benjaminjgross (benjaminjgross) wrote in thelivingtruth,
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Someone shared a thought with me the other day, so I thought I'd post it here.

Imaging someone really famous. Your favorite movie star, your favorite musician, whoever. Now imagine reading everything about this person. Knowing their favorite ice cream, the names of their kids, who they are married to, where they just recently vacationed, who inspires them, etc. Now imagine seeing this person in real life. If you went up to them and just started talking to them, you'd probably feel like you knew who they were, but if you were talking to them as their friend, they probably would be a bit confused and maybe even uncomfortable. Why? Because although you've read about them, studied them, knew who they were. They have no clue who you are. This is the way it is with God. We can read about Him, study Him, try to justify his existence, accept He exists, accept His son existed, yet without a relationship with Him. He cannot truely know who we are in such a context. There is a seperation of ourselves. If God simply made us choose Him, it would not be a relationship, it would be a spiritual rape. He may change our hearts, He may change our lives, but unless we are willing to humble ourselves before Him and not choose against who He is, we can never have a relationship with Him. Let it be known however, that this state of humility is only available through God's work. Although ultimately a choice by most of us to follow, we cannot know who we truely are without God first showing us who He is.

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i think the problem for a lot of people (at least in my limited experience) isn't so much a lack of a relationship with god after accepting him. i guess the way i define actually ACCEPTING god involves actively cultivating a relationship with him - that is, one begets the other. i can only speak from my perspective, but i suspect my problem isn't unique: i feel like i've sought god, but how does one ever know if/when he's revealed himself and when one is only fooling himself into believing what he wants so badly to be true? i guess the answer is there's a difference between knowledge and faith, and over-thinking it all is the best way to avoid ever achieving faith, which i can accept, that all makes sense. but it's much easier said than done. i'm leaving for florida for a week tomorrow morning (about 4.5 hours, haha), so if i seem to have disappeared that's why.
Yeah, I agree. It's about a radical heart change. I mean there are two verses I would refer to in this subject matter. The first one is the most famous one, John 3:16. When your reading the verse realize that the greek word used for "believe" is pisteuo. Which is poorly translated. It does not speak of belief simply as an acceptance. Rather, it speaks of belief as a lifestyle, something marked by a noticible change in actions. But ultimately it is a work of God in us. Which asks the question: where does this process begin? Simple, God. But he does make a promise in Pslam 91. I think the hardest part for me was just accepting it wasn't anything I had to do, or even could do. I had to stop putting God in a box and just listen. It's hard though, thats for sure. It's rough, its a painfull process at times when God is changing our lives. But ultimatelly its exceedingly better in the end.

Anyway, have fun in Florida. I'll pray for ya man.

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ben

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