“The Word of God can be in the mind without being in the heart; but it cannot be in the heart without first being in the mind.” R C Sproul
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:26-29
Have you noticed that a goodly number of the New Testament commands deal with the mundane? They deal with the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, the importance of hard work, keeping guard over your tongue, etc. The reason is, most of life is mundane. Christ’s disciples do not live perpetually on a spiritual high, just as Jesus did not when He walked the earth.
If you wish to glorify God in your life you must do it in the mundane. You may enjoy deep, intimate times of fellowship with Jesus, and experience the joy of introducing others to Christ, but between such experiences you are called to bring Jesus with you into the tedium of life. How do you respond to the rude sales clerk who is unreasonable or who interrupts you with a phone call during your evening meal? Do you give others the benefit of the doubt when you suspect that they have been dishonest, but you can’t prove it? Do you vilify others in your speech?
Joy and bliss compose approximately five percent of your life, with terror and pain composing approximately five percent more. You spend the remaining ninety percent in simply living – doing your job, relating to your family and friends, washing dishes and pulling weeds. The authenticity of your Faith will be seen in the part Jesus plays in the mundane of your life.
1 Kings 12-13 Luke 22:1-30 (New King James Version)
1 Kings 12-13
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Colossians 4:2 2Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful.
James 5:16 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
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