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When Hope Disappoints (And When Love Enlightens)

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“The eyes of your heart are being enlightened to this end, (that) you may know what is the hope of his calling and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the holy-ones.”  (Ephesians 1:18 MLV)

“…and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  (Romans 5:5 WEB (R))

“…that you may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”  (Ephesians 3:16-19 WEB (R))

 

I sometimes wonder why so many people, including believers, who have good health, all their needs met, and others who care about them, nevertheless seem to live self-centered lives, hurting those around them over and over.  I’d like to share what I think may be the primary reason for this.  The meat of this post is at the end, so stick with me.

As I began writing, I was reminded that we ALL have acted in self-interest and hurt others when we could have done otherwise. Even though others might do so more often or dramatically, the fact remains we are usually guilty of essentially the same things we judge others for.  Not only that, but maybe these “others” are acting out of a place of pain, fear or ignorance which we cannot fathom and they don’t even realize.

The Problem

Physiotherapists and athletes are familiar with the dangers of “compensations,” where one changes their normal movement in order to avoid stressing an injured part of their body, such as limping after spraining an ankle.  Initially, limping might be helpful or necessary, but the danger is that it disrupts the bodies’ designed harmony of weight-bearing and movement.  Therefore, once the injured part heals, this natural harmony needs to be restored quickly and fully, or the harder it will be to restore normal movement and the greater the likelihood of another injury somewhere else in the body.  

In much the same way, I believe these same damaging “compensations” often happen in reaction to psychological/emotional wounds. Many of the maladjusted people we see are victims of inward trauma, and it’s well documented that such trauma is linked to various disorders and diseases and disorders in adulthood.1 While they don’t have to live with “compensations,” many do, and here is how I think it happens:

When one is abused or neglected, especially in childhood on a reoccurring basis by those who are supposed to provide love and protection, the soul’s harmonious state of peace and hope (expectation of good) become greatly damaged.  Using the sprained ankle comparison, this is the inward equivalent of whatever accident or trauma caused the sprain.  As a result, fear becomes the motivating force, which is the true problem.  This is the equivalent of the ankle’s torn ligaments, swelling and pain.  Various compensations (limps) then develop, intended to ease the pain and prevent further injury, including hyper-vigilance, anxiety, depression, attention-seeking, sexual addictions, substance addiction, a dog-eat-dog mentality, underlying anger, self-mutilation, and any number of other self-serving ways and attitudes.

Here’s a simple example of the above process: There are many cases of neglected children who, long after being adopted by a loving family, are found to be gorging themselves or secretly hoarding food in their bedrooms.2  It’s not that their new parents aren’t feeding them enough, it’s that their experiences led to a deep belief that there are no guarantees of provision, so they have to get as much as they can, when they can.  You can see how their expectation of good (hope) had been damaged, and was replaced by fear.  Often, the new parents try to reassure the child about their love, or even punish them in an attempt to change this behavior, but the behaviors persist anyway, creating tension in the relationship.  If you ask these children why they are gorging themselves and hiding food when they just ate an hour ago, haven’t missed a meal in months, and are stressing out their loving parents, they may not even be able to tell you – their fear has become subconscious and ingrained.  

The Great Importance of Hope:

In Ephesians 1:18, quoted at the top, Paul prays that believers hearts would be “enlightened” IN ORDER THAT they could truly know (not just believe) the hope that they have as heirs of God’s glory.  In other words, Paul’s prayer was that they would have the truth of their identity and their union with God revealed to them, and thus set their hope/expectation of good solely on that unchangeable, deep spiritual reality.  Paul says in Romans 5:5 that such a hope will not disappoint, because it is based on the unchangeable love and Spirit of God within us.  Again, “enlightenment” is a gift of God enabling us to see the reality of our adoption and identity as sons and daughters, who walk in freedom and love, not law and fear.  If, however, our expectation of good is based on something external, or not based on anything at all, that hope will deeply disappoint us or be crushed, leaving us in doubt, very vulnerable to the influence of fear, and causing love to seem distant.  This is when the damaging “compensations” creep in, and if left unaddressed, they can become deeply ingrained patterns that lead to an often miserable existence.

