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Re: Lou's reply to Dena-nwhrt Lou Pilder

Posted by Dena on January 30, 2008, at 13:07:54

In reply to Lou's reply to Dena-nwhrt Dena, posted by Lou Pilder on January 29, 2008, at 20:33:06

I'm thinking that I was born already "fallen", and thus was in a state in which I made choices out of that fallenness...

I believe that God knew this about me, and loved me enough to want to rescue me from that condition...

I believe that He orchestrated circumstances in my life so that I came to the "end of myself", finally saw that my own efforts couldn't help me to change, and then I saw that He was offering a way of escape for me... and so I chose His offer, and then He came to make me His temple, and is now in my "Holy of Holies" (my heart). Thus my heart is good.

The problem is that my mind is enslaved to the lies that I've long-believed ... and it takes a mind-renewal (replacing one lie with Truth, over time, over a lifetime), in order for me to move more and more into living in the freedom that Truth brings me.

In one sense, I am already a new person, in another sense I am becoming ever-more a new person, and in another sense, I will one day become a finished new person, when I pass through the veil of this life.

Yes, I agree, I am cooperating with the process in which old things have been/are/will be passing away, and all things have been/are/will be made new.

My limited human brain struggles with understanding the "timing" of it, because my current existance is bound by time... however, I see that God exists and functions outside of time, and so is not limited as I am.

Lou -- I hope this didn't distract you from what you were revealing, but perhaps added to what you're saying.

I do strongly agree that when I allow anything to replace my first love (& I believe this is a daily challenge), then I have replaced Him with an idol (for me, this idol can be my own will, my own preferences, and even the "things of God" rather than God Himself... I can replace God with "serving God", or doing good works to "earn relationship" with Him, rather than participating in relationship with Him that He's already given me to enjoy).

Ok, back to you, Lou! What's next?

Shalom, Dena




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