One of the issues with pop-theology and pop-Christianity is that we blindly accept that everything has been done by Jesus, so we just sort-of float until we get to where we’re going and forget about the urgency of texts like, Fight the good fight of faith. Hold fast to eternity. You have to grip this. Dallas Willard said, “Grace is not opposed to effort. It is opposed to earning.”

We have to expend ourselves for the sake of our souls, for the sake of our happiness. Ultimately, isn’t that what we all want? We want to be happy. God is actually saying, “My glory at its highest actually translates to your happiness at its highest.”

Staying faithful to our spouses, enjoying our families and not having lives that are riddled with chaos, addiction and abuse. That’s the thing about it, the things that we drift away to don’t actually make us happy. They injure us. God would keep us from that, and one of the primary means He does that is through His Word, because when you open that book, it’s Him speaking. We can’t really have relationship with people if we don’t allow them to speak to us.

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In my own life, I’m at my weakest when I’m away from that book, and I’m at my most secure when I’m close to it. It can’t just be about reading it to check off a checklist, or even dissecting it like it’s science. But it is approaching it devotionally, listening for the voice of God to do something miraculous to your heart.


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