Here are two more life-stabilizers: 1) Submission. Our ego always wants to "do it my way," for my purposes and my pleasure. The result is hardening of the attitudes-a dangerous resistance to God. So His word says: "Warn each other every day...that none...will be deceived by sin and hardened against God" (Heb 3:13). Like a pond gradually freezing in winter, our self-will slowly rigidifies, destroying our spiritual sensitivity. The Spirit's gentle influence no longer moves us; we're left feeling content and justified doing our own thing, to our own demise. It's not wrong to have your own will, and God won't "cure" or "deliver" you from it. But He intends you to line your will up with His. A good race horse must have a will in order to win, but its will must be submitted to the rider's direction or winning will be impossible. "The sacrifices of God are broken [submitted] spirit [will]: a broken...heart...God, wilt not despise" (Ps 51:17).
2)Self-sacrifice. The world's philosophy is "Get and keep all you can!" Few things sabotage our peace and stability like this philosophy. "Take care of yourself" isn't a kingdom principle. "self-help" is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way to finding your true self" (Mt 16:25). Psychologists say that grasping, holding onto things and people only makes us anxious, possessive, controlling, and difficult to live with! That's why Jesus said: "Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses [invests] his life will preserve it" (Lk 17:33). You've tried everything else, no try giving yourself fully to God!
Are you winning or losing most of your spiritual battles? Are you down more than up? Do you feel frustrated, going in circles, your experience full of stops and starts, a constant guilt-failure cycle? That's not God's plan for you. You can live a stable, consistent life! But it will require life stabilizers like: 1) Decisiveness. Israel wanted to have it both ways: God's blessing, yet the right to disregard His word. Freedom to live like heathen nations, yet be His special people. But Joshua declared it unacceptable. "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve" (josh 24:15). The church at Laodicea also wanted it both ways, but God pressed them: "You are...neither cold nor hot...make up your minds" (Rev. 3:16,19). God requires a direction chosen, a goal set, and a mind made up. Wavering classifies you as double-minded and guarantees you will "Not receive anything form the Lord" (Jas 1:6-8). 2)Faith. You are called a "believer" because faith must characterize not just some, but every area of your life. "Without faith it is impossible (not unlikely, improbable, difficult) to please God" (Heb 11:6). Faith is not what you study on Sunday morning, it's what you do 24/7! The Bible says: "My righteous ones will live by faith." You say, "Where do I get faith?" By meditation on, and living in God's word. Who possesses faith? The spiritually exceptional? No, "God has dealt to each one a measure of faith" (Rom 12:3). That includes you! Faith, not feelings or circumstances, is what makes your life stable!
James 1:6 "Like an ocean wave tossed around in a storm"
Lead Pastor @Genesee Road Church of God.