Watch what you hear in church, it may kill God’s dream in you
I have found that in many cases after spending time in the church people felt dis-empowered rather than empowered by what they were hearing.
Both Debra and I certainly found this to be true growing up in church. Yes, I heard scriptures proclaimed that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" yet at the same time heard a conflicting message that said, you'd better be careful about pride or "you better be careful not to be out of God's will."
We heard messages about the continual need and process of dying to self and flesh and yet never understood what the finished work of Christ meant for us in our lives. Joseph Prince in his book Destined To Reign writes about the mixed messages we hear about God. "Sometimes God is good, sometimes He is not! Sometimes He is happy, sometimes He is not!" He goes on to write that this is because many are living between two covenants -- The old covenant of law and the new covenant of grace.
Welcome to Schizophrenic Christianity!
On the other hand, we also hear the message of Grace, that God had done it all for us through Jesus Christ. This leads many to believe that we are to sit and do nothing. Let me assure you, God loves you unconditionally no matter what our limiting beliefs may or may not be about ourselves.
We hear the phrase "All of Him and none of Me" and then we sit down and do nothing! A correct understanding of the phrase speaks of our complete dependence on Jesus where it concerns our salvation. The Bible teaches that we are saved "not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,not of works, lest anyone should boast."
The phrase, All of Him and none of me means I can't add one thing to what He already did for me on the cross! It doesn't mean for me to stop living life, improving my life or making a difference with my life.
You don't have to be afraid to take that next step!
Many people are afraid they are somehow going to miss God if they think with their own brain to make a decision about their life. Friend Dave Duell tells audiences all the time; Most people are sitting at a red light waiting for it to turn green, instead you need to know you have a green light and you only stop when you see a red light.
Bottom line, stop being afraid to step out and take a risk! Trust in the scripture that indeed Philippinans 2:13 is true when it says; "It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."
Live life my friend!