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Type see all Type. Handheld System Home Console 1. Not Specified 9. Storage Capacity see all Storage Capacity. Not Specified Region Code see all Region Code. We are absolutely consumed by the things we do not have or perhaps the things that others do have and we want. This is not leading a life filled with the discipline of Simplicity. I had, and still have sometimes, some difficulty getting the cart ahead of the horse. We have to slow down sometimes in order to do things in the correct order.
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That would be absurd! So the question then becomes why do we seek material things ahead of God? Above all else, we should be seeking the Kingdom of God first, then everything else will fall into place.
Theologically, we could split hairs on saying whether or not the Kingdom is yet to come or is here now, but the fact of the matter is, we should be pursuing God before our own motives. Have you ever thought about who pays your paycheck? It is not your boss or the company you work for. It is the sheer grace of God. When I was first hired by Holiday Inn up in Peoria, my main cook, the guy I relied on a lot ended up working for me only because of what happened at his last job.
Well, one week, that paycheck came and when he put it in the bank, it bounced like a rubber ball off a cement patio.
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He went into work that evening and the owner apologized repeatedly and promised to get him the money. Well, another week went by and still no money. It was payday again and he got a double paycheck…both weeks were in the check. But once again, it bounced.
He went into work that evening again and found that all the furniture had been removed and a permanent closed sign affixed to the door. He said that he never took his paycheck for granted again. My friends, the only reason we have anything is because of the Grace of God. What are you doing with the resources you have? Instead of buying things for status, buy them for their usefulness. Reject things that produce an addiction…TV, movies, game systems, newspapers, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, cars. Develop a habit that when you are done using things, give them away, donate them. Richard Foster gives many more examples in his book, but these are a few to get us started.
Simplifying our lives can bring us so much peace. Loneliness is better defined as inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment. Practicing solitude on the inside will have outward effects on your life. Loneliness is being alone longing to be with someone else…being afraid of being alone. In solitude, we seek to be alone to hear God speaking better, not to get away from people. Jesus regularly sought solitude…especially before and after major ministry events.
Being with others and being alone both work congruently. If we want to be effective in fellowship, then we need solitude.
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If we want to be successful in solitude, we need fellowship. During solitude, silence is a must. Silence can be the absence of speech, but it always includes listening; listening for the voice of God. Now, this does not mean that other people cannot be the voice of God. God can speak to us through someone else. Solitude can be practiced even in the midst of people.
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We must learn to tame our tongues. The choice is simply ours. We have to learn when to talk and when to be silent as guided by the Holy Spirit. Solitude is taking time to be silent and listen for the voice of God. Submission is next and in my personal opinion only, I think this is one of the areas we struggle most with as humans. Submission is HARD…extremely hard as a matter of fact.
But, it is not about a hierarchical relationship…from leader to servant, no. It is about how we view the other person and subordinate to them mutually. Before I read this however, I want to offer a warning that this portion of his book nailed me between the eyes. It hit home with me and made me see things in a different light. I pray it does for you too. People will spend weeks, months, even years in a perpetual stew because some little thing did not go as they wished.
They will fuss and fume. They will get mad about it. They will act as if their very life hangs on the issue. They may even get an ulcer over it. We insist that a critical issue is at stake; we are fighting for a sacred principle. Perhaps this is the case. Usually it is not.
Often we cannot stand to give in simply because it means that we will not get our own way. Only in submission are we enabled to bring this spirit to a place where it no longer controls us. Only submission can free us sufficiently to enable us to distinguish between genuine issues and stubborn self-will. If we could only come to see that most things in life are not major issues, then we could hold them lightly.
Since then, more churches have split and the divorce rate has skyrocketed. Apparently we humans still have issues with submission. There is not one single church that is exempt from conflict and split. When we attended church in St. Louis, we almost left because of the conflict there.
In order to submit effectively, we have to deny the self.
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