FROM THE BOOK (THE INDWELLING LIFE OF CHRIST: ALL OF HIM IN ALL OF ME)

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.

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THE RELATIONSHIP THAT WAS IMPORTANT TO GOD (US)

I am sitting here doing my personal devotions and reading a passage of scripture from Mark 2 concerning the call of Levi. This verse smacked me real hard. It said, “When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Now repentance means to change your mind. So what do sinners need to change their minds about? Or about who? Then I began to work through, talk through and think through this in my mind. Jesus came to restore man’s relationship with God. Right? Right! Then what do sinners have to be convinced to change their minds about?

Then it hit me. Maybe I am right or wrong, but this is the jest of it. If Jesus came to restore the relationship between God and man and man has the wrong perception and ideal of God, then there will still be no relationship at all. Because man would still be afraid and fearful of God because how He was portrayed in the past. See, how man marketed God in the past would not allow for a good relationship. So Jesus came to change how man looked at God. So maybe just maybe this is why He hung out with sinners.

God realized that not only He needed to restore the relationship with His creation, but He also needed to change the perception too. THIS IS HOW IMPORTANT AND LOVED WE ARE TO GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST!

I think we need to follow in Jesus path and keep changing the perception about our loving Father. We are already forgiven and restored. So now, lets get people to realize it and tell them God is not mad at them and He is waiting with open arms to have a personal relationship with them.

LET SHARE WITH THEM JESUS!

 

I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY A LEPER IS STILL A LEPER AFTER HE IS HEALED?

I been questioning a lot of things lately. Is our culture of worship in our churches causing people to really grow in grace? Is the monolog style of service conducive for expressions of questions for understanding? Okay, that’s for another time. Let me get to the point. I was reading about Jesus when He was at Simon the leper house. That phrase caused me to pause. Why is Jesus going to a leper house? Isn’t that against the Law? But wait a minute, Jesus healed Simon right? He sure did. Then why is he still known as Simon the Leper?

Matthew wrote the book. He is one of Jesus disciples. Matthew starting following Jesus after Simon was healed. The point is Matthew calls Simon a leper when in fact Simon is healed. What’s up with that?  Why is his name Simon the Leper when he is not a leper anymore?

Do we have that same problem today in our culture of religion? Are we still operating bound, when we are free?  Are we walking around sick, when we are healed? Are we walking in blindness, when He has given us are sight back.  Are people still calling us, and dealing with us by what we used to be? Are people calling you by your former issue? Do they still see you as broken, bound, sick, battered, bruised, injured, or hurt?  Worse, are you answering those calls?

This little phrase has cause a lot of thought. Man, that’s deep. Think about it. Matthew a disciple of Christ called Simon who is healed, a leper. What are they still calling you?

WHO THE SON SETS FREE IS FREE INDEED, BE NOT INTANGLED AGAIN IN THE YOKE OF BOUNDAGE!

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW AUTHENTIC HEALING IN CHURCH WITH YOUR OWN EYEBALLS?

Has anybody notice in Matthew 21:12-14 concerning Jesus cleanses the temple and once the temple was clean, then the blind and the lame came to Him and he healed them. What’s up with that? Was that the only time Jesus healed in the Temple? I think He healed a man with a withered hand in the synagogue. Is that the same as the Temple?

What was the purpose of Him snapping like that? What was wrong with what they were doing? Could it be that the system they were using (sacrifices to please God and get close to Him and please Him) was now wrong? Did this cause unbelief, doubt and condemnation? I guess healing is not possible in that environment. However it is interesting to notice that after Jesus cleansed the temple, healing takes place.

I wonder maybe just maybe this is what’s wrong with the church at large. There is so much stuff going on in the church, that the power of God is missing. When is that last time you witnessed genuine healing? When was the last time you witnessed the power of God fall in your service? I am not talking about emotionalism. I am not talking about self-effort praise. I’m not talking about a hype service full of excitement, but void of the power.  I am talking about with your eyeballs see real authentic healing. 

Think about what goes on in your church. Shoot, think about the things that just goes on in service. There is a whole lot of stuff that has nothing to do with understanding how to get the Christ life activated in my everyday life. How can I make the bible relevant when I am stressed out of my mind? Can I actually come and get healed when my doubt by myself is at an all time high?  Can I get encouragement? I can go on and on and on.

