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Three Line Tales, Week 73

My 3 lines…

The Deliberation?

As I stare into the field I I crave to play world football. Yet the

God of light who saved my soul calls me to his field, laborers are few.

How shall I respond, to which field shall I go? To glory or for glory?

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week 73 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales 73 midsummer photo by Christian Widell via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

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Poetry Six-Word Challenge

Not a poet and know it! LOL   Just have a go and it could be fun!

Poetry = Life’s collage in Words.

The Abundant Heart

Poetry =
whispers
to your heart


Last night I was batting around some ideas for ways to define poetry in six words—okay, essentially four words, since the first two are “Poetry =” (i.e. Poetry equals). I called for backup from my friend Charles Robert Lindholm of The Reluctant Poet, and together this is what we came up with. Then I decided to make this a challenge to see how many different ways we could all come up with to define poetry in four words.

Many thanks to Nicola Aukland, the Sometimes Stellar Storyteller for the second half of my inspiration, based on her six-word story challenge.

To participate:

  1. Write your 6-word definition, beginning with Poetry = and then add four more words to define what poetry means to you. The number of lines does not matter, only the number of words.
  2. Either post it on your blog or…

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Three Line Tales, Week 72!!

Spineless Jelly Fish

I am spineless, I live in unrelenting ocean, after the fall! I have survived

centuries free without worry, I swim with sharks, danger sure. God is Faithful!

Human, invited to redemption, you answered God’s call? Spineless who?

 

Join in the fun!  just click    https://only100words.xyz/2017/06/15/three-line-tales-week-72/

Three Line Tales, Week 69

I am going to try this one time to see what it is like! this is week 69/ lego heads.

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week 69 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 69: Lego heads photo by Carson Arias via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

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Thanksgiving and Hope

Hello!  It is Near the end of the year and I would like to thank anyone who has ever read my blog.  I especially appreciate comments if you have time to leave them.  I have even approved comments from ghost people who hide their identity by giving false information and identities.  Has been interesting blogging and it’s been fun.  Again, I thank you for the comments and I wish you the very best Christmas and New Year ever.

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  Probably one of my favorite holidays of the entire year is Thanksgiving.  This year is a unique year for me as far as Thanksgiving goes.  Sure, it had all the trimmings of Thanksgiving, the activities were much as expected, yet there was the another side this year that made Thanksgiving more of a struggle.

For some reason, I could see all the good things that happened in the year and lift up Thanksgiving for the people and events that happened.  When I thought of these positive events, at least in my opinion positive, I was happy and full of joy.  This is my traditional take on Thanksgiving.  No matter what the year has brought there is still plenty of good in it to give thanks in true sincerity.

So, you may ask, what was different about this year’s Thanksgiving?  This year was very strange because as I was giving my personal Thanksgiving about most everything and at the same moment in time I saw evil and disaster encroaching, attacking, and attempting to ruin every single good thing that happened.  This view was very unsettling for the first few rounds of Thanksgiving.

In this conundrum of dualities of events and happenings, I was very unsettled and somewhat confused.  Intellectually I knew from a long time ago, there is good and evil, they do not agree in any way shape or form.  All of the best stories and more recently movies portray the essence of this tried and true battle that each of us experiences in living life.

Now an attempt to find some meaning in this mess of a thought pattern.  The first conclusion I came to was that this thought pattern of good and evil coexisting and eternal battle is an unpleasant fact.  The fragility of goodness doing battle with the cold hard evil that knew no bounds to get its own way.  The battle itself did not seem winnable by anything that was of goodness’s side. Can evil be beaten?

For an example, people playing a game who will cheat in a sly way versus people who will not cheat and will only follow the rules of the game.  In this scenario, my experience says the cheater usually wins the game.  Then because of an obvious extremely high when rate, people do not want to play with people who cheat.  So the cheater does not win in the long run, especially when caught cheating.

This brought me to connect with the ideas of luck, good fortune, and random chance into a great big unsatisfying primordial goo.  I was dissatisfied with the thought of these three characters being in charge of life and how it was going to turn out.  Even more horrifying was the thought that luck had some kind of intelligence or a plan. Just plain chaos, no purpose, lost, and nothingness is what chance offers.

The “chance trinity” does not allow for personal choice in living decisions (Stuff Happens is the best effort).  This would create luck as a tyrant of absolute control over all decisions of life and living.  When luck is with you and working for you there is happy for yourself and too bad for everyone else.  In this ideology, there is no honor in work or preparation or overcoming a bad situation.  As we are cast in our lot of good and dark luck and too bad, tough luck is with you or if on the good side of luck, great?

This fortune ideology is extremely empty.  It may be easily proven but still very empty! LOL, I DO TRY TO BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS, but some ideas, just lead to very empty and places of dark and darker shadows with no hope and little light.  Could this be leading me to do whatever I want to because nothing matters?

While I believe that you matter and I believe that I matter in life so “do as you please” is a failure also.  I know!, maybe I should try to find myself.  You know, go on that long walk until you see yourself.  Seeing yourself by yourself is a fantasy as most people who have tried to find themselves find out, in the end.  Sadly, some never figured it out and hurt all people around them.  You really don’t want to spend time with people trying to find themselves either. OUCH! Can redemption reach them?

So getting back to the original thought how does good overcome cheating and ruthless evil.  The sad answer is sometimes they don’t.  Sometimes good gets trampled and destroyed by evil.  In the sadness of this admission though there is hope!  Because good always seems to be able to arise again and again to do battle with the darkness of evil.  I think maybe hope is the one-word idea that does battle with evil better than anything else.

Hope a target to evil and hope is very fragile when evil In disguise uses hope for a moment  to dash a Pilgrim’s true hope.  The real, decisive point in life is, I have to make a choice and figure out which way I’m going to believe life works best.  If I work for my comfort for the moment, will it lead to a comfortable life later on?  Will comfort now serve to make me more or less happy if I buy my dream property, car, travel, even friends?

With the luck of status, marks of wealth, and power will the person be the same person on the inside as before the improved luck?  Has luck smiling on me change me significantly?  Will I have found myself in my acquisitions of a world made up of matter fulfilling my dreams and deepest desires too?  Is there more than just the struggle of good and evil going on?

It seems that the adoption of hope would be a good start in a purposeful life.  Without hope evil triumphs over good.  Without hope, it is difficult to get through a hard time in life.  Without hope, it is hard to have a purpose.  Without hope, the future looks dark.  Without hope, there is no reason to connect with another human being.

What do you think hope is?  Is hope a tangible or intangible?  Is hope active thinking or deactivating thinking?  Or do you to get hope when you feel used up?  Is there any hope when evil triumphs?  Have you ever seen hope make a change in your life?  Was the change that hope made long-lasting?  Has hope ever comforted you?

Is hope a taste of something better? Is hope a place more livable than the here and now? Is Hope with you now? Is there a destination of hope in your future? Have your hopes been destroyed by the reality of life?

Denny

Ransomware

Ransomware is used by a hacker on your own computer to lock you out of your folders on your own computer!  Then the computer owner would be contacted by the hacker with an amount of money to be paid to unlock the owner’s very own folders.  When the ransom is paid there is a unlock key sent to the owner so they can again access their own computer.

There is a ransomware running on every single human being since the fall of mankind.  It is a kind of fog of spirit, mind, and body that blinds us and redirects us in any direction except toward God.  God out of his own resource created us in his image.  Then Satan in the form of a serpent stepped in and hijacked God’s creation and for the first time, there is trouble in this world.

The fog of Satin is continually pointing to God with blame and responsibility in all wrong that is manifested in this world.  You name the trouble sickness, accidents, natural disasters, death itself, and all other kinds of evil, God gets blamed for it.  Worse yet, God is even asked where he was when these bad things happen.

This very thinking is what put Jesus on the cross.  Jesus did nothing but good yet was blamed for all evil in trouble and was falsely condemned for doing wrong.  The problem is, Jesus is guilty of being God!  So the verdict that was handed down was correct, Jesus is guilty of being God.  However, Jesus is not guilty of blasphemy for which he was condemned.  It is true that he is the Son of God in flesh and named Jesus.

