Luke 3:1-18

Luke 3:1-18

One of the things I have people ask me all the time is, "Why am I not growing in the Lord?" We sometimes grow stagnant. We lose direction. Why do we lose direction and grow stagnant? I think because we allow too many distractions of the world into our life. We allow the busyness of life to overrun us.One of the things I have people ask me all the time is, why am I not growing in the Lord?… We sometimes grow stagnant. We lose direction. Why do we lose direction and grow stagnant? I think because we allow too many distractions of the world into our life. We allow the busyness of life to overrun us…

We can turn off our TV and spend some time sitting quietly before the Lord. We can go to a neighbor and take them by the hand and say, “I need someone who I can pray with…” there are lots of things we can do to eliminate the distractions in our life. We content our selves, though with the excuse, “But I’m too busy. And when I get home in the evening, I need the television so that I can relax, but I sure wish God would do something with my life,” as we turn on television or pick up a book or turn on the radio or find something else to distract us. And really, what we’re doing is, we’re distracting ourselves from God…

I believe that if you took time to pray, you would see that there are specific gifts and abilities that you have, that you have calling in your life, and if you would take the time to dwell on what that calling might be, you would see God do phenomenal things in your life. I would see God do phenomenal things in my life. I tend to be one of those who allow for the distraction and then make the excuse later, and God deals with me on that. I pray that He deals with me more and more each day on that…

What our desire should be is that we see change happen in peoples’ lives when they encounter us and encounter God through us, when we lead them to that place of knowing that they have sin that is separating them from God, and what to do about it, and it’s not “go to church…”

One of the things I find as a believer that is the hardest to do is to be content. To be content with what I have. To be content with what God wants me to have. To be content when I’m in struggles or hard times. Contentment is probably the most elusive thing that we’re going to find to grasp hold of in our life…

“He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire…” When [Jesus] comes, He is going to do a phenomenal thing. He is going to give you what is going to last. A baptism that not only cleans the outside and becomes a symbol of the desire you have on the inside, but He will truly baptize the inside, because He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Fire of tribulation. Fire of testing. Fire of judgment. He will test our hearts. He will prove those that are playing games and those that are not. Those that truly desire to know and have relationship with Him. But that is the goal, is to have the Holy Spirit in us, and a fire that burns, that continually reminds us: inside, that we’re being cleansed; outside, that leads us, that becomes a way of life for us…

Jesus knows. You’re not going to hide it from Him, and since you can’t hide it from Him, you might as well deal with it. You might as well make it right. You might as well confess and be upfront and let God deal with who you are and bring you into that love relationship He wants. It is good news. Knowing God, and how to know God is not a bad thing, is not a hard thing. It is good news.

Dave Elkins

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