[CS-FSLUG] OT: Maximized Living

Davo Smith christiansource at davosmith.co.uk
Sat Jan 30 16:33:14 CST 2010

I think the big difference is in some of the subtleties of the language:

'being at peace' is not the same as a 'peaceful life'
'being joyful' is not the same as a 'happy life'
'overcoming the world' is not the same as a 'successful life'
'being rescued from persecutions' is not the same as a 'healthy life'
(OK, that comparison is a little tenuous)

Those on the left are the result of deep inner transformation through
knowing Christ, those on the right are external, material things, that
God often blesses us with, but which are not to be expected, until
such time (as has already been pointed out in a previous post) as
Jesus returns to transform this world into a new creation.

Don't get me wrong - eating healthily, looking after the bodies we
have been given and being good stewards of all the gifts God has given
us, are all important things, but it worries me when the 'Christian'
life stops there (and I'm pointing plenty of fingers at my own life


On Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 9:04 PM, Cia Watson <ciamarie at my180.net> wrote:
> On Sat, 30 Jan 2010 18:07:44 +0000
> Davo Smith <christiansource at davosmith.co.uk> wrote:
> This was a good exercise in using Xiphos -- I'm still learning my way
> around it! How about these 2 verses that came to mind: (which lead to
> the 3rd one...)
> ESV: John Chapter 16
>  [33] I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.
>  In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart;[another
>  translation says: be of good cheer] I have overcome the world.
> ESV: II Timothy Chapter 3
>  [11] my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at
>  Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all
>  the Lord rescued me.
> ESV: Proverbs Chapter 17
>  [22] A joyful heart is good medicine,
> but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
>> "a healthy, happy, peaceful, and successful life  – a “Life by God”" -
>> http://www.maximizedlivingchiropractic.com/Programs/LifeManagement/index.aspx
>> "Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I
>> was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have
>> been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in
>> danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen..." - 2
>> Corinthians 11:25,26(part)
>> Somehow these two excerpts don't seem to quite add up (or am I missing
>> something?)
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