Iíve been writing at Faithwriters since 2005, but before that, Iíve been sending prayers and devotionals to relatives and friends through emails. I still do, although Iím praying that I can do it more often and in a consistent and loving way.
Consistency is one of my problems as a Christian . Itís not that God has nothing to say in my heart, in fact He has a message for me everyday. Itís just that Iíve been putting other things before God. And I donít like that.
I donít know about you, but no matter how long Iíve been a Christian, I am still not happy with my Christian walk. I do those things I donít want to do, and things that I wanted to do, I donít do. I can relate with the apostle Paul (Romans 7:15-20). I have the desire to do what is good but I cannot carry it out. But thanks be to God through Jesus Christ my Lord, who is always there to rescue me!
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Philippians 1:6, ď Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.Ē In my profile, I wrote Iím ďGodís work in progressĒ because I believe that God is the One doing the work in me. What He started, He will finish. Itís all about Him. He does the changing, I am His workmanship. My part is to trust and obey.
I think the problem with religion is we tend to make things too complicated. We boast about knowing so much about the Bible, how often we go to church and attend Bible Studies, how many religious seminars and conferences we attend, how we try to spread the Good News to as many people, how many missions we attend, how many people we try to convert to Christianity, etcÖThe problem with religion is that we have tendency to be self-righteous and proud.
The Holy Spirit is convicting me that head knowledge is not what God wants, not even religion or being a part of a certain sect of religion. Itís really relationship that He values most. First, a close relationship with Him, and loving relationship with others. God has more things to tell in my heart about relationship. My goal is to ďlistenĒ and obey. And I still have a lot to learn.
My prayer right now is that God will continue to give us revelations and spiritual insights and understanding so that we may know the depth of His love. He is working in each one of us, molding us in His image everyday. I am thankful to all my brothers and sisters in Christ and the people He is sending my way to minister to me and rescue me from the hands of the enemy.
As Godís work in progress, please pray that I will consistently walk the talk, and be mindful of the right path He has laid out for me. I am praying the same for you.
If there ever was a time we should pray for each other, it is now. James tells us to pray for one another that we may be healed. God is working to bring us to wholeness...and I don't know where I am going with this, but, your article got me to thinking! (Smile)...Perhaps you have spurred me on to write! For that, I thank you!
Dear Gloria... This was excellent! I found myself nodding 'yes' to all that you wrote so beautifully. I loved this statement: "Itís really relationship that He values most. First, a close relationship with Him, and loving relationship with others." AMEN! You are a wonderful Creation of the Master... and a blessing to all of us! With love, SiS Peggy