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Don't Start with Yourself, Start with God!

Updated: Jan 15, 2022

Rely on God Not Yourself

I know I have done it much of my, its just reflex in our culture, but it should not be for Christians.

I begin the day measuring everything against my sense of what is good & evil, right and wrong and the list goes on. My pride is at work, my sin nature rules the day. I judge everything in my pride including God.

The daily reality for us all is our sin makes us liable for judgement by God and not the other way around. We "are children of wrath" Ephesians 2:3 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

Oh how we forget that everyday is blood bought, we are living on borrowed time through God's immeasurable grace. Our lives are a vapor and may be gone tomorrow: James 4:3 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

It may seem otherwise with all the evil we see yet God makes no mistakes in his permission of suffering. In Genesis 6 we see that God was perfectly right and just to drown every single human being on the planet, old and young, except for eight people. Today we are an evil stiff necked people and are deserving of God's wrath as individuals and as a nation.

If we follow Jesus we are going to suffer. There is no prosperity Gospel, that is a lie of this evil age. Be assured that God wishes us to enjoy what he has given us.

Ecclesiastes 3:13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

Christ is not calling us to an easy and comfortable life but to a life with serious joy and fruitfulness, not silly happiness. The reality for all of us is most of the things we live for will vanish like mist in the service of a crucified Messiah.

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