As usual, the following T.A. Sparks quote of the day addresses, in simple down to earth terms, so much of the attitude of today’s pop Christianity. The article itself was much longer, but these few sentences jumped out as the heart of the matter.
"In such experiences (my note: the ones where we 'claim' promises but nothing happens and we become frustrated) we learn that the promises are not for us as things for our personal interest, but wholly and utterly for the glory of Christ, to bring about a greater measure of the fullness of Christ in us. Thus, once more, through an ordeal, we have come to the place where it is 'no longer I, but Christ.' That is God's required ground for the fulfillment of His promises."
This is so spot on, since per 2 Peter 1: "His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.”
Doesn’t sound like the cake walk easy believe-ism, name it, claim it, and frame it hyper grace religion of today’s Christianity. We are to apply all diligence to make manifest here in real time all that already has been granted to us in our Lord Jesus Christ. He has made it possible to walk in newness of life!
“It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom fromGod: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’” 1 Corinthians 1:30,31.
Come, Holy Spirit! Let Christ be glorified in us. Let Him increase as we decrease. Amen.
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Analysis of the consequences of a decision – not just on something involving yourself, but where others are vulnerable – is not a “he who hesitates is lost” proposition. It could be more along the lines of “look before you leap,” for he who leaps before he looks is more likely to experience loss than the one who hesitates long enough to WISELY assess something, especially where others are deeply concerned and involved. We live in a self preening, ego driven world where too many people sing in the key of me. There are even some “Christian” religions that also encourage this kind of mindset, with their bless me club mentality. Where there’s a demand for ear tickling, there will be suppliers. It’s the nature of the beast. But at some point, there is going to be an accounting. This is a form of spiritual roulette: just because the m.o. has worked in the past, and you’ve been bailed out before does not mean it’s going to work forever. The odds are less and less in your favor. If this shoe fits, wear it. And be forewarned.
Has it entered the general consciousness yet that our planet is and has been run by a cabal of basically psychopathic personalities? Ever wonder how that happened?
Sometimes it's best not to read "signs" into everything. Goodness knows that things are complex, convoluted, and corrupt enough as documented fact these days, without reading something into it every time the wind blows, or you see a crow sitting on a fence where you never saw it before, or just because you "notice" something that maybe you just simply never noticed before. While I do believe conspiracy exists (there's been one for about 6000 years now since mankind was drawn into the Luciferian rebellion), my opinion is that we can save ourselves a lot of grief by not looking for trouble where there is none. Examine your motives and your information. You save yourself a lot of grief with not getting all your exercise by stretching your imagination and jumping to conclusions.
We are created in the image of God. We are deeply, divinely loved and precious to Him beyond imagining. We are also a race fallen from His grace, due to being coerced into complicity with rebellion, resulting spiritually in captivity to the arch enemy of God. But we have been redeemed and have the opportunity to be restored in full! All who receive Christ receive the power to become the sons of God (Jn 1:12) The question then is, where to from here? Self will, or God's will which is this amazing plan of redemption, salvation, and restoration?
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