The River of Life

Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You

Chapter: The River of Life (Pages 215-218)

What we put into our minds is something to be aware of today. What we watch on TV, movies that we watch, and even books that we read. Discernment is once again a major factor. I was talking with my buddy, Michael, last night, and he is a prime example of passion and dedication. He knows what he believes and why. His passion and thirst for the Lord is truly awesome. He loves to read his Bible and seeks to know God on a deeper level—a level that we are not able to put into words. Michael chose his own road through what he now knows to be true. He put it like this: “The Bible is priceless. There is no way that you can put a price on God’s word. His words are invaluable.”

When we talk, it is talking on a level that not just anyone can understand. It is talking in a new sense, and it is a new way of understanding. Michael and I had a long conversation about the Bible in regards to all of the many great stories that it contains. After much conversation on life and time spent watching the tube or movies, we came to the conclusion that the Bible truly tops it all. One thing that makes it the best is that everything contained in it is history and facts that formed the world today. The Bible is a compilation of more than forty different authors and sixty-six different books from all different walks of life.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a big movie fan, but the more I think about it, the more I have always really loved movies based on history—movies that allow us to learn as well as entertain. How I do love me some good live music though! And of course, live sports! Although at the top of the list, I find myself more intrigued and in full understanding when I read the Word. The Bible has all the best stories and events that go back to the beginning of time. To read it is where we begin to see how the puzzle all fits together.

I see life like a free flowing river full of rocks that were formed after the world’s greatest flood. Underneath the rocks are the words of God. It simply takes a little time picking up the rocks to discover what is underneath them.

To walk through life without living, does that make any sense? It should because it is as real as it gets. How often do we fail to acknowledge the world around us, creation? What is it about the Bible that so many people want to tear down? It is interesting to think about how God uses us as instruments wherever we are and in all walks of life. I love to learn. I mean, who doesn’t? I think that it is great to study all religion and seek your own understanding of what you believe and why. This is where God really does the work in our lives. By using the Bible as a guide, we are better able to understand where religions originated and why. We are able to see human nature firsthand and how for generations man has rejected what is known to be true.

The reason is, no one wants to be accountable for their actions. Many people think that by living a good life, they are simply doing what is right, but where did right and wrong originate? From the law of Moses. It was created in order to help us, and by no means to harm us, to protect us, and teach respect. Respect of one another in every walk of life. Christianity is not about having tunnel vision, but about seeing the masterpiece of God’s creation and again, the full spectrum of life.

 

It is hard to put into words what walking with God feels like. To believe in something that is invisible. The most brilliant part of seeking God is feeling Him work in your life. He molds us into complete individuals. I have been through times when I have felt something missing, and once you see everything click and make sense, you begin to know what living in the spirit is all about. It is not something made up. It is the key to making it through life and taking life to a whole new level.

No one can make us believe it. We have to seek it on our own. We have to experience it for ourselves. Support and encouragement helps, but God never intended for us to believe in Him because someone forced us to, nor should any teaching be of that manner or approach. I love to hear different people’s insight from their experiences in life—the people who have made it through the toughest of times through one simple truth. The keys to the kingdom lie in His word.

It is all right there, just waiting for anyone that takes a little time.

“But the Pharisees went out and counseled together against Him, as to how they might destroy Him. But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed Him, and He healed them all, and warned them no to make Him known, in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, might be fulfilled, saying, “Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My beloved in whom My Soul is well pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel, nor cry out; Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A battered reed He will not break off, and a smoldering wick He will not put out, until He leads justice to Victory. And in His name the Gentiles will Hope.”

 

Matthew 12:14–21

“Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God. If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!”(which all refer to things destined to perish with the using)-in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.”

Colossians 2:18–23

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