April 29, 2009

April 29–Spiritual Dwarfs–Part Six–WHINY

Every Spiritual Dwarf is a LIAR. Each of them DENIES some TRUTH of GOD.

Hear Whiny as he speaks his LIES: “I can’t believe everything keeps going wrong for me. It (He…She) is always so unfair to me. What did I do to deserve all this cruddy, yucky stuff…all these complications…all these toubles and illnesses….all this misjudgment…all these uncaring people in my life? Why do these things always happen to me? How long am I going to have to put up with all these hard times…all these hard people? Why does my computer always crash? Why does my shoe always break? Why do I have to go through all this? Why me?”

WHINY denies the HOPE we have in GOD and GOD’s ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE of our temporary circumstances. 

WHINY lays down a heavy, smelly dark blanket over our hearts and our minds so that we begin to suffocate on our own self-focused, self-pitying attitudes. WHINY blinds our vision from the HOPE we have in GOD so completely that we lose all ability to see outside of our own dim, depressing and limited perspective. WHINY keeps our eyes focused so inwardly on ourselves and our problems, according to our perspectives so that the TRUTH found in GOD’s ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE is unseen, unremembered, unacknowledged and unexperienced.

WHINY chooses the lies of weakness and discouragement, twisting our minds to believe that we are all alone in our troubles. And as we listen to WHINY’s feeble, self-pitying lies, we diminish, distrust and discard the HOPE we have in GOD and GOD’s ETERNAL PERPECTIVE.

WHINY is a LIAR and a COWARD who must be killed!

God tells us HIS TRUTH: God tells us to be strong! Be courageous! Trust God! Obey God! God is with us!

Have I not commanded you: be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9

 God tells us HIS TRUTH: God calls us to fix our eyes–not on ourselves–but on our Savior Jesus Christ who endured horrendous trials and death–all for us–as He fixed His eyes not on the pain of the cross but on the promise of His Faithful Father! 

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3

God tells us HIS TRUTH: God knows we will have troubles, even horrible troubles at times. But! Our perspective on our earthly hardships and hurts are put into a clearer, truer focus when viewed from GOD’S ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE. Whatever we go through on this side of heaven cannot even begin to compare with the promise of the eternal glory we will know in the presence of our God.

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed…because we know that the One who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us wtih Jesus and present us with you in His presence…Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all! 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 14, 16-17

God tells us HIS TRUTH:  God calls us to trust in Him! God is the God of all HOPE. In Him we have all joy and peace. In Him we have the power of the Holy Spirit!

May the GOD of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit! Romans 15:13

To kill WHINY (and we must!) we must trust our Sovereign LORD’s Eternal Truth: In Christ, a very great and trustworthy HOPE in GOD has been given to us as we open our spiritual eyes to look through the lens of GOD’S ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE!

The heavy darkness is removed from our heads and our hearts! God’s light, God’s truth, God’s hope are eternal! And through Jesus Christ, they have been lovingly and fully given to us!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane