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Why do you believe?

If you don’t ask yourself this on a regular basis, you need too!

You need to confirm to yourself that this is exactly what you believe and why. This is should be an affirmation to your faith in God. This is daily thing. God’s eternal purpose has traveled down a winding road thru many a centuries to get His blueprint down to us and all of mankind. God has worked thru many people,many leaders, many enemies to get us to where we are now.

God is in control. God has created man, God has put up with man’s rebellion, man’s inability to work with God and live up to his potential. God’s image has taken over itself as a life of its own. We have made our own world,our own rules and our own lives.

This is a road that alot of us have taken. But it is when we sit back and look at God and His purpose and we try to see what God has in store for us that we realize that It was a hard road but it was an easy one. We have to not really rest on our laurels and ‘seek’ out him in all our ways. This is just not about our taking up the gauntlet of our forefathers, but seek him out for ourselves as if was brand new and fresh. Questions need to be asked all over again.

Who is our creator?

Why did He create us?

What is an Image Of God?

Who is an Image of God?

What is our vocation?

What is the body of Christ?

What is the Kingdom of God?

Who is the World?

What is Love?

Why Me?

These are some things worth our time to think on, these things are an macro view of God’s eternal purpose. We are the players in this drama of life and times of God’s people. We are important to the story, all of us.

One thing that has got to change in our very acute way of thinking about God, this story is about Him, his all saving Grace for his creation and His Kingdom. We have seem to think that it is us that sets the rules and regulations on when are where we do things for this or that. God’s Kingdom does not work like that. God’s ways are simple- Love me, Love your neighbor. This is God’s Kingdom, five simple words.

It is time to get out of that box that we worship in and also the thinking box to actually ‘see’ what God really is!

He cannot be confined. He is everywhere, everywhere we are, He is there also. This is the story of Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 21-22.

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It has to start somewhere

Working in retail most of my life, I feel that I can say these things in great assuredness that I have seen very little of the christian’s ‘mark of proof’ that they have instilled in their ownership.

Let me expound on this. It is the little things. Christians are everywhere(I hope), but I cannot ‘see’ them because they look and act just like everyone else in the world.

You see, it’s the little things that should be noticeable in their daily lives that should let them stand out in crowds or just in their everyday lives, that make them different. It should be that time in the store that some older lady is having problems picking up a box of food, and can’t quite pick it up and out of nowhere a man comes up to pick it up for her and puts it in her basket. It could be a time when some friends are talking about their home projects that they are starting and bob says that he has a big job of putting in new cabinets in his kitchen and it is a two man job, and without hesitation all the friends come to his aid the next day to his house.

It is that mentality of it’s not about me, but it’s everyone around me that matters. I struggle when I work, that I have a particlure job description, as does everyone else, but it seems that we as humans see ‘us’, me,and you as the only ones that can do it. No, everyone can do the kindness, the my needs can wait, lets work on your needs first. It is this unselfish ‘nature’ of a christian that should be ‘lighting up’ this world as it says in the scriptures, for christians are to be ‘different’ to stand out, to be called out to be different. But are we? Why not?

Is it because we don’t know what it is, or how it’s done? Is it because we do know, but we never do it, out side of our comfort zone? Is it just to be used in that institutional place that we go every week? Why not? Do we really know how to be different? Are you different? Are God’s people different? These questions need to be relooked at in our lives, but mainly in the christianity’s mission of who we are. What God designed us to be, and are we the image of that design?

In the end we must revisit what God’s people were designed to ‘be’ and why. Christianity has strayed from it’s vocation that God gave them in the beginning. It hasn’t changed. Even tho, there was a little hiccup along the way, It is still the same. Start with Genesis 1 and 2. Then look at Rev. 21 and 22, that is what it looks like when completed.

It starts with the little things.

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Are you hungry?

This question, if asked around my house would be a resounding “Yes” all day long! 

It seems that our bodies  are actually craving some kind of food all day long and sometimes at nite too. It is ironic that our bodies have our attention in this way, we have to feed it three or more times in a day to keep it happy and not growling at us for something new to come into our stomachs. It is only a daily thing.

We could almost say that food is in control of us. We are subconsciously being controlled by food. Without even thinking about it we have to have it, whether it be good food or bad food, now that is another topic all together. But the idea of food controlling our lives is there.

To a basic poor person compared to the average person living his or her normal life, we think about this food thing very rarely in that it is our lifeblood to life. We just go to the refrigerator and pull something out to eat, anytime of the day or nite. But to that poor person it is a matter of life and death. It is that simple.

And in a spiritual way it is.

God’s suttleness  is so amazing to me in knowing Him. He talks to us in such ways that we have to look into His face and to listen to what his every word is that we would be spellbound by his wisdom in Himself.

I have found such aweness of God that I find myself wanting to eat and drink of Him all day long. His words coming from the written word and from Him have made me want to snack on him besides to have those three Big meals in the day.

This leads  me to to the revelation that we must go away from this idea of one time a week to be lead by God to fill us for the whole week!  No one in their right mind would try a eating routine like this and live! Why should we  think that this would work in our life with God?

Let me tell you a great diet that really works.Every day that you wake up, eat a meal in the morning,afternoon, and evening to sustain you thru the day, and if you are really hungry try some snacks in between these meals. It will  quench your thirst and hunger!

Now, if we apply this thought to our spiritual life, we will have recipe for a spiritual life with God that we shall not ever hungry or thirst no more!? Now, where have we heard this before? Oh,yeah. It is in the bible when Jesus with the woman at the well.Jesus answered the woman’s question of how He could get some water if He did not have something to draw it from. But Jesus said to her ” Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

This “water” is a reference not to a physical water but a life of Him, which is what water brings to us in its physical sense. I am so in awe of the subtlety of God, it just make me sit there and Go “WoW, God you are amazing!

