The Importance of Variety
This is a simple, but important, Biblical principal that you need to know. In my life, I have had to master this principle to survive. The adversary is constantly on my tail because of this web site. It often makes life exciting and keeps me spiritually sharp and it keeps me moving. Plus I get a chance to hammer his face into the dirt. “Greater is he that is in us” – “more than conquerors” we are. That’s what the Word says. Do you believe it? Believing appropriates – it is required of every born again believer that he or she believes and acts upon the Word. If you say that you just believe, but you never ACT on your believing, that is mental ascent and you will receive the consequences of that mental ascent.
Let all things be done decently and in order. – I Corinthians 14: 40
Where? In the Church of the Body of Christ to which you and I belong. If you were to put order to believing, it would simply be believe and act.
Now, as you believe and act on the rightly divided Word of God, and you keep the same routines in your life, it can be said that your every move is predictable. Right? Now who is the one whose ministry is to steal, kill, and destroy? It’s in John 10:10a. No, I’m not quoting it. You need to research the Word on your own and make it your own. Otherwise you become a spiritual hitchhiker living off the teachings of others and that will only lead to spiritual failure. So I am trying to help you to prevent that.
When Satan can predict your every move, he is going to set a trap for you. And watch your confessions. He CANNOT read your thoughts unless you tell him what you’re thinking. Keep important decisions or plans to yourself. That means don’t tell anyone. Why? Because when you voice something, you let the world know what you are going to do and then the adversary prepares to destroy your plans. Sound familiar? It’s simple so let’s not make it complicated.
This is wisdom that God’s Word will teach you. There are so many Scriptures regarding wisdom, that I am just going to pick one from the book of Proverbs.
My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: – Proverbs 5: 1
Attend to and bow thine ear or listen intently to His wisdom, God is saying – give it your undivided attention. Also listen to Him when He speaks because He is the Almighty God knowing everything about what? Every possible area of life. Why? Because He created life. Do you see how beautiful that is? There is so much in just one verse of Scripture. If God is working in me to teach you these principles of abundant living, then God surely wants you to listen to what I have to say. Is the true God working within me? You decide. This type of teaching can be difficult in some ways. I need your trust and especially your believing. You take a look at some of the subjects I’ve handled in this Bible Study site. I believe, in some cases, that no one has gone near these topics due to their detail and difficulty.
REMEMBER, not all revelation regarding the subject of ‘variety’ is from the wrong god. But if you are doing habitual actions that can be done differently, but with the same results, God will let you know, by revelation, to change that action and take an alternate route. What are some of the warning signs telling you that you should change or not change an everyday habit to an alternative method? We are going to review two (2) warning signs for now and a final third one later.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. -- I Corinthians 10: 13
You must remember and never forget that whenever you are temped, IT IS NOT OF THE TRUE GOD! Only Satan tempts. So if you are TEMPTED to change your routine, it is always wrong – it is counterfeit revelation. So beware because it is the enemy trying to trip you up. I’m going to say this again: If you think you cannot be tricked, you already have been. The true God never tempts – again, it’s simple – don’t complicate it. If you are tempted to change a habit, it’s probably because the habit is not only Godly, but very beneficial to you. Be sharp.
Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. – Mark 14: 38
A second warning sign is being ‘bound in the spirit’. This simply means that something is holding you back.
Let’s say you are constantly driving to work a certain way every day. Then for some unknown reason, you don’t feel comfortable taking that same route. Very possibly, God is trying to get you to change this same routine. God may be doing this to try and help you in one or many ways. God could be trying to get you to prevent an accident that He knows will happen. Remember, God has foreknowledge and can see the future.
Let’s look at a major mistake that the Apostle Paul made in his life. Yes, he was human. This shocks some people, but it was never God’s Will for Paul to go to Jerusalem and he was warned at least five or six times not to go. Let’s see what Paul had to say.
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: -- Acts 20: 22
You see, God always tells you first. If you’re not listening, He gets other believers to tell you. Then because we all have free will, we either recognize and act upon the true revelation or we do not.
What happened to Paul when he got to Jerusalem? He was almost killed and then he was placed under arrest and thrown in prison. Paul was never meant to change the routine in his life, at least at that time. He made a mistake by going to Jerusalem bound in the spirit – something was holding him back, but he went anyway.
When you are about to add some variety in your life regarding some action or actions, but yet something is holding you back in the innermost part of your being, DO NOT! When the true God wants you to apply this variety principle in your life in some area, believe me, there will be no temptations and you will not feel anything holding you back. The true God will make things crystal clear for you.
