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The Extent of the Lord’s Forgiveness

Posted on August 17, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

…as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Psalm 103:12

Our world is big on record keeping. And many decisions on how we will be treated are based on those records.

How is your record with the DMV? In Alabama, we’re on a point system. Too many points and you lose your license. Then there are traffic violations and mishaps that also go on your record. Such information affects your auto insurance premiums.

When you apply for a loan, your credit worthiness is determined by your credit report.

Apply for a job and your prospective employer will run a background check. Flags on the report can cause you to fail to get the job.

As children, when we first started school, the education system began compiling a file of grades and behavior stats that would accumulate all the way to graduation. Those credentials are used to scrutinize our suitability for higher learning or employment.

When you visit a doctor, your medical records are checked. Insurance companies are particularly interested in that report. My wife and I recently signed up with one of the major carriers. Yesterday they sent us a letter, said they wanted to send a doctor to our house to give us a checkup since we have had no record of medical care in the last ten years. I’m sure it’s not the case, but it sounded like they thought we were hiding something. Old people that don’t take pills or go to the doctor? What’s up with that?

Oh, yeah. Don’t want to forget about the military. The Navy kept copious notes on my service. That’s a good thing for getting veteran’s benefits, as long as you received an honorable discharge.

What does all this have to do with our focus text? Quite simply, God keeps no record of wrongs. When He forgives, that transgression is removed as far as the east is from the west. That’s just a way of saying, our sins are forgiven and forgotten.

Remember that wonderful passage about love in 1 Corinthians 13? You know, “love is patient, love is kind, etc.”  Part of Paul’s description of Christian love reveals that “love keeps no record of wrongs.” (v5) That’s the way God lovingly forgives us.

God stands ready to wipe the slate clean. Unlike the Alabama DMV, our sins are not subject to a point system. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) Notice that the Lord FORGIVES and PURIFIES us from ALL unrighteousness.”

In the August 16 devotion, I called attention to the occasion when Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. Our Lord referenced an important aspect of God’s forgiveness in verse 10 of John 13: “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean.” That is to say there are two types of cleansing as part of God’s forgiveness.

The initial granting of forgiveness comes when we pray to receive Christ as Lord. At that instant we are given salvation and our past sins are wiped away as if we never sinned. But as we continue in the Christian life we require ongoing cleansing (the foot bath) as we battle the sins of the flesh.

For those of us who have received the first cleansing unto salvation, it is imperative we seek to keep sin out of our lives. But we are all sinners, which means that transgressions will happen. In those times, we should not hesitate to confess our sins, and He remains ever faithful to forgive.

When you confess your sins, God doesn’t pull your record and reprimand you for your past infractions, nor does He say you have surpassed your limit. Forgiveness is immediate and complete. But our attitude should never be, “Well, I’m forgiven so I can go back and do it again.” But rather we should heed the words of Christ when He encountered a woman caught in adultery. Upon her departure, He said, “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:11)

For more on this topic, check out this article: The Sin God Won’t Forgive

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

 

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When Running On Empty is a Good Thing

Posted on August 16, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Philippians 2:5-8

In Jesus’ earthly ministry that led to the cross, He ran on empty. The theological term for this emptying of His deity to become a man is called kenosis. It was the ultimate demonstration of humility necessary for the sacrifice that produced our salvation.

In John 13, we read the account of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet. He then instructed them to wash one another’s feet. “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (v15) Jesus point is that we should humble ourselves that we might serve others.

Jesus emptied Himself to become our servant. We are to empty ourselves to become servants to others. “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 2:5)

What does that mean? We can’t empty ourselves of our divine position. But we can and should empty ourselves of anything that keeps us from serving others.

Humbling ourselves for service is more than serving food at a homeless shelter or reaching out to the homeless. That kind of Christian service is absolutely necessary, but there are other areas in which we often refuse to give of ourselves.

Have you ever heard the expression, “You need to get off your high horse?” It is used to describe someone who thinks more highly of themselves than they should. That high horse can hinder our willingness and usefulness for Christian service that follows Jesus’ example.

Jesus’ emptied Himself for everyone without prejudice. He gives freely and without exception to all who call upon His name.

Can you think of anyone you would not minister to? Is there anyone you would refuse to  help if they needed it? Is there a name that pops into your mind while you’re praying, but you quickly dismiss the thought due to an unwillingness to pray for their well-being?

