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“Getting Right Before Getting God”

Philippians 2:12b-13 (NLT)Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

If this is your idea of perfection, you need to aim higher . . .

Reading Philippians, this verse struck me for some reason.  I feel so many believers hold to the misunderstanding that we have to be a certain way, strive to be “good enough” before we can ask God for forgiveness or into our lives at all.  (Which is different than the desire to be good enough to enter the kingdom of heaven which is; a) unachievable; and, b) a whole different subject matter.)  This misunderstanding is more like feeling the need to achieve a certain moral/righteous standard before we can even knock on the pearly gates.

That is ssooooo backwards.  It would be akin to having the already finished pot say to the potter, “Okay, now you can begin to make me.”

God WANTS the raw lump of clay that is your old life!

God WANTS to be the master potter!

A good friend of mine put it this way:

“I think the “I need to get right before getting God” is the Devils way of deceiving folks from the truth of getting right with God by receiving Jesus as Lord and savior.   We can’t come to the Lord when we’re good enough and clean enough. Because we will never BE good or clean enough. But when we’re forgiven and given the Holy Spirit, we begin to change out of gratitude . . . “

But let’s go a step further and break down the scripture even more . . . Continue reading “Getting Right Before Getting God”

The Sunshine Blog Award

Thank you to Walter Bright for nominating Spiritual Drift for a Sunshine Blog Award.  This award is given by other writers to, “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”  

My goal from the beginning has always been that, even if I reach one person where they are in their spiritual walk; reaching their heart to provide even a little bit of solace or support; reaching their mind to make them think of their faith or the world around them in a way that makes some sense, or provides some insight, then I’ve done my job for that day.

So thank you to Walter and anyone else that may get something out of my humble little musings.  Thank you to God and Jesus Christ for giving me what little gift of writing I may have and for giving me the opportunity to craft that gift . . . ultimately, it’s all for You anyway. Continue reading The Sunshine Blog Award

Faith in the Faithless & Belief in the Unbeliever

Now I’ve done it! I’ve crossed over to the dark side.  I have consorted, nay, freely conversed with and connected to, the enemy!  I have reached a hand across the aisle and befriended one of . . . . them!

I have recently begun following the blog of . . .

An Atheist!!!!

I think he was more surprised than anyone.

“I’m a little surprised you signed up for my blog, but I guess that just goes to prove you have an open mind and, as you wrote, are willing to hear both voices. I hope I have something of interest for you to read from time to time. Thanks for being willing to think about it. Cheers . . .”

Well, I don’t know as much of an “open” or “closed” mind so much as I have a willingness to learn.  I don’t have all the answers; I don’t profess to.  I never will.  What I have is a desire to find out “why?”

More often than not, having a conversation with someone of another faith, or someone of “non”-faith, sends me running back to my Bible; constantly checking my own beliefs, reaffirming the tenets of my own faith, making sure in my own mind that my understanding of God and His Word are grounded in reality and not in some flight of fancy; of what I want to be true.

Any atheist worth his/her salt would just shrug and go . . . good!

It’s when the conversation stops being about belief that I lose interest.  Continue reading Faith in the Faithless & Belief in the Unbeliever

The Four Most Important Words I’ve Learned

There are four words fast becoming the most important, significant lesson I’ve ever read, seen, heard, what-have-you, up to this point in the non-stop roller coaster called life:  Whether it be in regards to living, loving, spirituality, relationship or anything else.  These words don’t come directly out of the Bible, or from the mouths of  some wise sage or new age guru, yet everything that’s been taught, written or spoken within or by any of them can be summed up in these four words:

It’s not about you!

Meditate on those for awhile; in any situation, any relationship, any exchange you’re dealing with, and see if it doesn’t change your life.

If it’s too hard to do, if it hurts, makes you angry, makes you think “No, no, no, this person doesn’t understand . . .”, take a step back.  Check your own motives, check your pride, curb your ego.  Maybe its not them . . .

Maybe it is, in fact, you.

Then, think again . . .

It’s not about you!

Don’t think, “It may not be . . .”, “It might not . . . “, “This time it’s not . . .”

No.

It’s NOT about you.  Pure.  Simple.  Non-negotiable.

Have a great day!