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The deeper side of the mind, (scuba gear needed)..

Principles to Paradise

There are opposing forces beyond what we can physically see & it is undeniable that good and evil exist all around us.
If you follow each force to it’s extreme, on either side of the spectrum, you arrive at ultimate good and ultimate evil.

Thinking about it for any length of time, you will eventually come to the logical question… Where did those forces originate from and how do they work, either for us or against us, in our everyday lives?

It won’t take long to find stories of a battle between good and evil represented in the belief of a creator God and our adversary Satan.

God YHWH (“Yah-wheh”, the ultimate good) has given us all the freedom to choose from either side of the spectrum by pulling from & applying everything good into our lives or pulling from & applying the evil (bad) side to make those our every day normals.

There are laws that were put into motion that, if you follow the principles of those laws, you will benefit greatly,
those are following the way of YHWH.

Ansel Adams, a famous photographer that put together what’s called the “zone system”, a spectrum of light and dark that explains how to expose a perfect picture.

Just like to believe in Ansel Adams, and the zone system that he put into place, & study his principles, you will see an amazing difference in your photography.

The same with the creator of this universe and His principles, if you put your belief in Him, turn from your old ways, study His ways & actually apply them to your life, you not only will live a fulfilling life here on earth, but it will also extend into eternity.

He is perfect and demands perfection, but we, as humans, will never fit into the category of perfection, so YHWH, in his infinite grace, sent a perfect substitute, Yeshua, to be a sacrifice, standing in our place so we wouldn’t have to pay for our imperfection by eternal death.
So to accept His merciful gift, and show appreciation for it by a changed life means that you can enjoy eternal life in a place called paradise.

Notice I did not say that it would be problem free, but your focus will be totally different, making your life more full of love, peace, joy, patience, etc. which will result in a higher quality of life.

Even if faced with death.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2018 in Thought Provoking

 

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Veil of Fears

The things that you most need to face and fix in your life are usually avoided and hidden behind your veil of fears. (greatest fears)

Most people these days fall for the illusion that accepting where you’re at in life, is always where you’re going to be, or end up just drifting along in life and responding to the next circumstance instead of actively and aggressively, intentionally going after what they are destined for.

Be open to the fact, that you are not always right, which means, sometimes not so obvious, that you will be wrong on many different levels. And one of those levels just might be the one you are on right now.

If you’re all about self, arrogance, closed-minded, or more reactionary, you drift along thinking that there are no issues,… you’re not wrong, in your own mind, so you settle where you are, stuck in that state of mind and then carve it in stone, doing damage to yourself inside that mindset without digging deeper into the fact that you could be wrong.

Develop your mind in a way of pushing your thoughts beyond the realm of comfort. Challenge yourself into a conscious belief that looks at life in a curious way, by asking yourself “what if I am wrong”.

A person that closes themselves off to that fact, will never develop fully into the person that they want to become because they are refusing the steps to get there.

Confront your enemies, make it a point to engage those you feel that your “auto response” says you need to avoid. (using discretion of course for the dangerous ones)
Check off the list of avoidances, one by one until you have eliminated everything you are avoiding.

Face Your Fears, until you don’t have any more to face!!!

Fear itself is not an actual substance, it’s just an illusion the dark side wants to keep you in, so you don’t reach your potential.

The veil of fear is a cloak, like blinders on windows, it keeps you from seeing what is on the other side so, for you, that means you have to physically go up to that veil and move it aside.

You will find that by going up to your fears and facing them head-on, there was really nothing to fear in the first place. Which will give you just enough courage to face the next one, conquering that fear, and then that one, and that one…
Then one day you’ll find fear is just an everyday, ordinary obstacle to get over, like opening the door to go outside, but instead of opening a familiar door, it’s just another unfamiliar door to open to find out what is on the other side.

An open mind is willing to look at self as imperfect,… by thinking “I could be wrong”, and if I am, I’m not afraid to face those facts so I can correct that wrong.

The illusion that you are open-minded and a free thinker, is stating those very claims and then closing off to the idea that there is much more that exists outside of your little bubble of understanding.

You MUST make fear submit to you rather than letting fear be your master.

We were created to be warriors, leaders (the head not the tail), of a sound mind, and ready for battle.

God did not give us the spirit of fear…   Notice that fear is a “spirit”, and if we are in Him, (Yeshua) the one who all spirits submit to, and we have authority in that name, then all we have to do is step into that place and dominate it.

Fear is just a smoke screen with a bunch of over exaggerated noise behind it to intimidate us into not boldly walking through the smoke.

If you have a fear, face it.

If you feel you are avoiding something or someone, confront it or them.

Avoidance is just another word for fear, just a more padded word to make it seem less intimidating but still has the same effect on you.

Get to the bottom of everything that is in your way of becoming who you are,

and who you are lies just behind that veil of fears.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2018 in Thought Provoking

 

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If, The Realm of Hypothetical (Text)

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One tiny word, Two lonely letters that hold a powerful impact on the outcome of implications.

Existing inside of the realm of hypothetical which, unfortunately, some choose to spend most of there time.

Even well-meaning Christians are not exempt from this form of deception, for instance, when speaking to non-believers, they throw in that word “if”, usually followed by the popular cliché saying…

I would rather live as if God did exist than if He didn‘t, because “If” God doesn’t exist, then you can still live a happy, healthy life and not lose anything but “if” He does exist, then you are safe and benefit from that belief so you can go to heaven.

But… do you?

Let’s think about this for a minute…The word “if” itself implies that there is doubt, and a possibility that God does not exist, rendering faith, also, non-existent, in turn, making it impossible to please the God you are throwing into this hypothetical boxing ring.

Now I know the intentions of that saying is to get them to look at it as another means to ponder their eternal destination, but the intent, I believe, does more harm than good simply because you are chipping away at the very foundation of faith itself by giving them the illusion that they can hold onto an empty parachute, filled with the faithless belief in a hypothetical god.

Matthew 5:37 “Let your yes be yes and your no be no”.

In other words,

Live this life, knowing for a fact that there is a God and meditating on the benefits thereof,

And

contemplate the consequences of not believing that there is and the penalties thereof.

So do yourself and everyone else you try to influence a favor, Stay away from the word “if” when you try to convince someone that there is a God, because “if” implies doubt and doubt doesn’t make the cut on the team of faith, because…

Faith is the “Substance” of things hoped for and the “Evidence” of things unseen, and if you have substance and evidence there is no room for doubt. Rather switch to a firm stance of, There is a God!!! Period… No amount of disbelief will ever make substance/evidence disappear from existence.

To me, there is so much evidence all around us that I find it next to impossible NOT to believe in God.

Romans 1:20 backs me up on that one.

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2017 in Thought Provoking

 

God, evil dictator or loving creator (text)

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Is God an evil dictator, bent on suffering and pain?
Or is He a loving, caring creator that wants the best for us all?

