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Duality Within

I sincerely hope this finds you well and at peace.  As I write this, I find myself in an age-old struggle deep within me.  I made a in a hurry careless mistake last week.  The mistake did not seem to have a big effect negatively on anything, yet it was a haunting mistake for me.  Because of the mistake, I began to get negative on myself because I did something that was careless.

As this self-inflicted interaction within me was taking place, I found that there was no good coming from it.  In fact, there was collateral damage happening, creating other thoughts to grow that were negative and unhealthy in nature.  Things like anger issues, self-righteousness, negative attitude about life and other thoughts that at one time plagued me all to often.

With good reason, this set me on a spiral down into a deprived place in me.  Even though I am a Christian, I am still a sinner.  Becoming a Christian added something to me, that I do not deserve, called forgiveness a gift from God.  All my imperfection is still intact and working to control me in my Christian forgiveness, doing battle moment by moment.

As I was experiencing this most unsettling time of life a thought occurred to me.  It is something I have told people many times so to do battle with their sin nature.  The principal goes something like this: do not use Satan’s tools to do good!  This whole idea came home to rest on me in a unique way.

What happened was this, what I was trying to pound out and destroy in my own strength, was only serving to spread the seed of discontent, inferiority, and unforgiveness in areas that I was previously overcoming because of God’s forgiveness.  I was using Satan’s tools to do God’s work of sanctification/purification.  (SIGH) What an opportunity to practice what you preach Denny!  Rats!  Found out again!

In being found out by my misconception of God’s grace there was an epiphany moment, sin is extremely subtle influencing us away from God.  Even with experience in living in faith I was fooled.  When I use Satan’s tools to do good I am using a defeated method.  Therefore, whatever I do with Satan’s tools is bound to fail by God’s Victory over sin.  All of Lucifer’s tools are defeated foes.

Now if I applied God’s tools to the same situation of my mistake/sin, (Now I am) tools such as confession, grace, forgiveness, and humility what would have grown out of those God-given tools?  God desires to prosper His children not destroy us.  Each human being is an image bearer of God therefore; Satan has no problem cannibalizing his own followers (unredeemed image bearers) to do his evil, or anyone else who will avail themselves to his power lies and work, even believers in Jesus.

Paul the Apostle prayed three times for a thorn in the flesh/sin to be removed from him.  God answered Paul and said: My grace is sufficient.  Without checks and balances in living it is easy to be duped into a sense of victory when in reality it is God dependent -given victory not self victory.  We say something like: Do not worry God I have got it handled.  I will stamp out sin in my life let me show you how.  God, see how good I am!

Good and perfect gifts come from above and the book of James tells us our own sin nature leads us astray.  It certainly pulled me astray in trying to take care of my own sin.  I am dependent on a merciful God for all the forgiveness I will ever need as I live.

A mixed bag of blessing and failure is how I appear right now to others and me.  However, to my Lord and Savior I am sinless and un-condemned see Romans 8.  I call 8:1 the first three rules of Christianity there is no condemnation, there is no condemnation, there is no condemnation.  It is my choice on how I live, I do not choose to continue to use Satan’s failed tools.  I want to learn to use God’s tools for living well and not be duped into a lesser life.

To be or not to be is not the question!  To live by God’s grace that is wild and wonderful or to have a false sense of control of your life and live by Satan’s rules of pseudo-life is the real question.  God has given each of us one life to figure this out.

Jesus is building a place for you, your choice; do you want fellowship with God forever?  If you answer yes, then ask Jesus in your own words to forgive your sin.  Then start walking with Him, remember you are forgiven, and live like you are thankful for what Jesus did for you.  Yes, salvation can be that simple. (if God has forgiven you, you will see that living in thanks to God is a privilege and joy not a law of any kind) God wants your fellowship so much He died and overcame death to show you the way to overcome sin.

In Christ’s resurrection.

Denny

2 John 1-13

New Living Translation

Greetings

1 This letter is from John, the elder.

I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children, whom I love in the truth—as does everyone else who knows the truth— 2 because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever.

3 Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.

Live in the Truth

4 How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.

5 I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. 6 Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.

7 I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. 9 Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.

10 If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. 11 Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.

Conclusion

12 I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to do it with paper and ink. For I hope to visit you soon and talk with you face to face. Then our joy will be complete.

13 Greetings from the children of your sister, chosen by God.

 

“Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.”

