Finding God in the Mystery of every day

024607 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,

            Although it probably didn’t look exactly like this, the day Jesus stood in the synagogue and read these words from Isaiah a gauntlet was thrown down. The world would never be the same. A Savior had come and declared Himself and from that moment on it was all out war.

            Today is called Independence Day here in the USA. On the day the Declaration of Independence was ratified a great experiment in human self-government began. And like that day in the synagogue from that moment on a war began which goes on to this day. All of the elements of warfare are at play. Open combat. Guerrilla operations, spying, disinformation campaigns all sorts of tactical discussions and an ongoing refusal to understand the other point of view. The unfortunate thing about America is that politically there is no Savior in view. No man or woman will ever restore the USA to the principles so terribly eroded by the “give me everything, and ask nothing” culture we have become.

            Only Jesus, in all the world can bring the kind of freedom which the human soul so desperately needs. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (NIV)

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

024606 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Psalm 78:32 In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;
    in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.
33 So he ended their days in futility
    and their years in terror.

            This cautionary tale from the Psalms tells of the history of the Israelite people. The Psalmist is quite naturally taking God’s part and recounting the many blessings of God upon the Israelite people and the ungrateful and self-serving nature of their response to His grace and provision. It is fascinating to look at this and understand the history behind it all and to measure our current times against these principals of God’s love.       

            A time is set, and is surely coming when the scene above will be acted out in ways we cannot fathom from our perspective. Only those who have turned to God through the atoning sacrifice of our Lord Jesus the vey son of God will be spared.

            New Testament apocalyptic theology is very clear on the subject. People will in the main get worse and worse. We cannot stop it. We can, however act as voices of reason in the midst of the insanity. Speaking the love of Jesus in His name and accepting people where they are and pointing to the better way of following Jesus and shedding all of the sinful trappings of this world.

With all the attention on the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the 1973 Roe V Wade decision it seems like the liberal press if such it should be called is at great pains to attempt to popularize and use any means necessary to promote the need for universal abortion access. Do not be misled. The whole concept of responsible citizenship is foreign to the fools who trumpet this kind of idiocy. Even Scripture is being twisted in their vain and foolish attempts to justify the murder of babies.

I recognize that there is no easy answer to the problems of living in a sex maddened society, but we must now be even more vigilant in prayer, more compassionate in our interactions with lost people especially expectant mothers, and available to come alongside the ones who most need help.

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

024605 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Romans 12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

            This is probably one of the most difficult passages of scripture to follow. It tilts at the very nature of who we are. I have seen vengeance meted out by people whom I understood to be walking in faith and yet they felt justified to wreak their revenge upon another person who thought they were walking after the Way of Jesus. If it is difficult for Christians to get along with one another, how nearly impossible is it then to be peacemakers in this twisted, perverted world in which we live. As I think of trying to overcome these urges within myself, I despair of hope, unless…

Praise God and Hallelujah! Ha has made the way for us to follow, and He has shown us by the sacrifice of His own Son, and not only that, but He has also promised His Holy spirit to live in us and help us to do what we cannot imagine doing on our own. So, when we look at the frustration of trying to clean up the messes made by others and the spirit of vengeance overtakes us, we must the stop and pray and thank God for the manifestation of His true power in His Holy Spirit to overcome even ourselves.

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

024604 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Titus 3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

            There is little doubt that in today’s so-called “news cycle” (Perhaps more appropriately “outrage cycle”) there is on any given day enough provocation to frustrate and anger just about anyone and everyone. Yellow journalism, so scrupulously avoided during wartime had been set loose in every newsroom in America and elsewhere in the years since the supposed “wars to end all wars.” (Speaking here of WW 1 and WWII, but pick a war, any war.)

            It would seem, to listen to any newscast, no matter your so-called political leanings, there is more than enough going on in the lives of relatively insignificant people to get someone upset. “If it bleeds it leads.” Has been the mantra of news organizations hell-bent on focusing on the weakness and failures of the people all around us. Now, I ask you; Who is interested in provoking and promoting the failure and degradation of your neighbors?

Finding Go in the Mystery of every day

024603 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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1 Corinthians 2:14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. (NIV)

            Sadly, most of the people you meet every day are already dead. They just don’t know it. When you are angered by their sin, and you want to lash out at them you are speaking a language they cannot hear and would not understand if they could. In this matter of “judging” other people being aware and shying away from the sinfulness of other people is not judging. However, if the Holy Spirit prompts you to speak, then you must address with love the great need a person has for a real Savior. Why? God has determined that they are at a crossroads of decision.

            Now, those who are of the preaching type are used to a scattergun approach speaking (mostly to other Christians) on the off-chance that some will hear and respond. Great evangelists of the past, Wesley, Whitfield, Finney, Sunday, Graham and others approached things through a deep covering of prayer and that mostly for the hearts and minds of the people to whom they would speak.

