I wrote a post that ties in well with this one: Fact or Fiction Omniscient or Opinions (https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/fact-or-fiction-omniscient-or-opinions/).
In the animated movie “Inside Out” the viewer travels inside the brains of a little girl.
They explore the different emotions and thoughts that are going on in her mind.
At one point they come to the “TRAIN OF THOUGHT”, which is literally a train that travels around in her mind.
I tried to include a video clip in this post of that scene but I just couldn’t find it so let me try to paint it for you…
While on that train they knock over crates. One is marked “facts” the other is labled “opinions.” As they frantically try to straighten things up “Joy and Sadness” (two of the characters) are concerned that they are mixing the facts with opinions, putting the wrong ones in the wrong case. Another character (“Bing Bong” an imaginary friend) explains, “It happens all the time!” (It has been a while since I’ve seen it so I hope I got that right, you get the gist).
Funny but true.
It is important to know what you believe in. My dad always said,
Know what you stand for or you’ll fall for anything.
When it comes to organized religion, religious people will fight and debate, even go to war, with other religions over how each of them interpret God’s truths (His word).
Today’s verse brought to my mind the question of what some call, “eternal security”.
Some believe that once you have dedicated your life to God you are heaven bound, no material what. Others will say, you must stay in that dedicated state or you won’t be allowed to enter heaven (glory).
I recall saying to my dad maybe both sides are partially wrong and partially right.
As you enter into a “relationship” with Christ, rather than try to follow “religion” He is able to continue to guide you.
Perhaps you’ll still stray from time to time as children and sheep do and you’ll need his word as a shepherd’s rod to nudge, tug, sway and pull you where He wants you to go.
His Word, especially the New Testament is full of warnings and guidance to remind us where we need to be, where He wants us to be, in our relationship with Him.
He doesn’t want a church (a bride) who is cheating on Him. Yet, at the same time, He continues to work on perfecting us until that final day.
He does His part, it is up to us to do ours.
If we are honest with ourselves we realize that as we full dedicated our lives to Him we are His but our relationship doesn’t just end with that 1st time dedication, realization and commitment.
We may, unknowingly sin or even deliberately, go against the new nature He gives us. We may not fully understand what His Holy Spirit is saying to us or ignore Him altogether.
CHRIST, no one else, is our judge.
He knows all (He is omniscient). He knows our hearts & minds. He is able to understand that we are still human, even when He makes us His new creation.
In this maze of life our own train of thought maybe get derailed. We may mess up & mix our opinions with the facts of His Word but ultimately He is in control (all powerful or omnipotent) and as long as we believe, put our trust and whole heart in His care, His grace & mercy will prevail.
Here is today’s verses:
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
Romans 8:1-3 NLT
It’s up to us (our will) to let God do His work in us. When our will surrenders and submits to God He separates us from our old sinful nature, creates in us a new creature and promises us an eternal home with Him.
We live the Kingdom life now and will be part of His Kingdom forever.
Walk (activly) in His light as He is in the light.
Lord, your kingdom come. Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Heavenly Father,
when i pray, help me to not be like the hypocrites. Your son, my Savior, tells us that they (hypocrites) love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Help me to not be a religious actor.
YOU tell me,
people like that
have already received their reward in full (the praise of mankind). I want to please You, my God, not mankind. As I pray now and every time i pray, going into my room, help me close the door and pray to You, you alone. You are my Father, who is unseen. You are my faceless friend. Then you, my dad, who sees what is done in secret, will reward me. And when i pray, may i not keep on babbling like pagans either, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. I do not desire to be like them, for you, our master, know what we need before we ask You. This, then, is how i pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Holy, separated from this world.
May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. In the name of The LORD Jesus Christ. Amen.
(Praying the scripture, Matthew 6:5-13)
In Christ and for His sake, Beetle
Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed–be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax M y hold on you [assuredly not]!” So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, “T he Lord is my H elper [in time of need], I will not be afraid . W hat will man do to me ?”
HEBREWS 13:5-6 AMP
Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
ROMANS 8:35 AMP