Wednesday, June 8, 2016
2 + 2 = 4 In Math... & In Life.
Sometimes when I’m counseling a person who’s made a string of poor decisions, but now wants to turn things around—I will say, “Okay, just like 2 + 2 = 4, EVERY TIME and is NEVER 3 or 5, EVERY TIME you do __________ it’s ALWAYS going to = BAD FRUIT.” In our passage above, Isaiah is talking about the spiritual equivalent of my little 2 + 2 illustration. He’s saying to God’s People (my paraphrase) “Dude, you’ve thrown integrity, honesty and justice out the window, and now you don’t understand why your lives are filled with strife, come-on! Get real, you can’t spurn God’s ways and still expect His blessings.”
Here’s the BIG LIE the devil doesn’t want anyone to think about: Temptation always OVER PROMISES, UNDER-DELIVERS… And comes with BAGGAGE you didn’t count on!
Think about it—the power of temptation is what it promises—fun, a good time, escape from problems, pleasure, money, etc. And while you might experience a brief moment or season of that if you follow that temptation—in the end, it always falls flat and leaves you empty and disappointed—AND it always produces unintended consequences.
I remember well my life B.C. (before Christ). I bit into every temptation offered—and yes, I experienced some “high” moments—but that lifestyle--over-all--bent the trajectory of my life in a bad direction. Today--with Christ on the throne of my heart, the other-side of that principle applies. With Jesus. I experience plenty of difficult and discouraging moments—but today, by the power of the Spirit of Christ within me—I no longer seek to “escape” those issues. I face them with faith and press through. Of course I struggle at times--and try to handle things on my own and get all stressed out and have toRELEARN the timeless truth that God--is my strength. But God is so faithful, He even uses those times to teach and mold me more into the image of Christ! (Rom. 8:28-29) And as a result—the overall trajectory of my life in Christ is victorious and positive.
I think Paul said it best:
"...we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed…. we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory…” (2 Cor. 4:7-9 & 3:18)
Here’s the bottom line: 2 +2 DOES = 4 EVERY TIME, in math and in life.
Godly choices today—better life tomorrow---nuff-said.
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Until next time--blessings,