Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What Is Your Opinion?

There is a lot of stuff out there that is going to confuse you. It's confusing because they are convinced that they are right. People are very sincere and passionate about their opinion, point of view and life style decisions they have taken. For them it is black and white but what we live should be black and white for us as well. The difference is that our life, choices and decisions are not based on our opinion.

This is an important fact you must hold on to: We live what we live because we are convinced of God's love for us. Convinced of this love we have  submitted ourselves in obedience to the one who has demonstrated such love to us. Our life is not based on our thoughts and opinions but on the direction given to us by our God.

Now, if all that existed was this place and if all that we possessed is all there was, maybe such a life would appear to be a waste. That is how many look at us, a people who are living a wasted life. But this is not all there is. We are not made up of body and mind. We are a soul with a body and there is much more to all of this than what we see. The world would have us convinced that what we see is what we get and we need to make the most of it before it all comes to an end. That is a truly sad and wasted life.

However we are convinced that there is much more because we have tasted of it by the Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing what is to come. Our Jesus is not a theory or some crutch to get us through life. He is not a delusion that keeps us from going crazy. He is a participant in our lives daily. In fact, he goes way beyond participant because it is through Jesus that we have discovered true life. We do not live the hopeless cardboard cut out life of this world which is lost in self-opinion.

The problem is the passion of this world to live in rebellion to God in pursuit of their own desires. They are not content to die horribly on their own but want to bring as many along as possible. They are not content until you agree to say that they are right. It is far too easy to give in to this world and just go with the flow. Isn't that how the world says we can save this planet? But we know it's not the truth because we know there is more than what we see and there is more than just this world. Paul encouraged Timothy:

Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. (2 Timothy 1:14)

Guard it because it is under attack. Guard it, not in your opinion but with the Holy Spirit. Understand the Word of God, not in your opinion but in the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Stand on the Word as truth and do not allow this world to confuse you. Opinion is often based on experience, what we know and see, but the world does not know God and has not seen beyond it's own short nose.

Be careful then what you entertain as truth. Be careful of what you allow to nest in your mind and to possess your heart. Be careful of the opinions you allow to form that are devoid of any portion of the Word of God. Be careful of anything you accept that does not come from the Holy Spirit. Guard the good deposit, with the help of the Spirit of God.

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