Division Within – Are You In Sin?

gods-willWhen we are little children, right and wrong are so very simple.  Just do what our parents allow and abstain from what they prevent.  Stop when they say stop and proceed when they approve.  Not so simple when you grow up.

There are foundational dos and don’ts out of Exodus:  no idols, no using the Lord’s name out of place, no murder, no adultery, no lying, no lies, no lusting someone’s spouse; no craving someone’s stuff; honor God as Lord, honor God above any other lesser god, honor the Lord’s day as Holy, honor your parents.  And I’m sure we ALL do these with no problem at all. (SMILE!!)  Well, at least I know you all do.  I’ve got a bad hip from kneeling to repent so often! So very grateful for His forgiveness and His cleansing.  But that’s not what I’m wanting you to think about.

What about what happens on the inside of you.  If you have a personal relation with The Lord, there is something in your life that He has asked you to do (or not to do) that is in addition to that list above.  You know what I’m talking about –  His will for your life.  This might be giving your belongings to some person; it might be ending a romantic relationship; it might be writing a book; it might be refraining from some food; it might be moving to some foreign country to serve in missions full time; it might be accepting an illness as His assignment to teach believers how to die, etc.  It could be easy and uncomfortable.  It could be difficult and unimaginable.  The bottom line is – you don’t want to do it!

The Holy Spirit’s conviction is strong within you and yet you don’t act in the way that you are led because of your own confusion or even your own fear.  And now – you’re not feeling well, you’re worried about who you’re disappointing, etc.  I want to encourage you to trust the Lord enough to act in the way that He is calling you.  If you just trust Him the confusion and fear that you are facing will cease!  I’m serious! The unrest, sickness, dissension, disunity, fear, duality, and sense of disloyalty to the King of Kings will cease!  And let’s just be honest — you’re walking in sin when you act against what you know to be God’s will for you even if that action is not something that is against the teachings of Scripture.  I’m praying for you!!

But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.  Romans 14:23

Promise AND Perhaps

audacious_faith_webReading in 1 Samuel (1 Samuel 14:1-14) this morning about Jonathan and his armor bearer carrying out a two-man commando raid! Crazy – right??!!

I mean they climbed up there not knowing for sure what God would do, thinking that ‘perhaps’ God might act on their behalf, believing that God just might give them a sign to indicate a victory (that an entire army could not secure) would be given to Israel through their hands. Crazy Faith – the kind of faith that sees powerful Kingdom things happen in our lives.

Jonathan’s ‘perhaps’ is not that God is able, but that God will act. This is what audacious faith looks like. Continue reading