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Sunday’s Monday

There are many people of which I am part have or have had a problem with redundancy. We don’t feel like we need to hear, see, or do things over and over again, but after a few years of following Jesus, I see my need to hear things redundantly. I also saw clearly that redundancy is a divine design of God for His teachings to obtain a space in my mind. A while back I used this term to explain that our bodies are designed to use or lose. I’m no authority here, but I’m guessing that almost everything we do was learned through redundancy: try, and fail, until you try, and succeed. Think about how much redundancy we use every minute just to remain alive. So much of what keeps us alive is made up of repeated functions in rhythm with different organs all functioning in perfect timing with each other. God designed us to need and use repetition to learn and survive. Should you doubt this check out Psalm 119: (27, 34, 73, 99, 100,), the psalmist understood by repeating any idea people would retain more of the truth.

There is a second stage of redundancy and it’s called backup. NASA discovered early in their program that they needed to back up certain systems because of their necessity to be able to return to Earth should something go awry. This was not a new idea, God, created redundancy when He created Adam. God designed some organs in pairs, others are able to make repairs when damaged and some organs can be completely discontinued, we are equipped to fulfill God’s purpose for us. The same is true for growing and maturing through life. My two favorite examples are learning John 3:16 and the Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:9–13. We recited both every morning in school and again in Sunday School every Sunday morning. Today I am 73 years old and remember both of them because of redundancy. Things done repetitiously set habits into our lives both (good or bad) and can instill feelings of comfort and perfection. Read Romans 6:19 (NLT), Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.

Our lives are made up of redundancies such as decisions, choices, mistakes, etc. which we experience daily in some form or fashion. If we’re living in sin, we are drawn deeper into its grip as we practice being sinful. Our redundancy begins perfecting our abilities to overcome and rationalize the sufferings that accompany sin. On the other hand, should we be living in the service of God through following Jesus, our redundancy in meeting with Him will sharpen our ability to be content in enjoying the consequences of making good decisions. Everything we’ve ever done has had a pattern of repeating itself, bringing forth good or bad results, that’s life on planet Earth. Bad things happen to good people, however, the different attitudes applied come from the type of redundancy in your life. Granted, God’s ways, are not the ways we’ve been taught from childhood. Factually, God’s ways are the reverse of what we’ve been taught all our years but that doesn’t discount the fact that His way works. The problem is we spend way too much time overthinking His words and not nearly enough time doing what He tells us. The psalmist said it best in Psalm 16:7 (NLT), I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night, my heart instructs me. May I be Superfluous; (exceeding what is sufficient or necessary) for you, Lord.

Abba Father, please help us understand the seriousness of not using our spirit-being the way that you desire. We all can find ways to put the redundancy back into our growing in Jesus. Show us, dear Brother, how to reduce our redundancies in the world and learn to become more superfluous in doing for you. I pray as David recorded in Psalm 16: [1-2], [7-8], [11] (NLT), 1 Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge. 2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.” Lord, help us stay the course as in 7 I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night, my heart instructs me. 8 I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. I trust with all my heart in 11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. Father, I beg you to help me fulfill that which you have planned for me. I love doing life with you Jesus thank you for giving me a life to give. Amen




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