December 1, 2009

The Word of God is the Standard

It is clear in the scriptures that daily examination of oneself is absolutely necessary for maintaining the right perspective according to the Word of God and therefore, the right behaviors and responses that glorify God. As you examine yourself, be entirely certain that you are using the Word of God as the standard against which you regulate and appraise your standards and principles. It is easy to create your own standards or to use standards that have worked in the past to gauge and measure progress and success in the things of God, however it is ONLY the Word of God that can be used as a proper gauge.

Let's look at it this way: if the goal is to not smoke, and I cut down from smoking five packs a day to three packs a day, while there is reward in reducing from five to three packs a day, the REAL issue is that I shouldn't be smoking at all. So am I to accept my 'cutting down' evaluation as valid? Or should I just not be smoking at all and agree that smoking at any point is not reaching the goal?

Clearly a progression toward the goal is a good thing, but it is not reaching the goaljust like being three blocks away from home is not being home.

It is in this context that that we must begin to ask God for clear revelation, and clarity of understanding and wisdom to know exactly what it is that He is calling us to, and not get inches away and think that we've reached the goal. The best thing is this: God will supply the grace, the favor, the power, the ability, and the anointing that is needed to do what He has called us to do with excellence and perfection
ninety-nine and one-half really just won't do.

"For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me." 2 Corinthians 12:6