- Religion and Philosophy
How Does That Make You Feel?
The majority of the world has tricked everyone into believing that we were created to live based off of our emotions. However, God's original plan was to have us "live by faith and not by sight" (2 Cor. 5:7). When we accept Christ into our life, it's up to us and our relationship with God to shed the outer surface of lies and get to the midst of how God created us to be.
According to God's plan, we are all made with the ability to listen with ears open to hear the word, which is how faith comes (Romans 10:17). When we accept Christ, our pre-programmed system allows us to become what God has in mind for us to be. It's up to us to activate this and live it out.
During a good majority of our time with God, we may be believing for a change in our current situations, believing that a better situation will change our attitude. This offers a temporary subtle solution for which we have to put forth little effort. It creates a helpless mentality that enables us to fall victim to our current situation. God's method is very proactive. He says to "...take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5).
It's our perspective that needs to be changed, not the truth. As believers (or non-believers), it can be hard to believe that God gave us the power to raise people from the dead. Yet most people have no problem believing that God will enable us, through Christ, to enter into heaven. It can be easy to follow the crowd and see God as a fruit instead of the root.
It's easy to view a job as a source of provision. In fact, that is what a job does- it provides. But when we enter into a situation that involves our jobs not being able to meet all of our needs, we feel stuck. Then, we tend to turn towards God and hope that He'll help us out.
We're looking at the tree upside down though. It says in Philippians 4:19, "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus." This type of answer to our needs does not involve a job. We still need to work but a job is only a channel through which God may answer that need, it is not the ultimate answer. If we go after the fruit, we're missing the ultimate source of what's producing that fruit.