I don’t know. I just know that the verse speaks volumes on how we are doing church today. Let me recap. The temple was cleansed and healing took place after that! How about that! I heard this quote and I will close with it. THE DEN OF THIEVES IS NOT WHERE THEFT HAPPENS, IT IS WHERE THIEVES HANG OUT!!

MAYBE IT IS ABOUT HUMILITY?

Matthew 18 starts off by dealing with who’s the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. I think the world in general operate from this paradigm. Everybody is trying to be the best. That attitude has filtered into our churches. Who has the best church, the best Pastor, the best building, the best choir, the best ministry, and on and on and on. We come trying to look our best. And those that can’t don’t come because they can’t measure up. I don’t think there is nothing wrong with doing our best and giving our best. But to what or whos expense?

Jesus, who does some crazy thing, is true to form again by placing a child in the midst of them and says, “except you be converted and become as little children you can’t enter the kingdom of heaven.” What? Get out! What in the world does that mean? Im not really sure, but maybe just maybe Jesus is talking about humility. Maybe loving and believing and trusting and total dependence of another?  Maybe not depending on your own self-effort? Maybe recognizing you can’t do nothing without the help of others? Sounds like humility to me!

Jesus was so serious about this, that He starts snapping and starts talking about “woes” and “hanging” and “drowning”.  Then like Jesus, He starts diving into “cutting off” and plucking out” stuff. Well, I think this speaks for itself. Jesus is saying that humility is a problem for people and this greatest and least thing will cause major problems in the world.

It’s causing problems in our churches. Maybe if we practice humility one day at a time, then unity may become the norm instead of the exception.

 

STOP MIXING THE WORD OF GOD! (WELL, THAT’S WHAT GOD SAID!)

Jesus took Peter, James and John with Him on top of the mountain. Jesus was transfigured right in front of them. Then Moses and Elias appeared with Him and began talking with Jesus. Peter comes out of His mouth and says, “Hey it is good for us to be here, let us make three status (tabernacle).” So soon as Peter said that, a loud voice overtakes the whole place and said, “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; hear Him.”

Boom, there it is! What Peter did was to make them equal. Which means they all have equal say, equal press, equal power, and equal status. Also more dangerous is than now you can mix them together and their thoughts and form your own religion.

Well, God put a stop to that. he said HEAR HIM ONLY! This makes reading the bible, studying the bible, preaching the bible, teaching the bible much easier. Now, we read and interpret it wih the lens of Christ. Now with the lens of all three. Will you go against what God has said? Or are you still mixing all three coming up with your own brand of the gospel?

REMEMBER, IT’S ABOUT JESUS!

IT’S NOT ABOUT PETER FAILING, IT’S ABOUT JESUS VICTORY

Remember, Jesus went walking on the water and Peter asked if it’s you bid me to come and Peter got out of the boat and walked for a while, then looked at the wind and the waves and began to sink. He called out to Jesus to saved him and He did. However, I don’t think that’s all we should get of that story. There is a story underneath the story that is worth looking at. Jesus got word that John the Baptist was murdered. Remember, Jesus is 100 percent man.  How do you think that affected Him? The Bible says He went to the desert, I guess to be alone but the multitudes followed Him. He healed them and fed them. All the while He is grieving for John. Then He sent His disciples ahead and He went up the mountain to be alone. Why was He trying to be alone? He needed to be with His Father? He needed refreshing? He needed relationship with His Father? He needed to get Himself together through the relationship with His Father? He needed strength? Well all I know is that when He was finished, He had so much power and energy He started walking. Walking down the mountain, walking on the shore, then walking on the water. I mean, He was so hyped and so full of energy from His fellowship with His Father (I don’t think He intended to do that). So, what’s the story behind the story? Peter tried to do what Jesus was doing without the benefit of spending timw with the Father. He could do it for a while, but the minute the storm came he starting sinking.

Jesus proved that you need to spend time alone with God in order to continue to do ministry. Jesus proved that you can’t keep going after a life issue has happen without communion with the Father. Jesus proved that you can get weary in well doing.

