Monday, February 10, 2020

Is It Time To Pick Up Your Pace In Your Pursuit Of God?

So Samuel said: ‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.’”  – 1 Samuel 15:22


This is the last reality in Experiencing God. Oh there is a lot more to the study, but these realities are at its core.  Do you want to know God more?  Do you want Him to be “real” in your life? This new life we live could be so much more if we would only stop choosing our old nature over our new.  Spiritual maturity happens by the power of the Spirit at work in a surrendered heart.  Martie and I watch a lot of programs on Amazon Prime and Netflix.  Recently we watched a program called “Grimm” based loosely off of the Brothers Grimm fairy-tales.  Anyway there are people roaming about that have another nature –  a beastly nature – one that only they and the Grimms can see.  Watching that program reminded me of the fact that, as a Christian, I have two natures.  One is bound to Earth – the flesh, the natural man, and one is bound to Heaven – the spiritual man.  How much of my spiritual nature is evident depends upon how much of my heart is yielded to God. The strength of the spiritual man within me happens by being obedient to His commands which I can only do by faith, with a surrendered heart and life and the power of the Spirit in me. 

Principle 2 (Where Faith Is Waiting). God acts on Faith shown NOT on Promises made.

“God is not an enabler. He does not act based upon promises made, but only upon the demonstration of faith and obedience. He doesn’t act until we take the step of faith. This should not be confused with God’s grace and mercy that He shows to all people so they might come to repentance, (Romans 2:4) or the fact that He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:25)

When you are confronted with the Truth of God, you know it. The troubling question is always, “What are you going to do about it?” The Truth always confronts what is not true. If there is something in your life that is contrary to the nature of God, the Word and the Spirit of Truth will expose it. Once exposed, you are faced with a choice. Do you act in obedience to the Truth or disregard it? Disregarding truth is a kinder way of describing disobedience. Most often we prefer to not consider our disregard of Truth as disobedience, but rather merely a choice that is available to us.” (Where Faith Is Waiting – Leader’s Guide, Charley Elgin)

To demonstrate our faith we must first trust God and choose His way and not some way that we have engineered on our own, perhaps encouraged by our culture.  If you want to experience God to the full, you must stop making promises about what you will do if He only will act first.  If He would only prove Himself then, of course, you would be happy to do this or that. Well, my friend, God has already proven Himself, one time for eternity, – He did that through Jesus. When you yielded your life in faith on the day that you were born again – you committed your heart – your very life to the Lord. It is so easy to let that commitment slip away to the back of your mind, condemned to that desolate region where lies all of your broken promises and rationalizations about why you were justified in breaking them.  Why are we so easily satisfied with something far less than God desires and intends for us?  This was the Apostle Paul’s hope for us and mine as well ….

that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:17-19

I suspect that some if not many who read this will agree with the idea but will not be even remotely interested in picking up their pace in the pursuit of God and His purposes, of changing the way they live. For them I hope this is a seed planted. But, I am really writing this for the few. Those whose hearts hunger to know God more. To fulfill their purpose as His children – as those called according to His purpose. So to you – let’s pick up the pace and finish the race. You can do it!  

…. since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross.” – Hebrews 12:1-2

By Faith Alone By His Grace Alone And For His Glory Alone

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