Monday, May 13, 2013

Forget Everything You've Ever Known...

From this moment on, I want you to forget everything you've ever learned about your faith from someone else.  Just remember that moment you felt called...the moment your heart nearly exploded out of your chest...the moment you knew the rocks would cry out if you didn't respond to the Spirit urging you to follow Jesus.  Now, think about what you did next.  You felt God speak to you directly and invite you to follow Him, so you took the first step in knowing Him by doing what?  For the majority of us, we probably went to listen to someone else to see what they had to say about it--and usually we just got a lesson about the walls falling at Jericho, or Adam and Eve eating a piece of fruit, or if you're lucky, maybe you heard a lesson about Jesus and why he was here in the first place...maybe...if you were lucky.

To the point now, you experienced a moment in your lifetime when the Creator of the entire universe took an interest in your life, asked you to be a part of His family to which you said 'yes', then  you felt it was necessary to go find out from other sources what had just happened to you.  Sound familiar?

Right now is the time for you to take the responsibility of focusing your prayer life on God's will and immersing yourself into His Word to see exactly what He wants you to learn from Him.  I know it seems like a huge responsibility at times, but it is your job; and I will add it's a job you are going to be overly pleased with some day...but for now, don't be caught sleeping.  You have responsibilities--it is up to you to work out your own salvation--and lucky enough, you know exactly who provided that salvation for you.

Get busy!

2Peter 1:3-11:

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,  and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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