What Is “It” And How Do We Achieve “It”?

Posted: January 5, 2012 in Articles, Religion, Uncategorized
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John 5:  39-44: 

39 “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! 40 Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.

 41 “Your approval means nothing to me, 42 because I know you don’t have God’s love within you. 43 For I have come to you in my Father’s name, and you have rejected me. Yet if others come in their own name, you gladly welcome them. 44 No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God.[e]

I constantly hear complaints from people about how much they want a better life or that they want the things of God but don’t know how to look or find them. 

I myself for many years went through this day by day and could never figure out why I could never seem to make the changes in my life to be a “good” Christian. 

I would pray hard (really hard), trudge through the Bible religiously (sometimes), go to church every Sunday (sometimes on Wednesday) and be as good as I knew how but nothing seemed to ever work.

We often times want a better life but are not really serious about obtaining it as we will constantly blame God for not showing up when we need Him when in reality He has been in front of and fighting for us since before the day we were born.

He is with us when we are sleeping, He is with us when we are awake, He is with us when we’re behaving in a good way as well as when we’re not behaving the way the Bible suggests we should.  He is with us when we’re basking in His marvelous light as well as when we’re suffering through periods of darkness (I like to call these times “fertilizer” because they make us grow like a plant in dung).

Getting back to the point, oftentimes we have the capability to make the proper choices to do what is right but we choose what is wrong and then become racked with guilt and condemnation from the enemy as well as ourselves giving God the credit for the bad that results from our bad choices as well as the enemy when the largest part of these consequences come straight from our thoughts and/or actions.

We give too much credit to satan for the control that we think he has over our lives when he can only suggest things to us but have the choice (free will) on whether to follow or not follow through on them. 

We constantly struggle to accomplish or conquer only what Christ has already given us the ability to do in our lives and them we blame God when we fail when the truth is He has never asked us to struggle but only to rely on Him to meet every need according to the grace/mercy that He afforded us with the gift of His Son Christ Jesus.

As the first part of this scripture says just reading the Bible will never help you if you fail to realize what “it” is about and that “it” is Jesus.

 The whole book (the Bible), as Pastor Dave Melendez pointed out in his message one particular Sunday in church, is that the Bible is the owner’s manual for our lives that tells us how to become as much like Christ as we can before this mist of a life is done and we meet our King in Heaven.

If we learn to read the Bible with the intention of renewing our mind to be more like Christ instead of reading it to become “good” the scriptures will begin to manifest the life that God intended it to manifest in us because we will begin to view our thoughts, people, things, circumstances, and our very lives through the prism of Jesus’ eyes thus we will be able to make better choices and live lives free from the condemnation that comes from the enemy as well as being freed from the condemnation that we bring down on our own selves because we will then realize “without Him we can do nothing”.

We can only find God through first allowing Him to become Savior and Lord of our lives, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead/guide us through all that we do, and by obeying all that He speaks into our lives through His written word and His Holy Spirit.

Without acknowledging Jesus and accepting His will into our lives the Bible becomes just a bunch of words, church becomes just a weekly social event, this life becomes just a walk of despair, and our hopes are just a cluster of dead thoughts.

Let’s be encouraged to get to know Jesus more and more each day through not just studying His word but what His word represents. 

Let’s also pray for God’s Spirit to take the blinders off of any area of our lives that we have not or are reluctant to turn over to Him so that He can mold it into His image and not what we think that it should be.

We cannot continue to complain of a lack of progress in our walk if we are not willing allow Jesus to freely progress and grow in us even to the point of getting rid of people and/or things that hinder our ability to obey His voice. 

God has given us all that we need to accomplish the task but we have to start taking Him more seriously than we take the things of this world in order to grow into His likeness which should be the goal of every brother/sister in Christ.

He’s waiting for your answer today.  Will you make the changes that He’s already brought before you or are you going to continue to sit there and continue complaining about the lack of progress that you’re making a blame Him for your lack of action?

He loves you today and always. He longs to hear you speak to Him and ask Him for help to solve the issues that beset you daily.  The very thought of you makes Him smile and He cherishes you no matter what you think of yourself and what you did this morning or yesterday. 

Take that “thing” to him that you’ve been avoiding taking to Him, lay it at His feet and let Him deal with it for you because that is what He gave His life for. 

He loves you and so do I, so please pray for me as I will for you and may your day be complete with His love, grace, and mercy!

Your brother in Christ,

Ron D. Garrett

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Comments
  1. Alesia says:

    Wonderfully said! Thanks for this reminder. How Hungary are we?

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