When the Trinity expelled mankind from the Garden of Eden there was cherubim and an impassable fiery sword that pointed in all directions at the entrance of Eden. Gen3:24 when this sword, impassable by man or Satan, was placed at the entrance of Eden, Jesus knew that he would be facing the wrath of the sword at his own expense and pain so that man could gain reentry into fellowship with God and dwell with God in heaven.

The essence of this fact means that God knew completely when Satan was allowed to tempt man if man succumbed to the temptation; God knew the exorbitant price that would have to be paid to ransom man back to perfect and completely fulfilling ownership of God.  God in his infinite wisdom desired fellowship with mankind, but only if there is a conscience free choice decision, on mankind’s part to choose to love and worship God.

The exorbitant price was paid through Jesus Christ in the will of the Father, through condemning an innocent Jesus so that he could face the wrath of God for sins that were committed by mankind.  Salvation cost God and immense price of suffering and pain.  Another way of thinking this is that Satan is limited in his lies while God is unlimited in his love and truth and grace.

Your ransom has been paid completely by God.  Nothing you can do can earn, change, or improve what God has done for you completely and his finished work of the gospel.  But, you must choose to accept this gift and if you want an adventurous life then apply this gift to your life.  Then you can enter the struggle of relationship with and faith in God.

The struggle is this.  It is easy to see and experience Satan’s limited power now.  Satan is very successful in his blame God for all of his evil campaigns.  But one thing I have noticed if someone lays blame on something outside themselves they are in fact being controlled by that outside force.  So when Satan blames God it is easy to believe the fault because God is in fact in control.  In Satan’s blame, he is proving the truth that God is in absolute control and distorting it for his insidious deception game.

The fog of the situation is to hide this, God does not want to control you absolutely as Satan desires to.  God wants you to freely choose to love and worship him.  As you grow in Christ suffering will happen to you, this is it an invitation to be identified with Christ and his suffering.  (Though he were son yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.  Hebrews 5:8 see II Corinthians 1:9) As you persevere through the suffering and believe God is good you are being purified of the lies in which Satan entraps mankind.

Get free of the ransomware that Satan has put on your life through the fall of mankind.  You have never experienced freedom until you have experienced the freedom of Jesus Christ.  The choice of Christ as your God activates for the first time a real choice of life or death in your decision-making process.  With Satan, all your choices are the lesser of two evils, with some of Satan’s decisions disguised to look like God’s good way!

You may live in a country that touts freedom as a right.  But, it is not the same kind of soul freedom that you experience with Jesus.  Give the life ransomware locked onto your life to Jesus and let Him give you the key which is Jesus to become free and activate a real choice of free living will.  Then you can see the facts of life! God Loves you and gave himself for you while you were yet a sinner!  Romans 5:8 also see. 1 John 4:19

Satan desires to deceive you and believe that this suffering life is all there is.  Satan also wants to believe that you better grab and take now, because there’s nothing else.  Satan is a master of entrapment and deception while making you think you are in control, not him!  Don’t be fooled!

If you ever want true freedom, there is no other pathway on earth that gives you choice outside of Jesus Christ and his way.  Only after you become a believer, you will learn to exercise your freedom in ways you never thought possible.  Your free will (true life) becomes active after your acceptance of Jesus and his payment for your sin is redeemed in you.

If you wisely choose to become more humble before God and as you walk with him your free will is exercised, becomes stronger, and wiser as you grow in Jesus Christ the Word.  (Yes, you will stumble and fall along the way in this new walk with God.) The word of God uses the description of abundant life to convey the concept of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The truth will truly set you free in your thinking, emotion, and love.(see John 8:32, Matthew 18:18 You can bind yourself up permanently)   Would you like to begin the process of eliminating all compunction out of your life?  Does any of this sound bad to you?

Humbly presented,

Denny

A prayer

Dad, it’s me again.  You never cease to amaze me Dad, even though I know you are an awesome God.  You manage to be wonderful even in the worst of times, and the best celebrator of the best of times I’ve ever experienced.

