Part 2 of 4, Chapter 4 in FOR HIS GLORY
As described in Chapter 1, man has an incessant need to satisfy his soul hunger. Until we are born again there is no rest from that. We are like a dog chasing its tail.
It is only in the Kingdom of God that we find rest from our otherwise futile pursuit of soul-satisfaction, but we find it hard to believe that the life of surrender to Him would lead to that. We still think that our way can work but it never does.
Note the Heb. 3:7-4:16 warning about unbelief and the hardening of hearts that rob us of the rest that could be ours. Do you hear that preached?
A “Christian” is one who has not only “believed in Jesus” enough to escape hell but has also switched kingdom loyalties in his heart.
We now believe that the most rewarding way to fulfill any spiritual, emotional or physical appetite or need is by obeying Jesus and following Him in all of life.
Christians who have Life will obey Him out of our love for Him because of the Life He has given us at such great cost to Himself.
As we do that, He and the Father come and make their abode in us and disclose more and more of Jesus to us (John 14:21-24). As this happens, we find ourselves wonderfully lifted into the spiritual riches that He has for us.
As this Life takes root in us, we will increasingly “hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Mt. 5:6); will “seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness” (Mt. 6:33); and will be increasingly satisfied.
This all flows naturally from a heart that is surrendered to His rule and finds its greatest joy in pleasing Him as it follows the leading of His Spirit.
Kidron, Ohio USA
April 13, 2022
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