Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Reality, or Virtual Reality;  Which?     

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,  but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;  

                                       Casting down imaginations,  and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,  and bringing into captivity ever thought to the obedience of Christ;”

What is the difference?  They both have reality in them, don’t they?

Reality (and we are talking about Spiritual Reality, here) is truth. 

(We have come to believe that truth for me,  is what I believe.   No,  truth is what really is…..whether I believe it or not.)

Spiritual Reality is to have in your experience, what you think you have.

We are born again.  We are growing in grace, and in the love of Jesus; both to Him and His people.  We are denying ourselves, and picking up our cross.   We are being obedient to His Will.

Imaginations plague everyone.

We dream about doing great things;  but never do them. (Or perhaps we begin, with great enthusiasm, but never finish)

We speak about doing great  things;  but we put them off, for “a while”. 

Paul is encouraging these Corinthians to finish what they started:

2 Corinthians 8:9-11 “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,  that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor,  that ye through His poverty might be rich.

                                      And herein I give my advice:  for this is expedient for you,  who have begun before,…

                                      Now therefore perform the doing of it,  that as there was a readiness to will,  so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.”

(Here, Paul is speaking about a gift for the poor brethren;  but I have had the Lord use these verses on me about a job I needed to see done.  Like I spoke of:  I had started,  then just put the rest off.   I needed to finish it.)

 

Virtual Reality is everywhere.  People say, “Believe in yourself!”       We want to, so we pretend that we do,  but we don’t; so our life becomes a life of standing taller, smiling bigger, etc.    But it is not real,  and we know it;   because we never bring ourselves to Jesus Christ, as we are.

Virtual Reality is to believe you have something,  you do not.  

This is to believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ,  but never submit to His power to bring me into obedience to His teaching.

2 Timothy 3:5, 7 “Having the form of godliness,  but denying the power thereof:  from such turn away.

                               Ever learning,  and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

How do they “deny the power thereof”?

Certainly, it can be unbelief at work.

Many people believe in God, but not a personal God which has fellowship with His people.  A God that probably is up there somewhere,  but would not take any notice of things here,  especially specific people, especially them.

But it can also be  an deliberate choice to keep God away from “interfering” in their lives.

They sit and hear the Word of God, and let it flow over them;  thinking that if they ignore Him long enough; He will leave them alone to do what they want.

(This would be a terrible end)

They hear the doctrine;  but never let it take root in their hearts.

They let one lesson, push out the other.  “Ever learning”,  and yet never coming to the place that they have in their experience what the Lord Christ has for them.

Usually this type of decision is made because the heart is “taken up” with something else.   There is no room for Christ Jesus,  and they choose to continue in this life of Virtual Reality. (No this is not the video games;  but it is the “games” people play in their minds.)

2 Timothy 3:14-17 “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of,  knowing of Whom thou hast learned them;

                                   and that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

                                   All scripture is given by inspiration of God,  and is profitable for doctrine,  for reproof,  for correction,  for instruction in righteousness:

                                    That the man of God may be perfect (complete) throughly furnished unto all good works.”

Paul wrote Timothy, encouraging him to continue in the Word of God, because God will make it profitable to those who truly choose to follow it.

Reality is having what God has for you:  He paid the price to save you to “the uttermost”.

Hebrews 7:25 “Therefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him,  seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

Won’t you have it of Him?

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