“I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety, for You will not abandon me to Sheol (the place of the dead), neither will You suffer Your holy one [Holy One] to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. ” Ps 16:8 – 11
In many previous blog posts I have emphasized the fact that we should simplify our Christian vision and look away from all that will distract unto Jesus (Heb 12:1-2), who is the Author and Finisher of our faith. If you want to read more about this, look at some of the following posts: Sin-conciousness versus God-conciousness; Run your own race; Simplicity and Busy with too many things.
David believed the same principle – he mentions a few wonderful things based on the fact that he set God continually before Him (meaning He was aware of God, and only God – making Him his only focus). Nothing could move him (physically – dwelling in safety, or mentally – a body that is at rest). Happiness and fullness of joy followed him wherever he went.
By looking away from all that will distract unto Him, you will become aware of the true character of God. By seeing Him as He really is and continually hearing the right message, you will also be able to say that at His hand and through His doing there are pleasures forevermore.
The Gospel does not need to be complicated in order to be powerful. On the contrary, the simpler the message – the easier it is to remember and understand.
Jesus died on the cross in order to completely forgive, set free and heal every person who believes in Him. Nothing else is necessary, only belief in this (John 6:29).
Paul said the same thing: “For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified.” (1 Cor 2:2)
Look away from all complicated distractions (Heb 12:2), make Jesus your only vision, and see how this powerful simplicity will change your life.
I thought I’d share some of my older posts from the last few weeks. The wonderful thing about truth is that you can never hear it enough. It will continually change you from the inside out.
Hope you enjoy it!
If there is one thing I dislike, it is when Christians complicate the Gospel to such an extent that it is tiresome to hear. The Gospel should be easy enough for a 5-year old to understand. Just because you have rivers of revelation does not mean that you have a relationship with God. I don’t ever want to reach a point where I feel it is necessary to know more and understand more in order to be more spiritual. If it comes naturally, then by all means – bring on the revelation – but please don’t take my attention away from Jesus! Paul could not have made it clearer:
“For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified.” 1 Cor 2:2
The rest of this verse is just as fantastic. Paul says that he did not come to the Corinthians with ‘lofty words of eloquence or human philosophy and wisdom’. This qualifies anyone to speak their heart. You don’t need a doctorate in order to write or speak about Jesus – You just need to know Him as a person. If you know Him, the Holy Spirit abides in you. It is this amazing Spirit that touches peoples lives and softens their hearts, not a beautifully preached sermon. That way, whoever hears you will have faith in God (being touched by the Holy Spirit) – not in human theories, speeches or ideas. It simplifies matters, if you ask me. Now we can just trust in the work of the Spirit, instead of our own limited intelligence.