“Abundance is the First Step” – The Holiness Project – Day 34

I often watch videos on YouTube on wealth and finance and the other day I came across one that was called The 5 Levels of Wealth. Apparently it was being done by a couple of guys who are fairly well-known in the space and this was sort of an overview of their approach to wealth-building.

I am always a bit torn between two perspectives when it comes to wealth in the Christian life. On the one hand, the Bible is full of warnings about the dangers of the love of money and focusing on wealth-building to the exclusion of your soul. You know the verses I’m talking about.

“Spiritual Drift” – The Holiness Project – Day 6

My youngest girl just turned 18 this month.  Wow!  Do they ever grow up fast!  My other daughter is already living on her own in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.  But, although she is far away and my youngest is close by, they always need their parents.  Especially when it comes to boys.  Sometimes the relationship is hot and sometimes it’s cold.  Sometimes they are getting along fine and sometimes they are fighting like cats and dogs.

And when things are going well, I tell them that the fact they are angry or upset means that the relationship matters to them.  Hot or cold, they are engaged.  It’s when they don’t care, when they shrug their shoulders and have no problem walking away, when they are lukewarm….that’s when you should start worrying.

“Spiritual Joy” – The Holiness Project – Day 2

Joy is Not Optional. 

That is the declaration of Pastor John Piper from Desiring God.  He coined the term Christian Hedonism and it certainly puts a spin on things.

This is a truth that many (if not most) modern Christians simply do not understand or experience. I want to take a closer look at it precisely because I did’t get it either for a long time. Now I have a glimpse of that far country, that beautiful vision, and I want to share it with you. The vision of spiritual joy.

The problem with most of us (myself included) is that having joy in my relationship with God is not that common. Certainly there are moments of joy but it is not a common experience. Certainly I can compare it with my relationship with my family and understand that there are moments of joy and, in other moments, there is anger and pain and depression as well. Not necessarily because of my family. Just because of life.

“Spiritual Goals” – The Holiness Project – Day 3

With those two bold claims, we as a Christian fellowship should be able to take the gates of hell by storm.  But alas, it is not so.  Something else needs to be said.  For some reason, a suspicious fear has arisen among the people of God that if they strive too hard for anything, they would offend God.  We want to be super careful not to build our own kingdoms and end up defeated, living life in our fleshly selves without the anointing of God.

Actually, I have to agree.

“Spiritual Foundations” – The Holiness Project – Day 4

Argentina is known for many things.  We have “asados” (a typical barbeque) with some of the best meat in the world.  We drink “mate” which is a rather bitter herb grown locally and usually shared around in a group (no more after Covid19) and we have Maradonna (and Messi) two of the best soccer players in the world.  We love our soccer!!

But Argentina is also known for other things, such as Peronism (a political party) that has fascist roots but, really, is rather more socialist and has destroyed the economy.  Many would argue that point of course but that is the problem.  Not that I want to talk politics, you understand, just point out the obvious.

“Spiritual Effort” – The Holiness Project – Day 5

I’m not sure that I have ever heard a sermon on Spiritual Effort.  It’s like we are so focused on a “salvation” perspective of the Christian life that we lose sight of the “discipleship” expectations that this salvation has created in us.  

I call these verses the “make every effort” verses of the Bible.  I quoted the main one above (which we will study in more detail later) but here are three more…

“The 7 Laws of Spiritual Success” – The Holiness Project – Day 41

One of the things that I truly dislike (to not use a stronger word) is the whole prosperity theology thing.  As if God is somehow here to give me wealth, health and happiness and help me to achieve my dreams.  People who preach this kind of nonsense use verses like I quoted above, especially 3 John 1:2 which, they claim, proves that God wants us to be successful and prosper.

Actually, I do believe that.

What I take exception to is their, obviously, unbiblical definitions of success and prosperity.  They claim that John just meant normal financial success in life and that we shouldn’t try to spiritualize it.  Well, actually, I agree with that as well.  Yes, John is talking about normal financial success (with all of the practical results that entails).  No doubt.  The question is WHY?

“The 7 Laws of Spiritual Success (continued)…” – The Holiness Project – Day 42

My apologies to those who just want to get on with talking about the 7 Spiritual Laws of Success. Upon reflection, I realized that I needed to give this whole idea a bit more of an introduction than just one post. So this post continues from the last one…..

In the last post, I tried to differentiate these 7 Laws of Spiritual Success from the whole Prosperity Gospel thing. Like most heresies, it is based on a half-truth. God DOES want to prosper us (even financially) but He prioritizes our Christ-like character first (including our stewardship) and defines prosperity and success in terms of eternal values and a higher purpose (saving mankind from their sin). This perspective is what we call “spiritual.”

“Everything is Spiritual” – The Holiness Project – Day 44

“Thank you for another week of self-discipline and success in fulfilling my daily tasks. I know that I can do all things (that are your will) through Christ who strengthens me. I am learning to have a grateful and positive attitude towards life.  After all, you have wonderful plans for me.  I believe that those plans include writing, publishing and selling my books, seminars and movies as well as becoming a Spiritual Life Coach, International Speaker/Podcaster and Author…”

That’s how I start my daily prayers each morning.

“Ambition is Expected” – The Holiness Project – Day 45

The problem with “ambition” is that it is a dirty word among Christians. It is intrinsically bad, or sinful, or wrong in the eyes of many people. It sounds selfish. It sounds worldly. But it is not.

There. I said it. The cat is out of the bag. I am an ambitious person. And I believe that God wants me to be.

Apparently Paul was fairly ambitious as well. His famous statement that he forgets the past and strives towards the future is quoted by many Christians and self-help gurus alike. Ambition is a normal part of our human existence. What makes our ambition “spiritual” has more to do with the rest of Paul’s quote. He says that his ambition is to “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 NIV).

Now we’re talking…