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Do you Worship the Creation or the Creator?

I think it is human nature to want to worship something. It is ingrained in us as human beings. We tend to worship what we love. For instance if I love a sport and get fixated on a sport it is easy to start worshiping the sport. If I love humans then it is easy to start worshipping humans. For it is out of our hearts that we worship. A good measure of what you are worshipping is what you spent the most time devoting yourself to. Similarly a good measure of what you are worshiping is what you love, adore and sacrifice for.

Something I recently realized I have never meet a human that was not worshiping something. Similarly many of us humans, even people professing the Christian Faith worship God’s creation or human creation. They are not worshipping the creator. No they are worshipping the creation. When we see the beauty of God’s creation it should facilitate in us the worship of the creator. For which is greater, the creation or the creator? When you see a beautiful piece of art do you give praise, honor and glory to the art piece or the artist? God’s creation is similar. When we seen the beauty of nature it should inspire us to worship Jesus and our Heavenly Father rather than nature itself.

If you are worshiping the creation then you have lost sight of all truth. You have become a blind, confused, and a wondering fool. For God’s creation although beautiful is fallen, imperfect and fails. But the creator is perfect, almighty, everlasting, never fades and never fails. I will not worship imperfection. Thus I will not worship things of this world. But I will worship the one true God who created the heavens and the earth. For he is the only “being” worthy of all eternal praise and glory. What are you worshipping?

“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” Romans 1:20-23

The Eye and Ears are the Doors to the Mind

I will start this blog post with this will be my last entry for the time being. I started my blogging as a form of therapy. I was recovering from a years worth of very intensive therapy including 6 months of EMDR. My brain was all over the place. I was struggling in a number of ways health wise. I am happy to say that my health seems to have significantly improved over the past 4 months. I have always been very shy about sharing my thought with anyone outside of people close to me. Similarly I have little confidence. Thus this blog has been a bit of a dumping zone for me and a place I could share my thought thus overcome some of my fears. I have to say it has been a rewarding exercise. It has been helpful to me most of all but also nice to have the support of so many of my family and friends.

So as a end to this season and the hope of a new one to come, I will leave you these last thoughts.

I find the human brain fascinating. It is like a magnificent computer. God’s creation is just incredible. And just like a computer can get a virus so can our brains. I would like to think of the ears and the eyes as the doorways to our brains. It is through what we see and hear that our brains are exposed to viruses. The younger the brain the more vulnerable to infection. So much of our health is tied to the brain. For the whole bodies stress response is tied to the brain. Thus we need to be protecting our brains from viruses.

The entertainment we watch, the music we listen to, the people in our lives that tell us information. All this sensory input can either be medicine or a virus. God’s truth is medicine. It is the cure for our deprived thoughts and sick brains. On the other hand, things that are inducing false thinking, unholy things and leading to sinful thinking are like a virus.

Some of us are more sensitive to viruses than others. Some of our brains do not have defense mechanisms or have been weakened in some way. In these instances it is incredible important to expose the brain to God’s medicine rather than defiled things. I personally have multiple mental disabilities. My brain is extremely sensitive. It is highly vulnerable. Especially when I am during or recently recovering from an episode. But even when healthy I have to work to protect my brain. I do this by being carful with the things I watch and the things I listen to. Similar I have to be carful to guard my mind from listening to people who are not feeding me God’s words rather human rubbish.

We all struggle with these issues for our world is full of eye candy and ear deserts that look and sound tasty but will only induce a virus into your brain. So be careful to take that candy or desert because it may taste good but it will defile your temple. Ask God to give you wisdom and help you avoid things that are not healthy for you. Ask God to help you protect your brain. May God wrap his faithful hands around each of our brains bringing healing to our bodies and may his spirit protect our thoughts from all unrighteousness. Amen.

The End Times

There are many people who spend much time studying the end times. The last book in the Bible, Revelations is all about the end times. I personally find this book incredibly confusing. I personally have found very little benefit from thinking or pondering this subject. I figure I am more likely to die in a car crash then experience the rapture. Similarly I typically have enough in my life in the here and now immediate future to deal with to worry about the end of the world. I am not all that interested in this topic. I am more interested in what God is doing here, today and now. Similarly I would much rather focus on joining God in the work he is doing now then try to figure out the mysteries of the end of the world.