It is not about the miracles or Him walking on the water. it is about Jesus showing us how to operate under the power of a relationship with the Father. It’s about Jesus showing us how to live His life through you. Again it was not about what He did, it’s about WHO HE IS!  READ THE WORD LOOKING FOR JESUS

TRUMP!!!

Ok, Ben Carson endorses Trump. There are others that are endorsing Trump. I heard and don’t know that its true, but Paula White who Pastors a mostly African American church endorsed Trump. People are going crazy and losing their minds over the thought of Trump going from the bankruptcy house to the White House. I read some say that they are leaving the United States of America if Trump wins. Others say, “Get the boats ready.”

Are the believers scared too? Are the believers worried about Trump winning? What is the believers position on this? How do we respond to this organized chaos? And it is an organized chaos! Are we confused, baffled, leary and simply concern like the rest of the people? What does the church have to say? Is anybody listening? Does the church have any power or any answers to calm the raging water of doubt?

Well, let me put my two cent in. First, let me tell you what the bible says. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead and your life is hid with Christ in  God (Colossians 3:2,3).  So we as believers must believe God is our source. It doesn’t matter who is President. God is the source and has the final say.  And understand that nothing surprises God and He will use whoever and whatever to fulfill His plan for His children. He will even allow sin to do its job and let it run rampant until it fulfills its purpose which is for God to show mercy and man realizes he needs a Savior.

Just like God allow Israel to go astray, so that the Gentiles could be grafted in. Since God knows everything and foreknows everything, we can rest assured that whatever happens God will get the glory and His children will be blessed.

So, be encourage children of the Most High God our Father. Start living above the line which is eternal and not live below the line which is temporal. Understand how our Father operates and rest in His love and finished work. Pray if you must. Fast if you must. Do all those things you think that will give you peace and draw you closer to Him. I would prefer you just rest in Him and trust in His love for you. You will sleep much better!

 

 

I THINK GOD IS GETTING A BAD RAP! (Could we be wrong?)

As soon as I think a got a handle on the grace message, the new covenant, Jesus and God, I find myself in a dark cloud again. Man, come on, I thought, ok, let me breath a little and let all that I have learned sink in. Not happening! Now I feel even more dumb. There our certain doctrines and scriptures I thought I had down pat. You couldn’t convince me, I had them wrong. Well, wrong again! Piece of advice, don’t underestimate the Holy Spirit. Now, I’m like, ok, I know nothing, teach me.

You may say, what are you talking about. I will give you a few examples and as He teaches me, I will share.

So, “By His stripes we are healed, “I thought it dealt with our physical healing. But it deals with the healing from sin. The wounds and bruises sin has caused.  Physical healing is the by-product of the finished work of the Cross.  “My God, my God why has thou forsaken me.” Some say it deals with separation between God and His Son because He became sin for us and God can’t look on sin. Well Jesus took on the sins of the world and is feeling the effects and couldn’t locate the Father because now He is looking through the filter of the fall. When Adam and Eve fell, their perception of God changed and they felt disconnected from God, not the other way around.

Did sin really separate man from God ( put it more plainly, separation because of my behavior)?  I am learning NO!  How can you explain after the fall, God is still communicating with Adam’s kids?  What about the sacrifices? That the sacrifice was there to appease God’s wrath concerning man because they couldn’t keep the law. When the sacrifices was for the benefit of man, not God. It was so man can feel close to God, not God being close to man. GOD NEVER CHANGED, MAN DID!

Now the Lord is walking me through this wrath of God piece that is blowing my mind. What I thought I knew about the wrath of God is not what He is sharing with me. Listen, I know the Truth when I hear it because the Truth is in me. I will be sharing about the wrath of God starting this Sunday.

The point is this, I think we have it wrong concerning our perception of God. Is Jesus my hero and God I don’t know about because Jesus saved me from the wrath of God? How can I trust God who wanted to do me harm and it’s only because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God didn’t have His way. How can you separate the two? Did Jesus forget to show us that side of God when He walked on this earth and say He is the express image of His Father? And what about the “God was in Christ reconcling the world to Himself” scripture?

I think God is getting a bad rap. When the scripture says God is love, What did he really mean? All, part, some, what?

Well, what He is showing me now, is making me revisit EVERYTHING!  If God is love and I mean LOVE!!!,  then we all have to read the Bible again with different eyes.