It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

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Life Choices- Cause and Effect – continued

Society tells us education is the way to a better life, but we see educated criminals who are only smarter at getting around the system. We are told to get a good job however, we then see many workers who are unemployed after a lifetime of service. Life experiences try to teach us to be concerned only for ourselves, every man for himself and self-preservation is above all. But God says, His ways are not man’s ways and His thoughts are as high above man’s thoughts, as the heavens are as high above the earth. We are told to forgive others even if they do not ask for it or deserve it. We are told to seek the wellbeing of others and to help those who are in need.

Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

There is a universal principle of cause and effect. Some call it Karma but God calls it sowing and reaping. If we know the type of fruit we want then we should plant the type of seed to produce such fruit. If we know what type of life we want to live, whether it be obtaining wealth or showing kindness and love to one another that is the type of corresponding energy we expend to others. Those actions, the seeds sowed toward others, will reap a harvest. This occurs in both the spiritual and physical realm. Those things we want to receive in our future we plant in our present.

Even with our bad choices and mistakes of our past we can change and turn those things around through prayer. God has told us to come to Him and let us reason together. Our sins, though they were red as scarlet, He can turn them white as snow. God will place our sins in the sea of forgetfulness. We do not have to let our past define us because in God we are a new creation. God is more concerned about our future than He is with our past.

Genesis 8:22 “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”

Isaiah 1: 18-19 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.  If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land

 

Many people will allow their past to imprison them so they are unable to be free to accomplish their purpose and live their future. We see so many children and young minds destroyed through an act or one event, such as being abused, abandonment or even poor choices they make themselves. These are only actions and events that happened but we sometimes allow those actions to define us and determine our worth. They are only events and we all have the same choices which may allow this action to consume us and destroy our purpose. Believing we have no hope is a lie from the pit of hell. The good news is we can choose to accept Christ and become a new creation.

God knew our faults and failures before He created us so He had provided a way of escape through Jesus before the foundation of the world was laid. God knew the lies the enemy would try to use against us to cause us to distrust God and hate ourselves. Therefore, God sent Truth, His Son in flesh so we could be set free. No matter what the situation or circumstances were of our past, we all have a choice concerning our future. Though we may be living in some difficult conditions as the result of others choices for our lives or events, we can choose to make better decisions which, will lead to better and different results.

Isaiah 1: 18-19 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.  If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land

We have seen those who get trapped into lifestyles or habits of poor choices. Because of some tragic event that happened and they continue to relive that event over and over resulting in them making the same choices. Sadly, they never move beyond their past. We have also seen those who have gone through some atrocious events, but learn to forgive and move on to become successful people. Some even tend to have a passion to help others who are victims. We must learn how to forgive ourselves and others to live free from the past.

None of us can choose our families, race, nationality or social placement but we can choose what we do with the hand life have dealt us. We can listen to the enemy’s lie that says it is because of our race, nationality, gender, social or economic status, that we cannot be successful. Or we can choose to operate according to God’s principles and precepts because God has promised to provide a way of escape.

Remember, no matter what situation we currently find ourselves in, there is hope for change. We can make our future different from our past. God has also given the great gift of the Holy Spirit to indwell us and to secure our future but He has left the decision to us. We must choose to do things differently to get different results. Past events can impact our future but we can rise above our past and not allow it to hinder us. We can create new memories, new actions with new outcomes, but it is a choice.

Joshua 24:15b            But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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Life Choices- Cause and Effect

Choices- Cause and Effect

In this present life, the circumstances and situations we are in, are the results of the ordinary every day choices we make. Whether it is our choice of what to eat, how we use our time, or how we invest our money, it is reflected in current life conditions. Some people say life is a roll of the dice and some people get a good hand while others do not. This is not true- life is about choices. God tells us that choices are set before us, life and death, cursing and blessing and that we should choose life. We make these choices of life or death by the actions we take; they are a direct reflection of our choices. We may not admit to our choices verbally but we confirm our decisions by the actions we take.

Deuteronomy 30:19    I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; NKJ

Life’s destiny is the sum total of our daily choices. A continued pattern of bad choices will result in an unsuccessful life. We all have made poor choices that resulted in undesirable outcomes and if we continue in those same poor choices, the results will be continued undesirable outcomes. It is only when we change those things that influence our mindset and our decisions that we are able to make better choices and thus better and more desirable outcomes allow success to happen.

We may say, “It is just a song, just a movie, just some word,” not realizing it is these things that train our minds and teach our hearts to desire. It is these very things that feed information to our mind and develop our mentality. They train us to assimilate, embrace information and thereby influence how our decisions are made. Therefore understand how the media and the method or type of communication we hear, see and say will dictate one’s beliefs and ultimately the choices and the direction of one’s life.

