Friday, October 26, 2012

Interesting Conversations

I have been so encouraged lately.  There seems to a trend, as if God is waking up the church to be who He made us to be. Missionaries, pastors, and Christian leaders seem to be having a fresh touch of God, as if eyes are being opened for the first time. I hear people say things that sound like Jesus.  Is revival in the air?  A reality that it's just Jesus we need?

We no longer want to try to run our own lives. We are tired of working, trying to do things for God, trying to do ministry, trying to win souls.  We seem to be moving away from performance based Christianity into a love relationship with God that is vibrant and alive and moving in submission to God.  There is an awareness that we can do nothing apart from Christ and that what we try to accomplish on our own means nothing to God.

We seem to be desiring to move away from dead Christianity, devoid of power, to a Christianity that is moving in the power of the Holy Spirit, by faith alone.  We no longer desire to rely our own wisdom and methods, but to rely on the One who is taking over the world and calling people to and into Himself.  It'sand awareness that it's no longer about us trying to do,  but it's about God doing in and through us, carrying out His perfect will.  It's dependence.  Total dependence on God, knowing that we have been crucified in Christ and we no longer live, but Christ lives in us.  It's the reality of dying that we might truly live.

We seek His wisdom which He graciously gives to all who ask. So we ask and believe and walk in the wisdom He gives us by faith.  We seek His life, lived out in and through us. His power for His glory. For His Name's sake.  We seek Him.  Him who saved us, calling us out of darkness into His marvelous light.  He who transformed us, making us new and holy beings. It's just Him.  And He receives all the glory. All the praise.  He is worthy. He is worthy. He has set us free from the power of sin and death and made us into righteous children of His, not by any merit of our own, but by His grace and love.

We walk with Him now, in His grace, in which we stand.  We walk with His power that lives within us, knowing that we are in Him.  He flows in and through us, unhindered by unbelief.  But in complete abandon, we rest in Him, knowing He will lead and conform us to the image of His Son.

We are one with God and we walk according to His will, not our own.  As His new creations, we have no other will, but His. We love Him. We delight in the law of God. We desire only to please Him, and we know that faith is what pleases Him, not busyness, not ministry, not running ourselves ragged to try to do His work-- but simply faith.  Loving Him. Obeying Him and Living to His glory.

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