Thursday, August 6, 2009

It's About the Economy


What happens when we experience the kind of peace our human brains can't comprehend and how do we experience it again and again? What happens is far too simple for the human mind to label as credible. We want a complicated answer so that we can 'take pride' in 'knowing' and we reduce God into our image and call ourselves 'right'.


The truth is, when we experience peace that surpasses all our worldly understanding, we found a portal into true eternal Life and God's thinking (the mind of Christ). We, ourselves gave up trying or at least we were between tries, showing or finding our true self. If we find ourselves chasing after worldly dreams that are attractive, by all means, chase after them. If we believe that man's ways aren't good enough, then stop chasing man's ways. Either way, God accepts you and you are loved so be true to your revelation. This isn't a test in school where there are right and wrong answers... you were created by God and for God, just like you are...


I read an interesting article yesterday about local churches and how we need to show acceptance, offering true friendship to people visiting. It was very thought provoking and stirred up some of these thoughts you are reading. The article spoke about how persons visiting churches are looking for a friend and new experiences, most likely to get out of the daily routine they've found themselves.


From what I can tell, the people in the article are looking for God's unconditional love. We all need His unconditional love. Why do people go to bars or similar places? To belong. It's sad that we get so caught up in our own little 'r' reality that we miss opportunities to engage God when we miss new relationships and encounters. Since God is love and we need God, then we all need love. Maybe we don't think He is approachable. Maybe we think God is for someone else. Maybe, maybe, maybe... We all need the Real Love of God.


There are really only two choices to process and do things:


On the one hand, there is the world's economy: The world's economy looks like a 'to do' list, with every action leading to the next action, and then reaching a goal. It connects past behavior with future behavior, to produce a positive or negative outcome. When man is born, we immediately draw conclusions celebrating our own independence. Best described as (i.e. provision, love, health, you in the blank) 'by me', and is 'sin nature' in every man.


On a higher plain, there is God's economy: God's economy doesn't actually work, but it does function. God gives freely everything He has, including His identity. In fact, He gives it in exchange for our sin. God's economy is always found by living in the moment, not considering how events are connected and how other people perceive them. It requires no explanation; it just is. Best described as (i.e. provision, love, health, fill in the blank) 'through me', and is manifestation of our true identity.


You decide what economy is right for you.

I am,
David

Additional reading: Exodus 34:12; Matthew 6:24

What's the big 'ta-do' About Money?


What's the big 'ta-do' about money? If we have some, we think it's the source of our needs being met. If we don't have 'what we think is enough', we spend our time trying to get more, in order to get our needs met. Do we not know how to simply rest any longer?

The entire word of God is one example after another of simply trusting God and that He is trustworthy. Our brains cannot accept that we have no part in our daily needs being provided. We find it difficult to live in the 'now', yet we experience glimpses of living in the now, where peace is our only guide and whatever work is done is being done 'through us', rather than 'by us.'

There is nothing wrong with giving up on something when there is nothing you find in it desirable. In fact, we should 'lay down' things that aren't of benefit to us. There-in lies the illumination of our problem in our human situation. Money is not the answer. God is the answer.

The contradiction and challenge to living in the world is that our natural mind isn't 'on board' with our source being God and being so fully accepted in Him. We aren't comfortable with our new identity and feel we must produce sweat to feel good about being part of the answer. Man's way of doing things is all wrong. Money is not the answer. Man is not the solution, man is the problem. God is the answer and He is always found now, no matter where you are.

We either have a little money or we don't, but I am still asking, "What's the big 'ta-do' about money?" If we believe in God's economy, everything will be right on time or you will eventually change course, either of which are fine with God. Is it really well with your soul or are you just moving your lips? You can't counterfeit trusting in God but you can change course, any time.

I am,
David


Additional reading: Exodus 34:12; Matthew 6:24

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