Applying truth from God’s Word requires guidance by the Holy Spirit; we must be willing to change. Living in both worlds can’t last…
Proverbs 26:9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
We fall into habits pretty easily; we like routine. We must be careful of who is leading us. Every TV show has a lesson; every movie has a theme; every song has a message; every book has a sermon. Let’s make sure we are filling our hearts and minds–and guys, our eyes–with things that build us up in Christ. How so?
A drunkard who is wielding a thornbush hurts himself and the people around him. Likewise, a person who says he is a Christ-follower but does not actually walk in step with Christ hurts himself AND the people close to him because they expect him to act like Christ when he does not have the power nor the desire to be like Christ. It’s a deception on both parts; first the guy who is deceiving himself and, second, those around him who depend on him. Both need to wake up!
We can’t make a list of do’s and don’t’s. That’s not the way the Spirit works. What is right for one may be wrong for another (with the exception of foundational truths). We can trust the Spirit to ALWAYS lead us according to God’s will; it’s our interpretation of His will that worries me!
The relationship that God wants with us is much greater and deeper and closer than we can imagine (Jeremiah 33:3). If we could wrap our minds around this truth, we would gladly follow Him, allowing Him to guide us and to teach us and to mold us and make us into the people we were always meant to be: Like Him in godliness and holiness. The sad truth is that deception is Satan’s favorite tool:
- Can we really trust what God says (Gen. 3:4-5)?
- Does God really have my best interests at heart?
- Doesn’t God want me to be happy?
- Can God really protect me?
- Does He really know what is right for me?
- Does He really care about me, or is He simply tolerating me?
- What can I do for God? He doesn’t need me.
- Does He really want to be involved in every aspect of my life? Surely not!
But, He DOES! That’s the POINT! If we would allow Him, He would be our Best Friend.
Let’s not be like the drunkard who deceived himself and those around him. Instead, let’s walk with Jesus, taking every step just as He tells us, and enjoy our time with Him. I promise you that He will be enjoying His time with us!
Don’t believe me? Read Isaiah 55 and John 15.