Renewing Your Mind Day 6 – Changing My Mind About Spiritual Adulthood

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Renewing Your Mind In 30 Days

(Galatians 5:1) “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

Do you remember when you were a child how you learned not to do certain things? What happened if you talked back to your parents or tracked mud all over the living room floor? Things probably didn’t go so well, did they? We learned as children by living under a performance-based system. If we did the right thing, we were rewarded (or at least not punished!) And if we did the wrong thing, part of our anatomy may have been tanner than the other parts!  

Children are not given total freedom to make choices. Did your parents tell you what to do and when to do it or did they give you total autonomy over your life? If you lived in a house like mine, you knew what was expected and when. Freedom was doing what was commanded.

Living based on performance and commandments means choices in life are severely limited. Even in the “land of the free,” parents who love their children will place them under a performance-based system – to teach them. But this is not how adults live their lives in true freedom. Yet how often do we insist on being treated as children by placing ourselves back under a performance-based system of religion?

Spiritual liberty was purchased by the blood of Christ.. Believers are not designed to live under the Law performance system but under grace. God grants spiritual adulthood status the moment of salvation. Freedom in Christ gives the confidence to “stand fast.”

We live on a spiritual superhighway with many lanes. Some lanes are faster than others. There is always the danger of colliding with another driver. The road has twists and turns. But if we are on this spiritual superhighway together, we will each ultimately reach the same destination. God’s concern isn’t necessarily with which lane in which we drive. He is concerned with that we understand the rules of the road and make good adult choices. Some of us will blow a tire and need to be towed to our destination. Some of us will race as fast as we can to the end. Some of us will take our time and enjoy the journey. But the beauty of this grace in which we stand is that we all have the freedom to choose how we will travel down this road.

Renewed Thought – Lord, thank you for this grace in which I stand. Give me the wisdom to make the choices today that will please and glorify You.

Broken Heart Living

(Act 20:31)  “Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”

Do I believe in the reality of God’s judgment?  Do I live with the consciousness of my responsibilities to declare the whole counsel of God?  Many times this is buried in the back of my mind.  Life comes at me at the speed of light and the thing that should be in my waking consciousness, the thought of God’s judgment on those who don’t know Him, goes on the “backburner.”

(Eze 33:6)  “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”

I am a watchman standing on the wall looking out over the desolate plain as the enemy approaches.  Do I blow the trumpet or do I fail to warn those around me?  Are discussions about the skill of holding the trumpet distracting me?  Do I become caught up in the arguments over the proper finger placement on the trumpet?  I pray that God would give me the passion and compassion to just hold the Word of God up and sound out the warning to those in danger.

(Act 20:26-27)  “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”

Renewed Thought – Lord, help me to live consciously today with a broken heart for those who need You.

Intentional Devotional – Romans 15:4

(Romans 15:4)  “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

British statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797) is originally credited with the famous saying, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”  Look back over the past 100 years.  Historical trends in economics and politics are cyclical.  We observe with the writer of Ecclesiastes, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” (Eccl 3:1).  Even now, we have a Chairman of the Federal Reserve who studied and wrote about the years of the Great Depression and how we can earn from the mistakes made in that era.  Wisdom recognizes the need to study the past in order to deal with the future.

The word “learning” in this verse comes from the Greek word “didaskalia” which is the same word from which we get the word “doctrine” in several other verses.  In context, Paul is referring to the Old Testament.  There is doctrine for us in the Old Testament.  If we will pay attention to the things God wants to teach us in those books, we can have patience and comfort in our time of need.

How do you approach the Word of God?  Do you ever sit down with an open Bible and just say, “Lord, here I am to learn.  Please teach me.”  Are you familiar with the Old Testament?  Your Christian life will be woefully incomplete without knowing those things that were written “aforetime.”  Seeing the deliverance of God and the perseverance of His saints in the lives of Joseph, David, Job, Daniel and so many others will give you comfort.  We learn that God can be trusted to be a personal God.  He is a God of comfort when we hurt.  He isn’t far away – He’s right here for us just like he was for all those great men and women of God we read about in the past.  We can have a life that is filled with all the promises of life in Christ.  This is hope.  Why not spend some intentional time reading through the Old Testament this year?

Renewed Thought – Lord, help me be intentional in my daily devotionals to hear Your voice.