- Sun Nov 16, 2014
Rather than be perfect, businesses know it's enough to seem perfect to their customers. By stopping short of perfection, they find a profitable balance between quality and costs.
To find this balance, they often look to their peers to discover the "best practices" of their industry: How far can we go and still seem perfect? By how far can we stop short? Business find it profitable to stop short at the middle ground of excellence because perfection costs too much.
But is it profitable for Christians to stop short at the middle ground of excellence where costs are low, balanced somewhere between paganism and obedience? Not at all! While in business it's profitable to seem perfect, in the spiritual realm it's merely comfortable to seem perfect. It is never profitable.
Clearly, excellence isn't the same as obedience or perfection. The search for excellence leaves us overwhelmingly vulnerable to snare after snare since it allows room for mixture. The search for obedience or perfection does not.
Excellence is a mixed standard, while obedience is a fixed standard. shoot for the fixed standard.
- Sat Nov 15, 2014
Father, teach me to pray as Thomas `a
Kempis did: "We must not, therefore,
despair when we are tempted but pray
to God with so much the more fervor, that
He may vouchsafe to help us in all
tribulations, who, no doubt, according to
the saying of St. Paul, will 'make such
issue with the temptation, that we may
be able to bear it.' Let us, therefore,
humble our souls under the hand of
God in all temptations and tribulations,
for the humble in spirit He will save and
(from The Imitation of Christ)
- Fri Nov 14, 2014
As spiritual leader in your home, what's your attitude toward your position? Countless men think their title of spiritual leader places them above scrutiny, and they refuse any kind of confrontation by their wives. Contrast this with the bondservant's attitude.
The bondservant once stood on the auction block of shame because of his own foolishness and sin. By grace, his master lovingly restored the tattered pieces of his life. Now the bondservant hates sin, especially his own, but when it affects the master who gave up so much for him, he hates it even more. He knows his master has every right to inspect him and confront him, for his sin affects the strength of his master's house and all who live there.
What's your mind-set? What's your attitude toward your sins, including anything that tramples the convictions and soul of your wife?
Does your wife have the right to question you about your actions? Or are you above question?
- Thu Nov 13, 2014
God loves it when we are connected to others, because He loves it when we are connected to Him. Did you know that we are directed by God to pursue others? To make these so-called connections we've been talking about? Here are some "get connected" scriptures:
- "Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy" (Proverbs, 27:6, NASB).
- "The eye can never say to the hand, "I don't need you." The head can't say to the feet, "I don't need you"" (1 Corinthians 12:21, NLT).
- "Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts" (2 Timothy 2:22, NLT, emphasis added).
The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian men, "Stop acting like you don't need each other!" The author of Hebrews wrote that when we walk alongside people headed in the same direction, we can sustain our commitments. According to Proverbs, a good friend tells us what we need to hear, not what we want to hear. We are better men when we are connected.
- Wed Nov 12, 2014
Whether you've been naive, rebellious, or foolishly negligent in taking God's standard seriously, mixing in your own standards leads to being ensnared and even worse.
Because our own standards on sexual purity have been so mixed with God's, and since many Christians don't read their Bibles very often, many men have no clue about God's standard for sexual purity.
The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord. (1 CORINTHIANS 6:13)
You are to abstain from...sexual immorality. (ACTS 15:29)
Lord, I repent of having mixed my own
standards with Yours. Help me learn Your
standard for sexual purity and take it
seriously so that I will not be ensared by
my own foolishness.