Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ch 7: Your Best Life ... Later

Two very meaningful sections for me in this chapter.
P. 115 - first sentence: Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.
The point = if Christians have lifestyles that are common to unbelievers, we are doing something wrong - - we are not demonstrating faith thru life choices that require God to come through for us. Great thought to ponder!

Building on that idea is P. 124 - What are you doing right now that requires faith? Bottom of the page... God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that re unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through.

I do believe .... but my choices would indicate otherwise. Instead of claiming God boldly ... "putting myself out there" .... I build in a 'just-in-case-this-isn't-His-will' backup plan. This is robbing God of chances to glorify Himself.

Currently, I am wrestling with Him to understand where is the healthy boundary ... going on a risk limb vs. testing Him. I'll let you know how that pans out......

How about you? Did this chapter give you something to think about?

Ch 6: When You're In Love

Okay - to be perfectly honest, I am plowing my way through this book out of discipline and because it bugs me when I don't "finish" something!

While I agree with Pastor Chan's viewpoint and Biblical perspective, the delivery method has been a bit more defeating than encouraging up to this point. However I will say the last two pages of Chapter 6 were redeeming!

P. 110 - SomeOne I Can Be Real With - this section brought hope as I realized that I do in fact need His Spirit to equip and empower me to love.....

How bout you? Are you able to get real with God?