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Where Faith and the World Collide

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 29, 2010

With all these ridiculous “religious knowledge” surveys going around, I got to thinking about “faith” and just what it is.

I think there are two primary pieces to the “religious” experience with which some just don’t understand– Faith and Hope. I will address faith here.

There are two facts about faith that must be understood:

  1. True faith is not blind
  2. True faith is not void of substance

Those that steer clear of faith in God tend to do so because they see it as a futile, wishful-thinking belief system empty of reason, understanding and wisdom. However, this could not be further from the truth.

Faith is not a childish look into a fantasy world, but a childlike trust in a revealed reality.  The goal in faith is to connect with God through relationship.  The problem is that if you try to prove God to yourself first, you fail to take the path God intended for you to take to produce faith in you.

Faith follows a specific path – Obedience to Jesus first, revelation of Jesus second and finally faith in Jesus is born.  Notice that all three have their source in Jesus.

God calls us to a path that begins with him.  Faith is not based on my understanding but His understanding.  I have to trust Him first, demonstrated through obedience, and then I can receive a faith that comes from God, for He rewards those that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6).

Abraham is a perfect example.  He walked with very little faith for most of His life.  Yes, he followed God’s leading and that was out of obedience, but never really trusted him.  God said, “leave your family”, but Abraham took his father.  God promised him that his children would be plentiful, but he lied about his wife to protect his life.

It wasn’t until Abraham was challenged to give back to God the only son he had been given by God, through a black and white act of obedience, that Abraham achieved the level of obedience to God that God was looking for.  Just as Abraham was about to plunge the knife into his son as a sacrifice to God, and angel stopped him and said these powerful words, “Now I know that you fear me, for you did not withhold your son from me.” (Genesis 22:12). It was during the trek to the altar that Abraham answered his son’s question concerning what they were going to sacrifice with, “God will provide”. (Genesis 22:8)

The scriptures say multiple times that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom“. Strangely enough, the path to faith comes through a fear in God which produces in us obedience.

Once we obey, God can then respond in building up our faith.

You see, if the faith you have is your own, it is bound to fail.  But if the faith you have comes from God, then the source is solid and produces in you a revelation of God that makes Him real in you.

Nature cries out that there is a God, but it doesn’t tell you how to establish relations with Him.  Only when God reveals himself to you through faith, do you discover that your faith is a sure foundation.


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Spiritual Power Tools – The Tongue

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 14, 2009

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You know what the most powerful tool in the possession of the human is? It’s the tongue.

I don’t think it is a coincidence that the tongue, pound for pound is the strongest muscle in the body. God is very concerned that we learn to control it, because he calls it the least controllable part of the human body.

Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. (James 3:5-10)

Can’t really add much more to James’ statement. The tongue is a powerful force to be controlled for sure.

The tongue can also be a powerful force of good.  It is a spiritual weapon that makes a connection from you to the spirit world.  Think about it.  With the tongue, you speak words of prayer and talk with the creator of the universe.  It is your direct connect to God.

Beyond prayer though, the tongue can be a power force of victory in your life.

The Tongue Used as a Source of blessing.

Blessing is a spiritual force that is activated through the power of the tongue.  The blessing is so powerful in fact, that the list of people in Hebrews 11 with “great faith” contains two people only recorded because they blessed their children (Issac and Jacob).

In fact, after the flood, Noah blessed two sons and cursed one and the power of those blessings and curses lives on today.

The Tongue Used in the Power of Confession

Confession is the power of release.  When you confess your sins at salvation, you are freed from sin.  When you confess your sins to one another, you free yourself of guilt and chains of bondage and restore relationships.

Confession to one another does three things:

  1. It opens up an avenue of accountability to one another.
  2. It brings into the light sins that are hidden.  (Satan works in the dark, and when you expose your sin, it can’t fester as well.)
  3. It heals.  When you confess a sin you committed against someone to that person, you work toward rebuilding that relationship.

Remember though, that only God can forgive sins.  Only the person you sin against has the power to forgive you of that sin.  Only God can forgive sins against him.

