Avoiding Obstacles in Cultivating Spirituality

Speaker: Edmund Chan
Date: 2012/04/01
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“For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”  Psalm 1: 1- 6

God does not just know the righteous, the emphasis is on knowing the way of the righteous.  The word “know” is better translated as reckons, or approves.  The approval of God should take precedence over everything else in our life.  When we understand this and then look at verses 1 – 2. When we seek the Lord’s approval we will take delight in the Lord and in doing His will.  The most important thing in our Christian life – is for us to please God.  It is not enough to know Him and to serve Him, we must start by believing in Him, loving Him and having a relationship with Him.  It is out of that love relationship that service, leadership and faith will flow.

There are 4 kinds of FAITH:

  1. Believing God CAN
  2. Believing God WILL
  3. Believing God MUST
  4. Believing GOD IS.

It is when we begin to understand that it is not the many things that we can do for God that matters, but rather it is our desire to please Him, to do whatever He asks us to do to fulfill His purpose for His glory.

There are several Obstacles in our Spiritual Growth . . . here are some.

  1. When we accept chronic spiritual infancy as the inevitable norm.
  2. When we are unwilling to commit due to the time pressure.
  3. When we are preoccupied with the external to the neglect of the internal.
  4. When we fail to aim for transformation.

Psalm 1 reminds us that we must strive to seek the approval of God in order to become pleasing to Him.  And the key to please Him is to follow Jesus Christ, to become more like Him.  To preoccupy ourselves with God’s words and to prioritize His will and purpose in our life.

*Artwork from CCF Manila