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True to Impact

October 21

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course ..."  Acts 20:24

"At the outset, your course will determine the trajectory ..."

 

It doesn't take a modern day prophet to see that spiritual indolence abounds in HIS church.  Everywhere you look, professing believers are being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine; and as the doctrine goes, so goes the work of the LORD.  The goal of nothingness is common fare among many a church member, attained with little pomp, and a zero rate of failure.    "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the LORD, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the LORD."  Oh, there are in every gathering, those who possess determination; and while that can certainly be a virtue to the Christian, it alone is wholly insufficient against foes of the magnitude we face.  "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."  You'll remember it was Peter who swore to CHRIST ... and then at CHRIST, all within the space of a few hours.  No, if we are to be found standing after the storm of sin passes, it will require an unflinching love for JESUS, tethered to the fullness of HIS SPIRIT, firmly anchored in HIS Word.

"And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him ... Then Paul answered, what mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the NAME of the LORD JESUS."  What does\will it take to move you out of GOD'S will?  "But JESUS turning unto them said ... weep not for ME ..."  Don't allow yourself to be detracted by the parties of the pious pitiful, who insist you be the guest of honor in their dirge before GOD.  "... neither count I my life dear unto myself"... from a strictly human vantage point, being dead elicits a whole range of emotion and thought.  Being dead to self and sin, that you might be a living sacrifice however, holds resurrection power; the inexhaustible source of all potential for the New Testament saint.  "Who shall separate us from the love of CHRIST? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?"  To our corporate shame, the greater percentile in the contemporary church look for the: All of the above ... box to check in response to this question from Paul.  At the outset, your course will determine the trajectory; but in the end, whether or not you remain true to impact is up to you. 

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:"


For Love of Country
C. S. Lewis  (1898-1963)
(Professor at Oxford and Cambridge)
"GOD cannot give us happiness and peace apart from HIMSELF, because it is not there.  There is no such thing."

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