Sentimental religious aspiration or dedicated discipleship application?

When you resist
The inner rivers
Of the Holy Spirit,
You can cause them
To be stuck, stymied,
Stalled and stagnant
Inside you.
Instead, prepare the way
For the Lord’s rivers
So they can freely flow
In and through you.
(“Quench not the Spirit.”)

Sermon-hearing often
Leads to aspiration
An inner wish
To live a better life,
But seldom to application,
Doing whatever it takes
To turn away from all sin
And wholeheartedly begin
To follow and obey
The living Jesus
Every day.

Religious aspiration is sweet and sentimental, but it often lacks radical and ongoing life-altering repentance. Discipleship application embraces sacrifice and self-denial and produces dedicated Christ-followers who put and keep the risen Jesus first in their life.

Sentimental religious aspiration can easily be a cover up for doubt. Dedicated discipleship application, however, will demonstrate the reality of the living Jesus and knock the ubt off of doubt. “Be doers of the word and not hearers only.”

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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