After writing and publishing last week’s post, there were a few things that occurred to me.
I wrote the post late at night when I was tired and somewhat excitable, when I generally cannot truly trust my critical thinking part of my brain to work clearly! I am sorry if I gave the impression that my life in Christ is one glorious unending party, because it is not. God is so good, and His word is so powerful. However there are many many painful episodes that I have to go through, often of my own causing, but many times not of my causing. To be candid, it is often hard, for me at times it has seemed impossible. However, by the grace of God it is totally worth it. I don’t say that lightly, because these have often not been light experiences. I strongly want to encourage anyone who reads this blog to embrace the truth of Christ. However, I don’t want to deceive you. I think that to balance out this series of Bible verses that have changed my life I might also need to write a series about challenges I have faced, to give a realistic picture of what life in the faith has been like.
Secondly, after writing the post, it occurred to me that instead of worshipping God Himself exclusively, I might be falling into the worship of my own potential in Christ. As someone who wants to be completely committed to Christ I am constantly monitoring my heart to make sure that it is God and God alone who truly remains central in my heart, God and God alone whom I am truly worshipping, who is truly receiving all my adulation. As human beings it is a constant battle to keep God truly central in our hearts and lives, or at least in my own heart and life. I thank God for all the dreams I have, that I believe are from Him. I thank Him for the amazing empowerment that has come to my life through realising that I am made in His image. However, from the heart outwards I have to be genuinely dedicated and committed to God Himself, and His worship, and His service. I keep telling myself this. I keep writing blog posts about this, because I keep falling into this same temptation. If I have to give up every last one of these dreams, then I will, and I am sincere about that.
Only God is God, and only God can be King of my life. God is not a tool in my dreams of greatness, rather I live to serve God. Period.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
You shall have no other gods before Me.
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
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