There Is No Rest Apart From Christ

There Is No Rest Apart From Christ

Hustle and bustle is the tune we all hear on a constant basis day in and day out. People strive and climb the mountains of success and accomplishments with little rest between them. “You have to be a hustler!” Is the cry of the world as the desire for money and fame press hard against us. But with all the hustle and bustle the question remains, “Should Christians live the hustle and bustle lifestyle?” In short, no. Let me explain.

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15 NKJV).

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We are called as Christians to not love the world or the things in the world. Now many at this point begin to ask the question, “So, should Christians not have nice things?” Depends on how you look at it. Having nice things are a blessing from God, but if the things become an idle in our hearts and we love the blessings rather than the one who blesses, then the nice things are no good.

Enjoying things and loving things are two different things. We are called to praise the Lord for His blessings He bestows upon us. At the same time we are not to love these things, but rather simply enjoy them and utilize them to bring God glory. When we begin to love things we will ultimately begin to replace God with things. Simply put, have nice things, but love God.

Now at this point many of you are wondering what the heck does all this have to do with rest? I’m getting there, so bear with me a bit. We are called to not be like the world, but instead be a separate people unto the Lord. We are therefore called to be different from the world and being different means not partaking in the pattern that the world move about in.

Does this mean we shouldn’t work? Of course it doesn’t mean that. It means we shouldn’t over work and be busy bodies like the world. Does this mean we shouldn’t strive to succeed? Absolutely not! We should still seek to strive to be the best in Christ that we can be by following the calling of God upon our lives.

The difference between the world’s striving and Christian striving is that we strive by the pull of the Spirit and to please the Lord, while the world seeks to please themselves by the pull of their own fleshly desires. When we are living and walking in the Spirit we are then strengthened and empowered to pursue the will of God and enabled to succeed. We are also called to find time to rest and mediate and pray to Lord, and there we can find rest.

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Another difference between the world’s way and the Christian way is the fact that the world is restless and adds more to their “to do” list enable to ease their minds from the anxious reality they live in. Christians are called to follow the path of God while being filled with the Holy Spirit who eases our minds and flows through us, directing us to things that the Lord has called us to do. Only when we begin to pursue more than what God has called us to do, do we become weary and restless.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).

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The world is constantly on the go in order to “bypass” the reality of life and death. There is no rest apart from Christ and there is no rest without the Spirit working in our lives. Let us move with the Spirit and not move ahead or add more than what has been called upon our lives. Let us seek to please the Lord above all else and glorify Him through the blessings, talents and passions He has blessed us with.

-Michael Thacker

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Holographic Universe And The Bible

Holographic Universe And The Bible

The notion of a holographic universe has been around for quite some time now being first proposed by physicist Gerard ‘t Hooft, and then later given a more precise string theory interpretation by Leonard Susskind. The idea is that the entire universe is but a hologram or computer simulation, if you will, and everything we experience is controlled by some type of universal computer so to speak.

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Many conventional theorist disregard this theory and of course many within the Christian community despise it as well. But is this theory truly that far fetched when compared to the Bible’s explanation of the universe we live in today? When you take a closer look at what the Bible says about the universe and heaven, it becomes apparent that the realm of reality we live in is but a dream, or illusion of the true reality that lies beyond our own.

Instead of a “universal computer” it is the Lord God and the realm of heaven that is controlling and simulating what we see and experience on earth and the surrounding vastness. Heaven in the Bible is not “up there,” but rather is explained as the unseen realm in which the things we see here are made up of.

“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3 NKJV).

Everything we see here are made up of things unseen and eternal, and when this idea is applied to the realm of science we see that it fits right in. In string theory the idea is that the universe is made up of 26 extra dimensions as well as tiny multi-dimensional  vibrating strings that are present everywhere, all the time and that emit both light and sound waves that create the reality we see here.

Interesting enough is the fact that God is a multi-dimensional entity that is present everywhere, all the time and that spoke the universe into existence (sound) and He is pure light that was also part of creation itself. Replace strings with the Lord God and you have your answer and product for the universes make up. Extra dimensions themselves can also be explained and replaced as the realm of heaven in which the angels and demons do battle and work each day.

Paul and Peter both go on to show us that our universe is indeed only a simulate that is temporal and will ultimately go on to be deleted, and then later “rebooted” or “updated” so to speak.

