February 14, 2009

Do I have halfway religion?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 8:11 am

Today I’m starting a series of blog posts that will contain thoughts I have from my daily devotions. Do you have daily devotions…a time where you read from God’s Word and other Christian authors and a time where you pray and listen to God’s voice? If you don’t take time for daily devotions, you are missing out on one of the most special and rewarding things in life! On top of that, you are giving the devil an easy road into your spiritual life. A sure way of allowing Satan the opportunity of defeating you spiritually is to starve yourself spiritually. Just like not eating properly makes getting sick more likely, so not eating a healthy spiritual diet will cause you to be a weak Christian – in fact, you could be so weak and sick that you slide back into the life you were living before you became a Christian.

We all know that this world is not a friend of Christians! Everything in the world is stacked against us and positioned to cause us spiritual defeat. I’m thankful for my daily devotional times…I only regret that I cannot find more time to spend with God. But, He chose to bless me with four wonderful children, so I have to realize that my personal alone time is going to be limited right now. It is during these quiet times that God helps me know what I need to do to be more like Jesus Christ.

You know, one of the things I think Satan really wants is “Christians” who think they are “good to go” but in reality they are very unstable and actually may not be really serving God with the entire heart, or worse yet, not even a true Christian! Please God, help me to never be in that category. Let me share some important verses I read last night from The Living Bible:

“If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him, and He will gladly tell you, for He is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him; He will not resent it. But when you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way, and than that. If you don’t ask with faith, don’t expect the Lord to give you any solid answer. A Christian who doesn’t amount to much in this world should be glad, for he is great in the Lord’s sight. But a rich man should be glad that his riches mean nothing to the Lord, for he will soon be gone, like a flower which has lost its beauty and fades away, withered – killed by the scorching summer sun. So it is with rich men. They will soon die and leave behind all their busy activities.” (James 1:5-11)

The words in verse 8, “doubtful mind” are translated as “double-minded” in the KJV…in fact, in that translation the verse continues and says that the “double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

Are you trying to live a double standard with your life? In the one hand are you trying to hold onto things of this world…things that the world places a lot of value on but “mean nothing to the Lord” while in the other hand trying to serve the Lord? Has Satan deceived you into thinking you can “have the best of both worlds?” It is impossible…don’t let Satan deceive you in this way!

Jesus told us in Luke 16:13 that it is all or nothing! He demands all of our affection, or else we are not serving Him, it is that simple. “No household slave can be the slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t be slaves to both God and money” (HCSB).

“Money can easily take God’s place in your life. It can become your master. How can you tell if you are a slave to money? Ask yourself: Do I think and worry about it frequently? Do I give up doing what I should do or would like to do in order to make more money? Do I spend a great deal of my time caring for my possessions? Is it hard for me to give money away? Am I in debt? Money is a hard and deceptive master. Wealth promises power and control, but often it cannot deliver. Great fortunes can be made—and lost—overnight, and no amount of money can provide health, happiness, or eternal life. How much better it is to let God be your master. His servants have peace of mind and security, both now and forever.” (The Life Application Study Bible)

A.F. Harper, in his book Holiness And High Country, says, “God has something better than halfway religion. When we give ourselves wholly to Him, He gives himself fully to us.” What our world needs, what America needs is stable Christians…Christians that are really a Christian! Christians that are determined to “go all the way” with God!

My prayer for today comes from the words to a gospel song by J. W. Van Deventer:

All to Jesus I surrender. Make me, Savior, wholly Thine; let me feel the Holy Spirit, truly know that Thou art mine.



  1. Thanks, Michael, for this good reminder of our need to be wholehearted followers of Christ.

    Comment by sumpteretc — February 14, 2009 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

  2. Thought-provoking and well written post, MJ. Thanks for the reminder…and for the fact that your life reflects on a daily basis your decision to wholly follow the Lord.

    Comment by Shawna — February 14, 2009 @ 7:32 pm | Reply

  3. […] Filed under: Uncategorized — mjwsjw @ 7:43 pm Several days ago I posted some thoughts about half-way religion. My devotional thoughts today take me back to this particular area – that of making a full […]

    Pingback by A Full Surrender! « A Faithful Steward 4 A Faithful God — February 23, 2009 @ 7:45 pm | Reply

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