Perspective

 

How I see and view things will not be the same as others. This does not mean that I am wrong or that they are right. As the sun is rising in the east for me, in another part of the world it is setting in the west. If I was on the phone with a person on the other side of the world and I said ‘What a beautiful sunset’ and they responded, ‘No it is a beautiful sunrise’. Would either of us be wrong? No. We are both looking at the same sun but from different places. Now if I would call the sun the moon, I would be wrong. The sun is the sun and the moon is the moon.  Even as the view of the moon changes from a new moon to a full moon it is still the moon. If you stood one beach on the coast on the eastern side of the United States and another person stood on a beach in England, you would both be on the shore of the same Atlantic Ocean, but on opposite sides.

So why it is that Christians argue with each other over doctrines and theology?

They serve the same God, and Jesus is their Lord and Savior. Yet because they belong to different churches or belong to a different denomination they say the other is wrong. Even within your church you will find disagreements on how things should be done. Is this God’s fault? Absolutely not! What is happening in either of these situations is one person or group trying to say that their way is the only right way. Not realizing that they are all part of the same body which is Christ. One may be the foot and the other a hand, but you do not walk on your hands or pick up things with your feet. Different body parts have different functions. Yet without all the body parts, the body is incomplete. I listen with my ears and see with my eyes. I may hear something that I cannot see but because I do not see it does not mean what is causing the noise is not there. It just means that it is not visible to my eyes.

Abstract art is open to interpretation. Two people looking at the same piece will see the painting differently. It is their perspective. I love looking at the clouds and seeing the different shapes they form the reason I created my other blog site Headintheclouds746.  What I see will not be what another will see, yet we can share the same sky and see how God shows us beauty in the sky, the sea, the land, in animals, and in people, throughout all of His creation. No matter what my perspective is, He is the same today, tomorrow, and forever.

 

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You

My God, My God,
What shall I call Thee?
Thy beauty no man can behold,
Thy triumphs fill stories of old.
Many have called You by names
that they have chosen.
But not one that I have heard,
every came from Your lips.
You are more than my God,
You are more than my Heavenly Father.
You are greater than any name
that could ever be given.
For You are You,
and all names fail
to tell the world
Who You are.
So I have decided that,
I shall call You,
You.
(until You tell me not to)

How do you love a sinner? A discussion

I had an enjoyable conversation today with someone new. Our conversation began with some of my writing. Which continued into religious topics, from confronting sin, to love(not the romantic love but love) Then they asked me a question, ‘How do you love a person who lives a sinful life? We did not get into depth, but it was a question asked to give some thought to. We did not discuss my first thought, which was that Jesus gave His life for us while we were still sinners. What they partially wanted to know is how would this topic be received, and how would one write about this. Even though I will share my views on this subject, this post is more for discussion and wanting to know your thoughts.

So please tell me how you go about loving someone who is living a life that is objectionable to your beliefs?

Here are some of my own thoughts.

  1. Jesus died for us while we were still sinners. He did not wait till we followed all of His commands.
  2. He taught us to not only love our neighbor but to love those who hate us.
  3. There was the woman caught in adultery who the crowd wanted Him to pass judgement on, wanting her to be stoned. He did not condemn her but forgave her of her sin and told her to go and sin no more. He did not tell her how terrible she was but showed her love.
  4. The woman at the well He offered her living water before He addressed her living situation. He knew who she was and how many times that she had been married and that she was now living with a man that she was not his wife. She then ran to tell others of Jesus.
  5. On the cross He asked to His Father to forgive us that we know not what we do.

I have many other thoughts but these she me how Jesus loved us as we are. As I grow in His love His love transforms me. Jesus said if you love me you will keep my commands. People talk about falling in love, and love at first sight. To me this is attraction. Real love is more than that, and true love can only be learned from the One who truly is love. I am no expert on love and my relationship with Jesus is not perfect. Not because He does not love me perfectly but because I do not truly understand what love really is. As I grow in my relationship with Him I am learning more what love is and how to love. I have been guilty of being judgmental and even hateful towards others in my zeal for Christ. i have beaten them down with religious rules. I know that a life without Jesus ends in death. I have pushed people away from His love with my  thinking about the need to follow the rules. I discuss this in my post

The Hammer https://emotionalpeace.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/the-hammer/

I have learned to look in the mirror and examine my own heart and actions. Seeing how much Jesus loves me and accepts me is teaching me to love others. I now see that He loves us all, even those who continue to reject Him or that who have not met Him yet. It is through us His body to show His Love to the unlovable.

Now it is your turn;

Please leave your thoughts, views, and experiences in the comments.

 

Don’t Tell Me What To Do

   Who likes to be told what to do? On the flip side do you like to being told what you cannot do? I would say the answer to both questions would be ‘No’. We all have been given free will. We have the ability to choose what we will or will not do. So being told to do or not to do something can irritate us. We can choose to follow instructions to perform a task or try to do it our own way (which usually doesn’t work).