Fear and Love

Fear and love are the only two motivating forces that exist.  We think of fear as being afraid, but you can operate in fear as I mean it without feeling afraid at all.  For example, greed, selfishness, jealousy, anger, offense, and most any “vice” you can name are all aspects of fear, because they are self-focused, inward-turning energies.  Fear is essentially a heightened awareness of self, which comes with a heightened desire to protect or promote self.  Fear creates an individualistic mindset and inhabits a shallow, warped reality, because it cannot truly see or act beyond self’s needs and desires.  Fear cannot see or even fathom the realm of love – either in terms of giving or receiving.  Being hurt or abused fuels fear, because these tend to turn our focus inward.  Love, on the other hand, has no self-awareness, and thus no fear and no ability to be offended.3  Love is divine energy, which dwells, moves and deals entirely in the reality of the kingdom of God and the full, completed reconciliation of the cross.  As such, love patiently endures hardship and suffering, laboring to see that all men are cared for, made whole, and brought into the realization of their true nature and union with God (in other words, that they be “saved” or “born again”).  

For true and lasting change and freedom to occur, the primary thing is that the root of fear within be replaced by a root of love, giving a solid and enduring foundation for hope and peace.  After that, the compensations which developed out of fear must be recognized and purposely eliminated.  The Bible and other spiritual texts refer to this process, among other things, as “enlightenment,” “repentance,” and “self-control.”  Replacing ingrained beliefs and habits can be a scary, slow, discouraging and painful process, much like physical therapy while recovering from an injury or surgery.  It often seems impossible to recover and easier to just live with the injury, which is what many with inner wounds end up doing.  To help these wounded people, we must walk in love, seeing them beyond their circumstance, where they can’t see themselves.  We must be patient and gentle, remembering they are acting from a place of ignorance and fear, which developed from their experiences.  Think of approaching a wounded animal – you may intend to help it, but it is likely to lash out at you in fear and pain.  Responding with fear or aggression yourself would only create a bigger problem.   I’m not saying it’s ok for anyone to hurt another – it’s not, and boundaries may have to be set.  I’m simply saying that love won’t respond to fear with fear. Those who walk in love must avoid fear and minister to those who still walk under its influence.

Enlightened to Walk in Love

To quote Paul in Ephesians 3:17 above, when we are enlightened to recognize Christ/the Spirit in our hearts and thus are “rooted and grounded in love,” we must demonstrate that love to others.  Enlightenment isn’t earned, nor is it primarily for our benefit, it’s a gift we receive enabling us to minister Life to those who are walking in fear, outside of Christ.  Again, this love will deal with and speak to people in the light and realm of the finished work of the cross, speaking to them and dealing with them there, not in light of their circumstances and fears.  Love will let someone express how they feel and will listen to their thoughts, but it won’t coddle them there and it won’t go along with whatever is outside of Christ – it will call to the divine part in that person, even if they aren’t aware of it, in hopes they are enlightened to see it too.  While the common expression that people “need Christ” is essentially true, let’s remember this: YOU AND I ARE THE BODY CHRIST INHABITS AND WORKS THROUGH.  Not everyone will heed our words or respond to our love with repentance.  But, if they are going to hear Christ or experience his love and let go of their fear, it may only happen as we are Christ to them, speaking grace and truth which agree with the spirit of love, instead of responding to them with words of condemnation and death which further empower their fear and compensations.  This isn’t easy, but this is largely what it means to “walk in the Spirit.” 

Now, as Jesus said, it’s very easy to “love” and bless those who love you – there’s nothing special or divine about that.4  But loving those who aggravate you, harrass you, mistreat you, scare you or persecute you – that requires something real.  It requires the “enlightenment” that Paul prayed for.  Enlightenment is a gift of God, and I can’t always explain how it comes, but I can say this – true enlightenment is given to the humble, to those who admit their need, their weakness, their blindness.  I, and many others, have found that a key to this process is to prioritize times where we let go of agenda and simply commune with God in silence.  Like everything else, this takes practice and desire.  You may have to start small, and cut things out that blunt your desire for spiritual things.  But as we love where we can, and seek as we can, I believe God will grant us more grace, and greater love will naturally come forth from our inner being.  Again, it’s ok to start small!  Just start.   : )

 

(James 4:1-10 MLV):  “Where do the wars and quarrels among you come from? Is it not from here, from your own sensual-delights which are battling in your members?  (From your self-serving, fearful desires). You lust and do not have; you murder and are jealous and cannot obtain; you quarrel and make war; you do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask evilly, that you may spend it in your sensual-delights.  (You do not receive love, because you are operating in fear). Adulterers and adulteresses (breaking covenant with God by refusing His love), do you not know that the friendship of the world is designated as enmity with God? Therefore whoever wills to be a friend of the world is making himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture speaks in vain? Does the Spirit which dwells in us long to envy? But he gives more grace. Wherefore the Scripture says, ‘God resists the haughty, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore be subject to God (receive His love) and withstand the Slanderer (do not heed to any fearful or accusing influence, which contradict the Father’s love) and he will flee from you (lose power and influence over you). Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. You sinners! You indecisive! Cleanse your hands and purify your hearts! Be miserable and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom (don’t be happy or content apart from abiding in Christ and walking in love). Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will exalt you (fearfully promoting yourself, or “seeking to gain your life,” as Jesus said, will only cause the loss of what you desire.  Humbling yourself, or  “losing your life,”5 is the only way to truly find Life, which is what all men ultimately want and need).

 

 

  1. http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childmaltreatment/consequences.html
  2. https://adoption.com/foster-adopted-children-hoard-food
  3. 1 John 4:16-18 MLV
  4. (MLV): “You* have heard that it was said, ‘You will love* your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ {Lev. 19:18} But I say to you*, Love* your* enemies, speak well of those who curse you*, do good things to those who hate you* and pray on behalf of those who exploit you* and persecute you*. Do this *that you* may become sons of your* Father who is in heaven; because his sun rises on the evil and the good and it rains on the righteous and the unrighteous. For* if you* love* those who love* you*, what reward do you* have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you* only greet your* friends, what do you* do more-than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you* will be perfect, like your* Father who is in the heavens is perfect.”                            {Footnotes: Mt 5:22a- OR vainly angry, empty (without cause or reason) or to further one’s vanity. Mt 5:22b- An expression of contempt. The Greek here could be simply ‘fool’ said as an expression of condemnation or could be a transliteration of ‘Moreh’ which is a Hebrew expression of condemnation. In Mt 5:22 the wording doesn’t matter; it’s the way it is said or meant. Mt 5:29- and all other places – offend literally means ‘cause to stumble’ or ‘snare.’}
  5. (Matthew 16:25 WEB (R))  “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it.” 
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Posted by on April 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Nullified

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“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he (Jesus Christ) also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:14-15 KJV)

I will be examining two questions from this passage:

  1.  How was the devil “destroyed?” Isn’t he still alive and active today?
  2. What was it that the fear of death held people in bondage to or from?

Regarding question 1: The Greek word translated “destroyed” here is katargeo, which actually means “made void, ineffective, nullified.” Jesus didn’t eradicate the devil, he nullified him.  In particular, Jesus’ death nullified the “power of death” which the devil had. I’m not entirely sure all of what that entails, but I do know we have to look at this spiritually, and Paul said that the mind of the flesh (the natural mind) is death, while the mind of the spirit is life and peace.1 I think the power of death has to do with keeping men naturally-minded and religious.  This is done by continuing to offer fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, using law to keep men aware of their sins, and thus keeping men in a state of guilt and self-awareness (death).  In short, the power of death is the power of accusation and guilt, fueled by law, which keeps one naturally-minded, self-focused and fearful of/withdrawn from God.

I believe that the devil’s power is nullified because there is no longer a legitimate claim of guilt or condemnation (or even “sin” in the sense of violating a written law) for those in Christ.2  The law’s purpose was to symbolize Christ, but because of the weakness of our flesh, law also functioned to bring natural-mindedness (spiritual death) through an awareness of sin, which fostered a fear of death and judgment.3  But in Christ, there is no written law, condemnation, guilt or “sin.”4 That’s an unchangeable fact. As Romans 8:33-34 says in the literal version: Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? God is the One justifying! Who is he condemning? It is Christ who has died, but rather also is raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession on our behalf.”  Christ conquered death and is a permanent intercession. Having been nullified, the devil’s primary weapons are now deception and accusations which have no basis.  I realize that some may worry this creates an excuse for people to “sin.”  Maybe it does.  But regardless, one who truly loves God and His Kingdom would abhor using God’s mercy as an excuse to gratify their flesh or dishonor Him, and God would not trust one with a selfish heart like that.  If simply “getting to heaven” is your goal, then in reality you’re serving yourself, and God is just a means to get what YOU want.    

Regarding question 2: what was it that the fear of death kept men in bondage to or from? I think the answer is simple, though it can be expanded upon greatly. The fear of death is the awareness and fear of judgment fueled by offended law, guilt, and self-focus.  This fear kept men bound to the law and thus stuck in a cycle of sin and death, and bound from the spirit, thus kept away from righteousness and life.5 Bringing men into righteousness and life in the spirit is what the “freedom” in Christ is about. Our being freed from an awareness of sin and guilt is for the bigger purpose of freedom to participate in the spiritual Kingdom of God as sons. Jesus was sent to those who were under the law, who through the law had become spiritually poor, blind, broken and bruised,6 with no real relief in sight.  He fulfilled this law and ended it in order to institute a “new way” of relating to God, in righteousness, spirit and truth, with God-awareness, not self-awareness.  A return to a relationship with God as Father, not simply “master.”7  Hallelujah!