All of us have been mistreated by others. Sometimes we were hurt so badly that we harbor a grudge sufficient to wish ill-will on them. If you pray for your enemies as Christ commanded, God might bless them, and that’s not something you want to see happen. Besides, they’re going through a tough time and getting what they deserve.

But if we are to follow the example of Christ, we must empty ourselves of anything that prevents us from ministry. That means setting aside hurt feelings and biases.

I’ll say it again. Jesus emptied Himself for everyone. He wants us to have the same mindset toward one another.

Our Lord was driven by love (John 3:16) and willingness to forgive. As Christians, we’re to love as He loves (1 John 4:11), and forgive as He forgives. (Colossians 3:13)

Is there anything holding you back from helping or praying for someone? Then empty yourself. Jesus wants His servants running on empty.

For more on this topic, check out this article: The Key to Better Relationships

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

 

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Make Time to Serve Jesus Christ

Posted on August 15, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

Proverbs 31:15-17

Most pastors would agree that it’s difficult to find and keep volunteer workers in the church. That’s why many churches have turned to paid workers as a more reliable work force.

I get it. People are busy and lack the time to commit to thankless jobs like working in the nursery or teaching a Bible class.

I suppose, back in the day, folks didn’t work as hard and they had more free time on their hands. Or did they?

Our focus text from Proverbs 31 gives us an overview of the toil of a woman in Biblical times. She arose before sunrise, prepared food for the family, purchased land, and used the money she earned to plant a vineyard. Sounds pretty busy to me.

Since I’ve been on this earth for a considerable length of time, I recall the hard work of my grandparents. They, too, worked from before sunup to sundown and most of their labor was physically demanding.

Jump ahead a couple of generations. I still work more than 40 hours a week, even though the government has labeled me retired. The old folks used to tell me they worked harder in retirement than they did during their employment years. Now I understand what they meant.

Oh, and that argument about women having it easier before they joined the work force. You know, the cushy life of stay-at-home moms. Ask anyone of them if there was enough work to keep them busy. I can’t recall my grandmother ever working outside the home. But she worked harder than most. When I look back on it, it’s hard to imagine how she did it all.

My point is that people have always been busy. Earning a living, going to school, and caring for a home and family has always been tough.

But despite our busyness, God’s plan for faithful servants hasn’t changed. Those of us who belong to Christ have been entrusted with a task. The Lord doesn’t ask that we do it all, just our part. The Apostle Peter put it like this: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10) Be selective based on your gifts. Find something that fits your spiritual skill set and get to work.

In Romans 12, Paul shares a partial list of spiritual gifts and explains how they can be used in Christian service.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12:6-8

Where do you see yourself fitting into the work of the Kingdom? What is your job? If you can’t answer those questions then ask the Lord to reveal your service description.

God didn’t call you to be an island and use His grace solely for your benefit.

Many Christians are shy and prefer to stay behind the scenes. Others are incapacitated due to poor health or advanced age. But as long as we have been blessed with a good mind we can still serve the Lord by praying for others. Ask your pastor or someone in your church to supply you with a prayer list.

May God bless you richly as you make time to serve Jesus Christ.

For more on this topic, check out this article: Spiritual Gifts for Dummies

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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God Even Rescues Us from Ourselves

Posted on August 14, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.

Jonah 2:6

Jonah was an Old Testament prophet with a bad attitude. When God called upon Jonah to proclaim judgement to the people of Nineveh, Jonah refused. Not only did he disobey, he headed in the opposite direction. He attempted to run away from God, which landed him in the belly of a giant fish for three days and nights. That near-death experience brought Jonah to his senses causing him to repent and as a result God saved him.

In Luke 15:11-32, we read about the Prodigal Son. You remember the story about a wealthy father with two sons. The younger requests his inheritance early, wastes it, becomes destitute, and then determines he would be better off as one of his father’s servants than to continue in squalor. When he returns his father is elated, treats him better than expected, and celebrates his return.

These two stories depict people who brought hardship upon themselves because of foolish choices. But yet, they were restored, rescued, and forgiven.

Now, I don’t mean to suggest you should willfully disobey God or flaunt His grace, but it is important to know that the Lord rescues us from ourselves.

Can you imagine going through life without doing something foolish or outside the will of God? All of us have been struck stupid a time or two.

