Sunday, May 16, 2010

Daily Devotional May 15 - There are no shortcuts

"Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that has this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." 1 John 3:1-3

I want you to see the most important part of this verse, "Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us." God has already bestowed upon us favor and title. All the time people are looking for what they already have, because they are not in touch with the presence of God enough to discern who they are or what they have. You are a son of God, now act like it. God tells us to purifieth ourselves, because all purification of the mind takes faith in God and personal discipline to accomplish.
There are some requirements if you are going to be able to see in your life what God has already accomplished.

You must be born again. That's right, there is no other way to become alive in the spirit except to be born again. In other words, you must recognize that you have sinned against God and that the only means of payment is through the blood of Jesus, (because there is nothing you can do to be worthy to make the atoning payment for sin).
You must allow the faith you have, that you operated in when you were born again, to reveal other aspects of a spiritual life with God. This means keeping active in a personal relationship with God through Bible study, prayer, fellowship, worship, praise and contemplation. There are no short-cuts to seeing and understanding the work of God.

You must invite God into your life; your situations, your marriage, your life at school, your business, your relationships, your everything. This might sound odd since you already have God inside your soul by the entrance of the indwelling Holy Spirit, but God operates by invitation only. If you want all that you possess to be blessed by God you will have to allow God some say in your decisions. This is where most people are not willing to yield. They want to do what they want to do even if God has already said not to do it in the Bible. They think they are going to convince God that what they are doing is OK, because it feels good or they want it so badly they have been blinded. But God has already spoken and laid the groundwork for living within His will. If you are looking for a voice to tell you that what you are doing is OK, even if it is outside the express will of God, you will get it, but it won't be the voice of God.

You must purify yourself. If you are thinking that God does all the work and there is nothing you can do toward the purification process, you have been misled. You are not a clone or a robot. God speaks in you and to you, but you are not a marionette. Think for a moment if there are things that have crept into your life that are not godly. It probably took quite some time for the indiscretions to take hold and make a place in your life. It might take time to make the necessary changes to rid your body or mind of those things. Some take longer than others. God isn't expecting you to reverse every bad habit you have in a moment, He understands that you were made of dust, but God does expect that the direction you are in is to move closer to Him and further away from the bondage's that you have allowed to take hold in your life. You must do this. You must pray about it and put feet to your prayers. You will have to make decisions and keep them.

One thing you must believe: You are able in Christ to overcome. You can make any change that you make up your mind about and thoroughly saturate with prayer and true commitment to God. God will intervene and supply the supernatural components for you to accomplish the seemingly impossible. But you must believe that it is possible with God. God wants you to purify yourself to benefit yourself and those around you.

It is this purifying process that our modern, even Christian society, has ignored. The way of God is not the way of the world and never will be. Don't wait, for the time is at hand that you can call on God and receive all that is available for you. It is more than you ever dreamed of and better than you can even imagine.

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