Where and How, Structure, and Context
Shaudonna Bryant·Tuesday, October 20, 2015
To make a sentence you need a what and a who. A sentence usually tells us 5 things who, what, when, where, and how. The noun tells you who. The verb tells us what. The adverb tells us when. The preposition tells us where; and the adjective tells us how and some cases the adverb does the same. A sentence must have all these in the correct order to have structure. You may be wondering what's with the English lesson. Our lives are like a sentence. Though many try to formulate life and God it usually falls flat. Life, and God are not a formula. However both require structure. Lets define some words then we will dive right in. First lets define unconditional. According to the Oxford dictionary, unconditional means not subject to any conditions. A condition is a state of affairs that must exist, or be brought about before something else is possible or permitted. Using the English lesson above I'm going to walk us through one of my favorite scriptures. Romans 8:35-39. The sentence God loves me is very short; yet very strong. This very sentence brings about confusion. So lets break it down then go for the structure than the context. God is big on order 1 Cor. 14:40. do all things decently and in order. Back to Romans 8:35-39. Here is what it says: 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Let's break it down. Our Who is God our What is His Love. The When is now. The where is in Christ. and the how is through Christ. God is Noun, Love is our Verb. Separate is our adverb In Christ is our prepositional phrase and nothing is our adjective. So if God's love is unconditional then why do we feel we must do something to receive it. Sometimes people believe that God's love is based off of their behavior, or circumstances. This where the structure issues are. The statements I made above are what is called an oxymoron in the English language. Relating something that clearly cancels out the other. An example of an oxymoron is as follows: Pull up a chair sit on the floor and I'll tell you a story I never heard before One bright day in the middle of the night, two dead men got up to fight, back to back they faced each other pulled out there swords and shot each other. One deaf policeman heard the noise and got up and got those two dead boys. If you don't believe my story is true ask the blind man he saw two. Do you see what is happening here when you mess with the structure you naturally create impossibilities. Basing God's love off your behavior, or circumstance creates what's called a double negative in the English language. In life this double negative translates to negative thoughts that lead to negative speech. Which results in one very unhappy person. Now lets go to context It says nothing can separate you. So where are the things that people say are separating them stemming from. The word clearly says nothing. nothing means having no prospect of progress, of no value. So if there is no prospect that separate us or remove our value; then value are we plugging in an unnecessary value. Have you ever done a math problem that gave you all the information and all you had to do was plug it in. For example X+ Y = 75 if x = 50 and y= 25. The answer is simple because it has already been factored and proven. So why then are we plugging an value that was never to be considered in the first place. God gave us the value He said I love you no matter what. Nothing can change that. So why do we allow that value to be changed. Remember if you change the value you get an error in the problem. So it seems to me when we understand our value we stop using variables. Because our value is a constant that comes from God and a constant never changes. Thank you Jesus. Therefore God and nor His love changes. Did you get that. The math has already be done for you. The structure of your sentence has not only already been done. But it has already been written. All you have to do is line up with it. By doing so nothing is impossible. Structured sentences the potential to become a song, a book and poem, a dialogue, a script. When you walk away from what makes things impossible everything becomes possible. That is why the bible says in Matthew 19:26 all things are possible with God and reiterated in Philippians I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. When you give your sentence to God He makes an unbelievable true story out of the sentence He is structuring in you. Translation He is faithful and just to complete the work He started in You.