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To divide something is not necessarily difficult. It’s easy with numbers, but when it involves the heavy stuff of living like God wants…well let’s just say, it’s gonna test everything in you.

Take Psalm 86:1-11 for instance. David recognized his poor and needy heart even while working at getting it right with God. He really trusted God, talked regularly with Him and believed God was listening to him. He even concluded in verse 10 that God alone was God. But in verse 11 David asked for the unthinkable- “…give me an undivided heart.”

What really proves that you have an undivided heart? Is it that you block out a couple of hours on Sunday for God time? Or how about opening the Bible at least twice last week?

WHAT THIS MEANS: What focus in your life would your friends say is the “real you?” What do you talk about more than anything? What do you think about when you jump in bed or crawl out?

DISCIPLESHIP THOUGHT: Becoming a maturing disciple is accomplished only by relentlessly eliminating distractions that trap us in mediocrity. Check Haggai 1:7 “…Take a good. hard look at your life, think it over.” Message translation.

Some decisions are easier to go back on than others. I am at Moxie Java in Garden City, Idaho as I type this. I could have just as easily gone to Alia’s in Boise for morning coffee. I could have changed my mind on the way to Moxie very easily. Much of the time our decisions about commitment and culture addictions seem to be written in pencil rather than ink. Some decisions reflect an unwillingness to make a courageous choice to not waver with the issues. Think about the benefits of drawing a line regarding your unwillingness to compromise a commitment or an unhealthy involvement in the culture.

Matthew 6:24 and 1 John 2:15 & 16 present challenges that give us an opportunity to write our life with a pen or pencil. We often have such a belief system that allows us to vacillate whenever. “God must have used a pencil rather than a pen in these verses” we say. Or maybe our willingness to do what he says is more written with a pencil than a pen. We can try to justify our unwillingness to draw a line on compromise by thinking “I use a pen more often than a pencil in making decisions” We can think this justifies our moving or removing the line we have drawn but we need to break the pencil in half or better, throw it away.

Isaiah 27:9 clearly shows the commitment God expects from us. Our alter stones and Asherah poles look different today but our actions prove whether we are using a pen or pencil to make our commitments.

Where have you compromised the commitment God expects with regard to living in your culture or in your commitment to following Jesus? How should you deal with this?

Decisions

Decisions (Photo credit: _Hadock_)

Think about it-one day  too long ago for anyone to remember or understand, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit decided that Jesus would enter our planet disguised as a seemingly insignificant event to most people in that day (as well as ours). Much later, some of us made one decision to invite Jesus to start calling the shots in our life and we decided to follow Him. As time went on, God made it more clear to us what following Jesus really meant. Reaffirming this decision and meaning it, alters the course of our life.

One day King David decided to skip “war class” and stay at home. He then decided to check out the scenery from his roof and the rest of the story is stored in the Bible data base of 2 Samuel 11. His decision had dire consequences. Some decisions wreck more than we could ever imagine.

God also decided that one day He would reveal who He is through us when we asked Him to change our life. The only way we really know we have decided to follow Jesus is that other people don’t just hear us talk about it but really do see that we live differently. But this is a decision we must make not for one day but every day.

Punch the “enter” key and watch God change everything-your perspective, your relationships, your strategies about how to make life/ministry work. God has the file available for everyone. Hit the enter key and get ready. When we hit that key God’s power is released to not only change us but also to show others how they can experience “what they don’t know they need.”