Sunday, February 20, 2022
The Duality of Life...The Reality
The Duality of Life...The Reality
by David Brenneman
It was mentioned last night at our Bible Study and on various occasions God's had me mention it here...of people leading more than one life.
The Christian life and the lives of those who haven't yet come to Christ are taught from an early age on how to lead at least two lives.
We read in Romans 12 of being transformed by the renewing of your mind in Christ Jesus. To not be conformed to this world. Yet our sin nature tries for door number three...to live in both.
The media is easily under the control of Satan's minions. They are quick to attack any Believer for either their stand in Christ or their sins that were found out. They are easily irritated when an interview changes direction and God's praised instead.
In the lives of Believers and the unbelieving there's the life people see and the one they don't think anyone sees. There's also what they do in regards to others and what is done for themselves. Relationships compound the dualistic nature of life.
In the heart of a Believer it's compounded in that indeed we can pray to God concerning things in our lives, it comes down to who's will will be done. Who is on the Throne of the Heart.
In the lived of the unbelieving the only one on the Throne of their heart...isn't them. The realization hasn't dawned on them because the light of Christ hasn't been seen, that the god of this world sits there.
We as Christians, as we saw in last night's study material, need to be all in with our relationship with Christ Jesus. It wasn't mentioned last night but it goes to something Jesus said. Take up our own cross and follow Him. You cannot carry anything if you are carrying your own cross. You have to let go of your baggage to hold onto that cross. You learn to transform your life in order to carry it. Jesus said His load is easy and His burden is light. He said to take His yolk upon us. Our transformed life is tied into our cross bearing and obedience.
In our lives though, for all, we tend to push whomever is on the Throne off of it in order to get choices and decisions that reflect our own will and ways.
People wanting to keep what Jesus is saying to let go of.
People wanting something that is not in God's Will to have.
People wanting health, prosperity, peace, any and all things, yet aren't looking for who, what, when, how, or anything at all it has to do with God’s plan for their lives.
We all have pushed either Jesus or Satan from that Throne in us. Satan's only bothered by it if such a push seats Jesus on that Throne. Jesus is saddened by it when He is pushed because of our originally saying that Throne was His.
The lives lived throughout the generations all point to one event in future history. The return of Jesus Christ. The Tribulation time in Revelation soon after that. The Great White Throne Judgment of mankind. Obedience to the Will of God draws that closer. Disobedience delays it.
The Word of God says to pray for His Kingdom to come, His Will to be done. Where? On Earth as it is in Heaven. As it is in Heaven. As it is already happening in Heaven. What you may also not see is His Will is that nobody perish apart from God. He has no joy in anyone dying apart from Christ Jesus. He came to seek and save the lost. Out of our joy in being saved we ought to live a LIFE that is all in for Him. Not a dual life. Not separated or segregated in our hearts.
Not a life that is about Christ on certain days and hours as if it were only for visitation purposes and we go and give our hearts to the world the rest of the time. Revelation 4:11 NASB "Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”
We see into Heaven in the book of Revelation at what is said concerning King Jesus. We see it we read it, but truth be known, it starts in the here and now in our hearts before we ever leave here as believers and enter into Heaven.
We see in the four Gospels of lives that were all in. We see that Paul in Romans preached about lives being all in. We see this in Scripture but do we believe it? Mark 8:36 NASB "For what does it benefit a person to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?"
What if you DID get your will your way in this life? Truth is you still wouldn't be satisfied.
Look at our world today. Politicians gave people what they wanted and the country suffers greatly because of it.
We cannot live by burning our candle by any end but one. We cannot live for our will to be done and God’s to be done when they don't match up. We cannot live that way because that's not God’s way.
We won't call it selfishness but that's what it is. Pride runs with selfishness. We want satisfied in the here and now, and don't think of God’s plans.
Luke 12:16-21 NASB "And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began thinking to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and I will store all my grain and my goods there. And I will say to myself, “You have many goods stored up for many years to come; relax, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is demanded of you; and as for all that you have prepared, who will own it now?’ Such is the one who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich in relation to God.”
What about you? What about me? We need to put the rightful King on the Throne of our hearts and its not Us and its not Satan. We cannot live by our will being done. It goes nowhere. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Not to see the sights, visit, get rich, take over as King of Israel, although He WILL return as King over all the Earth.
Are your desires and your wants, regardless of your motivation, showing that you are all in with Jesus being in control of your life?
Are you an unbelieving person who's tired of trying to live a happy life and are failing miserably at it?
Only a life that's lived as God's plan has ordered will be truly lived well.