No, I’m not talking about I will worship, but the worship of the will.

The Fundamental Failure of Change via our Will

We make the conceptual mistake so many times that we can “beat” our bad temper or “overcome” our lust if we mutter the magic words or do the magic things. Some of us are more versed in fancier lingo, things like “support groups” or “accountability partners.” In doing so we (myself included) fall into the trap or thinking ourselves able to save ourselves. Praise God for Foster’s Celebration of Discipline. I was again reminded of this:

Instead…

That when we focus on ourselves and “beating” any of our depravity, we succeed only in making our own evil worse. In fact, we’re committing the sin of Idolatry. We worship our will and say that it, instead of God is able to save us, to make us a more pure creature. Anything, including The Spiritual Disciplines, can only place us in a way such that God is able to work in us and change us from the inside out.

Closing Thoughts

The will has the same deficiency has the law — it can only deal only with externals. It is incapable of bringing about the necessary transformation of the inner spirit*

— Foster, Celebration of Discipline, Chapter 1

Soli Deo Gloria. Praise be only to our God by only by his Grace, and only by Faith in Him are we saved and continued to be saved from ourselves.

—Tim

Update (04.09.08 )

*We need to make the distinction between acting good, loving, etc and being good, loving, etc. The first leaves our inner spirit unchanged, we hold back what we truly are with our will while the second we allow God to change our very natures to make us truly good. In fact, the test is that we would find it hard to otherwise. It would be beyond us to be bad.

-Credit: Foster’s Celebration of Discipline, Chapter 1

A thousand times I’ve failed
Still Your mercy remains And should I stumble again
I’m caught in Your grace
Everlasting
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame

Your will above all else
My purpose remains
The art of losing myself
In bringing You praise
Everlasting
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame

In my heart and my soul
Lord I give You control
Consume me from the inside out
Lord let justice and praise
Become my embrace
To love you from the inside out

From the Inside Out by Hillsong

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