I get the whole, life, thing about experiencing circumstances and comparing the ones that you don’t prefer, to the ones that cause pain, death, suffering, to the ones that are, good, loving, full of peace, and what you like to experience, with always seeking after the “feel good” stuff.

However…

This is where the understanding gets difficult… or,… Easy… So easy, that its difficult & Sometimes hard to wrap your head around but if you grab ahold of this and hang on to it like a life raft in the middle of the ocean in a hurricane, things will start to make sense to you, & in turn your whole life will change for the better.

If your view of God is “evil dictator”, ask yourself this… What is a dictator?…

Absolute power by force, domineering, bossy, overbearing, tyrannical, repressive… are some of the words in the definition.

Now ask yourself what do the scriptures say that God is like?…

Loving, kind, generous, patient, peaceful,…   Wait a minute… Something isn’t right here… these are 2 opposing views that don’t line up.

The conclusion ends up being, either the Bible is wrong or you are wrong…

Nobody likes to be told their wrong, (Corrupt human nature) so we rely on our own experiences to tell us what we feel, and if those experiences don’t line up with the definition we were told about who God is, our conclusion from those external experiences, based on our feelings, we naturally end up deceiving ourselves into believing a self-defined conclusion that fits those feelings, totally disregarding possible facts simply because our limited human reasoning can’t make sense of it.

Let’s say we just got a new car, and the add said that it gets 60 mpg, heated seats for winter, best all-around smoothest suspension, all the bells and whistles for the most comfortable ride ever… So you buy into it and try it out. You excitedly jump in, fully expecting all the claims to come through for you as advertised… then you notice that it only gets 30 mpg, seats don’t work, the ride isn’t smooth at all and you have the most horrible experience ever with this vehicle…

You’re so disgusted with your “experience” that you start bashing the company and even trying to dissuade anybody from going through the same. You even venomously protest against anyone who tries to sell that car or say anything good about it.

Some try to talk to you about your experience but it was so real to you that you’re not having any part of it.

Until one day you end up in the back row of a convention that came to town promoting that very car. They went step by step going through the shipping process and how careful they were to protect the features by putting blocks on the suspension during shipping to keep it protected until it’s released to the owner, un-connecting the wiring harness in case of a surge in static electricity while charging the other systems, all the way down to a switch on the dash that you could have it in one position for optimum power, or another position for optimum fuel saving… on and on down the list of functions that make your experience the best it could possibly be.

Fuming mad, you make your way up to the lecturer after the convention and explain to him the experience you had with your car… Then he asks you one question…

Did you read the owners manual?

It has an after shipping list of things to do, like take the blocks out of the suspension, re-connect the wire harness,… in addition, a list of suggestions to do to have the best outcome possible, like the switches that suit the best driving conditions that change from time to time, the power or fuel efficiency switch… but in a rush to experience the promised performance you drove it off the lot without attending the proper maintenance class required before operating, skipping the introduction prior to ownership of this special one of a kind, once for all, vehicle.

So what was wrong?…

  1. Was it the definition and actual intention of the vehicle?
  2. or was it the perception by a gross misunderstanding on your part?

Even though the “bad” feelings and the “bad” experience lined up perfectly with your definition of “bad”, and even though it was a real experience to you, and that experience was a bad one that you fully felt yourself, it was ultimately in the false perception that caused that real experience with real feelings, and not in the actual originally intended pure truth of it all.

So before you believe an experience and refer back to your feelings to define your beliefs, consider this… If, in fact, there is a definition that has been presented to you and your bad experience tells you differently… before discrediting the definition by an experience make sure it’s not just a misconception generated by a feeling or even a bias, based off of false expectations, & make absolutely certain that you have followed that definition all the way to the absolute truth regardless of personal experiences.

Especially if there are conflicting views at play.

If the definition of something is “good” and there are millions of people that have experienced first hand that it actually IS “good”, chances are, that the definition is absolutely correct.

Because let’s face it, people don’t get deceived into believing the truth, that something good, is good…

But if the definition is Good and your experience is bad, wouldn’t it make more sense that the experience that is contrary to the actual definition, be more in line with deception than both experience and definition lining up perfectly?

Simple terms…  If Good = Good is Truth than Good = Bad is False.!

So instead of changing the truth of a definition to line up with your ever-changing feelings, research why the two don’t match and then erase the skepticism one piece at a time until everything makes sense, according to the definition.

The best way to do that is NOT going to someone that believes the same way as you do to reinforce your personal definition but to go to someone that is lined up with the truth of the definition and the life to prove it.

You still might be saying, ya but, the definition of dictator fits with the actions of what I read or what I believe God to be…

That may just well be, but what you’re doing is taking your perception or feelings and then finding the definition that best fits that perception, so you’re really working backward, for instance, dry ice “feels” hot to the touch but the actual feeling is cold. So in this example you would say and actually believe that the feeling is hot based off your perception, even though the absolute truth of it, is that its cold, but it’s so cold it generates a completely different understanding that you’re used to so you then attach it to something that you have experienced that fits as close to what you understand as being truth and stopping there rather than believe the truth of it, and adding to your understanding.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2017 in Thought Provoking

 

Self Love (Text)

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When I say “self-love” I’m not referring to selfish arrogant conceit

But more of the lack of insecurities, jealousies, to rid yourself of the damaging effects of self-hatred or not taking care of yourself by negative comforts such as junk food, smoking, drinking, drugs, cutting, tattoos,… in other words, not knowing your worth as you are,…

Everything you think you have to have to comfort your inner voices that tell you that you need just one more… “thing” whatever that is.

For instance… “I need a cigarette”, “I need a drink”, “I need another tattoo”, are all some sort of temporary mask to put on to calm something that is going on, on the inside.

Set off by a trigger to seek a comfort, something to generate a feeling that will just get you by until the next one. Whether its something you need every hour or every week or every year and so on, and the more you do it the more of a habit it becomes, and when it’s a habit, you now think that it’s a part of you. So

Anything that makes you feel, good about yourself, tough, better, bigger, or more confident, anything that generates a feeling to take you to a place that you have to keep doing or getting to maintain that feeling,… there is something going on, on the inside that is not quite complete in your life that keeps you going back to that,… comfort thing. Or habit.

Unfortunately, those who rely on those things won’t fully understand that until they get to a place of total contentment with themselves. So deceptively will continue to rely on those things without even realizing it.

As a matter of fact, if you’re watching this and getting upset while you are defending your “thing”, there is more than likely something deeper going on.

Going even deeper with insecurities, jealousies, and issues inside of yourself that usually and eventually will spill over into your relationships.

So the need to work on being content with yourself as to not be a hindrance in a relationship by constantly needing attention or reassurance from those insecurities or codependency is beneficial in a healthy relationship…

When it says to “Love your neighbor as yourself” first you have to love yourself so that you can be effective in loving someone else, you can’t take care of someone else if you don’t care for yourself because your interests are always focused on self and the dissatisfaction you have for yourself.

