Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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Revelation 6:6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”

            I think it’s quite interesting that immediately following the real or imagined quarantining of covid-19 we have, suddenly, a different kind of limiting factor coming into our lives. The specter of inflation while always looming in the sort of tug of war experienced among economies extant in the world today has been exacerbated by the wars and other political and social movements of the past few years.

While I am frustrated somewhat by the fact that things are more expensive and harder to get, for some, the crisis rises to terrifying proportions threatening health, welfare and potentially lives. (vis. the baby formula shortage) While we may understand the causation of such events and can easily place blame or find a scapegoat, I wonder if we are seeing the so called “Revelation playbook” in its first act.

            Regardless, this is a time for all those who follow Jesus to be awake, ready, willing to love and sacrifice so that others may know the grace of God through our hands, hearts, and our resources.

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Finding God in the Mystery of very day

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Matthew 7:15“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. (NIV)

            It seems, sadly that every time there is a mass tragedy as has just been reported in Uvalde Texas, the stupid wolves in government and media all come out snarling for this that and the other thing to be legislated and banned and criminality to be enhanced on some way or another. Hear this. Nothing will change until the hearts of people are transformed by the love of a living Savior who is Jesus the Christ of God! For every asinine comment made by a politician or entertainer there is an answer. That answer is not another law. We do not enforce the laws we already have and are too busy finding ways to subvert the laws already on the books. Jesus knew this when He uttered these words to the disciples. Do not be fooled.

            The time has come, and frankly is long past when the Church, that is the whole church must become united in the mission of Jesus. To go and make disciples is the highest calling there is. When we live our faith truly, we can make a difference in the lives of lost, confused, angry, and violent people.

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Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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Galatians 3 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. 8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. (NIV)

            I totally sympathize with the little fella in this illustration. Sometimes I am so obtuse that I cannot see what has ben right in front of me all along. No matter how hard I try to follow some set of rules and regulations regarding my relationship with Jesus I must always remember that everything is about what He has done, not what I do. Frankly I cannot understand why it is that we as followers of Jesus cannot simply rejoice in that fact and learn to walk in the same paths that Jesus walked without worrying about how we look for the six o’clock news.

            I am much chagrined at all of the many pitfalls the big 3, that is the world, the flesh, and the devil, throw into the paths of well-meaning and sincere folks who honestly want to be like Jesus. The problem is that once we take our eyes off of Him, we are left to our own devices which always seem to come up short.

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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2 Peter 1:10 Therefore my brothers (Greek adelphoi ,meaning both male and female) be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure.(NIV)

            Sometimes those of a Wesleyan turn of mind theologically are accused of never really being sure of whether or not they are saved. The ages p; argument between the various arguments notwithstanding, there is yet in scripture the advice (command?) given rather sternly in 2 Peter to press in to the matter of being certain that you are referring and deferring to Jesus in all things. It is very easy to put the matter of our faith in to a sort of “cruise control”, to plod along sometimes aimlessly in the presumption that everything okay. Would it not be better to be in constant conversation with the Lord and Master of the universe in both big moments and small? I am reminded of the text from Johnathan Edwards famous sermon of the eighteenth century, Sinners in the hands of an angry God.  Deuteronomy 32: 35 To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

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2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness (NIV)

            Good news! Your ship has come in, There is no more need o stand on the shore looking for your fulfillment. In the highlight scripture for today the important thing to notice is the fact that the proposition is formed in the past tense.  Further reading of the Gospel story will confirm through Jesus own words from the cross. “It is finished” (John 19:30) Also in the last words of Revelation  22: 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

           So what you ask? Here’s what. You never have to “stand alone on the shoreline looking for something you will never see. Everything you need “for life”, that is living in this world, and “for Godliness”, that is the ability to discern which of the many options which lay before you are pleasing or displeasing to God.

Rejoice! And be glad!

