WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011
"Like an ocean wave tossed around in a storm." Jas 1:6 CEV
Are you winning or losing most of your spiritual battles? Are you down more than up? Do you feel frustrated, going in circles, your experience full of stops and starts, a constant guilt-failure cycle? That's not God's plan for you. You can live a stable, consistent life! But it will require life stabilizers like: (1) Decisiveness. Israel wanted to have it both ways: God's blessing, yet the right to disregard His Word. Freedom to live like heathen nations, yet be His special people. But Joshua declared it unacceptable. "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve" (Jos 24:15 NIV). The church at Laodicea also wanted it both ways, but God pressed them: "You are...neither cold nor hot...make up your minds" (Rev 3:16, 19 CEV). God requires a direction chosen, a goal set, and a mind made up. Wavering classifies you as double-minded and guarantees you will "[not] receive anything from the Lord" (Jas 1:6-8 NIV). (2) Faith. You are called a "believer" because faith must characterize not just some, but every area of your life. "Without faith it is impossible (not unlikely, improbable, difficult) to please God" (Heb 11:6 NIV). Faith is not what you study on Sunday morning, it's what you do 24/7! The Bible says: "My righteous [ones] will live by faith." You say, "Where do I get faith?" By meditating on, and living in God's Word (See Ro 10:17). Who possesses faith? The spiritually exceptional? No, "God has dealt to each one a measure of faith" (Ro 12:3 NKJV). That includes you! Faith, not feelings or circumstances, is what makes your life stable!
Published on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @ 6:26 AM CDT