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Virture = Power

Another thing that I’ve come to see more clearly is that when the Bible talks about virtue of any kind it has everything to do with power and not technique.  When God asks us to love one another, He’s asking us to apply His power in our attitudes and actions toward each other.  In some way that make the impersonal unconditional aspect more real to me.  It’s not about how I treat a person, it’s all about the power behind every word and action.  Virtue and God’s power are inseparable.  Virtue is simply God’s power applied.  It’s virtuous to God that you have learned to use the power He has offered to you, though it may not be perceived as so by man.  That is why love never fails YOU but sometimes adds up to not ending in the result that humans see as successful.  The more you are loved the less you will be loved(as the saying goes).  Virtue love doesn’t always look like the love people expect, sometimes it’s separating from a  negative person and not showing excessive kindness.  Virtue is not what we expect and takes years to understand and learn.  Since God’s ways are so different from our ways, it isn’t easy to learn and apply the power that is virtue, it’s messy and complicated as we apply and miss-apply in turn. 

Keep Sailing,

Mary

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Personal Appearance

While I was doing my hair and getting ready for the day, something new occurred to me.  I don’t know if other women do this but I will often try and imagine how what I’m wearing or how I look is going to be perceived by others I may meet that day;  Will I be seen as mundane or special, silly or smart?  My view of how I will be perceived based upon my own evaluation in the mirror can affect my interactions with people.  This whole process is almost involuntary, an underlying thought that I don’t usually pay much attention to.  I don’t like to think of myself as being so focused on shallow outward things but in the flesh I can be.  Well, this morning, as the process occurred as usual, a new thought popped into the subtle unconscious evaluation ” You know, it’s arrogant to try and control (or imagine that you can control) the perceptions of others.”  Wow, I thought, is that really what I’m doing?  Yea, I think it is!  I’m living in a delusion that if I can appear a certain way, the right clothes, hair or makeup, I can control how someone else will view me.  How arrogant to think that I have that kind of control over people!  Sadly though, the kingdom of darkness does know us very well and can give us a clue as to what people’s preferences are.  I didn’t realize that this was one of the ways I was placing too much value on what other people think of me.  It’s an attempt to meet all the wrong standards and gain cosmic approval.

I am a girly girl most of the time and I don’t believe there is anything wrong with doing your hair or wearing makeup and dressing in clothes that you like but I certainly shouldn’t do it with that kind of motivation.  If dressing up makes me feel good, fine, but I don’t want to live in bondage to people and their foolish, shallow perceptions.  I need to do everything as unto the Lord, including maintaining my personal appearance.  This in no way implies that I will be wearing “religious” hair and jean skirts!  God is not interested in outward appearances but the mental attitude of the mind(the apparel of the soul) which daily needs renewal through His word to clean up the mental garbage we daily pick up from the cosmic system. 

This is one of those less pleasant things to share in a blog.  Too personal? Maybe. I think it’s worth sharing though.  The Lord is setting me free little by little as I learn His word daily.  I’m excited that the Lord is working to set me free from so much cosmic thinking and  evil religious solutions through His word and by learning who I am in Christ.  It’s making me confident in living as a the new spiritual species, the new creature that I am in Christ. It’s changing my life daily.

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.  One of the principles of the study was that if you do not give your strength to God when you have youthful vigor, then when you grow old you will not have His strength (built up through Divine viewpoint word of God inside your soul) to bring you through the trials of losing your physical strength.  There is a difference between physical strength and soul strength.  If you have wasted the strength of your life on the world and then decide to give God what is left over, the reality is that you have nothing but regrets and hard lessons learned and your old age is filled with desire that cannot be filled, pain that cannot be understood and loss that cannot be coped with.  If we can really grasp this principle that Solomon is warning us about in Ecclesiastes, we can avoid this bleak future, one he himself experienced first hand. 

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(it doesn’t leave you wounded).  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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