Today we are praying for the country of Poland. Please help us lift up this nation to the Lord today. You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups. You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.
Please take time to read an essay written by a young lady who is an encouragement to my family.
Please pray for the nation of Poland by joining in prayer with the video below.
Three Goals for the Christ Follower
By Anabelle Brown
Nathaniel Vincent, an English nonconformist minister, once said, “Riches steal away the hearts of men. It is a hard thing for a man to pass from delights on earth to delights in Heaven.” As the pressures of the world and the flesh allure the Christ follower to worldly success, pleasures, and monetary gain, it is only by God’s grace that we can keep our eyes focused on His great design for the future. Our greatest goals flow not out of our own strength and ability, but from our humble submission to Christ’s great strength to guide us into greater Christlikeness, deeper personal devotion to the Scriptures, and greater personal holiness.
Only humble submissiveness to the authority and rule of Christ in our lives will allow the Lord to mold us into greater Christlikeness. Not surprisingly, the literal translation of
‘Christlikeness’ is to be “like Christ.” This work of becoming like Christ is not a work of ourselves, but a work of the Holy Spirit through the process of sanctification. Becoming like
Christ, as well as the exercise of sanctification, is a life-long process that will not be completed until death. Second Thessalonians 2:14 says, “It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” We have been called to gain the glory of Christ, to reflect His image, and to walk as He walked; a feat that is only accomplished by the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
As we strive to be like Christ, accompanied with prayer, deeper personal devotion to the Scriptures is the greatest way to learn of Christ and what He requires of us. Unfortunately, a
thirsting for the Word of God is not a natural desire, but to the praise of Christ, is according to His will and will be granted to the one who seeks His face. I love the words of the Psalmist in
Psalm 42:1, “As a deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for you, O God.” This desire is a desire that flows from the work of Christ in replacing our hearts of stone with a heart of
flesh. Our hearts are set against God from birth, as Romans 3:10-12 states, “...as it is written, ‘There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, there is none who seeks
for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, there is not even one.’” This passage accurately displays the condition of our hearts before His salvation of our souls. Therefore, after redemption and the work of the Holy Spirit in purging our hearts of stone and replacing them with a heart of flesh, we can say as the Psalmist said in Psalm 27:8, “When You said, ‘Seek my face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.’”
To enter into a greater depth of Christlikeness and as a result devotion to the Word of God, we see the command in 1 Peter 1:16 to, “...be holy, for I am holy.” Greater personal holiness is the work of repentance joined with sweet fellowship in the Father. Fellowship with God is chiefly accomplished through prayer and devotion to His Word, while repentance is best described in the words of L.R. Shelton Jr., “This is exactly what it means to repent: a change of mind about sin and about God, which results in turning from sin to God.” We must desire to be unblemished and blameless in the sight of God and in accordance with His Scriptures. Seeing our sins and Biblically repenting of them is necessary for our prayers to even be heard (Isaiah 59:2-3). Our goal of pursuing holiness is a current and futuristic goal, because holiness is a purging and purifying of our flesh that will be perfected until the day of Christ Jesus. Again, in the words of Shelton, “Biblical repentance is perpetual - God’s child will repent till God takes him home. Repentance is a lasting mindset, a continuing abhorrence of evil.”
Seeking to glorify Christ through greater Christlikeness, deeper personal devotion to the Scriptures, and greater personal holiness cause the walls of worldly success, in the perspective of the Christ follower, to fade. As I mentioned above, the desire for these attributes are only from God and cannot be produced in our flesh. As believers, The Gospel of Christ has penetrated, and is penetrating our lives. Our ultimate goals are His goals, and our visions must continually be pointed back to Him. Apart from any other power or capability in ourselves, we have been redeemed and these goals implanted in our souls.
McMahon, C. Matthew. Lights from Old Paths: An Anthology of Puritan Quotations.
2ed., Puritan Publications, 2016. www.gracegems.org.
The Bible. New American Standard Bible, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1999.
Shelton, L.R. Jr. Biblical Repentance. The Need of This Hour. Chapel Library, Revised
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