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Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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Romans 11:25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way[e] all Israel will be saved. As it is written:

“The deliverer will come from Zion;
    he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this is[f] my covenant with them
    when I take away their sins.”[g]

28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now[h] receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.

            In the light of this particular scripture and the entire weight of the Bible as a whole how on earth can it make any sense that the Jews have been the targets of the worst persecution that any group of people has ever known. From the first historical Crusade onward, the Jews have been seen as a convenient excuse to vent the spiritual impotence of ungodly people even down the Holocausts (that’s right, plural) of both Hitler and Stalin.

            Even today there is a world-wide hatred of the “sons of Jacob” because…? I don’t get it. It just seems insane, but that’s the world. God’s love and call to this nation are irrevocable. Their spiritual blindness is quite understandable in that from the earliest history they chose the way of the world and the foolishness of kings and earthly power just the same as the Gentile heathens all around them. Don’t you think that as Gentile believers we should affirm our trust in God and his love extended to the descendants of the very people He chose out of all the earth to receive the blessing of His law?

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Leviticus 20: The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death. The members of the community are to stone him. I myself will set my face against him and will cut him off from his people; for by sacrificing his children to Molek, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name. If the members of the community close their eyes when that man sacrifices one of his children to Molek and if they fail to put him to death, I myself will set my face against him and his family and will cut them off from their people together with all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molek.

Flags

The president in his “wisdom” and compassion ordered federal flags to be flown at half mast this week to honor(?), recognize(?) those who have died from covid 19 as the toll approaches 1 million.

My question is this. As we do this, in the midst of all of the hysteria surrounding the Supreme Court, and whatever they’re all about; What about the 63 million plus people murdered in the name of “choice”?

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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Ephesians 6: . 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

            Shields are interesting devices. Down through the years they have been used to protect moving and stationary soldiers. They have also been used as in the case of the early Romans, and later Norsemen as a means of protecting a group of combatants. In addition they have also been used to carry the dead from the battlefield and also as offensive weapons. There is little wonder then that as Paul was invoking the imagery of the Roman soldier to describe the Christian life this idea of the Faith Shield would play an important role. Through faith, wielding this as a shield we are able to face the scorn, persecution, and disregard of the world around us and to come together to protect one another within the society of other Christian folk.

            So, how’s your shield? Is it whole, is it large enough to protect every aspect of your life? Are you ready to come together with other Christians to protect one another against…

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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Ephesians 6: 17 Take the helmet of salvation 

            There is something about headgear that carries far more weight than it deserves within the various cultures of people. A base ball hat, a cowboy hat, any number of different styles, each more outlandish than the last. For some reason, which I do not understand, the type of hat a person is wearing at any given point in time speaks to what the person thinks about themselves. Far from being the simply practical head covering based upon lifestyle and geography hats and helmets have been since time immemorial a way of conveying something about the person who was wearing them. The helmet pictured above was typical of the common Roman soldier in Jesus’ and Paul’s time. Officer’ s helmets were adorned with cockaded feathers horse hair brushes and any manner of decorations signifying rank and importance.

            For the Christian the “helmet of salvation” metaphorically issued by a tacit agreement between Jesus and his disciples signifies not only salvation, but mission, value through his worthiness, and the idea of what can be expected of his disciples. Sadly, so many of us have disappointed Him along the way, either by pride or negligence of the gift we have received. We must all strive to do better, to wear this headgear as is befitting out risen Lord.

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Ephesians 6: 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 

            Readiness. The word conjures up the fire and emergency training I underwent several years ago. Not that I was constantly deployed in some emergency, but rather that I was prepared to be deployed. Bunker suits and hip boots, ready to go at a moment’s notice whenever the call came out. For Christians the gospel of peace should not be something that we have to think about and debate internally every time we are put to the test. We should be ready, prepared in every situation for the questions that inevitably arise. Whether these questions come out of sincerity or hostility we should have the ability to contextualize the answer that points to our gracious and loving Lord no matter what.