Friday, May 31, 2013

I'm in charge!

"The eyes of our soul grow dull.  Reason proclaims itself sufficient to understand everything, without the aid of God.  This is a subtle temptation, which hides behind the power of our intellect, given by our Father God to man so that he might know and love him freely.   Seduced by this temptation, the human mind appoints itself the center of the universe, being thrilled with the prospect that 'you shall be like gods' (Gen 3:15). So filled with love for itself, it turns its back on the love of God." St J. Escriva. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Quote!

"The analysis of sin in its original dimension indicates that, through the influence of the 'father of lies', throughout the history of humanity there will be a constant pressure on man to reject God, even to the point of hating him: 'Love of self to the point of contempt for God,' as St Augustine puts it.  Man will be inclined to see in God primarily a limitation of himself, and not the source of his own freedom and the fullness of good.  We see this confirmed in the modern age, when the atheistic ideologies seek to root out religion on the grounds that religion causes the radical 'alienation' of man, as if man were dispossessed of his own humanity when, accepting the idea of God, he attributes to God what belongs to man, and exclusively to man!"  John Paul II.

My little adventure

I have some plans for 2014, and I want to get myself prepared. Many times we look at our finances or our health or some other worldly item in such preparations.  That's not wrong.  This time though, I want to also prepare spiritually.  I've done the Bible in 90 days and the Bible in a year (or almost two if we are counting), but now I have a plan for doing it before January.  This plan won't be in order, as I mixed it all up to plan it.  I want to read each book of course, but I also want to explore a bit more about each book in general.  

I'm spending the next week looking at Genesis.  The Wikipedia entry is cute, as it seems to be devoid of much useful information for a believer.  There are a lot of theories, but none putting God in charge. Onward and upward to far better sources.  But that's good to note - don't expect the world to tell you what you need to know about God. 

It reminds me of a news story last week.  The media reported the Pope said that atheists were going to heaven.  He didn't.  But if we get our spiritual news from the mainstream media, we would have false info.  Is that surprising?  Watch your sources. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Peace

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

How often do we look to Jesus and ask only for peace as defined by the world?  Of course that type of peace, the absence of conflict, is good. But if that is the type of peace the world has offered, then Jesus can provide something else.  We can have peace in the midst of conflict.  

Are our hearts troubled?  Are we afraid?  We need not be.  What is the worst thing that could happen to us?  We die?  We suffer?  Nobody wants that.  But what would that be next to eternity?  Nothing.  Death is nothing next to eternity with the Lord.   If we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, then everything here can take its proper place, because everything here is nothing next to Heaven.  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Feelings

“Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

I love this quote. We aren't called to follow our feelings, even if that's what the world would tell us. Feelings are fleeting. There will be days and weeks and maybe even months we don't feel like being a faithful servant. I feel that way pretty much every morning when I wake up, as I'm not a morning person! Yet the obligation to rise and attend to my duties remains, even if I don't feel like it.

We may not feel like being kind to others on a particular day. We may not feel like going to church. We may not feel like calling on someone who is in need. We may not feel like being respectful to our parents, our spouse, our children, or ourselves. We may not feel like wanting what God wants all the time. But faith is more than just a feeling and obedience doesn't have to feel perfect. Love is perfect even when we are not.

Let's live how we say we believe today, even if we don't feel like it.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tribulations

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

There's apparently this thing called the prosperity gospel. I'm completely unfamiliar with it as it isn't taught in my church, but the basic idea is if we love God we'll have health and wealth. Nothing is further from the truth. In this life we will have trials and tribulations, there will be crosses to bear, and we will suffer. Jesus did not come to eliminate those problems, though of course we have peace through Him during this life. Those problems make sense and also can be useful with Jesus. But they don't go away. Jesus saves us from those problems for eternity.