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Rethinking Much

One day at a time. It’s all we can manage. The evening and the morning of any day God called “good” – right from the beginning.
 
I don’t care if the predictions are made by wannabe prophets, preachers, politicians, prognosticators, potentates, or profiteers. Jesus’ directive, as King of kings, Lord of lords, and the Prince of peace – to Whom all authority is given in heaven and on earth – is applicable to any day. Whether we call it good or bad in our perception.
 
Consider the birds of the air how they toil not. God cares for them.
 
Consider the lilies of the field, more gloriously clothed than the great King Solomon. God cares for them.
 
Now one greater than Solomon is here. This is His take on things:
 
Take NO THOUGHT for tomorrow.
 
Be anxious for NOTHING, but in EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -think on these things.
 
It requires pulling away from the darkness and saturating our mind and heart in whatever is light and right! A concerted effort.
 
Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
 
Where do we “live” in our consciousness as believers? Do we believe the foregoing with our heads, or do we KNOW it – having received it – in our hearts beyond the shadow of a doubt?
 
Who or what possesses our hearts and affections?
 
I heard someone say yesterday, and it makes perfect sense in the light of what’s been happening, that “anxiety is the litany of idolatry!” Wow! Yes! This begs the question, what are we rehearsing and repeating most of the day every day?
 
Mostly, “Ain’t it awful?” Right?
 
Where is the mind set in that worry modality?
 
(Guilty as charged. Trying to repent and amend my ways.)
 
Let’s pray for one another to let our hearts and minds be centered in Christ Jesus, in our remembering that God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might display the surpassing riches of His grace, demonstrated by His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
 
Let’s kick doubt and fear to the curb, and walk that highway of holiness!
 
PS: I didn’t include any of the references. Thought it might help if you look them up yourself, and that will give you more time to explore and absorb His Truth, the only Truth, and nothing but the Truth.
 
We need to remember that the nature of discipleship doesn’t change just because the times do.
 
Soli Deo Gloria!
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Narrow Or Broad Way?

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it. Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” Matthew 7:13-15.

Plenty of pop televangelists “give their regards to Broad Way”. Flash, flair, show, big mansions, private jets, living the high style life. Where’s the cross in that?!

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Oh, That Radical Jesus!

Whence cometh this pervasive, earth encompassing, escalating consciousness of violence? How is it to be stopped? Where to begin? Is it too late?
“’Put your sword back in its place,’” Jesus said to him. “’For all who draw the sword will die by the sword.'” Matthew 26:52.
“Sword”: Substitute your weapon of choice.
“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:21-23.
These are hard sayings.
“… If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31,32.
Maybe because there’s been no continuation or consistency with abiding in His teaching, we don’t know His truth from experience, and consequently have not been truly freed by it. What He’s talking about here is essentially “empirical theology.” In other words the proof is in the practice, not just in the head. Reaction or faith?
The bottom line is, as Christians we’re not in this world to be of it, or act like it, or take on its ways.
Oh! That radical Jesus!
Something to pray about and ponder.