Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Challenge

This is a challenge, an encouragement to you (and, believe me, to myself):

Is God allowed to have a real place in your life? Is your relationship with Him based on more than a feeling, more than emotions?

Do you have a well-balanced diet of God in your life-- that is, is He in every aspect of your life, not just the places where He fits in the best, where He looks the best, where He is convenient? Do you shut God out of any aspect of your life, are there things you indulge in that you know God could have no part of because He is light and they are dark (1 Jn. 1:5)?

Do you take up your cross and follow Him daily? "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Lk. 9:23

Is there anything in your life that you would not sacrifice if He asked you to?

Has He been speaking to you, but you have been ignoring it?

Are you putting forth effort to deepen your roots in Him-- through study, through prayer, through diligence? Can your faith stand the test of time? Are you sober enough to know that you can fall, but bold enough to keep standing?

Seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God and His RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all the rest will be added unto you (Matt. 6:33).

God is looking for hands and feet, men and women ready and willing to be His disciples. In Matthew 66 when Jesus revealed that He was going to die many of His followers walked away because they were wanting something in the natural, they were wanting a physical restoration of Jerusalem, a physical a king to rule them, what Jesus offered was spiritual restoration. This is what He offers still. Can we be content with this? Can we accept that serving God is not glamour and worldly power? It is not prestige, it will not make us popular, it may not make us rich, but it will make us holy.

"But Godliness with contentment is great gain." 1 Tim. 6:6

And finally... Have you grown weary? As Christians we face constant battles, we are at war with the adversary and that war, though spiritual, is very real. I encourage you with this: there is no end to God's strength. Your strength may have an end, but there is never too much, there is never too hard, there is never too complicated for GOD! Your strength is not in yourself, stop looking there, it is in God, put it there, and keep it there. Throw yourself upon the word of God, feed on the word of God, stay in His promises.

"Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:" Isaiah 26:4