Greeting once more Friends! A happy New Year 2017 to all, and may God’s Love, Peace, and Joy reign in your hearts, and those of your loved ones, throughout the year.
As we enter and face the year 2017, what would we consider as our most important task? It has been said a person alive today will see conditions change in ten years than his ancestors saw in a hundred. We live in an age where progress seems to come in quantum leaps, and failure to adapt is not an option. Today’s once successful companies have failed because they have not adapted to change and progress. Of course, companies are not inanimate organisms, they are managed by humans who failed to adapt in an ever-changing business environment. We can be fearful and threatened by the uncertainties of change, especially if we don’t recognize the changes that may harm us. But we must be courageous and not allow fear to freeze us into inaction or make wrong choices.
“Where Love Is, God Is” – L. Tolstoy (Pic: Wiki Commons)
The prophet Daniel predicted this “age of increased human knowledge” and said, “Only those who are wise will know what it means” (Dan.12:4, 10). Yes, in the seeming deluge of ever increasing change and progress, the onus will always be upon us to understand them and adapt appropriately. All things new, as long as they are good, may be for overall human benefit, but not all new things are right on an individual basis. How do you become the “wise who knows what it means?” – to understand the good from the bad changes we will face in 2017.
The only means by which we can wisely interpret change and progress, as it relates to its productive and unproductive effect in our lives, is through God’s divine Love. The origin of our nature – who we are as unique persons – is founded upon His Love, for “God IS Love,” and He made humans in His (Love) likeness. (Gen.1:26-27; 1 John 3:8) If God is omniscient, then He fills all of time and space, and His presence surrounds us as the air we breathe. (Job 33:4; John 20:22) The Palmist said it this way,
“Where can I go from Your Spirit (Love)?
Where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, You are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, You are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
If I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there Your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 Even the darkness will not be dark to You;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to You” (Psa. 139:7-12).
In whatever field of endeavor we pursue today, change seems like the operative word. But there is another operative force which never changes to outside forces, but remain constant and unchanging. It changes external influences and brings stability and peace to those who use it. The Bible quotes God as saying He is “the same yesterday and today and forever…I change not, so you are not consumed (saved).” (Heb.13:8; Mal.3:6). What God means is He IS Love, therefore, His eternal disposition to save man and creation remains unchanging. Everything else may change, but Love never does. In other words, His Love adapts to whatever circumstance, hence, the Bible says, His “Love never fails” us. (1 Cor.13:8). When you think change may bring chaos and fear, that is where Love thrives best and brings order.
I will have more to say on this topic in my next blog. May the peace of God envelope and reign in your hearts as we enter the year 2017.
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Until we meet again in my next post, may the blessings of the God who ceaselessly expresses Himself in His dependable Triune Love, be with you always. May the Spirit enliven your spirit and make all things concerning you possible as you live the “Triune Life”** as a Bulamanriver.** Be strong in the Lord’s joy.
Kiang, (Your Servant In Christ)
* Triune Life: means a life lived according to the image and likeness of God. (Gen.1:26-27) It means a believer who lives the 3-dimensional life with the Triune God, as opposed to the ‘solitary’ 1-dimensional life in himself. It means God, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, lives and walks in you. Man’s union with the Triune God, or “Triune Living,” is made possible by Jesus, who Himself, is one in substance and reality with the Triune God, who took our humanity into the very Being of the Triune Godhead. To live the “Triune Life” is the miraculous expression of the Spirit in us. The miraculous life is the promise of the New Covenant, “I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My ordinances, and do them” (Ezek.36:27) You can read more at: http://bulamanriver.net/?p=8036
**Bulamanriver: To read the different facets of the life of the Bulamanriver, go to my website, http://bulamanriver.com where you can order a copy of my book, “Bulamanriver – The Miracle of Triune Living” Or, you may go to the directory banner at top and click “Mission” where you will find more information.
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