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-- Read the Manual --
"Cool Tricks"

Recently I have been going through the typical Computer "Nerd" experiences of installing a faulty Pentium mother board, only to find myself returning it, and instead, installing a 486DX2-66 chip in my old mother board. And, in typical fashion, measuring and documenting CPU speeds of various combinations...wondering exacty "what" is "fast enough" for what I need to do.

In discussing all these things with an E-mail pal, the topics include the matter of efficiency of running multiple DOS programs under Windows and using Alt-Tab to switch between applications. While I am an avid DOS user, my pal is primarily in Windows. I know about "Alt-Tab" because I recently got a "fresh" version of Windows...WITH MANUAL. I READ the MANUAL, and learned about "Alt-Tab."

My friend, who has used Windows quite a while, upon reading my comments about "Alt-Tab" tried it, and responded that it is REALLY SLICK. Saves a lot of time. Is really efficient. Was appreciative that I brought "Alt-Tab" to his attention.

As I ruminated over this, I recalled several software applications that I use regularly, as well as DOS itself. As everyone knows, there is a learning curve. When a person is starting out, he is just trying to get the program to "work" ...period. After a while he starts feeling comfortable with the program, and runs it, blindly, with what he has learned... by doing.

On occasion I have picked up a manual for an application I "thought" I was real familiar with, and as I read, I found that there were all kinds of "cool tricks" that it was capable of. Things to streamline the operation and funcionality. So...what I "thought" I knew, I didn't really. Until I got into the manual and really digested it.

Many of these "cool tricks" however, were unfathomable in the beginning, because there was not a sufficient KNOWLEDGE BASE of the program, in general. (e.g. It's kinda hard to learn about "DELTREE" if a person doesn't understand "directory stuctures." It simply would sound "like Greek" to the uninitiated.)

The same principles hold true in the Christian life. The program is called "being a Christian." The manual is called the "Bible."

Many people try to read the Bible and understand all It's fine points, and will argue and debate them. But, if that person is not already knowledgable in the program, (i.e. IN CHRIST) he has no idea of all the "cool tricks" regarding the Christian life and "finer points" of doctrine. He does not have sufficient "knowledge base."

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. -- 1 Cor 2:14

However, once a person becomes "IN CHRIST" all these things become clear and it all starts making sense.

But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. --1 Cor 2:9-13

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. -- 2 Cor 5:17

With all things "new" then we can understand all the "cool tricks" as recorded in the "manual" the Bible.

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. -- Psa 119:105

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the [MAN of GOD] may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. -- 2 Tim 3:16-17

     1) Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ...become IN CHRIST
     2) Read the "manual" ...the Bible  ..."digest" it.
"Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts." -- Jer 15:16 (VW)

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