Friday, September 27, 2013

About That Window of the Soul….

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A bit of “business”, first.  As you may have noticed, there’s a new badge added to our sites.  Besides being part of the Christian Bloggers community on Google+, we’re now also a part of the Fellowship of Christian Bloggers.  We’re looking forward to the possibilities of what that might do for the blog.

Defenestration.  For some reason, that word has been on my mind.  Some of you are laughing when you see that word.  Others are looking at the word and wondering, “What the heck does that mean?”.  It’s a big word with a simple definition.  And it highlights a spiritual principle.  Take a look.

1 Timothy 6:20 (KJV)  O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

Titus 3:9 (KJV)  But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

Romans 16:17 (KJV)  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

Those three verses have several things in common.  They all talk about things that are based on human thinking and they all say we need to avoid that.  That’s where defenestration comes in.  The definition of defenestration is the act of throwing someone or something out of a window.  The picture at the top of the post is a demonstration.  It’s exactly what we need to do with our own thinking.  God says our thinking and ways don’t match His thinking and ways (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Defenestration is an interesting word.  There are no synonyms and no antonyms.  That’s a rarity, but perhaps appropriate in the spiritual sense we’re discussing.  In any usage, we don’t want to really think about the act that much.  Certainly God doesn’t want us easily thinking of tossing things or people out a window.  It makes sense there’s no synonym for the process. 

An antonym is a word with the reverse meaning.  If we’re going to toss out our own thinking, certainly we don’t want it coming back in.  That’s pretty much true of any context, except maybe the old western movies.  You might have seen what I mean on one of the old time TV show and movie channels.  The scene would be in the local saloon.  Two guys would get into a fight that ended up turning into a brawl.  The scene would switch at some point to the outside of the saloon so we could see one of the fighters get tossed  through the swinging doors or the window.  Only if they were going for some comic relief would the guy go back in, usually several times.

The process of starts with defiled thoughts.  They get tossed out the window.  We get cleansed and become pure.

Titus 1:15 (KJV)  Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

2 Corinthians 7:1 (KJV)  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
 
Ephesians 5:26 (KJV)  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Spiritual defenestration isn’t the result of an old West barroom brawl.  It comes from a growing relationship with God.  The spiritual man wants to be rid of the thoughts of the fleshly man as quickly as possible.  They get rapidly tossed out of the window of the soul.  So, the question is, “How’s your defenestration going, today?”.

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