Edward Abbey

“You know how big love is? Love is big. love can hold anger; love can even hold hatred.”

Alice Walker
Be wise, not easily fooled.

Denny

Immature thinking?

What is immature thinking referring to in the Bible? This is the best section of Scripture I could find to attempt to answer this obvious question.  I only included a short excerpt of the longer more complete principle being taught.

A Call to Spiritual Growth    Hebrews 5.

11There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. 12You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word.   You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

This section of Scripture brought to mind the parable triplet of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son.  I know a strange connection, but let’s pray, and see where it goes.  The first two parables of the triplet have elements in common.  Something valuable was lost, the object of value was tirelessly searched for, was found, and was celebrated.

The third parable of the triplet was similar in a few ways, on several levels something valuable was lost, there does not seem to be a searching for the valuable object lost, then a reasoning surprise, there was a return of the lost with a plan, the younger brother.  Yet I find no indication of a search going on for the younger brother, except maybe in his heart.

The younger brother seems to have come to an end to all supporting resource, physical and spiritual.  And he was willing to return to his father’s house to be a worker not a son.  As the son was in process of returning, his Dad saw him a long way off and began the reunification process.  The father did not hesitate to run to close the distance more quickly to reunite with his son.

All the while as Dad ran, Dad was giving orders to start a celebration because his precious son had returned.  When the older brother returned and found out what was going on and why the party was on, for his sin-laden younger brother.  The older brother was outraged and would not rejoin the party.

The Father did, in fact, seek out in search for his lost oldest son to invite him to the celebration.  The Father received a rebuke for wasting more family resources on the younger brother.  The elder brother decided not to join the celebration for the reunification of his younger brother to the family.

If I understand this parable correctly, the father in the story is actually Father God, the two sons represent two basic ways of living this life without God.  The younger brother was in total freedom doing whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, and how he wanted.  The older brother represented a law keeping, staunch, dependable, and displayed a self-righteous unforgiving attitude for anyone who is not like him.

My question is this which way was the right way to live?  Living by the law or living by pure unbridled freedom?

Well, one immediate advantage of living by unbridled freedom; it would seem you would come to an end of your freedom abusing ways at some point, “at least in this parable.”  On the other hand, the legalistic older brother did not seem to ever rejoin the father.  So it must be much more difficult to come to an end of yourself for a proper, clean living, legalist than a wild living sinner.

I believe this story shows two extremes in living this life in the flesh.  Neither one of these extremes, or the variant combinations in between, are ways to a relationship with the Father.  They are both disasters and failures at reunifying with our heavenly Father.

I pose to you this thought: The Bible is teaching that childish thinking is this, people can live a life that makes them worthy of getting into heaven through “good” behavior or free-living behavior.  Both of these mindsets are far short of what God requires for entry into heaven.  In other words, both methods of living or any mix are too tame for entry into heaven and fellowship with God.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is this:

Jesus paid it all.  There is a complete, perfect payment for your entry into the Fellowship with God and heaven. We can do absolutely nothing to earn what has already been paid for by God and his desire to have fellowship with us.  There is nothing on this earth like unto this unique principle God exemplified to us in Christ and still trying to teach us.

He desires for us to enter into the rest of his salvation through faith in this truth and live shalom in this life with full confidence the Father can do what He said. (Yes, without our messy help, your choice, to return to God, God will not force you, it is your choice to enter in as deeply as you want.)

After immersing yourself in this love that is totally unmerited, growing faith that this perfect love is true, then there is a foundation for your life to change.  Not because of your effort kind of change, but a flow of pure love pouring out of you because of what was poured into you.

And this is love, not that we first loved God.  But God in his perfect strength extended his love to us while we are sinners far away from him.  This is the love that can overcome any way we choose to live, transforming our life into God’s best by receiving this ultimate forgiveness.  There is now, therefore, no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus.  Truth/reality at its finest!

If you have accepted Jesus Christ today or ever, Ephesians 4:17-31 will give you some of the destination points you are headed for as you immerse yourself into God’s forgiveness.  If you are a strong legalist, you will begin to love the sinners that float in and out of churches, they are in much pain in all the partying that they are participating in.  Final hope: Owe no man anything, except to love him.  Love covers a multitude of sin.

