“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
- Philippines 2:6-11
There can be no discussion of self-image (whether good or bad, low self-esteem or overly inflated ego) without touching on the subject of humility.
The mindset you have towards these two virtues will determine your outlook or viewpoint on a lot of things.
If you could actually receive guidance from God towards your writing ministry,
would it (or could it) make a difference?
Now, when I ask that question, I am not talking about just reading the Bible so that you can come up with a sermon, or put together some kind of devotional, and get some good principles for being moral and upright in your ministry.
No, what I am asking about is actually hearing God’s voice guide you with specific advice, about your specific situation, problems, and opportunities.
Believe it or not, it really is possible. And rather than try to convince you with a theological argument, I’d like to propose you simply try it, and see for yourself what happens.
Here are 5 steps to help you hear the voice of God for your writing ministry:
The "Object" of Our Faith
"Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen."
-- Hebrews 11:1
Many have studied the doctrine of Justification by Faith, and have used it as a way to disregard the need for holy, Christ-like living. In fact, many would misinterpret the Doctrine of Grace to mean that we can do whatever we want, God will forgive us. He is faithful and just to do so, you know?
However, this was not the kind of thinking and practice that was going on in Paul’s day. He was not dealing with people that wouldn’t live holy, righteous lives. What he was dealing with were Jews that had rejected the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and were putting their faith in their works. They were “believing” that they were saved because of their own ability to follow the Law.