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.

Which tree are you climbing?

I saw a quote by a charismatic preacher in Colorado named Ted Garner where he said that humans are in one of two trees; the tree of knowledge of good and evil and tree of Life. The first tree is external where we try to live life from the outside in. For example, we try to keep God’s commandments legalistically, This can result in having a harder life, feeling like we are doing it out of own efforts, and can make us more judgmental towards others.

If we are in the tree of life, we are living life from the inside out. This is also called the life hidden with Christ in God. Everything feels more natural in this tree. We are more focused, and everything just falls into place. Jesus even said if we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, all else would be added.

The tree of knowledge of good and evil is man’s attempt to eat of the forbidden fruit, which is questioning God and trying to be God. The man in this tree will probably value science over true religion, with the former leading to an actual worship of scientific knowledge.

Life will feel harder if we are in the tree of knowledge. Not that knowledge in and of itself is a bad thing, since it takes knowledge to do anything. This may sound like a prosperity gospel, but life wasn’t meant to be hard or a struggle.

Why is the tree of life so hard to get into if it promises so many blessings? Because humans over complicate things when all God asks us to do is trust Him. Every time we doubt God and trust in our own faculties we take a bite out of the forbidden fruit.

Repression leads to depression

Jeremiah 17:9. . .”The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But God searches the heart and examines the mind and gets to the heart of the human, the root of things, and treats them as they really are and not as they pretend to be.” (Message Bible)

The Apostle Paul said he became all things to all people so that he may win a few. I learn more about my faith by relating to non-believers and seeing what it is about my faith that they are really rejecting. The biggest thing that comes to mind is they see Christians as repressing their desires in an attempt to live for God. I learned in 12-Step groups that repressed desires are the leading cause of mental health issues. This could explain the Religious Trauma Syndrome that many people suffer from when they leave the Church.

Repressing our desires is not the freedom that God calls us to in Christ. While our desires are natural, they are not always Godly. When we turn from our own path and seek out the path of righteousness that God laid out for us, He begins to show us a new path to take; aka being born again, or a fresh start in life.

We don’t have to struggle with our desires. Maybe they are something good that God wants us to have. We should go after these as long as the Spirit doesn’t convict us and we put God first. Every desire is basically good at its starting point because it serves a basic need that we have. Our relationship with God meets every need that we have at its core.

We don’t struggle with or repress our desires. We simply rise above them and become fully human and live the life that God calls us to live. This is what Jesus meant when He said our faith is the victory that overcomes the world.

The Bible summed up in one blog post

A long time ago, maybe a couple of days in eternal years, the earth was without form and void. Next came the big bang theory; that is, the Creator spoke and life begin. Plant and animal life alike, and humans, the crown jewel of creation. Humans have freewill because they have dominion over the earth. Unfortunately many humans use their freedoms to take away the freedoms of others and oppress them.

Then male and female were created and the female, being the smarter and more insecure of the two, ate of the forbidden fruit. She questioned her Creator. This led to her offspring, while being born beautiful souls, becoming filled with pride and declaring that they would become like the Most High (Isaiah 14). This was the Luciferan Spirit, which though it manifested as light became the Satan, or adversary of God. The war in heaven ensued and the spirit of man was cast down to the abyss, Earth, and spent much of their lives trying by their own efforts to get back into that perfect Utopia from where they originated. You can probably read about this in John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

The Spirit of God chose a young virgin at the fulness of time and made her pregnant (without sex obviously)-all things are possible in the Kingdom of God. The Divine became His Only Begotten Son, sent to free people from their slavery to all things matter. While He amassed a great following, He died a violent death that all prophets who speak the truth die of. Although He transfigured into a spiritual being and resurrected His way out of a man made tomb and established His spiritual kingdom on earth that not even the gates of hell could prevail against.

In the Beginning

Genesis 1:1. . .”The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good.

The beginning of man is similar to the creation of the planet earth; that is, without form and full of darkness and God hovering over us, waiting for us to invite Him to be a part of our lives. I have heard it said that water is a symbol for matter. Our bodies are 70% water, so our bodies exist as a solid form of water. When we are baptized in “water”, the Spirit of God merges with the spirit of man.

God said the light was good, but until the light is received, all we have is darkness. Life will not make any sense. We will have toil and hardships as we struggle to get back into that perfect utopia that we were created to live in with God.

You can’t really prove God exists. This is why intellectual types prefer science to religion and struggle with anything that simply rests in faith. The whole act of trying to “figure God out” is eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

The tree of life is simply believing that God exists, no matter what name we give Him (or gender), and resting peacefully in Him.

The only way to prove that the things of God are true is to seek “Him” out for ourselves and have a direct experience with the Holy Spirit. When this happens, our lives change and we won’t be able to deny that there is something bigger than us out there. Not even that far out there either.

Apart from the direct experience with the Creator, we can experience the life hidden with Christ in God by having fellowship with other believers. I usually feel like I am in a whole different world when I attend some church related gatherings. It is the same when I listen to inspirational music or watch faith-based programming on Pureflix.

Jesus said “by their fruit you will know them”. Whenever I see churches giving out food and clothing to people that lack these things, it is also proof that my faith is true. The community that the world seeks and desperately needs can only be found when it is centered around God and His truth that is contained in the Holy Scriptures.