While learning to love in Christ,

Denny

Inspiration

inspiration

  1. 1 a :  a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation b :  the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions c :  the act of influencing or suggesting opinions
  2. 2 :  the act of drawing in; specifically :  the drawing of air into the lungs

Inspiration, a word used to describe a common act such as drawing air into the lungs, or a complex act of explaining a new idea intellectual or spiritual, and even influencing someone or group by opinions, suggestions.  Inspiration is a word used to describe how the Bible was written; the inspired word of God is the only accurate description of the Bible.  Now how can you say such a thing?

As I will admit to you I have limited time to expose myself and read all literature that has been written so this article will come to you from a limited standpoint of what I have read.  There are many people more qualified than I to write this article, but I felt it needed to be tackled.  My experience though is this: books tend to pass away and become dated.  Homer did a powerful job of writing.  The existence of his works proves it, and they have been translated into many languages.

Yet, the style in which Homer used has become dated.  It seems that Homer is respected for being an ancient writer that is still being read.  Even today Homer is not as well read as he was 50 or hundred years ago.  Yet, even over a longer period of time the Bible has been accurately recorded and handed down over a longer period of time.

The Bible has been changed!  But the Bible when changed, does not last very long as a viable work or literature.  A Bible that has been modified by new ideas is no longer inspired word of God.  Yes, it may have some of the structure and ideas that the Bible has but has added corruption.  These modified “bibles” certainly appear to have a time in the limelight, but soon get weeded out. (Just to be rediscovered and re-entered as a new idea, so sad)

This process of weeding out inaccuracies over time is not a normal pathway for a book to take.  In this  age of remakes, parodies, sequels, and the like of movies, modernization of movies and books, it is commonplace for changes/updates to happen to literature to make it more relevant to today.  However, the Bible has not taken the same route.  Its purity and relevance is eternally founded with its source author and inspiration through mankind. (Many men authors, only one eternal God, who authored, breathed the word of God to man)

The Bibles route has been much more interesting, it lends evidence to have a life of its own, and with its own biologic immune system that keeps itself pure through time and translation. (In time killing off infections of the Word )Hence, the Bible is called the living word.  It not only preserves literature but it also preserves life itself.  The Bible has been described as the one book that understands humanity, people, and me.  In my opinion, understanding implies intelligence and life.  Let us reason!

The essence of life has never changed!  Our technology and things that make life more bearable have changed immensely.  But the simple essence of life has not changed from the beginning .  There is no book that has ever compared to the number one bestseller of all time called the Bible.

Read the Bible for any reason, the Bible will either soften your heart or harden your heart.  If it hardens your heart you will want to change the Bible to something more palatable to you.  If you read the Bible and your heart becomes soft, the living words will begin to change you and move/lead you into a reality that you thought impossible.  It will call you into faith in things that you cannot see, or even imagine in most instances.

A good solid translation or version of the Bible will serve well to lead you in life. all the way to everlasting life.  The inspired word of God is the deepest most unchanging hope mankind has ever been given.  There is perfection in the word of God which requires a helper  to understand.  Yes, the helper is available to you for the asking.  There is no special formula to obtain the help, just some kind of understanding that you need help from God to understand His Word.

I pray God’s inspired word will soften your heart.  I pray that you will enter the struggle to understand reality; it is not easy or for the fainthearted.  Fortunately, we have a help, which will always give us boldness and wisdom for the wise choice to walk more strongly with God or you can choose to faint away at any time.  God is a God of many chances; forgiveness is paramount with God’s interaction with mankind.

Choose to walk with God in full acknowledgment of your imperfection, because God is perfect in understanding with respect to your relationship with Him.  God is perfect, and through the cross of Jesus Christ, he has chosen to give you freely at His cost the same perfection and is calling you to it today.  Yes, right now God is calling you!  It is a choice that is put into your finite hands, and it is absolutely your choice.  My advice, enter into to God’s rest in his perfection.  The gospel of God is following you, chasing you and desires to have fellowship with you.

My prayer for you today is this: May God’s gospel, love, and blessing be invited to  dwell with you even today.  May life’s entrapments not discourage you as you walk toward truth eternal.  As you experience temporary loss, may the hope and faith of eternal fellowship with God and redemption of all bad  be ever your vision and hope.  To God be all honor and glory as we walk and live this current life.  Amen

In Christ,

Denny

Psalm 20

Psalm 20     italics added
1In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry. Thank you for troubles that need God in my life.

