13 February 2015

What Will I Choose?

Earlier yesterday evening, I thought over how I had let the day get away from me early on, not staking out time to spend in the Word of God. And I regretted it. I had needed the strength that comes from time spent in scripture, as had my family, and yet I didn't have that strength to offer, that day.

In discussing a few things with Vern shortly thereafter, I shared that I felt like I lived some kind of strange, dual life; that half of the time I felt capable and confident, that I could handle whatever came my way, and things would be all right; but the other half, I felt overwhelmed, frustrated, utterly incapable and full of despair. It seemed surreal, to me, that I could alternately experience such totally different states of mind, and that whichever one I was in seemed just as real as the other did when I was in it.

Not long after that, Holy Spirit brought to mind a little grain of knowledge I had tucked away: the word "psychology" comes from the Greek word psycho.
Origin
from Greek psukhÄ“ ‘breath, soul, mind.’
Current practitioners call psychology the study of the human mind, but as the Lectures on Faith explain:
"And he [Jesus] being the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, and having overcome, received a fulness of the glory of the Father—possessing the same mind with the Father, which mind is the Holy Spirit, that bears record of the Father and the Son, . . . "
 I continued to think on that little revelation into the evening, meditating on how it applied to my earlier heart cry. How could I experience two such totally different states of mind, states of spirit, and have them both feel like actual reality? Then this came to mind:
And so now we find ourselves having to choose. It's a healthy thing. You ought to have to choose. You ought to have your salvation at peril on how you choose. . . . You should have to choose. And your eternal peril should hang in the balance as you make that choice. That is a perfect conundrum, in my view. Grow up. Accept the burden. Find out. Learn about God. Or be damned by your carelessness, by your indifference, by your refusal to go forward. It ought to be so. And it ought to be put to you plainly. And you ought to have to choose. And you ought to have to choose every time you hear [the enemy] offer something to you. . . . Because [he is] either offering you something . . . that will save you, or [he is] offering something that [he] hope[s] will damn you, because [he's] signing you up on the wrong team. It ought to be so. Everlastingly, it ought to be so" (Denver Snuffer, Lecture 2, "Faith", September 28th 2013, Idaho Falls, ID).
It's a choice.

Which do I want?

Do I want to exist in the reality of damnation?

Or thrive in the reality of salvation . . . the reality determined by the wishes of the enemy of my soul, or the brilliantly-lit and deeply powerful reality framed by the words of the Living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the One who gave His all for me, the perfectly loving, perfectly just and astoundingly generous Jehovah?
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. 

Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.  


(Jeremiah 29:11-13, AMP)
Who do I choose to believe?

To whose words do I give power?

I've spent years and years under the rule of the lies of the enemy . . . lies of defeat, of believing I had to give my all first, and then hope for salvation at the judgement day. That I had to laboriously trudge through life, hungering for the occasional crumb from the Lord's hand to palliate the desperate nature of my existence. And the crumbs would always come . . . God gave them to me as soon and as often as I would accept them. But I didn't look for His grace, I didn't understand His love or His extravagant generosity, and so I lived the life of a spiritual pauper while the riches of Heaven lay strewn all around me.

I think you can guess Whom I choose to believe, now.

Image found here.


Which "reality" I choose is up to me. God has said a LOT about my life, about all of our lives. In Him we WILL overcome. He hasn't abandoned us. He won't abandon us.

We can't do it on our own, but with Him, we can do ALL things.
And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me. (Moroni 7:33)
Jesus said, "If ye will".

It's a choice.

And I choose FAITH. I choose LIFE. I choose Jesus Christ.



When confusion's my companion
And despair holds me for ransom
I will feel no fear
I know that You are near

When I'm caught deep in the valley
With chaos for my company
I'll find my comfort here
‘Cause I know that You are near

My help comes from You
You're right here, pulling me through
You carry my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness
all on Your shoulders
Your shoulders
My help comes from You
You are my rest, my rescue
I don't have to see to believe
that You're lifting me up on Your shoulders
Your shoulders

You mend what once was shattered
And You turn my tears to laughter
Your forgiveness is my fortress
Oh Your mercy is relentless

My help is from You
Don't have to see it to believe it
My help is from you
Don't have to see it, ‘cause I know,
‘cause I know it's true

~For King & Country, "Shoulders"

8 comments:

  1. "I've spent years and years under the rule of the lies of the enemy . . . lies of defeat, of believing I had to give my all first, and then hope for salvation at the judgement day. That I had to laboriously trudge through life, hungering for the occasional crumb from the Lord's hand to palliate the desperate nature of my existence. And the crumbs would always come . . . God gave them to me as soon and as often as I would accept them. But I didn't look for His grace, I didn't His love or His extravagant generosity, and so I lived the life of a spiritual pauper while the riches of Heaven lay strewn all around me".
    This totally describes my situation but I don't seem to be able to get past that point. How did you manage to find the Lord? Thanks Karen

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  2. Thank you, Scott.

    Karen, Romans 12:1-2 holds the key for every breakthrough. When we're stuck, we have to learn. And in learning, we see things differently. And when we see things differently, we can choose to change. Therein lies the power. We have the knowledge necessary to make powerful choices.

    I'm loving the Amplified Bible right now . . . it takes into account the original languages of the Biblical record, and renders the Bible in such a way that you get a more full understanding of what's being conveyed. It has been a beautiful experience for me to read it, along with the New Living Translation.

    God BLESS you. Thank you for reading!

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  3. I've enjoyed reading your blog, thanks for writing it and replying!
    Romans 12:1-2 is helpful thanks, I'm a bit worried about using the Amplified Bible or the New Living Translation though.They seem to have bits missing or changed.
    God bless you too, Karen

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    1. The AMP & NLT versions were translated from the oldest source texts available, and because they're modern translations, are far more accurate & easily comprehensible to us than older translations, due to the rigorous historical & contextual study that accompanied the modern translations.

      I'm honestly curious to understand your context better: by what comparison do the Amplified & New Living seem changed or incomplete? Those descriptive words only carry meaning when there is something whole & unchanged to which you have compared the thing being evaluated. :-)

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  4. I'm comparing them to the KJV. It seems to me that some of the modern versions have been translated by people with an agenda. I might be wrong because I'm not a scholar only an ordinary person struggling along but some of the verses seem to have lost some truth here and there. I have been praying for truth and have learned enough to know that I have been deceived in the past and I trying to make sure it doesn't happen again. :) Karen

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  5. Beautiful post and inspiring post, Annalea. A good reminder for me personally.

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  6. Karen, the KJV is not the gold standard in Bible translation accuracy. Using it to judge the accuracy and completion of other translations is similar to judging all horses by the official breed standard of just one type.

    Among bible scholars, who speak Greek and Hebrew, the KJV is widely regarded as beautiful, but very riddled with flaws. One example is how it strips any women, mentioned by Paul, of their titles and status in the church at the time. Paul called Phoebe "diakonos", the Greek word for "deacon". The KJV calls Phoebe "servant", while men who were called diakonos were given the title "deacon".

    There's the added difficulty of 1600's English. There are many passages that are supremely beautiful, and are permanently written on my heart. Reading those same passages in the other translations I mentioned earlier has only served to increase my love for, and understanding of, them.

    I hope this has been helpful to you. Nearly every scripture reference in this blog is from bible translations other than the KJV. That has been a powerful key for my own learning, along with the SOAP journaling format. I hope that you'll be able to unlock the Bible for yourself, and discover the spiritual riches for yourself. :)

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!