Blind Leading the Blind (Who are you following?)

By Steven Shaw 

This blog is about the depravity of man. As I watch and see the world around me, it is painfully clear how clueless and lost the world bound are. Not that I’m on a high horse but I have dedicated my life to know God and walk with Him. With that comes the grace of awareness and knowledge. This isn’t coming from a prideful spot; it is coming from a place of sadness and urgency. A sadness to know how God has created us for so much more, yet we run aimlessly towards destruction and pay no mind to the God who loved and created us; urgency for the lost to find their way. The only way, as in Christ the King. Men strive after paper and lives lost after talk. Yet Christ promised us life for eternity if we only believe. Believe and turn from the life that the world condones as right, the life the world encourages as a pursuit of happiness. As if our happiness was the most important thing. As if man has ever known what was truly good or right for them. Please walk with me for these next couple words.

The Blind:

“The blind” is the foundational root of all ignorance equaling men denying God. Denying God is the root of ignorance and the path to eternal death. The foolish say in their heart “there is no God” (Psalm 14:1). We are raised with fallen men, we are taught by fallen men, we put our trust in fallen men, what makes the Christian different? The bible isn’t ultimately about fallen men, it’s about Christ’s redemptive work on the Cross. The Author of life wrote the bible through fallen men, and God has given us everything we need in His word. His word, which is knowledge beyond all human opinion or understanding. More than a guide on how to live, the bible is the foundational truth of salvation. By no other books and by no other means will salvation come. How could I say such a thing? I didn’t, the bible does. So do we go running blindly into the dark, or do you finally realize that we don’t have all the answers and there’s a better way to live? The way of Christ. For the word of the cross is foolish to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18). God has given each of us a chance to salvation, but we must accept it.

Leading the Blind:

Don’t believe what you believe just because you believe it. Think about what you believe for a second. Now think “Where do my beliefs come from?” Most likely you fall into 1 of 3 categories.

  1. You grew up in a home of disbelief or belief in another. So why would you know God at all if you’ve never really heard about Him?
  2. You grew up in a home of hate towards God. How can you compete with a root of evil by the ones you love?
  3. You grew up in a false Christian home. The home you know was one of hypocrisy and lies. Yet it was all wrapped in a bubble of Christianity. How could you believe in a god that looks like this?

One of these 3 can define the mind of most unbelievers. But you see how all these are the blind leading the blind right? The vary ones you’ve grown up with have grown up in one of the same 3 homes. It’s a defiled chain that needs to be broken. Don’t just go on believing because that’s all you know. Christians are continually learning and growing in their faith, knowledge of God and His creation. The non-believer is perfectly content with writing off the things of Christ because they count it as non-sense. So they continue learning from other people who don’t believe. People who are not doing real study and research on God, instead they are searching for anything else to believe in besides the God who made them. You see the problem here? The Christian ponders the big things, like eternity. We’ve battled unbelief in ourselves, we have fought off the desires of the flesh, we have come out the other side with the full assurance of Christ and our salvation. Why are we so special? We aren’t, but we have chosen to believe and therefore God has given us the these gifts. Our belief is a gift from Him anyway. Now before I sound like Christians have some unique power to do this all on our own let me clarify these last couple statements. God chose whom He will save since before time. Believers only believe because of God’s choosing. Without the Holy Spirit we wouldn’t have any strength to live out the life He has planned for us. We are completely reliant on God in every way. Sound weak? Absolutely, I have no power, or good on my own. But depending on the Creator of all things doesn’t sound like a bad idea right?

The Secrets of Eternity:

I know that sounds real mystical and ridiculous, but that’s what God has said to those who believe in Him. We are told the secrets of eternity. Ask any follower of Christ and they’ll contest that we are nothing special, the worst of the worst for the most part. Chosen because our weakness will be a display of God’s great work through us. In our weakness His power is shown.

You Have Been Chosen:

You have been chosen if you only believe. It’s a mystery to many. If you chose God, He has already chosen you from before the earth was created. Which means, your very choice to believe is only by the grace of God. You cannot believe without the Father in heaven first choosing you. And if He has chosen you, you will never fall away from Him. Not that you won’t ever sin again or have backslides, but you return to Him and fight the fight of faith and good works. Not good works as in not earning anything from Him, but simply a response to His great grace shown to us. He chose you, and if you believe then you will do good works. It’s a beautiful God ordained circle.

So what?

