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2 Set your affection [phroneo] on things above, [ano] not [me] on things on [epi] the earth. [ge]KJV-Interlinear
2 Set your mind on the things
above, not on the things that are on earth. NASB
What you focus your thoughts
on, so goes your life.What you think is
what you are.
As far as life goes,
you need to realize that this life here on this earth, is temporary.Unfortunately most folks live their lives, as
though this is the only option before them.
With total disregard
for their spiritual life, people, though aware of God, of religion, of an
afterlife and so forth, seem to disregard it, or treat it as some form of
optional thing that they can or may not incorporate within their daily life.
Priorities of ones temporal life push back the priorities of ones spiritual life.After all, we receive near immediate feedback on this life, and the
spiritual life seems to be so ambiguous and unresponsive.
In this life, we can
see an outcome for an education. We can see an outcome (a paycheck) from
working a couple of weeks.We can see
the days of the week and plan for the weekend, for the summer, for something
out in front of us.We can go shopping,
and get things, do things, have hobbies, and all the things that seem to
fulfill our wants and needs.
And with the spiritual
life, those things are absent.
However, God trains us
through warnings and instruction.We can
focus on our temporal life, but we learn that all of the temporal activities
and things, never generate a level of satisfaction or
contentment.There is always going to be
something else needed or wanted.
So you bought yourself
a new car or camera or computer, something that you have wanted for a long
time.Then wait a year or five years,
and see what is out there to replace it.Something better.Your gadget or
clothes or whatever it is that you pursue, will eventually be replaced with
something better.Even social outings end
up with new acquaintances that change your mind or entice you into looking for
The temporal world
excites the human senses.But those are
The spiritual life is
designed to transform the thinking of your mind.It is designed to help you realize the
inadequacies of the temporal life, and to get you to prepare for your longer
life span eternity.
Before you were born,
you had no choice as to what your life would be like, where you would live, who
you would know, what you would have, etc.
But now that you are
alive in this world, you have the opportunity to predefine your eternal
future.You do not have to be born again
into eternal poverty, or into eternal inadequacies, into eternal inabilities.Review your Parables of Christ study.
In heaven there will be
inequalities, based on the level of spiritual growth, or lack of it, among
Yes, everyone who has
believed in Christ will be in heaven, but there will be an evaluation at the
Judgment Seat of Christ.If everyone
were going to be the same, then what purpose would this evaluation have?
In heaven everyone will
receive rewards, promotions, privileges, blessings, in accordance with their
spiritual growth and production which was attained in this life.
There will be the
bottom level of blessing for every believer, and then there will be the
additional blessings for those who have advanced in their spiritual lives, and
then there will be the more advanced blessing packages for those who have advanced
to spiritual maturity and hold it.
That biggest of the
blessing packages, is available to everyone, but only if you pursue your
spiritual life in accordance with Gods mandates.
What are those
blessings?Well in everything spiritual,
there is an example (a parable) that can be found in this world, from which you
can compare and get some idea as to what God has waiting for you.
Look at the world
population.There are the dirt poor, the
poor, the lower classes, the middle classes, the upper classes, and the filthy rich
and then there is the wealthy group.And
how many folks are in each group?
That is easy to figure
out.The dirt poor group is the largest
group and the wealthy group is the smallest group.Where would you like to be?And most folks would obviously love to be in
the wealthy group.
And that is exactly
what awaits you in heaven, if, and this is a big if, if you pursue your
This life, this world,
this planet earth, this human history, is all going to come to an end.For you, your end will be your physical
You will never save the
planet.You will never cure the diseases.You will never solve mans problems, whatever
they are.And this doesn t mean that you
can t try to work at alleviating some of these things to help some folks, but
your priority should be on not fixing the devils world, in order to promote
evil, which is what that really is, but to help in life, such that you and
others can come to Christ, and doctrine, and their own spiritual future.
Because the spiritual
future is where the real prosperity and solutions are to be found.
When you begin to think
about Christ and about your Bible instruction, when you begin to memorize
verses, and pray on a regular basis, when you begin to spend time in your mind
about what life and your future really is, then you have begun to grow up.
The next step is to
become responsible to Gods expectations of you, and then incorporate them into
your daily life.And, then keep on doing
that, for the rest of your life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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