Monthly Archives: October 2009

The Lego Analogy

I’ve embarked on a near impossible task.  I have about 7 gallons worth of mixed up Lego toys(thousands of pieces) and I’d like to put the sets back together and keep them apart from the miscellaneous Legos.  It’s rather daunting but will be worth it in the end(I think).  I was struck by the similarity between this task and learning doctrine.  Legos don’t come in big mostly assembled parts, they come in small individual mixed up parts.  In the same way, when we learn Bible doctrine, we learn one small thing at a time and before long as we put the small pieces together we see larger and larger portions of the bigger picture.  Whole doctrines become clear one small piece at a time.  Legos also come with instruction booklets which could be like the Pastor Teacher giving you each days set of  instructions “put parts a,b, and c with the previously constructed x,y, and z”.   It’s a loose analogy but a fun one just the same. 

We shouldn’t get discouraged by the slow growth or the small thing learned each day.  That is how we are supposed to grow. 

Keep Sailing,

Mary

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“With All Your Strength”

While listening to a lesson on Ecclesiastes, the verse “Remember your creator in the days of your youth” has been a focus of study.

This same principle got me to thinking about how I spend my strength and not just on a life long scale but on a daily one.  I find that certain areas of my personal relationship with God get pushed to the very end of my day.  Not my intake of the word but the function of my prayer life when I take time out to talk to God about those I love and the difficulties I’m facing.  I tend to put that off till the last moments of my day when all my strength is gone, when I’ve given all my strength to the details of life.  I sometimes think of God’s mandate to love Him with all of my strength as a mandate to give him every last drop but I’m coming to think of it in a new way too.  If I want to love God with all of my strength then I want to use the greatest part of my life energy to be with Him, that time of day when I have the most energy.  If I take that time to speak to Him of stresses and sorrows, if I do that before I’m completely exhausted, I may have strength from Him while the day is still young to deal with the stresses and sorrows of life before I’m completely exhausted.

It’s not a law to abide by or anything like that, just wisdom and a consideration to make before I rush off to conquer the details of life and only talk to God when I have no energy left.

Keep Sailing,

Mary

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“With All Your Heart”

The greatest advice given to us from God is this, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength”  This guarantees a fantastic life where all that God has desired for you and planned for you, He is able to bring to you.  We use words like election and predestination to make it easy to reference in short this very cool promise.   The more you get to know the God of the Bible the more you want to love Him.  It’s impossible not to be amazed at His plan and who He is.  You will never find another “god” who wants to give you everything and doesn’t want you to do anything but believe it and receive it.  Another “god” who created your soul purposefully and put it inside your body and loved you since before the world was even made.  Who was willing to be hurt and suffer more than you ever will, to solve the greatest problem you have, which is the inability to be with Him.  All because He wanted to be with you personally.  You’ll never find another belief system where it is all receiving on your end and all giving on God’s.

That kind of grace does something to you.  It creates a sort of gratitude hunger.  You love God because He loves you and has given you so much.  You want to reciprocate with a furvent zeal.   Most people hit that moment and God never really sees them again.  They are off in the world trying SO hard to make God happy, all the while growing more and more miserable, bitter or just plain crazy.  They think that now it’s their turn to start doing things for God almost to try and pay Him back in a way, that it’s what a Christian should do, work, work, work, get busy for God go to church and “get active”.  They forget that this whole thing was about receiving what God has planned to give them since before the world was even made.  The way to give back to God is simply to continue to receive everything He is waiting to give you. Go to the place where you can learn His word daily, which reveals who He is and what His plan is all about.   The more you find out what He has for you the more you know how to receive it.   When He gives and our lives take on meaning and depth, He gets the glory because it comes from Him.  When we are busy working, we get the glory and things get screwed up.  It’s why you’ll find some scary bitter old Christians.

When I talk about “all that God has planned to give you”, I’m not talking about new cars and big screen TV’s, although sometimes we get things like that too.  I’m talking about knowing why you are on this earth and finding out the thing that you absolutely love doing and can’t seem to stop only to discover that it’s what some people might call a “work” only for you is a passion almost like you have a supernatural gift in that area.  I’m talking about sufferings that start out as a sorrow and end in happiness to the point where  you would never have missed that experience for the world because it gave you insight into who God is and you gained depth.  I’m talking about overcoming death and fear and insecurity.  It’s being a happy young or old person who on their dying bed is confident because God’s word was proved to be truth and God was so personal with them that they can recount the thousands of times He revealed Himself to them through things no one else could have known.  It’s knowing that “all God has planned” doesn’t end here, there is much much more after this life.  We will not be bored in the eternal state.  We will have incredible indestructible bodies and God will always have plans.

This post took on a life of its own but I’m glad it did.  I have that outpouring of gratitude tonight, that inexpressible joy and it’s found its way into this post.

Keep Sailing,
Mary

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My Spiritual I.Q. Keeper

During Bible class recently I was seeing one aspect of the ministry of God the Holy Spirit in a new way.  The Bible says that God the Holy Spirit is our helper, mentor and teacher.  When we sit down to listen to the Word of God  and we have God the Holy Spirit in control of our soul,  He takes what we hear and makes it a part of our understanding so that it is usable, it becomes the wisdom of God and not just knowledge gained by human effort.  The word of God heard apart from God(or fellowship with God) is misunderstood and useless.  We have been taught that what I’m describing is known as spiritual I.Q. and every believer from the stupid to the highly intelligent have unlimited spiritual I.Q.  There is nothing that we cannot learn spiritually(about God and all of His plan and wisdom) under the ministry of God the Holy Spirit.

The thing that really popped out at me was that the reason for unlimited spiritual I.Q.  could be that God the Holy Spirit is the spiritual I.Q. keeper.  I saw it as us being able to plug into Him and He acts on our behalf as a second spiritual super brain that expands us beyond our normal ability to perceive.  Essentially He is the I.Q.  He stores and files in our minds what we are willing to learn and believe that is true.  He reveals to us The Lord Jesus Christ who is the Word made flesh John 1:14.  This is all just speculation but fun to think about anyway.  It is grace no matter how you add it up that we have been given God to know and the opportunity to have His thinking inside us.

Keep Sailing,
Mary

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