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Trusting in the Character of God

Posted by Mark Roath on April 12, 2016 @ 1:58 PM

For the last several weeks I have been demonstrating the point that the Christian life is lived spiritually, not intellectually.  I believe that many in our Christian culture have intended a spiritual relationship with Jesus, but have settled for an intellectual one.  I know that while I went to Seminary and even before that, I was continually blown away by the things that I learned about God.  From the "I Am" statements of John, to the typology of the Old Testament that points to Jesus, to understanding the necessity of the three persons of the Trinity and on and on.  When a new understanding would hit me, I truly believe that I was affected spiritually.  Perhaps I even began to crave that spiritual inspiration.  However, the question becomes, is that the extent of a true Christian relationship with God?  I think not.  Time after time, Jesus and the Bible refer to "our side" of walking in a relationship with God as being accomplished through obedience.  (i.e. if you love Me, you will keep My commandments, faith without works is dead)  With that being the case, I can be inspired by the truth of the Bible and still remain disobedient.  Again, it is the difference between Revelation and Inspiration.  

While revelation is the spirit giving inspired teaching to my soul, I don't truly understand the deep truth of God in my soul until I have learned it through faithful obedience.  To experience that God is powerful and beyond the rules of this world in the context of the events and happenings of my life cause the truth and person of Christ to be firmly planted in my soul and therefore become life altering.  As I have always said, you can't live it until you learn it, but you aren't truly going to learn it, until you live it.  (Not sure if I came up with that, or I read it somewhere).  

That leads to the final step.  In order for me to live the truth and promises of God, I must follow the Spirit and deny the sinful nature.  In other words, I cannot rely on MY thinking, I must rely on the reasoning of God and HIS thinking.  This requires a living relationship where communication with a living God is reality.  And the only way that happens is spiritually.  As the Spirit of God speaks to my spirit (or soul, or heart...you pick).  Therefore, the Christian life goes from spiritual revelation, to spiritual communication, to spiritual faith in a spiritual reasoning.  Then when that truth is experienced, it is planted in my soul spiritually and brings about an altered life.  

 

I'd like to hear what you think.  Comment and let's go.  

greg said...

Posted on March 30, 2017 @ 1:00 AM -
your well chosen words have inspired me and compelled me to reply, god only has concern for what is in our hearts, so look straight through this worldly exterior and always try to see through the eyes of the heart, for where love dwells and so shall mankind truly see prosperity! in closing I would like to comment that I will not talk to god about how big my problems are, but let my problems know how big our god is and in control, no weapon formed against gods people will ever prosper! god bless you all and I hope we cross paths again! gods grace be with you and hope to come and visit your church house!

Grady Pattterson said...

Posted on July 19, 2016 @ 11:47 AM -
Hancel much TV and see all the news it is very disturbing to watch most of the church is on TV I think they forgot about who God he is. What we need and churches today is a word of God or a word from God the people in the church And the pastors need to get back in reading God's word and pray. I'm so thankful to belong to hacking Baptist Church for the word of God is top not only in Sunday school but preached.

Grady Pattterson said...

Posted on July 19, 2016 @ 11:47 AM -
Hancel much TV and see all the news it is very disturbing to watch most of the church is on TV I think they forgot about who God he is. What we need and churches today is a word of God or a word from God the people in the church And the pastors need to get back in reading God's word and pray. I'm so thankful to belong to hacking Baptist Church for the word of God is top not only in Sunday school but preached.

Lisa P said...

Posted on May 07, 2016 @ 8:09 AM -
Father Gid, Firmly plant yourself in our souls! Alter us so that we are forever changed into highly effective servants of the King! And thank you Lord for the ways you have shown your power in the middle of our circumstances! This is my prayer also!

Sharla R. said...

Posted on May 01, 2016 @ 10:13 PM -
The concept that Truth is a person has really gripped my heart since the sermon a few weeks ago. He can be tangibly experienced & He desires that we have our lives completely altered by encountering Him.
"To experience that God is powerful and beyond the rules of this world in the context of the events and happenings of my life cause the truth and person of Christ to be firmly planted in my soul and therefore become life altering." Amen, Lord Jesus!!! Firmly plant Yourself in our souls! Alter us so that we are forever changed into highly effective servants of the King! And thank You, Lord, for the ways You have shown Your power in the middle of our circumstances!

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