By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” – Hebrews 11:17-18 ESV
Being led by the Spirit means not being led by tradition. Abraham knew that God gave Isaac to him. It made no sense to sacrifice him, but he was listening to God and not his own understanding. He would have denied God if he did not obey.
Sometimes the things that are the hardest for us to do require the most inner strength and stubbornness to carry them out. People will object, your insides will twist, and you have to shut everything down to go into the spaces you have been told to go.
God may lead you somewhere for a purpose other than what you initially were told. Positioning, posturing, and inner strength can get you so far. However, if you shut all of your receptors off and stand in stubborn rigor, you will miss the Breath of life. Dead people stiffen right before they begin to decay.
Devotion to denominational or traditional belief will blind you in unbelief. Stubborn denial of something that contradicts your ideas will sear your conscience like a piece of meat on a grill. It will weld your heart behind an unrelenting and unrepenting fusion of steel. Your denial will be called ‘devotion’ and the discomfort will be seen as ‘testing’. You persevere in the wrong battle… the battle between you and God.
You know what God told you, and you’re right. He did tell you that. Just like He told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.
If Abraham stuck to his own beliefs, if he stopped listening, he would have killed Isaac.
Who, by your own stubbornness, are you killing? Is it you? Are you in Spiritual rigor mortis?
If your heart has been seared shut, then it will have to be broken to be set free. Freedom becomes a prisoner to misguided beliefs. Freedom is the power behind compassion and love. Have you ever met someone so devout in their religion that they seem to be without a heart?
If you have been broken, whatever may have caused it, it’s a good thing. There is no room for mourning the loss of the old you when you see the purpose behind it. The seared seal over your heart has been split and now you can be dumped out to spill the wonderful you all over the place.