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[ANALYSIS] Luke 12: 8-10

Luke 12: 8-10

8 “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 
9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. 
10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. (New International Version)
A firm belief in the doctrine of God’s universal providence and the extent of it would satisfy us when in peril, and encourage us to trust God in the way of duty. Providence takes notice of the meanest creatures, even of the sparrows, and therefore of the smallest interests of the disciples of Christ. Those who confess Christ now shall be owned by him in the great day, before the angels of God. To deter us from denying Christ, and deserting his truths and ways, we are here assured that those who deny Christ, though they may thus save life itself, and though they may gain a kingdom by it, will be great losers at last; for Christ will not know them, will not own them, nor show them favour. But let no trembling, penitent backslider doubt of obtaining forgiveness. This is far different from the determined enmity that is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, which shall never be forgiven because it will never be repented of. (Matthew Henry)

Introduction

The Gospel According to Luke also called the Gospel of Luke, or simply Luke is the third of the four canonical Gospels. It tells of the origins, birth, ministry, atonement, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Luke is very positive in nature and is doctrine-oriented.
Who is Luke?

Luke is only mentioned by name three times in Scripture, and all three references are in Paul’s letters: Colossians 4, 2 Timothy 4, and Philemon 1. Most biblical scholars support Luke as the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. We can come to this conclusion because of the similarity of writing styles and vocabulary in both books; another reason is that Luke used the term “we” several times to refer to his missionary travels in the book of Acts. Though Luke was not present with Jesus during His ministry, and likely was not a believer until after Jesus’ resurrection, Luke’s attention to detail and abundant eyewitness accounts serve him as a credible historian for the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

Luke’s gospel contains several parables and eyewitness accounts that are only in his gospel, such as a pre-birth account for John the Baptist, the story of the two men who met the resurrected Jesus on the road to Emmaus, as well as stories of miraculous healing. His gospel is the longest of the 4 gospels and includes the most healing stories, showing his interest in and compassion for the sick. His gospel also has the most detailed birth account and a more descriptive death and resurrection account for Jesus. The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts total 52 chapters, making Luke the author of 1/3 of the New Testament, just like Paul.

It is most likely that Luke wrote his gospel in 63AD before the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem since he does not mention it. As a detailed and observant writer, it would be odd for him to leave out such a historic event, but there are still some scholars who argue for a later date.

8 “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 
This is a direct indication for the believer to promote the message of God in a way that proclaims the believers’ steadfast belief in God. The reward for doing this that God will pass it along to the angels of God. In this context “angels of God” could referrence those that have done this in the past and have resin into heaven or, a literal organization of angels in heaven to show what you’ve done for the cause of God. 
9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. 

This counteracts and covers those that will not publically proclaim God as the Son of Man. However, there is a minor discripency here; what would occur if an individual disowns God and then wants to reprent? Is that an option? The most common translation of “repent” is “turn” or “return”. Two requisites of repentance included in sub are “to turn from evil, and to turn to the good.” Most critical theologically is the idea of returning to God, or turning away from evil. If one turns away from God, apostasy is indicated. Three times Ezekiel included God’s call to the people of Israel: “Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!” “Repent! Turn away from all your offenses”, “Turn! Turn from your evil ways”. Such a call was characteristic of the prophets. Interestingly enough, Luke mentions repenting directly in Luke 24:46-47:

Luke 24: 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Therefore, according to verses 46-47, we clearly see that The Messaiah has suffered in order for repenting to be possible. 

The second question would be to ask if “disowning God” is under the weight of sin as any other sin? This would also imply that there are levels of sin. If this is true, how does one know what level of sin is being committed? And, how do you know whether or not you can repent and be forgiven for it. At the onset, this would contradict the very message of Christ that all sins have been forgiven due to Christ paying for the sins of the world when he died on the cross. 

10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
This verse is where a direct contradiction occurs in multiple ways. 1. You can be forgiven ONLY if you speak agains the Son of Man(Jesus Christ) but you can’t if you speak again the Holy Spirit. 2. If the God/Holy Spirit are omnipresent(everywhere all the time)then you have little hope of both; having the ability to reprent and, Sin(becuase humans aren’t perfect and will make mistakes). You are therefore stuck in a perpetual circle of messing, attempting to be sorry; just to realize that you can’t reach the gates of heaven by that method. Unless, of course, you know who you are sinning against. But, can you know? 
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What if music didn’t exist ?