I ask for strength from you heavenly Dad, to help me always be ready for an answer to anyone who asked the reason of your hope in me.  I ask for strength to endure as you show me things about me that I don’t understand and don’t know at this moment.  Those are truly tough times as you expose the reality of who I am.  I need a God who is exactly like you Lord.

Dad, exceedingly far greater is the blessing as you expose the reality of who you are to me.  Your love and care for us as human beings is far beyond compare of anything I’ve seen on this earth.  Your redemptive power is far greater than anything I know of.  Your love to us is unfailing.  Your love Dad is so strong that it creates doubt in me that it could even be true.  Help my unbelief.  Can anything be as good as you heavenly Dad?

I humbly ask for wisdom to be able to see through Lucifer’s shenanigans, falsehoods, entrapments, and shadowy threats of death so that I can see You in your purity Lord.  I ask for words and actions to display you here on this earth heavenly dad that you might be able to use this life, you gave, to make a difference for your Kingdom and increase it.

I thank you for your provision Lord whatever might be, for you are good and able no matter what my circumstances are.  Teach me to forgive my neighbor and then love them like you do.  As You Do This through me Dad, do not allow me to become proud and high-minded.  All good and perfect gifts come from you only Lord.

You are all power Lord, please keep me connected.  You are all Glory Lord, allow me to see and celebrate with you.  Keep me ever mindful that you are eternal Lord, allow my finiteness to honor and glorify you in this life.  Thank you Lord, for being worthy of all my praise and trust in all life my heavenly Dad.

In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen.

Your child Dad,

Denny

Theocracy thought…”LTD.”

In the Abrahamic covenant, I have always struggled why God gave us the land before he gave us the promise of His Son. My Argument Was It Did Not Seem Consistent with God That He Would put Land before People! But It Seems, I was looking at scripture Very Wrong. It Was God Looking into Our Hearts and Seeing Our Need of a Place to Be before Our Soul Needs Could Be Addressed.

So my best guess application of this would be; we need to have a place, a land that is working and operational for us to believe in.  God asking faith in a living Jesus Christ and His tenants of  the gospel represented the land.  This faith would express itself as taking care of the poor, getting people off welfare, reintegration of prisoners back into society, as a demonstration of love and our faith in an unlimited God. A place to go to, so to have a sure faith in its existence.

Then we would have to have faith in God, as always, for his blessings to change hearts and souls into living believers. “Government” cannot do this on its own because it does not believe in God, which makes the church the only viable option. For example, when King David was King of Israel there was a theocracy in full operation as he governed God’s people.

When King David drifted away from God, King David was hurt and the people he ruled over along with him. When King David was in good fellowship with God following righteousness and demonstrating faith, everyone was blessed in David’s Kingdom.

Where is this happening today inside our church? Have we become as inefficient as the government in doling out our love to those in need? I believe I am seeing some movement in churches to unify instead of cannibalizing each other in a very unhealthy spiritual manner. What a struggle to do what God intended.

The CHURCH has stepped away from this “welfare service” over the years and allowed the government to really mess things up. So, we the CHURCH “need?” (better word needed!) to practice our unity in one God, as God practices His unique oneness in His Trinity. Then we would have a relationship that would invite others, our neighbors, into an operational Christ-like community.

This call is only for believers to be in unity in Christ Jesus. Not the government not unbelievers! We need to create this place for ourselves, for until this is operational and visible to everyone it is only an idea. Ideas are tough to sell these days! We have stepped aside as God’s operational Church and allowed the government to do our ministry of helping others who are troubled.

Current Government in operation of HELPING people does not understand how to help! Today Government is more lost than it was 60 years ago. God has given us an example to pattern after. Why should he bless us when we do government our own way and exclude Him. By the way, the Church is a living entity, the bride of Christ. The Church is able to adapt to the changing social situations without loss of its life or mission.

Writing this makes me extremely uncomfortable; I do not think I’m the best example to be writing this.