Our reality it seems is that we are like this samaritan woman in that she(the world) is still relying on the physical aspect of water to sustain us instead of God.

We have also realize that this is a daily occurrence of our being to walk with God. Our belief that our going for food on a certain day will not cut it any more. We have to come to God, who is at the Head of the Table, who is the food of Life for Us.

So, Come to the feast, every second,every minute, every hour,every day for the rest our lives to dine of God and with God. and they all said, “Amen, and Hallelujah”

P.S. as a testimony to this eating of God, I am eating more and more of him every day, I sense that I will not be quenched until I have looked into His eyes and know who He is. God is leading me on a daily basis to eat of Him, and I am now beginning to metabolize in a different way than I used to. I can now truly say “God is my Life”.

After all, “you are what you eat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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Do you really believe what you believe is real?

This quote is from Dr. Del Tackett formally of Focus on the Family’s “The Truth Project” in his opening statements of the series.

This has always pondered me on the statement even being said out loud, even doubted. But the more I have questioned myself and others on what and why we believe what we believe has become one of my 1st questions to ask someone.

It seems that what we believe is just not questioned! We believe in what we believe because our parents believed this way or this is what my church has taught.

Wow! This is  really scary to me and should be to you,too!  In 1 John 4:1 John tells us to test all spirits of this world, all spirits are not of God. We should not give free reign with someone that speaks the word just because of where they are or the title that they have. This was emphasized many times to the various churches in the new testament that there are many false teachers and followers out in the world. Let me stop here and just mention that in this section that this also includes religion in general. Christ preached all thru the NT of the “religions of the world” that they were not of Him.

Let me stop here and let you take a look at a clip of an experience  that Francis Chan had when he had visitors came to him at his house. Check this link out- http://youtu.be/5Is8QnxviOI

If you don’t know who Francis Chan is,check him out, he is an awesome believer!

Francis Chan’s life was changed thru these instances when these men came to his house and they professed their beliefs but yet did not know where they came from. He questioned them on how they validated their beliefs yet he did not know himself on how he validated his own beliefs! Wow, what a statement.

I understand on where he was coming from in his stand on his belief, but yet could not validate it. I have read the bible over a few times and my perception on what I believed I just assumed was in there some place.

Not til I started to go look for what I believed in, that I could not find anything that supported it!

Ok, now what?

My perspective on God and the Bible had been totally shattered in where I stood. I had to go back into the word/God.(I want to point out right here that we need to understand that the word is God,and God is the word, they are not separate identities) If we read the bible with the understanding that God is in the word,of the word,and is His nature we will totally see the bible in a new light, pun intended.

God is to be looked at in a new light, a new covenant kind of way than we see with our normal eyes. The whole bible is God. Every word,every verse, every chapter,every book,every testament is God. We need to have our eyes wide open so we can see the BIG picture of God.

The bottom line is that we need to back and read the bible. See God in himself(the bible).

Let me give you some help in this start. Ask God for help in seeing Him in his words and his story. Pray that He will show you with His eyes and His spirit of the Bible. Do this every time you read the bible. This will prevent yourself from seeing what you want to see.

May God give the eyes to see Him in the reading of His Word!! Amen and Amen.

 

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Have we taken for granted what the bible says?

My instinct right off the bat is to say yes. 

Let me tell you why. It has to do with religion! Yes, religion! Do you realize that we are apart of the problem. We have created our religions and then we have sheltered ourselves in them. We have just lived our daily lives with our practices,traditions,ordinances,laws,doctrines, and worship not realizing of what we have created.

Now, I will tell you up front, that I am not sure how the Lord is going to have this changed, but I do know that He will, the Bible tells me so. But let me tell you about the way God changed my way of believing in God and His purpose.

I do think that God will work within the different religions of the world to change. Let me explain the way I believe that He will work here in the U.S.. 

I believe that the Protestant movement was or is not any different than the Catholicism world. We just put a different spin on it,that is all. After all, Protestantism is a offshoot of Catholicism. 

Our understanding of Jesus ministry on earth was for a specific purpose, besides Christ’s dieing on the Cross, I believe that it was the end message to the Jews at the time, that their religion(Judaism) was not what God wanted. Judaism and all other religions are about rules,regulations,commandments,laws,traditions,doctrines,and institutions! They are things, not Christ!

Christ was Life, Laws were death! Religion is death, Christ is life!! Until we re-read the Bible with Jesus eyes we will never see the Gospel. The Gospel is Christ. period.

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Is it really that simple?

Why as people do we try to improve on the basics of life?  I sometimes think that those people that live in a third world country, understand the meaning of life!  The one and only goal for each day is to keep a roof over their head, to have clothes on their back and to have food to eat. As a God believing man, He has told me that He will take care of my needs. If this is what God does for me, why am I doing all the things that I am doing for nothing. Their is no relevance or purpose in my fretting, or killing myself to do year after year just to survive in my life.

My next thought would be- What does God want me to be doing?

As a rock in God’s Church, I believe that we are to be as Him and to be a light unto the World!! Our daily living is a example unto Him,showing that He is in control and he meets our needs as mentioned.

But the Biggest example that I can show is to show the FAITH that it takes to believe in Him, because our Faith is that of a mustard seed is as Almighty as He is.

My Mind,Soul, and Spirit is set on these things as I live for HIM from this day forward. AMEN

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