What would life be like if music was simply not apart of the experience? Can you even fathom that idea? We are so conditioned to hear music throughout our daily lives that I believe that we take it for granted, allowing for it to become less of important. But you know what they say; you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. And just suppose that tomorrow you wake up and there is no music anywhere. No access to music, or ways of making music. How different would life be? I suppose that it would be drastically different. Or would you notice?

Music has become an integral component of your lives. From travel, to advertisements. From movies, to communication. Music has become a vital part of every aspect of your lives. Here’s a challenge: For 24hrs take a mental count of every time music is introduced in a situation. For example; you get in the car to go to work and the radio plays Tim McGraw because it’s set to your favourite country music station. Then, after the song is over, a commercial for a local tire establishment airs with a quick 30 sec jingle. After you get to work, you walk in and hear some saxophone in the lobby. Even though you don’t like smooth jazz, music is music. At this juncture, how many musical situations are we at? The answer is, three. Just think, this is within an hour; 8am-9am. And this wouldn’t account for if you stopped for breakfast or for gas. These two additional places would definitely have music, then your radio would be on in the car between each additional destination. Also, take into consideration that I only accounted for one song on the radio and one commercial. We all know that there would be more within a 45min drive to work.

THE CHALLENGE
For 24 hrs take a mental count of every musical situation you find yourself in. This may take some practice, so do a practice day first. You will be very surprised how integrated music is into our lives, leading to a deeper appreciation for the sounds that make up our existence.

What it Takes to BE Motivated — Consistently

 

Let’s face it — We aren’t motivated all the time. We go through peaks and valleys of motivation. When we are in a valley we tend to try to pull ourselves out by locking onto things that will motivate us. This might include things like listening to motivational speakers, reading motivational books and even attempting to change our state via chants and incantations. But question still remains; How does peak performers keep their state elevated day in and day out? The answer is simple, but may be more complex than most will be ready to commit to.

Before we get to the strategy of peak performer consistent motivation, let’s first examine our current state — and how we view it — our perception of how we feel. So, how do you feel right now? Your answer is a tell-all sign as to your readiness to take control of this peak and valleys process that we all seem to be victim of. If your answer was negative, then you may be the very thing that is holding you back from altering your motivation level. If your answer was semi-positive, then being on the fence is a sign of lack of focused decision making. If your answer was positive, then your ideal motivation state is higher than where you currently are. But simply becoming aware of HOW you answered the question is a very strong indicator of how you view your state. This tells you that you are judging yourself in some form or fashion, not allowing yourself to change by blocking growth.

STEP-BY-STEP: Here is your guide to accessing a consistent form of motivation…

 

STEP 1: CLEAR your mind of JUDGING your current state, allowing it to be as it is — regardless of how it feels. (EVEN if it feels horrible!) Peak performers allow how things are to just be, giving them an outside view and thus control.

STEP 2: THE KEY is to constantly adjust your mental image to something that motivates your deep down in your core. This is what peak athletes do but keeping in their mind the prize or accolades they will receive as a result winning.

STEP 3: REFOCUSING is the final step that is possibly the most crucial. You must keep refocusing your mind to that image as vividly as possible. This is paramount due to the vast amount of distractions that plague our daily existence. Keep moving your mind’s eye back to this image that keeps you going, regardless of what the external situations, people or circumstance may attempt to persuade you.

 

You have control over the 20% of your life that matters most. Ironically, that 20% directly influences the remaining 80% that most attempt to control. Don’t fall into that trap. Control that which is in your control, allow the rest to happen as result of your diligent efforts.

 

Yours,

Thomas

“Live your inspiration, deliberately!”

What Successful People Do to Keep Being Successful – Everyday!

 

It’s a Tuesday morning and you are debating whether to get the coffee and the doughnut or just the coffee. After all, the coffee will give you the boost you need and you can save the money spent on the doughnut to spend somewhere else later. This type of thinking may seem rational and logical, the fact remains that massively successful and productive people(super achievers)simply think differently in ALL situations that we ALL experience day-to-day. If you have spent any time with your nose in one ore more book entitled with a catchy “wealth” phrase, promising to show you the habits of successful people, there is often ONE key element or “habit” that each book seems to neglect to mention, but showcases brilliantly. This key trait of super achievers is by for the most important skill to cultivate — it will change your life, business and destiny.

To reinforce this claim I will explain to you exactly what to do in a step-by-step way that will ensure your success, if you commit to using it in your life very day in every way. Your commitment will, in and of itself, embody your drive to be successful in a way that others will take notice and strive to be like.

