Monday, April 17, 2006

Doctrine of Demons?

Colossians 3:24 (3:23-24) Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

I was thinking about a quote that I heard. It goes like this. “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”. That made me think. Apart from me carrying a bible around and shouting a few hallelujahs, would there be any evidence from the way I go about doing the things to even suggest that I am a Christian?

Can people look at the way we live and do things and say, “oh, there is so much peace and wholeness coming out of him” or, “There is beauty in everything she does. So much joy and fulfillment, so much contentment”? I want what she or he has.

Being a musician, I've heard it said that the devil has stolen all the good music and is using it to turn people away, have you ever thought about what the devil has stolen from our daily lives?

John 10:10 - Life in fullness, joy, fulfillment, peace, wholeness,

Nowadays if you talk in the church about beauty, contentment, selfless service, shanthi (peace) & worship in relation to work, we immediately think, hey that is going into un-biblical (Hindu) philosophy, doctrine of demons etc.

Yoga by definition is a Hindu system of contemplation for effecting union of the human soul with the Supreme Being and Karma yoga basically consists of entirely selfless service, in which the Ego is given up to the desire to serve God in every thing – be it man animal or plant.

Now I am not supporting these beliefs. The way they are practiced are wrong and can open doors of demonic influences into your lives.

So then are these attributes – self contentment from work, finding beauty in it, peace and God in work, and devotion to work – really forbidden for a believer? Or is this another thing that the devil has stolen and perverted??

Are we not given a system or method of contemplation for effecting union of the human soul with our creator through Jesus? Are we not called to selfless service, in which the Ego and our flesh is 'given up' to the desire to serve God in every thing?

Devotion is an act of submission out of love, and in that sense work becomes an act of worship when we do what we do “for the Lord rather than for men”. There is a great need in our lives to understand and know this truth. I believe that it is vital factor of victory in our daily lives.

So these truths don't belong to Buddha or to a Yogi, but to us.

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