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Jesus never called us to rules or formulas

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The world will go on being utterly shocking. That’s a fact. But that is not a reason for us to go on a panic or to be paralyzed. There are many people in the world who are afraid to truly live.  They want rules, regulations and legalism to "help" them not mess anything up. They even create formulas and rules and call them “godly principles for living”.

But Jesus never called us to rules or formulas.

In fact, when we follow formulas, we don't have to spend any time with Him seeking His face and reading His Word and talking to Him. We just follow the pre-set rules and miss out on the true joy of the Christian life: God Himself.

When we build little formulas and say “THIS will keep me safe” we unfortunately set ourselves for failure because the Christian life - or life in general - is hardly “safe”.

And when you think about it formulas run contrary to faith. Formula says, “I will follow a God that I’ve put neatly in a box, and He will give me the desired results.” Faith says, “I will follow You even when I can’t see where I’m going, even when the world is collapsing around me.”

Formula says, “I will not risk. I will be in control of my future.” Faith says “I will risk everything. I will trust Him whom I cannot see, surrender what I cannot control anyway.”

Formula is the assurance of things planned for, the evidence of things seen. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).

It’s a given - we will at one point or another in our lives experience hurt, pain, disappointment, or any other emotion mankind was created with the capacity to experience.

But Jesus did promise to take care of us and at the end of it all it would be worth it. And having a relationship with God can give us confidence and reassurance in His goodness.  And God does protect, guide, provide for, etc. He can be our “safe place”.

So the point that I am making is this: there is no fail-proof formula. However, there is a fail-proof GOD. And God is on your side, not waiting to condemn you the moment you 'mess up' but waiting with loving arms to take embrace.

"I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature." (Gal. 5:16)

Life, if it’s going to be successful, is not due to following man-made “godly principles”. A successful life in the Spirit is about wholly abandoning your plans and schemes and throwing yourself upon the mercy of a loving God.

Let God be God and don’t try to make formulas to control His working in your life. Allow the Holy Spirit to flow. Pursue God with all your heart. He can and will replace error with truth and grace.

Inspired by Darcy - a woman of God.

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