Thursday, July 16, 2009

What's On Your List?

“Run in such a way that you…win.” 1 Corinthians 9:24 

This is really speaking to me today. Have you ever made a list of things that you wanted to do to fix up your house? Chances are, six months later they’re still not done and you are okay with it. Golly, I hope that's not what I do with our new lake house!  I have a strong tendency to become complacent.  Complacency is very much a part of being human.  Even the children of Israel became complacent in their slavery. They were so used to living that way that they actually got mad when Moses wanted to set them free!  In Exodus 5:21, they told him, "May the LORD see what you have done and judge you! You have made Pharaoh and his officials hate us. You have given them an excuse to kill us."    Can you believe that?!!!   When you get so used to living with your problems and hang-ups that you lose your desire to overcome them, the enemy has you exactly where he wants you.

Have you ever wondered why some people have a deeper walk with God, while others just seem to flounder? The difference is commitment. Some people set out to pursue God and never stop hungering for that relationship, while others may have a hit-and-miss approach.  God honors a strong commitment in the pursuit of His presence. Paul said to "Run in such a way that you...win." You can't possibly "win" if you've grown lukewarm in your relationship with God, and are haphazardly pursuing His presence.  But, there is hope....there is always hope. God says in Zechariah 1:3, "Return to Me...and I will return to you."  Get back on track and don't settle for anything less than the real thing.

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