Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Telling Others All Is Well When It Isn't

 “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.  Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” — Philippians 2:12-15

“[To be pleasing to God]  requires a conscious decision and effort to keep our primary goal constantly in front of us. It means holding ourselves to the highest priority year in and year out; not making our first priority to win souls, or to establish churches, or to have revivals, but seeking only “to be well pleasing to Him.” It is not a lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but a lack of working to keep our eyes focused and on the right goal. At least once a week examine yourself before God to see if your life is measuring up to the standard He has for you. […] Paul spoke of the importance of controlling his own body so that it would not take him in the wrong direction. […] My worth to God publicly is measured by what I really am in my private life. Is my primary goal in life to please Him and to be acceptable to Him, or is it something less, no matter how lofty it may sound?” Oswald Chambers – My Utmost For His Highest

Living by faith and walking in the light does not just happen.  It requires commitment and discipline.  Our new life requires effort of the heart… to submit to the Lord requires us to lay ourselves down on the altar.  Working out our salvation is not self-effort .. trying harder to be “good” …. it’s submission.

So many people are satisfied with working on having a good-Christian appearance and miss the joy and peace that comes from living in obedience to the will of God.  I know too many people that are struggling with life and refuse to trust God.  (perhaps you do too) If you ask them how they are doing, they will tell you that “all is well”. but all is not well, they just want it to be well in spite of their living in disobedience to the will of God and direction of the Spirit of God. Struggling with the affairs - circumstances - problems of this world. Desperation of circumstances can subvert your faith and divert your walk.  That is, unless you are willing to trust and obey.  I wish I could do trust and obey for others, for my family especially, but I can’t. I can only watch their struggle and hope they will look to God for answers instead of trusting in their own designs. Designs that have consistently failed them in the past.  And perhaps there is an outside chance that I can be an encouragement to them. Do you know someone that needs encouragement - in spite of what they say?

Think about it – Pray about it – Believe it – Walk in it. Let your light shine and give God the glory.

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

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