There are many evils that come from the power of the tongue – gossip, slander, malice, cursing, hate, envy, etc.  They are all powerful and must be contained.  So instead of allowing the tongue to destroy, learn how to use it for good through confession and blessing, through prayer and worship, through teaching and loving.

Most of our problems begin and end with the tongue.  It might just prove best if they never start there in the first place.

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Prayer the Nehemiah Way – Part 8 of 8

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 8, 2009

See Part 7

Here we are at the final prayer of Nehemiah, and it is truly the final prayer recorded.

Remember me with favor, O my God – Nehemiah 13:31

Once again, we look at the motives of Nehemiah.  This seems like a selfish prayer at first glance, but it is the first time he actually prays simply for himself, and given his job performance, I’d say it’s about time.

This is the last verse in the book, and he has fought a hard fight; he has finished strong; he has run his race.  He has poured his heart and soul into the restoration of Jerusalem and now he prays to God, “Remember me”.

I don’t want this statement to be misconstrued, but you can unselfishly ask for blessing when your lifestyle isn’t built on being blessed; however, if you live for blessing, you might want to look hard at your motives.

Nehemiah sacrified. David sacrificed. Moses sacrificed.  Many in the scriptures gave all they had in their journey with God.  When they spoke of being blessed by God, their hearts were already in the mindset of serving God without self-interest.  The mission was all about God’s plan.  There is no shame in asking for blessing, especially when your life is devoted to the cause of God.

God loves to bless, but He is not frivolous about it either.  He doesn’t just aimlessly toss about blessings.  Blessings have a positive short-term effect, but if the one being blessed is not grounded properly in Christ, then the blessing will dry up and the one being blessed will not grow, but become dependent on receiving blessings in order to maintain their spiritual walk.

Blessing from God is always good, but if we are ill equiped to handle the blessing, then we can become prideful, selfsh, greedy, and simply unchanged.  Blessings actually have very little imact on our spiritual outcome.

I have often wondered why so many believers have so many struggles, so many heart aches, and so much pain.  I know this doesn’t preach well (as they might say), but it might be that the only way God can get us to the point of talking with him is when we are afflicted.

You know that I’m right; you just are having a hard time admitting it.  When is it tougher to get on your face before God in humility, when things are going great or when things are terrible?  The Bible tells us plainly that Suffering produced Perseverance and Perseverance produces Character and Character produces Hope! (Romans 5:3-5)  The path to hope begins with the fundamental understanding of suffering.

Paul understood this all too well.  In fact, he is the only person I know that was called by Jesus with these words, “I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” (Acts 9:16) Tell the truth, would you become a Christian if Jesus said that to you?

Paul understood, as Nehemiah understood, because he said, “I want to know Jesus in the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his suffering”.

If you don’t hear anything I say, hear this, “You will never know Jesus fully until you know him in his suffering.”

Christianity is not meant to be pretty, it is a battle – a bloody battle that started with the battle wounds Jesus bore on the Cross.  We struggle and fight everyday, and we win battles everyday, and that is the point.  In winning a battle, we grow.  We struggle and train hard for this race.  We fall down, but we get back up.  We fight knowing that we will be the victors in the end.  It is the actual struggle that God uses to make us stronger.  Deliverance out of struggle never made any Christian stronger.

Too many preach a message of Christianity that gives the listener enough head knowledge to be dangerous, especially to themselves, but they aren’t taught that the Christian walk is not a cake walk. For when they find that the battle gets hot, they struggle and fail because they weren’t told ahead of time that while Jesus may have promised roses, he also promised thorns on those very roses.

Don’t be afraid of the struggle; dive right in.  Know that your successful journey gives you every right and privilege to pray as many have prayed in the past, “Remember me with favor, O God!”

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The Christian Pawn

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 6, 2009

Actually, I meant this title literally.

I was dreaming last night again, and I feel the Lord gave me this little illustration.  Hope it speaks to you.

The Christian life is like the life of a pawn. Yes, a pawn like the one on your standard chess board.

