There is more of God available for us today than at any other time in history. Yet there seems to be so few Christians who really desire more than they now have. There just isn't much hunger for God among the people who should love Him most.
Jesus Christ came that we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Are you striving for the abundant life that He has provided for you? Or, are you satisfied with the small portion of life that you have?
Many Christians seem to reach a point of satisfaction in their spiritual growth, and they settle on that level. The part of your nature that would cause you to be complacent, satisfied where you are, is vying for your loyalty. It is one of the kings of your earthen nature (Psalm 2:2), and it must be brought down. Take up the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17) and hew it to pieces, as Samuel did King Agag (I Samuel 15:33), and move on in God. There are many aspects of your own nature that would be king over you. As you move on in God, He will expose them. So every time one of them rises up against you, unsheathe the sword of the Spirit and put it to death.
This is no time to play church. Passivity and lukewarmness will destroy you. Your flesh nature is your greatest enemy, and you will either conquer it or you won't find the abundant life God has for you, which is what Christ was talking about in Matthew 16:24-25. Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall fine it.
Copyright © 1998 by Henry DuBose