I believe in being naive!

What’s your threshold of naivety?
–I believe in being naive about some things. To choose to be naive about certain things can relieve anxiety, stress, and deception and help you achieve inner peace and contentment, by closing the door of your mind and heart to evil. The knowledge of evil opens us up to the influence and torment of evil. To be entertained by evil is the beginning of entrapment and entanglement by evil.
–If your hope has died, perhaps you have left the threshold of naivety. “You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” –Genesis 2:17
–The living, resurrected Jesus Christ can restore you to innocence. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” –Romans 8:1

power of naivety

Your choice of lifestyle matters!
–Some lifestyles produce pain, discouragement, depression, frustration, anxiety, guilt, and/or shame.
–One lifestyle produces love, joy, peace, patience, contentment, hope, and self-control — the lifestyle of daily following and obeying the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. One person actively following and obeying the living, resurrected Jesus is much more effective than 1,000 people passively sitting and listening to a sermon about Jesus.

Can you predict church?
* People in rows focused on the front; A welcome from a platform; Announcements; Some singing; Offering; Sermon; Closing song; Benediction.
–When ordinary people are free to follow and obey Jesus in a meeting, church becomes unpredictable and exciting!

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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2 Responses to I believe in being naive!

  1. mondeto says:

    Sadly, it is not uncommon for religious people to leave God’s gift of intellect and learning in the cellophane. As a result, they are less able to care for each other and for the common good, and they harm the reputation of their calling. Be all he made you to be. Make Him proud.

    • Steve Simms says:

      If you have read some of my blog posts, mondeto, you have noticed that I extensively use my intellect and learning in thinking things through and communicating with others and that much of my focus is on the common good. Sorry that you missed the point of this post.

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