God the Creator of our very being has said we were created in His image, in His likeness for His glory. Instead of listening to God we have allowed people, schools, jobs and our very society to define who we are. This pushes us to believe we are less than who we are and allows them to determine what we can or cannot do. The same enemy who tricked Eve is trying to pull the wool over our eyes and have us believe the same lies, to have us focus on nonessentials, the distractions of the world while he plans our demise.

John 12:40 He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them NKJ

God has stated He has given each of us the ability to get wealth; He has given us His creative spirit, gifts and talents. It is our gifts that will make room for us. God is faithful to His word. Everyone has the ability to obtain wealth so that they may establish God’s covenant on the earth. This is true, so why are there so many people living and dying in poverty? What about the young people living on the streets, homeless, possibly on drugs or in a gang? All of these situations are a direct result of someone’s choices and some of those choices have been made for past generations and they still impact this present generation.

Deuteronomy 8:18 And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mind and Innovative Thinking

We have heard it said the mind is the battlefield, which is true, but the battle is for the mind. The mind is where we make all our determinations in life and where we use our will. It is the mind that allows us to think things through and make decisions and choices which may impact not only our lives and those we love and our eternal destiny too. It is where we use our creativity and become innovative in our thinking and thereby enhance our lifestyle. This is why it is so important we guard what and who we allow to have access to our minds and especially the minds of our children.

We treat that which we see, hear and learn with such irreverence. We sometimes allow anyone with any message access to our mind which will ultimately determine our choice and in the end our destiny. If our minds and our children’s minds are exposed to any type of offensive thoughts or things that amuse and distract, this may cause the mind to become dull in our thinking. This will hinder the innovative and creative way of thinking God placed in us.

Any muscle, if it is not used or exercised, will deteriorate. So it is with the creative, innovative part of who we are. If our minds are constantly amused with someone else’s ideas and dreams, we will not have time to cultivate our own dreams and visions. Our created purpose, the reason God placed us on the earth, will not emerge or occur because we fail to take time to be creative, innovative to think outside the norm. Innovation is something that needs developing and cultivating; which is why there is so much pressure on our time to keep us away from the gift God has placed inside.

Any fruit will die on the vine if not used and so will our innovative unused potential die on the vine of our unfulfilled purpose. Every farmer knows in each seed there is a future harvest of that one seed and there is an ability of the seed to multiply and to bring forth much fruit. However, there is a process of sowing and reaping that must take place prior to any harvest of success. Just as God has placed His seed inside each of us, this potential must be sowed and cultivated in good soil to produce a harvest. God promised, as long as the earth remains, there will be seed time and harvest time. It is up to us to plant the seed so we may receive our harvest.

Genesis 8:22   While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. NKJV

So, what is innovation? True innovation is looking at old ways, things or problems with a new insight, different way or perspective; to introduce new or alternate ways of approaching needs, problems, and concerns. As Solomon indicated, there is nothing new under the sun, so everything that is and everything that ever will be are things that exist now, just in raw or different forms. The only difference in the things today and a century ago is the combination in which these things were put together and the way they are viewed.

Innovators must look at old things with a different and new view. We need eyes that look for solutions and alternatives rather than focusing on the problems and the history of past failures. The key to innovation is taking time to stop all activities, to do nothing and to allow the mind to be free to create and to think “outside the box.” This sounds easy, but our minds have been trained and taught to stay within the lines, or to follow old familiar rules thus stifling our innovation.

Most of us are so tired from work, making a living, providing for family and making ends meet, that we do not have time to think about anything else, least of all, time to let our minds ponder in the presence of our Creator.

Society today tells us we need to start our children on this competitive road where they are so busy with education, music and sports, etc., so they do not have time to dream and be creative. We should have enough balance to allow our children to learn, be active and still have time to dream and listen to God. In past times people would say what they dream they would be but now children are not given the opportunity to dream and to be innovative thinkers. They are taught to get a job and make money and some are even taught to obtain it at all costs, even at the expense of character, honesty and integrity.

What a lie we have been told? What a bill of goods we have been sold? That we will never make it or that we are not smart enough to be innovative. Yet, God has created us in His image and put in us the ability to do good works. Now it comes down to whose voice will we listen to. We have the same choice Adam and Eve had, to listen and believe we are created in God’s likeness or be bamboozled and hoodwinked into seeing ourselves less than what our Creator has made us to be. To rebel against God’s word is allowing His enemy to rule over our lives, our thoughts even our potential to succeed or fail.

Genesis 1:26-28 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Everything we need to solve the problems of today and in the future is here in the present. It takes innovative thinking to take old or raw materials to combine them in such a fashion that the results are new inventions or solutions to problems. God created man to be like Him in character, loving kindness and faithfulness. When our character has been tested and proven to be godly, He then can trust us with dominion. When we line up with our created identity in God, then we are able to multiply and be successful with the gifts He has given.

