Monday, August 22, 2011

Give Up Part 4: Do Something!

So we have delved into some of the consequences of sin. We understand now that not following God can only lead to more pain and confusion in your life. By now we should also realize that the only way to live a life that is pleasing to God (and fulfilling to us) is to let God renew your mind. The main focus this far has been feelings, but now let’s transition into action!

“God helps those who help themselves” is not in the Bible (I checked). However, there is something to this familiar saying. Dr. Charles Stanley puts it this way, “God is supernatural. If you take care of the natural, then God will handle the super.” What is he saying? God alone has the power to make the necessary changes in your life. But, there are some things you can start doing yourself. Such as:

You want to stop having sex, but you keep hanging around that person alone or late at night.

You claim a desire to know God more, but you don’t go to Bible study.

You want to give up a sinful lifestyle, but you don’t give up your sinful friends.

You want to know God’s will for your life, but you never pray.

You want a mind focused on God, but you won’t drop sinful influences.

I think you get the point.

A tutor does not go around making people take his help. No, he helps those who admit they need help and ask for help. And so it is with our God. He has the power to help us. He wants to make changes in our lives, but He did not create us as robots. We have a free will to do whatever we want. If we want Him to truly start working in our lives we must show Him that. Not just in our words, but in our actions too!

So….today make an action plan of how you are going to start working towards living a life that is more pleasing to God. For instance:

What can I start doing today?

Who can I talk to for guidance?

When is a good time I can set aside for prayer/meditation?

Don’t wait until tomorrow or the next day, because the devil is trying to destroy your life RIGHT NOW. Let me drive it home.

As long as your spirit life looks like this:

you will never get anywhere with God. Take some action today!

Meditation Scriptures:

Proverbs 21:21 (KJV)- He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Matthew 7:24-27 (KJV) Jesus speaking- Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it

Prayer: Lord, help me. I need your guidance more than I can express. I want to be a better person. I want to be a deeper Christian, but I know I cannot do this alone. Give me the strength to drop sinful influences and people in my life. Give me the strength to seek righteous influences and people for my life. Let Your Spirit cover my mind so that I can make a plan to serve You more. You have all the ability and the resources, Lord, but I must take the first steps. Give me strength to ignore other people’s opinions and comments, Lord, but to solely focus on You. You are the Rock I must stand IF I want true success in this life and the one to come. I know that it is time for action. In Jesus’ name,


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