Perception

Life's journeyThe perception of my life story is parallel to the journey I ultimately find myself living through God as a testament of my Faith. Meaning, I view my life story (things I’ve gone through), similar to the spiritual road I’ve traveled (journey of life) which I’ve lived based on my faith in God.

When God created us, he created us in his own image. We share many of his characteristics. Not in the physical sense but in spiritual, mental, and emotional. We have attributes of wisdom, love, joy and are given human spirit and moral judgment to choose to do good or bad and choose to make right or wrong right decisions.

The problem comes when we rebel against God and against his creation in our disobedience to Him. We go against His will. And out of human nature, follow our own way. We lack judgment. We lack wisdom. We refuse to listen to the Word of God. Through willful rebellion, we ignore and lose sight of Him. We make the choice to disobey.

Contrary to popular belief, a practice that is outside of God’s will that is generally accepted by society and followed by a course of action, goes against what God desires. Urges are natural. They were created by God.  But they are not established or intended by Him. It’s a human function of the body we either resist or give in to. Our thoughts, drives, and urges are natural processes but become wrong when we begin to harbor impure thoughts and act upon them.

God designed us with characteristics to use the way they were created to be used. Yet we all fall short and miss the mark, sometimes failing to do the right thing. But it doesn’t have to be this way. When faced with temptation or adversity, we can choose to look to God for help. He will give us the right answer.

We have a choice to use our experiences wisely, correctly or use them incorrectly, negatively. We must be willing to part ways from anything that causes us to fail. His Word says, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man and God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” 1 Cor 10:13 http://bible.us/1cor10.13.niv84. He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Life gives us experiences that help us learn to build godly character. God gives us the ability to understand his nature and conform to it. To be a new creature in Christ is to bear the same characteristics as He. When we become new creatures, we learn obedience. We work to obey God. We follow Him. When we become a new creation we bring a blend of ourselves and Christ into the human person. We will deny self and take up our cross.

The Holy Spirit provides us with the same ability Jesus had to resist temptation. He depended solely on God. We, too, must do the same. Empowerment of the Holy Spirit will be essential to strengthen you to come against the thing that controls you. In the end, you will desire to relinquish that which controls you.

Jesus came to do the will of God, the One who sent him, and to complete His work (John 4:34). He surrendered his life and his will to God’s agenda. Let us do the same. The same qualities that characterize Jesus, surrender and self-sacrifice, should be the same of that for us. Take up your cross. Walk in the righteous path God has designed for you. Follow and obey his will for you.

Remove anything and everything that will stand in the way of bringing glory to God. Abandon your own desires. Give of yourself. Die to the flesh. Submit to God’s power. Put the Lord first above everything. Live in total submission to Him.

Life is what we perceive it to be. Let our perception be what we know and believe. When we stand in faith on what we know God will do. Choose to live in submission. Do what he desires of you. Stay on course. Follow through. Live by Faith. God will reward you.

Be blessed! —JD

Philippians 3:8-9 “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.”

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