“Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like.”
A rules meeting is the first thing that happens in a power-lifting meet. Rules define what is allowed and what is not allowed during the competition. Everyone must be aware of the rules. You must have the right equipment, listen to the judge’s commands and keep perfect form in each lift. If you don’t follow the rules, you are disqualified. By being clear on the rules, you maximize your ability and your enjoyment.
Rules are important in every area of life because they make things more manageable and interesting. Without rules, there would be no structure, fairness or understanding. Life would be chaos. Rules remind us to consider how we can help each other. If we lived by God’s law of love, there wouldn’t be a need for rules. But, because we are often selfish or unthinking, rules help to remind us what is valuable to God, to others and the environment. God calls us to follow His law of love (John 13:34-35).
God said, “And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.” (Exodus 23:13). Circumspect is to listen with the intent to obey. When we listen to others, our actions shouldn’t be robotic or unthinking (we know it all), but rather our actions should be based on relationship.
Secret faults are ‘blind spots’ (Psalm 19:12). We all have them and we are committed to them, not realizing they are disempowering. Blind spots are idolatry; anything we give power to other than the one true God. Other gods (idols) distract us and keep us from a deeper relationship with God. Idolatry’s attractiveness comes from the idol’s assumed ability that the idol will give us what we want; power, pleasure, control, escape, riches, gratification or popularity.
Even though we have all the benefits in Christ, there are things that can hinder the Holy Spirit. Without praying for revelation about hindrances, they can strengthen, control and dictate our lives causing us to be un-teachable. If we focus on a hindrance, we stop believing in God’s goodness, deny His power and keep the old way alive. Focus on the provisions of Jesus Christ and be alive!
Lack of knowledge does not come from a shortage of information, but rather a rejection of new information. Most people judge and condemn new information because of a lock of understanding. Without understanding, the door to God’s supernatural provision and power is closed.
We should remain open and teachable. “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17). We should remain teachable and accept the fact that we do not know what is best or right. As we behold the glory of God and His creation, we discover there is no end to Him. God will always be renewing our minds, strength and youth by our willingness to discover Him.
Rules Meeting for Life
Know God’s Word. Think and speak, by faith, according to His Word.
Practice a no excuse, no blame, no fear, no offense life.
Respond to every person, event or circumstance with grace and thanksgiving.
Say ‘no’ to every negative, wavering thought.
Give praise and thanksgiving in all things and for all things.
Tithe the first 10% of your income to your local church.
Give your time, energy, talents and resources to others with no strings attached.
Respect God, His Word, yourself, other people, life and nature.
Regularly attend church.