I just found this post I drafted on June 3 and thought I would go ahead a post it……
Romans 12: 1-2
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
I have been struggling with my prayers lately. I pray for mostly the same things everyday and was losing the passion I once had. This verse was Sunday’s sermon at my church. It gave me perspective on why I have been struggling with my prayers. My prayer life has not had any growth because I am not reading God’s Word enough. I am not consistent. I have to have a deep foundation in the Bible. I know having a deep foundation in the Bible seems pretty common sense to a Christian, but how many of us really study and read God’s Word on a daily basis? Embarrassingly, I don’t read the Bible as much as I should. Other than the daily verse of the day or at church, I maybe pick up the Bible once a month and read it for myself. I am so disappointed in myself. The answers have been right in front of me the whole time!
Why we need a deep foundation in the Bible?
Provides Spiritual Growth
Provides Direction and Guidance
Practical Guidelines on Christian Life
Wards of Temptation
Answers to God’s Will for your life
Deepens Prayer Life
1 Corinthians 3:7
So neither the one who plants or the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.
I absolutely love this verse. It is very humbling to me. We are nothing without God. We may think we are moving forward and achieving things, but God causes the growth. It is not from our work, but God’s work in our lives. Like I have said in an earlier post, God keeps showing me its all Him. There is nothing I can do for Him to love me, He already does. My works will not get me to heaven, but the grace of God will.
I once dreamed I was a poet,
But I was bound to a single page.
You’re not just a pen and a piece of paper,
You’re a dog-eared book grown old with age.
I’ve got a friend with a golden table,
And he dines with the best of men.
He’d buy you that silver mirror,
If you could see that it’s only sand.
I believe that I’m a writer,
But I am bound to a single page.
Sipping coffee at the edge of nightfall,
Kissing you under summer rain.
But you feed the fire when you close the door…
I recently went to a music festival and fell in love with a band called River Whyless. They are indie folk with a emphasis on the fiddle. Their voices mellowed beautifully and I absolutely loved their sound. These lyrics above are my favorite song on the CD. This song is such a beautiful representation of how I feel sometimes. I have always dreamed and thought I was a writer at heart. I have always felt I am much deeper than people view me. I can explain how I feel through writing better than speaking.
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1 Corinthians 2: 1-5
And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.
In these verses Paul confirms that his wisdom is the power of God. It is not anything Paul achieved. He had no part in it. He wanted to zone in on the fact that we should always seek God and not the world.
I have been in church all my life and have not read this verse like I once did. I have been forgetting about how powerful God truly is and relying on myself. How foolish am I? We think we have the power to change someone’s mind about God and coming to know Him. I was afraid something might offend a person or I wouldn’t say something right. I have been doing this all wrong. God is the only force that will change their mind. We can try all we want. We can read them bible verses, we can be an example of a biblical life or we can debate them about biblical truths all day and night-but nothing will change their heart except for God intervening in their life. We can pray to God to open doors and He can certainly use us to carry out that persons journey with the Lord. We just have to remember, we are a mere human. We cannot even touch the power God has! We are resting on our own knowledge and wisdom too often. God has the ability to do anything!!