“For Christ’s sake!” Thinking about how that phrase is used so often, or misused.
My mind goes to Psalm 23 verse 3 specifically.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalms 23:3 KJV
I’m taking time right now to really look at that part a little closer and just focusing in, pondering it, meditate on what God inspired David to write as he strived after pleasing God and how David did it as well as what God did for David as he made the effort to be a man after God’s owb heart (1 Samuel 13:14) and why God did it.
He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him–not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.
Psalm 23:3 AMPC
I find also that God renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. (Psalms 23:3 NLT) and all I need to do is seek Him, accept Him and get out of the way (humble myself), allowing Him to do it.
Many times in my life I find that I am my own worse enemy. Battles take place in my heart (my soul), my body and my mind because I am seeking my own will, even at times of my trying to please God, rather than letting Him be in complete control. Acknowledging His ability, grace and mercy.
Really all any of us need to do is accept the free gifts He gives and allow Him to do what He does best.
God’s will not our own.
I did a several post on The Lord’s prayer back in February breaking it down into sections (Lead Us). That prayer Jesus taught puts emphasis on acknowledging our Father as the supernatural power (higher power) that is not of this world (holy) and asking for His Kingdom to reign.
In that prayer Christ teaches us to ask for our needs to be met, forgiveness, deliverance and for Him to lead us.
Before Christ closes the prayer, once again He acknowledges God’s Kingdom, power and Glory, which will last forever.
In my life, once asking God to save my soul and make Jesus my Lord, I noticed that a true change came over me when I really meant it (more than words) I was ready for a change and He did it. I’ve been born again.
When we allow Christ to come in there is a significant change. The “being born again” Jesus talks about in John 3 is seen when individuals stop living for themselves and start living for Christ. However, that is just the start.
As we continue through life we quickly realize we must constantly feed this new being in us (this new spiritual life) that is in us as He fuses with our own souls.
“Stay thirsty my friend.”
2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV)
As long as Jesus is truly Lord we are constantly changing for His will (supernatural life after death) rather than our natural destiny (death).
If we feed only our flesh and only our ego and our own desires, paying no attention to The Holy Spirit we very rapidly beging to slide further and further away for God and His will and lean more and more on our own understanding.
The proverbs tell us to, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8 NIV
“A strong Spiritual backbone only comes after The Chief Physician has 1st done surgery & replaced our old one.”
Looking once again at Psalm 23:3 we see David proclaiming how God is able to restore, refresh and renew our souls: He leads, guides and directs us in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him–not for our earning it, but] for His name’s sake.
God lays things out pretty clear and simplistic…
- We can live to please others, please ourselves (live for temporal things) which has its rewards but all for our own recognition in the here & now…or
- We can focus on Him, seek Him (chase after His Will for His glory) and live as subjects of His Kingdom now and forever. Those rewards go far beyond this life and are not just temporal.
The struggle only comes when we get in the way and choose to not acknowledge Him or get some type of glory & recognition for what we do.
The Christian life is not about proving we are right and anyone who believes differently is wrong
The life of a Christian is about letting God renew us (killing our old ways) and letting Christ lead us all for His sake and HIS glory, not our own.
For Christ’s sake, Beetle
Extra: Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake.
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.
This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies.
So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you. But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”
We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
That is why we never give up.
Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:4-18 NLT
Memory verses: Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV
“he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3 NIV
Classic Christian Rock song & Sand Art – “Constantly Changing” by Jerusalem: