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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The Cycle of Life – Cause, Reaction and Effect

The cycle of life is experienced in the completed process of cause, effect and of reaction. Cause and Effect are defined as a relationship between events or experiences where one is the result of the other. It is a combination of actions and reactions.

People living on earth are the “causes” or the reason things are happening. It is because we have our own existence- “life,” that causes us to have opportunities to experience these cycles.. The “effects” are our experience, good or bad. Our reactions are our choices; ability to choose, our “will” to determine how we will respond to unfavorable experiences in life. Our reactions will determine how our lives will be lived out, or in essence, determine our destiny. Our actions may be a conscience decision to deliberately respond or an unconscious response we do out of habit or training. Our actions or reactions will set our life on a course that will result in the consequences of our choices.

Many people fail to see the correlation their choices and the consequences of those choices. Most people are taught to respond out of feelings, not conscience decisions that realize the effect of those responses. Therefore, they lose the connections that their negative reactions to life situations can start another process of cause, effect and the cycle will continue or begin again.

We see many feuds and or family tendencies continue for years and even generations because they continually respond in the same manner. Many people facing life challenges tend to respond in a way that produces a continued negative cycle. But, when positive reactions are consciously made, as a result of an individual choice, then that effect will also change. Thus a new life cycle is created.

In every situation we will go through this cycle of life. We will encounter a life event that will affect our being and then we will choose a response to that event. The choice we make at the time of this encounter will set our lives on a trajectory and the outcome will be a direct result of our choices. The thing about life experiences and mistakes are they cannot be undone. However, we can go through them and face the consequence of our choice of action and then hopefully make better decisions in the future.

Our past does not have to dictate our present or our future. Our present choices will determine our future. As the saying goes, you have to do things differently if you want different results. We cannot change the past but we can press through and live through the current consequences so that w can make better choices for our future.

How we respond to what life throws at us will govern the outcome of our lives. We are all part of the larger circle of life in our families and communities. But, we are the first circle in this cycle of life for our own destiny and that of our children as we decide by the choices we make.

In this new life, with a new birth, we have a Sovereign Lord and live in the kingdom of God. This fallen world system tells us to respond to our feelings but God tells us to respond in light of His word. The world says we have every right to be mad, angry and to hate those who have wronged us. God says love your enemy, to do good to others and to pray for those who have wronged us. These are two totally different reactions to the same effect of being wronged. Hate will lead to bitterness and destruction but it is the automatic response in this fallen nature. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to forgive and to respond with love.

The circle continues with its circular motion and it has no definite end. Cycles will continue to go on until deliberate actions or deeds are taken to alter that cycle. It takes a new way of thinking and new decisions to choose to respond differently than what you have been taught through life. It must be a choice of the will to forgive and love those who have harmed us and it is because of love God and for God that constrains us.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

To change the cycle of a destructive life style we must change the belief system, which governs the circle of life –“cause, effect and reaction.” Dying to self with a renewed mind in Christ will place us in a new circle of supernatural life in Christ.

Life is a series of events. How we navigate these with our thoughts, words and deeds will affect us and our future generations. Mistakes cannot be undone but we can move past them as we go through the completion of the full circle of cause, and reaction to situations with different choices. This is a difficult thing to do in the natural but God has given us a new nature, in Christ Jesus.

Life is Experienced In Cycles

This life process is the sum total of the experiences that we have while living in our God given, earthly bodies. This process of life is lived and experienced in cycles. We should understand life is experienced through a series of cycles that we call failures or successes with the aim of maturing us for our created purpose. When we experience failures, they are only the compost of life that leads to growth. If we see these set-backs as stimuli that help us flourish, then we would not give up on our lives or our dreams when we have these catastrophic experiences but allow them to propel us forward. These challenges should be filtered through knowledge that they are part of life’s cycles. This can lead to a great expectation and hope for our future, because we understand, that which appears to be failure, is just part of the process of success in the cycles of life.

Genesis 8: 22 While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.

God gave life cycles in the very beginning. He declared, while the earth remains, there will be seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer and day and night, which shall not cease. We see in nature the cycles God has given life. It is seen as a constant loop of birth, life or the survival of life, death and birth again. This cycle symbolizes nature’s way of giving endless life back to earth and it expresses a natural and spiritual principle. Life is a continuous process, it is sacred and divine, which represents the infinite nature of energy that flows from God.

Jesus spoke of this principle with the parable which says, unless the seed falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it produces much grain. This is a spiritual process or the cycle of life; to die to one’s self-interest, to humble ourselves as to die to pride and self-importance so to give one’s self freely for others. This life will produce much fruit in the lives of those that are impacted. To those who refuse to die to self, pride and narcissistic tendencies, will remain alone. We see this all too well in the lives of people who live selfishly. They tend to end up alone but those who sacrifice themselves for others, tend to live a fuller life.

