is the internal peace that surpasses understanding. Has nothing to do with circumstances. Worldly peace, on the other hand, is circumstance-dependent, and requires leaning on my own understanding, being wise in my own eyes. Understanding-idolatry is the problem all humans have, both believer and nonbeliever. Understanding-idolatry originated in the Garden. Knowing good from bad circumstances is necessary for independency/self-reliance/confidence-I-know-what’s-best. Without understanding, I’m helpless, childlike, powerless, dependent, unable to control my life. Understanding-idolatry is what motivates me to read nonfiction books, attend seminars, research online, to better understand myself, others, and the world around me. Independency/pride. ShepherdDave. Worldly peace. Worldliness. Confessing Jesus, but not experiencing the benefit of Jesus.
–ShepherdDave, who sometimes sees the problem, but always needs fresh conviction of the sin of confidence-he-knows-what’s-best/dissatisfaction-with-Jesus-and-His-imputed-worthiness, so he might momentarily be DumbSheepDave, enjoying the other-worldly peace that surpasses understanding-idolatry, so the nonbelievers and believers around him might experience the other-worldly humility and other-worldly love of Jesus
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