Have you ever wondered why God’s commands work directly opposite to the way the world works?
I have wondered and wondered about all the =opposites= the Bible talks about, for a very long time.
With the help of some of my blogging buddies, these are some of the ones we came up with.
I don’t understand it, but when I do as God’s directs, something happens inside….
I don’t understand it. I don’t get it. But when I do a thing God’s way, something inside…
…tingles with excitement….
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Of my own strength, without God’s strength; power; love; wisdom; mercy; and guidance; doing any of these opposites is completely impossible!! I have to cling to Him fully in order to do what He commands me to do. Maybe this is why I tingle so much when I find myself able to carry out one of His commands. Because I have to be very close to Him to be able to do any of these things. And in the process of being so close to Him, that I get this tingle.
Here, we’ve only scratched the surface of all the opposites God describes in the Bible, about the Kingdom of Heaven….
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World: “ MAN-UP! ”
God: “Whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven”.
World: “The greatest goals in life are to gain power, and to get fortune.”
God: “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”
World: “Don’t forgive someone who hurts you; at least not until they repent.”
God: “Lord, how often shall my brother’s sin against me, and I forgive him? [Jesus said to him], Up to seventy times seven.”
World: “Be your own boss. Don’t let anybody tell you what to do.”
God: “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive”
World: “Don’t tell anyone your private business. Keep all your weaknesses and mistakes to yourself.”
God: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
World: “Why would anyone want to follow someone who was dumb enough allow himself to be mocked and killed when he was innocent, and who wouldn’t even try to defend himself.”
God: “Revere Christ. Emulate Him.”
World: “Good people are lovable. Bad people are unlovable.”
God: “You are loved no matter who you are. In your depravity, I died for you.”
World: “Bad things that happen are always bad. And good things are good.”
God: “ALL things work out to the good for the children of God.”
World: “I have a good mind. I can handle life’s problems myself.”
God: “Call on Me and I will tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know about.”
World: “Whatever you do, don’t be weak.”
God: “The meek will inherit the earth.”
World: “Don’t be a pushover”
God: “If someone asks you for your shirt, give them your coat too.”
World: “Find your comfort from what’s available [drugs, alcohol, work, fun, etc]
God: “Put your faith in me, and you will find peace and rest.”
World: “You did a great job at that! You deserve the credit for it!”
God: “Give God all the Glory!”
World: “He who dies with the most toys – wins”
God: “Do not store up treasures on earth but store up treasures in heaven!”
World: “If you are slandered, defend yourself!!”
God: “If you are slapped on one cheek turn the other cheek to him as well.”
World: “I need to take care of my own interests. It’s all about me.”
God: “Walk humbly and value others above yourself.”
World: “Love is about how you make me feel.”
God: “Love others. Die for them [give up all your rights]
if that is what’s necessary.”
World: “If someone does you wrong, revenge yourself.”
God: “Do not overcome evil with evil. Overcome evil with good.”
World: “It’s natural to be anxious through painful & troubling times.”
God: “Give thanks to God during painful & troubling times.”
World: “Take pride in yourself. You are climbing the ladder of success”
God: “Be humble. Be a servant. Take the last position in line.”
World: “He owes you. Make him pay up – or else”
God: “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother?
[Jesus said] “Seventy-seven times.”
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I’d be very much interested in how you perceive these
Does anything happen inside when you try to do, think, say,
or believe, the opposite of the ways of the world?
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