Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Control?

As I mentioned the day before yesterday, I questioned if I should make postings of a Christian nature, on Facebook (FB).  Especially since I have been confronted by people who are FB friends, claiming I make too many postings, especially Christian ones.

This never fell far from the front of my mind, for it is my nature to put God first in my life.  He had not always held that position, but He does now, and has, for many years.

Every time I thought about this issue and prayed about it, the response I received was always the same.  A Bible verse would come to my mind. 

You may be thinking it is the first of the ten (10) commandments God gave to the Israelites in the Old Testament, Exodus 20:3, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."  While this is a good verse to think of, it is not the one that had an impact on me.

Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

After a lifetime of being unloved, unwanted and suffering through trial after trial, for whatever reason, whether through my own poor choices, or because God the Potter was molding me, a broken and lifeless piece of clay, into the likeness of His son, I realize that God must come first in my life (did you love that run-on sentence?).  There is no other choice.  No other way.

You see, I have learned that God is truly in control of all things.  It is either His way or no way.

Oh, we can con ourselves into thinking we are in contol.  Isn't that what the world teaches?  Every secular article you read on self-improvement, talks about how we must not let others control us, that we must take control of our lives.

Well friend, hopefully, you haven't been led astray with thinking of this nature.  It's worldly and the Bible calls it, living in the flesh.

In the past, I've mentioned one of my favourite chapters in the Bible, Romans 8.  In verse 8, we read, "So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."  Hmmm... see what I am saying?

We are not to walk or live in the flesh, because we cannot please God by doing this.  The only way to please God is to walk in the spirit, or another way of saying it, is to let the spirit guide us.  We must stop thinking we know best and are in control of our lives.  We must give up, cry uncle and allow God to lead our lives.

Why must we do this?  Because God said so.

So, for the easiest and least painful journey through this life, I must put God first in my life.  And, so must you, my friend.

After much thinking about posting Christian stuff on FB, I decided I would not put man before God.  I elected to continue on doing just as I had done in the past, and make Christian postings.  Consequently, my friend who had complained with regard to my posting a lot, especially Christian stuff, cancelled my friendship.  Oh well, that's life. 

Even so, there is another reason I do this.  Unfortunately, I cannot get into it today, so I'll address the issue, tomorrow.


Until next time...

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