Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Easy Burden

Addiction makes people into liars. Want... Need... Want... Need... it bends the perception back and forth the back and forth until it warps or breaks under the strain. People lie to cover something. People lie to get something.

We lie to God. We deceive others for their own sake. Cultures perpetuate some grand lies while condemning the liar. The World, the flesh and the Devil all have their hand in the mix and leviathan's hide is seamless and only God has a sword strong enough to pierce it.

Men are liars. All of them are. The lies didn't make them into liars. It was the need that did it. Adam bit an apple and turned his mind away from God for a moment and once his back was turned a need grew in him that became a hole in his soul that sucks everything else into his darkness.

"For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar" Rom 3:3-4a

God has no such need. No shadow is cast on Him nor is there any in Him. He hides but is hiding deception when you hide from a blind man?

Christ had needs but His needs never mastered Him. He mastered His needs and mastered His words.

A man of his word has carved out areas of truth. He or she sets boundaries they will not cross. They set their perception against their action and vow that they will be the same thing. The hope is that there will be a purity in it. The hope that their soul will find rest in that man made shelter and in reality that place is better than living out in the wind. It is better but not much better. The bed is still too short.

Christ slept out under the stars and alienated thousands but when He gave his word it was backed by all of Heaven's power. Christ died in His integrity. A claim only He can make. It is because He lives that His word still speaks.

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matt 11:28-30

His yoke is a yoke of believing and of learning. It is not a work that is why it is easy. Other yokes produce a need for rest afterwards. Those yokes produce needs of all kinds. God's yoke does not create needs. In fact it is the opposite. His yoke creates rest.

When we believe in Jesus something happens at our center and that life makes it's way to every part of us. Truth is not based on our perception, those perceptions can change over time, Truth is a living part of who God is and that never changes. Our memory is plastic but God lives in the eternal realm.

If we live a life with God in the honesty of faith He will chip away at our addictions. They will go at once or in time and all that came with them will be taken away also. Mercy frees us. What will be left will be real and lasting.

Yoked up to God we speak the truth in love. Those words are not designed to cover our nakedness. They are words that proclaim that our nakedness has been covered.

Faith says, 'God will meet my needs.' and we can make a claim like that if we know our core needs have already been met.

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