May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm. I have no right for this.

2May he send you help from his sanctuary

and strengthen you from Jerusalem. (or Zion) God gives help from above, fresh from His city.

3May he remember all your gifts

and look favorably on your burnt offerings. Accept our offering of obedience to the Word.

Interlude

4May he grant your heart’s desires

and make all your plans succeed. Your direction and blessings are success.

5May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory

and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. You are our banner Lord.

May the Lord answer all your prayers. Help me accept your answer Lord. Worthy of our trust and life.

6Now I know that the Lord rescues his anointed king. You prove in your manifestations Lord.

He will answer him from his holy heaven

and rescue him by his great power. We quake at the demonstration of your Power. May I never be ashamed of  awe of your intervention in life here.

7Some nations boast of their chariots and horses,

but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.  All goodness raise praises to you Lord.

8Those nations will fall down and collapse,

but we will rise up and stand firm. Your will is possible, even when we see no earthly hope.

9Give victory to our king, O Lord!  Lord you are more than victory and you invite us to join you for ever.

Answer our cry for help Lord.  You freely give your help to us Lord.  Please help in our unbelief in our dark hours. When hopeless fear overpowers us. When we need you most Lord teach us to call on you on your high throne as you direct us through our weak faith. Carry our souls and bodies to your help. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.

NOTORIOUS GOD!

The God I serve is a generally thought of as notorious! If you do not believe in God the reasoning  goes something like this: Point to His nonexistence by bad things that happen. For example, where was God when that tornado her hit that poor family? Notorious is being famous for something bad.

How do I navigate living with such a God as my Savior? Go ahead read the Psalms of the Bible they will tell you many bad things that God has allowed! And how about Abraham, he was going to sacrifice his very own and only son! (Human Sacrifice did not happen for the Biblical God. Ever) Look at all the sacrifices of the poor animals in the Bible, what’s up with that?

What kind of God would require such things?

Thank you! I’m glad the question was asked! Yes, I do serve a notorious God! But, let’s dig a little bit deeper.

Let’s look at Abraham, sent to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham answered the question of faith when he answered Isaac’s question about where the sacrifice was. Abraham believed with all his being that God would provide a sacrifice. In this historic witness to God and His provision for man God is prophesying through Abraham what was going to happen a Propitiation.

The foundation of the story goes like this Abraham is likened to the father who required absolute righteousness. Isaac represented mankind who disobeyed and did not come up to God’s measure of righteousness. Now this sounds like a notorious God to me requiring something like this human sacrifice!

All the preparations were made for the sacrifice of Isaac. Abraham in his heart knew what was going to happen. Abraham and his faithfulness to God put his own son on the altar of sacrifice. As the blade was being drawn back God suddenly intervened. Isaac was spared, but there was a sacrifice provided in place of Isaac.

Having a son I sometimes struggle with Abraham’s faithfulness to sacrifice his very own son as God requested. But if I step back and look at the story there was a replacement for Isaac. This account represents what God did for all mankind.

Please note, Abraham had faith in God, and God completed his plan with Abraham by providing a replacement for his son. In God, the father’s story in the New Testament God’s Son was sent to the altar called planet earth. His only begotten Son Was Not Spared but Became a Replacement for Us and Our Sin, and Failure to Comply with God’s plan of perfect holiness. There is no replacement for God, therefore there could be no replacement for Jesus on the cross of Jesus Christ. God’s grace in Jesus provided a replacement for mankind.

An absolute God paid an absolute price of His own Son to release and free mankind of the final judgment of condemnation in sin. There was not another way to free man of the curse in the Garden of Eden. Because Jesus Christ fulfilled the entire law of God in His life here on earth we have the opportunity to choose:  reenter the beloved  favor of God or not. This is the only reason Jesus is the begotten one, born of a woman, Son of man, in the Trinity.

Jesus’s primary mission was to restore man to God. This would give men access to God’s blessings and love. Nothing we could earn as a mortal, only a gift of God could help us back to relationship to God. Of  all religions Christianity is the only one that has a God who set the price then, paid the entire price for all his people to have access to the great reward of heaven.

Yes, God, Jesus, and the Spirit are notorious in the sense that they are famously blamed for all sorts of evil. Only good and perfect gifts come from above never evil or bad ones. The misconception is this, that evil comes from God. This part of notorious is separated from God and is in the realm of Satan. Satan is the prince of the power of the air on earth and an accuser and there is no good is in Satan.

