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Thursday, October 27, 2016

CHRISTIANITY IN A NUTSHELL

Proverbs 3:5-7 New Living Translation
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”
                  This happens to be my favorite portion of scripture and the first verses I ever learned back in 1979 when I gave my heart to the Lord.  I feel that it encapsulates the Christian walk perfectly.  There are many things in this life that we simply do not understand and probably never will.  That’s precisely why it‘s by faith that we believe and are saved and not thru anything experiential.  We don’t experience the Lord until we believe in his existence by faith.  Those who deny his existence demand for him to show himself so that they might believe never realizing that he is all around them in the things he has created. 
            The will of God seems so elusive at times, but if you pay close attention while reading the scripture you will find that it’s really pretty clear. Live your life imitating Christ in obedience to God’s word and spread the gospel message whenever and wherever you can.  I feel those are the main ingredients to God’s general will in each believer’s life.  His personal will for us as individuals is up to you to find out.  It’s not a secret, but it takes seeking, praying and listening to his spirit.  It is the mature Christian that hears the voice of God thru the whispers of the Holy Spirit and senses the direction that he is to go.  God wants to lead us into every blessing and also wants to use us as we find out and hone the gifts he has given us.
            We are never, ever to be prideful or arrogant regarding our abilities or wisdom, for they are given to us by the Lord and were not attained thru anything we may have done.  God will endow believers with wisdom if and when they need it. We do not receive Godly wisdom simply for the sake of having it.  All gifts are given so that we might us them to further the kingdom of God.  Be attentive, be humble and always view God with a sense of awe for he is a mighty and powerful God.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible, published by Tyndale House.

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