  1. The pawn is the smallest on the table – (He that is least in the kingdom of God…Luke 9:48)
  2. The pawn is the most populous (The church… Acts 2)
  3. The pawn can only move forward (He who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God… Luke 9:62)
  4. The pawn is a dead duck when he can’t move forward (Because you were neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm, I spat you out of my mouth… Revelation 3:15,16 )
  5. The pawn cannot take the enemy head on, but must attack at an angle (This represents prayer – you can’t do it in your own strength)
  6. The pawn works best when defended by another pawn (where one can put a thousand to flight, two can put 10,000 to flight… Psalm 91:7)
  7. The pawn’s one goal is to make it to the other side alive (I have run my race; I have finished my course… 2 Timothy 4:7)
  8. The path a pawn can travel is narrow (For wide is the path that leads to destruction, but narrow is the path that leads to life… Matthew 7:13,14)
  9. Once the pawn makes it to the other side, he changes his robes of humanity for robes of royalty (Revelation 7:9)
  10. It was a dead pawn that made it to the other side who became the most powerful force on the board (Jesus died, was buried and rose again, that at his name, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of ALL! (Philippians 2)

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Prayer the Nehemiah Way, Part 7 of 8

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 5, 2009

Part 6

The last two prayers Nehemiah prays speak to our motives. Motives have to be the most important point of reference for any prayer.

When you pray ask yourself, “Why am I praying? Am I praying for personal gain?  Do I spend the majority of my prayer time praying for me?  Do I pray mostly for others?  Do I spend most of my time simply worshipping God?

Prayer is at its core, a conversation.  If you dominate the conversation, then you aren’t getting all you should be getting out of the relationship. So don’t just make it about you.

Remember them, O my God, because they defiled the priestly office and the covenant of the priesthood and of the Levites. – Nehemiah 13:29

There were a lot of reasons Nehemiah could have given God to take care of his enemies.  He could have told God to remember how they treated him and the people; he could have told them about the time Sanballat ridiculed and verbally abused him, but he didn’t. Nehemiah focused his prayer on God’s work, not his own.

Nothing in Nehemiah’s prayer showed any essence of “revenge”; it only showed, “God, they are coming against you, take care of them accordingly.”

It was about the plan of God, not his own suffering or retribution.  Nehemiah knew that if he wanted a prayer answered, he should pray the will of God and not his own.  What was his motive in this prayer?  It’s all about God!

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Prayer the Nehemiah Way, Part 4 of 8

Posted by undergroundchurch on August 31, 2009

Part 3

The prayer is not recorded, but the verse is very telling,

But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat – Nehemiah 4:9

There are three basic approaches to dealing with situations in your life:

  • Prayer and action
  • Action alone
  • Prayer with no action. 

As with most things, the choice you make does say something of your faith in God, and so, I want to look primarily at the first and last approach together since the second one is pretty much a lack of faith in God and more a faith in your own abilities.

Faith – Make Your Move

Many people say that “faith” is letting go and letting God do it, and it may be true in some cases, but not always.  The key to a prayer of faith is that you go to God first.  Faith is found in the action taken first.  If a overwhelming situation arises and you spend your first bit of time trying to resolve it, then your faith is more in your actions than in the ability of God. 

So the first move in any situation should be toward God, and it is the sign of a good relationship with God.  You understand who you are and who He is. 

Once you make that move toward God, you then have two options – wait and work. 

Faith that Waits

God is not confined by your timelines.  He doesn’t run a McDonalds.  He is very patient which can be very frustrating to us.  The reason His movements don’t match up with our reason is because He operates outside of the space/time continuum.  He sees the beginning and the end at the same time; we don’t. 

Sometimes, when we pray, we need to wait and do nothing.  But when do we do nothing?  When should we let go and “let God”? 

This question is found more in what you know you should do verses what you feel you should do.  Trust your understanding of God’s faithfulness and not your emotions.  He works in perfect wisdom. 

For example, if you see a need that your involvement in could jeopardize a Godly outcome because of you interference, it might be wise to just simply pray.  When in doubt, you can’t really go wrong just praying.  Become an intercessor; become a person that stands in the gap and help that person or situation through a spiritual battle.  They don’t need to even know, but I will say that if you intercede on someones behalf in a driven manner, you will make a huge impact in the spiritual world on their behalf.

