Promised Land Living: Importance of Effort

effortContinued from here.

In my last blog entry, I answered Walking in the Now’s question about what I mean by God’s holy energy versus Satan’s unholy energy. I emphasized that we must choose to receive God’s holy energy and refuse to allow Satan to push in his unholy energy to experience true Promised Land living. Now, I would like to focus on the effort required by Christians to do this. Today’s graphic zooms in on that effort.

Note that Grace is not going about her life passively. She is actively using two pieces of the Armor of God. She is using the helmet of salvation to reject Satan’s negative energy and send it to the cross. For the negative energy that she winds up digesting, she is using the breastplate of righteousness to ensure that she doesn’t pass that negative energy along to anyone else. Put another way, she is putting forth effort into changing the way she thinks as well as the way she behaves.

For some reason, many Christians mistakenly believe that no effort is required to serve God. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. To quote Dallas Willard:

Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action. Grace, you know, does not just have to do with forgiveness of sins alone.”

The Bible is clear that we are to bear one another’s burdens. A burden is something you cannot carry on your own, such as our salvation. We could never be “good enough” to reconnect with God, so Jesus bore the burden of our sins for us. However, Jesus isn’t going to carry your load – that’s your job. You carry your own load by doing what God tells you to do, such as by controlling your own thoughts and actions, and that takes effort.

Everything that God tells us to do in the Bible is for our own good. Every single instruction helps you pull in more holy energy and shut out the negative energy. As God sees you putting forth effort to be obedient to Him, He will empower you to do what you cannot do on your own. He won’t do His part until you do yours, and that requires effort.

[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace showing her role in using the helmet of salvation and breastplate of righteousness. She uses the helmet of salvation to send negative energy to the cross. The helmet of salvation limits unholy thoughts pushed in & digested. The breastplate of righteousness enables her to offer much more holy energy freely to others and push out much less unholy energy. Courtesy Grace Daniels and Bitmoji.]

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