A Christianity That Works-Part Two
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.
Some may see the statements as 'too negative'-that the author focuses on 'our falling short' and that we are sinners instead of saints. His argument would be that unless we see our desperate need for an abiding relationship with Christ, we will not live as overcomers, because the power to overcome is in Christ, not our good works. Many of us want a 'Christianity That Works', but we don't see the need of an intimate relationship with the Savior that 'makes it work. And we live in pride and phoniness. Have you met the name it, claim it people who are always so positive, but have blinders on to the reality of their life-they have lost relationship with Christ. Their relationship is with their belief system, not their Savior. At the same time we acknowledge that there needs to be much more positive confession in the Body of Christ. There needs to be more faith and the claiming of God's promises. We need balance, balance, balance among Christians.
OH, TO BE NEEDY
"Our hope for a Christianity that really works doesn't lie in our achievements. Instead it lies in our willingness to recognize our sin, failure, and inability and to admit our neediness. We all qualify. None of us is left out!"
""Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4"Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3-4
"Tell me, what is one certain thing about children? Surely it is that they are dependent on their parents, whether they willingly recognize it or not."
Into the Waiting Arms
"Regardless of the circumstances, you need to run to your Father and throw yourself into His arms of love. Whether you have failed and want to run away from God, or you are being tempted, o you are frightened, worried, anxious, or you are just trying to make it on your own, simply run into the waiting arms of Love–that is your hope."
The Curse of Independence
"God help us to hate our cursed spirit of independence, our insistence on trying to do it ourselves."
Oh, To Be Needy
"Let the Lord do what He must to bring you to the place of being needy enough to need much time alone with Him."
"You don't have to grovel when you see your failure. Rather, let God teach you to view your failure as your hope. Let Him teach you to see it as a call to run into the forgiving, loving, caring arms of your Father God."
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