What Am i Doing?

This may well be my shortest post ever…

…and the most important!

It has recently occurred to me…. i believe i am quite good at what i ‘do’!

What is far more important than being good at what you do is the answer to this question….

“is WHAT i do GOOD?”

(Good for Him as well as the rest of our planet and not merely my own self-worth or pride)

That’s a much harder question for me to answer.

Which (whose) Way are we following?

Ok so a case of the ‘Flu has meant i have not been in the blogosphere as much as¬† before and i have managed to do even less than when i was spending hours a day here ( What’s a normal life like again? anyone remember?) ūüėČ

But i’m happy to report i am almost fully recovered and can write at least one more new post….

The topic of living IN Him has been on my mind and heart and in my thoughts a great deal recently and i’d like to share something i came up with (hopefully ‘through’ Him) and see if any of you agree with, or can add to it…

Many Christians and believers seem to me to try to keep Him ‘in’ us. One example of this is the concept of what would Jesus do? ( WWJD?) where we attempt to ask ourself in any given situation what would he have done ( if he were us – or more acurately if He were where we find ourselves now) in the hope that we can become, or at least for that moment, act, more like the way we think He may have.

More simply: some may try to keep Him ‘in our Hearts’.

I don’t really believe we are able to do that at all. To me that is like taking an empty cup, dipping it into the Pacific Ocean, lifting it out and declaring we have THE Pacific Ocean in our cup when what we have in fact is a cup of salty water.¬†

God is infinite – we are much less so; believing that we have Him ‘inside’ is quite arrogant and not very humble, as i see it.

I do not doubt for one second that we have Spirit within and that Spirit is OF God, but it is not ‘Him’

 

It seems to me to be a much better ‘arrangement’ if we desire to be in Him that we in fact BE – while becoming aware that we (every single one of us) exist entirely and completely within Him at all times (Acts 17:28) – even those times when all we are actually paying our attention to is our self – selfish thoughts, desires or wants… even selfish imaginings that we are doing what He wants for us when we quite clearly are doing what we want for us to do – which includes feeling like we are being ‘in’ Him.

I believe we should BE – in Him, not fool ourselves that we have Him ‘in us’ because we do ‘godly’ things, go to church, follow our own belief ( or sometimes the belief of others – perhaps those ‘in authority’ over us) of what Christ ‘IS’ ( and what His Father is also), read and do our best to follow Scripture – or the interpretation of Scripture that best agrees with what we think/feel/were taught¬†is ‘The Right Thing’ – what ‘our’ God wants for us.

And this is the area of greatest confusion… how can we KNOW when we are doing what He wants compared to what we may incorrectly believe is His wish for us? is it a certain feeling? is it ‘certainty’? do we hear a bell or a trumpet when we get it ‘Right’??

How can we BE – in Him? And have some assuredness we are not deceiving ourself?

John (amongst others) has a word or three to say on that subject :

3 And hereby we know that we know Him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
5 but whoso keepeth His word, in him verily hath the love of God been perfected. Hereby we know that we are in Him:
6 he that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also to walk even as He (Jesus) walked. (and let go of all worldly goods/possessions and live through Faith)

9 He that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother, is in the darkness even until now.
10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him.
11 But he that hateth his brother is in the darkness, and walketh in the darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because the darkness hath blinded his eyes.

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vain glory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.(1 John 2)
There are Ten of His Commandments (Ex Ch 20) and the One Great Commandment – to love our neighbour (even those in other countries) AS OURSELVES!

 

Be! (follow the spirit that is at the heart of who we all are) – in Him!

 

…don’t try to put it the other way around.

Self-Discipline – Part 2

Would you assist me in conducting a little experiment??

I hope many of you can recite the Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:9-13) it is after all how Jesus told us all to pray.

Try doing it now, word for word, silently in your mind¬†– right this second….

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Ok – how did it go? Easy? Difficult?

Now comes the ‘experiment’ part… you will need to have maybe ten minutes or so of ‘quiet time’ when you can be uninterrupted by any of the day’s many ‘neccessary’ events. Sit or lie still and clear your mind…there does not need to be TOTAL silence but ideally nothing that demands your attention.

Now, once you have the right time/place try repeating the Prayer – in your mind, silently.

Only this time… slow¬†¬† it¬†¬† down – allow each word to ‘sink in’ and get the full ‘flavour’/ideas behind each word/concept in the Prayer. ideally it should take something more than one minute to complete.

Don’t ‘dissect it’ or analyse it in detail but think it slower than usual – maybe one-quarter or a bit less of how you would ‘read’ it.

See how you go.

Here’s what i found…. i could not do it! There is a certain speed/slowness at which i cannot do this!!!

Each time i tried my mind would take over and some weird or boring thought would jump into my consciousness and i’d realise that i was no longer reciting a prayer but had got ‘lost’ down a sideroad into a completely different thought!

I suspect that all our thoughts have a certain MINIMUM ‘speed’ and if we slow one down to below that speed to consider it a little more ‘carefully’ we are unable to sustain it – at least i am unable to and i want to know – is it just me? or do we all have a minimum speed of thought?

Can i develop this lack of control or is it a ‘basic feature’ of our brains/minds?

Hence my ‘request’/experiment for help here!

I’d be really interested in your input.

Thank You.

Self-Discipline?

I’m indebted to CKROBOTH for reminding me of this particular verse….

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Cor 10:5)

EVERY thought !!!

Impossible? Only if you let yourself think it to be so.

Easy? Most definitely not!

Necessary? Absolutely, is what i truly believe.

How? When? By making it my constant habit as soon as possible.

His Life in place of Mine.