You are so worried about what you look like, or act like, is my hair in place, does my butt look fat, what are they going to think of me,… blah blah blah,… ya know what?

Nobody really cares! Not being rude but everybody has enough to think about, much less be concerned with everything you think is wrong with you.

So being filled with self-worry or self-concern that you don’t have any room for anything or anybody outside of your insecurities because basically, they take most of your time.

To be honest, are selfish, any negative self-awareness that you generate outward, towards anyone else is a display of selfishness.

When you are completely secure with yourself (healthy self-love) then you are free to just be yourself without the hindrances and are then able to give of yourself instead of demand from others to “make you happy” or reassure your insecurities.

The only way to fix that is to rely on the way God himself thinks of you and then believe it, don’t wait for the feelings to come before you start to believe it, because they won’t. & the only way you are going to find out what God thinks of you is to read the words directly by him, for you to take straight to the heart.

The word “Believe” in scripture is a verb, an action word, something to tangibly take ahold of and make it a part of your life as if it already exists.

A conviction based off of faith and not the way you feel at any given moment.

So when it says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE, when it says he loves you, BELIEVE THAT HE DOES, & belief is a conviction, not a feeling.

And when it says to believe, don’t hesitate, from that moment on, to start living it as fact and not something that will come to you eventually.

Yes it will “feel” awkward and not true, but ignore that like dropping objects while learning to juggle, just pick them back up and keep going until it becomes a part of your life. Until it becomes a good habit.

If you wait for the feelings you will never experience that freedom.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2017 in Thought Provoking

 

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Love and be Loved (Text)

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Peoples heart cry, not necessarily their words, is to love and be loved.

Boil down all of the surface happy pursuits, material possessions, relationships, geographical locations and so on, and you will be left with the desire to be truly happy.

If you ask someone “what they want?” most will start naming off things like, money, a new car, house, girlfriend, boyfriend or whatever, but the end result they’re looking for is what they think will “make them happy”

It’s just that most don’t know where to look because true happiness is not found in anything outside of yourself.

We all need to realize that we come complete and carry around within our very being the ability to be completely satisfied and happy without anything else involved. Nothing external.

Most even think that love Is a feeling, but feelings can also betray you, for instance, one day you can be upbeat, positive and feel good about yourself so your behavior & attitude follow suit, and then the next day you can be down, negative and feel bad about yourself and again your behavior goes right along with it.

The search to love and to be loved with the wrong motivation is usually replaced with song titles such as “love stinks” and the conclusions that “I give up on love,” but rather what they actually mean is that they are giving up on the lack of love, or what they perceive to be love.

Of course, everyone has issues but when you realize that you can’t rely on others to make or maintain your happiness, things will be all around more bearable.

To be on more of a stable ground, an even keel if you will, to be positive and upbeat the majority of the time, you have to base your attitude on something that doesn’t change with every circumstance or feeling, an anchor point without it being attached to a noun.

So what is Love?

  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Doesn’t envy or boast
  • It’s not arrogant or rude
  • It’s not selfish
  • It’s not irritable or resentful
  • Doesn’t point out your faults, or your problems
  • It’s not glad when something wrong happens, but it is with the truth
  • Love bears, believes, hopes, & tolerates all things
  • It’s continual & never ending
  • Always there, a part of you

If you’re not experiencing that kind of love then you’re not giving up on “love” you’re giving up on the lack of love, or your false perception of love, basically what is missing from that list. That is what you are giving up on.

So to love others to the capacity that you want to be loved, you first have to be secure enough in yourself.

You are also pulling the fruits off of that list to give to someone else as you want them to give to you.

Relationships might work out on the surface and sometimes still do, but they will never be what they could be if you’re carrying around baggage such as insecurities, anger, Unforgiveness, unrest, bad attitude, the victim mentality of someone else is always to blame for your misery…

Get rid of all that baggage and strive for a healthy depth of self-love, like contentment and security with confidence. “not conceit” conceit is adding selfishness to self-love, throwing it back too far in the other direction.

If you’re not happy with life, or yourself, as is, and being single even, without any possessions at all, before you go any further, especially in a relationship, So you’re not always wanting reassurance, approval and an unhealthy amount of attention all the time. It’s like one person laying bricks down to build a foundation for a house and the other one is going around right behind them taking those bricks and throwing them back in the yard,…. It’s exhausting and unnecessary.

It also cuts off and strangles the potential of what it could be or what it’s intended for in a healthy relationship.

You can’t truly love anybody else unless or until you are happy with self, at least to the depth that true love, at its core, was intended for.

Now If you do have security, contentment, and happiness inside of you without having to rely on an external source or “noun” you are then free to love and be loved to its fullest potential without anything else holding you back.

Don’t let the emptiness drive your life. Searching to fill a void that can’t be filled with anything outside of you, because all of those things are a means to a short-term surface happy that is only temporary.

So to be truly happy, pursue the things that can’t be taken from you. Like love, joy, peace, patience, contentment,… let those things drive your life.

Get rid of the negative complaining, bitterness, discontentment, and just let go, let go of trying to control everything, just let go and live.

But when you reach total peace on the inside, then the external things, relationships, possessions, etc. now will add a whole Separate level to life because you’re not always preoccupied with putting out the fires of life that keep you locked in a rut.
Free yourself from worry, fear, anxiety, and just trust that everything is going to be ok.

If anything is holding you back it’s usually your mind and the way you think.

Just remember that your creator has everything under control, close your eyes, Unless your driving – then keep your eyes open, take a deep breath, ask forgiveness for the negativity that’s been dominating your life, make a commitment to follow the path to positivity and strive to spread the goodness that your life was meant for. Give thanks to God the creator and put your complete trust in his son for making it possible to be seen as perfect simply by accepting his gift of grace by putting your faith in him.

And then go and sin no more.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2017 in Thought Provoking

 

Do not be Deceived

If you claim to be christian and your focus is drawn more towards the things of this earth and to satisfy the things of the flesh, then the kingdom of god that you have fabricated in your head is only just a figment of your imagination.
 
What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but loose his very soul.
 
If you struggle in your life to BE a christian, the problem lies within your own strength… YOU CAN NOT try hard enough or ever be good enough to wear the title that only Yeshua can crown you with. Without His Strength, You will never make it. Let go of your efforts… Fully trust in His grace. & when I say TRUST I’m talking about a trust that crushes the pathetic worthless watered down version that modern day evangelism perpetrates.
You only TRULY trust a parachute the second both feet leave the threshold of an aircraft that is at an altitude greater than your ability to live without it. The true biblical definition of faith is an action that trusts beyond your own capabilities.
Do not be deceived!! A tree is judged by its fruits.
If it is not obvious that your life has the fruits of the spirit of YHWH Himself,..
Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, until it does.
 
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Posted by on June 16, 2017 in Thought Provoking

 

What if You had it all wrong?

