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Sharing... Action is the Key
Good News Magazine
January 1979
Volume: Vol XXVI, No. 1
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Sharing... Action is the Key
Richard J Rice   
Church of God

Born: 1935
Died: July 5, 2003
Member Since: 1954
Office: ACE - Evangelist

Director, Mail Processing Center

God is an energetic, dynamic Being who actually lives in His people and inspires them to good works (Philippians 2:l3). Like a flowing, surging river (John 7:38-39), God's Spirit often fills our minds with deep emotional thoughts and desires — the urge to help, the ability to see a need, the wish to serve, feelings of love and interest in others.
   Yet, ironically, this same inspiration can create a false sense of righteousness and can deceive one into thinking he is well — pleasing in God's sight. Because these "spiritual sparks" momentarily lodge in the mind, the person who receives them feels good inside. He prides himself on what a fine Christian he is. He has good intentions and sees himself accomplishing great deeds.

Act before you forget

   Good feelings do not constitute true righteousness. It's action right action — that is the real substance.
   The key to spiritual growth and productivity is to allow the spark of God's Spirit to ignite your feelings to action, to truly accomplish what you are inspired to do. Act before you forget. Or resolve to act. Make a powerful, strong commitment. Be a self-starter.
   Let these little sparks of inspiration, whether they come from something you read or hear, or simply a thought that God's Spirit infuses, propel you forward. Act with haste! David said, "I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments" (Psalm 119:60).

Don't quench His Spirit

   When you're close to God these sparks of inspiration are the impulses, urges, convictions and evidences of God's Spirit moving and working in your life. However, if our hearts and consciousnesses are not as tender as they should be, we need to check up to see if we are resisting God in some way. The Bible warns, "Harden not your hearts, as in the day of provocation..." (Hebrews 3:8). If we aren't receiving the inspiration from God that we should, it may be that we are quenching or grieving His Spirit. It can happen.
   The key is to act when God's Spirit gives you motivation. Let Christ live in you and use you as a tool to accomplish His will. It may only be a simple little deed of kindness that God wants done. It may be a greater sacrifice that requires more effort. But, this spiritual action is the key to spiritual power and fulfillment.
   It's the fuse that does not fizzle but, rather, ignites the mighty flame that can shine outward and help light the lives of others.

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