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September 24, 2009

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From Nathan Wandell:

Good news, or really BAD news?

Mark 1:15 says, “Repent, and believe the GOOD news.”

Why would we be commanded to believe good news? Don’t we love receiving good news about a promotion at work or a good report from the doctor? Of course we do, but in many cases the news that we think is good is actually very bad news.

  • When I treasure comfort, ease, and pleasure and make it the center of my life, that is really bad news.
  • Or when I only allow “happy” circumstances to fill me with joy when pain and difficulty lead me into despair, that is bad news.
  • Or, when I decide that I can do life better on my own and push God out, that is very bad news.

This means that we must repent of believing bad news. This horrible news is destructive to our souls and eternities. It’s the kind of news that deceives us into thinking that what we see is all there is, and that God is neither powerful nor good.

Scripture encourages us to believe the good news:

“the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace”

“Set your mind on things above…not on things below.”

“we fix our eyes on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

“we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Dallas Willard tells the story of a jet pilot performing high speed maneuvers. She turned the controls for what she thought was a steep ascent – and flew straight into the ground. She was trusting her own perception instead of relying on her instruments.

Let us look to Scripture and:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Heather Michelle Perkins permalink
    September 25, 2009 1:59 pm

    I love the reminder to set our minds on things above and not things here on earth. This earth will soon fade and most of us will be home with our Father in Heaven. That despite the drudgery we face, we endure lots of hope and gain a lot of strength in Jesus. And no matter what we face here, no matter how bad it hurts, there will be day we are in our real home in heaven. That has brought me great joy through out my senior year. Reading in Matthew when one of the disciples asked the Lord to wash His feet and He said, You may not understand now but later you will understand.

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