January 01, 2015
It's that time. The beginning of each year seems the logical place of life evaluation and fresh resolve. But most of us are tired of humanistic resolutions with little success. ""The arm of flesh will fail us, we dare not trust our own,"" Luther observed. And, if we do find some success in mere human achievement, we get the glory, which is never God’s design.
Change is needed in all of our lives, so how do we develop a better, lasting resolution?
""How blessed are those...who seek Him with all their heart,"" the Psalmist said (Psalm 119:2). Instead of thinking your best thoughts about what needs to happen in your life this year, why not ask Him? Pursue the Lord through prayer and the Word and ask Him what He wants to change in you. Let His opinion and direction determine what needs attention. Father knows best. Always.
SURRENDER THE WILL
The human will is the lynchpin that opens the door to God's rule in our lives. We can choose to ignore His promptings and leadership or to say, like Christ, ""not my will, but Thine be done."" A pliable will submits gladly and quickly to the promptings of God's Spirit and the illumination of God's Word. It has realized that humanistic resolutions and strength are weak and has come to recognize the value of full surrender to Christ. Let the battle happen in Gethsemane.
FOLLOW THE SPIRIT
Paul told us we must not ""quench the Spirit."" As He directs and leads, follow without hesitation. Offer no resistance to His leadership, but simply let God be God in you and through you. As you do this, you will discover that the Spirit is a perfect leader. You will become a suit of clothes that Jesus wears and are able to say with Paul, “It is not I, but Christ who lives in me and the life I now live, I live by faith in the One who loved me and gave His life for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
GIVE HIM ALL THE GLORY
When God has initiated, directed and accomplished His work through you with your humble cooperation there is only One that deserves the glory. And that is precisely as it should always be.
October 13, 2021
October 12, 2021
It could not be worse. God is gracious in His offering of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Those who come to know God and obey Him will experience the best in this life and the life to come.
But what of all those who ignore God? Who will not trust Him? Who never follow and obey the one true God? The Bible leaves no ambiguity about this, and its clarity should sober us.
October 07, 2021
My son, who is planting a church in a Northern Colorado city, intentionally took me for a walk through a sculpture garden recently that is located in a prominent spot in his large city. It was beautiful, convenient, and filled with people.
To my amazement, at every 30 yards or so, there was a stone statue. The whole garden was a prayer garden, and each statue was named. The farther we walked, the more I realized it was a garden designed to help you pray to ancestral spirits. This religion is called animism and is no different from the false religions we read of in the Scripture. Paul encountered this in Athens.