Saturday, May 28, 2016

Counter-Intuitive Principles of the Kingdom

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”

In last week’s Sunday sermon by Pastor Kyle, he explained that human intuition is the use of our natural instincts and that there are many ways that our intuition can save us or lead us into deeper trouble. To be counter-intuitive, by definition, is going against our natural instincts. God sometimes has us go against our natural instincts in order to not miss what He is saying to us. How many times are we offered the “right” path, but choose not to take it? In our prideful desires, we want it our way. It is nearly impossible to see the future while hanging onto the past. We must turn to God, though we are clearly still a work in progress.

Matthew 23:12 “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

New Christians intuitively already know what God expects of them. Jeremiah 31:33 tells us “I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” When we feel content with what we have, God gives us more than we’ll ever need. Healing starts when we shift our focus upwards (upon God) and outward (by caring for others). Most of the time, we seemed to be focused on our needs, our needs and what is owed to us. But, God exalts the humble and righteous, not necessarily those with a spiritual pedigree. 
Have we forgotten the counter-intuitive principles of the kingdom of Heaven? Humility & honor is how it works. Go against what feels “right” and go with righteousness; denying self and accepting the Lord Jesus Christ.

In Christ, Brian

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