     What if you were raised from birth to believe that you had to get up at 4:00 am and bust your back with hard labor for hours each morning in order for the sun to come up, & continue working throughout the day to keep it in the sky, then late in the evening, as a result of you getting tired & slowing down, is why the sun went down.
You actually believed that the sun wouldn’t come up & stay up if it wasn’t for your efforts.
How much would you appreciate the sun? I’m sure after many years you would even grow to resent it.
Then one day someone told you that all of your efforts were in vein & that you didn’t have to do anything. That the sun came up automatically every morning with or without you. Wouldn’t your entire attitude change towards the raising & setting of the sun?
I’m also sure that it would take a transitional period to move from shock & disbelief, confusion, anger, or even regret for wasting so much of your life based on a lie, but once you got through all that & finally were able to rest in that truth that you could benefit greatly from the sun without having to do anything,… except fully believing & just resting in the truth that the sun is a free gift for you to enjoy, and all you have to do is accept it.
Now… How would you view the sun from that point forward?
That would be the very pivotal point where you move from an attitude of “obligation” to now “appreciation”.
Lets apply this to how you view your belief in God. Do you serve Him out of obligation or appreciation. As we see from the example above, each yields a different life course.

  • Obligation

     The Thinking that causes you to believe that you have to earn your passage to heaven or “Do” something to be in Gods good graces, and keep “Doing” things to remain saved. This kind of outlook dictates that you will never live up to your own expectations. Notice I said YOUR OWN expectations… Because these are not God’s expectations… and it is those unrealistic, false expectations that cause;

  1. Resentment = View of never being “good enough” or able to “live up to” a certain standard, so you say to yourself “what’s the point of even trying”!
  2. Anger = Constant resentment !
  3. Bitterness. = Constant anger !
  4. And many other issues in your life that are all related to this way of thinking, usually ending up being angry at God or even stop believing in Him altogether.

I’ve heard comparisons such as “God is like a kid that has a magnifying glass going around burning ants“, That God is the kid just waiting for us to screw up so he can torch us with sun beam. Or God, to teach you a lesson like “don’t touch the burner on the stove”, grabs your hand and forces it onto the burner to show you that its hot.
These are the views of someone that thinks they have to serve God out of obligation, that they have to “be” good enough, or even perfect, all because they misunderstand how God thinks of them…

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast. Or else you would be tempted to say “the thing YOU did” saved you… Whatever that may be… Walked down to kneel at the alter, or a repeat after me prayer, or you think you’re a “good person” by what you do or bad things that you don’t do, etc. I will expand on “works” in just a minute, so stick with me…

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
(Those two verses alone prove that you didn’t have to do anything to earn it or continue doing anything to keep it)

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

The attitude of believing in God out of obligation leaves you weary and burdened, and the only way we can find that rest in coming to Him, is to find out what His yoke and burden are and how to apply it to your life. It says to learn from Him, and to learn from Him in the deepest ways, you have to also find out WHO He truly is, so you will be open to learn His ways. Usually you are not very open to learn if you feel obligated out of forced duty.

  • Appreciation

     Knowing you can never earn salvation or do anything to make it to heaven, short of simply trusting that Yeshua “Did” everything and “Earned” passage for you. So your service & willingness to change is motivated out of the spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving leaving you much more open to learn His ways, and resulting in;

  1. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self Control
  2. Which are the Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23

Now also like the response of obligation that sets the course of your life on a negative path, appreciation sets your life course in the opposite direction, making things a lot more enjoyable The same circumstances come and go but the way you respond is totally different.

  • Expectation

     There is a third attitude that in some cases, wedges itself somewhere in the middle of the other two and that is expectation. You have the same knowledge as appreciation, but having no gratitude to go with it, like obligation, which comes from the spirit of entitlement.
So developing a heart of thanksgiving, you breed actions that prove your appreciation, otherwise, the third category of having no motivational gratitude at all for what was done, falls in the category of expectation. This is a dangerous place to be, because you, somewhat, realize that you don’t have to do anything to earn salvation but neither do you care. You have no gratitude because it’s just a head knowledge and not a heart knowledge, resulting in a false belief, that later on down the road mostly leads to a falling away. Some refer to it as backsliding but really there was never really a saving transition in the first place.

Through the lens of these different attitudes, lets transition into the way we interpret the law of God. Some refer to them as “Rules and Regulations,” that you have to “get them right” or you will end up in Hell. (Obligation)

  • Law    What’s it for?

     By nature, we are all “law breakers” or else there wouldn’t be a need for the law, even applied to the laws of the land here on planet earth, if we were not prone to break the law, there wouldn’t even be a thought of making laws. Right? We have to have laws. Some are there to prevent accidents like speed limits, some are there to keep order, like traffic lights and some to govern & keep things civil and fair. (original intent not corruption)
Like the patrol officer is there to enforce the law, what happens if you’re just living life, driving on the freeway, what’s the first instinct reaction when you see a patrol car in the median? You immediately take your foot off the accelerator and look down at your speedometer to see if you’re obeying the law. The law, like the officer, is a reminder of the law, to keep things from getting out of control. If you agree with the concept of the law, there isn’t much convincing you to be a law abiding citizen and stay within the protection of that law, living in harmony with the law enforcer. Now apply that thinking to God’s Law. Those “rules and regulations” of God are only there to point out to you the guidelines of the law so you can live in harmony with God and under the protection of His provisions. Like here on earth, being a respectable citizen in the eyes of the law enforcer by doing your best to stick by the law, you might get a ticket every once in a while for not paying attention, but you will stay out of prison even if you get tickets or warnings. Gods law can be compared by looking at it to know, (1). That we are all law breakers, (no one has ever kept the law perfectly, how many has ever went over the speed limit? Or rolled past a stop sign without coming to a complete stop? And even if you got caught for either, would the officer rip you out of the vehicle and angrily throw you into prison? No.) And (2). as a guide to protect you from harm. (Like a stop sigh is in place to keep you from crashing into other vehicles at an intersection.) So respecting Gods law as a citizen of heaven and follow it to the best of your abilities, means you don’t have to worry about being thrown into hell for every little thing you do or don’t do right. You might get warnings or corrections every once in a while but the focus isn’t on “keeping it or else“.. outlook. (Obligation) it’s on doing the best you can for your protection. (Appreciation)
Now being totally against the law of the land and respect for the law enforcers by going against it like robbery, theft, destruction, murder, etc. then, yes, you will be forcefully apprehended, sentenced, and thrown into prison. The same in comparison to Gods laws. Before we were respecters and followers of His law, we were without excuse, or escape, sentenced to the death penalty, for being a disrespecting law breaker. Being a naturally born law breakers, God knows that we can’t perfectly keep the law anyway, so He provided someone who kept the law perfectly in our stead so we wouldn’t have to be found guilty for breaking the law, punishable by death, (Romans 6:23) so the replacement also died in our place to satisfy the penalty, taking all of our offences upon Himself. Therefore freeing us to live under that protection as perfect and righteous before the Judge. That substitute was the Son of God, Yeshua. We just choose to use the faith, that He also gave us, as a way of thanking Him for what He did.

