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The Grind, Growth and Habits

November 30, 2016

Sermon of the Day: All of Life as Worship

 

Isaiah 28:13

But the word of the Lord was to them,
“Precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little,”
That they might go and fall backward, and be broken
And snared and caught.

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Good Morning Men.

I have to be completely honest, I have not been impacted by a verse like this is a long time. Yesterday as I was reading through a commentary on this chapter to try and get a little more depth. I was absolutely floored by what I am going through in my walk, what this verse means, and what the commentary says.

The actual translation for this verse was directed at the people of Israel during this time. Every facet of God’s Word was given to them in extreme detail and power. Literally precept upon precept, line upon line of every page of their ‘Book of the Law’.

I really could not say this any better this Dr. J. Vernon says in his commentary. I would not want to take away from it for a second. Lets read from Through the Bible, with J. Vernon McGee, Bible commentary, Vol. III,  on Isaiah 28, p.261:

Teaching is slow, patient, and continuous work. This is the way that even spiritual truth is imparted. God does not impart it in  a flash to a lazy and lethargic soul. As the people lapse into apostasy in any age, it becomes increasingly difficult to impart spiritual truth. 

There are many Christians today who are not satisfied with their Christian lives. To be brutally frank, they are ignorant of the Word of God. Then they hear about  a wonderful two-week course  that will give them the answers to all their problems. They will learn how to handle their marital problems, how to get along with their mother-in-law, how to guide their children aright, and how to become model employees. My friend, let me say this to you very candidly. Neither a little course nor some great emotional experience will solve your problems. There is no shortcut to success in the Christian life. There is only one way to grow as a Christian, and it is so commonplace and ordinary that I hesitate to say it. The Word of the Lord was given unto Israel precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, and there a little. It was the daily grind of getting into God’s Word. What happened? Israel did not follow through. They fell backward; that is, they were in a backslidden state. There are many Christians in the same condition today. It is not that they are weaker than anybody else; it is simply that they do not spend enough time in the Word of God. I realize that this method is not very exciting, but line upon line and precept upon precept is the only way you are going to grow in the Christian life. 

Men, are you tired of being un-satisfied with your relationship with God? Are you willing to allow God’s Word and Spirit to slowly transform the way you think and act? Are you willing to grind it out, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little? Are you willing to get in the grind of growth, and stop looking for the quick fix?

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I am. I hope and pray you are.

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