It’s been said of wayward young men that they have to “sow their wild oats” before getting their act together. To be fair, such foolishness can happen at any age. We are all capable of becoming our worst enemy.

In both of the aforementioned scenarios, these were men of God, one specifically and the other figuratively. They serve as reminders that God’s children are capable of choosing sinful behavior over righteous living.

Fortunately, they both came to their senses, recognized the foolishness of their ways, felt remorse, and repented.

Repentance means to turn completely around and head in the right direction. It involves a heartfelt desire to replace sinful behavior with godly conduct.

God continues to love His children, even when we engage in sin. That’s not a license to sin, but indicative of the unconditional love of the perfect Father.

Have your children ever disobeyed you? Of course, they have. But you didn’t stop loving them. You continued to want the best for them and sought to point them in the right direction.

Recently, I encountered a young man who I first met as a child in my early days of ministry. He told me I had baptized him and that I had a positive influence on his early Christian life. Then he told me how his life took a turn away from God to a place from which he thought he could never return. He became addicted to drugs, went through a painful divorce, and hit a point where he didn’t care if he lived or died. Then he repented and recommitted his life to the Lord. It didn’t happen overnight, but God has restored him. He’s remarried, has a beautiful child, and he’s living for Jesus.

Life is complicated by all kinds of perils. Evil people and threatening circumstances seek to do us harm without notice. We look to God to strengthen and rescue us from those storms. But some of the worst situations we encounter can be self-inflicted. When that happens, the Lord awaits our return. Oh, we may still face the consequences for our sin, but He forgives and helps us put our lives back together. God is so good, He even rescues us from ourselves.

For more on this topic, check out this article: Get Out of Your Rut and Get On with Your Life

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

 

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When Faith in Jesus Turns to Fear

Posted on August 13, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Matthew 14:31

You remember the story. Jesus surprised His disciples by walking on water to their boat. Peter was so excited he climbed out of the boat to meet the Lord. Then he began to sink and Jesus “reached out his hand and caught him.”

What caused Peter to sink? He was, after all, successfully walking on water. In the previous verse, we find the answer. … when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” (v30)

Peter was distracted by the wind. He changed his focus from faith to fear.

Who among us has not done something similar? We trust God for the impossible or improbable, and then we are frightened by perceived reality.

My mother used to tell me, “focus.” My mind frequently wandered. “Earth to Dickie,” she would say.

Faith requires focus, trusting like a laser on Christ, the object of our faith.

The most succinct and helpful definition of faith is found in Hebrews 11:1. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

There’s a line in or focus text that is easily missed, yet it is essential to understanding when we should step out confidently in faith. It’s found in verses 28 and 29. 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said.

Notice that Peter didn’t step out of the boat UNTIL he was granted permission. He asked, and the Lord told him to come. When we step out on faith without the Lord’s approval, we are setting ourselves up for a faith failure. Conversely, when we know the Lord is in agreement, we will succeed.

The obvious question then is, “How can you know the Lord will support your faith inclination?”

(1) It is not contrary to God’s word.

God will never support efforts intended for evil nor will He assist those who distort or misapply His word.

(2) There is peace in your spirit.

If there is restlessness in your spirit, then trust that feeling. Don’t get ahead of the Lord or try to force a resolution to a concern or problem until you since that inner green light.

(3) It honors God.

Will this step of faith bring glory to God and strengthen your testimony? Will it serve to encourage and inspire someone else to trust the Lord with their burdens?

(4) It stretches your faith.

We are people of faith. Christianity is lived by faith. But sometimes we are challenged to accomplish the extraordinary or endure and overcome hardship. Like pro athletes, sometimes we have to step up our game.

(5) God confirms it in your heart of hearts.

I hope I can effectively communicate this point. There have been times when I have been praying about something, and I sensed confirmation that what I had been praying for had been answered. It’s like God said, “Your request has been granted.”

Several years ago, when I was diagnosed with cancer, I didn’t push the panic button. Even when the cancer specialist told me that all of his testing confirmed the diagnosis, I didn’t worry. Then one day, the doctor sat down beside me, shook his head as if amazed and said, “Your cancer was off the charts, but you don’t have it and I don’t know why. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The first time I prayed about it, I sensed confirmation from the Lord that I wasn’t sick. After four months of testing that divinely inspired confidence proved to be right.

The first church I served in a ministerial capacity was as an interim pastor. They had a rule that the interim couldn’t be hired as their pastor. But I really liked working there, and the people had responded favorably to my ministry. One morning before the start of the worship service, the chairman of the Pastor Search Committee stopped by my office to tell me they had decided to abide by their original plan and continue their search for a pastor. He wished it could be me but “rules are rules.”

I was devastated. Next morning during my quiet time, I poured out my heart to God, shared my disappointment and desire to pastor that church. Then came that feeling, confirmation in my spirit that I was going to be called as the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church.

Later that day, the chairman called me to tell me of the results of their meeting and their change of heart. “We want you to be our pastor.”

I could write a book about those confirming experiences, when God says, “yes.”

Just remember. When you step out of the boat into the water, don’t take your eyes off Jesus. And if that happens, He’ll still take care of you. Jesus grabbed Peter and pulled him from the water. Acts of faith are seldom carried out flawlessly. But if the Lord’s in it, we can count on Him seeing us through to victory.

For more on this topic check out this article: Walking the High Wire of Faith

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

 

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Jesus Saves and Keeps You Saved

Posted on August 12, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Hebrews 7:25

I grew up in a time when we never locked our doors. No way we would be so careless today. In fact, security and alarm systems have become big business.

As a child, I was allowed to ride my bike or walk all over town. Come to think of it, I can’t even recall a crime committed in my hometown. Surely, there must have been something, but lawbreaking wasn’t one of the things we worried about.

Our town had one policeman, a one-armed officer who worked part-time. His primary concern appeared to be keeping the sidewalks free of kids riding bikes.

Fast forward to today. The news from home reflects a radical change from the town I remember. Drugs, especially meth, have become a big problem. Public intoxication, fighting, assault, and robbery are now reported with increasing regularity.

Now, this is not an indictment on my hometown, but rather it is symptomatic of what has happened across America. Security has become a major concern just about everywhere.

Remember when you used to go to the mall and your primary concern was finding a good deal? Now, you have concerns for your safety. Same is true in public places and entertainment venues where you once felt safe.

It is natural to feel insecure in our earthly homes. However, in regard to our heavenly home, Jesus has everything under control.

In our focus text, Jesus is seen in his role as the great High Priest, “…able to save completely those who come to God through him.” Jesus is “able” as no one else. He has all authority (Matthew 28:18) and all power (John 13:3) on heaven and earth.

Jesus has the authority and power to “save those who come to God through Him.” (John 17:2) The salvation He gives is complete. Unlike so many of our earthly laws (and taxes) there aren’t any loopholes. Satan may do a lot of finger pointing and hurl a lot of accusations at our unworthiness for eternal life with the Father, but the evil one has no case “because He (Jesus) always lives to intercede…” for us.

Jesus saves us from the penalty for sin and ultimately from the presence of sin. Can you imagine living where evil and sin are no longer an issue — because they don’t exist? No temptations lurking around every corner. No one seeking to do you harm, nor hidden motives or scams.

The Lord “always lives to intercede” to complete the work He began in you at your confession of faith. In 1 Corinthians 1:8, Paul declares, “He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Here in Alabama, we’re required to renew our driver’s license every four years. Meanwhile, it’s up to us to obey the laws of the road and maintain an auto insurance policy. Too many citations for speeding or other traffic related violations can cause our driving privileges to be suspended.

Our covenant with God doesn’t require renewal. It’s a once in a lifetime agreement. And it comes with more than enough forgiveness and help from the Lord to keep us saved.  Jude put it this way: “To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.” Jude 1:24

Jesus holds onto us — from sanctification to glorification — IF we are truly in the faith. No need in being insecure about your eternal security.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30

For more on this topic, check out this article: Blessed Assurance

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

 

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Christ in You, The Hope of Glory

Posted on August 11, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.

Colossians 1:27-28

Mystery religions were popular in Paul’s day. Only elite insiders were privy to the secrets of their chosen deities. I liken it to an exclusive club for religious pretenders. And since Paul was talking to a predominantly Gentile group of believers, he spoke in terms they could understand.

The one true God has a gloriously rich mystery which He chose to “make known among the Gentiles.”

In Old Testament times, before Christ’s victory over death, the Holy Spirit occasionally came upon chosen individuals to empower them for God’s specific purposes. At no time had God indwelled all of His followers, and certainly not the Gentiles. The Lord taking up residence in believers was unthinkable, a mystery hidden from the ancients, but revealed in the age of grace.

