Posts tagged ‘transformation’

The Stereogram Effect

Take a look at this picture. Click on it to enlarge. What do you see?

Do you just see random patterns of color and nothing else? Well, there’s more to it that just random colors. This is a stereogram. Google ‘stereogram’ and you will know a lot more than I can tell you in this post. But to answer the question, well it’s a 3D image of a teapot. You may not be able to see it unless you know the technique of viewing it. How about trying another? Look at this one.

This is a 3D image of an elephant raising its trunk. One more? OK.

It’s the shape of a heart. The point is that no matter how hard you try to look into the image, all you’ll see is colors and patterns. But once you learn the technique of viewing stereograms you will see 3D images in them and believe me some of them are really awesome.

The important thing about the technique is you should know how and where to focus on the image, only then you begin to see depth in the image and slowly the entire image appears to have 3D imagery although the color remains the same as the background. Then you can begin to identify the object in the image and know what it is all about.

Well, religion is much like the 2D image that everyone sees, some may get fascinated by the colors, some of the patterns they can see but there’s really nothing more to it. But when we begin to make our relationship with Jesus the focus, everything takes on a new meaning. There is a purpose for yourself and you begin to see it. There is depth in the life of a born again believer. It’s no longer a matter of just fulfilling laws and rules of religion. In fact, you now have freedom from it and are led by the Holy Spirit who teaches you to walk in the spirit and not run after the desires of the flesh. Before being born again, I thought that living in the spirit would be a boring life as compared to walking in the flesh. How wrong was I? If you know how to see the stereograms above then tell me which is more interesting? The 2D image that everyone can see or the 3D image that has depth.

So let us keep our focus on Jesus and live a more meaningful and fulfilling life through an intimate relationship with God.

[Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV] “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Leaving you with one more image. See if you can spot it.

A Good Representative

Several years ago, I was once hanging out with a good friend and it being a hot summer, we decided to have some ice-cream. I quickly suggested a well-known ice-cream store chain that was nearby, but my friend wasn’t interested. He said he had such a bad experience from that store that he’d never buy ice-cream from any of their outlets again. We settled for a different ice-cream store and he began to relate his nasty experience with the previous ice-cream outlet as we licked away our cold mounds of delight. I said to my friend “What you said is right, they shouldn’t have treated you that way and it makes perfect sense to be upset with them, but my question to you is ‘Do you think that the ice-cream company believes that such behavior is OK, or could it be that the staff was ignorant or untrained and made a mistake?’”. “Well”, he said, “It doesn’t matter to me because it was unfair to me and I have every right to not go there again”. Read more…

Are you quick to listen and slow to speak?

James 1 v19-20

For a very long time, I found it very hard to resolve certain conflicts that I got into. Sometimes I felt “What’s the point?” and would resign myself to think that the other person would never understand. He or she is different and I am different and they have no clue what’s in my head or in my heart and I don’t intend to spend eternity explaining that to them. I believed that was one area of my life where I was the weakest and I wasn’t sure if I ever wanted to dig deeper into this area ever. I’d rather talk about something else.

But God in his mercy caused me to meditate on his words and gave me a revelation that would change my life forever. Look at this scripture for instance: [James 1:19-20 – NKJV] says “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God”. When I had first read this scripture it did not really come alive to me and I quickly dismissed it. But upon reading it again I slowly realized that I was doing exactly opposite of what the verse was telling me. In fact, I was being slow to hearing (in this case spiritual hearing) and quick to speak (or interpreting the verse). Therein I realized my folly. I thought about how I could apply it in my life situations.

