Lately I’ve been reminded of God’s complete and total sovreignty and provision for me (and all His children) time and again. Perhaps it’s the pregnancy assuring me of my physical limitations, the political propaganda reminding me of my financial obligations and instability and my children heightening my awareness of how little control I really have over what takes place in the grand scheme of their lives. I’m sure it’s all that put together coupled with our attendance for the past few weeks at a church that thoroughly understands the scriptures regarding God’s sovereignty. I’ll share some practical examples of how God has spoken to me in the past couple weeks…
Archive for October, 2008
As a student of the Word of God many times I find the words written in the scripture piercing to my heart and my soul resistant to conform to the truth. The only hope I have in carrying out the application of the truth is doubtless the Spirit of Jesus Christ living in me. Frankly, without that there is no application of the truth because the origin of righteous behavior must be the Truth in order to apply truth. The alternative is always self deception, self righteousness and justification of sin.
That being said, often times get a small dose of what Jesus must feel like when He reveals the truth to me and tells me what I need to do and I ignore Him. Often times I am so saddened, frustrated and unnerved when diligent study of the Word coupled with clear exposition, explanation and practical application is ignored, misunderstood and twisted beyond repair by the multitude who refuse to conform to it. I, being of that group more oft than not, should certainly be able to sympathize with those who struggle againt scripture’s standards, but I must admit that it’s much easier to pick up on another’s blindness to the truth than your very own.
The other day my friend and I were talking about the gifts that God has given to each of us. She was saying that when every Christian doesn’t use their gifts, it makes the body weak. I agreed with her and we talked about how vastly different every single person is and how those differences are meant to fulfill what one another is lacking rather than segregate us into small “just like me” groups. We are called spur one another on to spiritual growth and help one another where we fall short until the Day of the Lord when we are all brought to perfect completion.
I’ve been reading 1Timothy for the past week and although I’ve read it many times before, God always has a way of speaking just what I need to learn each time I study His Word.
In 1Timothy chapters 1 & 2 Paul makes his case with his student (Timothy) emphasizing the importance of sound doctrine and the priority of prayer.
Lately, for me, I’ve been convicted about some undealt with (possibly even unrealized) covetousness in my everyday thoughts and in my heart. (more…)