The God who was once unapproachable except through prayer, whose face could never be looked upon, and whose name was never actually spoken — now inhabited Jesus’ followers. People once considered unholy, unclean, and unrighteous were now cleansed by the shed blood of Jesus and made fitting vessels for the spirit of Christ to reside.

In 1986, I was asked to emcee an appearance by President Ronald Reagan at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. Before I could stand on the stage with the President, I had to be carefully vetted. That meant filling out forms, a background check, and an interview with a secret service agent. Ultimately, the U.S. government was satisfied that I was fit for the task.

Think of what it took for you and me to gain the enormous privilege and honor of a close personal 24/7 relationship with the heavenly Father. Because of sin, we could have never passed the vetting requirements, no matter how hard we tried. Only Jesus’ sacrificial death could satisfy God’s demands.

Christ in you. It is a thought that is so lofty and so amazing that it is difficult to fully comprehend. But because Christ is in us, we have His continual help preparing us for glory.

What does Paul mean by the “hope of glory? In Chapter 3 at verse 4 in Colossians, the Apostle declares: “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

We share glory with Christ (Romans 8:18). If we die before His return, we will be raised in glory (1 Corinthians 15:43). Glory is eternal (2 Timothy 2:10), yet to be revealed (1 Peter 5:1), and when the Chief Shepherd appears we “…will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”  (1 Peter 5:4)

Here in Alabama, we know a lot about winning championships, at least in football. That national championship trophy is something to behold. Our world places a lot of emphasis on winning. And the bigger the prize, the greater the glory. However, the glory is temporary and it fades.

Christians are in line for the greatest prize and glory of all — the  eternal reward won for us by Christ. Nothing can compare with God’s permanent and unfading glory through Jesus. Glory is our inheritance, our future, our eternal home, and our forever state of being with God.

For additional info on this topic, check out this article: Will We Know Our Loved Ones in Heaven?

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September). Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

 

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Are Your Faith Roots Showing

Posted on August 10, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

Colossians 2:6-8

We received Christ Jesus as Lord through faith. Paul admonishes us to “continue to live…in Him.”  Rooted. Built up. Strengthened in the faith as we were taught and “overflowing with thankfulness.”

When I was studying trombone, I learned the importance of fundamentals, which provided a solid foundation for good playing. As my skill set grew, I had to continually check to make certain the fundamentals never wavered. If something was amiss in my playing it could always be traced back to the foundation. The same is true in athletics, the arts, business, and all other disciplines. To be successful you must master and then remain true to the fundamentals.

As Christians, we start by faith that results in a personal relationship with the Savior. Then we work on the fundamentals; guided by the indwelling Spirit, taught by trusted teachers and ministers in the faith, and strengthened through Bible study and prayer.

When I was in college, I was required to take a basic Bible course in which the greatest of all books was studied as literature. I became enthralled with a study that enabled me to see the Bible in a new way. Then something happened that frightened me. I was no longer reading the holy scriptures as God’s word, but as the writings of ancient men who sought to make sense of the troubled times in which they lived. It had become just another book.

One morning during my quiet time, I fell to my knees and asked the Lord to revive the power of His word in my heart. I had to get back to the fundamentals. My walk with God depended on it.

Don’t get me wrong. A scholarly view of the faith is important, but we should never allow it to steer us away from our intimate relationship with Christ.

In this world there are many voices, with countless opinions and philosophies, and if our fundamentals are amiss, our faith will sway off course. There is only one voice that will never steer us wrong, which is why it is so important to nurture that close personal one on one relationship with the Lord.

The old King James Bible referenced God speaking in a “still small voice.” (1 Kings 19:12) The NIV translates His voice as a “gentle whisper.” It has never been my experience that God screams orders, but He speaks softly and calmly. Most often, it is through the reading or recalling of His word. Sometimes, a new thought enters my mind; a changed perspective that opens my eyes to new possibilities, or a solution to a complex problem.

In verse 8 of our focus text, Paul warns: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” Keep the main thing, the main thing. There are well-meaning voices that will vie for your attention, and those whose mission is to sway you from your walk with God. Stay centered, grounded, and unshakeable.

There’s an old expression that comes to mind. “Go with what brung you.” Faith in Christ and nothing less. Build upon it and not apart from it. And if you at any time feel your heart growing cold, return to your roots. Make sure your roots are showing.

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September)

 

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