“While we do not look at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

“Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heaves and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:12,13).

Now this sophisticated holographic universe is not quite as simple as a man made computer simulation by no means, and trying to fully comprehend the entirety of it, I believe, is completely out of man’s reach and rightly so. God has set each of us here primarily for our free will, our choice to choose between Him or the devil, between the new earth and heaven or hell.

But continuing on we see that the universe is indeed only an illusion of a much greater picture that is intertwined with our own and that is God Himself and the heavenly realm.

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16,17).

The notion “universal computer” is really God Himself and the heavenly realm. The holographic universe is the false reality we see that is perishing away and will be done away with completely one day. At this point a new heaven and earth (updated universe) will be programmed in and created.

Now as I said before the idea of programs, updates and hologram is not to be misunderstood as our limited human minds perceive in a computer sense, but is a much greater and more sophisticated deal that is done by the hands of God Himself and how this is achieved is beyond our capacity to comprehend.

The holographic universe theory is therefore a non conflicting idea of how the universe we perceive works and is. This theory is of course mere speculation and may never be fully known until we reach the realm of heaven and watch the Father at work Himself. But until then let’s keep serving the Lord and searching out His handiwork! God bless!

“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Psalms 19:1).

-Michael Thacker

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Did Jesus Command Us To Hate Our Family Members?

Did Jesus Command Us To Hate Our Family Members?

Sometimes scripture can be confusing when first read and without the proper teaching to explain the verse in it’s correct context. Luke 14:26 is one of those verses that some Christians get confused about, especially new Christians. But when read in the correct context it is then better understood and correlates correctly with other passages.

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“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26 NKJV

In this verse we read that we should hate our family members and even our own selves in order to live for Christ and be His disciple. Now at first glance this verse does not make much sense and does not add up with the rest of scripture. Every where else in scripture we read that Jesus wants us to love everyone and treat everyone with kindness, so how does this verse add up?

The word hate in this passage is the Greek word “miseo,” which means to hate, but can also mean to love less. Now when applied to the verse you can then read it as, “If anyone comes to Me and does not love his family and his own self less than Me, he cannot be my disciple.”

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The following verse correlates with this by stating, “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be my disciple.” Jesus is simply stating that we should set Him first in our lives, not others or ourselves. As much as we do love our families and friends, we must always set the Lord as God in our life and give Him the most love.

We should deny ourselves and our own desires and following completely after Him while holding nothing back. This my fellow family member in Christ is what Jesus meant within this verse. Let’s give God our all and love Him more than anything while everything and everyone else follows behind Him in love and unity. God bless!

-Michael Thacker

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The World Will Hate You

The World Will Hate You
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It is a hard thing to understand for many believers, both new and old, when it comes to the hatred of the world. We sometimes have this belief that if we are Christian the world will still love us just as we love them. It is almost a Disney type of mentality that we conjure up in our minds to help us overcome the reality that someone might actually not like us. But the truth is that the world is against us as the world is the devils own, so to speak.

“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:19 NKJV).

As tough as it is sometimes for many good willed Christians, we must accept the fact and move on while be filled and strengthened by the Holy Spirit. We must understand that the Holy Spirit and the spirit of the world do not agree nor do they care for one another, but are rather enemies and opposite ends of a magnetic for a visual type of analogy.

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We can not become disgruntled by this hatred though, but instead we must remain strong in the Lord. As the end times near the world will only increase in it’s hatred towards Christians and greater persecution will follow. As long as we understand that this is the norm for Christ followers and as long as we keep our sights set on Him who provides, then all will be well.

As Christians we tend to lose many old friends along the journey of self denial and devotion to Christ, but this is the way things sometimes roll in life. We can tell others about Christ and pray for them, but if they wish to follow the world and it’s hatred instead of Christ, then that is their freewill and all we can continue to do is pray for them and be an example.

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We can not allow our emotions to overcome us as we travel through this crazy world and life. We can not allow the devil to seep in and ultimately trick us into compromising our faith in order to please others. Let’s live for Christ fully and pray for the lost world around us. Do not stop the work the good Lord has called you to pursue regardless of what the world might throw at you, for your reward is great on the coming day. Let’s praise the Lord for choosing us out of the world and making us His own. God bless.

-Michael Thacker

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