Faith that Works

But there are times with faith needs to be followed with action.  Do you think that if you break an arm and pray to God, that you should just sit there and do nothing, or should you go to the hospital? If you go to the hospital, are you acting in faith or denying the power of God? 

By going to God first, you are demonstrating faith.  You are giving him the first move.  Sometimes, he answers yes, other times he answers no or wait, but should we just sit there if he seems silent?

Nehemiah didn’t pray the prayer he prayed, which was for protection from the enemy, then just foolishly go about his day.  He prayed for protection, then, as one writer wrote, “he picked up his weapons and went to work on the wall saying, ‘God I trust you, and I am picking up every tool available to me so that I will be ready when you call me to action.'”

Faith is like a battle our military fights today.  There are various elements involved from the bombers above, to the ships at sea to the troops on the ground. Each has a mission and it is a very bad thing when they all move at the same time.  If the troops on the front line go charging in just as the bombers are dropping their payloads, there are going to be a lot of dead allies. 

God moves and works in ways that we don’t always see.  Just go to him first, pick up every tool you can find and ready all weapons then wait for the call to march.

Don’t be afraid of praying then moving.  It is not a lack of faith, it is a voice that say, “Lord, here I am, and I am ready for what you would have me to do.”

This concept is echoed in the entire book of James.  So adamant James was about the link between faith and action that the early church struggled whether to include James in the Scriptures.  The key to understanding this link, as I have already shown, is to start with faith and end with works.  Works should only reflect the faith you have already. 

Trust God always, and ready yourself to be called upon if God decides He is going to use you to answer your own prayer.

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Undeniable Truth Number 2

Posted by undergroundchurch on July 27, 2009

Undeniable Truth Number 2: Mankind is inherently evil.

I know that sounds very strong, but it is a proven truth throughout history and is the basis for our need for a savior. Every society has shown that it is capable of unspeakable evil. It can be rationalized, justified and ignored, but it cannot be denied.

I know that thought also flies in the face of what you hear today. So many people are out there teaching and preaching the opposite, that mankind is basically good, but the problem with that approach is that when you believe you are basically good, you don’t completely grasp your need for a savior.

First, let’s define a couple things. 

Good and Evil.

Here is the scoop on evil, “There is no such thing as evil, only an absence of good”. Let me ask you two other questions to illustrate, “Is there such a thing as ‘cold’ or ‘darkness'”? Again, the answer is no.  Cold is the absence of heat and that starts at 0 degrees Kelvin. Likewise, darkness is only the absence of light.  Dark always loses to light and cold always loses to heat.

In the same way, evil only exists when good is gone.  Adam and Eve started good, but opted to relegate the good for selfish gain.  In doing so, they brought evil into our lives.  Ever since, we have all been bent to selfish gain. 

Everything we do from birth is about us.  We want our bottle, so we cry. We want mommy’s attention, so we throw tantrums, and as we grow older, we maintain that position of selfishness by doing things to please self.  That root is pride which is the cause of evil in our lives.

Self-Centeredness is God Ordained

Here is the interesting part, God made us to be self-centered beings.  It is a design characteristic that allows us to produce one thing – love.  Love only exists when we have the choice not to love.  Adam and Eve made that choice for us, and we repeat it every day of our lives.  Sometimes we choose to love God, and other times, not so much.

The most important thing we do for God in our lives is obey.  We demonstrate our love to God this one way – by putting aside our selfish nature (pride) and “obeying” God.  We cannot obey God and please our selfish nature at the same time.  However, when we do obey God, we not only please him, but satisfy our spirit.

Loving God is all about sacrifice.  Sacrifice is all about setting aside the self-centered will and opting for the will of God.  It is the hardest thing we do.  We think God is pleased with our worship, prayers, and sacrifice alone, but all of that is meaningless if we aren’t willing to lay aside our pride and obey God. (1 Samuel 15:22)

He wants it all.  We must die to self and live for Christ.  If we are unwilling to do this, then we are living in disobedience and proving once again that our hearts are bent toward evil.  It is a daily battle, and one that is attainable if we live our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit.  He gives the essential strength to do right, avoid wrong and transform our lives. 

