"Devotion means at any time you're ready, willing and able to do anything for God. Even if it doesn't look spiritual to the world.
For whatever cannot be done in the spirit of devotion is unlawful, if you feel the inconsistency of performing it as an act of devotion to God it is unlawful. You, yourself being the judge. Anything not right or wrong in itself may be either right or wrong according to whether or not it is done in the spirit of devotion.
Therefore, a selfish mind may condemn a godly man for doing something that would be sinful if he himself did it, because the motives of his heart are all wrong. The selfish man assumes the other person's behavior is also wrongly motivated." -- Keith Green, Devotion or Devotions?
And then RIGHT afterwards, this:
"Does the same thing, when its done outside of the focus of intimacy and partnership with God, it creates in us outrageous pride and judgmental-ness towards other people. Giving does that, when its not done in the right paradigm. Prayer has just as damaging results as the other ones. What was happening in Isaiah's day is that a number of them were fasting regularly, they were reaching out, they were saying yes to prayer, but they doing in a way outside the boundaries of the grace of God. They ended up creating dead ritualism and formalism and they became twice dead what they were before they started and the Spirit of God could barely penetrate and open their hearts again.
The most glorious privilege people in the body of Christ are those who say yes to these activates. But, we must say yes in a right way.
I'm talking about lifestyles….10-15 years of pursuing these things outside of what I call the romance of the gospel of delighting in the Lord, the call to intimacy. Because we don't end up the same, we end up bruised broken, and angry while doing these ministries.
Some of the most cruel people in the body of Christ are holiness preachers. Its true. Some of the most broken and cruel people are intercessors, people who work and touch the poor in the inner city because they're doing it in a way that Isaiah 58 outlines very clearly, don't do it this way.
So I'm talking about the heart of the fasted lifestyle." -- Mike Bickle, Lovesick Heart of the Fasted Lifestyle
I've been thinking about this idea a lot...because there's been times where my conscience/the Holy Spirit has checked me in a middle of the activity. I know I often struggle judging people based on that standard. (Do not judge others, or you will be judged.) Allow me to preach to myself a bit...
It's important that we engage in lifestyles consecrated to God not in a manner of legalism but out of a love for God. The reason why I posted the "Other's May, You Cannot" bit was because God's got a calling on your life. And some of you, some of us, have stepped away from the standard that God has put in your life because others don't have to live up to the standard.
At the end of the day, I'm accountable to the Holy Spirit. There are things that are perfectly LAWFUL for me to do, but I cannot do them, because my conscience says no. That standard is not to be applied to others...and at the same time, you shouldn't feel pressured into a standard that you are not convicted of. I'm talking about things that aren't necessarily right/wrong in and of themselves. Our recreational time, things that are relatively "neutral."
But the reality is that if you are a soldier, you have been given a mission. You do not concern yourself with civilian affairs. Civilian affairs are things that aren't wrong in and out themselves, but BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN A MISSION AND TASK, YOU NEED TO STAY AWAY FROM IT. Others may have the luxury of doing something...like watching TV. But God has clearly laid it on your heart to abstain from that. TV in and of itself is not wrong. Don't go judging people who watch TV. But you BEST ABSTAIN FROM WATCHING THE TELLY, BOY!
David was called by God as a warrior. "Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all ISrael, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem." 2 Samuel 11:1 For a civilian, it would have been fine to stay at home...but David is a king and he has a task. But he chooses to stay at home, and one sin leads to the other with drastic consequences.
...ahhh, that was a good brainfart.