Let Freedom Sound From The Deep Recesses Of Our Soul
July 4, 2010
INTRODUCTION: Ravi Zacharias, Has Christianity Failed You? He concludes that God does not disappoint, but we often disappoint Him and ourselves.
"In the end, the answers that are given and received must be both felt and real, with the added impetus that God is nearer than one might think. He desires that we sense Him very near to us and not distant from us. But the assurance of His nearness comes at a cost, just as is true for any relationship of love and commitment. Of the 37 years that my wife and I have been married, the three most difficult years in our marriage were those during which I sat aside my calling as an itinerant evangelist and, at the request of my denominational leadership, took up a seminary professorship as my principle contribution to the work of the church. Going against my inner calling was difficult, and in the end I realized that when one is outside the will of God, one's other commitments can also be put at risk and one's most important relationships can become dry and lifeless. To be in the place where God wants you is indispensable to enjoying the blessings God offers." His book goes on to talk about the road to recovery.
Before James gives the hard sayings of James 4:4-5, he talks about a Death to Sensitivity. This person considers themself self-sufficient, fully able to take care of themselves. They believe that all human needs and wants can be met by human means through their own wisdom, power, and diligence.
David Jeremiah's summary of James 4:2:
"The steps of the process are simple and terrible. A man allows himself to desire something. That thing begins to dominate his thoughts; he finds himself involuntarily thinking about it in his waking hours and dreaming of it when he sleeps. It begins to be what is aptly called a ruling- passion. He begins to form imaginary schemes to obtain it; and these schemes may well ...
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