Monday, April 3, 2017
Life, for the Christian, is a two-part process that leads to another process. First the Christian lives as an unbeliever and then he or she dies to the world to live in Christ Jesus. After the Christian is born again, he or she must grow up in the Lord. This is the part of the process that most Christians forsake and do not respect. Because of this, many lukewarm believers end up in lukewarm relationships with unbelievers, backslidden believers, or wolves in sheep's clothing. The truth is ... once we're born again, a new process starts and that process is the slow and intentional dying to ourselves to live as Christ Jesus. It is forsaking the old man and putting on the new man. It is learning to see through the eyes of God, rather than being led astray by the blindness of our flesh. You see, the flesh leads us to choose people who are nothing but the equivalent of demons wearing their favorite outfits (beautifully designed flesh). When we are babes in Christ, our eyesight has not yet matured enough for us to soundly choose life partners for ourselves. Spiritual maturity causes our natural eyesight to be transformed by our spiritual insight. What this means is ... people we once would have regarded as "okay" or unattractive will suddenly look attractive to us when they are in submission to God. Now, this doesn't mean that we'll become blind and suddenly accept people that we are not attracted to. What it does mean is that God will open our eyes to see a whole new group of people who we were once blind to, people we've somehow managed to overlook when we were once blind.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
1 Samuel 18:1 (ESV): As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
Of course, the word "knit" means to be united or to be tied. Other scriptures referencing soul ties include Genesis 2:24, Mark 10:7-9, 1 Corinthians 6:16, Genesis 34:1-3, 2 Corinthians 6:14, and Acts 4:32. The second book of Corinthians gives an interesting take on soul ties.
2 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV): Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word "yoke" this way: a wooden bar or frame by which two draft animals (such as oxen) are joined at the heads or necks for working together. A draft animal is an animal used for carrying heavy loads. So, when God tells us to not be unequally yoked with unbelievers, He is telling us:
- Do not be in agreement with unbelievers (see 1 Corinthians 15:33).
- Do not walk with the lost (Proverbs 13:20).
- Cut away from you anyone who causes you to sin (Matthew 5:30).
- If you yoke yourself with an unbeliever, you (the believer) will carry the burden of the relationship.