John 12:24-25 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

The Bible tells us to observe things in nature, so it may teach us life lessons on how to live productive lives. The natural world is a tapestry where spiritual lessons of life are seen. People are born and the events of their lives tell their story until their bodies die in the natural state. But, because we are spirit and energy, our spirits will never cease to be. This is the cycle of life; we see life being born, the body dies and then is transformed into a different form of energy that enriches the ground and produces more life. We can do the same spiritually; die to self, so we may sow good seed into the lives of others.

Though our bodies will die, our spirit will live eternally as it is the created energy of God who is eternal. Our few years of life are gifts from God that we have been given for the purpose of being God’s representatives and ambassadors for His kingdom as we go through this process of life on earth.

Proverbs 30: 24- 28 There are four things which are little on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer; The rock badgers are a feeble folk, Yet they make their homes in the crags; The locusts have no king, Yet they all advance in ranks; The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, And it is in kings’ palaces.

Life works in cycles, seedtime and harvest. The earth is circular and the galaxy rotates in cycles around planets. Time is viewed in cycles; the rising and going down of the sun, winter and summer seasons and the truism of what goes around, comes around. If we see life’s events as a process lived in cycles, then we will understand that everything will change and nothing will remain the same. These things we are experiencing, bad or good, will in time pass.

When we learn to live life in light of these cycles, then the things life takes us through will be seen as life lessons learned so we may grow and mature through these times. We can live a life full of expectation with hope for what the future has in store, because we understand the process and have faith in God who created us for the purpose of succeeding and reflecting His life.

The cycle of life is a gift from God, regardless of how it is conceived or viewed by this world system. Every life that is born is precious to God and has the potential of being like Christ’s life.

Our Life Experiences Are Great Opportunities To Impact Eternity

Our life experiences do not have to dictate our successes or failures in this life. They are truly opportunities for us to display our true beliefs. It is our responses to these experiences that will let people know what we really believe. Our actions will determine our future of failures or successes. How we respond to the things we go through and experience in life are the very occasions that will impact our families and communities and eternity. There is a way that seems right, in the sight of mankind, because it is what everyone does, but it leads to death and destruction. There is another way that appears to be foolish in the eyes of the world because it is God’s way and leads to the truth and everlasting life.

Proverb 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. NKJV

In the beginning God gave us a purpose and a process. Our purpose is to look like Him because we were created in His image. The process is living this life in a way that may be fruitful and multiply His image to fill the whole earth with His reflection. This is done by having dominion over the things of the earth.

Genesis 1: 27- 28A 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… NKJV

With the fall, mankind lost sight of his purpose and lost their created identity to be the image of God on the earth. Mankind was transformed into the likeness of the one whom they obeyed, Satan, and darkness prevailed. Instead of mankind subduing his enemy and having dominion over the challenges, they listened to the father of lies and became like him. Yet, God did not lose sight of the purpose and plan He had before the world began, which is to be in fellowship with us and for us to be in the family of God.

Though every society and people group tries to dehumanize and humiliate different segments of people groups, but their value are beyond any natural price. Only the life of God Himself could purchase and redeem us. Many people go to great lengths to create hate, self-hate and disunity for the purpose of exalting themselves even at the expense of others. Every life is valuable to God and is worth the high cost of Jesus’ blood.

The highest commandment is to love God and the second is to love those who were created in His image. Some people see God’s commandment, to love and to forgive others, as a light matter. Many think because of God’s love, He would not require them to go through such humiliation of lowering themselves to forgive others. Many have endured some horrendous wrongs and injustices and they believe a loving God would not require them to forgive. The refusal to forgive others and being concern for one’s own rights are results of a fallen nature and not the nature of God. However, it is the very love of God and His Mercy towards us that requires us to die to pride and self-centeredness and forgive others.

1 Corinthians 1: 21 b, 27 …the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; NKJV

This world values knowledge and intellect, but this too, is part of this fallen world system. Many refuse to acknowledge the truth and wisdom of God. Just as in the beginning, mankind went after the knowledge of good and evil rather than believe the truth of God’s word. Some people today would rather give up the truth of God’s word so they may appear to be intellectual and knowledgeable in the world’s eyes.

The things this world calls foolish God will use to disgrace and dishonor the mighty things of this world’s systems. When we allow knowledge and intellect to rise above the truth of God’s word and His love, it will eventually lead to destruction. It takes a mind schooled and trained in the wisdom of God to understand that we must die to our self-interests. It is when we humble ourselves to the love of God, we will be exalted in due season.