First, let’s examine what we’ve been told; We’ve been told that in order to be successful we need to wake up early, exercise, and establish daily success habits that have a solid track record within the life category we wish to improve. This, although well intended, is something that seems be hard to implement on a consistent basis. This is because are missing one key PERCEPTION CHANGE that will not rely on any particular set of rules or “success habits”.

You see, we are programmed to resist change. In the wild change symbolizes danger, pain or even death. This is why it’s so extremely difficult to “change ourselves” into becoming successful. But the good news is that YOU CAN DO IT with a simple SHIFT in perception.

THE KEY: The key is this; You must keep your moment – to – moment perception in check. In other words, you must constantly think to yourself “Is this coffee directly related to the successful life I want to lead?” or “Is this comment to a coworker directly related to the the successful life I want to lead?” Here it is, the special sauce; successful super achievers directly relate what they are doing in the moment to THEIR vision of success. Then, they apply the actions necessary to make that vision a reality. If this means waking up early and drinking tea instead of waking up 30mins before work and slamming coffee, then so be it. Super achievers make no exceptions when it comes to their success and the what they perceive their moment – to – moment success to be.

STEP BY STEP: Here is the formula you need to master to engage your super achiever self.

1. Select your “success center”. This is what you relate everything back to ever moment of every day. Answer the following question to find your success center: “What is my ultimate vision of success in the most detail as possible?”

2. Keep a solid awareness of your daily moment – to – moment experience. This will take time and practice — but its WORTH it! Meditation, exercise and keeping your mind calm will help.

3. Relate everything in your current experience to your success center. Asking the following question: “Does the relate to my ultimate success vision?” or “How does this enable me to be the success I want to be”?

 

 

There you have it! GO! APPLY! You can win this game and have your cake too!

And remember;

“Live your inspiration, deliberately!”

The Unexposed Secret of Perception

The mind is always an interesting subject of study. With the many facets of our intellect at our disposal, it seems that we fail to exercise even a fraction of what we are capable of. In some regard, this is in part the result of how we were raised as children – about 20%. The other 80% is due to our lack of engaging with our imagination and how we may internally change the way we see the world.

The idea that our perception can be altered by a simple internal shift my seem foreign to you, but let me assure you that there is nothing more intimate to you than anything else within your intellect. If you don’t believe me, just remember the last time you were asked to imagine a feeling different than what you were feeling at that moment. As soon as your feeling change, your perception of the current environment changed. As you can see, when the way we feel the way we see our environment changes to match the new feelings we are  experiencing. This same experience is typically enjoyed in the opposite manner; our environment is altered and thusly feelings follow. The question is; if I change my perception of the environment, will my environment change? Yes, it will. Don’t take fright, this is a positive. Since we can use our imagination to alter the way we feel, we can therefore change a negative situation into a positive. This enables us to make any situation or environment into a desirable sensation and outcome.

A study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows, that our imagination may affect how we experience the world more than we perhaps think. What we imagine hearing or seeing “in our head” can change our actual perception. The study, which is published in the scientific journal Current Biology, sheds new light on a classic question in psychology and neuroscience — about how our brains combine information from the different senses.

This deems our imagination of much more value than previously thought. We are endowed with a unique tool that can change the way we see our would. Just imagine, that you could directly see the wealth, health or prosperity you wanted to see? If we all knew the secret to this great deception, the lines would be around the block. The secret is not elusive, found in our ability to expand our imagination. When we expand out imagination we enable our mind to think outside the box of conventuality — the change in our inner reality to something of different via the use of imagining. When we look, we see that our imagination are a series of images that appear in the eye of our mind. These images typically guide the way we lead our life. We “imagine” how someone is going to act. We “imagine” how the party is going to unroll. In fact, we often hear proclaimed “I imagine the drive will be pleasant.” This leaves us to believe that aspect of our imagination are fixed and unchangeable. Delightfully, this is the furthest from the truth. Every aspect of our imagination is flexible and open to our will of change. This is the golden ticket to the human experience.

The most important component that supports our ability to alter our perception of our environment is that of the strength of our imagination. Our imagination is strengthen directly when we attempt to think as if anything were a unique possibility. Through out imagination, we can exaggerate and extend each though(image)into something that is more brilliant or interesting. We can create our mental images as elaborate as we want. A creative inter expression that is pre-physical creation.

Once we have made the imaginative shift, we are therefore able to experience changes in our external environment. At this juncture, the changes we experience wont seem as a shock or foreign. You will feel comfortable as you are now relating your inner experience with your external. Now, you can experience what you want to experience when you want to experience at will. The simple act of using our inherent imagination to influence our inner state therein changes how we perceive the world for which we live.