Galatians 3:23,24 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

1 John 2:1-6 1 My little children, these things I write to you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that says, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keeps his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that says he abides in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
The only way you have to worry is if you are a deliberate law breaker and could care less about God’s laws, claiming to be the captain of your own ship, refuse the truth by denying it either by your words and/or your actions, (works). Your actions will always confirm or deny your words, so you can verbally accept it and physically deny it, So until both words and actions are in line, I would seriously consider a deep self examination of your hearts intentions.

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

2 Peter 1:3-12 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have.

Philippians 2:12  Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling

Matthew 7:13,14 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

There is a doctrine gaining ground today that teaches that all you have to have is just a superficial head knowledge belief that makes you saved and that you don’t have to do anything else or even remotely resemble the fruits of the spirit, which is what happens when you have true appreciation and a heart belief through regeneration, proven true by a desire to do good works.

  • Works What are works? Or Heart attitude about works?

     Your works are basically actions in the form of responding to any given circumstance or situation.
For instance, if someone found you homeless under a bridge, starving, cold, sick, and almost dead. Brought you home, gave you access to a bath, food, clothing & gave you free reign of the house… You now have one of two ways to respond, and how you respond, is essentially “your works”.
     1. Works through the eyes of “Obligation”, is thinking that the homeowner expects you to earn your keep and he locks the doors at night so, by seeing that, you think that you are a prisoner and if you don’t earn your keep, he has a dungeon & you will be tortured if you don‘t. You, then, will display that belief by your actions or “your works”. Begrudgingly & resentful…
     2. Works through the eyes of “Appreciation”, is thinking that the homeowner acted out of love and didn’t expect anything in return. It was just a free gift from him for you to enjoy (through faith). It’s that “belief” that sets the hook of acceptance, therefore leading to a true conversion of attitude, proven by your response. So “Works” of gratitude might be; cleaning the house, painting the fence, repairing a broken door, mowing the lawn… etc. those are your works, driven by a heart of gratitude for what someone has done for you. And that is the same works that result in a true conversion to salvation in understanding that you didn’t do anything except believe that YHWH gave you the gift of salvation that you could never repay. Same exact scenario but different results because of a different belief that responded in opposing actions. “works”

Your attitude reflects your perception, In other words, The attitude that you express towards an act of; whatever you perceive, will display what you believe. For instance. Love; if you perceive it to be hate, then you will act on that belief as if it were hate, and not on its original intention, which was love.
So when God says to “believe”, by “faith”, that belief is followed by an action that displays your true perception of that belief, and those actions are your works that solidify what you believe.
If you believe the homeowners intentions, that he just wants to invite you into his home out of Love, that it was a free gift and anybody can come there, wouldn’t that spark a desire to show gratitude through actions? Or to even run down to the bridge where all the other homeless, dirty, starving and cold people are, to tell them that there is a better place to be, that you don’t have to die here and all they have to do is believe it and follow you there? You might get some responses like… I’ll take my chances here under the bridge, there is no such thing as a homeowner, that may be your thing or I‘m the captain of my own ship… etc.

Homeowner = God YHWH
Home = Salvation
Gift of Love, Rest, Cleansing, Freedom = Son Yeshua
Dungeon = Hell

When you don’t believe something, instead of being skeptical right out of the gate, or use skepticism as an excuse, do some research to see if your belief actually lines up with what the actual intention, of that something, should be.

You Didn’t Do, and can’t Do anything to “EARN” salvation, Let those words take root. Take as much time as you need to fully understand that, because if you don’t truly understand that at it’s simplest form, you won’t live in it’s fullest freedom.
Lets say I came to you with a gift and I handed it to you with no strings attached. I desperately wanted you to accept my gift because it would please me to give it to you, Have you ever given anybody a gift, Just Because you loved them and you didn’t even think of them giving you anything in return? They didn’t do anything to trigger you giving them that gift,.. Nothing… BUT… What has to happen in order for that Gift to become legally transferred & final?.. They would have to take that gift and make it their own, for the transfer of ownership to be binding, or else that gift remains with the giver. Right or Wrong? It does not transfer to the recipient unless or until that recipient accepts and takes that gift upon themselves as their own ,… In the same way, You CAN NOT earn salvation BUT you DO have to accept it and take it upon yourself in order for it to BE!!! In order for it to take root, or become final or legally transferred as a change of ownership from YHWH, through Yeshua into YOU!!!

Works explained in scripture.

James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

James 2:14-26 14 What does it profit, my brothers, that a man says he has faith, and has not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you says to them, Go in peace, be warmed and well fed; and you give them nothing which is needful to the body; what does it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 See how faith was active along with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which says, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

So based on those scriptures, what are your works? Your actions, in the form of responding to a circumstance or situation, in this case salvation,… you accept the gift of salvation and then your actions, from that point forward, either confirm or deny the truth. A head knowledge and a heart knowledge will render two separate lifestyles, one of Obligation or Expectation, and one of Gratitude or Appreciation, making it obvious which one took root.

  • Conclusion

Obligation = belief that you can’t live up to a certain standard (based on your efforts), you never seem to be good enough, that salvation is a result of your works, which display;
Resentment, Anger, Bitterness
Appreciation = attitude of thanksgiving, because you see salvation as a free gift that you can’t and don’t have to Earn, which display;
Fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self Control

Everything boils down to the way you perceive things, the way you choose to look at or respond to any circumstance or situation, which are your “works”.
Explained in the context of salvation, you can’t DO anything to earn salvation but you must accept it as the gift that it is and take it to make it a part of your life as a proof of your salvation, so it takes root in your heart and not just a superficial false unregenerate head knowledge.
Look at Gods Law as a schoolmaster to recognize that you will always come short of fulfilling its demands, and let it point you to a willing substitute that took those demands and fulfilled them in your stead as a free gift out of a deep and unconditional love for you. Causing you to deeply appreciate what was done for you and then turn you appreciation towards that substitute, Yeshua, in the form of good works. Not as an obligation to perfectly follow those laws.
If you get this right, the truth of how you should actually view God’s Law, the correct response to the gift of salvation by grace through faith made alive by good works, & because of your gratitude, dropping the false belief of obligation and adopting a full life of appreciation towards Gods abundant provisions.
You will experience the life He has created for you to it’s fullest.

What‘s Next…?
Get in your Bible and then live by it, if you don’t have one, Get one, get in it and then live by it.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Thought Provoking

 

The Impersonal Universe

Impersonal Universe

Don’t sell yourself short to an impersonal Universe…

There is a Caring, Personal, God that created You, Heaven & Earth as well as this vast, endless Universe.

