The Christian Paradox

This world hammers our minds with the words ‘me, my, self, and I ‘ from infancy to old age. Do you realize what a testimony and witness to the Lord it would be if we, as Christians, changed just a few simple words in our, daily, vocabulary and perception of life?

As a Christian family member, we know, or should know, that every breath we take is a gift from God! Throughout His biblical revelation, God teaches us that He created, owns, allows, and controls it all; everything seen and unseen. He is our omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient Creator. Plus, He, lovingly, gives everyone a ‘free will’ that will, ultimately, determine our eternal destiny, based upon the choices we make in this temporary life.

* Christians live in a paradox. When we lose our, worldly, life for Jesus, it is then that we begin to live! *

We, as Christians, should know that the home we live in is not, truly, ours; it is the ‘shelter the Lord has provided for us’. Eating and drinking are the ‘necessities in life He provides’ for sustenance and enjoyment. He ‘provides our clothes’ for cover and warmth. Work and wages are more provisions He grants to us. Every skill that we have is a ‘special gift’ provided by Him. Our ability to explore and invent is allowed by Him. Everything we need or enjoy is ‘provided for us by our Lord’; from raw materials to the finished products.

So then, we, as the light of the world, should think about the words we choose; beginning with our family and friends. Instead of saying things like: “my car, my home, my yard, my garden, my flowers, my food, my clothing, my job, my money, my everything, my, my, my”, we should be honoring and glorifying our Lord in this way: “this is the home, food, clothing, job, money, soul, and everything that the Lord has provided for me.” If we testify to everyone about all of His blessings and give all glory to our Lord, then we will be in obedience to Him and do well.

Most importantly, our residing Holy Spirit, Who leads us to be one in Him, is provided by our Lord as our Comforter and Helper.  Our Lord, willingly and selflessly, was terribly tortured and died as our, only acceptable, substitute on a cruel Roman cross. We, who accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, are purchased or redeemed, by Him, through His death and resurrection at Calvary. We should no longer be living for ourselves in this world. We, now, belong to Him!  We should live like Him and walk in His ways. So, let’s practice to give all glory to the Lord for each one of His blessings, and be thankful for His discipline, which He uses to grow us up and into the image of Jesus. Everything in this life is, either, allowed to take place or provided for us through His blessings and discipline to fulfill His own purposes and plans for His creation. There is no such thing as ‘by chance’ or ‘luck’. The Lord has His hand on all of heaven and earth.

Each one of us is on an ‘individual journey’ with the Lord. We are born-again with His Word written on our hearts, we walk through this life with His guiding hand upon us, and we go home and into His loving arms. We are to put Jesus, first and foremost, in our lives with our words (faith) and our actions (works).

With thankfulness to our Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.

In Jesus’ name,

Debby Mac Manes, disciple of Jesus Christ <><

 

A few Scriptural references:

But if anyone keeps His word, the love of God has been truly perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him: Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus walked. 1 John 2:5-6

Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 10:37-39

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans pursue all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.…Matthew 6:31-33

While Jesus was still speaking to the crowds, His mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to Him. Someone told Him, “Look, Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to You.” But Jesus replied, “Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?” Pointing to His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers. For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”…Matthew 12:46-50

When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father–the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father–He will testify about Me. John 15:26

For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

For it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

For God has put it into their hearts to carry out His purpose by uniting to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. Revelation 17:17

So also, faith by itself if it has not works, is dead. James 2:17

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:13-19

 

 

One thought on “The Christian Paradox

  1. Excellent study today to keep our Lord first and foremost in all that we say and do. You are an excellent teacher of God’s Word. You have the mind of Christ. Thank you!

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