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Having demanded to do as we please, we’ve sold ourselves into slavery. And as painful as it is, there is no better day than when we cry out, with Paul, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24).
God’s plan is an amazing plan. In Christ, we can make better DECISIONS because our FEELINGS are more appropriate, and we can do that because our THOUGHTS are more truthful. In bringing us back to God, the gospel leaves no stone unturned.
There are few things in the world that might not jeopardize our souls under some circumstances. But whatever threatens to cut us off from God, we should let go of that thing immediately. If the house is burning, leave your stuff and get out of there!
Because of our own choices, those whom we need to be connected to, especially God, have turned their backs to us — and not without justification. We are not only alone; we are alone because we’ve been abandoned . . . because of our own misdeeds.
Until the eternal inheritance is ours, let us recognize the paucity of our present understanding and be prepared, when our Lord returns, to rejoice in whatever God has for us. The reality will break the boundaries of everything we’ve ever dreamed of!
We appreciate heaven only when we vividly contemplate it. Just as those who accomplish great worldly goals are those who keep their goals clearly in mind, those who aspire to heaven need to concentrate on it with a keen focus.
Emerson compared our situation to agriculture: “As the gardener, by severe pruning, forces the sap of the tree into one or two vigorous limbs, so should you stop off your miscellaneous activity and concentrate your force on one or a few points.”
What are your goals, values, principles, priorities? You must choose your passion and pursue it effectively. But as you make your choice, understand this: whatever it means for others, effectiveness for you will mean serving where you can serve best.
Let’s observe how many ways faith can help us. Belief in God is a wonderfully practical thing — there are benefits of faith that we have never tapped. Let’s learn more this week about how the faith God wants us to have produces the good life.
The goal of life is not to see how well rested we can be at the end or how many of our resources we can have in reserve. God blesses us in order that we might use His blessings. Paul said, “I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.”
My work this fall will be studying, reading, praying, and planning for the next book, “Walking in Christ.” It would be irresponsible to begin a project of this magnitude without preparing for it prayerfully, so that is mainly what I’ll be doing.
I enjoyed doing a Zoom Bible study with the Fortune Road congregation in Kissimmee FL last Sunday. It was good to work again with the Christians there. Chris Jones and Mark Copeland are the elders, and Caleb Lungstrum is the evangelist.