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“Our deepest convictions should come from a positive response to Truth, not from a negative reaction to error, or we will fall into new error.”
God Himself, and His eternal purpose, are infinitely positive. He is Light. He is Life. He is Love. All that He is, all that He does, and all that He will do flow out of His incomprehensible goodness, righteousness and truth. His thoughts and His ways embody the fullness of glory and perfection. Nothing in all of His infinite attributes are the slightest bit diminished or tainted by that which is negative.
All that is around us, however, is tarnished by the negative. All falls short. Everything here eventually fails. We are immersed in the atmosphere of short-coming, disappointment, twistedness, opposition, destruction, decay and death. These are the powerful forces at work in our fallen universe. This is our daily reality.
As we are battered and bruised by these forces, our human nature reacts and responds with shun and disgust. We become negative to the negative. Instead of this bringing us to a true positive, however, it merely keeps us whirling in an imbalanced cycle of partial and overcompensating negatives. We latch onto jaded perceptions, reactionary conclusions and imbalanced convictions, and own them as Truth. These in turn lead to subsequent excesses and imbalances which begin the cycle all over again. Instead of being a settled plumb line, we become an ever swinging pendulum.
Nothing is more powerful for forming deep convictions within us than that which deeply touches our emotions. When pain, heartache, injury, abuse, suffering, offense and the like creep or crash into our lives, we process it emotionally and draw conscious conclusions that fundamentally shape our lives and perspectives. It is all but inevitable in the process that we over-compensate for our negative experiences by hyper-inflating certain aspects of truth that counter the error or evil that we have experienced. Powered by our strong emotions, these partial and imbalanced conclusions form deep convictions within us that are rarely, in the fullest sense, objective, holistic, complete and balanced.
If we are to break this reactionary cycle, then, we must begin at a new starting point. We must begin where all is positive and Truth is found in fullness and balance. We must begin where all is proactive and nothing is reactive. Our starting point must be God Himself. “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5) As we look unto Him, we behold the One who is the TRUTH. Nothing can be added or taken away from Him. Nothing is jaded, askew, tarnished or tainted in all of His perfections. All is full, balanced, unsullied, and at rest. This must be our beginning point; our Alpha in the search for Truth. All of our highest conceptions, deepest convictions and most far-reaching conclusions must spring out of this pure, non-reactionary revelation of God and His eternal purpose.
As this becomes our starting point and we come into a clear revelation of the One who is the Light, we begin to see that which is also of and according to the Light. “…in your light we see light.” (Psalm 36:9) “…for the fruit of the light consists in all righteousness, goodness and truth.”(Ephesians 5:9) Here our understanding of that which is of and according to the Light is purely positive. This is the Truth that God Himself is, knows and lives by. This is where we discover Truth that is protected from the strong and subtle winds of human negativity and reactionism. This is where our highest revelations and deepest convictions are purely fashioned.
Not only do we see “light” in God’s Light, we are also able to see and discern that which is not light in His Light. “…for it is light that makes everything visible.” (Ephesians 5:14) “The light shines in the darkness.” (John 1:5a) Only through His Light are we able to clearly and properly discern all forms of darkness. This darkness appears as varying shades of grey, all the way to black. It also appears as shining forms of counterfeit light. When our starting place is the pure positive of God’s Light, all forms of darkness are seen proactively and purely as God sees them, not as reactionary “double negatives” to darkness. Only then do our convictions become “plumb line” rather than “pendulum” in nature. Only then do they purely represent Truth and not reactively embody a new form of “enlightened” darkness.
If we are to be the true “children of Light”, then, we must lift up our eyes far above all the darkness and negativity that surrounds us. We must lay aside all the weights and hindrances that keep us earthbound and with sustained gaze, behold the One who inhabits eternity, enthroned in resplendent glory. We must let the darkness-destroying purity of His Light permeate into the deep roots of our humanity, heal us and convert us to His pure positive.
This is where our deepest convictions must be formed if we are to fully and purely know and live in the TRUTH.
Pragmatism and the Truth
Truth (“Sayings/Seeds” page)
He is Light, he is Life, he is Truth, Living Water, the Prince of Peace, Love, Wisdom, the Way, the great I AM, the Bread of Life, Creator, Almighty, Eternal and much, much more.
The enemy is darkness, death, the father of lies, a parched desert, trouble and turmoil, hatred, foolishness, the way of this world, the I am not, starvation, destroyer, a false power, temporary and much, much less.
So where shall we root our lives?
Only in Christ who is the King of kings and Lord of lords. The one who has received glory from the Father and has bestowed that glory on his people, on us!
Yes indeed! HalleluYah! Thank you for your comment, Chris.
Wow, great expanded post brother! I totally agree that the furnace of conviction that fuels our hearts should be stoked by (faith-filled) revelations from light, and not (fearful) reactions from our experiences with darkness.
Good stuff, bro. Thx!
Thanks, Trevor. I love how you expressed that. Exactly!!!
Nice work here. Our understanding undoubtedly becomes greater as we live out the third, third of our lives. Please continue to water the tree that is wisdom!
Thanks, Lloyd, for your encouragement. I’m kind of thinking that “third third” begins around 60 though. I’m going with that.:-)
Love you bro.
Great post David
Grace is the consuming fire of the indwelling presence of Jesus Christ. His tenderness, compassion, and love are forefront in His ‘work’ within us. Yet He will ‘dry up’ the ‘vegetation’ that fuels the flesh. He will turn our polluted water wells into dust. All the while in abundant grace fulfilling His great commission…preparing His bride.
“For a long time I have kept silent,
I have been quiet and held myself back.
But now, like a woman in childbirth,
I cry out, I gasp and pant.
I will lay waste the mountains and hills
and dry up all their vegetation;
I will turn rivers into islands
and dry up the pools.
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them.” Isaiah
WOW! This has touched me with a feeling of launching…new energy! I pray that it is not **just** emotion! I desperately needed a new starting point. It seems that when we come to this realization, the enemy gets very busy (for months now) using the people closest to us for flinging intense distractions that add to the whirl of negativity. Very core emotions come flooding like a cresting whale that hook my attention. I am worn out with the negative, having spent many years caught in lies from a religious cult that left me with destructive concepts the Holy Spirit has been peeling out/off of me. Your paragraph that starts: “Nothing is more powerful for forming deep convictions…” was totally accurate…profound. Emotions are surely God’s coated end on a match, just waiting for Him to strike and light our fire. I will be re-reading this blog…and do welcome others in my Inbox.
My dear sister, I am glad that this spoke encouragement to your heart. So often the enemy does want to keep us whirling in the negative. It is a battle that we often engage in by fighting back with his own weapons as well. But, fixing our eyes on Jesus, we can rise up above the fray and come into the place of His rest. I pray that you are strengthened for a new “launching”.
Thank you for your heartfelt comments.
Blessings in Him!
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