Root Of Your Belief System
What is the root and value of your belief system? Is it engrained or has it been uprooted? A Belief system is a set of values, codes, or principles that help people understand the surrounding world and their role in it.
Deeping roots mean one thing but how is a root system standing the test of time in these trying times? Are the roots branching out or are they where they really need to be? If you are unsure I hope you will read on.
Family Belief System
It all starts with prior generations, did prior generations have the knowledge of understanding on how things should grow and not be about show? Did they know how to start off the right way? Were they taught the right way? There is no denying what we all tend to deny. How do you deny something that many have accepted to be the truth because it is the truth.
Authority over you is that you can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and money both.
And how dare you take each other to court! When you think you have been wronged, does it make any sense to go before a court that knows nothing of God’s ways instead of a family of Christians? The day is coming when the world is going to stand before a jury made up of followers of Jesus. If someday you are going to rule on the the world’s fate, wouldn’t it be a good idea to practice on some of these smaller cases? Why, we’re even going to judge angels! So why not these everyday affairs? As these disagreements and wrongs surface, why would you ever entrust them to the judgment of people you don’t trust in any other way? I say this as bluntly as I can to wake you up to the stupidity of what you’re doing. Is it possible that there isn’t one levelheaded person among you who can make fair decisions when disagreements and disputes come up? I don’t believe it. And here you are taking each other to court before people who don’t even believe in God! How can they render justice if they don’t believe in the God of justice?
These court cases are a black eye on your community. Wouldn’t it be far better to just take it, to let yourselves be wronged and forget it? All you’re doing is providing fuel for more wrong, more injustice, bringing more hurt to the people of your own spiritual family.
Not The Way To Live
Don’t you realize that this is not the way to live? Unjust people who don’t care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, don’t qualify as citizens in God’s kingdom. A number of you know from experience what I’m talking about, for not so long ago you were on that list. Since, then, you’ve been cleaned up and given a fresh start by Jesus, our Master, our Messiah, and by our God present in us, the Spirit.
Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims.
You Eat To Live
You know the old saying, First you eat to live and then you live to eat? Well, it may be true that the body is only a temporary thing, but that’s not excuse for stuffing your body with food or indulging it with sex. Since the Master honors you with a body, honor him with your body!
God honored the Master’s body by raising it from the grave. He’ll treat yours with the same resurrection power. Until that time, remember that your bodies are created with the same dignity as the Master’s body. You wouldn’t take the Master’s body off to a whorehouse, would you? I should hope not.
Skin On Skin
There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, The two become one. Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever – the kind of sex that can never become one. There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for becoming one with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.
Don’t Throw It All Away
So, friends, we can now – without hesitation – walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The ‘curtain” into God’s presence is his body.
So let’s do it – be to full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
Branching Out From Your Root System
List three habits you would like to get rid of:
Write down reasons why you should stop these particular habits and then the benefits of stopping these particular habits.
Root Sustainability For Future Generations
Make yourself accountable to someone and tell them the habit you want to break will help you with your sustainability. Ask them to hold you accountable by calling you to encourage you along the way.