Jesus knew what was in man

John 2:25. . .”No one needed to tell Him about human nature, for He knew what was in each person’s heart.” (NLT)

Today’s devotional reminds us that even Jesus appeared to have trust issues. Once you understand human nature, it is very difficult to trust another person. This is perfectly okay. It is far better to trust the only one who is perfect anyway. You are not really supposed to fully trust other humans; you take chances on people. This truth must make it difficult to get married, but if two people fully trust the God of their relationship, then their marriage will be perfected.

On a side note, Jesus’s understanding of human nature makes Him the perfect psychotherapist; maybe psychologist, probably not a psychiatrist since the patient wouldn’t need medicine anyway. At least you know you wouldn’t be charged a copay to see Him. After all, the Bible says God is the great physician.

Years ago, when I was struggling with mental health issues, I eventually gave up on Psychiatry because I couldn’t deal with the side effects, with the only solution being to take more medication. Then I gave up on Psychology because it felt like all I was was a business opportunity for some therapist. It felt like professional help was a sales gimmick.

I chose to pray and read spiritual stuff, mainly the Bible and a few self-help Psychology books. Of course, there’s not much incentive to do this when the government will pay you a check not to work. I guess understanding human nature will also lead you to favor capitalism (or anything) over socialism.

Not that seeing a doctor or therapist is necessarily a bad thing. There are several good faith based ones out there. I found one, although he might see me as a heretic now and want to get me to overcome that too. There are also non-faith based counselors out there who aren’t driven by the Almighty dollar.

The point is, putting God first means going to God with an issue before you seek any help outside of of Him. It could save you money in the long run. You will likely encounter opposition from even people in the church who are carnally minded and conformed to the world.

Imagine having no one to rule over you, except for the obvious

Judges 21:25. . ."In those days there was no king in Israel, everyone did what was right in his own eyes."

I was listening to a book I rarely listen to in my Scourby bible app; the Book of Judges. I should add that I love listening to audiobooks these days, it's like having someone read to me as a little child again. It is also kind of relaxing if you get someone with a soothing voice. Alexander Scourby is one of those people. It can be hard to concentrate this way, especially since I have a tendency to fall asleep listening t audiobooks. 

The book of Judges was that interim period after Moses and Joshua led the Israelites to the promised land and before the kingdom of Israel was set up. In those days they were ruled by judges, although I would use the term "rule" loosely. As the last verse summarizes, everyone did what was right in their own eyes because there was no king. 

The Constitutional Foundation for the United States

No wonder our founding fathers felt the Bible was a good book for the foundation of a free republic and the American Constitution. A true Republican believes in everyone taking personal responsibility for their own lives.  This is the basis on how to live in a free society. Democracy is an illusion because elections tend to be rigged. Also, the basis for Democracy is electing someone to rule over you. The result of Democracy is more government dependency which is reflected in higher taxes. 

The basis for a Theocracy is rule by God. Obviously, God already rules over everything, though He leaves us the freewill to rule our own lives. No one likes a Theocracy because you usually have an elite group of "rulers." Although you have an elite group, aka the "1%", each person has the authority to rule over their lives.  In a Theocracy, each person can be led by the Spirit of God directly if they choose to follow Him.   A verse in the book of Psalms says "righteousness exalts a nation but sin brings a reproach to its people."  Democracy leads to socialism which leads too laziness and dependency, which is the sin this verse it talking about. 

Why Democracy is bad and eventually fails

Democracy is valued by intellectuals who cherish cooperation over competition. However, most of them don't understand how the world works or even human nature for that matter. The basis for the New World Order is trying to bring in world socialism. If the economy is collapsing, it is just the socialism that is collapsing.  Socialism is doomed to fail and eventually leads back to a freer society. Democracy doesn't really value individual freedom and is more secular, which makes it an antichrist kingdom.  It is nothing more than mob rule over the individual. 

Everything social democrats strive for can be found within a free society in their nonprofit sector.  Or at least that has been my observation from living in more conservative societies. For example, the universal healthcare in "red states" was provided at local county hospitals. 

Just to reiterate, Democracy doesn't really exist because society doesn't really exist. It is just a group of individuals who feel the need to vote for someone to have authority over them. The only real authority is the Most High who lavishes wisdom on all who seek it. We really don't need rulers but will always have a government out of convenience; it helps when it comes to enforcing contracts within the illusion of "society". 

Republicans and Democrats are both socialists to some degree. The former leans more toward greater individual sovereignty and more limited government. Although since both political parties in the U.S. have sold us out in some form or another, the Right is more the lesser of two evils since being sold out to corporate interests is better than becoming a slave to the government. 



