Monday, April 01, 2013

Sin does not separate us

Proverbs 16:3 (NKJV) Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.

It seems like Kingdom principles always seem to be backwards to humanistic thinking. In the natural, giving away your money is going to make you broke. In the Kingdom of God, "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over ... "(Lk. 6:38). In our system, a wise man will do great things and a strong man will do powerful things. In God's Kingdom, "God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;" (1 Co. 1:27).

Even our perception of religion is backwards, we find it easier to believe one must be good to be a church goer. I spent many years as a Christian trying to be good enough for church. It was a challenge beyond my grasp.

I loved God from the moment I received Him into my heart. I wanted more than anything to be a worthy Christian. There were things in my life that I knew fell short of His righteousness, I just could not meet the standards I felt were appropriate.

Then I discovered the power of God's grace.

When I learned sin could not come between God and me anymore, I became more personal with Him. The more I acknowledged Him, the more I could sense His presence. I began to realize, He never leaves me and I can involve Him in everything, no matter what.

I like how the Amplified Bible translates our Scripture at the top. It says, "Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed" (Pr. 16:3 AMP). The Bible goes on to say in Jude 1:24, "Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,"

The Bible says to commit your works to the Lord. I believe this to be any effort. Even our efforts to become more righteous in our behavior. I commit everything I do to God. When I smoked cigarettes, I continued to talk to Him even as I exhaled smoke. I let Him break the addiction. Before long, I lost the desire to smoke, no more addiction. I have also started to overflow in His fruit (Ga. 5:22). I am a much better person.

Get close to God. Invite His strength into your efforts. You will discover a life worth living.

Be blessed!

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