IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO LIVE THE BELIEVERS LIFESTYLE WITHOUT GOD
Beloved, it is written in the book of Psalm 17:8, “keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings.” My friend, one thing that I found out in a hard way is that it is impossible to live believers lifestyle by your own efforts. As the above scripture shows, to struggle and agonize are signs of not being kept as the apple of God’s eye and also not hidden under the shadow of His wings.
When believers attempt to do things without God, they are bound to struggle and agonize. Struggling and agonizing are functions of emotions and feelings and God does not dance to the tunes of emotions because He is a Spirit, emotions and feelings are of the soul. The above scripture is for the restoring of confidence when you are under pressure, advisable to apply it now in the name of Jesus.
The believer’s lifestyle is very simple if he can apply the basic principles involved. There is no point trying your very best doing things by your own efforts because your very best will amount to nothing before God. Just stop trying too hard and surrender totally to God. The Bible says in the book of Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags;”
I came in contact with some believers in my counselling session, who were quite nice and hard working but were struggling and agonizing in the way things were happening in their lives. The common trend was that they were all trying to make things happen without involving God. They clearly thought that they could change the world by their own strengths and might. The Bible says in the book of Zechariah 4:6, “....Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.”Just stop trying too hard and surrender totally to Jesus as your LORD and personal Saviour.
My friend, it does not matter how hard you may try to make success of your careers, without the approval of God all your efforts may be futile. The Bible says in the book of Psalm 127:1, “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labour in vain who build it, unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” My friend, believers who fail to adhere to this simple foundational principle of the kingdom of God will struggle and agonize to the happiness of the devil. Get the LORD involved in every little decision making that will affect your lives and discover that struggle and agonize will be the things of the past.
All that God wants from us is total surrender and obedience in keeping to His statutes and commandments and all the rest will be done with ease.
There are two (2) key principles in the book of Matthew 22:37-40 that says, “Jesus said to him, you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, you shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
According to management and business strategy, you are asked to work out your SWOT analysis to know your position. SWOT means your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Your ability to accurately identify this simple step will lead you in the direction of success and less stress in operations. In the spirit world, the believer is to allow the Holy Spirit to lead him or her like as the blind man or woman is led.
Contrary to the above, many believers today struggle and agonize by trying to do things in their own power, wanting to work in the way of the world to solve problems. The way of the world is simply mind-control and will-power which only yield limited solutions because God did not create believers to live their lifestyle through self, in other words, by will power. Believers who try to live in the way of the world may do fairly well in the absence of storms of life, but when situations are contrary, will powers become ineffective. Your emotions cannot solve problems because they are variable products. You may find that one day your emotions are high in the mornings and go low in the evenings and the mood changes like unstable weather.
God’s intentions for believers are not to live by their feelings because it is tantamount to failure. In the composition of man, decision making on the board meeting is usually conducted by six actors, three principal parties, the body, soul and the spirit and 3 other sub participants, the will, emotions, mind. The mind will say his opinion and stand by that, the will makes his suggestion in connection with the mind and sometimes the emotions agree or disagree in doing things another way. But in all the meetings, the Spirit is always suppressed, who normally emphases on the Word of God to resolve teething issues. The principle of democracy, the 5 actors - the body, soul, will, mind and emotion under the control of the soul always outvote the Spirit whose contribution is only the Word of God.
The Bible says in the book of Philippians 2:13, “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
As believers, we must learn to cast our cares unto God who cares for us, let Him do His will and do His good pleasure in our lives and the false spirits of struggling and agonizing will flee from us. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to direct our path and set our daily priorities. My friend, the Bible says in the book of Titus 3:5-7, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Beloved, living as a believer is not hard but clearly impossible if you want to do things by your own strength. God has given all believers the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts and empower us to obey His commandments. In the book of Ezekiel 36:27, “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues, and you will keep My judgements and do them.”
All believers were chosen and appointed by Jesus according to John 15:16, therefore, are not empowered by the LORD to try to do things by themselves without the involvement and permission of God through the Holy Spirit. Stop struggling and agonizing today and surrender totally to Jesus your Lord and Saviour in the name of Jesus. May God richly bless you, family and all your endeavours in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
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