Spiritual Cardiology: Returning to Spiritual Cardiology KindergartenMonday, July 30, 2012
To summarize and conclude, any attempt you or I make at obeying God without promise and hope as the oxygenating force in our hearts will always lead to legalistic obedience. This is obedience that attempts to bear fruit for God without being nourished by the Spirit and power of God.
The Spirit and power of God operates on making and keeping promises. Nourishing your heart with the history of God's promises, and the hope of God continuing this practice, re-oxygenates the thoughts in your heart and mind so that obedience becomes a natural outflow, successfully producing fruit that remains.
Perhaps the time has come for some open heart surgery. Return to the ABC's.
Acknowledge your failures and leanings toward legalism.
Believe that God is a promise-making and promise-keeping God.
Claim these promises for yourself.
Decide to do something amazing for God.
Envision the success God has promised.
Follow the path His promises lead you on.
Guide yourself back to those promises every chance you get.
Hope in everything the Lord promised.
Insist on actions that enjoy God's promises.
You get the idea.
So return once more to your God and King, and listen to what He would preach and sing. Read all that He said He would do, and believe that He said all these things for you. Don't allow yourself anymore to obey, your promise-making and keeping God the wrong way. Instead focus only on the character of Him, Who in Christ has guaranteed that you cannot not win!
About the Author: Rob is a entrepreneur in Statesboro, GA, where he envisions and pursues missional-shaped business for the kingdom. He and his wife Sherri have been married for 18 years and together have three sons and a daughter. Rob believes the mission of the gospel is summed up in four simple phrases: know God, obey Jesus, make disciples, and plant churches. This is the pursuit of his life, as well as the point of his blog.