First Degree

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The mind is a wonderful tool for man. It is inventive, calculating, imaginative, and solves problems. Without the mind of man, we would all still be hunter gatherers like many of the animals of this planet. But we are not animals, are we? Or are we?

We do like to think we are above the animals, that we are superior in all ways to animals. We even view them as pets, food, and wild subjects in OUR world. We dominate this planet it is ours. Yes, the mind rationalizes also.

I quoted Hebrews 4:12 for one reason. It identifies that first degree of separation between man and animals. We are chosen vessels to receive the spirit of God. The word of God is how we can identify that first degree of separation, the differences between the soul and spirit, between structure and substance, between thoughts and intent.

Man without God is an animal. If you do not believe that just turn on the news and see what they are doing to each other. Murder, mayhem, theft, greed, corruption, genocide, and ugliness so vile I will not speak it here. All these things and more are the result of man pushing God out of their lives, out of their governments, out of their nations.  And here we are, believers, possessed of God separated by just one degree of Good News.

The time for the harvest is ripe. Share the Good News.

Fault Finding

John 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

It’s not my fault! That’s the name of the game isn’t it? Someone has to be at fault. My parents, the school system, my friends, society, my counselor; take your pick or add one of your own. Either by nature or nurture I ended up the person I am, it isn’t my fault.

No, I am not about to take you down the rabbit hole of entitlement. Wouldn’t think about going there. The issues of fault finding are as old as man himself. Wasn’t it Adam who first pointed the finger of fault at Eve? So by nature we all seek to survive by feeding one another to the wolves.

May I suggest that finding fault fixes nothing? Or is it that you are not interested in a fix? Are we jaded by observing so many fixes that made things worse? Even our medications that are supposed to relieve our suffering come with disclaimers that the product may cause, itching, numbness, paralysis, swelling, blood clots, stoke or death. No problem just call 1-800-BAD-MEDS.

OK, OK, I’ll give you the fix to end your suffering. Repeat after me; “It’s my fault. I made bad choices. I cannot fix this life by myself. I need you Lord Jesus. I surrender.”

Suffering after all is a state of mind. Finding fault does not make you feel better about yourself, it only fools others who are looking for someone to judge. What you need is a new way of thinking, a new attitude.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

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