This teaching is difficult, who can accept it? John 6:60-71 My husband who taught at all levels, always said that he enjoyed elementary students best. For the most part, they have less external stimuli drawing their attention away from learning. Because we have the capability of true self-actualization, humans are the highest level of animal in creation. We have the conscious ability for deliberate and intentional thought and actions. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we allow our selves at all times to be led by the spirit of our faith in God. External stimuli; i.e work, family and friend environments, regularly draws our consciousness within us away from seeking the consciousness that is above. When we find our selves having difficulty seeking God, the highest level of our self-actualization, consider the external stimuli. Pause and remember the elemental aspects of our faith and who we are as disciples of the Most High God. The only thing higher than the creation is the Creator. Although it’s not always so easy, in our consciousness and ability to praise the Creator, we can achieve our fullest potential towards eternal life.
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion…” Hebrews 3:1-11 Here Paul is speaking about the rebellion of the Israelites who when Moses went up the mountain for forty days and forty nights, had created an image of God which they began to worship. A hardened heart is a heart that doubts, a heart that fears and a heart that ultimately trades the hope and glory in what is unseen for something that gives a temporary satisfaction to meet an immediate physical need whether it be things or people. I believe Paul really wants his hearers to understand that we should not forget that our praise and worship is a very valuable gift from God. What sense does it make if I receive a gift from my sister and I in turn praise my brother for the gift? This is kind of what we do when we go astray and turn our attention towards things and people other than God. Yet because God loves his creation he is faithful to it. So why not give your faith a heartfelt chance and praise God today. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Psalm 31:5, 7-8
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God…
I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have taken heed of my adversities,
and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.