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The importance of today…
One thing I like about reading people’s books, is seeing the scripture inside them, although many do not quote them. I’m reading a book currently which places much emphasis on TODAY. The whole book in its essence is centred around biblical principles which the Bible forewarned thousands of years ago. The importance of today should be ample in your minds, other the years, people have taken their stock out of today and placed their stock in tomorrow. Tomorrow isn’t promised but today is, we are not entitled to get carried away justly, as one tomorrow will never come at some point. We can never say today will not come because we’re here, MAKE THE MOST OF IT…
The first piece of text I want to refer to is from the words of Jesus, after teaching the people many wise lessons, he highlighted to us which day was the most important. “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Tomorrow is something Jesus said here we should take NO thought for, why do you think he would say that? I believe Jesus knew people would do what they have done today in regards to value. They have devalued today (which is the most important), and raised tomorrow. Today alone is enough to change the world. Jesus changed things for eternity by deciding to go through with one day of his life. Many days of being obedient, compounded for Jesus into the ultimate day of obedience. His first day being obedient was not the greatest, it was the last day.
The next piece of text I want to refer to is from the book of James, the Lord’s brother. James urged people to not think vainly about the future but to see that is was God who should determine future things. “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James is going even further here and highlighting some people’s today as the problem. For many, people are focused on the wrong thing today, wasting time on trivial actions, wasting time with trivial people and so forth. This makes them do the wrong thing daily and they ultimately remain in that cycle.
Lastly, lets look at some text from Hebrews, which although is in the New Testament, highlights an Old Testament event. “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” Exhorting each other today is the only day which is promised for exhortation. In one day which is referred to as the provocation here, the children of Israel did a terrible crime, not only were they not mindful of today, they focused on the negative parts of their past. This was dangerous and kept a whole generation from entering into their great wealth.
Watching the transition
You begin to read the Old Testament in the Bible and you start to discover how powerful Jesus is. You are then able to see how much He actually changed (even though the changes were so small). The book of Hebrews shows us how God had witnessed so many great people and him having a better plan, knew those coming under Christ’s’ reign and covenant would have a better promise and would seal those righteous of the past. The book of Hebrews does a good job differentiating between the two times and also puts you in remembrance of how powerful these people were. All this to show how great we have it now.
The level to which we are reliant on God has changed dramatically. This is not to say we don’t need God, far from it. The point I make now is, God sent his Son in order to break certain barriers which were present before. Now Jesus wanted to leave his followers with power, power which would rest on us if we allowed him to. Something which we could speak out and confess and see. This is like the Rod of God Moses carried around. He went to meet God with the rod he carried, and the Bible then starts referring to it as the Rod of God later. We know it to be the mind of Christ, the Spirit which was leading Jesus. Jesus imparted this to as many as believed on his name. Now we can do so much through the Spirit, in the name of Jesus. We liken this to a tap with unlimited amount of flowing water, we are the only one’s who have the ability to affect the water-flow.
Prayers are now much different, although we search the same source for power.
With God all things are possible
With God all things are possible. Joseph was strengthened in Egypt because God was his maker. God kept Joseph in all he did because he was faithful to what he believed in. Even when Joseph was thrown in prison, God still favoured him and this result was Joseph being selected before others to be the captain of the prisons favourite inmate. These are situations people would look upon and think things are going bad. Not actually knowing that Joseph was kept safe and God was with him.
Jesus spoke about the strong man having to be bound before his house can be ransacked. Joseph was strong, so all the things which happened to him were not able to defeat him or spoil him. God gave us power to succeed, not to fail, and we fail because we do not take up the mantle most of the time. So many times in the past I allowed people to waste me and defeat me because I did not walk in the true power of Christ, our Lord and Saviour. The Bible says to as many as believed on him, to as many he gave power to become the Sons of God. What Jesus did was set something up which allowed us to execute in this realm whenever we pleased…How many of us actually use it though. When you feel strong and empowered you want to stay there, this is why I know many people are not tapping in to it.
Live in your vision
I was going over some things recently, looking at some stuff I’d done in the past previously, and things meant to come. It suddenly came to me…In order for someone to get to a place, there is a journey. This being said, after the journey is completed, there is more to come in most cases. Only by living in your vision, can you progress and continue to move forward. Living in your vision is the only way the vision will remain reality to you.
It is easy to forget what you desire to do if you never surround yourself with it. Once you are surrounded in it, the real nature of it comes back. I was recently talking with someone about the way people are enslaved today. This is because there is no vision, the Bible says without a vision the people perish…Where there is no vision, there is no life. People may not understand this, however the principle is very clear. When there is nothing to look to, how do you expect where you are currently to be exciting or productive?
Living in your vision keeps you challenging yourself daily to be better. The passion is still there and you are motivated about the steps you are walking into. True passion comes from doing what you know you need to, not doing something for someone else. Jesus could talk the talk about being a servant for the people because he knew he was destined to provide the ultimate service for the world. I know teachers who have limited themselves, just teaching in any capacity. I have seen friends who were gifted in sports/athletics let go of these ambitions for trivial things. How many times do you ask yourself, are you doing the right thing? How many times do you review what you have done/are doing and decide whether you’re actually doing what you need or are just settling. If you never make yourself accountable to something, you can easily lower your standards and soon you will be on the ground.
The Three rules of Law…
Many years ago I was ignorant…I was young yes, but was not aware of some of the things I know now. Recently I was reading something in a book which described one of the laws I refer to. By doing so, it shows us that the first law is in fact present, due to the mere differentiation. The final rule is the biggest, best and most productive rule.
The three rules are as followed…
- The poor
- The rich
- The righteous
Rule number one is the common rule, which we are told by the media, which we see in TV shows and we here on the radio. This is the rule we hear about the most because the poor cover the majority of the population. Most people are poor in one way or another. Poor people are conditioned stereotypically to continue in the same manners and principles. The poor rarely make it to be rich because it is hard for people to leave what they know best…
The second rule is rarely spoken of but once you come across it, you cannot deny it any longer. The rich are different from the poor so why would they follow the same rules? When you think of it like this, it all makes sense. This rule was highlighted to me recently in something I was reading. I have also written about these things before in my fact Vs. Opinion articles. A man was talking about how he had broken several rules and wound up detained abroad in a foreign country. Instead of facing the “COMMON” procedures, he was released from detention with no indictments and was also cleared through customs and checks without being searched. In the past I have been through airports and have been checked so what is the difference? At the time I was poor and was unknowing anyway so it made no difference. Society tells us that we need to be checked but this rich man walked through with ease. The fact that this person could do something most people couldn’t suggests and only points to one thing…There are different rules.Not surprisingly, they had just come off a 1st class fight.
The final rule is the righteous rule… This is the rule I live by. The righteous rule is no respector of person and allows anyone who desires to be there a place. You can choose to live life rich and be richer than those who dwell in rule 2, or you can be poor and dwell here. Whatever you decide you are accepted. It occurred to me however, the rich think they control the world but they don’t, the righteous do. Many of the righteous just don’t know it…You are given the education, the skills, the opportunity. All you have to do is make a decision to change.