Happy "Spiritual" New Year!!!

January 11, 2010 – 3:59 pm

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Due to health issues I have been on a year’s hiatus.  I regret the interruption of this blog and have been determined to return to what I believe is this Holy Spirit led endeavor.  I pray that those of you that have followed this web site in the past will return and find positive spiritual inspiration in what is offered here.  Thank you for your understanding and prayers!

In this new year (2010), we may find ourselves either where we want to be in life or, on the other hand, where we utterly detest being in this life.  The economy, job loss, health and family issues, among other things, can affect many things in our lives – most leading to our state of happiness or unhappiness.

Our worldly focus on things that satisfy or dis-satisfy our self interest can become so totally captivating, as well as, distracting, we can no longer see the path that God intended for us to travel when He first brought us to earth.  Well, one might say, “If God took some of these burdens off me, I could pay more attention to Him and His desires for my life.”

We have all found ourselves putting worldly issues ahead of God’s Desires for each of us.  Why?  We know that our “job,” or maybe better phrased, our “spiritual commitment,” is to accomplish just two things throughout our time here on earth – first, be the loving children of our Heavenly Father and, second, be a humble and grateful servant of our Lord.  Then why are we so focused on the things of the world?

I know from my own stumbling walk with the Lord, I often question why I’m supposed to focus on helping others for God’s Sake when I have so many daily issues of my own to overcome or keep in check.  Having been given “free will” from the time of Adam (Gen 2:16-17Gen 2:16-17
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16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: thou...: Heb. eating thou shalt eat 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. thou shalt surely...: Heb. dying thou shalt die  

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), we often allow Satan’s “world” (John 12:31John 12:31
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31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.  

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,   2 Cor 4:42 Cor 4:4
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4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  

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Eph 2:2Eph 2:2
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2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  

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,   1 John 5:191 John 5:19
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19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.  

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) to become our point of focus and/or distraction.  God offers us a way of service to Him, which allows Him to fulfill both spiritual and worldly needs for each of us.  As well, He guides each of us “through” this world – not to help us be “part of this world.”  He is able to do this because He has freely given His only begotten Son (John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  

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) for our salvation from our sin.  Due to His Loving Mercy, we are each offered a unique path leading us through the world while not becoming part of the world (1 John 2:15-171 John 2:15-17
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15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.  

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, Luke 9:25Luke 9:25
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25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?  

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John 15:19John 15:19
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19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  

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, Romans 12:2Romans 12:2
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2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  

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).

How can we travel “through” the world and not become part of it at the same time?  It all has to do with “devoted focus” on each of our parts.

We have our job of employment or “day job,” along with worldly needs and pressures.  Then we have our promise of undeniable service to our Lord.  It is all so simple really, we often miss it! 

If our focus is on the worldly demands we’ve allowed to build up because we accepted the worldly claim on our lives, then we can not help but be on the end of the “yo-yo” string that the “world” jerks up and down.  Let us remind ourselves at this point, “Who controls the world?  Satan!” 

On the other hand, if we place our burdens of the world on Jesus (Mt 11:30Mt 11:30
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30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  

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), then we can follow His direction while keeping our spiritual eyes on the path for which He created us to follow.  Never forget: if we allow our “self” directed human eyes to focus on the dictations of the “world,” then our spiritual eyes are completely blind!

A key question to ask ourselves whenever we are not sure which “path” we are following is, “Are my actions directed by ‘self’ interest or God’s Interest?”  If the answer is directed to preservation of our “self’s” happiness and satisfaction, then we must place this issue before our Lord and ask the direction He Wants us to travel.  We don’t need to be concerned what destination He’s sending us to or even how we’ll get there.  Our spirtual “eyes” will see each step as we need to take it.  Step by step we will begin to build our trust in HIm that Guides us.

If we’ve allowed the world to “guide” in such a direction that we are in “over our heads” in the “mud” of life, then we must be aware that the world may make us pay the “toll” for our worldly acts and indiscretions (John 15:19John 15:19
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19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  

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, John 17:14-17John 17:14-17
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14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  

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).  Never fear!  Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33John 16:33
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33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  

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) and if we let Him bear our Cross, we will follow him out of “Life’s mud” and reach pastures of peace, rest and joy (Ps 23:2Ps 23:2
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2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. green...: Heb. pastures of tender grass still...: Heb. waters of quietness  

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)!

We must not see through “worldly” eyes.  We must always travel through this world and life following the path God has laid out for us, using only our “spiritual” eyes!  May God’s Peace, that passeth all “worldly” understanding (Phil 4:7Phil 4:7
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7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  

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) be our Guiding Light (John 8:12John 8:12
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12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  

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, John 12:46John 12:46
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46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.  

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) throughout our sojourn here on earth!  God Bless each of us in this year before us!

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