No Man Can Serve Two Masters
Believers have three enemies, the world, the flesh and the Devil. If we serve one of them we might as well call it our master. Our flesh is our ever-present enemy. Jesus is a Good Master and our flesh is a bad master. We cannot serve both masters at the same time. Our flesh tries to have the authority that God deserves to have over us. It sometimes tries to make us live this way: God you make this decision and I*ll make the next one, you make this one and I*ll make that one. You make the big decisions and I*ll make the little ones. I am growing as a Christian so I should make more of the decisions. Our flesh often tries to make all of the decisions. It tries to squeeze God out altogether. If our flesh cannot leave God out altogether it will try to have God as just a part-time Master.
If we truly grow as Christians we will want God to make more of the decisions. The more we grow the more we will want Him as our Full-Time Master. The more we grow as Christians the more we will want to shrink the influence of our flesh. The more we grow as Christians the less we will presume to know God*s will. Growing as Christians can only happen when we grow in our knowledge of His Word and our dependence upon it. The more we know of the Bible the more we will know how to serve our Good Master. The less we know of the Bible the less we will know how to serve our Good Master and the more often we will serve a bad master.
1 Peter 2:2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Psalms 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Whenever a thing becomes difficult in personal experience, we are in danger of blaming God, but it is we who are in the wrong, not God; there is some perversity somewhere that we will not let go. Immediately we do, everything becomes clear as daylight. As long as we try to serve two ends, ourselves and God, there is perplexity. The attitude must be one of complete reliance on God. Once we get there, there is nothing easier than living the saintly life; difficulty comes in when we want to usurp the authority of the Holy Spirit for our own ends. Any problem that comes between God and myself springs out of disobedience; any problem, and there are many, that is alongside me when I obey God, increases my ecstatic delight, because I know that my Father knows, and I am going to watch and see how He unravels this thing.
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