What are the consequences of your thoughts?

Your on the freeway heading to work.  It’s rush hour traffic and by now, you’ve become accustomed to the fact that it’s busy, it’s slow, it’s frustrating and you know what lane you need to be in to get off at your exit.  Being on time is very important to you and you know the routine; up at 4:30, hit the gym by 5:00, showered and cleaned up by 6:30, breakfast on the run, hit the parking lot at 7:45, and in our hot seat at work by 8:00 ready to take on the world.  Today, someone who isn’t a planner, isn’t great at planning out their day and isn’t great at getting to work on time, realizes they aren’t going to make it on time if they don’t hurry up.  That guy realizes at the last second that they need to cut into your lane to get to the exit on your right and they go for it.  This is the moment of truth.  What will you do?

The event of someone cutting you off in traffic is neither positive or negative.  Most would argue that it is negative, but it’s really neutral.  What is positive or negative are your thoughts.  The bible says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he and out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.  An event triggers thoughts in your head.  Sometimes those thoughts can come so fast that the person doesn’t even realize that they had them prior to reacting.  The University of Pensilvania has done some amazing studies on what they call resiliency.  In their studies, they discovered a cycle that occurs when we have reactions to events.  They even have been able to determine what someone’s thought theme was based on their reaction to the activating event.  Let me give you an example.  I am a person who says sorry a lot.  We could walk up to the same door at the same time and rather than say excuse me and barge my way in, I am likely to say “sorry” and let you go in first.  I have been doing this nearly all my life and didn’t understand why.  When I learned about this process of determining what my thought themes were I discovered that I had a dominant thought theme of “Trespass.” The base of the Trespass thought theme is that “I have harmed you or caused you harm.” University of Pensilvania discovered what the bible has been saying for thousands of years and did the research to prove it true.

What you spend your time thinking about will be revealed in your emotions and reactions.  It is very hard for us to see our own blindsides if we are able to see them at all.  If you are having trouble in your external environment, in your relationships, in your community, or in your workplace, consider thinking about what your thinking about.  Consider picking up a bible and reading God’s word to learn how he thinks and to renew your mind so that you can think better thoughts.  As you renew your mind, I know you will renew your life.  God’s word works where the reader applies it.

Let me know if this helps you or if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Chris

Don’t avoid going to the hospital

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I’ve heard of people avoiding going to the hospital, but it’s usually because of a financial issue.  They won’t go because they don’t have the money, they don’t have insurance, or they don’t think they can get the proper care.  By and large, when someone is sick or injured, they go to the hospital or to a treatment facility that can take care of what ails them.  I’ve never heard anyone tell me they won’t go to a hospital to get treated because there are sick people there, but that is the argument I hear from people I talk to about going to church.  “I won’t go to church, because that’s were all the Christians are and they will know that I’ve messed up, or that I’m a mess, or worse yet, they will know that I’m a sinner.”

Someone who has never made Jesus their Lord and Savior is eternally separated from God because of original sin.  They can’t buy their way to heaven, they can’t work their way into heaven and they can’t get there by some other religion or man made practice.  Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life.  No one comes to the father except through me.  So, what happens when someone sins?  Are they lost forever? No, they are not, but sin separates us from God and unless we repent and turn away from our sin, we will stay separated from him.

When we sin is when we need God the most, but when we sin we tend to run from God instead of running to him and asking him to forgive us.  When a faithful follower of Jesus sins, they may be compelled to run away from God and run away from church, but that’s the worst thing they can do.  God wants them to come to him, repent, ask for forgiveness and get back on track.  Avoiding going to church when you are a sinner or when you have sinned is like avoiding going to the hospital when you need care. Don’t do it, don’t avoid going to church and getting the proper treatment for what ails you.

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If you are walking in good status with God and your life is on track and everything is running smoothly, have compassion on those who are struggling.  The lost are bruised and beaten and they need the love of Christ before they need the conviction of the word.  Meet them where they are at.  Like Paul, become all things to all people.  Your love and kindness is just what someone needs today to return to Jesus or to come to him for the first time.  Remember, fish swim, birds fly, and sinners sin.  They may know better, but they are not equipped properly to have the power to change.  Give them that power by sharing Jesus with them, getting them into the bible to read and understand God’s will for their lives, then allow God’s word to provide the correction and the conviction.  Lastly, teach them how to be a victorious Christian by finding God’s promises in his word and proclaiming them over their circumstances.

 

God is a good God.  He loves you, and he wants the best for you.  If you are seeking him today and your looking for answers, you can write to me at info@chris-buckley.net.