Jesus displayed a life of humility and service to others. He is our Sovereign King, Lord and Teacher. He shows us how we are to live this God given life on earth. Though Jesus was equal with God, He did not think He was robbed when He took on the body of a man and became a servant to all mankind. Jesus is God and yet He humbled Himself to wash the feet of a traitor, who was about to have Him killed. Jesus was reflecting the image of God on the earth by His acts of love and dying to Self-interest so others may live.

John 14:7-9 If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? NKJV

Life experiences will always give us opportunities to impact eternity, just as Jesus did and in similar ways. Everyone that follows Christ should reflect and speak the love of God, to the wicked and the just. So people who see us will see the love of the Father in and through our lives, because we live like Christ. The things we experience in life are great and wonderful opportunities for us to display God’s kingdom life, love and the light of God in this dark world.

Life Is A Process With A Purpose

Life is a process with a purpose. Life is a God given process for the purpose of displaying His glory and love on the earth. Everything that exists was made and sustained by God. God’s original purpose for creation was for the world to be the reflection of His love. Through the process of life we should strive to be like God and to display His love in every cycle of life. Many people ask the question, why am I here or what is my purpose? They have simply lost sight of their created being and purpose.

All life comes from the source of life, God. God spoke and life’s energy came from Him. This energy and life is a continued process that will never cease because it came from the source that is everlasting, the Divine nature of God. Scientists tell us energy never dies; it may change forms but it will always exist. Mankind was created to live forever like God but after the fall this life process transformed from its original state. The consequence of the choice made in the beginning caused the whole world to be taken into a different trajectory.

Colossians 1:16-17 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. NKJV

Everything was created by God, for God and that includes every person born and every living thing. We are told to die to self, so that is to give up what we were never created for, self- indulgences and extravagances of self. There is a fallen system vying for our time, attention and life. This fallen system is set up to train and teach us to be something we were not created to be, and that is to be narcissistic and self-focused.

As the result of the fall, every civilization, society and people group spawns a culture of divide through hate and self- importance. No matter how civilized or primitive the people are, this fallen system has trained everyone from the time they were born to be concerned with self-preservation. This has become an intrinsic attribute of us all because of the fall. Life cultivates a fallen system to teach people to dislike those things that are not like themselves.

Our battle in life is not against family, friends or people who do not look like us or those who are called our enemy. Our fight is against the lies and systems that have been put into place over time to cultivate and to continue this cycle of disunity, hate and destruction. There are territories, domains, and systems set up in high places of authority to perform evil and cause wicked things to happen for the assurance of one person, race or culture to flourish, while it decapitates and destroys those who are unlike them.

Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. NKJV

The battle is for us to be set free from the lies, principalities, beliefs and attitudes of this world, that life has instilled into us. We have been “home-schooled” in a fallen system to cultivate, to bring division, hatred of others, to be egotistical and self-indulgent, for the purpose of getting ahead in this life.

The only true way to be successful is to go back to one’s original purpose, which is to display the love of God on the earth. This can only be done when we die to self and give up this narcissistic life style that we were not created for. God’s love gives so that others may live and this is the life Jesus displayed. Jesus is our example and our role model on how we are to live this life.

John 12:24-26 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. NKJV

Jesus gives us a powerful life lesson in this parable on how to be successful in this life and life eternal. He gives us a preeminent statement in saying, according to the Greek meaning, “most” (greatest or utmost) – “assuredly” (defiantly, certainly, or unquestionably) when we humble ourselves low, as to die to one’s self, it produces much in life. Those who love their lives in this fallen system of egotistical self-indulgences, more than they love and obey God, they will lose not only in this life, but eternal life also.

This is a hard truth. Not many can bear it. Only those whose minds have been renewed and trained in the household of God the Father may receive it. Life shows us we can train the mind to think it is impossible to be free. We see it in the training of an elephant when it is young. It is taught the chain around its foot is too strong to be broken and even as an adult, when it strong enough to break free, it does not. The elephant has been trained to believe it cannot be free and it remains in that state unless a great situation of danger, such as fire, arises and causes the elephant to want to be free.

Mankind was created with the purpose of living and walking in the love of God with all creation on the earth. Through the fall, we lost not only God’s Spirit but our identity and purpose of showing His love. God did not lose sight of us and who He created us to be. He sent Jesus not only to save us from sin but to bring us back into the family of God and to bring us truth.

If we are a true follower of Christ, then we are servants and His servants will follow His
example.

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