C. P. R.
"Spiritual reconstruction of oneself through God's revelation."
"As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart."
Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them".
LAUNCHING THE VISION
The revelation of God's divine plan is imperative as we journey through life.
We are conceived into a life of uncertainties. A life consisting of conditions and circumstances over which we sometimes have no control. Reality is that life is not lived in an endless, beautiful bow wrapped existence. But on life's journey, we will experience enduring temptations, obstacles, and adversities. There will be reflective occasions when we will wonder what life may have been like, had we made better choices. Perhaps, constructing contingencies for those unforeseen, unexpected problems may be rationalized, but let me assure you, it will serve as an exercise in futility.
There is no escaping the conundrum associated with life. If we are not prayerful, we will become party to a grand deception. St. John 10:10 says, "The thief (enemy) comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy". But in James 4:7 we are reminded, to submit ourselves to God, resist the devil (enemy), and he will flee from us.
The enemy uses human experiences to shape perceptions which are individually interpreted. Perceptions are formed from beliefs, values, assumptions, expectations, preconceived notions, and present circumstances. The enemy employs our challenges, our struggles, our rejections, our betrayals, and our setbacks to hold us hostage to a mental portrait we paint as meaningful from messages received from our environment.
Well, the GOOD NEWS is found in II Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things become new". The Rebirth experience gives us a new identity and deconstructs the unhealthy mental self- portrait we have framed and hung on the wall of our mind.
Romans 8:28 provides purpose and perspective as we continue life's journey; "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose". We must trust in the Lord, and lean not unto our own understanding. WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT.
Dr. Fanchion Blumenberg