Archives for August 2012

It’s Our Own Fault {Another 1 Corinthians Sneak Peek}

Here is another excerpt from the workbook I have written for the Becoming a Woman of Conviction in the World of Compromise study on the book of 1 Corinthians. The passage that goes along with it is 1 Cor. 2:6-3:4.

My husband, like many Americans, loves to spend money on things that will improve his health. He’s been a member of almost every gym in our town, he’s purchased top-of the-line running shoes that any marathoner would envy, he’s the proud owner of P90X DVD’s and related equipment, he’s got a state-of-the-art heart rate monitor (well, he had one – I may or may not have lost it), he has the MyFitnessPal app downloaded on his phone and consults it regularly, and he spent weeks researching home cardio equipment before purchasing the nice hunk of metal that sits in our den. If all it took was having the right equipment to be perfectly healthy, my husband would be a health and nutrition beast! Handsome, adorable, and moderately fit, he is. A health and nutrition “beast,” he definitely is not (nor am I!). Unfortunately, you can’t just have all the stuff, you have to use all the stuff. If Greg and I aren’t as healthy as we should be, it’s our own fault! (You have to know that I am typing this as I stuff my face with chocolate. Oh the irony!)

The same is true spiritually. If you and I are not spiritually mature, if we are still worldly, if we are still sipping on spiritual milk when we ought to be chewing on steak  – it’s our own fault. We have been given everything we need for godliness and growth (2 Peter 1:3). Not only do we have God’s Word, which is the ultimate source of divine wisdom and truth, but we also have God’s Spirit who enables us to understand and apply it. And I should mention that those of us who live in America have literally thousands of solid Christian growth resources available to us with just one click. The crazy thing is that American Christians are arguably the most immature, worldly, self-centered, cliquish believers in the world. Why? Because you can’t just have the stuff, you have to use the stuff . . .

You can’t just hear the word, you have to do the Word.

You can’t just acknowledge the sin, you have to get rid of the sin.

You can’t just give your tithe, you have to give your life.

You can’t just attend the church, you have to be the church.

You can’t just have the Spirit, you have to yield to the Spirit.

You can’t just listen to great sermons, you have to live those great sermons.

You can’t just go to a conference, you have to take it home with you.

The single greatest reason why we don’t fully appropriate all that God has given us and grow up in our faith is because we feast on the world’s wisdom, but only snack on God’s. You can’t imbibe the world’s mentality day after day, TV program after TV program, magazine article after magazine article, song after song, book after book, talk show after talk show and expect that one or two measly hours of church a week is going to get you out of spiritual diapers. NOT. GOING. TO. HAPPEN. 

Don’t be the girl sitting on the couch watching a Jillian Michaels DVD eating a massive bowl of Moose Tracks ice cream. Get rid of the worldly junk.  Marinate in God’s Word. Listen to the counsel of His Spirit. Surrender daily to His will. Then watch yourself become a woman of righteous, mature, brave, Christ-honoring conviction in a world plagued by compromise.

Oh, and I can’t think of a better way to jump-start the transformation than studying 1 Corinthians with me this fall! (Yes, this is a shameless plug.) Check out all the details here.

Marinate Blog Summer Study: Week 7

Here’s the last teaching session of the Romans study. Better late than never! 🙂

For those of you who have stuck with it, way to go! It’s been so fun “marinating” with you!!!

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