|Posted by Crisco's on May 10, 2011 at 11:56 AM||comments (1)|
I know it doesn't seem all that spiritual, but I just finished a book called, Getting Things Done, The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen. I have had to develop certain habits and basic systems over the years for organizing my life or everything seems to get out of control. For instance, I couldn't function without my calendar and iPhone. The reminders function helps me tremendously. But until I read this book, I never realized how much stuff that stays as a constant underlying anxiety because there are hundreds of unspoken looming ideas, problems, and future expectations that the mind tries to manage subconsiously. The idea of the book is that there are ways to get all those things out of our heads and into a system that takes the pressure off the mind!
When I taught martial arts, one of the goals (as the book mentions as well) is to get to a place where things are second nature and the mind is cleared. That way there is an instinctual response to the opponent. Though life is not in opposition to us, the devil is! When all the hundreds of things that are in our minds to get done are put into an effective organizational system, the result is a peaceful mind that can actually hear God more clearly since his voice is not in competition with the noise of "need".
When God created everything from the sun to the human body, he did it with wisdom and organization. God the Spirit is organized. We we get organized we connect more fully with Him. Just a thought.
|Posted by Crisco's on March 11, 2011 at 4:33 PM||comments (2)|
I watched the news this morning as another natural disaster pummeled another nation, Japan. The largest earthquake in Japan's modern history not only violently shook the nation, but also set off a tsunami that totally destroyed many areas of Japan, sending waves all the way to the west coast of the United States. The increased frequency of these earthquakes will certainly be explained away as the natural process of the earth.
But is it? Yes and no.
According to Jesus words, these increasing events are more than a natural phenomenon. They are at the same time a sign of something. Jesus called them birthpains. The earth, for thousands of years has been subject to a curse of futility placed on it because of the sin of Adam and Eve. Paul said the earth is groaning for the manifestation of the sons of God. Creation is buckling under the pressure of sin's impact and is crying out for the sons and daughters of God to be fully manifest in the earth. In short, creation is yearning for the New Creation to be set in place.
The birthpains are birthing something. What? The birthing of a new age, the coming of Christ to establish his kingdom on the earth. It is not judgment from God, but a series of natural signs that Jesus said would mark the beginning of the end. They are signs that creation has had enough and creation itself is indiscriminately crying out for the last days outpouring of the Spirit so this thing can be wrapped up and creation can be free once again!
Here's to hoping that our cry for the manifestation of the sons of God is just as real and just as violent, not against people or creation, but against the kingdom of darkness!