As I am being changed moment by moment, I ask myself, do I want to be an active agent in this unity? I do not believe it is widespread out there yet. But I am seeing rumblings of the Gospel being paramount in churches, from the pulpit, a call back to the foundations of the faith and practicing tenants that have been set aside.

Am I going to enter this battle for my generation?  With God’s help, I can withstand the pain and heartbreak when people deny the Lord’s Gospel.

A servant of God by choice,

Denny

 

 

 

A short biblical record of separation and divorce.

Divorce Definitions:

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  1. The legal dissolution of a marriage.
  2. A complete or radical severance of closely connected things.

See Synonyms at separate.

Divorce a separation of closely connected things.  I will probably miss a lot of citations but here is a list of from the Bible of things that were separated or divorced as I find them recorded in the Bible.

Genesis

Ch. 1

2The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. (formless given up to form)

  1. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. ( light from darkness)
  2. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day. (Time started, separation of past from present and future.)
  3. Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. (land separated from water)
  4. to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. (light darkness separated)

27So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (God’s image to man from God. more in Ch.2)

Ch. 2

  1. Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. (man from earth)
  2. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. 2:21 Or took a part of the man’s side.  (Woman separated from man)Ch. 3

Ch. 3

4“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5“God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” (deception and truth divisions)

  1. The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. (for a moment man separated from woman and woman alone from God. Then man and woman united and separated from God.)
  2. He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” (security separated and fear replaced)
  3. And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. (God’s perfect provision separated from man and replaced with man fending for himself.)
  4. So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. (Separation from home, the Garden of Eden.)
  5. After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. (The price/cost is set for the reunification of God and Man. A foretelling of THE promised separation of the trinity of God to pay the price in a finished work.)

CH.4

  1. One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him. (First elder brother separation from love of family, and real love of our neighbor. Root of all sin and separation)
  2. Afterward the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother? Where is Abel?” “I don’t know,” Cain responded. “Am I my brother’s guardian?”(divorce from reality, self-made fantasy is getting stronger)

 

There is, of course, the first divorce.

Isaiah 14:12
“How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!

A divorce of irreconcilable differences between God and Satan.  God being benevolent did not put down the rebellion.  God allowed Lucifer to take any Angel who was willing to follow him down to do his deceiving work of deceiving and cheating people from redeeming their souls.  This deception is a choice  to have faith in God or not, and the use of God-ordained free will of each person.  By the way, Satan will always think he can be God and defeat God, this will never ever go away.  I feel this desire is part of the torment that Satan has shared with his followers.

Even on the cross, with Jesus right there in the thick of what was going on in real time. Only one of the criminals with whom Jesus was dying with, accepted the truth and entered celebration with God. The other died with hope in self and lies.  God allowed the choice and it was sealed then recorded for all to see and choose.

Because of these many citations of divorce and separation presented in nature, mankind’s relationships with each other, and the relationship between God and man, divorce had to be a part of everyday life for everyone.  You have to give up something to get something!  You have to give up something especially when it is stolen or lost, which is another form of divorce.  The point is, the world keeps going even though we give up things to give to our idols or the true and living God.

The point is, the world keeps going even though we give up things to give to our idols or the true and living God.  There is deep core hope of reconciliation throughout all relationships known to mankind. Yet, God invites us to divorce this natural world to enter His supernatural world which is abundant and free to us. The Gospel is paid for in a priceless act of love by the begotten one of the Trinty.

If the concept of divorce was not a part of daily living our understanding would not be as great or deeply felt helping us to see the cost that was paid in reconciliation.  Reconciliation is the stuff of life.  Reconciliation is the stuff of hope.  Reconciliation is the most expensive thing that we will ever come across whether it is given to us, or we give it to someone else. Reconciliation can only grow in a rich soil of forgiveness.

And contained within all reconciliation there is a loss.  In some reconciliations is not worth the loss.  But in the reconciliation given to us by God, there is never any indication that it is not worth the cost.  In fact, because God packs down in unmeasured love toward us and blessings to do his work in our lives that he gave us, there is an indication that we are giving up near nothing for everything.Luke 9:24

New Living Translation
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

What important separations or divorces that I did not mention in the creation account, or in the years of Adam and Eve, the fall of Lucifer?  I hope this is one of the first of several blogs on this particular subject.  What you think, about these thoughts on divorce and separation?

