Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Reality is Understanding as Taught from God
Reality is Understanding as Taught from God
by David Brenneman
"All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world.”" Matthew 13:34-35.
It's been said that God gave us two ears and one mouth to be able to listen twice as much as we can talk.
"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." James 1:5.
Whether in our minds, hearts, or out loud, isn't it a difficult thing to come to Christ for prayer and keep ourselves settled enough to just listen?
It's certainly a problem for me. Even amongst people I have always struggled with not talking over others. To be truthful it's a struggle to think of things pertaining to others when I am in the midst of heavy internal struggles myself.
Yet, here we read of Jesus teaching them things hidden since the beginning of time, the very laying of the foundation of the world. Wouldn't you be silent at a time like that?
How often do you pray James 1:5?
How often does "Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6, guide your ways?
How often do you really think that you're much better off waiting on the Lord rather than getting your exercise jumping to conclusions?
Poor Martha...forever known for being told that in the midst of heavy preparations on her mind...that it's a much better place to be is at the feet of Jesus.
Satan loves to bait people into mental busyness. To consume the hours, minutes and seconds we have left over from the sin curse of working by the sweat of our brow with anything but dwelling in the house of the Lord wherever that may be. As Dr. Charles Stanley was saying in one of his Life Principles videos...whatever place you pick to be with Jesus. Just remember that Satan will try to keep you from there.
It was probably a very ordinary day for Moses that day that he came across the burning bush. Probably had dozens of things on his mind, a full plate of things to get done.
Daniel was well known in the halls of Heaven as a fervent man of prayer to His God. To the tune of being told he was highly esteemed.
God does the impossible in and through those who's hearts are set on Jesus.
The battlefield is not in this physical world. It's within each of us. We can either roll over n take the hits or fight back. In Christ we are to fight back on our knees.
I don't want anyone to think that in anything I have written that I have arrived. Read through old posts and see the struggles, the pains, the thoughts never before had, that have changed or are changing my life because of the work of Jesus Christ in my life. I, like you my Dear Reader, are a work in progress. Our transformation isn't going to be complete until we set foot in Heaven in the very presence of Jesus Christ Himself.
In the meantime...class is in session.
We are to have the mind of Christ. We are to display that for the world to see. We're to keep feeding our hearts and minds a daily amount of the Scriptures. There shouldn't be any Believers who aren't eating at that table daily. Who is there who's claimed the name of Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior who doesn't want to hear from Him every day?
Our worries are likely very real to us. However, if they aren't handed over to God to deal with its a pointless endeavor. As many psychologists agree your perception is your reality. Our perceptions are being changed by the Spirit if we're being observant enough.
This world is not my home. I am just passing through. Heaven is my home because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Things are going to come and go in my life. Things will break, wear out, cease to exist in my years on this Earth. In Heaven we have treasures that nothing can destroy. The Destroyer of the world, Satan, cannot do anything about what's stored up there.
Are you a curious sort of person? Ask of God who gives answers. You might not get a full answer now, but perhaps you'll get a partial answer. There's nothing we can't ask Jesus about. He wants those conversations. These kinds of conversations, questions, build your relationship with Jesus. The Disciples learned to sit at His feet and listen. To them and us, it's been granted to know things hidden since the foundation of the world.
It's that more exciting than anything taught in any school, college, university or think tank? Isn't that more important than what the world says you should find desirable?
Even the rest that Jesus promised for those who come to Him is filled with a knowledge that is beyond understanding at times when we're focused on it.
My days begin with coffee and time in a Bible app. My days end with time in another Bible reading plan. Prayer comes frequently throughout the day. Always on my drive to work. Always with my Wife before leaving for work. Spiritual eating prepares you for the day.
We need to let go of more of the world and embrace more of the feet of Jesus.
Yes, there's things of this world that we need to know to live, but we ought not be making that all encompassing.
Don't let your past sins, which you've hopefully asked to be forgiven for, keep you from a right relationship with Jesus. Don't let your past ruin your present.
Ask, Seek, Knock.
My hardest time for me is letting go of what I cannot understand. When Jesus's responds to me with "just trust Me"...honestly its not my first thing to just do so. He’s indeed shown me things in this world that I can not put into words only because I asked questions of Him. I really can relate to Paul's experience of that.
It's not at all that I am better than you or anyone. It's just that I have a curiosity into the things of God that the Spirit encourages me to nurture. He’s probably encouraging you in the same way. If we but close the mouth and open the ears we'll see and understand more than we ever imagined.
So what might you do differently today to interact differently with Jesus? Many people say they would love to sit for an hour or two with Jesus just to talk or ask questions. Quit making that a dream or fantasy...make it your reality.
You'll indeed see that the things of Earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace...
All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.