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Another way the flesh is defiled is when the heart is convinced that the bad things you are getting in life are what you deserve and expect. For some, life is a living hell, making a person thus afflicted feel bad. 
   One has a hell of a life not knowing (because of wrong teachings, no faith, no belief in, not thoroughly convinced of, not believing about yourself, confused about many things, etc.) what God thinks and says about you, that you are indeed holy, righteous and perfect -again, 2Corinthians 5:21 Just try it!
    Say this very slowly (why?), very thoughtfully and watch how, at first, your nature fights it:-"I now see myself as God does. It's His opinion that matters. Therefore I am holy. I am righteous. I am perfect. All the blessings of God are now in my life. Having accepted God's gift of righteousness, the life of Jesus Christ in me, I am fully deserving of all these things. He is my strength -2Corinthians 12:9,10; Habakkuk 3:18,19; Psalms 18:1, etc. He is my protector."
    At this point do we really believe to the saving of the soul-(both here and hereafter)? -again, Hebrews 10:39.
    If there is no rest and still a struggle, still a 'push' to make yourself believe it, we must labour to enter that rest -Hebrews 4:11,12,14-16.
    But how to get and remain in a positive frame of mind?
    Keep working on convincing your heart of that which you agree God believes to be true for you -James 1:6-8. And no matter how bad life is now for you, be thankful for it. Why? Because then you are aligned with God and when you are aligned with God things change. Why?
    Keep thinking you indeed are what God says you now are.
    If Christ is in you there is no reason to believe otherwise.
    Once you enter this rest, you will have overcome 'your own works' or how you normally have been mostly thinking of yourself (mostly negative eh?) -Hebrews 4:10.
    'Hear' His 'voice'-(what He thinks of you) and move permanently from how you have been thinking of yourself -Hebrews 4:7
    You enter His rest by believing what God says about you -Hebrews 4:3. Work on it like it was the most important thing you can do – it is! Hebrews 4:1

Belief is the state your heart is in once you are convinced of what God thinks about you -Hebrews 3:10,11,18,19.
    One's beliefs are what they personally and individually are sure about. Belief is being convicted that what you know is absolutely true.
    There are many things one can decide upon to become different. Without decision, there is no step towards a different direction.
    Sin is 'missing the mark' of what God thinks of you (Romans 5:21) by thinking what you probably normally think of you. And the result

Through faith and being patient in your dedication to God, the promises of God will become real in your life (Hebrews 6:12) and the day star will arise in your heart -2Peter 1:19; Galatians 4:19

Christians are Christ's body -1Corinthians 12:27. Christians can be alienated from God's way, so that they fail to grow in loving concern for both those in the family of God and others needing help throughout the world today. Where one's mind is at is critical. (see 'Compassion' when you can take a few hours) 
    Without compassion, the way of Christ is hindered from expressing. One must know what compassion is and decide to be compassionate, before the Holy Spirit will flow in this regard. Those who strain to share are promised it back many times and many ways, including powerful and precious spiritual blessings -Matthew 19:29; Ephesians 1:3; Matthew 6:33

Without Christ, for everything we gain, we give up something. Every front has a back, every up has a down. Bootleg liquor may kill the consumer, but it heals the bootlegger.
    The old 'principle' – a few gain at the expense of many. Such is not the way of true Christians, but can be the way of Pharisatical Christians, those hypocrites who wish to appear 'lily white' and clean but inwardly they are something else.
    Life itself eventually becomes the great leveler and even the great subjugator. One may make money, but many other things in life stay or become 'out of whack'. 'Getting it and keeping it all together' becomes a constant struggle -Haggai 1:6. Life is a lesson teacher, as we all eventually wake up to realize.

Romans 2:29 shows Paul is thinking of one's heart and talking about following one's conscience. He is saying in verses 11-15, that one should follow what he believes to be the right things to do, as God always looks on the heart, it being the basis for all action. The rest of the chapter is talking about hypocrisy

You'll effectively alienate yourself from Him by using your mind too much apart from God (1Timothy 1:19) by avoiding time for prayer and study. It's difficult for you to then receive anything -Mark 6:5,6; again, James 1:6-8
    God is your friend, with you all the time. Would you spend all day with someone who was in your house and seldom talk to him? -Hebrews 3:6. James 2:23 "And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness, and he was called the Friend of God." John 6:29 "Jesus answered and said unto them; this is the work of God, that you believe on Him whom He has sent."
    The word 'on' in this scripture means 'into' or 'rapport'. It's God's work that produces a belief toward His Son Jesus Christ.-...continues


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