I wish you a great day and may the joy of the Lord be a powerful part of your life.

Redeemed in Christ Jesus.

Joyfully yours,

Denny

The biggest problem!

As I have pondered life both in being a Christian and not being a Christian.  I realized I have suffered through both conditions!  In one condition there were moments of joy with lots of crazy hurt.  And strangely enough in the other condition even though troubles still happen when I am with Christ Jesus there is a joy that is available in the deepest and darkest of times and the joy wrapped up and hope to see me through.

So, the biggest problem what is it?  Does it have anything to do with money?  Does that have to do with food and shelter?  Does it have to do is clothing?  Does it have anything you do it the way I act?  Well,, kind of yes, yet so much more!

There are some things in this life that I can say yes, I understand how they work.  How do beauty, love, thought, consciousness, decision-making, and a soul or a spirit work or operate in us?  Of these things I’m in contact with most of them every day.  How do I use these things and not understand how they operate or why they are in existence?  How can I ask questions about something I don’t know much about?  The beyond here feeling is common and real gift from God to think.

Can you see a problem in my questions?  I am talking and thinking about things when studied, you come away more confused and bewildered than with good solid answers.  Is there life after death?  Is this a problem?  Well, on one hand you may choose not to believe there’s life after death and all’s we are is here and now.  This presents a problem for me!  If I’m only here now why should not I destroy anything in my way of happiness and kill and maim anyone who tries to get in my way?  If I’m only here now and there is nothing else what’s the point of Kind living?

This dilemma was so beautifully answered for me in my quest for answers to questions that there were no answers for in a person named in Jesus Christ.  Now wait!  Don’t jump to too many conclusions about Jesus just yet.  My first question is, have you personally read about Jesus?  Just so you know reading is not enough with Jesus and his word called the Bible.  There is oh so much more to Jesus than just what you read.  However, what you read about Jesus is truly impressive.

I hope you’re starting to see some problems!  I am finite in all my nature which means I am limited.  As I experience an unlimited God it keeps me in a continual state of awe.  In this state of awe, what I find is a direct line to truth.  I now can see the problem I’ve had all along.  The problem was a deep, deep, deep fear that if I were to last forever, could I live a good enough life to earn some kind of reward for good behavior?  This has provided a wrestling match between God and I that still goes on sometimes today!

The really big problem I had is whether or not I was going to heaven or hell.  Another problem came up when I realized that even though my life has been relatively mild compared to some I have been in contact with.  I still saw failures, I had no right to live in heaven.  This continually presented me with a big problem.  When I meet people and they interact with me something happens between us that is beyond understanding.  We connect!  Some connections are bad, some connections are good, some connections are stupendous and long-lasting and called friends. Is this a taste of God in everyday life.

How can all these things happen if we were just intended for now and there’s nothing else?  Wouldn’t we be totally selfish if there was nothing else?  And if you say no we wouldn’t be selfish, what would be your motivation not to be selfish?  There is only survival of the fittest in nature.  Which translates into kill or be killed!  That’s the best evolution has to offer.  And if there’s no eternity and there’s nothing else then I’m willing to go with evolution and survival of the fittest. There is more than nature. YOU know it deep inside you. Slow down and you will experance it.

So now with my problem in hand, of going to hell and no way on this earth to get out of this problem what am I to do?  I can’t good behave my way out of hell because I slip and I fall off my own standards, not including God’s!  Sounds like I’m in need of some outside help.  But who will step in and help me out I do not deserve to be helped.  Is there someone really that good in the world that I experience?  Well, my friend, my answer is absolutely there is not.

Fortunately, there is someone who operates on a supernatural basis not a natural one!  He is so beyond me that he had to express himself to me as three persons Father, Son, Holy Spirit.  In this expression I came to understand that the three had eternally past, present and future existed in peace and perfect love existence demonstrating pure love in the highest form I have ever experienced.

