08 January 2008

For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest.

Many people say they have a 'problem' with the Bible because there are just 'too many contradictions' in it. Well, that is so very true, but once you've come to learn some of these contradictions, you come to appreciate every one of them.
Here's my Top Ten for the week. Top Ten Contrary Christian Truths. A few of them, I didn't find exact scriptural back-up, but I can definitely vouch for every last one!
And I, for one, just LOVE the way He takes what we think we know or what we tend to expect and just totally flip it over and reveal those things true in an entirely different way!

1. You must lose your life to truly find it.

Luke 9:24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.

2. It's often in the 'foggy' times that you wind up finding the most clarity.

3. It is in brokeness that you are then made whole.

Isaiah 53:2 The fact is, it was our pains he carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole.

4. The best way to 'get a grip' on life is to simply 'let it go'!

5. The best way to stand firm is to fall on your knees.

Job 33:26 Or, you may fall on your knees and pray—to God's delight! You'll see God's smile and celebrate, finding yourself set right with God. You'll sing God's praises to everyone you meet, testifying, 'I messed up my life— and let me tell you, it wasn't worth it. But God stepped in and saved me from certain death. I'm alive again! Once more I see the light!

6. The surest way to 'win' is to surrender completely.

7. It is often in the depth of darkness that true Light is finally revealed.

Psalm 112:4 Light arises in the darkness.

8. Forgiving someone else is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.

Proverbs 17:9 Love prospers when a fault is forgiven.

9. You soar the highest when you humble yourself the lowest.

Matthew 23:12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

10. It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Luke 6:38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.

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