Let me share my heart with you about my life. Years ago, I took my dog walking up a country trail almost every day. I took the same country road to the highway even though the speed limit was only 25 MPH on that road which was very low for such a road. I was picked up three (3) times on that same road. You think I would have learned after the first time to change my routine. I had a number of different routes I could have taken to get to the highway, but no, I was as stupid as I was stubborn and I paid the price – over $300 in fines and about 10 points on my license. This was all due to the fact that I did not change my routine – a very predictable routine. At this point I must say that variety is a form of preventive believing and that type of believing can often prevent a catastrophe. So, remember, keep variety in your life.
Understand that if you ever make a mistake in this area, just keep moving. Discouragement is not of God.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. -- Romans 8: 1
[The verse ends here. The scribe glanced at verse 4 and wrote the end of verse 4 as part of verse 1]. Believe it or not, condemnation is sin and you must strive to stay in fellowship with God. It is never a sin to make a mistake – it is a sin to be afraid to make a mistake.
It is even known in the secular world that it is wise to, once in a while, change your routine. If you like to walk through a park in the late evening, there is a possibility that some criminal is watching your behavior. Your repetitious behavior could result in a dangerous situation for you. This principle, that I was taught by a great man of God, is just plain and simple common sense. At times, principles of walking by the spirit are so simple that we overlook them.
Now, to help you decide what ‘variety’ to choose in your life, I have experienced a third and very deceiving warning sign or action. This will help you not to make the wrong decision. No one except God himself taught me this principle. I’ve not listened several times and I paid the consequences. Here’s how simple it is and how it works.
Let’s say you realize you have very little variety in your life and your routine is very predictable. Little by little, things are beginning to go wrong. You’re spiritually sharp enough to see this and you seriously decide to make some changes – or at least one. Let’s first go to God’s Word to set the foundation. This is in reference to the past.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, -- Philippians 3: 13
Let’s work the verse first. The phrase “forgetting those things which are behind” literally means “to refute or prove them wrong”. A lot here can be surely referring to our old man ways, however, we can still easily make the mistake of dwelling on the past after we are born again. This is a trick of the god of this world and the true God forbids it. There is no profit in it. We can learn from the past, but we are not to dwell on it. We are to live for the present moment as the last part of the verse states.
Now let’s go back to that change we are going to make in our life. And here’s a trick of all tricks. YOU’RE BETTER OFF NEVER TO GO BACK TO SOMETHING YOU ONCE DID IF THAT ACTIVITY OR ACTION ENDED IN A NEGATIVE WAY. This can be really tricky so I will give you an example from my own personal experience.
In 1990, I had a great desire to purchase a certain exercise machine called a Soloflex. They were expensive back then and I found a good used one for $850.00 – it was like new. I finally got the owner down to $750, put the heavy machine in my car and took it home. I set up a program and really enjoyed the workout 3 times a week. I stayed with it for at least six (6) months. It was great. Then my wife and I moved into our own new home and during moving and beginning a new job, my exercise routine was completely disrupted. For some reason, my stride was broke and I just could not get back into it. The machine just sat there and seemed to aggravate me. I just wanted to sell it and finally did at a decent price. When it was gone, I felt a great sense of relief. Remember, sometimes God just shuts a door. [See “When God Shuts A Door”.]
Well, guess what I did only about a year ago? I wanted to change my routine but I made a mistake – a big one. I started to dwell on the past – on my old Soloflex machine. I found one like brand new up for sale and I hustled as fast as I could. The owner had to leave the country on his job. I picked it up for $150.00!! Oh, I was so happy and went ahead to set up a standard routine once again. Three months later, I GOT HURT. I kept pushing and made it worse. About 2 years later, this injury still bothered me. I kept remembering the principle I am now teaching you and it haunted me. I felt this injury healing and tried the machine again and it started to bother me again! I quit and knew I had to sell the machine. After about a year of trying, it still sits in the room next door.
Now, at times, God can turn your mistakes around and one day He did that for me. But be careful with this subject – that will not always happen. I was able to use this machine after I completely revised the recommended exercise routine. I MADE MY OWN ROUTINE – shorter in time and more cautious. It has been working well for me, but I never go near the exercise that hurt my shoulder. God will cover for you at times. He will help you with your mistakes. However, my advice to you would be to not make them in the first place. By God’s grace, he showed me a way out – but after 3 or 4 years of problems.
Why am I teaching you the Word of God? Because you cannot understand one single thing in this whole web site if you cannot discern things from a spiritual standpoint.
But the natural man [of body and soul] receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. – I Corinthians 2: 14
Satan is tricky, but you can beat him every time if you know and apply the Word of God rightly divided in your everyday life and routine.
Learn how to keep variety in your life and realize that you are more than a conqueror (a super-conqueror) in your life.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. – I John 4: 4
I can do all things through Christ which [who] strengtheth me. -- Philippians 4: 13
Literal translation according to usage:
“I am ready for everything and equal to anything through him who infuses inner strength into me.” -- Philippians 4: 13