Life Is But a Dream
You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.James 4:3
The scriptures tell us to humble ourselves and surrender to God, but how many people know what that truly means and of those, how many actually have the courage to do it? Do you know what it means?
The ultimate surrender to God for any of us, is to let go of our mind, OUR concept of reality. God's ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Therefore, to 'put on the mind of Christ', we have to surrender our mind and our 'sanity'.
The Kingdom of Heaven is God's dream/plan of how He wants us to be, it is His Image-Nation that is the true way of eternal life. It is so far beyond our imagination because we are not God, we are only a figment of His imagination and our imagination (that which we call our cognizant awareness), was given to us in order to be able to 'tune in' to God's imagination/plan for our lives.
It is not easy to let go of our sanity, or I should say, what the world considers as sanity, to allow God to make of us what He will in any given moment. In one moment He might have us operating in righteous anger and the next, divine blessing. It's the world's misguided sense of reality and our trying to fit in to that warped reality that stops us from surrendering to God's will, His reality for us.
So many people say, "why does God allow this to happen, or that to happen." The truth is, God is not a control freak. He created us with free will so that we would know His kingdom, His idea of how He wants us to be and live our lives according to that reality. If we all did that, then our way of life would be heavenly.
People are so defensive and build up stoney walls around their heart and mind because they are controlled by the nature of the flesh, which is controlled by the instinct for survival. The scriptures tell us that we must overcome the flesh and that means that we must overcome the instinct for survival, that part of us that fears death. Not just our mortal demise, but death in any form. The end of a relationship, the loss of material things, etc.
Eternal life in God's Image-Nation of Love is absolute freedom and absolute joy, because there is no end to anything and we allow our character to be governed by absolute virtue. We can be like that now, because it is ultimately a state of being. God can take away all the fear and all the heartache and depression, if we can only put aside our pride and put our ABSOLUTE faith and trust in Him and let go of all our 'worldly cares and concerns' and live for Him.
Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.Matthew 16:23
Many are lukewarm because they still believe in the world's idea of reality and are not truly surrendering to God's eternal reality. True faith and trust in God, is to believe beyond the shadow of a doubt as to His eternal reality and then to go beyond belief and lose touch with the reality of the world to allow the supernatural presence of God to flow through your life, with every thought, word and deed in the spirit of true holiness and humility, the Holy Spirit.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.Mark 12:30
Unless you change and become as little children, you wil NEVER enter the kingdom of heaven.Matthew 18:3
Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask HimMatthew 6:8
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