Do you know Who is in you?

Some food for the soul.

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My two devotional readings for today, June 25th, from two different books, were of one mind and packed a powerful punch.  It’s one I think every Christian needs to contend with, and when we do not, we are open to all sorts of malpractice in our walk with God and, even worse, live as defeated Christians most of the time.    Here they are:

Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Cor. 3:16).

A revelation of the indwelling Spirit was the remedy Paul offered the Corinthian Christians for their unholiness.  Their need, like ours today, was to grasp the fact that God himself had taken up his abode in them.  To many of us the Holy Spirit of God is quite unreal.  We regard him as a mere influence – an influence for good, no doubt…

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Two saying which have changed lives

After talking with a friend this morning I was reminded of two sayings – one a statement the other a question – which have changed my life and the lives of others who have been reading this blog for the past 2 years.   I think they deserve repeating, often.

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They are:

 

1. Jesus didn’t die to make your life better.  He died to make you new.   (2 Cor. 5:17).

2. Is this is a sin too great for Me (God) to deliver you from, or is it a pleasure too great for you to surrender?

Consider these two sayings carefully and their ramifications.

For more on both of these see…

God Wants to Make you New, Not Better

How Would you Answer this Question?

 

 

Obedience

In order to be free from the bondage of habitual sin – whether that be addiction to pornography or anything else – one must learn the significance of obedience. It’s the key that makes the difference between a life of defeat and the life of those who are “more than conquerors” (Rom. 8:37).

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I’m reading Andrew Murray’s excellent book, The Life of Obedience.  This rings true to me:

The one thing God asked of Adam in the Garden was obedience.  The one thing by which a creature can glorify God or enjoy His favor and blessing is obedience.  The single cause of the power of sin in the world and the ruin it has caused is disobedience.  From Adam we have inherited a tendency to willfulness, to selfishness, to disobedience.  The whole curse of sin on us is due to Adam’s disobedience, which we, of course, have also chosen.  By our own choice we become the “children of disobedience.”  Clearly, the one work for which we needed Christ was to remove this disobedience – its curse, its dominion, its evil nature, and all its workings.  Disobedience is the root of all sin and misery. The first objective of His salvation was to…

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Don’t Waste Your Life

This week I had the privilege of attending a memorial service for the clergy and spouses of clergy in our conference who have died in the past year.  As each person’s name was read and a candle was lit, those in the conference hall who were impacted by that person’s life would stand.

Each year I get to witness this powerful event and each time I leave with the same words ringing in my ears and heart:

Don’t waste your life.

I remember how a few years ago I wasted countless hours staring at images on a computer screen, or, if I wasn’t in a place where I could act out on my sin of choice I was wasting countless hours thinking about it.   But for the grace of God I would still be wasting so much time and energy indulging in activities which blessed no one and hurt everyone.

Few, if any, would stand at my memorial service if that cycle of insanity had never been interrupted.

In Paul’s second letter to his protege, Timothy, he writes the following words:

You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and suffering… (2 Tim. 3:10-11).

This passage, like the memorial service, reminds me of 2 things.  First, we all have an aim in life.  We are all aiming towards something, so make it a good something.   And second, there are people watching and following that aim.   In the margin of my Bible next to this text I have written the initials of each of my children, reminding me that they are following my lead, along with a prayer to God to help me lead well.

Try this:  If you have children, ask them what your aim in life is.  They are disarmingly honest.   My goal is that each of my children would believe my aim is Jesus, and they would follow me in that pursuit.

When caught up in the selfish pursuits of addiction it is impossible to lead well.  Don’t waste your life!  Live in such a way that when your name is called out and a candle is lit, the whole world will wish to rise up and give praise and thanks to God for a life well lived and an eternity well deserved.

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