Friday, September 11, 2015
Learning To Develop a Habit That Produces Godliness
In review of Hebrews 11:27 it says, “It was faith that made Moses leave Egypt without being afraid of the king’s anger. As though he saw the invisible God, he refused to turn back.”
It was faith that allowed Moses to take action without fear. He kept on going because he kept his eye on the invisible God.
What this means to me:
It will be my faith that will allow me to move forward without fear. I can keep on going as long as I keep my eye on God.
The difference between successfulness and unsuccessfulness is the willingness to do what an unsuccessful person doesn’t feel like doing.
Honestly, I can think of times when I would rather be selfish than unselfish. I’d rather just sit on the couch and watch TV. However, just because I don’t feel like it, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t do it.
Doing the right thing requires that I develop a habits and stay committed. As an example, wouldn’t get to the Olympics just because I feel like it. Rather, I would get to the Olympics by hours and hours of training that I didn’t feel like doing. Likewise, I wouldn’t get to become a master musician without hours and hours of rehearsal that I probably didn’t feel like doing at the time.
In the same way, I won’t become a godly man by simply doing what I feel like doing. A godly man will choose to develop the habits that produce godliness in life. Of course this won’t be any easier than working out or dieting or rehearsing or anything else that may be good for me but I don’t feel like doing.
I’m learning that in order for me to develop this kind of persistence I should not look at my problem but at the Lord. One of the greatest examples of this is in the Bible of persistence is Moses. For 40 years, he led a group of crying, squabbling, complaining babies around the desert while they questioned his leadership the entire time. Yet he never gave up.
Hebrews 11:27a says, “It was faith that made Moses leave Egypt without being afraid of the king’s anger. As though he saw the invisible God, he refused to turn back” (TEV). Moses “saw the invisible God.” He kept his eyes on God.
So I am to keep my eyes on God. If I focus on my problem, I’m going to be distressed and depressed. If I focus on God, I’m going to be at rest.
In summary, it will be my faith that will allow me to move forward without fear. I can keep on going, regardless of the circumstances, as long as I keep my eye on God. Today God you remind me that all I need to do is focus on you and what you tell me. I can move ahead without fear in what you say and promise. You will take care of what’s needed. I need to get over my own laziness and become committed. In faith I can do whatever God has asked me to do. I should not look at my problem but rather keep my eyes fixed on God and what he says or has promised.
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