Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Come, Let Us Reason?

The battle that believers face on a daily bases is not so much the devil as it is with the way they think. A believers thinking will have a great influence as to what they believe. For instance, if you were taught that two plus two equals five and you believed this long enough, it would be very difficult at best to be convinced to believe that two plus two actually equals four. So then we can say that right thinking produces right believing but on the other side of the coin we can also say that wrong thinking produces wrong believing. Well this is the problem that Jesus encountered in Nazareth.

In Mark 6:1-6 we see Marks account of wrong thinking that produced wrong believing. Jesus taught in the synagogue and the people commented on what they had witnessed...
And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying,"Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! (Mark 6:2)

Although they witnessed these incredible events and were even astonished by them the next verse reveals their thoughts (their thinking)... 
Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?" So they were offended at Him. (Mark 6:3)
With wrong thinking comes the inevitable, wrong believing...
And He (Jesus) marveled because of their unbelief...(Mark 6:6)

The sad thing that we see through these events is found in verse 5...
Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. (Mark 6:5)
Notice that is does not say that Jesus “would not” do mighty works, but that He “could not” do mighty works due to their unbelief. It is the arguments, thoughts, reasoning and vain philosophy of the mind that Paul tells believers to take captive in II Corinthians 10:3-6. A person can only act upon what they believe or have faith for. These people admitted that Christ spoke with wisdom and performed mighty works but missed a move of God as it were because they did not believe. Faith does not come from the mind by from the hearts. However, what one thinks will determine what one believes.

Unfortunately the same dilemma is repeating itself among most believers today. We have Gods Word, the Bible, and we have the Holy Spirit to guide us in to all truth and yet there are very few times when the power of God is evident in churches throughout the USA. There is too little teaching today from most pulpits about true Bible faith. Instead of trying our best to be politically correct, it's time to rise up and become Biblically correct. But this will not happen without first putting down wrong thinking (arguments, thoughts, reasoning and vain philosophy of the mind) and exercise faith. This means believing God's Word over the words being spoken by many religious leaders from pulpits across the USA. The good news is, Peter and John had to make the same decision. (Acts 4:19-20)

It's time to put away churchianity and start living out true Christianity. We can start by taking serious the words of Jesus...
"..nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8)

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