   We may choose to believe that rules, laws, commands and instructions, limit our free will, but they do not. It is up to you to decide for yourself if you will follow them. Their purpose is not to restrict you, but to keep you from harm and keep you from harming another. They also teach us how to live good and productive lives, and not ones that are harmful and destructive.

   When we are told to do this or not to do that we sometimes hear that spirit of rebellion whisper in our ear, ‘Who do they think they are, telling you what to do?’ (It is your choice to listen or not listen to this voice.) When someone is telling you to do something or even how to do it, it is not always about controlling you. It can be because they are trying to help you.

   How many of you read the instructions before trying to put something together? When you do this do you find extra parts and does it take you longer than if you had just read and followed the instructions?

   Have you ever taken a short cut to get somewhere only to get lost? When you are lost, do you stop and ask for directions? (Something many comedians have used in their routines to pick on men.) We can think that we know what we are doing and that we may know a better or quicker way, but to be honest we usually do not. God’s ways are higher than ours, and His thoughts are not our thoughts.

   So why is it that we continue to try to lean onto our own understanding and keep trying to do things our own way? I have an answer that will annoy any parent who reads this, ‘I don’t know’. (I hope that this made at least a few of you laugh or at least smile) Paul had discussed that he had his own struggles with doing what he knew to be wrong even he knew what he was doing was wrong and was trying hard not to. He said that his flesh fought against his spirit. Yet he encourages by saying he did not give up but chose to press on toward the goal and to finish the race.

   None of us are perfect and neither does everything we do in our life is the right thing to do. Thank God for mercy and grace! One more thing to be thankful for is His commands. His Word instructs us how to live and His Spirit if we allow it to convicts us when we do what is wrong and get off the right path. He does not tell us not to do things so that we cannot enjoy ourselves, but because He does not want to see us harmed. Sin leads to death and He wants us to live. He does not make us follow His command. Jesus does tell us that if we love Him that we will follow His commands. So following His commands is acknowledging who He is and telling Him that we love Him. Even when we do something wrong we can repent and He has already forgiven us.

   I hate to say it, but I sin every day. Not because I want to but because I have been doing things my own way for so long and that I do not always listen to His instructions. I still think I have to do it all on my own. Even when I give Him a part of my life I still hold on to other parts. I am not saying all this to make myself look bad or because I think I am not good enough. Thank God for His love and forgiveness. I am saying all this because even with all of my faults He does not give up on me and He keeps guiding me and teaching me His ways. I am choosing to follow Jesus Christ and listening to His instructions. I am not doing this because I have to but because that I want to. After all Father really does not best.

Isaiah 55:8-9  (NKJV)

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

 

Proverbs 14:12 (NKJV)

12 There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.

 
Blessings and prayers for you.

The sound of a closing door

The sound of a closing door is not one we pay much attention to. A saying most of us have heard is, ‘When one door closes another will open’. Then there is the scripture Revelation 3:20 Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come into him and will sup with him and he with me. These words encourage and give hope.Rev 3 20

 

We open and closes doors every day so the sound of a door closing means nothing to you,  yet there are those that it breaks their heart. It can represent loss, an ending, or rejection. Add the sound of a lock being turned it can make one feel hopeless. That they are not only shut out but that there is no hope of that door ever being opened again.(Which is not always a bad thing because there are some doors that not only need to be shut and locked, but the key needs to be thrown away.) The pain of loss or rejection can amplify the simple sound of a closing door. Then there is the sound of a door slamming shut. Which is usually done in anger, meaning one person has turned their back on another in anger and not just walked out but stormed out leaving the other behind. The one who stormed out may feel like they cannot return because they were the one to leave and no matter what their reason was at the time they may feel guilt and even fear because now they are the one who may be rejected. The one left behind feel not only rejected and hurt, but they may fear that when the door slammed that was the end, and that is not their desire. Loosing loved ones to death or an end of a relationship can leave a lasting memory that the sound of a closing door can reopen the wound that the sound of a closing door can bring.

I had not thought of this before, but while sitting on my porch I heard the sound of a neighbor shutting their door. A sound that I hear often living in an apartment because neighbors are coming and going daily. Yet this morning when I heard the sound it seemed amplified and I even heard the sound of the lock being turned. I don’t know why it made me stop and think, but it did. I go in and out my door multiple times through out my day and when I am on the phone I know the person on the other end can hear the opening and shutting of my door so I try to close the door quietly so I do not interrupt what they are saying to me. Yet today I am thinking of all the ways the sound of what a door makes can mean. For some it can mean security, (This makes me think of the song ‘Shut the door, keep out the devil’) and for another it can feel like they are all alone, shut out and not welcome.

For the ones who feel rejected and shut out there is One who will never leave you or forsake you. He knocks on your door patiently waiting to be let in. He is the one I mentioned earlier in Revelation 3;20.

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Now there is the sound of a door opening. Think about how a child reacts when the door opens and it is their Daddy who just came in. They run to him joyfully and yell ‘Daddy’s home’ and they jump into his arms.