            Most of us, however, need an even deeper, more precisely targeted prayer that targets those upon whom God’s light has been revealed. Like a hunter, we must wait for the perfect moment to present our Lord Jesus to a lost person.

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Finding God in the Mystery of every day

024602 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Matthew 71-2 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? …(KJV)

            What does Jesus want from us in these times. Erhaps the most creative of people might find a way to communicate the live of God without all of the wrangling, arguing, and fighting which seems to characterize public discourse. We deen to be moe determined and wise in our approaches to people who are lost in sin. We need to find better ways of communicating Jesus’ truth to others. Food pantries, crisis intervention, peacemaking effort are all wonderful Persistent meeting of the needs of others is essential, but we mist never lose the spiritual dimension of those efforts. Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2

            Remember, always the flow of the spirit must always be toward Jesus and the throne of God. When we argue we just may be reversing the flow.

Finding God in the Mystery f every day

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1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace. (NASB)

From the very beginning the enemy of God, whom we call Satan, which means accuser, has used deception and confusion to bring down God’s “crown of creation”, humankind, in order to hurt and attack the very core of who God is. He has done his work well. It seems that now every time I look outside of my own protected little world I hear or see some moronic fool singing Satan’s mantra; “Did God really say?”

            With the recent decision by the US Supreme court to overturn a so called “precedent” in place for fifty years the whole world seems to have gone into some sort of psychotic episode. The issue of unwanted pregnancy and the lust people seem to freely exercise have not really hit an impasse. What the government has said is that it’s not the problem of the federal government to regulate. They believe it should be left to the states.

            So, why the hysteria? If you really want to know, I believe that the problems, vis, riots, vandalism, rampant crime, are all the result of “Far too many people with far too little to do.” Our worst nightmares become reality and we are left looking and acting like fools.

            So, what’s the remedy for all this chaos? There is none. Only Jesus can put things right. Little by little, heart by heart, and finally the end when all unrighteousness is brought to heel and His own are taken up to be with Him forever.

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

024507 Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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2 Kings 5: 20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, [p]thought, “Behold, my master has spared this Naaman the Aramean, [q]by not accepting from his hand what he brought. As the Lord lives, I will run after him and take something from him.” 21 So Gehazi pursued Naaman. 

            This entire chapter of scripture from the life of Elisha demonstrates clearly the fact the even the most discerning of people are not immune from the treachery of those closest to them. Greed, lust and self-promotion can and will turn the heads of most that you might take into your confidence. Perhaps that is why Jesus warned the disciples

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be as wary as serpents, and as innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16) Betrayal is something Jesus understands all too well. The entire history of Israel is one of betrayal and treachery. Read this entire chapter and try to understand all of the deep emotions at play. Pride, misplaced love, self-interest, greed are all at play. Learn from this that God will not be mocked. Galatians 6:7

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

024506 Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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Jeremiah 23:24 Can a person hide himself in hiding places So that I do not see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord.

            If ever there was an illustrative verse of the idea of the “two edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12) this is it. On the one hand, or blade if you will there is the idea that you cannot deceive or evade the Lord our God. On the other there is the comfort of knowing that He is always there. He watches over His whole creation. Yes, it grieves His heart when we sin, but He is also there to provide strength, hope and clarity of vision when we are put to the test.

            I feel so badly for those who have set themselves up for failure on this world. So many are listening to the lies of gurus and so-called prophets just as the people of Judah were in Jeremiah’s time. (Ibid chapter 23) It will come of no good. God’s wrath is being poured out even as we speak. Are you out in the open with your faith? Whether or not the people around you, even those you love most dearly will either listen and hear or not. Don’t give up. Pray continually.

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Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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Proverbs 2 My son, if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,
Make your ear attentive to wisdom;
Incline your heart to understanding.
For if you cry out for insight,
And [a]raise your voice for understanding;
If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And discover the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;

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            As I sat an a pew playing background music duringthe first Wednesday night prayer meeting in a long while it came to my mind that the church as we interpret it today is much like the ld dog trying to learn a new trick. We don’t know how to pray when we’re together because we don’t really know each other. I would normally complain loudly over this (as I have in the past, usually to no avail) but in reality I do understand and must once again dive deep into scripture for the answer to the conundrum I have faced for many years.

            Admittedly I am something, (really much nore than something) of a Luddite (see below)) but I also realize that technology and socia change are two wild horses that God has known about from the beginning and has planned for. I applaud the efforts made to being the modern church technologically into the twenty first century, but I decry the parasitic social ideologies that have attached themselves to much of what has been brough into the church. God is still on the throne. Sin is still sin. There will be a reckoning.

            Lord grant me wisdom to be the very best for you that I can and true to the word in all things.

Lud·dite

[ˈlədˌīt]

NOUN

  1. derogatory

a person opposed to new technology or ways of working:

“a small-minded Luddite resisting progress” · 

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  • historical

a member of any of the bands of English workers who destroyed machinery, especially in cotton and woolen mills, that they believed was threatening their jobs (1811–16).