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Ecclesiastes 7:29 ESV, See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.

Matthew 6:10, Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

What is a System?

•  A system affects the whole not only the parts, which is why we call its effect “systemic.” Systematic is doing something in steps.
•  Systems are embedded within and spread throughout and affecting a group, system, body, economy, market, or community.
•  Systems can either contribute to your failure or to your success, but you get to decide.

Common Systems In Our Lives

Education
Finance
Public Health (vaccines)
Law & Justice
Politics
Religion

God’s System

Psalm 103:19 NLT, "The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything."

•  You were born into a world and nation with systems already in place
•  Many systems were invented to help you (Family, Education, Kingdom of God).
•  Some systems were invented to control people (Segregation & Jim Crow in the past, White Supremacy today).
•  Some systems were invented to explain/expose other systems (Direct Action, Critical Race Theory)

 
Navigating systems of God and men is essential for living a productive life. We are all parts of things larger than ourselves. The whole concept of navigating is based on dealing with forces and factors that we cannot control. What you cannot control, you must navigate.
 
In our time, systems that serve or seek to control us are shaped by our habits and reinforced by something called “algorithms”
 
•  Social media algorithms are a way of sorting posts in a users' feed based on user preferences. 
•  Social networks prioritize which content a user sees in their feed first by the likelihood that they'll actually want to see it. 
•  Social networks prioritize which content a user has already seen.
 
The Kingdom System & Algorithm 
Matthew 25:29, For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
 

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“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Ecclesiastes  7:29 ESV, See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.

Matthew 6:10, Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

We are not aware of many of the systems within which we operate.

When we use the word systemic, it is mostly understood within the framework of systemic racism. 

What is a System?

A system affects the whole instead of just parts, which is why we call its effect “systemic.”  Systematic is doing something in steps.

Systems are embedded within and spread throughout and affecting a group, body, economy, market, or community.

Systems are fundamental social, economic, religious, or political practice. 

The Bible does not use the word system in the way we are talking about it today. However, God has ordered creation according to a system. We can call it the Kingdom of God.

Psalm 103:19, The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all

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Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

At times in life we hit a rough patch. Sometimes things don't go well, but that is no commentary on your life. 

God’s plan has not changed.

There is always a way forward.

You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.

Forbes Article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2020/09/01/going-through-a-life-crisis-15-ways-to-navigate-the-questioning-phase/?sh=6008152860f4

Ryan Holiday book, The Obstacle is the Way: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3L1B8K/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_EYYREG1HQWFTKHHFT894

 

 

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