Running the race of life

Hebrews 12:1. . .”THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.”
Since the christian life is like hills and valleys with all the tribulation, the only real way to grow in the christian life is to run the race that the blood of Jesus has opened for those that claim Christ as their personal Lord & Saviour.

As life progresses, you’re either getting closer to God or further away from Him. If you’re riding the fence then you’re probably highly unstable because you don’t know what you want to do.

Like Joshua said, ‘choose today whom you will serve, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.’ (Joshua 24:15). The only way to know what God’s will for your life is is to surrender your life completely to the Lord Jesus. ‘Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.’ (Psalm 37:4).

So in closing, make the wise decision and GO AFTER GOD. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Prov. 1:7).

Becoming a little more open minded thanks to a motel stay

I know they still place Gideon bibles in motel rooms, but this is a new twist. I was staying at a motel that had a stack of Bhagavad Gitas in the lobby.

My curious nature couldn’t resist picking one up. Plus the Hindus I met are the most humblest people I ever met.

Plus if you really have faith, then you shouldn’t fear anything that opens your mind up a little. Especially if you are confident of what you believe.

Not every Christian who professes to know God actually does. Likewise the church can’t really assume that every non-Christian is lost.

God works in mysterious ways right?

I’ll take it a step further:

What if Krishna is sanskrit for Christ?

The Christ is a title for an annointed person. The angelic being who appeared throughout the Old Testament was a Christ figure. The Christ lived through Jesus (not even his real name) during his short life on earth.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, anybody who walks in the Light of the Divine for any length of time will inevitably become a Christ figure.

The Eternal Word

John 1:1. . .”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Now here is a hard concept to understand, but can only be understood if you have the Holy Spirit of God in your life. The Word refers to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was with God in the beginning, and is also the spirit of God manifested in human form.

Now how can the Son of God be God incarnate an unbeliever might ask? Is He His own Son? It’s a hard concept to explain how one God can exist in three distinct persons, but it shows the difference between christianity and the other world “religions”, which are all man made.

As a christian, you might have a hard time understanding the concept of the Trinity but if you’ve been again of God you won’t be able to deny that Jesus is God. If a person confesses that Jesus is God, then they have come to know Him personally.

You become a christian when you realize that Jesus is Lord and Saviour and ask Him into your life-and of course no one asks Him into their life unless they’re unhappy living in sin and want to change but recognize their own inability to do so in their own power.

I think I may be dying

It’s true. I’m dying. And so are you. At least as far as this world is concerned. Everything man-made eventually dies. On earth, the man-made stuff just reinvents itself. This is why there is nothing new “under” the sun. This also explains the so-called cursed upon materialism; it will never ultimately satisfy and any attempt to find satisfaction in earthly things will enslave us and cause us to forget who we truly are.

Even Jesus said all things pass away. I have been dying for over 40 years. At the same time the last 40 years have been the best years of my childhood. You keep yourself young by staying close to who were were growing up. So I guess my purpose is to prove that I can be a responsible adult and still be “immature”.

What is immaturity anyway? It is basically a word that grownups who take life too seriously call people who like to have fun every once in awhile.

Face it, adulthood is overrated. Even Jesus said to be like a child. Although this refers to a childlike faith in Divine Providence.

So I’m dying and will continue to do so for another two or three decades. We were created to live forever. Even some healthcare practitioners can’t figure out why humans don’t live longer than they actually do. Or why they even get sick in the first place.

It turns out even dying is an illusion. All dying is is the body slowly decaying. Even this is cause by wear and tear on the body due to excessive demands the world places on us, not to mention our own egos which cause us to push ourselves too hard. People that know how to take care of themselves don’t show the effects of dying as they get old. Often this latter group ends up reversing the aging process. The result is when they hit old age, people end up being surprised by how old they really are.

When Jesus said “die to ourselves”, I believe he meant die to the way of the world and live the divine life that the Great Spirit calls us to live in service to our neighbor. This is how we overcome the world that keeps trying to enslave us.

Righteousness exalts a nation

Righteousness exalts a nation. But sin is a disgrace to the people.”-Psalm 14:34

In my daily reading of the One Year Bible, I was reading Jeremiah 22. The first thing that stood out is why God allows suffering and bad things to happen. From other passages in the Word, we learn that it’s a result of the curse God put on the world as a result of man’s sin nature and independent self-will. We suffer because we have forsaken the covenant with God our Father and pursued other gods.

Now I will go into the heretic zone. Buddha is known for saying that suffering comes from attachment. The New Testament teaches us that one of the fruits of the spirit is self-control.

Materialism is more than money. It’s all things pertaining to matter. Forsaking life’s most important relationship with the Divine makes us slaves to materialism when we try to fill the void with earthly things. This explains why so many people in western culture are so obsessed with work these days.

Being too overly attached to the decaying things of this world will cause much suffering. We can enjoy the things of the world without getting too attached. But only if we seek first the Kingdom of God.

Maybe a theocracy is the best form of government. Not necessarily rule by the church. Human institutions become too corrupt. The more people who walk with God and put Him first, the more a nation exalts itself.

As one of my former roommates said, it doesn’t matter who wins elections in politics as long as we put God first. Exalting people like Obama or Trump like I have seen much of the country do the past few years is basically idol worship. Especially when people actually say either one of these or any other political figure is our only hope.

We invite suffering in when we eat too much of the tree of knowledge (materialism). We overcome this by eating of the tree of Life and living life from God on a daily basis.