Monday, March 28, 2011

The Wisdom Of Insecurity

There is a book with this title out there somewhere. I found this book one day, and picked it up, and I didn't read it. I just read the title. The title was enough for me. Sometimes that's true. The title, or the introduction to a book are enough to tell me everything I need to know.

There is wisdom in insecurity. It amazes me the amount of confidence in people who are wrong. People who have the wrong idea, people who are following the wrong path have a great degree of confidence and a strong voice.

Maybe this is why Paul the apostle said he visited the churches with much trembling. He was insecure. He was insecure in his own flesh. He knew that the wisdom of God and the power of God were all that he had to rely upon.

And he says, he who think he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. Pride. Pride is a poor substitute for knowing the love of God within. The wisdom of insecurity is the wisdom to keep asking God if something is right, and to walk carefully, walking in close fellowship with God, never being "too sure."

And there is wisdom in love. When we see someone who is wrong, we need to weep for them. Our hearts must yearn for them to be free, instead of pointing the finger. This also is a place of insecurity, because we often become critical as a defense mechanism.

The wisdom of insecurity. The wisdom of love.

This goes along with what I wrote in that last post about legalism. People are self righteous and are totally confident in their self righteousness no matter if they have a reason to be. This is rooted in our human nature - it is something that comes from the flesh, the desire to be right in our own eyes, no matter if we measure up to God's standards.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Oh brother!

Can't believe the legalism and religious spirit that I find all over America, and amongst the youth of today. Man, young people today are buying into it. Legalism is when you strive in your flesh to "do the God thing" but you aren't really redeemed from sin on the inside. It is the "leaven of the Pharisees" that Jesus told us to beware of. Why did he call it that? Because, like leaven, a little gets in and then it rises and affects the whole being like the whole loaf.

Amazing how you can hear about young people blowing their brains out taking dangerous drugs and indulging in dangerous sexual activity on one hand, and on the other there are young Christians preaching legalism - abstaining from all sorts of things to try to please God - striving in the flesh, not pursuing the power of God to get free from sin! It makes me want to throw my hands up in the air! It is so discouraging. So, I crawl into the secret place with Jesus, and draw from Him - hope and courage.

Additional notes: Many young people today love a life of self-discipline. They love dietary laws. They like self improvement.

An example of the thing that happens to people who find Jesus, but don't really find Him, instead find religion. (Jesus never intended that belief in him should produce the same thing that he fought against when he came up against the pharisees.)

I have a cousin who was living in the Chicago area during my turbulent twenties. I was traveling to the East Coast from Minnesota to live there, and stopped to visit her and her family on the way. She was raising some small children, and was very sweet. At the time she said she wasn't sure what she believed. Her husband was a Christian but she wasn't sure what her stand was. In that state she was open to me and loving.

Switch to today: she has now resolved her conflicts and become a Christian. She now rejects all attempts that I make to get in touch with her. She has barred me from her life. Now that we are older, and are both Christians, we should have an even better relationship than we had. The only sense I can make of this is that the "leaven" has gotten in. She likes the taste of judgment. She is now judging me as someone so bad she doesn't want to have anything to do with me. Self righteousness has crept in and grown. That is what happens to so many who profess faith in Christ. They become superior and judgmental - so far from mercy and love. It's amazing.

This is a call to avoid doing the same - to know Christ's love and to emulate it.

Friday, March 11, 2011

100 Trillion Dollars

A guy at work just handed me a 100 Trillion dollar bill. It is from Zimbabwe and it is real. He says it is worth about 10 dollars American. True - look it up on Wikipedia. Zimbabwe has had the least valued currency in the world, and in 2009 just started using currency other than their own. In other words, the dollar bill handed to me is obsolete.

It just got me laughing. You know what they say about the glass being half empty or half full.

In Zimbabwe dollars, I am earning 100 Trillion dollars an hour!!!! See, it all depends on how you look at it.

I had to laugh at God's sense of humor. I said to God, "you weren't talking about Zimbabwe dollars when you promised me prosperity were you?"

So funny!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011