Friday, October 10, 2014

God Thinking LXI - Good Theology 8

"James 1:22-25
 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

I don’t want to get off a tangent, but this is how a great many people who call themselves Christians live:
  • They come to hear the Word of God preached.
  • They listen carefully.
  • They hear the Word of God.
  • They decide what portion of it will fit their current lifestyle.
  • They adhere to those truths and principles that fit into their current way of life, not moved at all by the theology of God, that changes their mind, convicts their hearts or converts their soul. 
Only a few want good theology, because only a few are willing to yield there wants and desires for that of God.

Only a few care at all about what God has to say.  Most people today are seeking to hear words that comfort them and make them feel good about their current condition.

Only a few are listening for God to speak to them.
The Bible says in James 1:22-25;
22.  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
 23.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
 24.  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
 25.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Good theology requires that you change the way you think every time God speaks into your being some new truth - (new to you)."

Note: I get it. This makes you uncomfortable.  Most people don't like to be told anything.  Even though what you have tried, concerning getting out of the jamb you are in, hasn't worked. The fact that you still see things the same way you did 30 years ago with the same results over and over again doesn't move you to find a better way is dishartening.  it is also disarming.  If you are struggling with the same habits, addictions, troubles for thirty years you have been disarmed by your enemy.  The only way to ever move on and find peace with yourself and God is to change the way you think.  It is up to you.  It has always been up to you.  You can't blame so and so, the church, your pastor of lack of a pastor, your past, your environment, your surroundings, your parents, your children, the government.  No, if you want to move on with success, get your priorities in order and change the way you think.

Excerpt from God Thinking LXI - Good Theology by Keith C. Powell                                                    Copyright 2014

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