Jesus, Forgiveness, Healing, Grace, Mercy, Redemption are all words that are associated with Christianity but the understanding of them is being lost today's world.
Who am I?
The question who am I? is a very interesting one because, believe it or not, we are not who we think we are. Studies of the human mind have shown that our conscious mind only occupies less than 5% of our brainpower. The remaining 95% of how we operate is all done on a subconscious level. Most of the regular things that we do like, breathing, walking, getting dressed, singing a tune, driving a car, they all happen without any real concentrated effort on our part.
The point that I'm trying to make is that it's what's in that 95% that determines who we really are. Most of our mind is like some sort of locked away computer program that automatically decides what to do in certain situations. Take an alcoholic for example - his conscious mind cannot help him however hard he tries. With all the will power and good intentions that he may have, he is still a slave to forces within his subconscious mind.
The rest of the content in our subconscious mind is information put there during our earlier life's experiences, or in other words how we are brought up. Our minds are like a self-learning computer program and in some ways can be compared with a dustbin - if you put rubbish in then you get rubbish out. One of the great untruths in this world is the saying - 'Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me'. This is untrue because names do hurt. Think about those children who have repeatedly heard such things as - ‘You’re one of the Kelly family, bad blood in there, you'll end up in prison like your father'. Is it surprising that those children, who have been constantly told that they are rubbish, turn out that way? Is it surprising that they grow up with a very poor opinion of themselves?
One of the main things that Jesus asked each of us to do was 'Love your neighbour as yourself' The problem I found with many of the People that I’ve met, especially those men inside prison, is that they didn't really like them selves at all. So if they can't love themselves they are not even at first base in trying to love others.
The question that I want you Reader to address in these notes is this 'Do you love yourself?' I'm not looking for the person you present yourself as being to those you meet. No, I'm asking about the 'you' that's in your head when you are alone with yourself. Do you like who you think you are or would you like to change but don't now how too. Have you failed so often to change for the better that you've given up trying?
I don't know where I read this quote but I noted it down to be able to share at a time like this - "It's hard for sinful man to believe that God loves him. His own accusing conscience tells him it couldn't be so. He knows he is an enemy of God and is alienated in his mind through wicked works. He sees in himself a thousand reasons why God should not love him. Yet the whole of the Bible proclaims the love of God for sinful men".
The truth that you listener needs to understand is that God loves you just as you are, with whatever faults you have, but he loves you far too much to leave you that way.
It has been said many times that 'a leopard can't change its spots' - the Bible even confirms this - ‘Can the Ethiopian change the colour of his skin?, or can a leopard take away his spots? Nor can you who are used to doing evil now start being good’ (Jeremiah Chapter 13 verse 23 Living Bible). But what the Bible confirms is that the leopard or in our case WE can't change OURSELVES. This is because we haven't got access to our subconscious mind, the 95%, the real ME.
The Good News that I bring is that Jesus' Holy Spirit does have access to subconscious minds and He can change you for the better, but only if invited. He has to be invited by you into your life. Nobody else can do this for you, your parents can't and your loved ones can't, it's got to be you. An unbreakable rule from God Himself is that he will not take away anybodies free will to go their own way in this world. You can if you want 'do it my way', as Frank Sinatra used to sing. The choice is yours, your way or God's way. This is how we all start life and yet I've found from my own experiences that the real bottom line in life is this - We can either live the life we choose, and try to be successful and happy by relying upon our own talents, intelligence and skills or - we can ask God's help. If you've lived your own life up to now, without God's help, then look around you and ask yourself this - 'Am I a success? Did I make the correct bottom line choice?' If they are honest with themselves then the chances are that many people who are reading this are failures, certainly judging by the world's standards. And you probably don't like yourself and don't know what to do about it.
If you have problems along these lines Reader then, how about asking God to help? He doesn't look upon you as a failure and he loves you even if you are yet another of the many prodigal sons or daughters that he has. Do you realise that God is never disappointed in you, or anybody else for that matter. Disappointments only occur when expectations are not met and God, who knows each of us even better than we even know ourselves, never has expectations above our capabilities.
God has loved you, Reader, whoever you are and wherever you are since the day you were born and has been trying to get your attention ever since you reached the age of reason. Why not give him a chance to show you his way of living. The purpose of this web site is to lead you Reader to open your heart and mind and invite him on board. Give him access to the 95% of your mind that needs healing and transforming. You won't be he first, or the last, person to do this. St Paul wrote in a letter to the Christians who lived in Roman all those years ago "Don't copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you" (Romans 12:2 Living Bible).
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