A New Life From The Ashes of Deceit

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To manage your own life is all you ever wanted. A peace of mind and heart isn’t too far-fetched as long as you’re in control. But when things don’t go your way you manipulate people and situations wanting desperately for control again so you can experience illusion of peace. Does this sound familiar?

No one promised us that everything would always go our way but that’s what we believe when we are spiritually unmanageable. Spiritually unmanageable is when we develop an unhealthy and untrue belief system about ourselves and the world, making reality unbearable. Whatever we believe is our reality whether it’s based in truth or lie.

Growing in Christ is a process of removing lies and replacing them with truth. It’s a war in our mind, heart and conscience battling for authority.

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of their ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. (Ephesians 4:17-18)

Futility thinking is useless thinking. A “me first” thinking process that’s always trying to figure out reality. Reality isn’t for figuring out its for accepting and living.

When a person is closed-minded he becomes darkened in his understanding. No light can get in not even the Light of God. No matter how many times he hear about Christ and The Good News, he will remain separated from the new life in God because of his harden heart. Life makes no sense to a person with a darkened and closed mind.

BUT CHILDREN OF LIGHT ARE DIFFERENT

You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:20-24)

What make children of light different? They learned to study God’s Word and reexamine their life in the light of WHAT IS TRUE WITHIN. They reevaluate their beliefs about EVERYTHING and became willing, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to not practice those untrue beliefs. That’s how you go about “putting off” and “putting on”. In the past they measure truth against whatever felt right.

The truth about self takes time to admit and more time to stop the old behaviors and to start practicing new ones.

It’s time we stop deceiving ourselves and let the Light of God shine bright in areas of our beliefs. We can have a complete transformation of our life when we allow God’s Word (The Truth) to be the ultimate authority of it. Because His Word can cleanses our minds, transform our thinking, and give us a new attitude and a new life.

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Where Can You Run, Except to God?

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You insist on doing things your own way. You’re determined to figure life out. You seek answers. You try solutions. Solutions that come from your own ideas, thoughts and plans. Satan tells you that you are mature enough to solve your own problems and you believe him. You stay on that self-destructive broad road running from life.

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad and its gate is wide for many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Life. What is it, more importantly, where is it?

LIFE IS SELF-ACCEPTANCE AND YOU CAN ONLY FIND IT ON THE NARROW ROAD WITHIN YOU.

Whenever you look for security, love or self-worth on the outside you’re on the broad road the scripture talks about. Many people take this road because it’s easier and less painful to look outside themselves than to look within. It’s impossible to find the road to life unless you know yourself. Your true self.

What makes the road to life narrow is most people have a distorted view of themselves. They see themselves only through their defects or shortcoming, searching only for their faults. Not liking what they find, they build this false image of themselves through pride and never addressing their real issue of insecurity and fear. Change involves overcoming fear.

We all have personality traits we’re not proud of but we can only change what we acknowledge. Self-honesty is the virtue that gets you on this righteous narrow road and begin the process of getting beneath the surface of who you really are.

With self-honesty you’ll discover that self-love, kindness, and forgiveness had been under those defects and shortcoming of yours for years. You’ll discover your defects make up only a part of who you are.

How do you begin to learn being honest with yourself many people ask me. By going to the one who is the truth; God. He taught me by writing a journal. The more I wrote honesty about my feelings, thoughts and actions the more freedom I had. Being honest with myself brought me closer to God then I learned to accept myself on a deeper level.

Self-honesty was something I had to grow into because I had deceived myself for so long listening to all the lies the devil told me. There is only one way to life and that’s through death. Everyday we must die to self-will by being honest with ourselves.

There’s no need to run looking outside yourself for what you can only find within. God’s Words bring life. His Words brings light. His Words bring love, peace and joy so why run anywhere else except to God? My next post I will teach you how choosing life starts in your mind and with what you tell yourself.

 

 

 

 

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Escape Into a New Life

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I remember the times when parents would have their children on a leash. Whenever the child strayed the parent would pull the leash and the child follow in place. It seemed humiliating to me watching a child being treating like a pet dog. Parents who use these leashes (body harnesses) say its for the child safety. When we grew up safety were our parents first concern also but we knew not to run off; we obeyed them willingly.

What a blessing that’s not God’s way to get His children to follow Him. He gives us the freedom to follow Him obediently.

I imagine children on leashes wanting freedom after watching other children walking or playing without them. I imagine them wanting to escape their reality.

Just like those children wanting to escape their reality, people escape their reality also by fantasizing, denying, gambling, justifying, rationalizing, eating, drugging, avoiding, isolating and many other ways.  Facing reality is painful.

God place us in situations to help us grow spiritually and for us to reach our greatest potential. Most of the time it’s not to our liking or understanding so it SEEMS better if we escape. The devil deceive us into believing it’s better if we flee by taking the road that most people take. The broad highway to hell.

You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

What are people running from? RESPONSIBILITY. The parents I mention earlier of having their children on leases don’t want the responsibility to teach their child not to run astray. THEY CHOOSE THE EASY WAY.

Responsibility are not burdensome. They are gifts from God. When we take care of our personal responsibilities it satisfies us spiritually, however, when we don’t they become overwhelming, depressing and the feeling of the need to escape is greater.

Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are responsible for our own conduct. (Galatians 6:4-5)

Few people ever find that narrow road to life when they choose to live their life by default. Doing so allow their circumstances and feelings to make choices for them. Then they find themselves doing things even when they know the results will be devastating.

You don’t have to live your life trying to escape anymore, because God have heard your cry. Your prayers have reached His ears. He will not fail you! In my next post I will explain how God will teach you the right path to take. All He ask you be open-minded and willing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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