Our Wings to a Better Life

November 5, 2014

i am convinced

Our resistance to God’s rule even extends to our prayerful attempts to persuade the Lord to bless our plans and to meet our needs in the ways we deem best. Instead of seeking God’s will in prayer, we hope to induce Him to accomplish our will. Thus, even in our prayers, we can adopt the mentality of a consumer rather than a servant.

 

 

Perhaps the most painful lesson for believers to learn is the wisdom of being faithful to the process and letting loose of the results.

Opportunity

Obedience

Outcome

Divine Sovereignty

Human Responsibility

Divine Sovereignty

We have little control over opportunities we encounter and the outcomes of our efforts, but we can be obedient to the process.

 

 

Two arts we have to practice; simplicity and purity. Strive in these two areas and you will find that you are maturing as a Christian. Simplicity regulates intentions and Purity regulates affections (desires).

 

 

Try to make your life as simple as possible and in each moment you will find God, and the pursuit of God can only be found in the making of our lives as pure as possible. Lifetime goals, but worthy goals in the pursuit of God.

 

 

We cannot be responsive to God’s purposes until we abandon our strategies to control and acknowledge His exclusive ownership of our lives. At the front end, this surrender to the life of Christ in us appears to be the way of renunciation (simplicity).

 

 

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it” (Luke 9:24). The better we apprehend our spiritual poverty and weakness, the more we will be willing to invite Jesus to increase so that we may decrease (John 3:30) (purity).

 

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

Thanks to Randy N. for the gift of a rebound leather edition of Thomas Kempis, “The Imitation of Christ” this very old edition was rebound by Leonard’s book binding service, it is a wonderful gift Randy.

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