Feel like you have tried everything and nothing seems to work? Feel like you have given life your best shot only to receive nothing back from your investment? Do you feel like you are all tapped out and running on empty with nothing to give to anyone or anything? O, happy man! You may actually be in the best place you can possibly be!
How would you define religion? I suppose there are many ways it could be defined. Some might describe it as belief in a god or group of gods. To others it might be an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used in the worship of a god. There is nothing inherently wrong with these definitions. The one I like best, however, is provided by Bruxy Cavey in his book The End of Religion. Bruxy writes,
“Religion is exposed as our attempts to reach God.” 1
That sums it up nicely. But where did that start? I believe we can find the beginning of religion within the first few pages of God’s story.
At one point in my life I worked for a pharmaceutical company. The job I enjoyed more than all the others I did there was conducting investigations. Because we were manufacturing medicinal products for human consumption, each product had to be manufactured according to strict governmental guidelines. Any anomaly in the manufacturing process could jeopardize the saleability of the product and potentially cost the company millions of dollars. Therefore every time something went wrong in manufacturing, the incident had to be carefully investigated to determine its impact on the product. Some investigations were quite simple and easily resolved. There were some investigations, however, that were quite extensive and would involve several departments within the company.
When conducting an investigation, one thing we always had to look for was the root cause. In other words, what was the underlying factor(s) that caused this anomaly to occur in the manufacturing process? Once that was determined we could come up with a preventative action to keep the problem from reoccurring in the future. Determining the root cause and coming up with a preventative action sometimes required some very creative thinking!
With this investigative process as a basis, I have a question I would like to ask:
What is the root cause of all the pain, heartache, and woes of our modern society?
The answer might be easier to determine than what you think.
There is a good many of us who find living under the government of the Holy Spirit to be a struggle. We are a lot like the gentleman in the picture above. Every day is a struggle to keep our heads above water before we sink down into a life overwhelmed by our flesh. In this post I would like to discuss a fundamental reason as to why we struggle the way we do.
In my last post I wrote about how we must learn to walk by the Spirit if we are going to truly live under the government of God. While it may sound impractical or even a little other-worldly, it is a skill we must develop. In this post I want to provide you with the key to walking by the Spirit through a very familiar passage of Scripture.
The title of this post may seem like a strange question to ask. I’m assuming, of course, that the majority of you know how to walk physically, unless some disability prevents you from doing so. Those of us seeking to live our lives under the government of God, however, are called to walk a particular walk. Do you know how to walk in that way?