We were created for a place of power, position, and peace and yet our quests for them often lead to futility and disappointment.
Rather than reset our compass, we dig deeper in ourselves for inspiration, motivation, and self confidence, cheering ourselves on with words of “gusto” and “empowerment”. Seeds of self promotion and self-actualization were sown long ago with a dark promise, “…your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Satan’s design for man mirrored his own downfall – exaltation of self – selfish ambition, self love, self importance and self reliance….separation from God.
But the position God plans for us, the peace He promises, and the power He avails to us is far greater than any ‘self actualization’. His personal love and plan for each of us will lead to places where He awaits, with a calling only He can fulfill.
The life lived by faith in Christ is one with eternal value.
The will of God is unique to each individual life. God has created each of us specially unique in that there is not, nor will there ever be anyone like you. He has also placed you here on earth in this time and generation in the country and ethnicity for His own desire. Your impact in this world is nothing without Christ; it’s all about surrendering our will unto His. (Excerpt from Anchored in the Cross 3/15/18)
Hollow and temporal achievements in this world can never compare to the work of the Holy Spirit through the life of a surrendered believer. Sadly, today’s church has lost the power, the peace, and the position before God. They are ‘safe’ places for personal sin, without conviction and without a loving challenge to pursue God’s holiness.
From ancient days to this present moment, through broken yet indwelt believers, and through His living word, God desperately calls us. Fellowship, salvation and eternal promises come forth only through this forgotten door…
Church agendas of ‘good works’, excellent music, special events – campaigns against every social ill – can never reconcile us or anyone else to God. Nothing at all in us can please or satisfy God. In view of God’s holiness the Apostle Paul declared, “In me dwells no good thing.” From this revelation opens the life giving truth: The blood of Christ alone brings new life. He restores us to God, and indwells our hearts. (Read what God did while we were sinners… in Romans 5)
Our flesh and soul often suffer regret, remorse, and self condemnation leading to inconsolable emotional suffering. But “godly sorrow”, as described in II Corinthians 7:9-11, is a blessed drawing of the Holy Spirit leading to true repentance. There, at the foot of the cross, the door opens to the power of the cross: forgiveness of sin and deliverance from the power of sin.
New power, through the life of Christ within us, new position – the right standing before His throne, and new peace, through Christ “which surpasses all understanding”…..God awaits us. And Jesus declares,
“…I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”