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November 4, Being Approved By God

Before I begin, I want to apologize for the lack of paragraph spacing further down. For some reason even though I’ve tried to fix it several times, I haven’t figured out what is going on.

What is it I want most in my life? Even more than having a career as a writer and making money with my writing, I want my life to be approved by God.

In the Bible, II Timothy 2:15 in the King James Version it states:

Study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly divides the word of truth.

What is the word of truth? Many think truth is relative. What does that mean? If you check out the definition at http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/relative?o=100083&qsrc=2894&l=dir&gct=bar.

Under number three of a noun it says .

“something dependent upon external conditions for its specific nature, size, etc. (opposed to absolute). ” So to my understanding, when people say that truth is relative they may be saying that truth is dependent upon certain conditions being met.
For example there was a man in the 1500’s who became a priest but later left the priesthood as he had ideas about the world which were different with the views propounded by the main churches at that time, Roman Catholicism, Calvinists and Lutherans.
He taught that when people viewed something differently like the world or the universe that the knowledge was relative to each person’s perceptions, therefore, the knowledge couldn’t be absolute. He is considered to be a front-runner to certain viewpoints and philosophy’s of today.
While this may be true of philosophy and scientific research, it is not true of Godly things. What God has put forth in his word is truth and it is absolute, no matter the viewpoint of the person reading it.
The interesting thing is that God will work within a person’s heart so they can truly understand his heart to them as they read and study the words found within God’s heart, which is the Bible.
The main ingredient to receive God’s heart is to be meek, willing to listen and then obey. Part of this can be found in
James 1:21, 22
…and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For any who would like to learn, God is ready and willing and able to instruct you. Generally that instruction comes when we sit down and read and study His word, but it can come at other times also. The main thing is to take what you learn and go back to His word and research what you learn against the truth written therein. If they match up, then you know what you learned was from God.
Eventually,  you will know when he is talking to you and hopefully you will not only listen but also do what you are shown.
Each person that gains insight into different aspects of God’s word, or maybe their own life through the filter of God’s word may see things differently, but that’s because we all come from different backgrounds. Therefore, we process ideas in many ways and may even come to different conclusions. If the conclusions are not contrary to what God teaches us in His word, then that is fine to be different. When the conclusions are at cross-purposes to the Word of God, then the person needs to rethink the situation according to Biblical truths.
I’ve been reading a book, a part of a series I haven’t read in over twenty years or so. I planned on writing a book review on the third book in the series that I began last week. Today, while mulling some things over while at work, I realized that I don’t want to be connected to the series.
I’ll say that it is a love story, it’s about how people do and don’t get along especially when they are from various cultures. It’s about the travels of a man and woman and what they encounter along the way.
It’s hard to explain why I want to steer clear of writing about the book, but I guess it’s that if I review it, it would be as if I put my stamp of approval on the book. While I know it’s good to read all sorts of books to gain a wide range of knowledge and understanding about people, certain concepts in certain books can affect some people in a manner that isn’t the best.
While I may be able to read many types of books without it changing who I am, I can’t guarantee that for everyone. We should want what we read and watch on TV to heal our inner psyche’s, our souls. Young people especially and young children are swayed easily  as they either haven’t been taught, or haven’t learned how to assimilate what they are reading or seeing without it causing  undue harm to themselves or to others.
Even certain adults should refrain from exposing themselves to such material. I’m not necessarily talking about material or media that is sexual in context like the new series Fifty Shades of Gray. I am talking about anything that is contrary to that which is: honest, true, just, pure, lovely, virtuous, praiseworthy, or of a good report. These traits can be found in Phillipians 4:8.
We will be held accountable for what we put out there for others. Do we want to be rewarded for our efforts in life, or do we want to be embarrassed for those things? I for one want to be approved, therefore, I’ve made the decision to keep that at the forefront of my thinking. (I’m sure I will forget, but I hope I’ll remember more often than not).
As Rev. Wayne Clapp wrote recently in a newsletter I get electronically, “God is willing to start the fire, but He requires us to maintain it. As with fire, our dreams need ignition and fuel to burn. God will ignite a dream in your heart, but we must continually add the fuel of the Word of God to our dream, in order to keep it burning”.  [Jeremiah 20:9 and Hebrews 12: 28 and 29].
(If any of you are interested I can forward you a copy of the newsletter).
For those that have a problem dealing with reality, without God’s word to use as a filter for their thoughts and ideas, they won’t be able to keep their stampeding thought processes reined in which may not cause any ripples right then, but eventually it could cause a major catastrophe.
I know that some people that hurt others, like those that kidnap children and keep them in bondage, or those that kill, steal or are abusive to name a few may have been raised in one faith or another,  yet, somehow, it didn’t sink in enough to maintain equilibrium when things took a turn for the worst; they weren’t able to control their responses or so it is thought.
God gives us the control over our own minds, bodies and hearts. We decide what we allow in and out; we can be a benefit to others or a hindrance, it’s all up to us.
If we don’t know God’s word with which we can filter everything that comes through our five senses then there is no guarantee that we’ll respond in a humanitarian way, for truth won’t be guiding us.
I’m not saying we need to have a book burning, or demolish all the books in existence that are or seem to be contrary to the Word of God, but I’m saying that we need to control our own minds and also teach our children how to control their minds.

Also, how quickly it influences a person negatively is in direct proportion to how much they feed on such things. If they/we take the time to think on good things, then hopefully anything we are introduced to that could tip the scale in the other direction would be minimal at best.

1917 words for this post and two emails I wrote earlier to fellow writers, along with the quote and Biblical references.
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