The Secret of Spiritual Consistency#
The apostle Paul had a strong and steady underlying consistency in his life. Consequently, he could let his external life change without internal distress because he was rooted and grounded in God.
Most of us are not consistent spiritually because we are more concerned about being consistent externally. In the external expression of things, Paul lived in the basement, while his critics lived on the upper level. And these two levels do not begin to touch each other.
Paul’s consistency was down deep in the fundamentals. It was upon that Damascus road he learned his life no longer belonged to him. The great basis of Paul's consistency was the agony of God in the redemption of the world, namely, the Cross of Christ.
Return persistently to the foundation of the Cross of Christ, and jettison any belief not based on it.
Memory is both a fine protector and motivator. Repeat your Christian beliefs to yourself again and again, then recall your conversion.
In secular history the Cross is an infinitesimally small thing, but from the Biblical perspective it is of more importance than all the empires of the world.
If we get away from dwelling on the tragedy of God on the Cross, our living only produces morsels. It will not transmit the energy of God to men, and our souls are washed to and fro by an ever enticing indulgence that is vulnerable to mankind's unrighteousness.#
Each day, every day, remember to choose afresh who you will serve, and why...
But as for me and my household we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)
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'The pursuit of my happiness is found by resting in His righteousness.' ~ Michael Cartwright
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# The Secret of Spiritual Consistency ~ Oswald Chambers (with SoulSupply edits)