As I meditated, God showed me that most of the conflicting times caused me frustration or anger because of this very reason, I was being slow to listen to the other and quick to speak what I wanted to say and the very next verse God showed me that all my wrath in these situations was unjust and unrighteous. Moreover there were times where this scripture was brought to my mind by the Holy Spirit [Matthew 7:3 – NKJV] “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” I was humbled and quickly resorted to letting God’s word work in me so that I could change in this area and believe me I have been seeing the most beautiful of changes that started taking place within me. There I was wanting to run away from every such conflict which did not result in the other person listening to me and here now I stood eagerly wanting to think of the very situation from the other person’s perspective. This got me to wanting to listen to the other and then putting forth my statements.  This began to take away all the frustration and it actually enabled me to have a broader perspective of situations in life. God in His mighty wisdom showed me my foolish thinking and changed me through His word. I thank God for being so patient with me.

Today facing conflicts aren’t frustrating but can still be painful when there is no openness from the other side. It may sometimes even seem unfair through worldly eyes where I try my level best to put on the other’s perspective before I can comment while the other person may not have the slightest inkling to do so. The old me would have wanted to hammer the other person while the new creation that God has beautifully put in me teaches me to be patient. Moreover, the word says in [Romans 12:17 – NKJV] “Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men”. This is so that we do not unrighteously judge or condemn others neither avenge ourselves. [Romans 12:19 – NKJV] says “Beloved do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord”

I guess the reason why I used to get frustrated earlier was because I wanted to see justice according to my eyes and sadly Godly justice takes everything (including all the hidden things) into account. With time and patience, I have and am still learning this and began to accept that through patient endeavoring it is possible to see things through the eyes of God. When that happens things are very clear (whether they be our own faults) and we are thus informed according to Godly wisdom whether we need to apologize and correct ourselves or continue in patience and grace stating the truth to the other. Finally, I can say that for me and Sylvia in our married life, this is working out magnificently. We do get impatient at times but it’s much easier now that we understand our situations through these words of God. I urge you friends to meditate on [James 1:19-20] and be willing to be quick to listen to the other person but slow to speak and slow to anger and only then we can put into action [James 1:21 – NKJV] “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”. Stay blessed!

Bearing with one another in love

[Ephesians 4:1-2] “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love”.

As I was reading and reflecting on this word, my eyes fell on the last bit and remained on it. “Bearing with one another in love” and then in contemplation, I thought about what this really meant to me.  When looking up for the word ‘bearing’ in Greek “anechomenoi” comes from the root word “anechomai” which literally means ‘put up with’.  I began to recall when I’d put up with people and their acts. There were some instances where I got really annoyed and other instances where I felt cheated even for putting up with their behavior. But there have also been many instances of glory when I’d done that and was thankful to God for the wisdom of that moment.

Then I began thinking about how people may have put up with my behavior and actions. Things seem a lot different when we exchange our positions and now suddenly I felt a lot more compassion for the people whom I’ve had to deal with. I realized that patience is the key to bear with one another in love and guess what patience is one of the fruits of the spirit [Galatians 5:22]. Now I could complain that I am not a patient person and it’ll take me some time until I get to the place where I can bear with people or I could just believe God’s word that because the Holy Spirit dwells in me and patience is a character of the Holy Spirit, therefore I have patience within me waiting to be exercised.

This word of God changed (renewed) my mind and I found that whenever the opportunity presented itself, I could remind myself that I have patience within me and therefore I can bear with others and have compassion for them. Love is the essence here, without love even my bearing with them is pointless. Love helps us to deal with grace and makes us gracious which is the nature of God. If God didn’t deal with us graciously where would we end up? [Colossians 3:12:-14] says “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection”

I’m not saying it’s easy doing this, but when was obeying God’s word easy for the flesh? So get back to walking in the spirit (as opposed to walking in the flesh where we will find nothing good dwelling there – Romans 7:18) and then only will it be possible to achieve this.

Finally, I leave you with [2 Timothy 2:24-26] “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”

Some of my favorite verses – 2

Here are more verses in tag cloud art…

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Some of my favorite verses – 1

These are some of my favorite verses in Tag Cloud Art. I think they are pretty obvious but see if you can identify them. More to come….

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Are you the coming one?

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[Matthew 11:3] “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Read more…

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