Jesus says in John 4:23-24, "But the hour is coming, and now is, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth."

Our personal beliefs

Our personal beliefs

See to it that no one takes you captive through
philosophy and empty deception, according to
      the traditions of men, according to the elementary
   principles of the world, rather than according to
 Christ… (Col 2:8 )

    When we think of deception as Christians, we usually think of deception as being led astray by a false religion, or some false teaching being presented to the church by its leadership.  Most Christians wouldn’t even consider the possibility that they themselves might have been lead astray by their own personal beliefs. Beliefs that they adopted as children and as adults, beliefs ( religious or other wise) that have become a part of their unconscious behavior.

   Our beliefs are very important! They act as filter that screen out information that comes into our minds, and controls our every action.  Our beliefs establish boundaries that show us right from wrong, or what is healthy and unhealthy behavior. But when  faced with the possibility that our beliefs could be in causing us unnecessary pain and hardship, we are creatures of habit. As a result, we have gotten used to seeing things  a certain way, after a  while, it is hard to see  things any other way.  It becomes even harder for us to understand why other people can’t seem to see things the same way as we do. But we usually attribute this to their lack of intelligence, lack of training, lack of opportunity, or  out right rebellion on their part to the truth. THE TRUTH AS WE KNOW IT !  

    For many Christians, their “Model” of what it is to be a Christian, is the model that every Christian should fallow. Our interpretation of the word of God, becomes the pure truth, and should be fallowed with out question by every Christian, no matter what denomination. And we have no patient with those that don’t believe as we do. This concept has cause a lot of unnecessary blood to be shed through out the history. 

    When Jesus Christ came in fulfillment of hundreds of prophecies concerning the Messiah, those who knew the scriptures the best were the ones that failed to recognize Him. Not only did they miss Him completely, they crucified Him. Why? Because He didn’t fit there model of what the Messiah would look life. There wanted and were expected a mighty and powerful king, a king who would destroy the  Romans and free from their bondage. They were not expecting a baby , born in  a manger, who took the form of a servant so that He could did on a cross.
Even in  the face of the reality that our beliefs could be causing us a lot of unnecessary pain and hardship, it is not easy to let go of our beliefs. Why? Because what little safety and security that we do feel in our life, is often threatened by change. And in order to accept the possibility that our beliefs could be causing us unnecessary pain and hardship, we have to be willing to change the direction of our thinking. And face the truth about our life!

Facing the truth

    When Christ told His disciples; You shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall make you free. ( John 8:23)  He was not only referring to the intellectual meaning of the word TRUTH ( not  to tell a lie, or a false hood ). Nor was He simple talking about the TRUTH of God’s Word, the Holy Bible, and its affects on our lives..  He was talking about the TRUTH, the whole TRUTH, and nothing but the TRUTH.

    The TRUTH is  “ God loves us just the way we are”, but He loves us to much to let us stay that way”. Because God loves us  He wants us  to be conformed to the image of His Son ( Roman 8:29)   Because He loves us  He wants to help us grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ ( Ephesians 4:15)

    Our willingness to change and to face the truth about our beliefs, is our way of taking His hand and saying; “ I trust in YOU!” For you are secure in the knowledge that He will never give us more than we can handle ( I Corinthians 10:13). He can cause all things to work out for the good of those that love Him ( Roman 8:28). And He will supple all our need according to His riches in glory ( Philippians 4:19)

     God love us to much to force us to face our beliefs openly and honestly. After all He has given us a free well. But He does hope that we will allow Him to take our hands and lead us out of our world of darkness, and into the light. And if you are anything life me,  He may choose to take you on a journey into  your  past. You may argue that; “God does not want us living in the past“. And that is true! Our past has a way of seeping into our present and future, unless we are willing to face the deception of our past open and honestly. Unless we allow God to show us the deception in our beliefs, that have lead you down a dark and very destructive path.