I ask the Lord to fill my fridge with food and my freezer with meats. Well He didn’t do it yet. Now my fridge is acting up. I’m waiting on the man to come and fix it. We have been missing each other because of my schedule. So you really can’t keep nothing in there for long. So I’m wondering why the Lord is not honoring my request. Then after a while I clearly hear Him say I can’t honor your request until the fridge gets fix. If I give you want you wanted them the food would go bad and you would lose what I have given you. Makes sense right? Then this dawned on me. Maybe this is the reason why God can’t give us some of the things we ask for. Because number one, we are not ready for them. Two, there are some things wrong with us that need fixing before we can receive what God has in store for us. And third if He would give it to us now before the repair man (Holy Ghost) fixes the issue, then we would lose and waste what was given to us. He that has begun a good work in you shall perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. So wait on the Lord and then receive all that He has promised you. You will be able to keep it and it will bless all those who enter into your space. Grace and peace upon you
I haven’t read a lot on this firestorm concerning the statements Kim Burrell made about homosexuality. Everybody is losing their collective minds. Was she right? Was she wrong? Who determines right or wrong? You? Me? The LGBT community, celebrities, preachers and everybody who has an opinion have weighted in on this subject. It has caused so much divisiveness. It’s a mess. People quoting Scriptures and spouting all kinds of things. Kim Burrell’s statement has caused her much pain and her career is being affected by this. Have we become judge and jury? Have we convicted each other based on our position one way or another? Do we even have that right? I know I am putting myself in the line of fire too. However I just want to maybe just maybe give another perspective of this subject.
Do we have the “holy ” piece right? (Be ye Holy, for I am Holy). Do we think be holy is about behavior? Well, maybe its about belonging and not behavior. Isaiah 6 gives us a beautiful picture and description of holiness. Isaiah 6:3 says “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.” What did the angels see? (this is the short version). They did not see God as one, (there are scriptures that support they saw more than one) they saw God as a three person family (Holy, holy, holy). They saw a family of belonging to each other. Let me give you an example of belonging and not behavior. The Sabbath day was considered holy. It is not a person but a day. It has no behavior attached to it. Then why was it called holy. Because it belonged to God.
God is love! Do you think He started loving when we came on the scene? No! Then who was He loving then? The Son and the Holy Spirit. So let say I am right and Holy and holiness is about belonging and not behavior. Because to tell you the truth, we all have issues and stuff that everybody can point a finger on that we consider unholy. So then what are you trying to say, someone might ask. Here is my point! It is found in the last portion of the scripture. “The whole earth is full of his glory.” So what is the whole earth full of? What is this scripture trying to tell us.
This is what Jeff Turner said concerning this scripture. “My ideas on where God hung out, and of whom He was willing to hang out with, were very limited, as my God was only allowed to operate within the strict confines of my religious worldview. Certain places and people were untouchable, while others were prime candidates for His presence. Once I ceased viewing the world through the lenses of my own perceived brokenness, and instead began seeing it through the work of Christ, I began to see and experience God in places and in people that I would have formerly thought were off limits to Him.”
So If holiness is about belonging and not about behavior. And the whole world is filled with this glory. Then EVERYBODY belongs to God! WOW! I just said that. So maybe our job is to LOVE and leave the rest to the Holy, holy, holy, since its belongs to Him anyway.
“In this state of possessing a pure knowledge of God humanity was lacking in any concept of good or evil, for this “knowledge” had not yet become a part of the human experience. It had yet to enter into our lives which would seem to suggest that originally, man was not made to behold God as “holy” in a moral or behavioral sense, as God discouraged man from eating the fruit that would grant him this ability. In man’s original mind there were no lines of distinction between good and bad, or sacred and secular. God was all in all, and Adam and Eve enjoyed life in the context of His presence, without a consciousness or understanding of sin. God was not the judge, the rule master or the dispenser of fines and penalties for moral infractions. he was simply Father, and above all he was Love. (Jeff Turner)
So my question is simply this, do we have the right perception of God? Come on, how do you look at God? What does your religion or experience tell you about God. From what I am understanding is that God was only suppose to be projected as our Father who loves us. That’s it. Nothing more or less. When did God become all that we say He is? Why do we think He is so distant from us? Why are we afraid of Him? Adam probably is still trying to figure out why? Why is our relationship with God so up and down and that concept tends to bleed into all other relationships.
I know I have a lot of questions. Matter of fact, so should you! Is our traditions reflect our perception of God? Does our praise and worship reflect our perception of God? Do we have the Garden experience wrong? Do we have the sacrifice piece wrong too. What about the cross? Did God really punish Jesus who was innocent just so the guilty can be ok in His sight. I don’t know if I like that kind of God. We were never to have a dual image of God like we do now. We never were suppose to look at God as holy or judge or Master, only FATHER.
The greatest sin or problem facing christianity is not homosexuality, murder, adultery, lying, stealing, cheating, greed, false witness, fornication and all the other stuff that people lose their minds over and treat people with distain and throw relationships away like a piece of paper. No, the problem is like it has always been, the knowledge of good and evil that changed our perception of God. That is the biggest threat to the church today!
I CHALLENGE YOU TO ASK YOUR OWN QUESTIONS. Don’t be afraid of the answers you get. They just might free you to see God as it was intended to be, YOUR FATHER!
If your life as a Christian can be explained in terms of you, what have you to offer to your neighbor next door? The way he lives his life can already be explained in terms of him, and as far as he is concerned, the only difference between him and you is that you happen to be ‘religious” while he is not. “Christianity” may be your hobby, but not his, and there is nothing about the way you practice it which strikes him as at all remarkable. There is nothing about you which leaves him guessing, and nothing commendable of which he does not feel himself equally capable without the inconvenience of becoming a Christian.
Only when your quality of life baffles your neighbors are you likely to get their attention. it must become patently obvious to them that the kind of life you are living is not only commendable, but beyond all human explanation. Your life must be the consequence only of God’s capacity to reproduce Himself in you, however little they may understand this. The people around you must become convinced that the Lord Jesus Christ is Himself the essential ingredient of the life you live.
We are surrounded by seeking souls whom the Holy Spirit, in all kinds of wonderful ways, has been awakening so that they may become conscious of the missing factor in their existence—even though they probably will not be able to rationalize that need of put in into words. That missing factor is God Himself, and without Him, human life is only mere existence.
So be alert and sensitive to the One indwelling your humanity. he is watching all over the world, looking not on the outside, but on the inside of those around you. “The LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7), and their awakening hearts are longing to see the reality of God in you.