Sunday, June 2, 2013

Flight of Faith--Radical Obedience

Have you ever held on to something (or someone) you knew you should let go of, yet the wings of your desire just couldn't cut loose from the current?  You know, that certain goose--sin--in your life that wants to take its place at the front of the V, pulling the thermal of your course errantly south?

In spite of an inner unction to cease flight and re-route, you fly on.

So what do you do when your faith, challenged by temptation, takes flight in a direction that will clearly result in a migratory mishap?
Reset your compass of course!

Look up ; Set your affections on things above, not on things below.
Surround yourself with God, and Godly influences ; friends, reading material-especially scripture, music, and activities.

Look in ; Examine yourself to be sure you are in the faith. Pray for the Lord to give you a discerning heart to distinguish right from wrong.
As you pray, beware of falling victim to the "strive" mindset. While obedience to scriptural commands is definitely a theological axiom, ultimately it is--Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord,  that victory is discovered.
In other words, relying fully on human effort to extract oneself from a stronghold of sin will always fail.
Striving fails--Spirit prevails. Every time!

Look East ; Look to the eastern horizon where The Sun of righteousness rises with healing in his wings.
Confess your sins, change your course by pulling out of formation, and then hold to the promise--He will remove your sins from  you as far as the east is from the west.

And whatever you do?  DON'T LOOK DOWN.

Can you do it? YES!
Can you let that thing go? YES!
Will it seem like your dying? Probably.
Will the reward be greater than imagined? Absolutely!
Refuse to turn back!

Do not be afraid, I am your very Great Reward.
Genesis 15:1

Colossians 3:2  2 Corinthians 13:5  1 Kings 3:9  Zechariah 4:6  Malachi 4:2 Psalm 103:12