Doubt

 

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“6 But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all.  Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. 7-8 If you are like that, unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord.”

-James 1 : 6 – 8 (GNT)

Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. Meaning, whoever doubts no longer has control over his thoughts, behaviors and attitudes, but rather, is controlled by the thoughts, behaviors and attitudes of those surrounding him. Most people probably wouldn’t think twice about the verbiage in this passage, but if you take a minute to comprehend the magnitude of these words, they are truly breathtaking.

Doubt, as defined by dictionary.com:

  1. to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe.
  2. to distrust.
  3. to fear; be apprehensive about.

Using the first line of this definition, consider the following:

  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that God created man from the dust of the ground, breathing life-giving breath into him, in order to bring him into being; I doubt God’s creation of man.
  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that by God’s commandment alone, He created the very earth on which we are living; I doubt the power of God.
  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that angels are capable of existing alongside man, even in a realm beyond the one we know to exist, and despite repeated mention of their existence throughout the Bible; I doubt the word of God.

There may be things that we as humans will never be able to comprehend.  Things like the existence of UFOs or the mathematical dimensions of the universe, are pretty vast, and sometimes vague, subjects.  However, if we accept the fact that we are not going to understand everything we encounter in life, and move forward with the open mindset of “what-if?”, then we are already ahead of the game! 

If you find that the mention of any of the above statements, plants a seed of doubt in your heart or mind, then seek out the truth as it applies to your own beliefs, and clear it up! The things we don’t even consider being a hindrance to our faith, are probably the most prominent obstacles we will face. Do not accept things just because someone told you to.  For the love of God, please – UNDERSTAND WHY you are supposed to believe what you are told. Have the answer to any question that might come your way, seek to understand the big picture.  If you get stumped during the process, just ask God for guidance. If you ask, you will receive; if you seek, you will find; if you knock, the door will be opened.  However, do you know what must be done prior to receiving, finding, and having the door opened for you? A conscious and consistent effort on your part for knowledge.

With Love,

nikki | mytwisteddream

“The beauty is there, but you cannot doubt it when you see it.”
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55 Characteristics of Love

55 CHARACTERISTICS OF LOVE

What is love?

Love is something that we as physical beings will never be able to fully comprehend. The word is commonly tossed around and often assumed to be known by many.  Some people spend their whole lives searching for the meaning of an “emotion,” whose true properties are consistently concealed by projections of influenced minds. Love has been misinterpreted for so long, it is no wonder we as human beings lack the capacity to fathom its true meaning in our personal lives.

In sharing the below characteristics of my love, I am not implying that I know every facet of beauty that surrounds the concept’s true potential. I am simply sharing with you what I have touched, seen, and felt within myself, while learning to live in love.

1. Love is only possible when you have faith beyond what can be seen.
2. Love is your moral compass.
3. Love is derived from the happiness of others.
4. Love thrives on positivity.
5. Love never ceases.
6. Love forgives.
7. Love soothes the soul.
8. Love gives.
9. Love submits.
10. Love sees beauty in everything.
11. Love can be felt physically, in the heart.
12. Love spreads light.
13. Love can overwhelm when the heart and mind aren’t in sync.
14. Love is grounded in truth.
15. Love awakens your soul.
16. Love knows itself.
17. Love loves to love.
18. Love is not an emotion, it is a way of life.
19. Love reveals itself slowly, instilling patience as it goes.
20. Love is happy when others are sad.
21. Love grows over time.
22. Love imparts wisdom.
23. Love does not condemn.
24. Love has no expectations; never obliged.
25. Love is freely given to all.
26. Love must be found within.
27. Love does not discriminate.
28. Love is always ready and waiting.
29. Love promotes happiness.
30. Love is insightful.
31. Love lights the soul.
32. Love is open to all.
33. Love never fails.
34. Love is faithfully loyal; never jealous.
35. Love is complete.
36. Love trusts.
37. Love is infinite; beyond measure.
38. Love feels everything.
39. Love is self-taught with spiritual guidance.
40. Love does not judge, it empathizes.
41. Love gives hope.
42. Love is real.
43. Love is centered.
44. Love is evident by behavior.
45. Love guides our lives.
46. Love is always there.
47. Love cements values within your soul.
48. Love is sympathetic to all.
49. Love discerns truth.
50. Love is consciously aware.
51. Love gives sight to the blind.
52. Love feels the pain of others.
53. Love is equal among all living things.
54. Love teaches others.
55. Love is a decision, a choice to endure the trials.

Have you ever lived in love? What was it like? What is your love?

Still curious??

  • Check out my comments on this post, We are All Alien, Chasing Love, as I explain the negative impact of monotony in our lives.
  • I just found a beautiful article on Wayne Dyer’s blog – Make Love Your Habit.  He explains things very simply, yet the meaning behind his words are so powerful.

Love is the beauty that surrounds you – find it!

Conclusion: The Kingdom Within

“Even as Jesus became a complete person,” John Sanford says, “so our calling is to imitate him, not by mimicking what we suppose to have been his virtues, but by approximating completeness ourselves as much as possible. In this way, we manifest Christ within us.”

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The Wilderness Road

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The early Christians lived under the impression that the world would soon end, so much so that Saint Paul advised them to avoid marriage if at all possible. They were so wrapped up in the conventional thinking of their times that they couldn’t even begin to comprehend the dynamic new psychological developments for humanity made possible by Jesus Christ.

It is all very Zen-ish, but the Western world was not prepared for that, and as a result Christian theology never developed a philosophy of the future or a theology of the workings of the Holy Spirit. That is why Christianity must now take into account the psychological dimension of Jesus’ sayings.

“Even as Jesus became a complete person,” John Sanford says, “so our calling is to imitate him, not by mimicking what we suppose to have been his virtues, but by approximating completeness ourselves as much as possible. In this…

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Man as House – C.S. Lewis

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.

~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity