Have Faith Your Way
Written by Kay; Published 4/8/10
I read an article last week-end on one of my favorite sites, GetRichSlowly.org, that really got me thinking.
This a great article on finding your own happiness. Joann makes some good points about not allowing others to dictate to you how to live your life. She details how the things that bring her happiness differ from her coworkers and friends. She goes on to say how her friends try to get her to do the things they are doing, assuming it will make her happy, but she is happy as she is, and appears to have more happiness in her life than those who are giving her advice.
What makes one person happy is not the same as someone else and it si sometimes hard to true to yourself and not follow the crowd.
I’ve been thinking about how it is easy to do the things everyone else is doing just because it easier-the path if least resistance.
The same herd mentality exists in Christian circles. Attending services and prayer meetings, working the food kitchen or clothes closet, even Bible study and devotions, can be spiritually rewarding, but the same activities can be nothing for time-filling busy work.
The difference lies inside ourselves in the motivations of our heart. Doing the things I just listed will not, in themselves, save us or cause us to grow spiritually. It is easy to attend these activities, enjoy the fellowship of others, and become lazy in our personal relationship with the Father. It is easy to depend upon others’ prayers to get us out of uncomfortable situations, but others’ prayers only work for awhile.
Sooner or later, when the situation doesn’t budge, it is easy to lay the blame at others’ feet., when what is needed is for us to get honest before God and take the armor of God into battle against the enemy until the enemy is routed. Other people can stand beside us in the fight, but there comes a time when each person must fight his own battle.
Attending services and participating in good works are good and serve a purpose in our spiritual lives ONLY if our personal contact with the Father is alive and vibrant. The inner spirit man must learn to be in constant communication with the Father and listening to the Father’s voice. He may tell us to reach out more to others, or he may tell us to slow down. To obey the Father’s voice when he says slow down and stop some activity or not participate at all can be difficult because others may not understand,. It’s easier to just do it, after all, it is the expected thing.
Obedience is critical if we want to arrive where the Father is leading. We’ll never grow to new heights, never experience the next step in our walk of faith, until we stop listening to everyone else and obey the inner promptings of the spirit. It is not necessary to be argumentative about it. We should accept that some may not understand our actions and do what our inner man is hearing. After all, that is the only thing we can do in faith.
Everything that does not come from faith is sin.
What has God said to you about activities?