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Discussions of right and wrong, "on the margins", as it were have gone on since Eve and the serpent in Eden. The simple fact is that people will introduce things into their own personal "canon", either to augment God's word, or to replace it, sometimes in its entirety.
But that is a strange thing to do, often runs counter to His will and even common sense, and leaves those who shape their own moral code devoid of any morality at all.
Once a destination is set, all that remains is to arrive, by whatever mode of transport that can be used.
Earthly transport toward heaven is accomplished by a man taking on the tasks left, by God, for him to do, and to be found at the last yet performing that work.
There is no time for fatigue, nor for deviation; indeed, there may be no time at all, for he knows not at what hour his Lord shall come...
Normal human response to adverse circumstances is to resist them, no matter their cause. Indeed, those who fight and overcome adversity usually garner much praise.
However, not all fights are ones a man can win and, in many cases, they are not even ones in which he should contest. In truth, it is not even always about "letting the Lord fight my battles." Sometimes, and more often than not, it is about offering up what matters not so that things of value might be unharmed, or even strengthened.
Among the hardest things about being saved is the realization that you are an unwanted guest in a place you do not (or at least should not) desire to be.
Interestignly, those who are not with God will make their judgments of you based on your appearance - that you look like them - long before they come to any realization that you may not act as them do....and then they will turn on you, just as they did Him.
The task is to be willing to stay while wanting to leave.
As scripture declares, "the just shall live by faith."
The question is "faith" in what? Many say they trust God, and even know God, but the dictates of His word do not govern them. The honest question is, "what does, and how is that not the expression of one's true faith?"
Serving God, in a manner maintaining Heaven as the objective, requires the ability, even a willingness, to confront and overcome adversity. I'm not talking about the popular "God knows what you're going through and He will bring you out" approach to troubles, but rather the manner of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who answered King Nebuchadnezzar's threat (promise) to burn them alive thusly:
"If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” Daniel 3:17-18
We are to "endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." During combat, the good soldier, under fire, does not refuse the orders of his commander, or close his heart; he remains open to that voice of authority, as part of his commitment to serve.
Similarly, we should not allow the "light afflictions" of this life should not close our hearts to God. Instead, despite the natural tendency toward self-defense which would close us off from any source of pain, we should train ourselves to not only see Christ in our disasters, but also strive even harder to reach out to Him in our distress, knowing what can occur if we but touch the hem of His garment...
We need personal honesty, and a lessening of fear, if anything we do will have any chance of pleasing God.
An easy thing to misconstrue, in my humble view, is God's persepctive on peace. Many, and I do mean many, believe that God aims for men to live at peace with one another. While that is among God's desires, it is not His aim.
God looks for men to be at peace with Him, period.
When God sent His Son to be "Peace on Earth", it was not to cause the end of wars, and rumors of wars, among men and nations. Instead, it was to conclude the enmity between men and the one true God...for those men that were, and are, willing. Those at peace with the true God are rarely "at war" with one another.
However, and equally as important, those who seek a peaceable existence are not deceived into believing that peace can be had with all, whether inside or outside the kingdom of God
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