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. It is what I have in my experience….not what I want….or even what I believe the scriptures say…..but what I have in my experience.
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….there are carnal imaginations we must place on the altar to God (“casting them down”, as the verse says).
And there are spiritual imaginations….
…we dream about doing great things for God….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”.
(Hesitation is a wile of the devil that often works, because our minds say, “yes, I should think about this”…..or our hearts want to know what the reaction of others will be. Hesitation is stealing the time of power from the Holy Spirit….for doubt ever quenches Him.)
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 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…..
….they hear the doctrine; but never let it take root in their hearts.
There are those who…
……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…….what He has already said to them.
Usually this type of decision is made because the heart is “taken up” with something else.
There is no room for Christ Jesus,….for 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.
God’s Word is a Living Word….when we hear it, the Holy Spirit takes it and applies it to my situation,…..my attitude,….the people around me.
It cleanses, not just by showing me what is wrong…..but the Spirit moves in me to seek and reach out in faith, to what the Lord wants….and as soon as we do, we feel enlivened….seeking forgiveness and power.
Reality is that what we have….for then we are able to use it…for Christ’s sake.