The fallacy of planning for tomorrow (or anytime in the future)

James 4:13-15. . .”And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, ‘Today, at the very latest tomorrow, we are off to such and such a city for a year. We are going to start a business and make a lot of money.’ You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You are nothing but a wisp of fog, catching but a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead make it a habit of saying, ‘if the Master wills and we are still alive, we will do this or do that.'” (The Message)

Today’s devotional sounds like most people nowadays. This just proves that people don’t really change. We are always planning for our future. In and of itself this is not a bad thing; we just have to remember that nothing is promised. This flies in the face of the prosperity gospel which claims God has much wealth in store for us. There is truth to the prosperity gospel but it is more internal; i.e., from the inside out.

This does not mean we shouldn’t be ambitious. Ambition is a good thing because it is better than living an idle life. Worldly ambition leads us to pray to God with wrong motives which serve to only benefit ourselves only. True ambition involves living humbly before God and walking in the Spirit. Maybe it would help us to look at all the other blessings that our business brings us rather than just the monetary ones.

Follow your dreams but be realistic. Put God first and remember nothing in the future is set in stone. It is a fallacy to believe we have our whole lives ahead of us because every day is a gift with no promise of another day. Although our spirits will live on in another realm.

How to find your soul mate

Song of Solomon 2:3. . .”As the apple tree among the grove, so is my beloved among the sons.”

Why do so many people get divorced? Is it because marriage and family values is really on the decline? Statistically speaking, with overpopulation there may be as many successful marriages and families as there always were. Possibly more.

Many people admit they rushed into marriage before they got to know themselves and what they really want out of life. Your spouse is your help mate. Therefore if you don’t know what you want in life, it stands to reason you won’t know what you are looking for in a partner.

Then there are people who simply don’t want to get married. They just don’t want to be alone. Or they want to have children and the traditional family seems the right way to do it.

Many people in today’s generation say they don’t want to get married. That’s not to say they won’t since you don’t always control falling in love with someone. I’m pretty sure that even if they purpose not to get married, they have no intention of committing to a life of celibacy.

Nothing is predestined in life. The Bible doesn’t encourage marriage outside of procreation. Life’s most important relationship is with the Creator of the universe, or our true soul mate. It’s possible to be so fulfilled by divine intimacy that we don’t look for someone else on earth to complete us.

Jesus and Paul both said it is better to not marry than get divorce. It is also better to marry than to burn with passion and sleep around. Being unmarried means not having to be burdened by the cares of the world.

True love is hard to find outside of the divine fellowship. For those that believe in the law of attraction, we attract what we really want.

Today’s bible verse is Song of Solomon 2:3 and compares love to finding an apple tree in a grove. Since the feminine is the most spiritually sensitive, “she” probably draws the masculine into the relationship. So much for the man leading since he only wears the pants she tells him to wear.

The man leads by doing what his lady intuitively leads him to do because they are spiritually joined together by God long before they ever walk an aisle, or have sex for that matter. There are other ways to be naked with someone besides physically. More on that in another blog post someday.

What is the Gospel? Aka the Kingdom of God?

Luke 17:21. . .”-the Kingdom of God is within you.”

I’ve heard this question asked in every religious article in relation to this post. Think about it, what is the gospel that Jesus preached?

Is it the health/wealth that the Word/Faith prosperity churches teach? There does have to be some truth to this or it wouldn’t have such an impact. At least health wise. Wealth is relative and okay to enjoy but not be the primary focus in life.

How about “Ask Jesus into your heart” and be baptized. You won’t find this phrase anywhere in the bible?

Today’s verse (in the older translations) declare the Kingdom of God to be within us. In John 18:36 Jesus says His Kingdom isn’t of this world. The world is more properly translated as “realm”.

God is spirit and the things of God are spiritual. This is why we are commanded to live by faith and not by sight.

The real good news is that heaven is all around us. The only thing lacking is awareness Most of us are to blinded by materialism to actually “see” it or enjoy it. Maybe we really don’t believe in the things of God?

The only real sin (missing the mark) is unbelief. This leads us to chase after worldy things in an attempt to fill that void. Even politics is what people turn to when they lost faith in God.

Have to admit that worldliness is really good for the economy. It’s also exhausting with the endless work and trying to solve the various economic crisis that develop.

Seek first the Kingdom and all else will fall into place. The only way to deal with problems in society like racism is to be at peace with God, which supernaturally puts one at peace with his fellow man.