October 5, 2022
Have you ever considered what God wants for you? Not what He wants you to do, but what He wants you to experience and have in your life. So often, we think about who we should be and what we should do based on what we read in the Bible. While these things are okay, there is a problem. If we change what we are doing to do what the Bible says, that's a good thing. If we develop habits that better represent God, it's a good thing. If my life looks more and more like a life dedicated to following the Bible, it's a good thing. So what's the problem??? Good things don't save you. You can know everything there is to know about God and not be saved. You can change much of your life's habits without having the Holy Spirit inside you. I am not trying to scare you or make you think you are not a Christian when, perhaps, you may be. The point is this: we are called to repent of our sins (Seek forgiveness from God and resist those types of evil in the future), and we are called to trust Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life. Being a Christian is not about being good, changing yourself, or simply doing good. Being a Christian is about surrendering everything to God. It is allowing Him into work where it is uncomfortable. It's opening our hands and letting go of habits, distractions, and thought processes – and letting Him have control. It's trusting that He is doing a good, new work even if it is painful. It's embracing humility and raw honesty in such a way that we freely share with God what is on our hearts. That we learn more and more to share with others the things we have never shared with anyone. It is responding to God when He prompts you in the moment. It is coming to the realization, that we are utterly wicked, and He is completely holy. Because He is holy and we are not, we think and do everything differently. God's way is better than ours, but because we are so different, God's way often seems like a lesser idea than our own, and we choose to maintain control. But when we let go and submit to Him, His teaching, and His prompting, when we confess our sins and turn from them, God will instill in our hearts a rich understanding of who He is. Not in the sense of knowing about Him, but having regularly experienced His presence, received His many blessings, and been transformed – it is at these moments when we know the person of God. People who long to know God in this way always conclude that there is nothing more valuable than knowing God.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
September 28, 2022