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Jan

Moving Upward

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Upward graphicEvery time I think of an upward call I think of Superman blasting off from the ground toward the skies in a fury of speed. Yet, as I try to live my life the way God wants me to, I find that my fury of speed often seems like a snail’s crawl instead. Why does it seem so difficult to live the sort of life consistently that God wants?

  1. I.  We are in a battle that is bigger than we probably realize or understand. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” It is vital that we understand that Satan is fighting against us being what God wants us to be. Sometimes he will do this through other people who will discourage or distract us from doing good. Sometimes Satan will use our own desires to drag us down and stamp out our will to do what is pleasing to God.
  2. We must seek God’s actual word to gain true knowledge. There is a lot of buzz in the world today about what God says or how he speaks, but the truth is many people do not consult God’s Word directly to find out. When Paul was preaching to the people in Berea, the scriptures say, “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11). I know we have parents, spouses, preachers, teachers that we trust because they always give us good advice and are there for us when we need them. On the other hand, God gives each of us a personal responsibility to know His Word individually—not through someone else. Therefore, the Bereans, even though they were taught the Word of God by an apostle, searched the Scriptures daily to make sure what Paul was preaching was true. If we will seek God’s Word and its truth individually, it will be more difficult for our society to drag us down because we will have first-hand knowledge and that will produce confidence in our obedience.
  3. We need to do everything we can to build our faith in God, not in ourselves. I sometimes make the mistake of trusting in my abilities to be good without God being a part of what I am doing. This is when I find myself being dragged down by society the most. I am living off of my own strength and it fails! The time when I find myself soaring upward toward God the most is when I am trusting in Him—His promises and His power. The more we trust in God, the more we can mimic what Paul said in Philippians 4:12-13, “In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and   hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” The power source makes all the difference. It is like an electric car that can only go 30 miles before needing a charge and has limited capability or having a nuclear power source that can give whatever power is needed and go on for eternity. Which do you want when it comes to eternity?

I will choose the upward call, but I will do it understanding the stakes, armed with actual knowledge from God’s Word, and understanding the essential nature of faith in God as keys for sustaining a steady path.

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