Written By His Grace:      Kevin O’Connor on Apr. 11, 2006

Date Penned:                     Apr. 11, 2006

Main thought                     To explore being real with yourself, God and others.

The Joy of Being Real

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:15-17 (in Context) James 5 (Whole Chapter)

It seems that one of the most beautiful traits we can have is the beauty of being real. In other words what you see is what you get. Unfortunately, it seems that as we live in this sin sick world, we have a way of growing into falsehood, (being one way on the outside but another on the inside). After a while, we become quite experts at it. Who knows why we tend to grow into this falsehood but it seems to provide a buffer of protection between us and those around us. While this buffer does seem to provide some protection from those around us, it prevents us from growing in true intimacy or a deeper and more personal relationship with others. What those who have trained themselves to live with this protection fail to realize is that while it protects them from having to be real with others, it also protects them from being real with God. It’s one thing to be handicapped with relationship with others, but to deny ourselves intimacy with the One Who Created us, died for us and then rose again for us, is a real BUMMER. No wonder God has given us His Word that tells us to learn how to be open and honest with each other such as in James 5:16. It seems that who we choose to be in this life parallels who we will be throughout all eternity. I say “who” and not “what” because many people put emphasis on their actions and not their relationship with Christ first. NOTE: actions will ALWAYS follow who you are; BUT BEING will not always follow actions. Matthew 7:22-24 (New International Version) 22Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' We get focused on the miraculous of the physical while God is looking for a changed heart. The Israelites saw more miracles than anyone would probably see in this world but almost every last one of them died in the wilderness due to their lack of Faith from the heart. 1Corinthians 13:1 [ Love ] If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 13 (Whole Chapter)1 Corinthians 13:2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 13 (Whole Chapter) 1 Corinthians 13:3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2-4 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 13 (Whole Chapter) Oh how we love to be the ones in the pilot seat with God in the co-pilot seat but for God to be God in our lives, He needs to be in the pilot seat and we need to be in the co-pilot seat. Note: Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:4-6 (in Context) Proverbs 3 (Whole Chapter) Notice how He says our Hearts and not our Heads? Oh how we love to understand Where He is leading us but God tells us to trust Him from our Hearts. Faith can go where reasoning can never travel. How we need to learn how to trust the One Who gave His ALL for us! When we learn to live from our hearts and not our heads we tend to be real like children who are what you see. Of course we are to mature to know how to act and live but we also need to learn to keep the “realness” of our hearts alive and well NOTE: Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:22-24 (in Context) Proverbs 4 (Whole Chapter)

Just as the maturing process is necessary in the physical realm so is it in the spiritual; Hebrews 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, Hebrews 6:1-3 (in Context) Hebrews 6 (Whole Chapter) While being a child is fun, there is only fulfillment in being mature. But, this thought is about being real and how we tend to grow out of that especially as we mature. No wonder the Lord said in Matthew 18:3 And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:2-4 (in Context) Matthew 18 (Whole Chapter) How we need to learn to keep the realness of a child-like heart as we mature. And in Hebrews 6:1 where it says to “leave” the elementary teachings what it means is to go on to other truths God has for us. The elementary truth of Faith in Christ is like the foundation of a building, if you lose it, you lose the whole building. Being real is something we’ve all had as children and yet like many people who leave the elementary truth of Faith in Christ for works, we all tend to become hidden behind our self-made masks. Galatians 3:3 Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Galatians 3:2-4 (in Context) Galatians 3 (Whole Chapter)

Heavenly Father, Thank You for being REAL! Teach us all how to enter into the beauty of Your Son Who was real through and through. And ever help us as you lead us through many valleys to ever keep the beauty of Faith and an open heart to you and others. In Jesus Glorious, Eternal, Matchless Name, Amen.

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