God says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”  (Jeremiah 17:9)  God doesn’t fix wicked hearts, he replaces them. (Ezekiel 36:26) It is the only cure for the wicked hearts of mankind.

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The Greatest Description of Jesus: Part 4 of 4

Posted by undergroundchurch on July 16, 2009

The continuing look at Philippians 2. See Part 3

Power in Humility

9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
      and gave him the name that is above every name,
 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
      in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
      to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)

“It’s the inside outside, upside down kingdom where you lose to gain and you die to live.” – Misty Edwards

Before Jesus death on the Cross, the name Jesus (Hebrew Yeshua or tansliterated “Joshua”) only meant “God Saves”. It was more of a proclamation than anything else.  Thousands of people before and since have been given that name as their birth name without much fanfare. But something happened that day Jesus died on the cross that transformed the name into something that would change the God/man relationship forever.

What’s in a name? If Jesus was named by someone today, it would have probably been Bob or Ralph (no offense to any “Bob’s” or “Ralph’s” out there).  We just don’t name people the same way they did back then.

Ever notice that so many people in the Bible had names that they fulfilled?  Adam – “earth” (made from the earth), Methuselah – when he dies, it shall come” (he died the year the flood came), Moses – “drawn from water” (taken from a basket floating in the Nile), and the list goes on.

Names mean things to God. In fact, all believers will get new names end the end, so don’t get too used to the one you have now.

Another feature of the day was that the baby was named by the mother on the eighth day when they were dedicated at the temple.  Jesus, was similarly named; however, he was given the name before his birth by an angel. 

The name stuck, and he eventually fulfills his name’s sake by being the God that saved the world.  But what happened afterward?  What are these three verses telling us?

Verse 8 said that he became “obedient to death on the cross”. He succeeded. Jesus won! He carried out God perfect plan perfectly.  Do you realize that if Jesus failed at any point, we would all be left without hope?

But because he finished his journey, we have an advocate with God.

The name is similar to being crowned King.  When something was done in the name of the King, it was final.  Jesus was given all the authority he had before, with the additional benefits of winning the war.  He got the spoils – which were us. He battled to free man, and he was given the spoils of war by his Father.

The name above all names is the power and authority that he now has above everything.  Our sin separated us from God, but Jesus victory reconnected that which was lost. Now we have access to Him, and Jesus has earned the right to be Master (that’s what Lord means) of everything.

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The Greatest Description of Jesus: Part 1 of 4

Posted by undergroundchurch on July 13, 2009

Philippians 2 is my favorite chapter in the second half of the Bible because it is an illustration given by Paul, which turns out to be the greatest description of Jesus in the Bible.  I want to explore it over the course of the next few posts.

Read the whole chapter HERE.

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: (vs. 1-5)

 This is the story behind the illustration Paul is about to give.  The goal Paul is seeking is that the church would be “Like-minded”.  The like mindedness is based on your condition in Christ (e.g. encouragement from being united, comforted by His love, fellowship with the Spirit, tenderness and compassion). Here’s the outline of Paul’s desire for the believer in being like minded.