With all that said, it has made me wonder why God even gave this revelation to John and made this part of the Bible? For me I think revelation is similar to the revelations given to the prophets in the Old Testament. It is a reminder to us that God knows all of the future. It is a reminder that God already has things mapped out. It is a reminder of his sovereignty. But it is also a reassurance of what the end result will be. It is a promise of God’s work on earth coming to completion with the complete abolishment of Satan, sin and the formation of a new heaven and earth. It is a promise that should give us hope. It is the promise that Jesus is returning.

I do not focus on the end times and I tend to shy away from people who try to take current events as evidence that the end times are occurring. I figure my job is to abide in Jesus, rest in him and join him in his will for my life. But I also find hope in that God has everything mapped out. The entire world and future is in his hands. He knows the future and the knows the time. I will focus on today and let God handle the future.

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelations 22:12

Caring for God’s Temple

I think it interesting to think about the evolution of God’s temple. One reason I find it interesting is I feel like by telling the history of God’s temple someone is telling my life story. It’s kind of like watching my life flash before me. So let me tell you the story. For I love telling stories. God’s temple was built in Jerusalem. It was full of fine jewels and finery. It was clothed with beauty. But then God’s people misused, abused and neglected the temple. The temple fell to ruin. It was demolished. This was all due to God’s people’s sin. The people eventually repented, turned back to God and thus rebuilt God’s temple. It was re-established. But then Jesus came. God walked among his precious creation. He died, rose again and ascended to heaven. In return for his leaving he gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit that dwells in those of us that accept Jesus as our savior. We have now become Gods temple for we House his spirit.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I view my body as God’s temple. Thus to take care of my body is to honor God. I believe God makes each of us his beautiful creation. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. We are made in his image. I was a beautiful creation but through the actions of others and my own sin my temple was misused, abused and neglected. It essentially was demolished. My multiple health problems are a reflection of this. But God is a God of healing and restoration. He has been working to rebuild and remake me.

I have a bad habit of neglecting myself and not practicing good self care. This has improved now that I am older and more knowledgeable about how to take care of my body and mind. My medical training helps immensely with this issue. Before being discharged from my second hospitalization in a mental institution I bought a ring and wrote vows to God. It was a vow to prioritize taking care of God’s temple for this was my greatest struggle. The ring was to be a reminder of my vow. For this is the task God has given me. Take care of his temple for I am his beautiful creation. God does not find joy in his temple being abused, neglected or mistreated. Similarly if anyone is not facilitating taking care of God’s temple or harming my temple this is not from God. For God never abuses and those sent from God will not abuse either.

Normalization

I think it incredibly interesting to discuss the topic of normal. As someone who has suffered from mental health issues since I can remember I often wonder what a normal person feels like. For I am obviously not entirely normal although to me my experience are very normal. Normal is always relative. We as humans creat a image of what we deem normal. Society as a whole creates a framework of what is considered normal. Anything outside the normal bubble is considered abnormal. Similarly the framework of how we view something as normal or abnormal is highly influence by others, culture, society, environment and education. Who is to say if something is normal or not? This is especially true when it comes to behaviors. What is considered normal behavior is different in different homes, different cultures. One way we can try to change people’s perception of certain things, reduce stigma and reduce discrimination is through normalizing something. As something because less unusual it become more normal. With normalization comes acceptance.

But this can also work in the opposite direction. Normalization can help reduce fear, stigma, discrimination and foul treatment of marginalized individuals but when sin is normalized we are in big trouble. When I view society in regards to certain sinful behavior normalization is one of the biggest underlying issues. Once a sinful behavior becomes normalized it becomes acceptable and thus people no longer recognize it as sinful.

We do not want to shame people, have a lack of love, grace or mercy but when we normalize sin we basically are giving people a green light to say something is ok. I think this dangerous. Similarly one way the body of Christ can fight sin is fight the normalization of sin. For part of being transformed by the renewing of our minds is to set our minds on heavenly things. By renewing our minds with God’s words we can fight the normalization of sin. Every single believer has this responsibility. For if every believe takes responsibility for not allowing sin to be normalized we are fighting a monster. We don’t fight sin with shame or guilt. We fight sin by starting with ourselves. Many God make us holy as he is holy. Amen.