Finding God in the Mystery of every day

025203 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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 1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought for a price: therefore glorify God in your body. (NASB)

Although only a few of the types of substances through which addiction gains control of our bodies there are many others. Here in Missouri, we are going to the polls this November to decide whether or not the time has come to approve the recreational use of Marijuana. There will no doubt be very little hue and cry from the people because after all this is somebody else’s problem. Right?

The hope of holiness churches everywhere is that through the Holy Spirit of Jesus our Christ we might be delivered from the sin which leads to these sorts of addictive behaviors. Just as Paul reiterated many times that the true followers have been “set free from the law of sin and death”, (Romans 8:2) we must in all things find in Him the strength and will to live above merely obeying the law. We are called to be a light to this darkened world. Jesus, Help me!

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

025202 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Deuteronomy 28: 28 The Lord will strike you with insanity, blindness, and with confusion of]mind; 29 and you will be groping about at noon, just as a person who is blind gropes in the darkness, and you will not be successful in your ways; but you will only be oppressed and robbed all the time, with no one to save you. 30 You will betroth a woman, but another man will [d]violate her; you will build a house, but you will not live in it; you will plant a vineyard, but you will not make use of its fruit.

            The consequences of unrighteousness are being lived out daily in the obvious confusion and insanity of our culture. (If you could really call it that!) People are so confused and misled that many don’t even know what gender they are. To prove the insanity of it all there are any number of perverted minds which are perfectly willing to say, “That’s okay. You can choose to be whatever you feel like today.” (See Genesis 11:1-9)

            It seems as though the battle lines are being drawn more and more clearly in these last days. On one side there are those who worship the here and now and every impulse that flows across the mind. On the other are the people who have found in Jesus Christ the answer to all of the issues of  the heart and the strength of will in His Spirit to withstand every “flaming arrow of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:16)

Where are you standing today; With the voices of confusion and unrighteousness and no accountability, or are you ready to see Christ and the love He has for you, strengthening you to become everything He’s dreamed for you since the beginning of time?

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

025201 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against [a]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

            Yes Virginia there are demons and devils and all manner of enemies of Jesus the Messiah. Sorry if you do not subscribe. My only comment to you is get over yourself. Regardless of what your old college professor might have said (and he or she probably is one) there are demons in this world. If you believe in Jesus Christ and the fall of man as depicted in Scripture, and that He is the epitome of objective truth, then you must necessarily believe in the existence and  warfare Heaven wages against the “spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

            The fact that you cannot perceive them as we have been falsely led to believe does in no way negate their existence. Human hosts while quite obvious are more to be pitied for their gullibility and or willingness to do the bidding of those very forces of which I speak. Jesus was very straightforward in the presence of such. He called them out.

            The Romans in their supposed sophistication were as skeptical of the demonic as are the arrogant and self-proclaimed intelligentsia in our day. And yet in a very short (but horrible) span of years the Roman empire was turned on its head by a general who for whatever reason accepted the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

025107 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Ephesians 6:12b …but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

            In an impassioned speech to the Second Virginia Revolutionary Convention meeting at St. John’s Church, Richmond, on March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry intoned the famous phrase, “Give me liberty or give me death”. Although in the midst of revolutionary fervor the phrase captures, to my mind the essence of the principle behind the even more famous verse from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. The “world forces” referred to above are the primary focus here and those are actually any government or person which sets itself against the will and righteousness of God. Secondarily the “forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” refers absolutely to the presence of the demonic in the world.

            While you may not be comfortable with such a reactionary on the one hand, and metaphysical, world view on the on the other, I believe that history bears me out.  It is frequently necessary to oppose the plans of men who are in league with the Devil whether knowingly or not. And certainly, we can see the work of the enemy in his disregard for men and women, children as well, which ends in enslavement and human trafficking, drug addiction, alcoholism, and the irresponsible marketing of major corporations who worship what Jesus referred to as mammon.

Remember. The only victories we win against Satan are the ones which elevate and glorify Jesus our Christ.

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Finding God in the Mystery of every day

025106 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Ephesians 6: 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood-

            It probably took an awful lot to amaze Jesus, but amazed He was at the faith of the Roman Centurion. (Matthew 8:5-13 – Worth the read) Jesus had recently finished explaining to the 12 that love for enemies was a critical part of His message to the world. Here, in the person of the Roman Centurion was the very embodiment of the “enemy of Israel”. The apostle Paul would later express that same thought in the partial text above.

            It is perfectly natural in our fallen state to presume our enemies are those who oppose us and block our way particularly if our lives are daily exposed to the kind of ridicule Christians of outspoken faith experience from virtually every quarter. The one thing Paul would have us understand is that these embodiments, these people, are as beloved of God as we are, and that the final judgement will be the moment that calls all to account.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.

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Finding God in the Mystery of every day

025105 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Ephesians 6: 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

            Have you ever heard the phrase, “in for a penny, in for a pound”? This obviously refers to British currency, albeit of another time. What it means very simply is that if you accept one idea, you are engaged with everything that grows out of or is foundational to that idea.

            In the case of Jesus our Christ if we engaged in the happy, easy-going part of his ethos then we are necessarily engaged in His world view and His understanding of just exactly what is happening around us and to us. That he has stated over and over again that we are engaged in a kind of warfare is completely counter-intuitive to what we think it should be and that our weapons which inflict the most damage to the enemy are 1, our prayers, 2, our testimony, 3, our love for those who are his enemies either passively or actively, and finally our willingness to lay down our lives for the glory of His kingdom…more to come

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

025104 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Psalm 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments is everlasting. (NASB)

            There is abroad in the world today, as was ever the case the idea that truth is relative, not objective. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus told his disciples “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) If then this is accurate then there can be no relative truth. In reality the whole concept of relative truth is used as a mean of self-justification, and in that nothing could be further from what I will openly call real truth.

            We have become masters of self-deception down through the centuries. Even in the Church we have used the idea of relative truth to justify some of the most heinous acts ever perpetrated on the poor souls which have been given into our care. For that Lord I will presume to offer my sincere apologies for the arrogance I and the rest of the Church have used to justify the self-righteousness that has led to so many premature deaths and all of the accompanying despair.

            Lord, we will never be able to undo the past. Please make us wise and compassionate going forward.

I have one deep supreme desire

That I may be like Jesus

To this I fervently aspire

That I may be like Jesus

David Livingston Ives | Thomas Obediah Chisholm© 1945. Renewed 1973 Lillenas Publishing Company

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

025103 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Deuteronomy 1: 17 You are not to]show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You are not to be afraid of any person, for the judgment is God’s. (NASB)

            While it is true that people will disagree about what is the best approach to problem solving and interpersonal relations the fact that in a republican form of democracy (not speaking of political parties here) it is still necessary as it was in the days of Moses to appoint people to arbitrate the affairs of the people. What is truly sad is that I our tragically fallen state we have decided that this is a point at which leverage can be applied, no matter how misconstrued, to place political agenda over righteousness.

“Knee-jerk” judgmental reactions to the hue and cry of overly vocal people with too much access to the public microphone has driven some of the most asinine responses imaginable to very real problems. (vis gun control, abortion, immigration). Judges tend to be obligated to their masters, those who appointed them and more disturbingly the edicts from the bench can be taken as “new” law even in defiance of existing law. How absurd!

Lately I feel as though the voice of reason, the Spirit of God is so far removed from the courts of moral guidance for the nation that we will surely soon be doomed to the impending judgement of an extremely wrathful God from whose court there will be no reprieve.

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

025102 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Jeremiah 33:2-3 (New American Standard Bible)“This is what the Lord says, He who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to create it, He whose name is the Lord: ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

            It seems that every time I turn on the news I am hearing a report about some significant “scientific” breakthrough or other. Within the same report there is frequently some shame faced pundit backtracking on some other great “scientific” idea that somehow backfired. What is certain, whether your view of creation is long or short, that humankind does not know as much as it thinks it does. The word “incomprehensible” is a better sense of the words rendered above as …which you do not know”.  

            Everyday we are receiving new information about genetics, astronomy, and everything in between. There is much yet to discover. We must, however, learn to temper our pride and the egotistical, God denying fools who think that man is the measure of all things. We may have been given the book, but there is yet, I believe a whole library of knowledge that we will never understand until we stand in Heaven with the Lord Jesus, if even then.

Thank you, Lord, for such a glorious creation.

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

025101 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

            Contrition must move beyond the idea of being “caught out” and facing inevitable punishment. The change of heart needed to be truly contrite before God is bound up in our understanding of who and what God is. The nearest we ever came on earth to attempting to  understand God was the appointment of kings and the presumption on their part that they had absolute sovereignty over their subjects. Imagine if you will the very worst of the historical images of infighting and every other sin of humankind, the scrambling for power, and the irresponsible exercise of  “authority”. An extremely poor model to be sure.

            Now consider what we can know of God in the life of Jesus our Christ, understanding, humility, servanthood, acceptance of all, unwavering righteousness, total sacrifice. As Jesus prayed in Gethsemane, “not my will but thine…”. We have made much of this statement, but I believe that most of us in the Church do not really accept this thought even though it is essential to understanding what God wants from you and me.