Archive for February, 2008


Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
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Some time ago I was considering an upcoming job interview that listed “stress bestendig” (“handles stress” in Dutch) as a key requirement. After some thinking and praying I had the revelation that stress is caused by loss of proper perspective. You could say in simple terms making mountains out of molehills the world over – but there is more. If this is a truth – it would follow that the vital perspective would be Gods (the true one). Having and maintaining Gods perspective would then be key to having a stress free lifestyle. This would make the worst stressor sin – since sin causes us to lose Gods perspective and be vulnerable to the lies and confusion of the enemy. Sin is more than fornication and getting drunk obviously – and if we look to the root word – it is a term for missing the mark (actually an archery term) among other things. Also – when we talk about sinful nature, it is not so much things we do, though important, but who we are. The satanic nature could be a life well organized and Godless. Having said that – anxiety and perplexity were experiences of the great apostle Paul – so we can also consider some of this to be normal. I can’t help but believe if I saw more things the way they really are – in light of Gods word – I would stress less, Amen?


Thursday, February 14th, 2008
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I was doing a root word search on happy in the bible (using the Blue Letter Bible). I looked up several references – and thought a good example for happy was here;

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Seems like a lot of people quote only half of this verse – and then infer we need some kind of trance like vision in order to have an authentic Christian walk. The reality though seems to be more – a vision is “to see” – and then you could say literally blind people (spiritually) will perish.

The next bit gets even more interesting. The word happy comes from a root word which means “to advance – or go straight”. Huh? i always thought happy was a feeling – and it turns out it is directly linked to obedience to Gods laws. obedience = happiness as we advance with a direction provided by Gods word, and a relationship with Christ. Cool. Be Happy!