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Lack of Substance

June 25, 2009 Leave a comment

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[b] are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“ I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”[c]

17 Therefore

Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”[d]

18 “ I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the LORD Almighty.”[e]

-2 Corinthians 6:14-18

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit[b]is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.'”

-Ephesians 5:8-14

Darkness is nothing in and of itself, it is empty, it is only present when there is a lack of light. Likewise death is empty, because it only comes to those who lack life, it has no substance of its own.

So also, is a lie empty, it is totally void of any substance. Because substance is something that is true, if there is no truth there is no substance, therefore making it empty, bringing forth the basic definition of a lie: a lack of truth.

We know we need to be filled with life, love, and truth, essentially with the substance of God, when we recognize it is not there. The only way to recognize it is not there is by making an honest contrast between the current state, and God’s standard. There would be no way for anyone to know better, if not the “better” was shown to them. God repeatedly does this for us through His word.

God’s standard is not bad, nor unfair, nor difficult to live by, as long as we are in full submission to Him and do our part in the maintenance. Let me ask a question: Is being and staying alive physically too high a standard? Of course not! I’m sure that most people would agree to that, only those who are not living life would possibly be the exception. So we at least try to do what it takes to stay alive and in good health, do we not? Is maintaining life too high a standard?

So in this case God’s standard is that of life, joy, peace, good health, a satisfied spirit and soul. In contrast, the Devil’s standard is that of death, poor maintenance, poor health, a starved spirit, a festering soul, etc.

So tell me, if you were given the option in a doctors office to chose the somewhat more rigorous, yet truly required health plan, to live and live in abundant health, instead of continuing the more common path to an unhealthy life, and an early death, which would you honestly choose?

So again I beg the question, is God’s standard really too high? Or is it maybe that we are so low, so void of life that it just seems too high?

Can we really live a lie when we so clearly see the truth?

My friends, will you choose life, and life more abundantly, or death, and death eternally?

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