This love was demonstrated to me through Jesus Christ who became begotten of men.  Jesus is the only begotten or born of man one in the Trinity.  The only reason Jesus had to be born of man was to become vulnerable to Satan’s schemes of death and killing.  Jesus is both God and man.  Because of his vulnerability of manhood he was able to do something for me that I could not do for myself.

Jesus answered the big problem with his life, death, and resurrection the biggest problem I have ever come up against.  And that was the problem of not being able to have a good reason to go to heaven.  What the gospel or good news of Jesus says is this.  Because Jesus loves me and called me (he calls every person who has ever lived to himself no matter what their belief system is) and somehow I answered, yes in my delima, through his grace  Jesus said because of my work, that I did when I lived, I have paid the complete price for your entry into heaven.

Without this one act from a benevolent God I had no hope of ever having eternal life.  He solved my biggest problem by paying in full the price of my entry into heaven.  As I look at it, there was no other way for me to get into heaven.  Religion simply put me under a burden that I could not bear up under or keep.  A relationship with God that I do not deserve, took care of everything that I had to worry about.  This is the rest offered to me to live in as a believer in Jesus Christ.  A paid for in full sonship to the God that loves me and gave himself for me.

Now, with the perspective of hell being taking care of, I find that I see other problems, no matter how big or how badly they hurt as much smaller when compared to hell.  Now you may ask how do I pay for such a rest as Jesus offered.  The simple answer is I can’t and you can’t.  It has already been paid for by Jesus Christ on his cross where every bad thing that has ever been or happened has purchased and put under the control of God.

No evil ever comes from God.  However, God commands evil because he bought and paid for it and put it under his control.  Therefore I have no worry about the fallenness and hurt that goes on around me and happens to me because my Heavenly Father is taking care of all of it.  For now he has allowed the wheat and the weeds sometimes called tares in the Bible to grow together.  They (PROBLEMS) will continually call us to make the decision whether or not we believe in God or not.  Every time something good happens every time something bad happens we are faced with the challenge of deciding whether or not God exists or not. Is God good in what happened?  What do you say?

As much as God gets blamed for all the bad things that ever happen, it seems Satan has a very good smokescreen for his actions.  The question is where is God when bad things happen?  God is with each and every person that something bad happens to.  The real question is; what is the person that the bad thing is happening to doing with God.  God will never force that person to believe in him.  Instead God has given us a free will to make the choice to believe in him or not.

Our choice that we make for or against God never diminishes his love for us.  What a choice does is limit how much God can do for us in our eternity.  Yes, God has chosen to limit himself to your decision about him.  If you accept his call and say yes to Jesus he can then by your choice destroy all evil around you and replace it with righteousness and purity.  If you choose not to accept Jesus and his gift of the gospel, he will honor your choice and not force you into relationship with him.

Yes, you can opt. out of God’s paid in full forgivness program  er,  better word relationship……

If you want your biggest problems  takien care of, ask God to help you hear and answer him.  You may call yourself into a fiery trial to see God.  You may call yourself into a time of blessing.  However, God is not above blending both of these two exterams together in a very special formula, formulated just for you to activate your entire person to see God and answer his call.  God is not controllable, nor is he predictable!  But he understands you inside and out and knows what you need to happen in life to bring out the very best parts of you that he has put into you.

Therefore through the gospel of Jesus Christ I understand more and more each and every day however, little each and every day, but more each and every day that I can count everything loss that wasn’t for Jesus Christ.

No, I do not behave, work, or act like a good person to get into heaven.  I look at the gospel and the love that is presented to me and it by Jesus Christ and then do my best to imitate it in some way.  This is the only way I know to bring Jesus Christ to a world who is lost, dying, and hurting.

Lord my hope. Please use me to scatter your good seed everywhere I go. Help me do this in your strength and your way. Let me not become proud if you use me to do your good work. Teach me to give you all the honor and glory in all you do for me and through me.

in JESUS name,

Amen.

What do you say?

Learning to rest in Christ,

Denny