Journal Entry ~ 08/24/17
If you’ve followed Christ Jesus for very long, you know the old things don't become new just by happenstance, by being good, by going to church or by working hard for Christ. Those things didn't save you, and they're not going to sanctify you. They are all important parts of discipleship, but I know people that exhaust themselves in good behavior or in good works, and they haven't matured much at all. The problem is we often read scripture or hear a sermon about what type of person we ought to be, then we work hard to try to make that happen. We try to be a more patient or loving person in our own power, and it just doesn't work. So how does spiritual growth really happen? With an unwavering commitment and submission to Christ, no matter what we face. The reality is, we don't mature much in the easy times. We mature in the trials, when it's hard, when we're struggling to see God in the valleys, when we choose to lean in and trust, and allow Him to show up. That's when the faith to believe He is our strength is grown, that's when our old fears fall away, and we are refreshed and renewed.