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Be a Responder

Every person who is filled with a capacity for life desires a response. This response is part of the constitution of initiation. Over and over again, many people exhibit an inability to respond spontaneously. This is a result of a conditioning of the emotions. For years, we have received legislation on how and when to respond in school and in the home. Many times our response was not inappropriate, but it did not please the personality of those in a position of authority over us. Standards were set, and we carefully learned what cues called for what responses. Response became mechanically manufactured. People became dull and insensible. Now, not only are responses thwarted, but these people eventually frequently resort to acts of crime to produce an effect.

God has a beautiful plan to allow us to experience spontaneous response. He will not legislate response as religions will. He teaches us how to respond to Him, not to what He has done or what He has given. I don't have to wait for God to produce a thing. The secret to continual victory is to respond by faith even when our feelings don't legislate response. Faith allows us to respond even when we don't understand the suffering of His Plan. This pleases and honors God. It is a way of casting a vote of confidence for Him.

Do you respond to the people who love you because of who they are or because of what they do for you? You can become an effect of God's cause of love today.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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