Thursday, January 01, 2015

Life in the Spirit?

I think we all could agree that living “according to our sinful flesh” is not what is intended for us as children of God. Yet even so, we often choose to face life’s issues and circumstances in exactly the same way as someone without the Spirit of God. We worry, strive, and grieve no differently than unbelievers. While it is true that we are humans like everyone else, it is also true that we are humans with the Spirit of God dwelling in us. Yet, whether consciously or not, we essentially say to God, “I know You raised Christ from the dead; but the fact is my problems are just too much for You and I need to deal with them by myself.”—Forgotten God, page 145

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In a word, we are practicing atheists. OK, that was 4 words, but it is true. We don't believe God. We think we can do better—or that he doesn't care enough to work in our lives. Either way, we are just as bad as unbelievers because we are unbelievers!

There's a reason revival always has to start with the church—the church needs to be converted before it can convert the world...Lord, may this year see a true revival. May we see you in our lives in a real way on a daily, moment-by-moment basis!
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