The really big problem of man has been solved in Jesus Christ. We no longer ever have to worry if we are going to spend an eternity in hell. Jesus paid it all on the cross. Everything that happens after our salvation with Jesus Christ is only a response to the love we found on the cross of Jesus. It is not a way to earn our way into heaven (Thank God). Jesus said it is finished. It is on the Cross, God’s finished work on the cross, that Christians walk into the world to serve and make the world a better place in love not forced duty.

God is NOTORIOUS  because on the cross He took all sin I deserve punishment for and made it His sin. Certainly a NOTORIOUS deed indeed. What did the Cross do for me, no worries ever again about my final destination a reward I do not have a right to have, save the work of Jesus. Yes, Jesus became NOTORIOUS  for our benefit and need.  How Glorious…hope of mankind in accepting Jesus and saying yes to His call.

You are welcome to become a Christian if you’re not. See John 3:16. Please feel free to leave a comment and ask for help on becoming a Christian. I would be honored to welcome you into the family of the beloved of Jesus Christ. And unless you have demanded to God for Him to leave you alone, you are still being called gently into His salvation right now.

In Christ,

Denny

Believeing Hope

As we walk through our series on suffering, in life or in teaching, remember we are loved by a God who was tempted in all the pain known, sickness, loss, and all trouble you have experienced. Jesus is our defender as we walk here on earth.

As trouble visits us on different levels remember God’s forgiveness is greater than any and all sin. We do not have to completely understand all doctrines of forgiveness to access God’s gift. When we fail, God is still gently calling us back to His love. You were never made for suffering but you are made for relationship with God. Therefor suffering is an infection and relationship with God a balm of relief. As we struggle to make God our identity we are pleasing God and are in the good fight.

Always ask for God’s help, even if it is a very bad disobedient day far from God. God is faithful when we are not.

2nd Timothy 2:  11The saying is trustworthy, for:

If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;  *((No faith in God ever, Denny added))
13if we are faithless, he remains faithful—

for he cannot deny himself.

We who have humbly answered God’s call have no worries about moments of failing. The Gospel is calling all to fellowship with God always. Suffering is a ugly thorn in this world. God has a plan of redemption, and a plan to use every good or bad event to prepare us for His use for us to reach a lost world.  You are God’s hope of reaching a lost world dear ambassador of Jesus.

Your Fellow laborer in Christ,

Denny

Christ is Risen! Part 2

More of the most Blessed non-fiction ever!  Part 2

HE has Risen!  Reply: He has Risen indeed!  Happy Easter!

True faith and hope are always founded on Jesus Christ. This truth is a stumbling block for those with lack of faith. Pure true hope/faith is a rock like/solid foundation for those who have faith in the cross of Christ and His bodily resurrection.

Christ Jesus atoning for our sins is the only way we can get into heaven. Each of our sins are accounted for and paid for by the cross of Jesus. His resurrection gives us hope of a living eternity and he Christ Jesus is the firstborn among many.

When we realize the death that we are walking in and then step into the light and life of Jesus Christ we are truly saved from darkness, death, and separation from God. Without the entire work of Jesus Christ being true as recorded, there is no foundation for love, hope, personal redemption, civilization, or justice of any kind.

There is no foundation for these ideas and any other be kind philosophy out there. They all missed the mark of the true need of mankind. Except for this one named Jesus who paid the entire price to buy you back then set you free to choose to worship Him, or not.

As a believer in faith you are in fellowship with the source of all good to this world or You can choose to remain a nonbeliever and see only moments of His general grace but not His mercy.

Now this is real choice to use free will to freedom of Christ’s Gospel or do your best to fix the separation you experience. The Gospel of a Risen Savior is the only freedom mankind will ever experience. Come, taste, see, the crucified, risen Jesus Christ is good for you, your whole person and for those around you, and Jesus will not exclude you.

If you choose to enter in to relationship with Jesus Christ through the Gospel and apply it expect a war. Use the gift of the Gospel, exploit the gift, all forgiveness is found through faith in the victory of Christ over death.

For a growing abundant life filled with an exhilarating mix of struggle, joy, hope, and love.This is abundant life found uniquely in the perfect one Jesus, life lived, crucified, and taking life up again after a bodily death, then resurrection. Come and see this love and how rich and life enhancing it is.