  1. Same Love – We may have different approaches to methodology, but we are of the same source of Love.  Agape type love is the strongest love in the universe.  It is not dependent on feelings, but is selfless, loving others even when you feel they don’t deserve it. Jesus did it for you, you have no right not to love others in the same way.
  2. One in Spirit and Purpose– (lit. one mind of understanding) This spirit is not the “Holy Spirit”, but represents being on the same playing field in the spiritual understanding within each and every one of us.  We are three part beings – body, soul and spirit.  The spirit is the foundation of the person and if we aren’t unified here, the rest of our unity will crumble.
  3. Don’t function with selfish ambition – The word is erithia, which means “electioneering”. It is a political word that has come to define the cut-throat life of politics.  The believer’s attitude has no room for electioneering.  Churches that play this game, are not exhibiting a Christ-like attitude.
  4. Don’t have vain conceit – Literally, “empty-glory” – We like to be recognized for accomplishments, but when that attitude consumes us, we begin to take glory for things we really don’t have anything to do with.  When we take glory, God doesn’t get it.  But when we direct glory to God, it reflects back to us.  Empty glory leaves God out of the loop. Fulfilling glory focuses on Him.
  5. Humbly consider others better than yourself–  This humility is a “modest consideration of one’s own self”, literally, “low-hearted”. Christ was one of the most meek and humble individuals to walk the planet.  He had every reason to consider himself something special, but it was his heart’s desire only to bring glory to God.  John the Baptist understood this when he said, “[Jesus] must become greater, I must become less.” (John 3:30).  Jesus echoed that with his Father (John 8:12-30).  A good acronym is JOY (J)esus first, (O)thers second (Y)ourself last.
  6. Look to other’s interest first – He is not saying to neglect your things, he is saying that you have to consider others needs equal to your own.  This is hardest of all because we are selfish by nature, but through Christ, even this is possible.

All of these are examples of the attitude the Christ has.  If we are “Christians”, then we are to be “Christ Like” (that’s what that word means).  Therefore, if you want to be Christ Like, then these seven attitudes need to be adopted as your attitudes.

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Building a Better You

Posted by undergroundchurch on July 12, 2009

What’s important to you?

Today’s Biblegateway verse from Matthew 4:4

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God

Let’s be honest, life is really only fulfilling when priorities are set right.  There is that which you know you should do and that which you are doing, and when they aren’t in harmony, life feels less meaningful. 

You can make millions, vacation anywhere you want, retire from a successful career, but if your priorities are screwed up, you just won’t feel satisfied.

When looking at your priorities, there are three factors you must consider, and they are based on your very makeup – body, mind and spirit.

First is the spiritual consideration.

The spiritual part of your life is the least noticable on the surface, but it is the most fundamental to your very existence.  You are first and foremost a spiritual being. That is what separates you from rats and mice.  You have to come to grips with your spiritual condition in light of spiritual truth and discover if you are walking in truth.

It’s not about what you believe, it’s whether or not your belief lines up with truth.  The most important relationship is the one you have with the one that created you.  God is more than a concept; he is an involved, caring and loving God that has done everything within His power to give you complete spiritual satisfaction without violating your free will.  The question you need to answer, “What are you doing with what God has done for you?”

Second, is the emotional. 

It is important to have the emotional follow the spiritual because the emotional tends to shift around.  Your feelings are good and can be beneficial to you, but they are not to be completely trusted. 

For example, you can think that someone is out to get you, when all you really have is an overblown imagination.  If you are spiritually governed first, you tend to lead a more stable life because its not always just about you.  There is something bigger than you out there.  You recognize God in more situations that would emotionally wreck you.

Another example of this is Love.  Love is first a spiritual verb and second an emotional feeling.  There are days in my marriage that if I was just holding to emotional love, it would be greatly diminished if not gone.  But my love is tapped into a spiritual dimension which means that even though I don’t “feel” the love, I “know” the love is there and that it is strong and immovable.

Finally, is the physical aspect. 

This is the one we spend most of our time trying to please, but it really has the least impact on our well being.  If you gain the whole world, yet lose your soul, what have you really gained?

So there are three things you can do to help build a better you. 

  1. Contact God.  Break out your Bible (doesn’t matter the version), just ask God simply, “Show me what you want for my life and how I can glorify you in it”, and start reading and praying.  You’ll be surprised to find that He answers you.
  2. Confirm Yourself. Know who you are in Christ.  Don’t listen to the voices that tell you “you can’t do this or that”, “you aren’t worthy” or “who do you think you are”.  You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.  Your worth is based on your purchase price. God purchased you with the life of his own Son, and because of that, you are a child of God and co-heir with Jesus Christ.
  3.  Corporeal Subjugation. Don’t set out to please your body (flesh) first.  You can make your flesh subject to your spirit.  Let no temptation overtake you.

Remember that God has put his own Spirit in your life to give you strength to do all this.  You don’t have to rely on yourself. You have God and fellow believers that will walk with you on your journey.

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