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The Path Of Least Resistance November 28, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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Back in my younger days studying electrical engineering, I learned that the key to understanding electricity is that electrical current always follows the path of least resistance.  In the natural world we live in this often explains how things go.  Like water flows downhill and storms naturally flow toward zones of low barometric pressure human behavior is often influenced by this inexorable natural law.  But sometimes Spiritual law requires us to act in a way that opposes the natural tendency of things.  The Spirit may be strongly encouraging us to follow a path where we will encounter a great deal of resistance.

Why is this so?  Why can’t things just flow easy?  In fact why is there so much resistance to doing the right thing?  Each day for us this world presents a challenge because the natural way of this physical world has been set in opposition to the world of the Spirit.  The sooner we each get this into our heads and firmly commit ourselves to the Spirit, the sooner we will be able to begin to do what is right.  The moment must come for the individual when they become curious and then concerned about the things of the Spirit because if someone just follows the path of least resistance nature will inevitably lead us away from God.  I can imagine some reading that statement and wanting to disagree with it.  This war between the natural world and the Spiritual world or as the apostle Paul put it between the flesh and the spirit is the cause of all the distress we see today.

We can be encouraged by those who have challenged this status quo and despite sometimes almost insurmountable resistance have risen to the challenge and prevailed against the natural law.  In the Bible, Hebrews chapter 11 goes through a list of those who have done just this and tells us: “This is what the ancients were commended for.”  As a matter of fact as the chapter unfolds and lists a number of examples of individuals applauded by God who did not follow the path of least resistance the observation is made: “the world was not worthy of them“.  What motivated them to face head on such opposition?  It was their faith.  It was their belief in the promise God made to them that compelled them to follow the leading of the Spirit despite incredible resistance.  So the lesson for each of us from Hebrews chapter eleven is to clearly understand God’s promise to us so that we can stand up to the opposition we find in this world and not just flow to the path of least resistance.

In the physical world a great deal has been accomplished by those who understand and harness the natural forces.  In the world of the Spirit we must also understand how these natural forces interact.  We need to clearly uncover the path that God is leading us on by study and investigation so that we can overcome the natural laws and be true to God.  Instead of just following the path of least resistance.   

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1. denmark98 - November 28, 2006

“The hall of Faith” in Hebrews is a fantastic place to be. Seeing how others were faithful but you know two things strike me in that thought and that is first, faith is a gift. That means God gives you faith according your need, you can be bold and stern but that is not being faithful, faithful is doing God’s will, which can different for each person( having a basic understanding of Jesus Christ the risen Lord). Second, service to others enhances faith. Ever read the book Siddartha? It is not a christian book but it is a story about a hindu boy that has to live many scenarious in his life before he finds God and it happens to be through service that his faith grows…
just some thoughts, really…

2. rattazzimedia - November 28, 2006

Thanks for your comments and participation


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