[Here’s my last post from the Desiring God Conference! More thoughts from Johnny P.]
In the last post I talked about the crazy truth that we are called to act the miracle.
The question is: how. How do we act a miracle? We know it can’t be our own strength, otherwise we become the hero. We know it can’t be in order to earn anything, otherwise it becomes legalism.
Galatians 3:5 tells us how the miracle works:
Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? (Galatians 3:5-6 ESV)
God works miracles among us. And He doesn’t do it by works of the law. God works the miracle of sanctification in us by ‘hearing with faith’.
I love the way Johnny P defines faith: “Hearing a blood-bought promise concerning a situation and believing it – receiving it and treasuring it.”
That is the channel through which the Holy Spirit breaks the power of conquered sin. He moves through faith.
He enables our hearts to embrace a promise of God and God Himself as a superior treasure to what sin offers.
The only obedience that reflects the worth of God is the obedience of faith. Romans 1 says that Jesus gives us grace to bring about the obedience of faith.
In fact, apart from faith, it’s not really obedience at all. Romans says that everything that is not from faith is sin.
If you fight lust because you want to be a great wife one day, you are not obeying God. If you fight to read your Bible because you want to impress your community, you are dishonoring God.
The obedience we’re called to is not an outward conformity to an action. It’s a heart-felt belief in God and His Word that leads us to obey.
When we believe God that the pure in heart will see Him, and we embrace that reward as a better option than an orgasm, we are obeying out of faith.
When we fight anxiety because we trust that God is telling the truth when He tells me that He’ll provide for us – we honor God.
Jesus justified me. And He purchased for me the benefit of the New Covenant: the Holy Spirit.
And the Holy Spirit works in me, not by making me a robot that He controls, but by giving me a new heart. He shows me the greatness of God and with my new heart and its new taste buds , His glory is sweeter to me than life.
And so I act in line with the faith of that new heart: I act in line with the miracle worked within me that enables me to approve what is excellent.
Our obedience brings God glory because with every single action that is built on faith, we testify to the world that God is worth it. We get to show those around us the truth about God: He’s more valuable than anything in the world.
I want to be someone who doesn’t just pursue holiness, but who prefers it. I want to testify with my choices that I think God is sweeter than anything in the world; that I trust Him and I listen to Him because He’s the greatest reality in all the world.
That would be a miracle indeed.
The Conference was swell guys, and I’m guessing you can tell that it triggered a lot of thoughts. If you missed any of them, you can check em out: