Breaking Loose-Part 2

If you haven’t read Part 1, may I suggest that you go back to it. It is important context for today. Many who profess salvation today appear to only be casually involved. What they seem to experience of the Lord is to tuck into their schedules a little time here and there among their other activities. How much effort goes into effective Spiritual growth? If we are serious about our relationship with Him, certain areas demand discipline. The most obvious ones are study of the Word and prayer. These can be done only as a discharge of duty. That is not sufficient! We need to learn to apply what we read and we need to learn to converse personally with our God in prayer. We need to understand prayer and Scripture. We need to know our gifts and be using them. We all have a responsibility to serve. We need regular corporate worship, teaching, and fellowship. We need to give as an act of worship. We need some involvement with missions and missionaries. We need to develop holiness of life, speech, conduct, attitudes and values. These things are not going to just happen! How many are doing these things? Could it be that they are not doing these things? If they have a genuine conversion, they will pursue these disciplines. If they have only an intellectual conversion, they will find ways to excuse themselves from these responsibilities. Isn’t it time to face reality? “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect (mature), throughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy 3:16-17). Think on each part of this passage. Selah! Books, CDs, DVDs, sermons, pastors, teachers, Godly friends are all there to help us with these disciplines, leaving us with no reason to remain immature, unless we really haven’t been converted.  Ron

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