Living on Purpose: The lines of communication are open – Harlan Enterprise


Living on Purpose: The lines of communication are open

Published 3:00 pm Wednesday, August 17, 2022

By Billy Holland

Columnist

The path to victory was never promised to be an easy one. It’s filled with faith blended with hard work, persistence, and a passion for following God’s directions. What type of victory are you referring to? The only success and accomplishment that has eternal value are when we obey and accomplish God’s will. So, what is this? Well, there is His general will, which includes His written word, to help us learn how to live for Him. There is also His specific will where God has designed a personal blueprint for each of His children as it pertains to their unique destiny and is available for all who seek Him.

With all of the knowledge in the world, there is nothing more important than knowing who God is and what He desires. We have an open line of communication with Him to listen to His voice and to talk to Him, and yet His general and specific will be largely ignored. Why? Human nature is more concerned with its plans instead of submitting to what God is demanding. The Lord revealed to me about ten years ago that we can be as close to Him as we want, and our rebellion is the only thing preventing this from happening. Every person has been given the free will to choose and make their own decisions about whether they will serve God or themselves. The carnal mind does not enjoy being told what to do, and this resistance is commonly referred to as the war between good and evil. This reality of spiritual warfare is woven throughout scripture and is seen when Lucifer rebelled against God. He is now the ruler of the dark kingdom and is trying to deceive and persuade every person who will listen to ignore God’s eternal truth.

It’s wise to seek the meaning of life and examine if we are spiritually where we need to be. If we desire to build our house on the rock, it’s essential to know this requires a willing surrender of our will. Without yielding our will to God, we will be unable to fully express our love for Him or others which is the core of the Christian life. Loving God with all of our minds, heart, and soul comes with developing a constant awareness of His presence. Jesus is quoted in Luke 22:42, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine be done.” He was in such agony interceding. The Bible says His sweat was as great drops of blood. This is an intensity that most people, including myself, have never experienced. He could have decided to fight against the government, or He could have escaped out of town, but He abandoned all His ideas and opinions and yielded to the one whose thoughts are higher and is perfect in all His ways.

There is no doubt that many, including myself, lack understanding of spiritual things, but what about when we know what we need to do and still refuse to do it? An example would be that it’s easier to do good deeds than to develop a consistent and vibrant prayer life. Christians are usually willing to do something that looks religious because all notice it. The secret place of spiritual intimacy with God is not seen by anyone and has no recognition. No one will ever want to pray until they become saturated with a relentless passion for loving God. They might mention someone to Him and ask if He would help them, but this is on an elementary level like, “Now I lay me down to sleep.” There comes a time when a true disciple of Christ must graduate from kindergarten and move to deeper spiritual levels. We notice that Jesus often slipped away to find a quiet and private place where He could be with His Father. The concept of making spiritual communication with God our highest priority is hardly mentioned in today’s hectic world because the average person does not want to be convicted about how they are too busy to think about it. The popular message is about how Jesus paid for it; Now, we just need to wait for His return. Yes, it’s true the sacrifice of Jesus indeed provided the opportunity for the fellowship with God to be restored, but we are accountable for how interested we are in it.

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