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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

On Earth as It Is in Heaven

What do you need to do so that your spiritual life is producing an abundant crop? (Serendipity Bible 10th anniversary edition, page 1397).

Communication with the Holy Spirit is the key to all that follows. If we are not sensitive to the leadings of the spirit, then we are subject to great error. This is true because we often have to do what we feel in our hearts is right even though we cannot completely understand it intellectually. This difficulty is compounded by social context. As Joyce Meyer mentioned in today's devotional: "Even if you are the only one responding your way, be bold enough to follow your heart.”** That is, our assurance requires faith and trust. Starkly put, "Not everything God asked us to do is going to make sense in our minds. Learn how to go with what you sense inside your heart. If you don't have peace about doing something, then don't do it. If you have peace about something, don't let your friends talk you out of it just because they don't understand.” (Ibid). Here, way out there in the blue, proposed action must be defensible in the first order as within the context of God's love and secondarily calibrated within the Wesleyan quadrilateral: how does my decision bear up under reference to Scripture, experience, tradition, and reason? Yet, even so, we must remember that God is God and it is He we must trust in the end, nothing else. In short, one can be subject to judgment calls of being fool-hearty, dangerously risky, engaging in the untried and untested, and even courting the absurd. Significant advances towards the goal enunciated in the Lord's Prayer (Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven) sometimes necessitates the courage to be different—even profoundly and disturbingly so.

**Joyce Meyer, Power Thoughts Devotional, p 29).

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