God is the Investor and I am His currency.
All of us have things in our lives which we wish were not there. Past accidents and operations add to the pain and weakness of our condition. This is the law of the inevitables in this fallen world. But this does not give us the right to turn the inevitables into an opportunity for complaining. Have you ever noticed that the Bible (2 Thessalonians 2:13) does not say don’t get tired but it does say – don’t get weary in well doing. Do you realize the difference? (Dr.Stanley) “Tired – physical. Weary – spiritual.” Of course we do and will continue to get tired, often very tired. But we can be so tired that our knees are dragging, still not be weary of the well doing of obedience to the Lord so that everything we do (1 Corinthians 10:31) is for the glory of God. How is that possible? It is only possible (2 Corinthians 12:9) when the Lord’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. I prove that every day in wonder-filled gratitude as I do what would be impossible apart from Him.
If your pain is severe, turn it into prayer for the Persecuted Church. Join 2 Corinthians 10:31 with 2 Corinthians 12:9 and you will find the secret of never being weary even when you are extremely tired. You will discover that (Nehemiah 8:10) the joy of the Lord, truly, is your strength. Don’t miss the victory, the loving closeness and the mind-expanding wonder of the perfection of His strength in your weakness.
Did you know that you are not ready to live until you are ready to die? Don’t casually dismiss this lightly because there is more to it than a surface glance reveals. Of course it applies first to physical death and you must prepare for that while you are still alive. I am not referring to wills and funeral arrangements but to (Hebrews 9:27) the certain judgment which will come after your appointed time to die. The destination, the judgment will declare for you, depends on the preparation you have made during your lifetime. Some people are so deceived that they actually believe that they are going to heaven because of their good deeds and adherence to the rites and rituals of a particular church. Putting aside all the religious notions which come from the false teaching of misguided humans, listen to what the eternal God declares. Not by works of righteousness which we have done (Titus 3:5) but according to His mercy He saves us by the regenerating new birth of the Holy Spirit. Only the precious Blood of Jesus shed on the Cross (1 Peter 1:19) can pay for your redemption. Whoever believes in Jesus the Son of God (1 John 5:10-12) has eternal life but whoever does not believe in Jesus is still dead. Whoever believes and receives Jesus as personal Saviour (John 3:36) has eternal life and whoever rejects Jesus and His atoning death on the Cross lives under God’s wrath. God gave His Son (John 3:16) for our salvation and no one who spurns God’s offer of free grace and mercy will never see the inside of eternal heaven but there will be a place for them, along with Satan, in eternal hell.
When we have received Jesus Christ as personal Saviour and His free gift (Ephesians 2:8) of salvation, we are born into God’s kingdom and are part of His family. Now we have to learn about a different kind of dying in order to live the Christian life. Jesus is (Colossians 3:4) our life and the Holy Spirit is (Romans 8:2) the spirit of the life which is in Christ Jesus. So we have the life and the power but how do we make room for Jesus to reign in our life?
The Holy Spirit calls for the death of everything in me that was never in Jesus. The DNA of sin is selfishness. I need to die to my rag rights, die to my arrogant independence of God, die to being in charge, in control.
(Oswald Chambers) calls this, “Following Jesus in the way of internal martyrdom”. It is the end of self and all self-sufficiency, no more self-reliance. Whenever there is a doubt about anything – DON’T! Whenever the Holy Spirit points out anything in me that is contrary to the life of Jesus, I must choose at once to die to that thing. If we choose this way we will rejoice in what the Lord is doing on the inside of us as we continually die to the flesh and make room for the invasion of the Holy Spirit.
(Dr. Stanley) quoted someone who said, “People don’t stop working because they are getting old, they are getting old because they stop working”. If you want to have good success and prosperity in your life, read Joshua chapters 1 to 8 and Psalm 1. This Psalm (Psalms 1:1-3) gives us direction and then goes on to show how disobedience always withers leaves and causes unfruitfulness. But we are to keep on (Psalms 92:14) being productive and bearing fruit in old age. No matter the raging storms (2 Corinthians 1:8-9) we are God’s evergreens with deep roots to draw up the living water. How much godly success and prosperity can we have? To the same measure (3 John 2) that our soul prospers which depends on our choice for eternal spiritual riches or for temporary worldly riches.
(Dr. Stanley) reminds us that the Book of Proverbs is filled with righteous principles for godly success and prosperity.
This is my choice for my life: God is the Potter and I am the clay. God is the Investor and I am His currency.
I don’t remember who the author was of this short poem but carefully considering it could save us from years of painful regret.
I liken my soul to a tame old duck,
Dabbling around in the barnyard muck,
Fat and lazy with useless wings;
But sometimes when the north wind sings
And the wild ones hurtle overhead,
He remembers something now lost and dead.
He casts a weary bewildered eye
And makes a feeble attempt to fly
He’s fairly content with the state he is in
But he is not the duck that he might have been
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