Have you included Jesus today? Jesus is calling you to Him right now. Be bold and take the risk of living independently from the ways of this world. You will be the choice you make for ever and ever. What do you say? Jesus is offering His Gospel.

Christ is Risen! Part 1

Christ is Risen!
I often speak of the cross of Jesus Christ! It is assumed, by me, with in the cross, is the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ who took up life again.(now known to you) This fact is a foundational part of the  true story, I do not mention very well in my blogs, but, I do believe with all my heart mind and soul.

I stake my only true hope on the Resurrection of Jesus, and live my life in such a way as to be an, although imperfect, “thank you note” to God for what Jesus did for me and all mankind on the cross, never, to earn the gift of salvation. You see, our salvation in the form of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a perfect work of God, gifted to us entirely for our benefit.

Understanding the Gospel and applying it, is the basis of a peaceful and sound mind. You can have a gift of salvation and still not apply the whole Gospel to your life. This will result in doubts, instabilities, and fears. And will hinder expressions of pure kind of love, hope, and soundness of mind.

Salvation is a gift from God. When you receive a gift you can put it in the closet and never open it and never look at it again. You can open the gift and see what’s inside and put it away and never see it again. Or in the best scenario, you can receive the gift, open it the gift, and utilize the benefits of the gift.

While utilizing the gift, you would probably be thinking of the person that gifted it to you, for its usefulness and thoughtfulness, the surprising insight about you, thereby remembering the one that gave the gift to you with great gratitude and appreciation. (the Gospel)

At salvation, you can receive the gift and not really know what it is or understand it in any relational level, other than it took a burden of guilt from you. At this level you are not receiving any specifically designed for you fringe benefits of salvation. You will not see much love growing in and being delivered out of you.

The fruits of the Spirit mingling with and enhancing your personality for glorifying God, your personal joy and worth will be blighted. If you open the gift of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and take a quick look at it and assume that you understand it and go on your merry way. This would be akin to having a very expensive classic show car then putting a blanket over it and storing it in to an old dusty barn.

Maybe for the females, having a ultra-expensive wedding dress, putting it into a cardboard box and storing it in a damp basement, then showing up to your wedding in sweatpants and sweatshirt, dirty it that. There is no advantage in knowing that you have something and not using it. The gift brings no joy, and is not enjoyed by others in these cases.

The last example given was someone who used the gift, explored the gift, and rested in the gift. This person would grow in faith. This would make the impossible to believe events in the Bible believable by activating an underused quality of image bearers of God (you and I), called faith.

Faith never has a bridge to walk on, except the resurrected one from the cross, Jesus Christ.

More later!

 

Called into “The Rest” Part 2

Really! Stop attempting to earn what God has freely Given to you. The Gospel gift…

Called into “The Rest” Part 2

This new rest has enabled me to make more than my fair share of mistakes. My mistakes have played a role in perfecting me and identify strategies that are in me that are wrong and need straightened out or discarded. I have never been forced to discard anything or forsake anything because of the gospel except, I chose to give it to God by my free will.

This new freedom of being able to bathe myself immediately in God’s grace and forgiveness as needed has revolutionized my ability to interact with people. Yes, I am still learning. Not everything I do has had the desired effect. (a bold understatement)

But verses like “love covers a multitude of sins “has played out many times, yet not every time. Things I thought were real mistakes that could not be redeemed somehow God redeemed and sometimes he lets them be real jumbles in the process.(do I trust God?)

But the fear of losing my salvation has been alleviated by faith in what Jesus said and promised he would do. The phrase “I know in whom I have believed and he is able” has become precious to my heart and soul. It strengthens me through tough times; it is keeping me humble through good times and has taught me that when eating “humble pie” I am dining with the Lord of all creation.

In this life my dear friend I want you to enter into God’s rest. Your salvation has never depended on your behavior or my behavior in any way shape or form. Our salvation from God is totally dependent on God himself and his finished work he sent His Son to do on the cross of Jesus Christ.

Put your deadly doing down my friend it does not earn you a place in heaven, or help God’s cause, or help your spiritual dependence on God, your doing builds faith in self. Continually answer God’s call, not just for salvation but for growth in his wisdom and fellowship. Don’t be a stranger with or to God with your consistent failures, but pick your failure up, take it to God and bathe yourself in his grace and truth, especially when you know you don’t deserve it.

