A friend of around 25 years on my mailing list to prisoners around the country, a friend who blooms where he is planted for the rest of his life, shares the Lord Jesus with others and often writes encouraging notes to me, Carroll Watkins, said it this way:
“It is inconsistent to say you believe as you should, when you behave as you shouldn't."
Prisoners often say it thusly, “Your walk must agree with your talk.”
However, you state it, it is true that if the two, the talk and the walk, are not in agreement, you will have very little positive influence on the people you talk with about the Lord. This truth hinders many a testimony due to the human propensity to inconsistency. The effects of this weakness are compounded by developing the attitude that thinks, I am more perfect than those who are less perfect, therefore I find comfort in looking down on them!
Jesus nailed this in John 8 when he told the ultra-religious leaders, the Pharisees, that the only ones who could cast a stone at the woman taken in adultery were those without sin.
We are told they dropped their heads in shame and skulked out.
Yet we are wrong to think that due to human-wide propensity to be less than our talk, that we should throw up our hands in despair and skulk off into negativity. Instead we are to seek the Lord’s face in the matter and invite the Holy Spirit to help us to understand His working in us, the true power to live and be effective in our service to Christ.
King Solomon said in his day, and it is true today:
Ps 127:1 <<A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.>> Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. (NKJV)
We must emphasize the power of the Lord within. Let Him Loose in your heart.
Copyright © 2017 Larry Lilly
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