Some people that resort to believing in the power of the universe usually do so because they have read, heard of, or tried believing in the God of that universe and found out their lifestyle didn’t agree with the “rule book”, so have chosen to create their own impersonal god that has no “rules” (The Universe) so that they can live as they choose without conscience or consequence.

A god of their choosing so they can justify a lifestyle that is defined by themselves, instead of them being lead by, defined and cared for by a personal God that Loves them way beyond any empty “space” ever could.

Before you close out this article, please read on…

because what this God wants you to know, is that it’s not about your lifestyle that you so eagerly cling to, it’s not about the rules and regulations that you are running from, it’s not about having to change what you are doing in order to live up to a seemingly impossible, stone cold, figure that is waiting to flick you off the edge of cliff just because you’re not perfect or can’t live up to his standards,… to be truthful,… nobody can anyway.

Not even the people that are telling you that you have to be.

There is “religion” that condemns any lifestyle that “they” don’t approve of, based on their own truly sad interpretation of who they “think” god is, which is also an empty, “god of their making“,…  judgmental, harsh, rigid, cold and ready to smash you for every misdeed you so happen to engage in.

Which is also a dead end road.

The saddest part of their choice to believe in that fictional god, (Usually because that’s the way they were taught and see god themselves) is they send everyone down the same dead-end road but usually in different directions. People are naturally opposed to their message so they reject it and repel even further away from the truth simply because the “truth” they are supposedly repelling from isn’t really the truth at all.

A judgmental attitude has never caused anyone to open up to what it has to say.

The Bible warns of a certain people groups that set themselves up to deceive the masses into believing that the True God is either a hateful god or that He doesn’t exist at all.

If they can’t get you to not believe at all, (evolution) (atheism) then they will go for the juggler and get you to believe that the true God is impossible to please and hates every move you make because you don’t live up to his expectations, and as a result, “you are going to burn in hell for it“. (false prophets) that come in the form of religion, a religion that claims to be the authority of god.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

First, let me tell you what God is not… He is not hateful, God does NOT hate you, He may not like what you choose to do on occasions but He does not hate YOU, as some may claim.

People usually judge the character of God through the character of those who claim to represent Him. Then, on both sides of the fence, teach their converts to follow suit.

We can’t rely on our own ability to change enough to be accepted into Heaven, we can not “do” enough good deeds to make it in either. Therefore we can’t change “first” in order for God to, then, accept us. God accepts us so that we can rely on Him to change us.

Most have it backward.

They believe that they have to live up to Gods “rule book” or “do good” in order to “be good”, or a Christian. When it’s the opposite, God knocks on the door of our heart as an invitation to accept His love for us, we then choose to accept that invitation by believing on His Son Yeshua as the savior, confessing Him as Lord and letting His Spirit change you from within. So wherever you’re at in this life, believe and be changed.

NOT, change to believe.

Don’t change your life in order to believe, believe in order to be changed.  So, be a liar, be a thief, be a cheat, be heterosexual or homosexual, be a hypocrite,  be angry, even be judgmental, but just don’t expect to be the same.

BE YOU.

But come to Him just as you are, believe in the power that made you. He will turn you into who He created you to be. Which is far better than what you can to do for yourself.

Does it make sense to fix your car BEFORE you bring it to the mechanic?
Or would it make more sense to bring your car to the mechanic because it needs attention?

If you are telling yourself that you don’t need changing or “fixed”, you like yourself just the way you are and are happy with that, but you have not put your trust in the Messiah, think on this… People love to think that they are the “Captain of their own ship”, and it would be natural to think like that because the pride of life teaches us to do just that. But it is not really about “this life” that God wants you to “LIVE”. (even though it affects this life) It’s about the security of eternity, the afterlife. The TRUE life that we were all created for, the one that is free from this earthly vessel of corruption and decay, disease, pain, suffering, hate, and intolerance, war and killing… to live a life of peace, contentment, harmony, love, joy, mercy, and grace, etc…

Which is what we all want and strive for now but will never truly achieve this side of Heaven.

We are all called to Love each other as fellow human beings, not to judge each other, but unfortunately, as humans, we all tend to point out the flaws in others so we can feel flawless in ourselves.

It’s not until we recognize those flaws in ourselves that we open ourselves up to accepting others for themselves and the flaws that they have. It is with Love that the battle is won and souls are welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven. When we truly have compassion for someone and love them for who they are, right where they’re at, they will start to open up to what you have to say.

No one has ever been judged into believing in God.

You can rest assured that if someone says that god hates you because of what you are doing or who you are, then it is a god of their own making and THEY have chosen to hate you and then pull THAT false god into their condemning lifestyle, therefore passing it on to you.

Have nothing to do with them!

They are not the representation of TRUE Christianity… Or Followers of Christ… or The ultimate Truth…

Bottom Line, God is real, He exists to gladly welcome you into eternity with open arms, just as you are right now. If you choose not to believe in Him because you don‘t agree with His ways, it doesn’t mysteriously make Him disappear from existence. He patiently knocks on the door of your heart, and I would be willing to bet that you have felt it but brushed it off because you have locked that door. Please just leave the door of belief cracked open, sit back and watch as He makes Himself known to you in ways that you can not deny.

Sometimes He chooses to change you instantaneously by causing your thoughts to be different, One day you are a completely different person. His power is ultimate and undeniable.

Most of the time it’s through convictions that He wants you to act on.

Each act of obedience will take you one step closer to perfection and the likeness of Yeshua.

That is His ultimate goal for your life.   But know this,…

He does not want you to stay the same as you are right now,… but don’t let that scare you, what He wants for you is far better than what you could ever wish for yourself.

Take the leap of faith and put your trust in the creator of life, He knows what is best for you. You will sell yourself way short if you hang onto what You believe to be what is best for yourself.

Choose Life, True Life.
Not the one here on earth.
This one will end.
Choose the one that never ends.

If you find your life here on earth, then you will ultimately lose it,
But If you lose this life for His sake, then you will find it.

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2016 in Thought Provoking

 

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Did God Plan The Fall of Man?

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After all, He is in Control of Everything. Right?

In the beginning, back before the fall, without the knowledge of good and evil, was man limited in “thought” to simply think of only perfection, therefore choices like Love were as automatic as existence itself?
So inside of a world void of any other choice BUT love, how could there be a deeper experience OF Love unless there was a way to have a free will choice, to either accept it or reject it voluntarily, without the covering of perfection that was as encompassing as skin.

It would be like asking your organs to have a choice other than being inside of your body. Without possessing, in itself, a means to exist “outside of the body“, something has to happen, so that, they COULD experience what it would be like outside of the body, to be able to choose to dwell back inside the body where they belong. & if those organs choose to live outside of the body, (which would be deceptively independent on their part) they still could not live without a Lifeline, such as veins to keep them alive.
Also, like a man would long to have his internal organs on the inside of his body, where, they would be protected from the outside dangers, fully nourished & supplied for in their intended environment & rest in complete peace, knowing they are where they belong.

