Turn my eyes away from vanity
[all those worldly, meaningless things that distract
—let Your priorities be mine],
And restore me
[with renewed energy]
in Your ways.
– Psalm 119:37 Amplified Bible (AMP)
- Still into childish things? “ 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:verse 11
- What vanities do you cherish? Vanities: being worthless or futile; uselessness, pointlessness, worthlessness, fruitlessness – Source: The Google
- What meaningless things do you allow to distract you from God’s priorities?
- What do you need to strip off – because it is unnecessary weight on your spiritual life?
- What is it that comes again and again into your life, cleverly entangling you into sin?
- Are you running a spiritual lifestyle of maturity in Christ?
- Are you running your life with “active persistence” so that, through your life – you are testifying to those who know you that your faith is in God and His absolute faithfulness?
Even long-time born again believers struggle with sin and doing sinful deeds. Right? (See: James 3:2) (Write me if you are not. I’d like to hear about it.) Sinful deeds are actions Jesus would never do. Sinful deeds are so plentiful in the human condition. I struggle with many in my life. How about yours? What are the sins that easily wrack you up… the weights upon your soul that hold you down, your vanities and distracting meaningless things you fill-up your days with?
1 Corinthians 13:verse 11
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.”
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
A normal Christian life incorporates a constant habit of confession and submission to Christ.
“It is not a difficult process to receive forgiveness from God. There is no austere courthouse, no lawyers involved, and the results are instantaneous. God is a spirit, and He hears our prayers, wherever we may be. He promises that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us (James 4:8).
“There are no requirements about how we come to God in prayer, except that we bow our heart in humbleness and truth, with a sincere desire to know Him. It is not possible to fool God, because He sees into the inner workings of our heart and mind. He knows what we think. He knows what we feel…, so prayer can even be “thinking to Him”, non-verbal.” – Source: Vortex of Good & Evil
Maturity in the faith is not about sinning less, although of course that is good, and the maturing believer desires to please God – not sin against Him. Maturity is about drawing close to God (James 4:8) and coming to confession and submission more quickly each time. That is what leads to maturity.
Lay aside, do away with, strip away, turn your eyes away, pray, confess, submit, run with endurance, run with active persistence, restore.
More Than Conquerors – In Christ …develop a constant habit of confession and submission to Christ