We as Christians are called to be holy as God is holy. Many Christians today have developed what is called a “Cultural Holiness “. This simply means they have adapted to the character and behavioral patterns of those Christians around them. But God has not called us to be like those around us. What He has called us to do is to be like Him. Holiness is nothing less than conforming to the character of God. We must take this seriously if we are to grow in holiness.
Let’s talk about obedience today. Not just any kind of obedience but “radical obedience.” By radical obedience we are not talking about just the minimal standards, but the act of pursuing extravagant fulfillment of obedience. This kind of obedience involves listening and obeying immediately and completely. Steve Peglow once talked about “common law Christians.” These are people who want all the benefits of living with Jesus without making the commitment. As you hear God’s voice, move out in action immediately and completely. Then you will be known as one who has a radical commitment to Jesus and not a “common law follower.”
I long for a prayer life that is comprised mostly of silence. It’s a great delight to talk to God, but it’s even more thrilling when He talks to me. I’ve discovered that He has more important things to say than I do. Things don’t change when I talk to God. Things do change when God talks to me. The power of prayer is found not in convincing God of my agenda, but in waiting upon Him to hear His agenda.
I sometimes wonder if God. Holds back a sense of His presence when we pray simply to test us. It is easy to pray when we feel His presence. However it is not so easy to pray when we do not feel His presence. The good news is that God is always by our side whether we feel Him or not. So don’t get discouraged when you don’t feel like He is there. He hasn’t left you. Remember His words, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. ” I don’t know about you but I need to be reminded of that from time to time.
One of the great truths of our Christian faith is the joy of cultivating a life with God. Imagine the delight of it. You are tucked away in a quite place. The door is shut while you are curled up in a comfortable position. The living word of God is laid open before you. Jesus is sitting beside you while the Holy Spirit is washing your heart all the while your love is awakened as you meditate upon the words of His mouth. Your spirit is ignited and your mind is renewed. You talk to Him and He talks to you in the language of intimate friendship. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Paul cautioned us not to “grieve the Holy Spirit “. The word he used for grieve means “getting your feelings hurt “. For example, we grieve the Holy Spirit by refusing to forgive someone. Have you ever seen a person experiencing grief? Sure you have. It’s not a pretty sight. So what kind of advice do you think Paul might give us about this situation? Find out what grieves the Holy Spirit and simply dont do it “
Moses said to God, “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways!” Spending time with God will not only open up His ways, but you will truly get to know Him. Reading books will not do it. Studying theology won’t do it. Listening to religious music won’t do it. And listening to great preaching won’t do it. Only spending time with God, personally and intimately can you truly get to know Him. And then you will find that intimate relationship with the one true God that you were created for. Have you sat at His Feet today?
Deacon Robert will be starting a new “Bible Studies for Life” Bible study this Sunday at 9 Am.
When Jesus chose His close friends, He surrounded himself with the lonely, the broken, and the overlooked. God is calling you to be a part of His church.- actually to be His church. If you don’t feel you’re good enough or worthy enough, then you are exactly who He is looking for. His only qualification is that you are willing to serve. If that is you then pray this little pray with me. Lord, ask me to do anything, anywhere, or anytime and I will be there with you. You can count on me. Amen
There are those who believe they don’t need church. Afterall they can find God outside the church. I wonder if they ever realized that the church needed them? Remember. God is not calling you to go to church as much as He is calling for you to be His church. As believers in Christ, we are incomplete without the rest of His body, the church. And the church is incomplete without us