Mind Trap

Just thinking this morning about things of the mind and the disconnect we have from our life. I had a friend who long ago used to dream about opening his own pizza shop. He would ponder what the place might look like and how he would spend his days there and even the different varieties of pizza he could offer. He never did leave his job and take the step to turn his dream into reality.
In our mind we can create an environment that is much to our liking. There we are in control of all things and life is always smooth. In our imagination we can find solutions to any problems we may foresee happening in whatever scenario that we have created. The mind can actually trap us there by meeting our satisfaction so that we don’t move from our thought life into action. When it comes to our own personal relationship with God it can also be the same way.
We do devotionals and read the scriptures and often go into a world of imagination with the parameters laid out for us by what we have read. We imagine what it might be like to be there and how we would never do the dumb things that some of those guys did. Yes If it were me I would have been really pleasing to the Lord through my great obedience. So then we go on to our lives, jump in the car and off to work. On the way someone cuts in front of you and you feel the anger rising quickly as what that person did to you was clearly wrong. You reach the intersection and there is a car stalled at the lights and you are stuck in the lineup. Now you are going to be late for work and it’s all this person’s fault. What was that person thinking driving on the road with a car so unreliable? Maybe you would feel better if you laid on the horn so he or she gets the message. Some people help the person by pushing the vehicle over to the side of the road and traffic is moving again. You drive by the car and you see a woman and her child and figure she must be driving her child to school. You offer her a scowl and continue to work where you share in great detail how this stupid person made you late for work. Now it’s time to play catch up as you don’t want to be too late leaving work tonight because there is a bible study you want to go to. It’s a study on the passage of the “ good Samaritan)
How many people live lives like this? In their mind they lead a very good Christian life but when it is time to walk life things really change. How can it be true you ask? Why my doctrine of belief is rock solid and is totally bible based and I trust in Jesus. What could be wrong? The things we know only have value when you actually do them. They are doing great in their walk when they are reading a good book that fuels their imagination, but slide quickly when the book is finished until they get a new one. When you read the story of the good Samaritan do you think that he was wondering the streets looking for a chance to make the bible so people could read of him for generations or could it be that he was actually on some schedule where he had to be at a place at a certain time. Maybe on his way to work and yet it was his heart that led him to stop what he was doing to care for another. What goes on in my mind isn’t going to help anyone. It’s what I actually put action to that will affect another. If you let your heart be changed and follow where the Spirit leads you will really be doing the things that you have only imagined.
In James 2 we read the following: Faith without Good Deeds Is Dead
14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”
19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God.[f] Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?
21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”[g] He was even called the friend of God.[h] 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.
25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath,[i] so also faith is dead without good works.

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