How we cultivate these gifts with innovation and creativity, will determine our success.   God said our gifts will make room for us and bring us before great men. As believers in Christ we have hope in our situations to overcome poverty or being an outcast able to come out of our pit of despair when our hearts and minds are filled with the knowledge of God and His creative purpose we are able to persevere. With God we are able to cultivate our gifts to fulfill our purpose and this will bring us before great men.

Proverbs 18:16           A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men. NKJV

Remember we should discipline our minds and teach our children how to rest, to think and to meditate so they may be innovative. This is done by setting aside time to do nothing but to think and to ponder those things that cause passion in our lives. God will use our passion, for those things that may cause us pain, outrage and even anger at the injustices for the marginal, neglected and underprivileged, to help bring kindness, change and to cultivate a compassion for people which will move us into action.

Deuteronomy 8:18   And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. NKJV

A Creative Mind – A Terrible Thing To Waste

Every person was created for greatness, with a purpose and the ability to succeed in life. We all have the innate, instinctive, unconscious, God given ability to be innovative, to create new and original things. That is Who God Elohim is, a creator and He is so innovative He never makes anything the same. Every bird, every fish, and every man even every snowflake is different from one another. God is a God of innovation and diversity and He has placed these abilities deep into the very fiber of mankind to reflect His image on the earth.

God’s enemy wants to destroy the creativeness that we have and the very things that reflect God our creator. The enemy tries to have us fear and hate what is not like us or we do not understand, instead of celebrating our differences. We are taught to hate and to have disdain for those unlike us, rather than seeing The Creator-Elohim and His likeness in everyone.

The enemy of God has strategically set up processes on the earth to hinder our ability to think creatively and innovatively. He has also tactically set up practices that are designed to destroy our appreciation for diversity or things that are different. Yet this is the substance of Who God is and who we are, our created purpose. We cannot look at nature or the heavens without seeing God’s innovation and love for variety. He made every person with different eyes, fingerprints, DNA and every flower with a different pattern, nothing is made the same. He finds pleasure in creativeness, innovation and diversity.

Young children who have not been taught to hate or who have not had their thoughts consumed with fear are able to look at things differently. They see life with eyes of hope and great expectations and have not been marred by doubt and hate. Without biases or ideas of limitations and of what cannot be done we are able to dream of doing great things.

Luke 18:16-17            But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.  Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” NKJV

We must guard our children’s minds when they are still very impressionable. The enemy will have people to try and fill their minds to destroy the creativeness which God gave to them and leave them without hope for themselves or their future. The enemy will try and instill in young people his ideas of hate and destructive ways. Amusement is used to keep our minds so busy that we cannot think, dream or be creative.

God knows the plans He has for us, plans to prosper us, to give us hope for our future. God gives us the ability to get wealth, to be successful and He gives us these abilities in thought and creativity. This may be hard to comprehend, with situations that appear dire and hopeless but God tells us to not lose hope, every problem mankind has faced God has provided a way of escape. Every invention, every solution, every machine or new technology came from someone’s mind, their creative thought process. That is why the enemy of God would rather we be distracted or amuse our minds so we cannot listen and hear the creativeness each of us has inside of us.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

To amuse is to hold someone’s attention, to entertain, or divert their thoughts, to cause time to pass or to distract. What a plan and trap our enemy has laid to get us distracted from God’s word. To divert our creative thoughts by using distractions such as telephones, televisions, music, movies or just uninspired people to devour our time, thoughts and talents so we are unable to fulfill our created purpose. What a waste!!

We are told to be still and know that He is God. We are told to rest in Him, to believe that He is and He is a rewarder of those who trust Him.

Psalm 46: 10-11         Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!  The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Deuteronomy 8:18   And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. NKJV

We are spirit beings living in a human body and we have a soul and every part of us was created to commune with God our Creator. Our purpose is to imitate our Creator and to establish His promises on the earth with the wealth He has given us. The only way we will be able to accomplish this is by listening and communing with God so we may receive the visions and dreams He has put in us.

Everyone has a created purpose to fulfill something that is needed or will benefit mankind in their lifetime. How many songs, paintings, inventions and solutions to problems we have lost and missed all because the enemy distracted these people from pursuing their dream, their vision, their purpose.

Let us challenge ourselves, our children, our families and friends to seek our created purpose to fulfill the vision God has placed inside us. It is never too late for us to see things differently and do things differently. All it takes is a choice to listen to God and not the voice of this world. We should turn away from the amusement and distractions of the noise of those things that steal our time and creativeness. We should give ourselves and our children, time to think, to ponder and to create new solutions to old problems.

As parents we should be doers of the word and not hearers only. We should deny ourselves some of the things we think we want or deserve to provide time for our children; the time they need to develop their minds, creative and innovative ideas. We are to shut down all the amusement, diversions and distractions to cultivate time to think, to meditate on the word of God. God has promised to direct our steps, to be a light and a lamp for us. It is never too late to be creative and to fulfill our purpose. Less we forget, Moses was eighty when God called him into his purpose and 120 when he completed it.

 

James 1:22     But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

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