By: Dr. Mark O’Farrell, College President.
Have you noticed within the last six months the need to deal with complex issues without the opportunity to resolve or bring solution with simplicity? It must be long, drawn-out, tiring, and frustrating. Wrong thinking and contemplation cause this response. Whatever happened to the main thing being the main thing and the plain thing being the main thing? Why do we create complexity in resolution? Is it simply stupidity or immaturity, or is it something else like a missing dimension of wisdom and discernment that only comes from one source? Both may be involved, but the latter is the key! Allow me to share with you five simple thoughts that will assist you in your Christian experience as you deal with disturbances, difficulties, frustrations, and problems of this culture:
1. Simplify Your Faith
It is simply the Word of God, the Son of God, and the Spirit of God! Focus on Jesus! Very Clear and Very Simple. See Him in the Word of God, the Bible. Dependence on the Spirit of God to make Him real to you is the way. Simply Focus on Him. It is the Lord Jesus! Watch what happens to your thinking and emotions in life!! It will be amazing!
2. Pray Dependently
Pray always with the sense of complete dependence on Him. Regardless of your discipline, education, skill mix, or giftedness, you need His help at that moment. Utter and complete reliance on His enablement is paramount. As Paul stated: “Pray without ceasing!”
3. Stay By ‘The Stuff’
It seems that everyone wants change whether it is necessary or not. Having change just for change is the secret solution. Wrong! There are things that you do not change … and we must know them. Proverbs 22:28 NKJV even states: “Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.” It is said again in Proverbs 23:10. Stay Faithful to things you have learned. Is not this what John said in Revelation 2:10 NKJV: “… Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
4. Learn Lessons Quickly
Whatever God is saying to you or teaching you, get the lesson under your belt. Do not procrastinate. Learn it and do not entertain a repeat of the lesson by the Almighty! Get it and move on! It would seem to me that when Elijah called fire down from heaven on the ‘Captain and his fifty men’ who were present to take him to wicked King Ahaziah and they were burned up, the second group who went after him would get the message. They did not and they also were ‘burned up.’ Thankfully, the third Captain got the lesson. His life was spared along with his fifty men. (2 Kings 1) Why procrastinate? Keep short accounts with the Lord. Be a quick learner!
5. Anticipate with Joy
There must be a sense of ‘joy’ regarding the future, a sense of expectation that will honor the Lord! There is always ‘Gloom and Doom,” but there must be JOY permeating anticipation. People will feel and notice that … and ask questions! The Spirit of the Lord will do this IN you and THROUGH you. This is not worked up or dependent on circumstances!
These five simple realities (fingers) of action will give you:
… Hand of Accomplishment
… Hand of Abundance
Let’s Get Simple … I am ready! How about YOU?