. Why? Because I realise that we have been lulled by the world into a half-asleep state. We had begun to tolerate things that a decade ago we would have never allowed in our home. I was now accountable for what I could see and I had to take action because I was responsible.
It was like I had swept out the house, opened the curtains and removed the layers of dust and now I wanted our family to keep the house clean. This led to some pretty heated discussions initially, but I am seeing an incredible change in just a few days!
Knowing but not practicing obedience…
One of the scriptures that sprang to mind about this whole issue of knowing but not practicing what we know to be the truth, was this one in the book of James.
22Be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourselves. 23For anyone who hears the word but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror, 24and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like…
It occurred to me, that perhaps Ezekiel and James had a parallel experience and were speaking the same truth. That perhaps accountability is in direct proportion to our knowledge and level of awareness. And that God takes accountability really seriously and when we are not accountable we stunt the flow of God’s Spirit in our lives. And that ultimately there will be a judgment against us for it.
One thing that I do know now that I am walking this out is that when your mind is saying, “Whoa back there, steady on. Don’t go changing everything. Don’t go getting rid of everything that is of this world”, the Spirit of God is saying, “You are accountable for EVERYTHING you allow in your life.”
Which of our excuses is going to stand up when we stand before God?
He will love us. That never changes. We can’t buy salvation through our works, that never changes. Salvation is a gift of grace. But are we responsible for what we know and how we handle that truth? Absolutely. Are we responsible for how we walk in this life, for the amount of God’s light that we allow to shine through our lives and touch others? Absolutely.
Our love response to God’s gift of salvation should be an easy choice towards obedience to the truth that we recognise and understand.
God’s truth should be a boundary around our lives that keeps us secure, that reduces the level of stress that we experience because I am convinced that our stress is in direct proportion to our level of obedience.
Think about it. When do you feel stress? Often it is when you are going against what you know to be right and true. It is when you are breaking the law in some way, be it the law of the land, or the law of truth. Disobedience causes us stress, so the opposite is also true. Obedience causes us to be free from stress. Obedience causes us peace, joy, happiness, and all of the other fruits of the Spirit.
God’s grace is sufficient…
God’s grace is sufficient to bring us through every situation in life. He has told us in 1 Corinthians 10:13:
13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an escape,so that you can stand up under it.
So, today is the moment of truth for you. Are you going to accept accountability for the areas in your life where you know you are disobedient? There are some liberating prayers that you can pray to get free from any bondage. Email us if you are needing assistance with this area.