Friday, April 25, 2014

TIED BY THE PAST...RELEASED FOR THE NOW...POISED FOR THE FUTURE.

Hello O Ye Believers in the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus....




How's it going since the initial release...since you believed...since you WERE saved?  We know that the will of God for you is FREEDOM...and not to be bound again...by a YOKE OF SLAVERY (aka sin).




"It was for FREEDOM that Christ set us FREE...therefore (referring to this previous statement in this verse)...KEEP STANDING FIRM...and do not BE SUBJECT AGAIN...to a YOKE OF SLAVERY (to sin)."  (Galatians 5:1 with emphasis by me).


On the chronological...time-space continuum...there are three phases of time for us...(1) Past
(2) Present (3) Future.  There was an event is history...that is really HIS-story...that changes everything.  That event was the D.B.R.  For those knew to the Ruminator Ramblings...the D.B.R. is Death...Burial...Resurrection of Jesus...nothing more...nothing less.  This is also known as THE GOSPEL.  The cause and effect of this event...when someone believes it...and not only believes it...but receives/accepts Jesus is a change in the course of event on your timeline. 


"Therefore...if any man/wo-man/human...is IN CHRIST...they are new creations...the OLD THINGS past away...behold...NEW THINGS have come." (II Corinthians 5:17)


The problem is when we LIVE IN THE PAST and that PAST affects our FUTURE.  The way that we walk out this thing called FAITH is what we do in the NOW.  This leads us back to CROSS... as we identify with what Jesus did on the cross...that was laid to rest in a grave...and was manifested in the power of the resurrection.


"I have been crucified WITH Christ...nevertheless I LIVE...yet not I but CHRIST LIVES IN ME...and the LIFE that I NOW LIVE...I LIVE BY  FAITH in the Son of God...who loved me and delivered Himself up for me." (Galatians 2:20)


If then you HAVE BEEN raised up with Christ...KEEP SEEKING those things which are above, where Christ IS, seated at the right hand of God.  SET YOUR MIND/AFFECTIONS on things above, not on THINGS THAT ARE ON THE EARTH...for you HAVE DIED and your life is hidden WITH CHRIST IN GOD." (Colossians 3:1-3)


Between the point of when you were saved/born again...and Jesus coming back to planet earth to gather his saints...there is what we call THE LAND CALLED NITTY GRITTY.  How we walk out our lives...will determine if we become SUBJECT AGAIN to the YOKE OF SLAVERY (sin).  It is all hinged on CHOICE...and our CHOICES are hinged on our MINDS....either renewed by the Word of God...or not. 


"Unrestrained THOUGHTS (what we think)...results in unrestrained WORDS (what we say)... resulting in unrestrained ACTIONS (what we do)." (Unknown)


When our thoughts are not restrained...because we keep thinking about the past and what we were...then we are captive in the now...which affects our future.  If you LIVE IN THE PAST... you can not walk in FREEDOM IN THE NOW...which will determine your FUTURE.


What you say...has the POWER to produce life or death.  The fruit of your thoughts manifested on your lips will either be good fruit or rotten fruit.


"Death and life are in the POWER OF THE TONGUE and those who love it will eat its fruit." (Pro-Verbs 18:21)


If you are constantly talking about the negative in your past...you will never be free in the now...and fulfill your future.  What you speak is hinged on your MIND SET

"For those who are according to the FLESH...SET THEIR MINDS...on the THINGS OF THE FLESH...but those who are according to the spirit...(set their minds on) the THINGS OF THE SPIRIT.  For the  MIND SET on the FLESH is DEATH...but the MIND SET on the SPIRIT is LIFE and PEACE." (Romans 8:6-7)


You PEACE is hinged on what you think...which is manifested on your lips...which dictates how you act.


PEACE:  eirēnē (i-rah'-nay)=Probably from a primary verb εἴρω eirō (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication prosperity: - one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again.


"The steadfast of MIND though will keep in PERFECT PEACE...because it (the mind) is stayed (fixed/focused/set) on Thee." (Isaiah 26:3)


In The Ruminator Sunday School Class we use as an example with what we call THE COFFEE CUP THEOLOGY.  We find an unsuspecting newbie...and take their cup of coffee and begin to gently shake the cup.  We progress to shaking it a little more harder and then shake it until the coffee overflows all over the table.  Then we ask them the question..."Why did coffee come out of the cup?"  Their answer is always..."because you shook it."  We then respond with ..."No...coffee came out of the cup...because that is what is in the cup.  The shaking only revealed what is in the cup."  The question is...what is in your cup?  If you have an unrenewed mind...your cup is filled with junk....and when something or someone shakes your cup...that is what comes out of your mouth.  The way you put something in your cup... is by RENEWING YOUR MIND WITH THE WORD OF GOD...or not renew your mind by talking and coming in agreement with the d-evil (does not deserve a capital d)...about your past as he convinces you about you now and you future.


That is why it is so important to watch over your CUP/HEART...and your WORDS.


"My son (or daughter) give attention to my words...Incline your ear to my sayings.  Do not let them (my words) depart from your sight.  Keep them (my words) in the midst of your heart...for they (my words) life to those who find them, and health to all their whole body.  Watch over your heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life.  Put away from you a DECEITFUL MOUTH and put devious lips far from you." (Pro-Verbs 4:20-24) 


FINAL THOUGHTS...FINALLY


The mind...the heart...the ears...the mouth will either keep you free or return you to bondage.  What you think...is what you believe...determined on what you hear...and what you speak.  If you constantly think negative thoughts and constantly speak negative thoughts and constantly believe what you hear and ruminate about...determines what you speak...which will either bind or release you. 


"The good man/woman out of the good treasure of is heart BRINGS FORTH what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure BRINGS FORTH what is evil; for his MOUTH SPEAKS from that which FILLS HIS HEART." (Luke 6:45)


"And He said, Are you also still without understanding?  Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?  But the things that proceed OUT OF THE MOUTH come FROM THE HEART...and those DEFILE THE MAN/WOMAN.  For out of the HEART come EVIL THOUGHTS, murders, fornication, thefts, false witness, slanders." (Matthew 25:18)


The good news is that Jesus has got you covered...PAST...PRESENT...and FUTURE...so as the d-evil reminds you of your past...you can remind him of your future and live you now in freedom...but it is all hinged on who you come into agreement with and what you speak.  Confession is not just saying that there is none righteous no not one (Romans 3:10) but also confessing that you are the righteousness of God in Christ. (II Corinthians 5:21)


"Jesus Christ is the same...YESTERDAY (past)...and TODAY (now) and FOREVER (future)." (Hebrews 13:8)


Love and Positive Kisses
Rodney "Speaking The Word of the Lord...NOT...the words of the d-evil" Boyd




















































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