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Becoming Zealous For God

17 Jul

Today God has given me something in Psalm 63, verses 1 through 4, which says:

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. (Psalms 63:1-4)

I wish it was possible for every Christian to be able to say what David says here. Unfortunately, there are many believers who’ve become like the Church at Laodicea: lukewarm in their faith… Yet, the question has to come, if many believers in today’s World have grown lukewarm in their faith, how is it that someone living in the time of the Old Covenant can be seeking after God to zealously? And more importantly, how can we be as zealous as he was?

Well, David needed God, and was acutely aware of it. Lukewarm Christians still need God, but are often considerably less aware of exactly how much they need Him. By that, I mean that David was frequently fighting real, physical enemies, and He understood that the only means by which his army was going to defeat his opponent’s army, was if God helped him. We, however, are frequently fighting Spiritual enemies. The problem with this, is that Spiritual enemies are far more subtle than physical enemies. If an army is knocking on your door, you tend to notice it. Not only do you notice it, you notice it and (hopefully!) go running to God asking for help. If, however, a prideful thought creeps into your mind, it’s easy just to overlook it. Normally it doesn’t cause immediate concern, and unless you already are seeking God like David did, it’s hardly something that’ll cause you to go running to God. So then, how is it that we can get our-self to not only notice, but indeed run to God when temptation (such as the aforementioned prideful thought) come up? Simply to do as Paul recommends:

By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away! 2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:1-5)

When we take our thoughts captive, and make them all obedient to Christ, what we are doing is attempting to make all of our thoughts be about Christ. Now, of course, we can’t hope to perfectly accomplish this while we are still living in physical bodies; we are bound to have sinful thoughts until we get to Heaven. However, making sure that we quickly turn to Scripture to help us when we realize we’re having sinful thoughts, is a very good and necessary habit that we all should form (or else continue to practice as the case may be). More than that though, we should keep in mind always that we wouldn’t be able to do whatever it is we’re doing if it wasn’t for Jesus’ work for us on the cross.

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