THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011
"Like an ocean wave tossed around in a storm." Jas 1:6 CEV
Here are two more life-stabilizers: (1) Submission. Our ego always wants to "do it my way," for my purposes and my pleasure. The result is hardening of the attitudes-a dangerous resistance to God. So His Word says: "Warn each other every day...that none...will be deceived by sin and hardened against God" (Heb 3:13 NLT). Like a pond gradually freezing in winter, our self-will slowly rigidifies, destroying our spiritual sensitivity. The Spirit's gentle influence no longer moves us; we're left feeling content and justified doing our own thing, to our own demise. It's not wrong to have your own will, and God won't "cure" or "deliver" you from it. But He intends you to line your will up with His. A good race horse must have a will in order to win, but its will must be submitted to the rider's directions or winning will be impossible. "The sacrifices of God are a broken [submitted] spirit [will]: a broken...heart...God, wilt not despise" (Ps 51:17). (2) Self-sacrifice. The world's philosophy is "Get and keep all you can!" Few things sabotage our peace and stability like this philosophy. "Take care of yourself" isn't a kingdom principle. "Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way...to finding...your true self" (Mt 16:25 TM). Psychologists say that grasping, holding onto things and people only makes us anxious, possessive, controlling, and difficult to live with! That's why Jesus said: "Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses [invests] his life will preserve it" (Lk 17:33 NIV). You've tried everything else-now try giving yourself fully to God!
Published on Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 6:51 AM CDT