Thinking About Commitments

My friend Jeff Hlavin wrote an article about making commitments. This is good stuff!

1. I cannot expect the strength of an emotion to turn a decision into a commitment.

Confusing a crisis with a commitment is a mistake — commitment can come out of a crisis, but the two are not the same thing.

2. I do not need to try to feel committed in order to validate a commitment.

True commitment shows itself in the very absence of feelings; any immature person can do what they feel like doing.

3. A commitment is best made by approaching the Lord out of the confidence that He wants to help me, rather than making elaborate promises to Him.

4. My best commitments come out of making specific, knowledgeable and attainable goals.

5. I need to ask for help from others whenever I need to do so,

6. Gaining a vision of myself accomplishing my commitments is a key to having them worked into my character.

If you are near Cedar Springs this Sunday, February 5, I am excited to invite you to come hear Jeff Hlavin speak at Calvary Assembly of God. We’ll get things rolling at 10:30am. Please come and join us!

Thursdays With Oswald—Am I Anti-Christ?

This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.

Am I Being Anti-Christ?

     Christianity is not consistency to conscience or to convictions; Christianity is being true to Jesus Christ. Over and over again a man’s personal relationship to Jesus Christ gets into his convictions and splits them, like new wine put into old wine-skins, and if he sticks to his convictions before long he will become anti-Christ. The standard for my conscience and for the conscience of the whole human race is the Cross, and if I do not take care to rectify my individual conscience by the Cross I become ‘persnickety’ and end in criticizing God. The standard for the Christian is never—Is this thing right or wrong? but, is it related to the blood and passion and agony of the Cross of Christ?

From Biblical Ethics

Every time I read God’s Word, or the Holy Spirit challenges me on my paradigm, I have a choice to make: am I going to try to justify my position, or am I going to submit to His position?

It’s a tough word, but it is right on target. If I persist in sticking with what I know is right, and I disregard the voice of the Holy Spirit, I am becoming anti-Christ and pro-Me.

I must die to my own agenda, so that He may live fully in me.

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