Worldliness – Part 21 / I’ve served God enough today – how about you?


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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From: Psalm 106 – Worldliness Part 21

Our last look at these facets of worldliness comes in verse 43 – “Many times he
delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes and were brought low
through their iniquity.” The worldly man or woman, keeps needing God to bail
them out of the same situations over and over – because their “purposes” –
their counsels (as the KJV has it), are “theirs”. In other words, they repeatedly
operated under their own auspices, heeding their own take on things rather than
submitting to God’s wisdom as communicated in His Word. This, we are told,
brought them low. God’s Word tells us “man shall not live by bread alone, but
by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” So how much neglect of His
Word is safe? What’s your counsel? “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the
habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the
Day drawing near” Says Heb. 10.25 – what is your counsel on how much neglect
in this regard is safe? Prayer. Ministry to the saints. Sharing the Gospel. Being
merciful to those suffering the ill results of sin. Loving the unlovely. Giving to
support God’s work. Bearing with one another’s weaknesses. Abstaining from
sexual immorality; aspiring to live quiet & peaceable lives; avoiding prying into
other’s private affairs uninvited; working with our hands and avoiding idleness;
reminding one another of our real hope in Christ; keeping a sober mind about
world events; remembering your fellow strugglers in Christ; not discounting
Biblical Church leadership; admonishing the idle; encouraging the fainthearted;
helping the weak; remembering to rejoice in the Lord; staying in communion
with God; fighting bitterness with thankfulness; not quenching the Spirit; not
discounting preaching; cultivating discernment and fleeing gullibility; fighting
every eruption of inward sin; praying for those who are sent out from the
Church to evangelize. Virtually all of those counsels come just from 1
Thessalonians. How much dare we modify and massage and neglect without
harm? Worldliness tries to find an actual line. It takes a “how close can I get to
the edge?” approach. Perhaps not fully consciously, but somewhere within, we
say to ourselves “I’ve prayed enough today.” Or, “I’ve worshipped up to quota
for this week.” Those kinds of things. It brings men low, and invites the
discipline of God. None of God’s counsels can ever be served via a quota
system. Whether we imagine we do too little, or too much. Only the World thinks
that way. Ours is to seek Him to consume us fully.

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