What is your True Weakness

Weakness may  hide in a fearful, apathetic or lazy attitude

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I have learned that sometimes a person exhibiting bold and aggressive behavior is actually concealing their weakness or weaknesses.  True weaknesses are indecision,  failure to commit, lukewarm passion, muddy vision (or lack of vision) and the culmination of these: having no coherent plan for the future. Just so you are aware of my weaknesses, candidly, I have suffered from all of these weaknesses listed above at one time or another.

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I served under an experienced sargent in the army who would say, “Do something, anything; you might learn something even if you are wrong.”

 

Revelation 3:15-16 ESV

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

That spiritual assessment has a negative connotation and so does the secular corollary.

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Maybe the verse’s meaning is clear to you? Perhaps not? . . .

. . . I may focus on this meaning in a future blog post in greater detail.  For now, may I just point out this, manifesting an energetic attitude can alter your perspective even change your opinion while a dull lackluster attitude may lead you to an obscure unfulfilled life.

Doing nothing leads to destruction

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 Fight back; try harder; engage in proactive behavior.

Proverbs 13:4 ESV 

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Like it or not if you consider yourself a part of society rest assure you must contribute to its well being and survival. Not using the abilities GOD granted you is not only wasteful it is sinful.

Proverbs 20:4 ESV

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

Should one who does not contribute to the whole expect to receive the same share as a hard worker?

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2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV 

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

Some people view the sentiment that if a member of our society refuses to accept gainful employment (even fakes a disability) it is an archaic ultra-conservative view of the past, not to give them something or do something for them.

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And some of  these same people may promote some political ideology that espouses that in someway, the political system can, find a way to take care of everyone without cost. How is that possible? Those unable to contribute much if any (the old, the infirm, the very young) must be cared for but, those that can but do not work, should not simply be afforded a “free pass” and do nothing. Is there anything wrong with that standard? I say no.

Proverbs 24:30-34 ESV 

I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

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Believe it or not you are part of this world, this time, this society, and if you are a Christian, The Church. Get going; become engaged ; become productive.

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Tame Unbridled Anger

A wild beast lashes out in order to facilitate survival

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Humans can do likewise but, we have a measure of intelligence, perception and also GOD’s standards  to help us do better.

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The perceived threat is seldom so acute that it requires a swift lethal defense. In civilized societies it should have been a lesson learned long ago. Christians discovered that in GOD’s Word threats and remedies are explained and demonstrated by  examples therein.

James 1:19-20 ESV

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Know GOD’s Standards and apply self control

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Sometimes anger is normal

Ephesians 4:26 ESV

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

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You should not be a pacifist in spiritual warfare

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV 

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

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Use the power from GOD’s Word to equip you for the battle against temptations to sin, self deceptions and the evils in this world.  Oppose wrong and wrong doers.  Temper your indignation so that you are able to teach what is right without reproach. Gauge your response according to The Word of GOD.
Ephesians 6:11 ESV 

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Equipped for Battle – Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Armor of Pyrrhus.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 12, 2018. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-1335-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

SEE: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+6%3A10-20&version=ESV

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Transitions, Transformations, Transfiguration

 Some creatures make the journey swiftly; others do not.

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We all are transitioning from infant to adult

transition [tran-zishuh n, –sish-] 
noun

movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject,concept, etc., to another; change:

the transition from adolescence to adulthood. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/transition

 

Humans experience a long childhood, adolescence and then as an adult several phases culminating in senior citizenship.  The journey provides knowledge and experience acquired over a lifetime.  What we paid attention to as children is altered with time and maturity.

1 Corinthians 13:11 ESV 

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

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As we mature we are expected to contribute to society and teach the younger members what we come to know.

We drink spiritual milk as new believers but should mature to digest more complex teachings to the point that we ourselves begin to teach others.

Hebrews 5:11-14 ESV 

About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

We may be transformed in many different ways

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transformation [trans-fer-mey-shuh n] 
noun
1. the act or process of transforming.
2. the state of being transformed.

3. change in form, appearance, nature, or character. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/transformation

We should become more Christ-like every day falling less into temptation and resisting sin with greater success.

Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV 

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

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The Transfiguration of Jesus may also hint at what we may experience when we get to heaven

transfiguration [trans-fig-yuhrey-shuh n, trans-fig-] 
noun
1. the act of transfiguring.
2. the state of being transfigured.
3. (initial capital letterthe supernatural and glorified change in the appearance of Jesus on the mountain. Matt. 17:1–9.
4. (initial capital letterthe church festival commemorating this, observed  August 6. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/transfiguration
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One day we Christians will have a Glorified Body.

Philippians 3:21 ESV 

Who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

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Each Person: Is Born; Lives; Dies

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James 4:14 ESV 

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

 No Mystery Here

We are mortal and there is nothing we can do about it – the promises of scientists notwithstanding.  Of course just about all religions offer some avenue to eternal life; some indicate we must earn it; some indicate we must achieve it by favouring god or gods.  Only one religious tradition I know of expresses that GOD will provide eternal life because GOD approached humans and explained how it can be done.  For we Christians it is clearly stated in the Word of GOD.

Romans 6:23 ESV

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

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We Should Obey GOD but not to earn eternal life.

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We adhere to the precepts of GOD because of who GOD is, out of gratitude for GOD’s saving grace and the love GOD has for us (it is unconditional). Yet this will not allow us to earn eternal life; only accepting what Jesus has done for us can do that.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

 We can not be good enough on our own.

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We need the work of Jesus Christ who paid for the sins of all humans and through our trust in Jesus gain access to GOD and eternal life.  Demonstrating our gratitude by obeying GOD’s precepts and a desire to express GOD’s Love is a natural outcome of the process.

 

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We are born into a sinful world; we cannot live sinless; we need Jesus the Son of GOD for eternal salvation.

John 5:24 ESV

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

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Renew Your Effort to Think Beyond the Material World

Even Christians get caught up in aspects of the desire for things; it is easy to do.

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Once we have our daily needs fulfilled and begin to find we have a little  extra money for an extra thing or two; then three; then four . . . etc. we are in danger of filling our lives with unnecessary “things”.   Or, we find we can afford a bigger house or a better car and so it goes.  It may come to pass we discover we are flirting with becoming greedy. What then could make it worse, we may compare our behavior to others who may have become obsessed with “things”, “wealth” and “luxuries” way beyond our level of materialism. So we might smuggly think, “I may be a little materialistic but NOT LIKE them . . . “.  

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You get the picture.  Perhaps it is a good time to review what the Word of GOD teaches and compare how we behave with GOD’s standard:

Hebrews 13:5 ESV

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 John 2:16 ESV

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

1 Timothy 6:9-10ESV

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

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This temptation and its negative effects are nothing new:

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Proverbs 22:7 ESV

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 ESV

He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.

The symbols for wealth may change but the internal desire and attitude is the same.

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