image2_157111078On a recent date-night my wife mentioned a good book she’s reading called, “The Vanishing Conscience.” by John MacArthur. Her eyes welled up with tears and she whispered, “I’m a weak saint Tony, I want to know His Word better, and be strong.” The moment settled and I began to recount my wife’s humble statement. We will both admit, there’s a long road of growth ahead but what she may have failed to see was that weak saints don’t admit such things, or even notice such things, only growing saints do. Desire proves position. 1 Peter 2:2 says, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, that you may grow up in salvation.”

Weak Christians build their opinions from experience and make their choices from emotion while growing Christians declare the facts and make their choices based on the Word of God.

Saint! Praise God for the good news of His gospel and never listen to anyone who offers a substitute. When a sinner wants to have a good time he doesn’t reach for the Bible or run to the heavenly promises for peaceful reflection. He doesn’t find any happiness meditating on God. Instead, he sells out to purchase trivial, soul-wasting books and looks for carousing companions to kill time and satisfy the restless hunger with provisions from the pit of hell. He hits the club. He hits the movies. He fills himself with alcohol. He binges on dessert. The sort of good news that interests him comes from internet, the shopping mall, his portfolio, his cravings, or his car.

The path of a saint is different… The joy of a saint is based elsewhere. The Bible tells of what Christ did on earth and what He now does in heaven. The Bible tells of a new country in which we’ll peaceably revel in eternal joy. The Bible says this body is only a clay-jar which falls apart but contains treasure of a coming citizenship. The Bible whispers courage to withstand the arrows of evil no matter how hard they come or how many fly. Saint, if you turn to THESE things for joy, you’re carrying the name “Christian” appropriately, for you are truly His.

Where you turn for rest defines who you are under duress. Analyze deeply the place you turn for escape and then you’ll know whether you live in earthly prison or heavenly freedom.

Posted by Anthony Wood

Anthony is Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, CA, and has authored the books Defining Church & Defining Family. He’s married to Bre, and they have three children. More @AnthonyGeneWood

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