The Apple Of God's Eye

July 8, 2010

Are You An Instrument For God?

Filed under: Attitude,Decisions — melchia @ 9:29 pm

God wants us to be His human instruments – …prepared unto every good work ((II Tim. 2:20-21). In fact, we are to be honorable vessels “meet for the Masters use.”

The English word instrument is defined as ” a means whereby something is achieved, performed or furthered” (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary).

What kind of instruments are we? God is the Master and we have to yield ourselves to His use. When He tries us out as instruments, what response is He getting? Would He say, “Everything I do, this person responds exactly the way I want Him to. He is a mirror of all the effort and mastery I am putting into Him.

Perhaps more commonly it is: ” I try to play this instrument this way, and yet there are places where it doesn’t respond the way I need to.” (more…)

How To Escape Satan's Three Major Snares

Filed under: Satan — melchia @ 9:13 pm

No matter how converted a Christian is, it is possible for him/her to become preoccupied with the cares of the world. Then, it is easy to become prey for Satan’s snares. We overlook Satan’s relentless efforts to tempt us and attack us on our weakest points. Without realizing it — and certainly without wanting to — we are actually trying to serve two masters.

Christ said: “No one can serve two masters [that’s a dogmatic statement!]; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt. 6:24).

The more deeply you are involved in God’s Work and in the aims and activities of God’s true Church, the less likely you are to fall to Satan’s snares. It’s a matter of setting your priorities right.

Have you taken time to find out what other master you may actually be trying to serve? Could it be your ego, perhaps? Your vanity? Your ambitions? Your job? A close friend or one of the other members of your own family? When you are facing trials and tribulations, do you begin to doubt your calling? Do you want to turn away from God’s Church? Do you start to seek other ways to satisfy your desires or solve your problems? (more…)

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