Rest my friend in this truth that God understands and will work with you to call you ever closer to him as you choose to rest in, and use His truth.The people of God must believe that God is and he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Those that seek him will find His Gospel and the truth that goes with the Gospel a rich reward here and here after. Share my friends; share the Gospel, there is nothing to be ashamed of in the entire Gospel. The message of the whole Bible is calling us to the same rest that God is calling us into.

A mortal being able to find a way to live freely and lightly! Reward! Bringing believers under God’s light and life in lieu of the world’s control, which is deadly, God through the Gospel will make you everything you really ever want to be. This Jesus Gospel will bring the only true freedom available this side of Heaven.

Heed the call of God and walk with Him, you will be changed into what you were designed to be with a  genuine fulfilled purpose.

Matt. 11
25-26 Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.”

27 Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. “The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

The Message (MSG)

Rest in this Truth and you will be on your way to the reality of true freedom living, can you hear the call of God….?

 

Called into “The Rest” Part 1

Stop the deadly doing! Please!
In my opinion religion is in the hearts of every man woman and child ever in existence. According to the word even Jesus was touched with this temptation as satin tempted Jesus. Why would I make such a statement? As I have observed the world, there seem to be rules everywhere. Rules are what religions are made of. You must do this, in this particular way, and if you don’t do it the right way you are putting yourself in jeopardy of not pleasing your god or choice of government.

We use rules to govern games, governments, families, proper ways to worship God, physical laws in nature, work, and on and on, by rules we are governed. Even if we find good rules that are acceptable to many they are still rules. When rules are involved we tend to rebel against them because we do not like to be controlled.

The God of the universe also gets mixed up with this rule-based religion when man creates more rules than God did to obtain God’s salvation. People have the need to have power over people. Man tries to mix God with his own rules so they can manipulate people to do things that the current leaders want. This also gives opportunity for them to point out how bad other people are and how good their followers are. By the way women are just as susceptible to this power play as men.

When Jesus came on the scene of this world the message was very different. While Jesus walked this earth he called the Jewish people to be Jewish. In being Jewish they would be reminded of the faith of Abraham and other Jewish forefathers had and the Jewish people respected them greatly. In this God would be calling them back to himself because Jesus is the same God to whom the Jewish forefathers responded to and praised in faith.

The Gospel calls all of us to directly to associate/know the promise of Jesus Christ. He calls us to put our religion rules down! Jesus calls us to stop our deadly busy doing to try to please him! God’s message to us is this: My children I sent my Son to pay the entire price for reentry into everlasting fellowship with me. I made a promise to man that no man could keep. I fully understood the price I was going to have to pay to keep this promise in my Son Jesus Christ.

Again heavenly father to the children: Have faith in my work that I did in My son and that no matter what you do I will keep my word to you. I understand you cannot keep your word to me. This is why you have nothing to do with your salvation. Otherwise you could boast in what you did to get the Gospel I provided in My Son.

There is no boasting or feasible way that you could ever earn the salvation that I freely gave to you on your humble request. Therefore, rest in the Gospel because it is a gift. When you fail, be sure of God’s gift and know that I knew you were going to fail and I put my salvation all around you. Be sure forgiveness absolutely is. Continue to bathe yourself in this truth for God has paid it all and desire for you to spend eternity in My home, heaven, with Me is what held Christ Jesus on the cross.

This is the message I sent through My Son Jesus Christ. This is the message I sent to and through my prophets of old. This is my message to you today! My Gospel is sure, never ever in need of changing or improvement from anyone. You will grow as I call you to grow be patient.

Do not compare yourself to other people. My plan is for you to be what I need you to be here on this earth, at My time I appointed, for you to be what I have planned for you to be and do. My children rest in this truth! Then Walk IN Faith with Truth.

As I rest in this truth it has done nothing to slow down the turmoil of this fallen world I experience. The thing that has been leaving is fear! I no longer have to worry about every little move I make to be perfect. I can interact with people and make best guesses about how to interact with them to be kind ambassadors of Jesus Christ to serve all.

part 2 soon….

Triune God?

A triune God, is He one, three, or is He both? Think about it! I do, I did, and WILL,  then usually just come away with I really do not get it, so beyond me. Yet, it is one of the most intriguing things that you are called to ponder as a faith walker. Thinking of a triune God is both uplifting and humbling at the same time.

