Friday, October 22, 2010
5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7 the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. 8 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
My personal take on this scripture is that we think we can rule ourselves; that we think we are own gods or goddesses within ourselves and truly know the nature of right and wrong. But this attitude of self-governance is far from the truth. In fact, it is very arrogant to think that man can govern himself most of the time without the aid of the Creator of this awesome Universe. And then, when man has a couple of minutes or feels like it, he will pick and choose when he will have time to commune with his Maker. This does produce a sinful nature in that man distances himself from the Lord, thinking it's okay for him to think this way because it says in the Bible that God made him in image and likeness of God. This type of self-aggrandizing outlook gives us a false sense of arrogant pride that eventually leads to a puffed-up ego; also thinking that one is in total control of themselves and the world they live in. But as you can see, no one is in total control on this planet.
The only True one in control is our Holy Father who rules from the heaves above. He is behind the scenes doing what is best for us, doing what is for the betterment of all mankind. We cannot save ourselves, no matter how educated we are and how much we think we NOW understand the cosmos. God is loyal, unchanging but changing His creation constantly as He changes us, molds us for our own good, as a good father who endearingly and faithfully loves His children always; He is always there to help us and guide us down the right path. It is we who choose to go down the other path, thinking we can rule ourselves from all our books and wealth, and life experience on this planet. But we cannot still control unseen events, can we???? Only Our Father can and does, except most people refuse to accept this simple fact because it is too easy to understand.
Work with God and He will work with you. He keeps all his promises that He has made to us in the past through His Son, Jesus Christ. He loves us all. And if we are ready to learn, He will gladly teach us His Way, regardless of our past, present, or future.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
2 CORINTHIANS 4: 16-18
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.