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Archive for January, 2008

Living Humbly

Over the past few weeks I have been reading the book Humility by C.J. Mahaney which is pictured above in this post. I chose the book to challenge myself and to examine my life in light of this topic. Humility once theologian has said is the hardest thing to accomplish in the Christian life. While I agree with the theologian I also must constantly remind myself that I am commanded in the New Testament to humble myself before God if I expect to grow in greater ways.

This book is a book that I sincerely believe that every Christian should pick up and read. It is small in size but packed full of insight and wisdom that will hopefully force you to put it down after every chapter to reflect upon your walk with God. Humility is not just a life of seeming like we are giving in with certain people or areas of our lives. Humility encompasses who we are as a whole. Mahaney in his treatment on this subject broadened my thinking about this and while reading through the material the Holy Spirit laid upon me several convictions. Those convictions are areas that need to be dealt with in a season of prayer and a desire to grow in new ways. If you are a Christian and you know that you have some issues that have been frustrating you the problem could be your own pride. You do not have to stay frustrated! Pick up this book and examine yourself with a man who has problems (he admits it throughout the book) and a Pastor’s heart and see what you need to work on. Paul told the Church at Philippi to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” and that command applies to everyone who professes allegiance to Jesus.

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Personal Conviction

As a Christian we should always have the desire to grow. I think that many have that desire in the Church, but hold back when God convicts them of certain issues. By holding back from God we in turn hold Him back from pouring out more blessings into our lives. Conviction sometimes comes in moments when we least expect it to. It comes from the Spirit of God into our lives when we have been giving ourselves over to God in greater ways. God is trying to get our attention through conviction, but are we listening to Him? Our relationship with God is meant to be a continuous growing process, but for some it can become a stagnant routine that they simply go through each week in worship. Growing is never easy, but in the Christian life it is worth the effort that we have to exert to move forward spiritually.

Sometime last week I was having my quiet time with the Word and in Prayer and as I was praying there came to my mind a certain television show that I have been watching. All the way through my time in prayer that day I kept seeing images of that particular show. The rest of the day I had a heavy burden on my heart and talked it over with my wife about this conviction. I told her that I believed that God was telling me to lay down that certain program. So when the program was on a few days later I made a decision never to watch it again. What I discovered the following week was a greater sense of God’s presence in my life and a greater amount of peace. I want to be a Christian who is filled up with the Spirit of God as much as possible. To be that person I must give into the convictions that the Holy Spirit places on my heart. It is the age old art of dying to myself. This is never easy, but it is definitely worth the reward of going deeper with God each passing day.
” The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45, NIV)

What we put into our beings is what will always come out!

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