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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

I Have Learned

As a follower of Christ from my youth it has been an interesting journey of faith. There have been personal tragedies, family failures, lost friendships and new ones established, informational revelations, and learning all along the way. From experiences, I have learned many things; more on that in a minute. 
But first, did you know that those who follow Christ are students? This simply means one who is taught or instructed. That is actually what the word “disciple” means, and you can look it up in a Bible concordance for the definition under the Greek word number 3100. 
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I have been a student my whole life, trying to learn and then practice the teachings of the scriptures. “Why?” you may ask. Well, my heart desires to do what is right based on what I have learned. For me, it is a strong desire to follow the ultimate teacher, the Christ, and mimic his attitude, behaviors, and patterns of good works. 
Another person that I admire is Paul, the one chosen to teach the nations apart from the bloodline Jews. He was a master of knowledge and was corrected on his attitude toward those who followed Christ, in fact, Saul (Paul) was literally knocked down on a road and temporarily lost his eyesight as the Christ was revealed to him – surely a memorable experience for him. 
This Saul became a chosen one sent forth to the Gentile nations (those who did not know the Christ or his Father), and was inspired to follow and serve the Christ. In fact, he was so passionate about serving that he would do anything for the furtherance of the good news about the Christ, but it took an experience to change his heart from persecuting people who followed the Christ to actually become what he once sought to kill (Philippians 3:6, 1 Corinthians 15:9). Think about that for a moment. Saul completely changed his mind and learned a new way. This is just one example. Can you think of other examples that prove an experience can radically change how you think? For me, some of the things I have learned are powerful, some things are simple, some things are complex, and all are for the truth about Yahweh and his son, the Christ. 
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I have learned:
To be humble
To have a good attitude
To be positive
To be thoughtful toward God
To pray
To take care of those in need
To be kind-hearted
To be respectful
To listen
To show love
To take care of the earth
To honor my parents
To be thankful
To read the Bible
To understand prophecy
To speak comfortably about the Bible
To be faithful
To be ethical
To be wise
To be calm
To be a peacemaker
To be thankful
To be content
To watch for events that precede the Christ’s return
To be patient
To search for truth
This list does not reflect all of the things that I have learned, but it does show a snapshot of things that are revealed through the Holy Spirit and personal experiences. While I am certainly not as prestigious as the Apostle, Paul, or the ultimate Christ, I have learned from them as they were examples of how to live in this world until all things are set right and made perfect according to our great Father in heaven who created all things. It is with this hope that I continue to serve Him, building upon experiences and looking forward to a new country wherein I shall dwell with others forever.
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“16 These are the things you should do: Tell each other the truth. In the courts judge with truth and complete fairness. 17 Do not make plans to hurt your neighbors, and don’t love false promises. I hate all these things,” says the Lord. 18 The Lord All-Powerful spoke his word to me again. 19 This is what the Lord All-Powerful says: “The special days when you fast in the fourth, fifth, seventh, and tenth months will become good, joyful, happy feasts in Judah. But you must love truth and peace.” 20 This is what the Lord All-Powerful says: “Many people from many cities will still come to Jerusalem. 21 People from one city will go and say to those from another city, ‘We are going to pray to the Lord and to ask the Lord All-Powerful for help. Come and go with us.’ 22 Many people and powerful nations will come to worship the Lord All-Powerful in Jerusalem and to pray to the Lord for help.” 23 This is what the Lord All-Powerful says: “At that time, ten men from different countries will come and take hold of a Judean by his coat. They will say to him, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’” – Zechariah 8:16-23 NCV
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