By Teacher Maria vonAnderseck
REFLECTION IS AN EXAMINATION. You are stopping to examine your thoughts. Frustration might be your first response to things not going right or someone speaking to you in an disrespectful way, but frustration does not have to be what we build with.
You are stopping to consider the value the enemy places on that frustration, what he is saying about that (suggestion) and how that prompts further unfruitful reflections: lack of completion in this area, projection for future conflict and how to fix things and defend self to rule over another.
You are stopping to examine the strength gained by reciprocating Christ. We bring to God Christ and in exchange we receive understanding and peace and the needful separation for perfection (mirror of Christ) takes place.
In this workshop I want us to discuss something a saint brought out in a class last week that she identified as new habits being formed while old thought patterns are being identified for overcoming.
Her first response to the thoughts about the cares of this world had been to “take them to the Lord” to “leave them there”. This was a follow through on teaching gained while in the false religious system, that we take our problems to God and once we give them to God we don’t take them back anymore. The verse that is “claimed” for as authority to give oneself permission to do this is 1 Peter 5:7…
“Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.”
-Does this mean letting God TAKE your thoughts?
-Does this mean that you LEAVE your thoughts at the throne of God?
Picture in your mind a big wheelbarrow, the kind you use for gardening to throw your weeds in. Now picture yourself filling the wheelbarrow with troubling thoughts and emotions and taking them to the Lord. You dump them before the throne of God. In your mind God is taking these troubles from you and this means that you leave without them.
What action is being taken here?
-What kind of exchange? Is this an equal exchange? No.
-What is an equal exchange? Christ for Christ.
Why does the act of dumping our thoughts appeal to the natural man?
It is imagined that God cares for us by lifting the burdens of the natural man and this can easily be played out in the imagination. It’s an easy exchange for the imagination to play out. Imagine what you might feel? Temporarily unburdened as if lifting a weight off your shoulders.
Does God care for you in this way? No.
-God cares for us through the terms of the covenant.
Which terms are being ignored?
-God sanctified us with the blood of Jesus Christ and His blood was sprinkled upon the new testament spiritual tools that we might touch Him and He might in turn touch us with the power of His virtue.
God establishes His presence in Christ by these tools which faith is to labor with to express Christ. The follow through for us is with the terms of the new covenant where the process of regeneration is experienced.
When we carry the knowledge of Christ (reflect, rehearse, reciprocate) we are in that way equipped by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit empowers the knowledge and this is why we then can take a look at those thoughts and emotions in another way, through the eyes of the Spirit.
God says, “I care for you”
The natural man says, “I am so glad! This means I don’t have to do anything. I can leave my problems with you and go on my way.”
To the natural man, this feels like faith. He says, “I’m not going to worry about this. You’ve got this Lord. I don’t know how and I don’t know when, but you’ve got this.”
Let us examine. Let us consider the following:
-What choice is being made?
-A choice of faith to consent to the terms of the covenant or Satan’s option to faith to exchange our cares and the fruits of iniquity, hoping to gain peace of mind? What is this summary trade called? It is called the substitutionary work of Jesus Christ, which false doctrine Satan introduced to the church to put faith to sleep.
Let us examine. Let us consider the following:
-Which elements are at work? None.
-Why? No knowledge of Christ is reflected upon so He is not representing you before the throne of God. The imagination is projecting for peace and security by using the text of the Bible for an action to place confidence in avoiding the labor of faith with the terms of the covenant.
-Which element speaks of ceasing to labor with the fruits and tools of iniquity? Is that God’s care?
-Which element speaks of God freeing us from condemnation and freeing us to serve Christ? Is that God’s care?
-Which element renders us holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from sinners?
Is this God’s care? (not sure what the elements of the gospel are? Get Tour the Basics for free. Click here. Scroll down the page. You'll find 4 teaching videos.)
So, the real challenge to faith is not the thought itself or the emotions, but the neglect of laboring in faith to examine thoughts in the light of truth and to consider Jesus Christ.
Let’s again review how the emotions become the hands of false faith where you’re feeling your way through faith rather than working from the foundation of truth and the terms of the covenant. To the natural man dumping your problems at the throne of God feels like faith. He says, “I’m not going to worry about this. You’ve got this Lord. I don’t know how and I don’t know when, but you’ve got this.”
What happens to the mind of the natural man under this influence?
-The mind is solaced and appeased.
-What power is this? The power of the imagination which seducing spirits bring agreement to.
What happens to your troubling thoughts and emotions when examining them in the light of truth?
-Did you give them to God or did you take them captive to Christ?
-HOW did you experience God’s care?
What are we doing as we reflect upon the knowledge of Christ to rehearse the plan of God? What is the Spirit doing? What did you experience?
Finally, let’s talk about petitioning God. When we petition God to intervene on our behalf, God hears these prayers and we trust He has answered those prayers according to His righteous judgments. But answers to prayers are not how we overcome. We will discuss this further in the next workshop to learn the difference between an answer to prayer and what it means to overcome self, the world, and the devil.
If we were to think that to overcome self means that we leave our problems at the throne of God and don’t look back, don’t take them up again, then we’ve missed the entire process of regeneration (the way in which God meant for us to experience the divine power for the divine nature). Learn more by visiting our discussions on Facebook. Click here.
Last Revised: 2015-03-14