Enthusiasm

I mentioned briefly in my last post about being over enthusiastic when trying to do things for God. In his book “A Plain Account of Christian Perfection” John Wesley states the following:

“Beware of that daughter of pride, enthusiasm. O keep at the utmost distance from it! Give no place to a heated imagination. Do not hastily ascribe things to God. Do not easily suppose dreams, voices, impressions, visions, or revelations to be from God. They may be from Him. They may be from nature. They may be from the devil. Therefore, ‘believe not every spirit, but try spirits whether they be of God.’ Try all things by the written word, and let all bow down before it. You are in danger of enthusiasm every hour, if you depart ever so little from Scripture; yea, or from the plain, literal meaning of any text, taken in connection with the context. And so you are, if you despise or lightly esteem reason, knowledge, or human learning; every one of which is an excellent gift of God, and may serve the noblest purposes.”

Let us all be ready and willing to do things for God, but not foolishly. Jumping in with both feet can oftentimes end with falling on your bottom. Be prayerful and careful before committing yourself to doing anything. When things fall through, it can be very discouraging not only for us, but for other believers as well. So it is imperative that we make sure we are doing what God wants us to do, not what we think we should do.

The Passenger Or the Driver?

”A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” -Proverbs 16:9

Are you the passenger or the driver of your life?

As we live this life that God has blessed each of us with, it is easy and natural that we should develop plans, dreams, and goals. When we become Christians however, our desires should be to fulfill God’s plans for us even if they are opposite our own. In the process of determining His plans we need to make sure that we are doing what God wants, not what we think He wants; making sure we are following His plans, not coming up with our own. But how do we know if we are allowing God to lead or are dragging Him behind us?

Do you constantly fret and worry and plan over which direction you should take? When nothing is happening in your life, do you feel the need to make something happen? Do you feel stressed and agitated with the direction (or indirection) of your life? Do you often come up with enthusiastic ideas that are never followed through with? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, chances are you have put God in the passenger seat and are attempting to steer yourself through your life. Doing this ultimately ends in failure, disappointment, and sometimes even disaster!

Do you live life one day at a time and handle things as they happen? If nothing seems to be happening in your life are you content to let God work things out? Do you feel peaceful in the direction you are going even though you are not sure where that is? Do you spend time in prayer and consideration before committing to doing anything seemingly for God? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then you have or are well on your way to having God in the driver’s seat! Your life is so much easier and more peaceful than it would be otherwise.

It is extremely important that we learn and allow God to direct and guide our lives. Jeremiah had it right when he said “the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” (10:23) We may think we know what’s best for us but we often can’t see past our own desires. God can see all that we need and knows all that we can do. He knows the best way to get us where we need to be exactly when we need to be there. God doesn’t just direct us though, He shields, protects, sustains, and keeps us. (Psalms 31:1-3; Proverbs 2:6-9) Our prayer needs to be Psalms 25:5, “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”

Hello Again…

I can’t believe it’s been a year since my last post. Time flies and our priorities get shuffled around quite often.

It is still my desire to continue with this blog, so here I go again:

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” -Isaiah 40:31

If it is the Lord we are relying on as we wait, He is sure to provide strength, peace, and a continuance to strive for His will and His way in the midst of our daily lives. Leaning on Him makes our burdens lighter!

If you feel that you are not able to turn your life fully over to God, don’t worry! If it is truely your desire to do so, it will happen in time. Start by giving Him small things, then as you see His hand moving and working His will in them it will be easier to trust Him with the big things. Don’t give up and don’t lose faith. There is no problem too big or too small to fit into God’s hands!