Monday, September 29, 2014

It's not that easy

“That makes it easy to write this book on the fruit of the Spirit. All the writings on the subject appeal to the same foundational text—the Word of God. Two parts study, one part experience, structured with a dash of writing acumen produces a helpful volume. However, it’s one thing to write a book on a subject. It’s quite another to live it.

As a pastor, I have taught from the Bible on the subject of worry. I even wrote an article on it for a theological journal. It was entitled “Worry Unmasked,” and it exposed worry for what it is according to our Lord’s teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. God has a lot to say on the subject. He knows our frames and frailties and fears. He ministers to us in our need, as He understands that need better than we do ourselves. He does not leave us unprepared.

In addition to teaching on the subject, I have counseled many people struggling with anxiety. I have helped them understand and apply God’s counsel to their specific situation. Together we have put the flesh of their problems on the skeleton of God’s truth to give them stability and ability to stand and press on.

You would think I would have been prepared.”— Vine Ripened Life

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You would have been—if we were brains on a stick! Unfortunately for that approach, we aren't. But I would rather not be a brain on a stick, wouldn't you? Sure, that leaves a lot of loose ends and disappointments. But it also opens the door to real relationships—especially with God.

When we realize we aren't able to work it out ourselves, we are thrown back on the Holy Spirit. And he never fails. He is always there, inside us, working, and—most importantly!—loving us.

Why settle for less?
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