When I don’t exercise–
I grow weak and flabby and…
When I don’t spend time in the garden–
It fills with weeds and pests and…
When I don’t invest in my marriage–
We grow distant and grouchy and…
When I stop consistent parenting–
There is arguing and selfishness and…
When I don’t spend time with Him.
I’m quick to fall, easy to corrupt and…
There is no standing still. There is no treading water. There is no mediocre.
As John Owen often said,
Acts 20:28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
2 Timothy 1:14 Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.
2 Timothy 4:15 Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.
2 Peter 3:17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness…
1 John 5:21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols.
Psalm 91:11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
Proverbs 4:13 Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.
Mark 13:33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.
2 Timothy 1:12 But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
2 Timothy 1:14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
There is no standing still.
Still– is still a move toward…
It’s for Him. Or against Him.
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. ~Matthew 6:24
I am preaching to my own heart today…