Time goes so quickly and I seem to never have enough of it. One of our pastors brought a message this morning that was very helpful when we are dealing with life. He said the most important thing was to, “Fear God- Make God and His purposes the center or our lives.” Then the second thing was to, “Fully enjoy the abundant blessings God has given for our pleasure.” I have been abundantly blessed over the years to have been with many wonderful people, and been mentored by so many of them. As I have watched and listened to the Billy Graham memorial services and the many wonderful things said about him, I am blessed by his life. I remember back 55 years ago when we had the opportunity to help him with a dinner and then I got to carry his luggage to his room. Then later to be in Bill Bright’s (founder of Campus Crusade for Christ) home and have conversation with both he and Ruth, how blessed I was. It is hard for me to believe that these years have passed so quickly. The moral of this short story is, I have feared God and He has been the center of my life for many years and I am so blessed. As I think of this week’s lesson, I think and am so grateful for all of the knowledge that I have learned from all of these people. It has so enriched my life but the most important thing, I do believe is the abundant blessings of the experiences I have enjoyed with these men. Solomon said that all of the knowledge, wisdom, wealth, pleasure, things, and whatever else we may attain is of little value unless it is used by God to enrich our lives and the others we come in contact with. More of all of these things is NOT the answer. Solomon tried all of these things and discovered this was not the answer. What he did find though was, to ”Fear God”, in a good way, allow Him to control all of these things in a balanced life given to Him.
I am just a sinner saved by God’s grace. Jesus is my best friend and the life He has allowed me to enjoy is beyond amazing. Yes, all of these things I have enjoyed are thoughts placed in my sub conscious mind by the experiences I have had. When Haanel says in 22:7-8, these should produce good vibrations and they have, and that is why I am so grateful. I am so thankful I have not had to endure many of the bad days he talks about because my heart is filled with Him. Please don’t misunderstand, I have made mistakes which I regret but like breathing, we exhale (confess) impure air and inhale fresh air (His blessings).
Haanel in 22:10-14 talks about the healing of the body by our thinking and I do believe God wants to bring healing and the body is amazing at how He heals us, but even more importantly is His spiritual healing. Once we have invited Christ into our lives, He is there to love and take care of us when we fall. I have fallen many times but what a blessing to have my Loving Heavenly Father pick me up and tell me He still loves me and because of what Jesus did on the cross for me I am OK. That is the great joy I have because I know Him and am so blessed. WOW!!!
Last week I shared the difference in a self controlled life and a Christ controlled life and you can go back and look at the two diagrams to see the difference. I also shared that there is a Christ shaped vacuum (missing piece) in the heart of every man that can only be filled by Jesus Christ. Haanel talks about building a perfect body in 22:16, which we can not do, but with Christ in our lives we have the hope that some day when we get to heaven we will have that perfect body and life. That means we need that missing piece to make us whole. We were created in the image of God, hence we have the mind of Christ but it will not reach it fullest potential until eternity. Then God will be with us every step, and we will always be and do what He wants, and really what we want to do. So everything he talks about in 22:17-23 will happen in the future if you have given your heart to the Lord.
When I was in the hospital the doctor told me I would get well because I believed I would, so the mind does play a part but then it is up to the Lord to bring healing. I have talked to many people since who say they are not sure they are going to get well. Don’t tell yourself that, because you will bring what you don’t want upon yourself, because as Haanel says we do have some control of our lives and our thinking is some of it. He wants us to think on Tennyson’s lines. I would suggest to think about God and talk to Him. He is closer than you think and stands at the door of our hearts and would love to come in. All we have to do is say, God I have messed up my life, I want you to come in and bring order and Love and He is waiting to hear your call and He promises to come in. Then omnipotence will come to reside in your life. Try it, you will like it. God does NOT cause sickness and suffering, life does. Yes, some is caused by sin but not all. God created beings and gave them the ability to choose and we chose sin. He is not willing that any should perish and not come to know Him, but many have chosen to not choose Him. Today we live in a broken world, but you can have JOY and ETERNAL LIFE. It is your choice.
I am not sure what Haanel is trying to convey in 22:30 I hope he knows what he is talking about. I will agree that “religious talk” has done more harm than we can imagine. Christianity is not religion but a relationship with Jesus Christ, and that will change your life and secure you a home in heaven for all eternity. Many people have NO idea what that is but trust me and what the Bible says, then we will have that perfect body and our minds will be unencumbered with thoughts of what our minds can think because then we will know God and His perfection. Let Christ control your life today and you will never be sorry. If you choose the other way you will be sorry and that is a fact. Please choose His way. He (Jesus) says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” There is only ONE way, not many.