Behold Your God — Week Five, Day Five

30 Jun

Yesterday we looked at the work of God in salvation for us, today we look at the work of God in salvation in us. Today’s study focuses on several passages relating to the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation.

The truths we have been looking at this week are the greatest truths in the world but sometimes I don’t feel their true value. Why? There are several reasons . . .

  1. I’m busy. I may be doing good things and worthy things but my focus is on what I am doing rather than on what God has done for me.
  2. I’m distracted. In our culture, it is so much easier to take in meaningless sound bites about what is happening today than to think about Jesus.
  3. I’m worried. I make my present problems bigger than God in my mind. I look with concern at the future and play out all the what-if’s.
  4. I’m an idolater. Other things have my heart more than Jesus. I like my hobby or my family or even my sinful behavior more than I like Jesus.
  5. I’m lazy. Sometimes I just take the path of least resistance. It is easier to just go with the flow than really apply my heart to knowing Jesus.
  6. I’m discouraged. When I see my own life or the lives of others, or the tragedies of the world, I wonder whether knowing Jesus is a real thing.

This is not a particularly encouraging post, but I don’t want to peddle in platitudes and I don’t want to be marked by hypocrisy and pretending. Sometimes my joy falters, and one of the reasons above is usually at the center of that faltering. I know you’ve probably been there too, even though you may have different reasons.

You may be coming to the end of this week on Beholding God in the Work of Salvation saying with the psalmist “Restore to me the joy of your salvation.” That’s a good prayer. In a post later today, I am going to share with you what I believe to be one key to that joy.

 

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