Do vs Be

Christianity is about who you are. The idea that Christianity is a long list of rules and regulations is completely false. Christianity isn’t about doing what Christ would do if it doesn’t require becoming like Christ. The rules, the spiritual “chores” of reading your bible and praying and doing good things don’t mean anything by themselves.

John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

Think about that for a moment, God doesn’t give people the power to “do good works” or “go to church on sunday.” He gives them power to become the sons of God. This is an entire transformation. It’s not about following God and pretending to be like Him. It’s about becoming a little more like Him ever day.

Matthew 5:48 says, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Again, the idea of being. Outward actions are only the measuring stick of our spiritual development. And yet even that is fallible. The Bible tells us that our Lord knows our hearts.

The real desire of God is to purify our hearts, not simply change our behavior. So remember that the next time you pray. Don’t ask God to help you to not do ____. Ask Him to transform you into a person who would consider such behavior unthinkable.

I would say the sooner we focus on who we are becoming vs what we are doing, the faster we will see our spiritual growth.

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The source of confusion

Have you ever been in the complete center of God’s will and you knew that you were right with Him- and nothing made sense? You were confused, you didn’t what was going on, you were unsure about many things? Well, you probably can’t relate to such a situation because confusion and God’s will don’t really go hand in hand.

1 Corinthians 14:33 spells it out very clearly for us when it says, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” Confusion is not something we are given from God as a reward for faithful service. Confusion is usually a result of sin.

Proverbs 4:19 says, “The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.” This “confusion” is contrasted with: “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” The idea of “perfect” here means established. So the wicked stumble and fall at unknown things, but the righteous or just, continually become more and more established.

My question for you today is simple. Is there confusion in your life?

If you are finding yourself repeatedly confused about issues in your life, or you’ve been having problems and you’re not really sure why, you may have been inviting confusion into your life by unholy living. Life isn’t difficult to understand. Life is simple. Honor God and serve Him. Cast your cares upon Him. Trust Him to handle everything.

If you find yourself in a pattern of confusion, unsure feelings, and doubt you may have some unconfessed sin in your life. Ask God to reveal what you must turn from in order to walk in the light again. God knows just what you need and knows just how to help you. You never need to live in any manner of confusion or doubt.

God doesn’t want you to live in any form of confusion or darkness. Don’t ever settle with that sort of condition! Live in the light as God intended you to!