A Christianity That Works-Part Seven
Several years ago I read a book called "A Christianity That Really Works" by Ron Marr. It is subtitled "A Handbook for Living in Continuous Personal Revival". For the next several nuggets I am going to share excerpts from this book. Any statements that are in quotes are from the book.
COMUNICATION AND COMMUNION
"We're quite willing to spend years preparing for a vocation. We'll invest seemingly endless hours learning to drive a car, operate a computer, get a degree we may not even need or use. Meanwhile, when it comes to spiritual concerns, we're not willing to give our loving God the time and attention a god deserves of his devotees."
Taking God for Granted
"We often act as though our love relationship with the Lord is just supposed to grow and develop automatically, without giving it or Him any special attention."
"The more you admire, respect, and love a person, the more you'll become like them. So it is with being much with Christ. To start on your way to becoming more like Him may be as simple as this: be much with Him in loving communion, and be unconsciously changed into His likeness."
"Recognize the urgency of finding a time. Dedicate yourself to finding the answer."
"If you are really looking for an excuse not to spend time with the Lord, acknowledge it."
"Go to bed much earlier."
"First thing in the morning is generally recognized to be the best, but be prepared to take advantage of other times as the need demands or opportunity provides."
Wasted Hours, Wasted Hearts!
"Instead of spending or time with the Lord, we too often waste our hours with TV, sports, the newspaper, unnecessary or even harmful books and magazines, and idle talk."
"We should apply ourselves persistently both in prayer time and out to giving Him our attention, to meditating on Him, seeking for Him, longing after Him."
Replacing Bad Attitudes
"We need to seek to be entirely open and honest with God about ourselves. As we do, we may realize our need of Him, our helplessness without Him, and the depravity of our hearts. Confession, repentance, and restitution will often result, spontaneously."
"Each prayer time must be submitted to God's sovereign direction that His will may be done in it. We need to learn increasingly to accept what He sends our way in each time with Him without objection."
"As we look back, we may see that some of our seeking the lord was quite tainted with proud flesh and its self-righteousness. We may wish so much that it had been otherwise. Still, isn't it better to risk this than never to begin?"
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