I like to ask this question and use it in lots of my blogs because I know many are asking; probably throughout the whole blog. But it’s an important question. I’m not even going to ask you to give up what you believe and follow Christ alone. I’m simply asking you to ask yourself more questions. Do you truly believe you know all the answers? I know you don’t, so why are you living your life like you do? Why are you trusting others who are walking around pretending they know all the answers? They don’t. There is One who does have all the answers, and He has created all things including you. Trust in Him and know that He has the best life planned for you. Not as in “God is our genie in the sky”, but the only life is in Him and that’s what He wants for all man. If you are interested in learning more please contact me and I’d love to answer any questions.

Closing.

Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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Love Is An Action (More than a feeling)

By Steven Shaw

Let me start with some harsh truth. You don’t have a soul mate, there’s no such thing, there’s not one perfect person for you. Now, before you stop reading let me explain something much more beautiful and God ordained than a “soul-mate”. There’s a plague in the world today of false ideas of what the love of a partner should look like and or feel like. We have generation after generation running after some feeling that is distorted and doesn’t actually exist. This is the root to broken homes and distorted love.

Let’s go back to creation. God creates all things and they are good (Genesis 1:27-31). God creates man and he is good but not complete. He creates women and now there is perfect fellowship between them three (Genesis 2:18). But man and women together rebelled against God. Now everyone’s union is cursed and God now owes us death. But He chooses to save us instead. But now there is a separation between God and man and man and women. Now what? Love must be an everyday constant death to self. The love we show to God and the love we show to one another. This is the only true love out there. Not a fuzzy warm feeling that can change with every tide, but an action that you chose or not chose. Truly love or not love.

Ok, so a foundation of love was from God and was perfect. We chose death but God gives us an alternate choice. I’m giving this background because we have to realize that everything is a choice. There is no warranted feeling without a conscience thought. You can’t really love without a choice to show love. Most the “love” you have felt, if not a sacrificial love, was a façade, a mirage, was not real. Think about it for a second…. All the loves you’ve had in your life. Where are they now and how do you feel about them? You might still be obsessed with them, or maybe you’re with the one you love. But without a real mindset of love that is shown to us in Scripture, you don’t know what love is, not a God type love anyway. Yes, you love your family and friends, but even that is tainted without knowing the love of God. That love enables you to truly experience and show real love to anyone in the world. Like loving your enemies. Who else, outside with the power of God can truly love their enemies? That’s crazy talk. But God commands just that thing (Matthew 5:43-48). Love is an action!

For the Christian, it’s a little different. But unfortunately many Christians are falsely seeking a Hollywood type love than a God centered love. God centered love looks very different. So how are we to think of loving a spouse or future spouse? We look to the bible for our guide. But if we were using the bible to guide everything in our lives (which we should be) than why would we not use it regarding love? But as you can see by how marriages are ending these days, we aren’t looking to the ultimate love story for guidance on love. If we did, this is what we’d see. Without quoting you the hundreds of verses on love, lets just some up what the bible says about love. Love everyone more than yourself, love your enemies and pray for them, Jesus came into the world the die for those He loved. So how do we translate that to a spouse or future spouse?

Never once in scripture does the bible command to love without an action. By definition, love is an action. It’s an action before it’s an emotion. So when you choose to love someone, you love him or her non-stop, forever. The trick to marrying a certain someone is simply make sure you guys have some things in common. You could marry 1000 different people in a 1000 different life times and be perfectly happy with all of them. How? If it’s God centered, and self-sacrificing, then happiness is dependent on you; your humility in getting over yourself, focusing on God and His glory, and all by His power within you. Let me sum this up, when you find someone that loves the Lord and have the same ideas about your future, then you choose to love them and don’t stop loving them. Period. It’s extremely more beautiful than this magical soul mate nonsense. If your feelings are what’s guiding you, then when your current spouse isn’t making you “feel” happy anymore and someone’s new flesh is making you feel warm and fuzzy, guess what you’re going to be chasing? This is why following your heart is about the worst advice anyone can give. Unless God rules your heart and even then, your desires better match up with God’s word or your feelings are wrong.

Remember: I know God is sovereign over all things, so I don’t think for a second that he doesn’t know who you’re marrying one day. But that doesn’t mean we sit around waiting for that gaze from across the room and music playing in the background before you decide to love someone. You’ll meet 1000 extremely attractive people in your life. People that you get along with really well, marry, and be happy. But you pick, honor and never end the love you have chosen. God will honor you in that sacrificial love.

Stop looking to the world’s idea of what love looks like, it’s backwards. I don’t need to convince you, you know it’s messed up. So if the worlds got it wrong, and your friends are lonely, miserable and always making bad decisions, then whom do you look to? The God of the bible. The God that loved a rebellious bunch of self seeking fools and chose to save and love them forever. Jesus came in to this world to make a way to that one day He would bring His bride home to enjoy Him forever. The bible teaches perfect love. Open it and begin to know the power of God’s love through His word. Love you all!

Closing.

Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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