When your prayer every day is that God reveal something new, He is faithful to do just exactly that. This is what I have been asking over the last weeks. I want to see the areas I need to improve, I want to see the misguided thought processes, and acts of rebellion for what they are. I want to know the area’s that are hindering my pursuit of holiness.
It has been an interesting and eye opening journey. Every day God is showing me more and more. Sometimes the things He wants me to reflect on are inward, my heart and thoughts and where they are lacking. Lately, in many cases God has revealed to me how my outward actions and daily interactions are hindering my, or someone else’s walk. But God is not a God of downers. He raises me up too and lets me see the good as well. And, on the day I needed it most, God showed me areas my heart and mind, and my outward actions are in fact pleasing to Him. That I was not a full-blown failure for Him.
Today’s revelation came in the form of a warning.
I am on a spiritual high right now. I recognize that, and, if you have ever been on a spiritual high, you don’t want it to end. I don’t want it to end so I am filling my days with songs of worship, studying scripture and seeking God’s will for my life. I feel great! I feel encouraged, and I feel worthy.
But the warning I received today came in this statement. When people are having real, and helpful, spiritual experiences in certain areas of their lives – such as worship, prayer, Bible study, and fellowship – they mistakenly believe they are doing fine, even if their relational life and interior world is not in order. Looking at ‘spiritual progress’ can become an excuse not to do the hard work of maturing.
My prayer is that I keep this in the forefront of my mind. I want God to transform my life, my whole life. I want the second half of my life to be lived fully and wholly for Him, I want to mature every day, emotionally, spiritually, and relationally.
Today’s thought: It is easy to feel fine when things are good, but complacency leads to stagnation, and stagnation to compromise, and compromise to sin, and sin to death.