I decided to have, what I am referring to as, a relational birthday today. I guess I can have any kind of birthday that I want to have...especially when one has had as many birthdays as I have.... :)
When you get to 73 of them you think about things like half your high school graduating class has already died....you think about death and dieing a lot more than you do at 23! I stopped getting the daily newspaper so I wouldn't waste all that time zipping over to the obits to see how many people had died that were younger than me.
I was talking about waging war in the spiritual realm the other day.....not in the natural realm. The reason for that is that the reality of warfare is waged in that realm....the battles are always fought in prayer..... not in the natural realm.... that natural realm is actually the illusion..... and if we insist on fighting in that illusion...we will lose....
When I mentioned my own private little war yesterday......."I have my own private little spiritual war going on with all the greed and profiteering going on in the oil industry…".... please note the word "spiritual" there. I do not mean I am using the court system or attacking anyone in anyway....except God's enemy....Satan. I have never brought a law suit against anyone...and I never will. I do not do battle using the world's systems.
That's how the lies and illusions come at us.....every which way.....they are are mostly negatives but some times the illusion is about my wonderfulness...... as I mentioned yesterday. :)
This is such an important area. Lies ..... illusions..... are very powerful things. The only way to break their hold on us is to simply believe the truth instead. Why is that such a difficult thing?
Just lost my job.....you'll never get another one.
Business just went down the tubes.....not only is your business a failure but you are too~!
Haven't been able to go anywhere else since I threw out that last posting on illusions....it just keeps rolling around in my head. Illusions....the distortion of reality. The reality is that the sun is always shining. The illusion...may I also use the word lie.... the lie/illusion is that the last two days have been overcast, full of clouds and thunderstorms and we get all mellow dramatic and talk about how the sun will never shine again.....ever...in my entire life.
If we could somehow live in reality we would never be disillusioned. The only reason we are disillusioned is that we live in our illusions.......
So.....did you think about what Jesus was trying to communicate to Peter in that little play on words from John 21? Did you see anything? What did you see? Send me a note.
For me, this Agapao kind of love thing is all about my relationship with the One who is love. For you, it is all about your relationship with the One who is love.... our relationships with the King of God's Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is relational....far above all of the other things that it is..... it is a love relationship. It is His love first reaching out to us...then touching us....revealing Himself to us...
I promised to talk to you about love and the difference between the the Greek words Agapao (God's totally selfless kind of love) and Eros (the worlds totally selfish variety of love)... then there is a 3rd word in the Greek, Phileo (just ordinary human love...I love my mom, my kids, golf and the Red Sox!)
Read this text from John 21 and look at the word love each time it appears and see it in context.