Some preachers emphasis confession immediately after sinning, but when did I hear a preacher talk about prayer to the Lord Jesus when one is tempted and praying immediately, so one can avoid sinning? The Lord can help one overcome temptation, the challenge is in a steely resolve to say no to temptation, with God’s help. One may stumble, but one can get up and learn to say no and keep on saying no.
Spirituality is subjective. Christian spirituality would have to be centered on Jesus Christ, but cannot be about “who is Jesus for you”, as therefore Jesus could be anybody who fits your description of Jesus and not the gospel’s.
There can be many spirits, but only one Spirit from Jesus Christ. There can be many false Christs, but only one Christ from history, who can reveal himself to us today–the only true Jesus Christ as shown to us in the gospel. The question to our spirituality, from which Christian spirituality flows, is do we believe in this Christ?
I love this verse. “In judging others you condemn yourself, since you behave no differently from those you judge.” (Romans 2:1, Jerusalem Bible). That verse is a great leveler for me because I am doing the same things that I judge others for. It goes on: “We know that God condemns that sort of behavior impartially: and when you judge those who behave like this while you are doing exactly the same, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or are you abusing his abundant goodness, patience and toleration, not realizing that this goodness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:2-4). Humbling.
I have observed that people can give you a thumbs up or a thumbs down based on what you say, do or don’t do, your performance or appearance. That’s okay. We live in a democracy. When it comes to what we have to offer as individuals, or what it seems one has to offer, you don’t have to vote for me. I don’t have to vote for you. But don’t forget God. Because God’s judgements of us are not as the world judges. In the Scriptures, the people wanted a king, but God said they had him, they don’t need a king. Still, God gave them a king, probably in his love and grace. When their kings failed and led the people astray, the prophets told the leaders and the people to come back to God. The books of the prophets are about coming back to God. Because with the Lord, you find what you need: a reliable, fair and righteous King who can satisfy your soul. He gives unlike the world gives.
Cleansed heart, and ever true, changed, to be like you.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10, New International Version)