As I was walking today, I was still before the Lord. I saw a plane overhead that illustrated this truth. The pilot was sitting still; and yet, he was moving extremely fast at the exact same time.
While we are still doesn’t mean the Lord is. He is working out our salvation (i.e. making us whole and delivering us from sin) at all times. So be still and let Him do His job.
This requires great trust for me. Doing nothing is actually doing something. I battle “the doability doctrine” that states if you can do something do it. But if I do it, where is the room for Jesus and Spirit to do what only They can do?
The book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus gave us rest the moment we came to faith. And, it was Jesus who answered the question, “What works must we do?” with simply “believe.” Belief and trust, at times, will look like you’re doing nothing, but actually you’re doing something. You’re showing how much you love Jesus who also said, “If you love Me, you will be obey Me.”
Therefore, being still and being in motion can happen at the same time. You say you believe in Jesus and His Spirit? Then sit tight when He says to and let Him be God. He is you know?
S“E”t Free Nowww
Paul tells the Corinthians that all things are possible, but not all things are profitable in their walk with Jesus. Paul was often misconstrued as saying that it was open season to sin. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Paul was actually holding the believers to a much higher way of living – listen to and follow Jesus. Just because the written Word of God doesn’t talk about something (“all is possible”), didn’t mean Jesus, the Word of God, wants you to do it (“not all things are profitable”). Will you trust Him to know what is best for you?
A dear friend of mine once said, “Yeah, I am free to drink, but this body can’t!” Scripturally he could have a beer, but he knew it would send him spiraling out of control.
I’ve recently learned that I’m free to drink soda, but my mind can’t. Scripture doesn’t talk about soda (“all things are possible”), but I know I’ll rationalize drinking it every opportunity I get! Yet, rationalizing in this area often leads to rationalizing in other areas, which causes me to spiral out of control (“not all things are profitable”).
Don’t play by the rules! Live above them through listening to and following Jesus. Yeah, it’s a little harder, but it’s definitely a life worth living – the one He promised to give.
S“E”t Free Nowww
We have a part to play in our sanctification and God has His, but I can’t play my part without God playing His.
I want to be more like Jesus with almost every fiber of my being. (The other part is the flesh that wants to stay right where it’s at.) I’m ashamed to admit this, but sometimes this stresses me out.
Jesus already did His part. To name only a few, He died and rose again to give me life, eternally starting now. He gave me His mind so I can think correctly. He also gave me His nature so I can choose correctly. Now, He says that if I love Him, I will obey Him, which is my part.
Yet, this obedience is still impossible if He doesn’t do His part to empower me through His Spirit. I can’t listen and follow Him, let alone become like Him, without the Holy Spirit’s power. He will get the job done in me as I relax in His power to obey. Let Jesus show you how to live a relaxed obedience. I know I am.
Set Free Now“W”w
I was having writer’s block, so I went for a drive. As I was in the left turn lane waiting for the green arrow, I heard an ambulance siren. I finally saw it to my left when the green arrow came, but I had to wait for the ambulance to pass. This waiting caused the driver behind me to get rather agitated. How did I know? Let’s just say I could see their hand gestures in my rear view mirror and my ears were unpleasantly disturbed by their car horn. You should have seen, however, the sheepish look on their face when the ambulance finally cleared the intersection.
We only know what we know when we know it, nothing more. But what if what we know isn’t correct, like the driver behind me? They saw the same green arrow I did, but not the ambulance. What they knew was incorrect.
This is why believers have the Holy Spirit. He gives us valuable information to make Jesus choices, if we listen. This is why the Spirit put us into a body with other believers who can also give us valuable information to make Jesus choices, if we listen.
We need each other to be watchmen – a person given information by Jesus that we need to draw closer to Him. This is the believer who will tell you “the truth in love” even when you don’t want it. Let’s be those watchmen and women, even though sometimes the information we need to give might be uncomfortable.
Set Free Now“WW”
Discouragement. We all face it. And, if we’re honest with ourselves, we sometimes let it get the best of us. Paul gives the Corinthians a great discouragement fighter: remember how far you’ve come in Christ!
Paul lists a number of less than stellar character and behavioral traits in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. He then makes a rather odd statement, “And such were some of you.” Why remind of them of who they were? To help them see who they are now! He tells them they were washed. They were sanctified; and, they were are justified. Did you notice all the past tense verbs? This is who they are right now. So give a shout out to Jesus my friend, so are you!
We get so bogged down in the day to day battle of exercising the truth by faith Spirit empowered that we get weary of the fight. We get discouraged at the defeats and the seemingly small victories that we forget how far the Spirit of God has already taken us.
Today, before you take another step. Take a moment to praise God for how far He has taken you and praise Him for where He will take you as you continue to fight the good fight.
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