“Is the old man or woman still hanging around?” April 12

 

Are there areas of your life where you have failed to have victory? Are there some habits of the old man (what my old friend Pastor Morgan used to call the old idiot) that have crept back in or never fully left?

 

Today’s Readings:
Joshua 13 & 14
Psalm 44.20-26
Proverbs 14.3
Luke 11.1-28

 

Is the Old Man Still Hanging Around?

 

Joshua 13 & 14:

Pockets of Resistance & the Old Man

 

Verse 14.15b, “Then the land had rest from war.”

This was a time of relative peace, though as I said yesterday, there were still areas that needed to be fully occupied. There were also pagan tribes they never fully destroyed as God commanded. Those groups would be thorns in their sides for generations. They would draw them into false worship, attack their cities, and create a multitude of problems.

Isn’t that the way it is in our lives? He saves us, puts our feet on the Rock, gives us new righteous desires, and many things in our lives change. But, even though, we may have quit doing a lot of the things we used to do (sometimes because God has supernaturally removed the desire for those things), there are still “pockets of resistance”—areas of our lives where we hold on to “old man” habits (Eph. 4.22).

gossipMaybe it’s a tendency to gossip, to harbor unforgiveness, to give someone the silent treatment, or to respond in sinful anger. Maybe it involves our thought lives … “After all, (we think) I’m not doing anything wrong!” We mistakenly believe we can play around with a thought or a fantasy without it showing up some where in our life or walk with God

The added danger is that as months and years go by without dealing with that area of sin and as we push conviction away, our consciences are seared and we become blinded. Continue reading

October 12 “Take the test”

mirror self-examinationTake the test: look into the mirror of God’s Word and ask yourself which of these lists describes you? What does it tell you about your walk with God, your trust in Him, and your level of spiritual maturity?

Today’s Readings:
Jeremiah 9 & 10
Psalm 118.5-9
Proverbs 27.7
Colossians 3.1-25

 

Jeremiah 9 & 10:

Tongues like arrows

I love the imagery in the Bible. As you read, think about what some of these images portray and ask, “How does this apply to my life? How does it apply to our nation? How should I pray? What does God want me to see and possibly repent of in my life? How can I be a doer of the principles contained here?”

Verse 9.3, “And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies …”

We don’t use a bow and arrow today, but we have all seen one. We understand how the bow is loaded with the arrow and then it is pulled back and fired at the target. God through the prophet is saying that their tongues were bent back and poised to fire lies.

This is a picture of someone whose life is characterized by lies and deceit. Just like the bow is known for shooting arrows (its only purpose), so these people were known for a life of deceit. Jeremiah goes on to say,

“They weary themselves to commit iniquity” (9.5).

I can’t help but think about some of what we call “politics” today.

The emptiness of living for ourselves

Because the people had forsaken the worship of the true God and because they had decided to live according to “the dictates of their own hearts” (9.13), God said He would “feed them … with wormwood and give them water of gall to drink.”

Life would not go well with them. Life would be bitter. They thought they would find satisfaction in living life their own way, but it was bitter and empty instead.

They thought they were so wise. Perhaps like our society today, they thought the religion of their fathers was for the weak, the unenlightened. They preferred some form of “spirituality” that suited them. Verses 23 & 24 say: Continue reading

April 12 “Is the ‘old man’ still hanging around?”

Are there areas of your life where you have failed to have victory? Are there some habits of the old man that have crept back in or never fully left?

old man

Today’s Readings:
Joshua 13 & 14
Psalm 44.20-26
Proverbs 14.3
Luke 11.1-28

Joshua 13 & 14:

Pockets of resistance

Verse 14.15b, “Then the land had rest from war.” This was a time of relative peace, though as I said yesterday, there were still areas that needed to be fully occupied.

Isn’t that the way it is in our lives? He saves us, puts our feet on the Rock, and gives us new righteous desires, and many things in our lives change. But even though we may have quit doing a lot of the things we used to do (in many situations God has supernaturally removed the desire for those things), there are still “pockets” of resistance—areas of our lives where we hold on to “old man” (Eph. 4.22) habits.

old man

Maybe it’s a tendency to gossip, to harbor unforgiveness, to give someone the silent treatment, or to respond in sinful anger. Maybe it involves our thought lives … “After all, (we think) I’m not doing anything wrong!” We mistakenly believe we can play around with a thought or a fantasy.

The added danger is that as months and years go by without dealing with that area of sin and as we push that conviction away, we begin to sear our consciences and we become blinded. Continue reading