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Now the sound of the door closing behind him means they are safe and they have no reason to fear. For when they are with their Daddy they are not afraid, but are happy and secure. For it is written that perfect love casts out all fear. The love of our Heavenly Father, our Abba Daddy is available to all who receive Him, and Jesus is the door we enter to get to Him.

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God bless you and keep you in His perfect peace

Moods/Spiritual Health/Physical Health

I do not believe that I am the only person that when my health is not good neither is my mood. Honestly do you really feel like smiling when pain radiates from every part of your body? I am currently working in the food service and I know people prefer to be waited on by someone who does not radiate misery. I have learned over the many years of any form of customer service is to put on my cheerful mask when dealing with the customers no matter how I feel. Yet this is very draining, both emotionally and physically. There are many health conditions that there is not a lot that we can do to make ourselves feel better. We endure and suffer through bad days and do the best we can,  yet as hard as we try our moods can very from sadness to full blown depression, and even anger and rage. You can feel helpless because of your condition, which can lead to frustration and aggravation. The company of other people can either bring comfort or agitation. So you may close your self off from others not wanting to feel like a burden. Unfortunately this is not good for you. First you start by isolating yourself only seeing or talking to people when it is absolutely necessary. Then your prayers become shorter till almost obsolete. Cutting yourself off from God. Prayers take more effort and can become even difficult. Now you are miserable and alone and don’t even make the effort to turn to God. He is still there for you but your health and your mood consume you. Once you have gotten to this place it is very difficult to get yourself out.  A good beginning may be as simple as crying out “God help me.” It is easy to let our physical condition dictate our moods, and I understand this completely. I still have this battle on a very regular basis. Sometimes it takes everything in me to even call out the name of Jesus. Then I think about people in the Bible and I read their stories and find inspiration. It was only recently that I had a new insight to the life of Job. He went through loss of children, wealth and health. Then he had friends who basically kicked him while he was down and his wife told him to curse God and die. When we first think of Job and all he lived through we see only his suffering and loss. I now see a man that God trusted even when he had every reason to give up, Job didn’t lose his faith in God. So what ever it is that you may be going through, understand God is not the cause, and that He trusts you, and believes you will endure and not fail. Also remember that Paul tells us to count it all joy when we face trials and tribulations. I know reading these words will not fix you and make things better, but you can make an effort not to allow your situation to make you so miserable that you allow yourself to drown in despair. Hold on to God, and do not give up no matter how painful and dark it may be for you right now. Let the joy of the Lord be your strength.

Blessing of peace and health to you all.

Spiritual Health/Physical Health April 18 2016

I am writing to apologize for those of you who have been following the Bible study I began on Spiritual Health and Physical Health. It has been too long since the posting of the last lesson. Some of you know that my health took another hit a couple of months ago and I sincerely thank you for your prayers. Is it a coincidence that write after I began this study that my own health took a hit? Personally I don’t care to believe in coincidences. My body has been in severe pain for many years now and I have learned to overcome the obstacles and limitations that were place on my body due to injuries to my back caused by abuse. Now my current health has interfered with me reading or writing. The constant dizziness and passing out I will admit has scared me. What frustrates me most though is the inability to focus and be clear headed. Today is the first day in over a month that I feel I can focus and think clearly, and even write down a thought. Now back to the possibility of my health and the Bible study being a coincidence. As I stated I don’t believe in coincidence, but what I feel today is that I have hit a nail and began to build on something that can make a difference in my personal life and those I share this study with. My body is His temple, and I am one part of His body as you too are a part of His body. However whatever health issues and pain our bodies are in we have the ability to overcome what obstacles these problems cause in our lives. I sometimes give into doubt and depression and listen to those who have questioned my relationship with Jesus. The ones who ask what are you doing wrong to be having all these problems. (Read job and look at how his friends criticized him and how even his own wife told him to curse God and die) I finally came to realize God was not doing these things to me years ago, and that just because bad things happen it does not mean that I am causing them to happen by doing something wrong or not doing something others think I need to do. I thank God that during the darkest storms when all hope seems lost I still have a God who loves me and a Savior who never leaves me. It is not my physical condition that controls me, but my relationship with Jesus who never lets go of my hand and His Spirit that leads me. He never said that I would not have troubles or problems, but He did say that He would be with me always. My body will one day die but my spirit will live eternally with Christ, in my Fathers home. I am believing that this is the first of many days where I can have clear thoughts and get back to this study on physical and spiritual health. At least I can say this, as foggy and dizzy my mind has been one thought never left me and that is Jesus is with me and He loves me.

A word of encouragement to anyone who is hurting, sick or in pain or facing storms that you think you can’t make it through. You Are Not Alone! He IS with you. If there are people who question your faith because of your circumstance or condition remember Job and his friends and how in the end Job did intercede for them with God. Job showed his friends mercy and forgiveness when he did this.You may not believe this right now but your relationship with Jesus is more solid than you may realize. Don’t give up, you too will make it through. God bless and love you.

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There is a light at the end of the tunnel, do not be afraid it is not a train.