I gave that example first, to explain something that doesn’t really have a choice but to just “be” where they are, without any, so called, real choice to think any different.
Now to give an example paralleled with a more real life application, i.e. in the human life.
If someone was raised as a billionaire’s son, and had everything at their disposal, how likely would it be that they would appreciate wealth? Now, take that away from him and make him live in poverty for a few years. Reacquaint him to that status and see how his attitude changes, or even more yet take someone that has been RAISED in poverty and introduce them to that status. What would it be then?
In that setting of unlimited wealth, as much as a father would want everything good for his son and does not want him to experience the negative side of life like hunger, cold, pain, sorrow, sadness, darkness, or poverty. He also knows that without them, (the negatives) the son would take advantage of his abundance, but by no fault of his own, because that is all he has known so far. He will not fully appreciate what he has, until he experiences the contrary. So knowing in advance that his son would be oblivious to what he actually had at his disposal, his father would make a rule, and out of the son’s inability to comprehend consequence, would break that rule. The father would then be able to introduce the true meaning of wealth with all of its rich pleasures to have a “real” sense of appreciation. Because you can not fully, and on all levels, appreciate wealth without poverty, light without darkness, happiness without sadness, joy without sorrow, love without hate, or life without death.
You would not know that you needed to eat, or be fed, unless you first experienced hunger. In other words your perception of pure love, even if you were completely submersed in it, would render incomplete simply because you could not compare it to anything. You could not even know the depth and meaning of its existence without an accurate gauge to pull from either ends of the spectrum.
You, of course, CAN HAVE one without the other, but it would be impossible to experience pleasure to its fullest capacity without, first, suffering its counterpart, pain.
Therefore, in essence, we need to lose “it” to gain “it”, whatever “it” is. Lose wealth to poverty, love to hatred, etc.

In light of that short discussion… I ask again… Did God plan the fall of man, so man could experience what it would be like on the “outside” so that the “choice” to be on the “inside” would generate a completely new level of, dependence, belonging, appreciation, gratitude, or love? To where before it was more of an oblivious, unintentional, expectation of auto existence. Perfection, no doubt, but perfection without the full impact & total depth on both ends of the spectrum.

Let’s take another direction for a minute.
Satan has plans too, just like God. The story of Joseph in Genesis, his brothers hated him, threw him in a pit, sold him into slavery, & lied to their father about him being killed by a wild animal. Joseph ended up in charge of the entire Egyptian empire and saved the region from 7 years of famine, including his family, the very brothers that caused all of this to happen, fulfilling Joseph‘s dream early on in his young life. Satan meant it for evil God meant it for good.
Satan had permission from God to afflict Job, Job 1:12, also had permission to sift Peter, Luke 22:31-32, John 10:10. Satan looks to steal, kill and destroy… What? (The fruits of the Spirit, which are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness & faith) Jesus comes that we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly, or to its fullest capacity by possessing those same fruits. 1 Peter 5:8 Satan prowls around like a lion seeking whom he may devour. Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself (Jesus) likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Satan looks to steal, kill, destroy, devour, and had the power of death, so there are limitations on Satan by God, or else we would all be dead right now. Proving that God even uses Satan to fulfill His purposes.
There are plenty of other pivotal events in the scriptures that point out the unfolding of Gods ultimate plans, but the most important event that has happened since the creation itself was the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah, & that is, that He was sent to die. Prophesied in scripture 700+ years before it even happened by the prophet Isaiah Chapter 53:4-7. Surely, he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes, we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.
This clearly reveals the Old Testament prophecies, over 700 years BC, to the events of New Testament scripture recordings found in the gospels concerning the coming messiah and His crucifixion to be the sacrifice for the redemption of mankind. It is obvious to me, and should be for you as well, that when God has a plan, that plan ALWAYS manifests itself into fruition, & with precise accuracy.

In our lives things usually never go from point A to Point B in a straight line, the way we plan or want it to go, but we can, by these examples, be rest assured that God always accomplishes:

  • WHAT He has intended it to,
  • WHOM it was intended for,
  • WHEN it was supposed to happen,
  • WHERE it was to take place,
  • HOW it was meant to turn out,
  • WHY it happened in the first place &
  • Even the roadblocks have purpose.

All that to say this, So based on the information I just went over, did the events in the garden of Eden, “THE FALL OF MAN“, take God by surprise?
Ask yourself this; did the death of the Messiah take Him by surprise? No, because we see that it was predicted hundreds of years before it happened.
Is there anything in biblical history that proves that God is EVER taken by surprise?
In addition, What biblical account of events does not turn out without an intended purpose? Joseph spent 13 years of slavery for 14 years of prophesy, inside of a dream that Pharaoh had, that Satan meant for evil but God meant for good. Who won? (Purpose) Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The purpose of this discussion is not to convince you that God micromanages everybody and everything like little puppets, or even to get you to believe that God actually did plan the fall of man, in the sense of controlling man to sin without choice.
This was just a question to ponder, not to know the answer to be factual or not but to think on the deeper issues, like even if you believe that God does or does not PLAN or “micromanage” everything, (as some would conclude), we do know this…
God DOES know the future, based on prophetic predictions.
So, If He knows the future, “our” decisions, and life events DO NOT come as a surprise to HIM and WHEN those events DO happen in our lives, God, therefore, can PRE PLAN His guidance, response or counter event that would ultimately set us back on track for His INTENDED ORIGINAL PLAN so it would SEEM as though it was controlled from the beginning.

This is What God said to the prophet Jeremiah Chapter 1 Verse 5 Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet unto the nations.
If He knew Jeremiah, even BEFORE he was in the womb, do you think He knew us then also? Either way the end result will always be what it was intended to be.

Let’s switch gears again for a minute… Looking at life from right now, going backwards, from the standpoint of the fall being a mistake and God had to re-plan His original plan. Going backwards from that “End Result”, (Heaven on Earth/Perfection/Eternity with God) before that, there had to be a “Plan” (Jesus‘, Death/Resurrection). If that “Plan” was labeled as a “Change of Plans” because of a mistake, or “Re-Plan” then there had to be a “Happening” in between, which would have caused the original “Plan” to be re-worked. So if there was a “Happening” (the fall) that caused the original plan to change, then what was the original plan?

