Wednesday, November 23, 2005

I've posted this before, but it remains something that cuts to the heart:
Every man is as close to God as he wants to be; he is as holy and as full of the Spirit as he wills to be....

Yet we must distinguish wanting from wishing. By "want" I mean wholehearted desire. Certainly there are many who wish they were holy or victorious or joyful but are not willing to meet God's conditions to obtain. That Incredible Christian, 64.

I certainly do not want to imply that if we merely "try harder" to be holy, we will succeed. The fact is that, if we do try harder, the more likely we are to fail. The paradox of following Jesus is that apart from the Spirit of God giving us a new heart and enabling us to be holy, we can do nothing. "Grace empowered holiness," its; a complete oxymoron in some ways, but that's the kingdom of God...its coming and it is at hand.

Daily, and moment by moment, we make a choice of who we are going to submit to. Which master do we serve? Ourselves? Money? The wishes and whims of others? May God help us to serve Jesus Christ with everything that we have.

3 comments:

  1. you want to know something crazy benson... you know that book secret of the stairs by wade e taylor.. .. ..

    God hooked me up with a recording studio out here in korea.. right... and i, sat in a booth for 7 hours.. and put the book on cd.. ..

    if you and others in your church want a copy.. let me know and i'll send it over.. ..

    if you can teach me how to send it via internet... i can send it that way too!


    and about your entry... ..

    funny.. you're right.. it has nothing to do with us... but... if God sees that hunger to want to know Him more inside of us... He'll give us the grace to run after Him and find Him..

    i just think we need to ask...

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  2. "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." - James 4:8a

    Who draws near first?

    God made the way open through His sacrifice, but it is up to us to "take advantage" of that sacrifice and "draw near." When we do, He will come nearer to us.

    Great post.

    >>zack

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  3. "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." - James 4:8a

    Who draws near first?

    God made the way open through His sacrifice, but it is up to us to "take advantage" of that sacrifice and "draw near." When we do, He will come nearer to us.

    Great post.

    >>zack

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