Thanks and God Bless,

Chris

2/3’s power: why your not fully alive

When Adam sinned in the garden, there was a price to be paid and the Lord provided the sacrifice to cover his sin. We read how Adam and Eve realized that they were naked and they hid themselves from God.  The bible says that the wages of sin are death.  God told Adam and Eve, that they could eat from every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for the day that they eat of it, they shall surely die.  I don’t believe that God would lie about this and so did they die that day?  I believe a part of them did.  I believe that their spirit man died that day and that’s when they discovered they were naked.

We are a 3 part being.  We are a spirit, we have a sole and we live in a body.  Our spirit man is the candle of the Lord. Our spirit was created to have a connection with God.  Our Sole consists of our mind, our will and our emotions.  It was created to give us the ability to connect with the intellectual part of this world.  And finally we live in a body which gives us the ability to connect with the physical part of this world.  I believe that the day that Adam ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that his spirit died that day.  And I believe that spiritual death is what is the original sin that is passed on from generation to generation.

When Jesus said that we must be born again, he was talking about our spirit.  When we get born again, our spirit becomes alive again and allows us to connect with God who is also a spirit.  We go from having 2/3rd’s of our potential ability to having our full ability to operate here on this earth.  At that moment, our spirit is renewed, but our brains and our bodies are still the same.  We need to spend the rest of our lives renewing the mind and subjecting our bodies to line up with the word of God.

Faith begins where the will of God is known.  As you read your bible and discover what God’s will is for his children, you learn what his will is for your life.  If you take his word by faith and make the adjustments in your life, you will have victory over the devil ad his scheme’s to destroy you.

Some people do not want to read the bible because they don’t want to find out that something they are doing is not what God wants them to do.  They are afraid of the condemnation that might bring to their lives when actually, what God’s word does for the born again person is bring conviction and correction.  The Holy Spirit gives us the grace and the power to overcome the sin in our lives and to make the necessary corrections so that we can grow closer to God and continue to be changed from one degree of glory to the next.

I want you to live in the full power of what God created you to do in this life.  Give your heart to him, ask him to be your Lord and Savior and see what wonderful things he can and will do in your life.

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Let God interrupt your schedule and you’ll see the miraculous

Life is so busy today. Everyone is overworked, overwhelmed and just plain worn out and tired. Since starting this blog and utilizing the what I’ve been preaching to all of you through this blog, God has been answering my prayers too by helping me get a good job that I like, getting me back in school to learn a new trade, assigning me new responsibilities in my military career. I went from having lots of time to write blogs to practically no time. No, that’s not the truth. I have no time to write.

You are always in my thoughts because I enjoy sharing and writing about what God has or is showing me through his word. My hope is that someone will read it, get inspired and challenge themselves to believe and trust God through what he says in his word.

Now that I’m busy, I keep a very tight schedule. I have an online calendar, it is very full and it’s color coded so that I know at a glance what my appointments are. I said all of that to say this, leave room for God in your schedule. I try to pray and read most mornings and usually do, but some times I just don’t have the time. This blog is not about that though I could write and say more.

The other night, I stopped by the grocery store about 9:30. I was going to stop earlier in the night, but it just didn’t work. So my plan was to get in, get out, and get home so I could wrap up my night and get to bed only to put the next day on repeat. What happened was not what I expected. I kept running into the same person in all the places I was going to look for the things that I needed. Finally near the end of the store, she asked me a question. That led to some chit chat about who she was and how she came to live here. All of that was really unimportant, but something she said hit a hot button with me. She said she was here because of God. We spent the next 2 hours talking about God, our adventures and our desires to get to know him better.

I was drawn in and we just couldn’t quit talking about the Lord and the wonderful things he has done. About an hour and a half into our talk, this older woman walked by and then she circled back a few times. The third time around, she stopped and said “I just have to be a part of this conversations.” Patrice was her name and she had been searching for answers and seeking God, but not finding them. We got to know Patrice, her pains, her struggles, and her questions about life and about God. We were able to pray for her, answer her questions, and console her about life. It was wonderful to see how God orchestrated getting us all there at the right time so that Patrice could get the answers that she had been asking God about, but wasn’t finding. The whole adventure increased all of our faith that night and we will never be the same again.

I challenge you today to a few tasks.
1. Develop your own personal relationship with God.
2. Spend time in prayer and read your bible.
3. Be willing to disrupt your plans and your schedule to do something for God.

If you don’t know Jesus, you can by repenting of your sin and asking him to forgive you and to be your Lord and Savior. When you do, the bible will become alive to you and you will have an intense desire to learn and grow in your faith. I recommend starting in the Gospel of John. You will discover who Jesus is, the fact that he is God and that he loves you and he died for you and went to hell for you so that you don’t have to.

I hope that this has inspired you today.

Chris