I believe it is time to ante up in our lives and take a hard look at our ways to see if our ways are God’s ways.
It’s not prudish or overly spiritual to take a look at your life and evaluate yourself to see if you are living out your salvation experience in the manner that God prescribed for you.
Paul says in 2 Corinthians 13:5
“5. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?:”
I can tell you this with certainty.
A little self evaluation is far less painful than the adversity that comes with chastisement by God or the empty feeling that comes with knowing that you are out of God’s will.
It is better that you come to recognize your errors early, so you can adjust your lifestyle to avoid any more pain that comes with being outside of the will of God.
Is there pain and suffering and negative consequences with living outside of the will of God?
Is it unreasonable for this pastor to ask you to evaluate your relationship with God, to make sure that you are living out your calling, in Christ?
As you get closer to God - God gets real big - You sense the awesome power of God - You sense the light of God, the brilliance that emanates from the throne of God - You sense the holiness of God.
As you get closer to God something else happens also.
- The things of this world grow ever so dim.
- The so called big problems get smaller and smaller.
- The past takes its proper place.
- What was a crisis yesterday, God turns into a matter not worth mentioning.
- What was so big you thought you couldn’t get through it, gets very small.
- What used to look good to you, starts to look less delectable, because your eyes are opened to see more than the moment.
- You can see further into a thing in the presence of God, because God reveals to you more of His foreknowledge as you get closer."
Excerpt from God thinking LX - As You Get Closer by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2014