IN THE BEGINNING, (God existed inside of eternity)

  • Plan = For His Creation to exist inside of eternity with Him.
    Implementation of that Plan = Give His Creation Life, which was Humanity, for His Purpose and His Glory, to do with what He Wills. That was to fellowship with Him, have a “father / child” relationship with them.
  • Intended End Result – = All Fellowship with God, All Live in obedience to God, All Exist on Earth in harmony with God & everything else, for Eternity.
    (The Genesis Account)
  • Happening = Disobedience, resulting in the fall of man.
  • Revised Plan = Salvation Through the sacrificial death and resurrection of the Messiah, Jesus.
  • End Result = All Fellowship with God, All Live in obedience to God, All Exist on Earth in harmony with God & everything else, for Eternity.
    (The Revelation Account)

END, (God Exists inside of eternity, with us)

The only thing that changed or that was added to the beginning, (God exists inside of eternity) was “US”… This whole “thing” was for US… Think about that for a while…
He Gave “US” the gift of “US” for Him… He gives to us; we give back to Him what He gives to us… Repeat… (That is a whole other sermon in itself)

If both end results are similar or identical, then we can discard the one that is not at the “End“, because you cannot have more than one “END” Result. So, therefore it would read like this:

  • Plan = Same
    Implemented Plan = Same
  • Happening = What has happened, What is happening, and What will happen.
    Change from “Revised Plan” to “Part of the Plan” or just an extension of “Happening” Which created a means to exist with knowledge on both ends of the spectrum, the tree of “The knowledge of Good and Evil”. They, up until the time they choose to eat of it, only knew “Life”. Because they only ate off of the tree of life, along with others for nutrition. They lived in perfection, so to them, nothing was either good or evil. Now God said that His creation was Good/Very Good, so it was good but Adam and Eve had no conscience to discern between the two. They were just living… with God… in the garden…
  • End Result = With God there are no mistakes.

With all that God put into His Creation, It would seem that, if He wanted to pour out His Love onto Us, but He knew that we couldn’t experience that depth to it’s fullest capacity, (like the rich kid), on both sides of the spectrum, that He would…

  1. Show us how much He actually loves us, and
  2. Provide a way for us to be able to choose, to the fullest capacity of choice, that we would love Him back.
    Therefore, the perfect explanation for both of those to happen precisely as displayed, would be the accounts of the gospel when God/Jesus died for His Creation.
  1. The more undeserving the recipient is for Love.
    For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—But God commendeth (favorably introduce / prove) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:7-8
  2. The more the recipient benefits from that Love.
    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
  3. The more it costs the giver to express that Love.
    And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8
  4. The more voluntary the giver is to lavish that Love without receiving anything in return.
    Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. John 10:17-18
  5. The deeper that Love is displayed.
    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Adam and Eve were born into perfection, without sin, did nothing to be undeserving. So with these just displayed in scripture and the explanation of the garden setting, this kind of love was present, but only in the “longing of God“, and not really in Adam and Eve, in the sense of completeness. He couldn’t have displayed this kind of love to Adam and Eve and have them appreciate it to the depth He desired, because they were not sinners.
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39
Just like the billionaire’s son cannot fully appreciate wealth. If someone said to him “no amount of money would be able to separate you from me”, it would not mean as much to him as much as it would to someone who was living in the slum with nothing.

I am sure by now the question has arisen… “So how do we explain the fact that God commanded them NOT to eat of the tree? And have it also be a part of His plan?”

We know that the crucifixion of Jesus was predicted hundreds of years before the event. We know the 10 commandments were written and in place before that. One of the commandments was, Thou shall not murder & the religious leaders at the time were the ones that fulfilled the prophecy that killed Jesus. They were supposed to be the ones to uphold the commandments. So even though God commanded the religious leaders at the time to keep the commandments, they carried out the plan of God by killing Jesus.

Gods command, = Do Not murder… Gods plan, = For Jesus to be killed. To serve His purpose of salvation. Even though murder was wrong and equally present in the plan, it still did not excuse the murderers of their crime. Nevertheless, it was still Gods plan.
Gods command, = Do Not Eat of the tree… Gods plan, = ? Could it be that they ate the fruit to serve His purpose of actual free will choice?
God is God and God is good, whatever He does, is the “right” thing to do, and just like human parents sometimes tell their kids not to do certain things out of concern and love for them, does not necessarily mean that the same rules apply to the parents. Like bed times, or handling sharp objects, etc. It is perfectly fine for the rule maker to impart rules on the rule follower without it applying to them.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

The last verses I want to read to drive all of this home is in the setting back in the garden where God was questioning Adam and Eve after they took and ate the fruit. Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed Satan, now listen very close to what God said to Satan… Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel. So what is the meaning of this verse? Was this not the foreshadow, a prophecy, to the crucifixion when Satan bruised the heel of humanity by a series of events that ultimately led to the Messiah‘s death, and then the resurrection, when God bruised the head of death, so it had no more power over us?
& 1 Peter 1:19-20 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

In conclusion, what I want you to take out of this, are these 5 points:

  1. Everything that God does has purpose.
  2. That God is in complete control, He knows everything, even what the future is, so whenever something happens, He already knows the outcome of whatever circumstance you are in and has a plan for it. If God knew the future, which means that He knew that the fall of man was going to happen, so instead of Him planning something and that plan failing due to human error, and then having to re-plan. The plan was, God making that “re-plan” the original plan from the beginning.
    Like an engineer sitting down at the drawing board to figure out how a plan will ultimately work out in the end, He plans and re-plans until everything was worked out before ever starting the process. So God, instantly knowing the future without even having to “re-plan“, took that information about mankind and how it was going to end up,… made the plan accordingly and implemented into a reality. Which is what we see today, in action, in the form of His Original Plan based on His foreknowledge.
  3. God has plans, (He is not willing that anyone should perish) God has instructions, (His Commandments) God has consequences, (Both Temporary and Permanent). We have choices. (God’s way or our way) After so many chances, (To choose God’s way) God will then set us on the course of our own choosing or grant us our own wills. (Which is the hardening of the heart)… Pharaoh, after multiple warnings with the plagues in Egypt, chose the final plague, himself, that took his own son’s life, which led him to the hardening of his own heart towards God’s people/God.
  4. As far as human choice plays into this; If you knew in advance that there was going to be your fatal car accident at a certain intersection on your way to work, wouldn’t, you take another way to work?… Your original plan would stay the same, (to go to work) and the final destination would also remain the same. The only difference would be an alternative route with the exact beginning and the exact ending. However, you do still have the choice to continue on the same road with its consequences. God, then, puts up a sign, so that you are without an excuse, but, then, you still have the choice to crash through the signs, ultimately leading to your own death. God does not send anybody to Hell.
  5. Because you cannot have one without the other, without it being just surface. Reverse the questions to the questions about God… like;
    If God is love then why is there hate? There is hate because God is Love.
    There is Death because God is Life.
    There is Violence because God is Peace.
    There is sorrow because God is Joy.
    There is darkness because God is light. Etc.

So, Did God Plan the fall of man? Ultimately, the answer would be Yes. However, not from the standpoint of Control and Micromanagement from the beginning, as if He planned for man TO sin, but rather from the standpoint of because he knew that man would sin, He created a plan that would form fit around that foreknowledge, with the end result being exactly what He planed it to be. I believe that is why there was not much time in the beginning between the formation of man and the fall, because, if you think about it, the very first recorded temptation was the last, before what we see today was set in motion.

He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To God be the Glory. Amen.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2016 in Thought Provoking