Now, let’s remember it’s not enough for us just to see and acknowledge these truths (and I only see them partially as it is); we must allow them to shine within us and cast out the darkness (deception, manmade ideas) which we have called light (truth, wisdom from God). This will seem very much like allowing our way of thinking and understanding to be cast away and replaced as the spirit reveals to us God’s heart and will.  This is repentance. Being diligent in this by God’s grace will bring change, freedom and joy.

 “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15 KJV)

  1. Romans 8:6
  2. Romans 7:4-6, Galatians 2:19
  3. Galatians 3:19-25, Romans 3:20; 5:13,20; 7:4-7; 8:3, 1 Corinthians 15:56.
  4. Romans 4:15, Romans 8:1-3, 1 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 9:26, 1 John 3:5-9
  5. Romans 8:2
  6. Luke 4:18
  7. Galatians 4:4-5; Romans 7:6; John 4:23-24
 
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Posted by on March 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Our Obligation

 

 “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you…So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh…For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”1

  “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”2

 The ideas of freedom and obligation (duty) seem antithetical.  Yet both are mentioned in scripture as aspects of the life of a believer.  This deserves a closer look with reliance on God’s spirit to enlighten us. 

First of all, while obligation/duty is rarely mentioned in scripture, the idea of freedom is common and is central to the mission of Jesus. This isn’t my focus here, but scripture declares Jesus came to set the captives free, we have been called to be free, God desires we take care to remain free, we will be judged by the law of freedom, all children of God are free, and more.  However, this is not speaking of freedom as the world understands it, which is essentially a license to do whatever your SELF wants.  This freedom is pertaining to believers, who are in Christ.  There’s surely more to this, but in part I believe this is a freedom from fear and law, and a freedom to love and a genuine spiritual walk with God (hallelujah!).  

Love only exists where there’s freedom and no fear.  I’m talking about self-focused, natural fear. There is no fear in love and no love in fear; they are opposing forces.3 Think about that statement. Serving out of fear means I’m very aware of my self and what I could lose.  Fear fuels this sense of obligation and ultimately it’s self-serving.  There’s no love in that.  The obligation and service of love is totally different – it’s spirit-driven and totally without self-awareness or fear of loss.  It’s an obligation to honor and edify another, not to preserve self, and it’s produced naturally by the new nature of God’s spirit within.  That is love – God is love!   

In the passage from Romans above, Paul says true believers are “not in the flesh but in the spirit” and are “under obligation not to the flesh.”  As believers, our primary obligation is to NOT live according to the flesh – our own desires, understandings, and will – regardless of how good or logical they may seem. This is the flip side of our other legitimate obligation to live according to the spirit.  These obligations are legitimate because our freedom is only in the spirit and is only possible through Christ’s atonement which reconciled believers to God and made our new “natural” state of being as “in the spirit” and to “live according to the spirit.”  This is what Christ came and suffered to make real, and what true salvation is all about.  The flesh/self is, and is to always be regarded as, old, obsolete, unnatural, deceitful, and dead.  It is something to be shunned and forsaken.  To live according to a blind and dead nature is to be dead in God’s eyes.4 

As a second part to my “Alienated from Life” post, I plan to look at more closely at the following scripture: “…that, in reference to your former manner of life (led by the fleshly mind and nature), you lay aside the old self (the flesh), which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit (desires that deceive – seeming godly but aren’t), and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind (grow in spiritual perception), and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth (the God-given spirit within you becoming the controlling force and very life of your whole being).5   Amen.  

  1. Romans 8:9, 12, 14
  2. Galatians 5:13
  3. 1 John 4:18
  4. See Romans 6:6 and 8:5, for starters.
  5. Ephesians 4:22-24

 

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Covering of Fig Leaves, Pt. 1

*Credit to Dan Gochnour for some of the revelation here and challenging further study.

I’m coming to see that Jesus referenced the Old Testament more times and fulfilled more prophecies and types than most realize.  Sometimes he did so very subtly, such as in Mark 11: 12 On the next day, when they had left Bethany, he became hungry. 13 Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if perhaps he would find anything on it; and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And his disciples were listening.”

Ask yourself, why was this incident recorded? Was it just to show that Jesus was upset with a tree for failing to satisfy his appetite?  No, Jesus did this for the same reason he did everything – because the Spirit of God prompted him to.  Jesus was using natural things to illustrate a deeper spiritual reality, as he often did.  The truth is, everything Jesus said and did related to the spiritual realm at it’s core.

Some say the first time something is mentioned in scripture, a precedent is set for that particular idea which applies for the rest of scripture. I don’t know about that, but it’s interesting. The first reference of fig leaves in scripture is in Genesis 3, immediately after Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil:  (Genesis 3):  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings…

To understand what the fig leaf covering represents, you first have to see why Adam and Eve made these coverings to begin with.  Genesis mentions two trees specifically – the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, which God forbade them to eat from, and the Tree of Life.  The Bible says the first thing that happened when they ate the fruit of the forbidden tree is their “eyes” openedThis is hugeThese obviously aren’t physical eyes, they are the “eyes” of the human soul.  Their opening is the source of man’s religious fixation.  The Bible calls soulish perception “carnality” or “fleshly.”  God sees all that is human, temporal, and non-spiritual, both of the physical (actions) and immaterial (beliefs, motives) realms, as fleshly and utterly worthless.

Genesis 2:9 says both the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life were “pleasing to the sight and good for food.” But, Genesis 3:6 adds one extra element to the tree of knowledge as Adam’s wife saw it; it was “desirable to make one wise.” Is wisdom bad? Were Adam and Eve foolish before eating from this forbidden tree?  No, of course not.  This wisdom which the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil imparts is human, soulish wisdom, which is based on reasoning, knowledge, cunning, and skill, and it makes one aware of self.  Eating from this tree will thus always hinder communion with God and entrance into His spiritual Kingdom (which Jesus said is within us), because when the soul’s eyes open, the spirit’s eyes shut.  Adam and Eve got more than they bargained for, essentially trading away spiritual innocence and life to get self-awareness and human reasoning, knowledge, cunning, and skill. If you think about it, Christianity has largely done the same since very shortly after Pentecost.

After they ate, we immediately see a tremendous difference in the relationship between God and Adam and Eve. When the eyes of their soul opened, they suffered the “death” that God had said would come – the death of their spirit, of their innocence.  God didn’t change, Adam and Eve’s perception changed.  This is so evident by their actions – right away, they covered themselves, hid, and were fearful.  For the first time, they became highly aware of self (“knew that they were naked”) and fearful.  Self-awareness is the foundation of human fear.  It caused Adam and Eve to perceive God as a fearful master to hide from and dress up self for, rather than a loving and trustworthy Father whose love and acceptance frees one from fear, shame, and pretense.

Here’s the progression of events in the garden:  ate fruit –> eyes were opened –> saw their nakedness –> became afraid –> made covering of fig leaves –> hid from God.  Here’s essentially what this means: dishonored God –> took on carnal perception –> became self-aware –> became fearful –> created myriad of ways to make themselves presentable to God (this is what “leaves” represent) –> abandoned and lost true fellowship with Him.  This mirrors the overall history of God’s people, to the present day. 

In part 2, probably coming in a few days, I want to look closer and more specifically at Jesus’ encounter with the fig tree.  I believe it references the events in the garden and contains a prophecy which is being fulfilled right now.  God bless you!

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Honesty

Something I’m realizing is it’s important to simply be honest.  Religion and fear tempt men to hide their faults and sins, fearing judgment or condemnation, but this is itself a fault.  I believe the dynamic that keeps men full of pretense – PRETENDING to be holy and Christlike, is pride.  Pride won’t allow a negative perception of self.  Jesus called the Pharisees and religious folk of his day “hypocrites.”  This word carried the idea of an actor in a play, who wears different masks and performs different roles.  Hypocrisy is pretending to be something one is not.

(Matthew 23):  27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Don’t be a hypocrite.  Refuse to let fear keep you from being “real.”  This isn’t to say that you should give in to any desire you may have, or say anything that comes to mind.  No, there are competing natures within a believer – the flesh and the spirit.  The spirit must conquer the flesh, and the flesh must remain crucified and in a position of death.  To speak or act from anger, compulsion, fear, etc. is to speak or act from the flesh – the corrupt, selfish nature.  I’m simply saying be real in regards to your weakness, failures, and struggles.  Don’t put on a “mask” and pretend to be righteous or wise or strong or whatever – this is hypocrisy when in reality you have places within that need to be cleaned out, or areas of confusion in your mind.  Be real, be honest, humble yourself before God and men, and if you are God’s child and desire righteousness, you will see and be a recipient of God’s discipline and His grace to change you and conform you into His image.  As a disciple of Jesus Christ, you should have no greater honor or desire.

(James 4): Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

(Titus 2): 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 teaching us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age…

God bless you.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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