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If there is one thing every human being on the planet wants, it’s power. We want to be in control of what’s going on. If we are totally honest, we all want to rule the word. If we don’t want to rule the whole world, we at least want to be in control of what happens in ours.
We want power over people. Whether it’s a dictator seeking to control the lives of the general populace, or simply parents trying to control the behavior of their children, we want to be able to control what others do.
We even want power over God. Just think of how many books have been written over the last century telling us how to get our prayers answered. We want to be able to tell God what He should do and have Him comply. Sound about right?
To a world that is hungering and craving for power, King Jesus offers some very interesting words…
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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.
There are many times we can go along thinking we are doing pretty good in our walk with the Lord. Then, all of a sudden, we are caught by a hidden sinful attitude that only the Lord could expose. As embarrassing as it may be, I feel I am suppose to share a recent experience of mine.
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I would be willing to bet that there have been times when we have all felt we were helpless victims at the mercy of our circumstances. There are times when life seems to spin out of control and there appears to be nothing we can do about it. I am glad to be able to tell you that this is not necessarily the case.
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When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! Luke 5:4 – 6 NLT
One word from the Lord changes everything. Simon and his partners (fishermen by trade) had done everything they could do in their own strength. Their results?
Yet by obeying one simple command from King Jesus, a command that made no sense to them, they experienced results beyond their wildest dreams.
What have you exhausted yourself on without seeing results? Why not stop your striving, look up, and listen to what the Lord has to say about it? Be sure to follow it through, even if it makes no sense at the moment. Obey Him and see what He does. That’s called living in the Reign.