Lately the thought has started to come up that since God is infinite and I am finite. For me to even have a little hope of understanding a triune God, He had to express himself as three and one. Trying to bring infinity and eternity into a fallen, finite world that will end, is a task only an awesome God would do. The only reason He did it, is to love mankind back to Himself, not by force, where in relationship He can now and forever love us and grow us into all God the creator intended for us.

If you are a parent you know quite well that if you have two children playing you have a good play situation. When you introduce a third child in to the playgroup there becomes a competition/struggle for dominance. In infinite wisdom God introduces Himself as one and three persons.

Does this mean God is proving that He is the miracle worker from all eternity? The three persons of the Godhead get along in perfect harmony in oneness, with no war, competition, or striving for power. Each expression of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is eternal in harmony, love, respect, and equality as they eternally exist Lovingly together. The impossible 3 relationship so unified as to be one. On earth perfected, lived and in perfect love demonstrated here in Christ Jesus the perfect sinless God man.

Christ Jesus being the only one “begotten” of the Holy Trinity, meaning he was born here on earth as a man. Yet, Jesus’s Father was not of this earth. And the only time that this triune relationship has ever been separated in any way shape or form was when Jesus took on all our sins and God the Father forsook His own Son in that ugly, yet promised, moment of time. It was ugly because love was wounded to death, victory because death was beaten and life/love was taken up again and there was reunification of the triune God which facilitated man’s  only way for reunification with God the Father.

This is when the Trinity becomes even more confusing to me. The Triune persons of God break apart in an undeserved act of selflessness to redeem man even though we are not a prize. Yet without God’s Love sacrifice happening, I have no hope! The Bible does not seem to speak clearly on exactly how the forsaking happened but only that it did happen for our absolute redemption. This demonstration of love toward us did nothing to make the Trinity love each other more effectively; it only invited us in to share it. if we desired.

What happened to Jesus was unique in that it had the appearance of failure but was the greatest success mankind has ever needed. The work on the cross was perfect and complete the moment it was finished. If you add anything to it or take anything away from it, the Gospel is no longer a gospel but an idea that can be changed and distorted. Perfection does not need additions, subtractions, or modifications especially by people!

This is the rest of God, absolute truth, and Gospel of Jesus is finished on the cross and is inviting us to the Gospel. He continually calls man into the Gospel of Christ for salvation first. Then into a healing of relationship and a process of leading us to believe that he is the ultimate God of everything known to us. This process is something we enter into by choice and a willingness to have our faith tested in God whom we cannot see but rest in.

No matter how many times we leave or forsake God, once we accept and God enters and gives life to you, He will never leave us or forsake us. God entered into a unilateral promise with man. Execution of the promise is totally on God’s shoulders and is His responsibility to fulfill the promise as given. Man can do absolutely nothing to modify or change God’s promise and God can not lie.

Man has used and twisted God’s promise for personal gain, power, and misleading God’s children. God was fully aware of what was going to happen to his promise therefore he made it failsafe from the very beginning and the promise grantor also guaranteed in His Son Jesus Christ the fulfillment of the promise. During the Old Testament people who believed in God, mostly the Jewish race, were children of the promise of Messiah Christ Jesus.

Even though now we know that Christ has died for our sins and we have relief/the rest, from the worry of ever going to hell if we’ve accepted Christ as our personal savior, we too are children of the promise, the completed, finished work of Christ Jesus the Messiah on the cross of shame. With this single act God returned hope to all of creation, from man to the least significant part of creation, that there was going to be a redemption back to perfection and harmony of reunification with the triune God. This is the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is God’s will for you to know these things for sure in your heart, mind, body, and soul.

Hope! God is going to restore everything that has ever been wrong in all of his children to perfection. There will be a healing of immense magnitude when our corruptible flesh is made new, the old hurtful sins, sicknesses, hate, confusion, rejection, and anything that has attempted to destroy our walk with God will eternally pass away. These pains will enter into death and separation from God for eternity giving whoever is good and perfect a dwelling place for all eternity with God! (Yes, us because of Christ the Messiah)

With this hope we are to live as a promise to love this world and give ourselves that someone may see Christ in us. You and I are God’s missionaries on this world and we are responsible for the generation that we are living in. Be truthful yet full of grace and love for your fellow man. You may be the only hope they ever see. Be the ambassador, missionary to this world in the name of Jesus Christ and His love, sibling Christian.