Ponderings and possibilities


Love
April 10, 2009, 11:46 pm
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He knew what He had to do and He did it, despite being slandered, mocked, punched, flogged, spat on, hit on the head with staff’s, pierced with a crown of thorns and nailed to a cross through His hands and feet; He went through with it.

Nuff said.

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Absolute Truth. Stop thinking, just believe!
April 4, 2009, 10:42 pm
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I’ve had quite a few conversations recently regarding the Word of God, as to whether it was ‘just’ written by a bunch of guys or if it is absolute truth, Gods Word, written by divine inspiration through various men through the times.  
It doesn’t seem like it is my job to persuade or convince people that this is God writing directly through men, but I am learning that this is a big hurdle that people resist and struggle to believe…  I see that this is where love, prayer and  The Holy Spirit impact people and give them eyes to see and ears to hear the Absolute Truth.

I was once on that side where it sounded fine to have a guide book for life generally, all good stuff to not kill people, but instead love them.  So, in no way am I considering myself smarter than they are now, for God takes the foolish and shames the wise.  What I am noticing, is how the conversations go down with people who aren’t on the same page. 
It takes a step of Faith to believe it as there is no absolute sign, evidence or proof.

It would be too easy for us if we could all instantly discern what is of God and what is of Man (then what is God working through Man).  If it was this obvious then we wouldn’t need faith, prayer and taking steps to test all things and hold what is true.

I need to remember that not everyone I talk to understands what the Bible ‘really says’ and then remember that they don’t necessarily believe this is from God.  If I assume these things going in to a conversation with someone then it can go squirly as I am missing their perspective and quickly get written off in their minds.  Assumptions make an Ass out of U and Me!

 So, at a more granular level – taking things literally versus metaphorically when I am reading has been interesting recently.  Sometimes I think I take too smaller context and digest it too literally then let myself become phariseeical and overly critical of it?  Perhaps that is ok and is part of the process? 

Over 600 rules in the OT, then among them pops out Deut 23:1  1“No one whose testicles are crushed or whose male organ is cut off shall enter the assembly of the LORD.     My good buddies texted each other this one and joked about me, being an usher would need to check the guys as the came into church on sunday.

Some words in Luke 10:25-37 really sunk in and helped me out with this recently.  The words of Jesus saying “desiring to justify himself” to a lawyer — I realized I try to get too specific and legalistic about situations where I am supposed to just love!  This is the Absolute Truth as it is written in Gods word. 

If I am not just loving people then I am trying to Justify MYSELF rather than be justified by the Lord Jesus Christ and do what he commanded.

25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

 29But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30



Balance.
March 30, 2009, 9:31 pm
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I find it so interesting how perfectly balanced the Word of God is. 

Just when I think I have it figured out because I am reading one piece of scripture, along comes another one and upsets my formula.  It is so complicated that if it were a software program, it would be impossible to code it such that there would be an algorithm to accurately do the exact thing that God wants under any circumstances.  Unlike software, the Word of God contains no bugs in the code and there is no formula.  The Holy Spirit guides us to live in faith, not by the letter of the law. 

Speaking of bugs, I thought I had found one this morning!   Deuteronomy 14:19And all winged insects are unclean for you; they shall not be eaten.  
Aha!  I thought – what about John the Locust eating Baptist?  (Cousin of Jesus, came around just before Him making the path for him)…  but then I realized 20All clean winged things you may eat  and referred back to
Leviticus 11:20-21 All the winged insects that walk on all fours are detestable to you. Yet these you may eat among all the winged insects which walk on all fours: those which have above their feet jointed legs with which to jump on the earth.So, John was within the letter of the law – and then I saw the irony of my thoughts trying to catch it out by the letter of the law (which doesn’t happen either).



What has us stopped?
March 27, 2009, 11:17 pm
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Do you ever wish you could capture and hold on to that idea, vision, thought or feeling that you get when you know there is something different and profound about it?  Do you remember the excitment and that sense of being alive knowing this is what it is about?

I now believe some of these are divine inspiration, revelations and seeds planted by the Holy Spirit as He commands, guides and leads us to doing the will of the Father.  It may be from the word, from a sermon, from something that is confirmed again in an action, but whatever it is, I believe, needs to be considered and tested to see if it is true (by prayer and reading the Word).

So, when things really sit deep in our heart and excite us and get us going (confirmed to be from God – in God’s Word), why is it we can slow down and then get stopped when the excitment and feeling goes away?  

Being obedient takes perserverance and continued Faith even when we are not ‘feeling it’.  If we just do things, even when we don’t feel like it, aren’t we still being obedient.  Isn’t this what God wants?  I’m not saying that we resent God for our obedience, I am saying that we need to get over ourselves and push on through to do His work.

I am certain that doing something from fear of God or love for God is obedience.  I recently realized that I make up some seriously ridiculous excuses for not doing things and being obedient.  (Overwhelmed, burdened, some other time, tired, doing it for the wrong reasons, some one else is better at this, i don’t know what i am doing, it’s not my calling — SLUGGARD!  PRIDE!  EGO!  LAZINESS!).   I have bought into the lies that the enemy puts out there and as a result I miss countless opportunities to surrender and suffer – die to myself, find true love and be an heir of Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.



Happiness – made for us or by us?
March 26, 2009, 10:38 am
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Someone scientific once pointed out to me that happiness is caused by Seratonin; a chemical neurotranmitter in the body that enables humans to experience the feeling of happiness and regulates anxiety.  It’s really interesting that we, the human race, have pulled these things apart to a point where we can understand the make up down to a molecular model. 

The question that remains.. why are we made up of all these bits and pieces like this?    A lot of different answers depending on who you ask.  Some even question if it is a valid question to ask.

As a believer that God is in control of everying and also believing that the Word of God is written, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  He made us and knit our very being together.  Does this mean He controls the level of seratonin or do I have influence over these levels by my beliefs, thoughts and actions?  Perhaps both?

Free will or pre-destination?   It’s a core belief that drives up through our thoughts and into actions (or lack thereof!).

Do we each determine our own happiness (for example) or are we pre-destined before time began to have a level of seratonin on each second of every day we are alive on this spinning mass of water, rock, sand and mud?

Psalm 139:14 declares, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”