It’s difficult to write about many of the wonderful things of God – in the present climate, when so much needs fixing.
There needs to be a turning wholeheartedly to The Only Living and True God, through His Son The Lord Jesus Christ.
There is nothing new under the sun. In simple terms good and evil is in conflict, and has been since the beginning or before.
The rise and fall of evil men will go on. The Rise and Rise of good men will also continue.
There is an event we term The Rapture, when Christ will return, but no man knows the hour or the day. That will be the greatest ‘uprising’ in history!
Meantime evil men grow worse and worse.
There is a scripture that encourages those who carry precious pearls to not throw them before swine:
6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
This is a snippet of wisdom communicated by The Lord Jesus. Clearly informing us that there are precious and beautiful things God is willing to reveal to mankind. But these precious things are not to be shared with animalistic natures, who will have no discernment as to their beauty, and who will trample them under foot.
Treating the things of God’s nature with disdain, ‘like the horse or like the mule which have no understanding….’
John 2:24 Amplified Bible:
24 But Jesus, for His part, did not entrust Himself to them, because He knew all people [and understood the superficiality and fickleness of human nature],
Superficiality and fickleness will not receive the things of God. God will not entrust His precious hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge and revelation of Himself to such.
This teaches us that to even begin to understand, experience and prove the goodness and self-evident existence of the creator of the universe – we must first approach Him with a heart that desires to depart from evil, whilst honouring and respecting the things of God.
All around us is animalistic and ungodly defiance. But read ‘the book’ to see how it all pans out.
Most genuine preachers, feel their own inadequacies when it comes to the things of God, desiring to be a more worthy expounder of His truth.
If only we could walk flawlessly before Him, practicing everything we preach.
God does not however require an unnatural ‘holier than thou’ attitude, cloaked in false humility, whereby we unrealistically take on some kind of pseudo ‘holiness’ – as one preacher put it becoming so heavenly minded we are no earthly use.
Conversely however – some are so earthly minded they are no heavenly use.
God wants us to be human and spiritually-natural, able to laugh, be normal, have fun and talk about everyday things.
But at the same time holding close to our hearts the things of Himself He has revealed to us.
Allowing His thoughts (Bible) to fill our minds – giving them priority over the natural things of life.
There is no holiness without The Holy Spirit!
Balance – a great word to keep us on track.
To sum up we are to mind the natural things as in for example: culture, – with the enablement of God – who gives us spiritual discernment to separate the wheat from the chaff. So that we can enjoy those everyday things of life because our minds, hearts and spirits are fixed on God.
As a painter and a poet (as far as I know 😎) I cannot enjoy any of these or any other activities for that matter, unless my heart is right with The Lord. Then I experience His promise:
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Helped and energised to enjoy all the things that make up life – He has given us – to enjoy.
I Timothy 6/17
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.