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Made to be Like God: The Five Dimensions He Gave Us #2

Our Intellectual Dimension

In the first post of this series, I described how God made us with five dimensions and described the first, and most important one, our spiritual dimension. The second most important is our intellectual dimension, because how we live is based on our beliefs and thinking. Our emotions are created from what our belief system tells us we are to feel at any instant, even though we are rarely aware of that thought process. How we love and relate with others is grounded in our beliefs. And, our beliefs and rules for living determine in large part our physical health and well-being.

Here are the God-designed principles of our intellectual dimension:

  • Knowing God’s absolute truth and reality.
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Three Ideas for Finding Daily Peace (Especially at tax time)

Some friends have been stressed about taxes due next Monday. This morning I emailed the following to one of them.

Reconsider time and its pressures.  From God’s perspective, almost nothing needs to be done today, or even this week.  From his perspective, Christ-followers have another one billion days to grow and learn.  A billion days!!!  And another billion after that.  We can relax and learn at a comfortable pace.

It’s easy for us to get trapped by the world’s way of looking at time, and especially American values of getting things done as fast as possible.  Humans love to set deadlines, like April 15 for taxes.  But God wants us to relax and see that little, if anything, is …

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Made to be Like God: The Five Dimensions He Gave Us #1

When God created us to be like him—you know, “in his image”—he gave us four dimensions identical to his, plus a fifth—a body.  A key to experiencing the Abundant Life God wants us to have is understanding his principles and life skills, and applying them to have a better life.  God’s design is a whole-person (holistic) approach to life.

Here are the five dimensions, in order of importance:

1.    Spiritual
2.    Intellectual
3.    Emotional
4.    Relational
5.    Physical

In this series of weekly posts, I’ll list the elements of each dimension and the skills needed to have the full life Jesus promised us (“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”).  The good news …

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