Welcome to Part 2. In our last blog post, we looked at three things that we do as Christians but which we should consciously and deliberately stop doing.
In this article, we continue with the remaining three.
4. Saying We Are Okay When We Are Not
Immediately followed by a greeting will be the question “How are you?”
Unfortunately, 99% of the time we will answer by saying “I am fine/okay” even when we know very well, we are almost dying or crumbling on the inside.
We put on a bright face. Ladies especially may cover our pain in makeup and flashy outfits. It’s okay not to be okay. The writer of the Book of James tells us what to do:
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:13-16)
5. Doing Things to Get God’s Approval
As Christians many times we push ourselves to do things not because we want to do those things, but because we are trying to get God’s approval.
It is more or less trying to buy our way into God’s heart in order to move His hand. We so easily forget that:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
6. Seeking God’s Hand instead of His Heart
As the Church of Jesus Christ, we have been so caught up in seeking and asking God for THINGS.
95% of our prayers are for asking God for what we want Him to give us or to do this or the other.
For most of us, His will being done on earth or what is on His heart never features in our prayers.
It is no wonder that even when God does answer our prayers, we quickly forget Him and get so caught up in what He gave us. Sometimes we spend so much time with the same blessing from God to the point that we no longer have time for Him or His work.
We should seek God, His heart and will - not what we can get from Him.
This is not a comprehensive list, but I believe it will cause us to begin to look these and other things that we should stop doing as Christians.
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