Nov. 28, 2016

How to Live Above the Darkness of This World

Everything visible and invisible is made up of vibration. When God created the world he spoke it into existence: God said, and it was (Gn 1). Since God created us in his own image we also create with our words and thoughts, whether good or evil. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Prov 18:21).

It really is no mystery, it is very logical when you think about it. Can you remember times when you had very positive and uplifting thoughts? How did they make you feel? Did you feel energized? Did you feel more healthy? The answer to these questions is a resounding yes! And do you remember the times when you felt angry or depressed, when everything around you look dark and hopeless? How did that make you feel? Of course we all know how that makes us feel, just plain rotten. We have created our own happiness or unhappiness by the words emotions and thoughts that work in us at that time.

There are many experiments that have been done to prove the positive and negative effects of our words, thoughts, and emotions create tangible vibrations which produce specific effects. Some of you may have seen the experiments done with how the crystals in water are directly affected by these stimuli. Positive and beautiful thoughts create beautiful and harmonious crystals, while negative and dark thoughts disorganized into ugly crystals. Our bodies are primarily made up of water which also corresponds to our thoughts and emotions which directly affect our spiritual, mental, and physical health. Experiments with plants have also shown the same effects.

Saint Paul taught that if we think on thoughts of God from above we will experience the peace of God; however, if we think on things of darkness from below, we will experience those emotions instead (Col 3:2-17). Paul teaches that indeed we can do this if we rejoice in the Lord at all times (Phil 4:4-9).

You might ask how is it possible for me to feel good and rejoice in the Lord when bad things are happening around me and to me? Actually by your own efforts there is little that you can do other than superficial improvements which do not last. But do not despair; there is a solution, and that solution is as John wrote: "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world" (1 Jn 4:4). When we are born again of God from above we have his life and power, which is His grace to overcome all harmful and negative things. Through this new birth we are given the ability to enter the realm of God's kingdom and draw God's life into our own being. This life is called eternal life because it is God's very own life living in us (Jn 3:1-19). As Paul said: "For me to live is Christ, and to die to self is gain" (Phil 1:21-30, Ga 2:20).

This is what the Bible calls the gospel; or the Good News. Jesus as a man went to the cross to be resurrected as the son of God. He freed us from the god of this world and joined us to his heavenly Father. He became the cornerstone of all those who would follow this way to eternal life. 

It must be understood in order to be a student of Jesus we must count the cost (Lk 24:25-35), We must enter by the straight gate which is narrow, and there are few who find it - because of their attachment to self and the things of the world (Mt 7:13-14).  Our fleshly self is drawn to the things of the world and not to God, because the world and the flesh - being of the same spirit - follows after the evil one (1 Jn 5:18-19). James said, "Draw near to God and he will draw near to you, resist the devil and he will flee from you" (Ja 4:1-12). 

This cannot be done by ourselves, but as we continue to pursue God and His loving power from above, we will experience more and more of His power and life in us, and less of our old powerless life which was of the world. We will experience God's will and life on earth as it is in heaven, as we continue to ask, seek and knock - asking God for His Spirit to replace our old life of flesh in the world - so that in Him we will experience His kingdom, power, and the glory (Lk 11:1-13).

Old things are passed away, and behold, all things are become new through the life of Christ living in us (2 Co 5:17, Col 1:27). This is the faith that comes by the grace of God's power to live a happy and righteous life through His life on us (Eph 2:8-10).  Paul describes this as the resurrection life in Christ where this mortality actually puts on the immortal life of our Heavenly Father, based on Jesus Christ having become a life giving Spirit who now is able to quicken our mortal bodies (1 Co 15:45), so as to be able to know God and live by His life in us (1 Co 15). Jesus said to know Him and the Father is eternal life (Jn 17:3).

David asked God to quicken him according to God's word (Ps 119:107). Jesus said that His words were Spirit and they were life (Jn 6:63). He also said that if we continue in His words we will know the TRUTH of THE NEW BIRTH that sets us free (Jn 3:1-8, 8:31-32). Through the new birth of God in us, His spiritual life will flow through us like rivers of living water (Jn 7:38-39). This transforming power of God is accomplished as we present our bodies a living sacrifice to God in order that the new birth and transformed mind may manifest (Rm 12:1-2).

The gospel, accomplishes this by our realizing our co-death, burial, and resurrection and includes everyone who believes this and reckons this exchanged life as so, and begins living according to this truth (Rm 6:1-11). Jesus said that it is not sufficient to just study the Scriptures, we must actually rise from the spiritually dead and come to Him as our life which is eternal, as the Scriptures testify (Jn 5:24-44).

Based on the gospel message taught in the New Testament, and testified to by millions of people, I hope everyone can see that the gospel is very practical in putting us on a higher plane of life that comes from God, where we can be free from the negative thoughts and emotions which are so destructive to  our life, health, and happiness on earth. But we through the gospel can be transformed so as to experience health within us which manifests itself to our whole being: spirit, soul, and body while we are still on this earth.

Jesus said: "First clean the inside and then all will be clean" (Mt 23:26). Paul's prayer for the church is that they would be whole in spirit, soul, and body (1 Thess 5:23). This is why it is imperative that we pursue things that are of spirit and not carnal things of the world and flesh, for they are contrary to God (Rm 8:4-19). It would be very helpful and insightful to read the sermon on the mount given by Jesus (which was his core teaching on our happiness) while he was on earth (Mt 5-7).

I hope that this short lesson from the Scriptures will help you understand the Gospel and that it has the power to bring us to a life that has the power to bring us near to God and his blessings when we put it into practice.

© by George Blasy 2016. Used by permission.

 

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