Life Stabilizers – Pastor Dave

February 24, 2012  
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James 1:6 Here are two more life-stabilizers. The first is submission. Our ego always wants to “do it my way,” for my purpose, and my pleasure. The result is a hardening of our attitude which becomes a dangerous resistance to God. That’s why Hebrews 3:13 says, “But exhort one another daily.”
Like water in a pond that gradually freezes over in the winter, our will slowly hardens, destroying our spiritual sensitivity. Then the Holy Spirit’s gentle influence no longer motivates us. We feel content and justified doing our thing. It’s not wrong to have your own will, God won’t deliver you from it. But His intention is for your will to line up with His. A great race horse must have the will to win, but it also must be submitted to the rider’s direction or winning will be impossible.
Second, self-sacrifice is critical to the success of every believer. This is the opposite of the worlds view of “get and keep all you can.” Few things sabotage our peace and stability like this philosophy. This is not a Kingdom principle!
Matthew 16:25 declares: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Psychologists say that holding tightly onto things and people only make us anxious, possessive, and controlling. In Luke 17:33, Jesus proclaims (the Message Bible), “If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.” You’ve tried everything else, why not try giving yourself completely to God!

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