As a Man Thinketh

There is a little book called “As a Man Thinketh.”  It was written by James Allen.  It contains a wonderful truth about the circumstances in which we find ourselves.  It says that our circumstances are a reflection of our interior state and that we have power over those circumstances.  If we would wish to improve the situations that are a part of our lives, we should look interiorly and change the things that we find there that are impoverished or base in nature.  When we change those things, our outside situations must follow suit.  The Bible teaches us the same lesson.  Moses caused the sinning Hebrews to drink of the very golden calf that they had made.  Later on during their journey, he made a serpent on a pole and they had to look at their own sin and admit what they had done.  When they did that, they were healed of the plague that was afflicting them.  Jesus taught us the same lesson.  He was crucified when in fact it was our sins that deserved such a death.  By looking at him on the cross, seeing our own sins and acknowledging them, we are healed.

Our country has sinned and our sin is staring us in the face.  We need to look at it and acknowledge it.  Our nation owes 14 trillion dollars.  How is that even possible?  How could we ever pay back such a debt?  The answer is that we don’t intend to pay it back.  We have become a nation of credit card users.  We buy without any limits.  When you look at such a situation and try to analyze it, you can see that most of the time greed is at the root of much of our debt.  We want something and don’t have the money at the moment to pay for it so we just charge it because it is so easy.  Our parents’ generation and generations previous to them waited until they had the money to buy something.  It took patience and self control to wait.  Our plastic credit card generation has lost those qualities.  There is no patience needed any more, so no one possesses this wonderful quality.  There is no need to have self control.  Everyone feels that they are due whatever they want.

Therefore our country is the same as us.  We are angry at our legislators and our government for their wild spending and yet we do the same.  God cannot continue to bless our nation.  That doesn’t mean He doesn’t love us.  He DOES love us.  He is in supreme control of everything but He cannot allow us to continue on such a path.  That path is leading to our downfall.  Our present situation is the result of our own free will actions.  It is not God’s fault that we are in trouble.  We can only point the finger at ourselves.  We must correct ourselves first.  When we do, our nation will reflect this change in our nature and follow suit.  We have to acknowledge our sins and change.

There are many other areas in which we have sinned.  We have left God out of everything.  We have murdered millions of babies before they had a chance to be born.  We have bought into so many of satan’s lies.  He has seduced us away from our faith and our love for others.  Returning to the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule will get us back on the right path.  It takes just a change of heart.  Our dear Father is so willing to help us along.  He is so willing for us to change and to live right.  He is so desirous to find a nation that will love Him and obey Him.  He would love to bless that nation and make an example of it so that others could follow in its path.  We can do it.

The little book called “As a Man Thinketh” is online in its entirety.  It can be found at the following website:

http://jamesallen.wwwhubs.com/think.htm

The Handwriting on the Wall

Our civilization as we know it is no longer sustainable.  You don’t need to look far to discover this sad fact.  Our system of education is imploding.  Our government can no longer govern properly.  Our system of agriculture is killing us and is causing massive pollution and erosion of precious topsoil.  If you examine every section of our modern society, it is corrupt and rotten.  Isaiah put it best in chapter one when he said, “From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises and putrifying sores…”

We have to ask ourselves why and even so the answer is staring us blankly and yet accusingly in the face.  We are at fault.  God created this earth a beautiful paradise, but in a few short years (compared to the length of our planet’s existence) we have destroyed it and are coming close to destroying mankind from it.  Again, we can look to Isaiah for the reason: “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.”  It’s true that we, the human race, have devolved.  Most recently we have produced monsters that prey on innocents, that kill hundreds of people and call it God.  How can these things be?  It is disheartening and disturbing.

However, rather than go on about the deficiencies of our modern life, we need to look for solutions and find a way out of what has become a society ready to plunge into great darkness.  Perhaps we can’t save the whole, but we can save ourselves.  We can individually turn back to God.  We can live by His laws.  He did not give us thousands of laws.  He gave us ten and then gave us one that encompasses all: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  I would not like people to gossip about me or hurt me in any way.  Let the change begin with me.  Each individual can only do it for himself and pray that it catches on and others will see that such a life is bountifully blessed.

I can begin to respect God’s creation and live in harmony with it.  Yes, it is mine to use but to use wisely.  God said, “Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.”  He did not say to steal its riches and deplete its resources until there is nothing left for future generations.  God put the man in the garden to dress it and KEEP it.  We have not been good stewards of this gift of the earth.  The only solution is to acknowledge our fault.  We cannot put the blame on anyone else.  We have done this thing.  Then we have to turn to God for the solutions.  He has an answer.  He is really willing for us to make it.  And, if God be for us, who can be against us?  No one.  No thing.  We can do it.  There is a little time for us to change.  Let’s change now!

The Solution to our environmental problems

A friend recently posted a very heart wrenching video on youtube about the environment.  As I write these sentences, more and more of the Amazon rain forest is being destroyed.  More of the world’s oceans are being polluted.  The runoff from the large industrial farms in the American midwest is producing dead zones in large sections of the Gulf of Mexico.  Right now, nuclear power facilities in Japan are in jeopardy of failing.  So much of what God created is being destroyed.  Many species of plants and animals are disappearing from off this earth forever.  The question is: what can be done about it?  Why don’t we try to stop it?

If you examine these problems and try to understand what is causing them, you have to see that they are all eventually caused by greed, selfishness and hate.  The greed of large corporations for more profits leads to a lot of our global pollution and environmental destruction.  However, it’s too easy to put all the blame on large corporations or some nameless face in the corporate world.  The greed starts here at home.  How am I still greedy?  How am I still selfish?  How much hate do I still have resident in me?  It’s hard to look at myself and see all of those things that I hate in others, but that’s where it starts and, as the famous phrase points out, ‘the buck stops here.’

Jesus told us to get the beam out of our own eye before we try to get the mote out of someone else’s eye.  How can I see clearly unless I get that thing out of myself?  Ultimately, I have no control over others.  I can’t force them to change themselves.  The only one I can change is me.  However, if we all take that step to get rid of the things inside of us that are in opposition to God’s heavenly kingdom, then that kingdom can be established on this earth.  Then we will see the deserts blossom as a rose and the knowledge of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.

“I’m starting with the man in the mirror.  I’m asking him to change his ways and no message could have been any clearer.  If you wanna make the world a better place take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”  It’s too easy to sing the song and think that those are pretty words.  I think Jesus would agree with that, but he would say, Go out and DO that.  GO and sin no more.