Sunday, August 6, 2017

Getting To Know God 22

What is it that you let influence you?

More than likely you are reading somebody's writing, whether it is religious or non-religious, the newspaper or other types of writing; blogs, letters from family, etc. Each word you read influences you in one way or another. I hope to influence you as well.

If you are like most people you read what can or might benefit you, educate you or inform you about things of interest. Most people today read much less than the last generation, but even so whether through texts or E-mail there is still much input. I have only one goal ans that is to steer you to a better relationship with God than you currently have. I am not judging you or saying in any way that your relationship with God isn't as good as mine or that there is anything wrong with your relationship with God at all. But I am saying that if I offer even a crumb of valuable information concerning the economy of God that you will address it and move on it, whether to dismiss it or to activate the power in it.

I am unafraid to deal with serious matters and sometimes the words are cutting or heavy or helpful or nondescript. As with anything you read, you will ultimately decide what to extract and use and what to let go of or discard. But know for a certainty that for most of us, it is in the unveiling of our true self that we find God in the first place and it is in the unraveling of our intentionally woven walls and barriers against the ways of God that make us better and more fruitful.

If you are hardened to change and set like a brick wall on what you hold as truth, you will likely not read anything that moves you or changes your parameters or expands your territory.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Getting To Know God Better 21

Just relax and listen for a minute.

If you are like most people you don't take instruction well. You don't mind suggestions, but you hate to be told what to do. More than likely you've earned that place in your life, family, career.

  • You've earned the right to autonomy from the pejorative actions of others. 
  • You've earned the right to be so stubborn that your spouse or best friend don't even try to tell you anything anymore.
  • You've earned the right to stand firm in your ways and live in your own bubble.
  • You've earned a place with the dinosaurs of your time.
  • You've managed to nitch out a place where you are embedded inside and surrounded by a thick barrier of obstructions, diversion s and aversions to change.
  • You've done well developing a shell of protection that is as hard to crack and an oyster shell.
  • You are set and have it your way and your interest level in learning something new about yourself is below 0 on a one to ten scale
Here's the issue with this kind of thinking. If you are in any way anti-instruction you are locking yourself out of the inner place where God speaks to you to instruct you and console you and educate you and make you wiser. God does these things not only through the indwelling Holy Spirit and through Bible reading, but through the ideas and actions of others. That's right, even though you think so and so is ignorant and so and so is this or that, God uses so and so to reach you.

For a few days try to listen carefully to what people are saying to you.
Make a pledge to yourself not to respond until you have fully evaluated their message and prayed about it and asked God for guidance and instruction through it. Maybe God will instruct you to not heed what was said and to move forward as you have already proposed, but maybe there is a message there that can advance your cause.

The idea is to be more open to instruction, criticism, the din of family and friends. Immerse the words of others in the pool of Bethesda and see what comes out healed and fresh. If it is at all possible that you are stifling your own growth this simple method of discernment might really pay off.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Getting To Know God Better 20

Today marks the beginning of getting it right. Not one day passes that you are not given the opportunity to believe and do the right things. It's hard after years of conditioning to make measurable, positive changes in your life, but not impossible. I want to mention a few things to consider today that might work for you. After all, no matter what you learn or know, if you can't make it work for you, it is the same as not having learned it or knowing it.

If you have accepted Christ as your Savior, you have been forgiven for your sins. I don't think anyone who believes in Jesus as the Christ and has accepted Jesus as their propitiation for their sins will have a problem with this statement. Over the years because of conditioning, the understanding of the efficacy of this truth and many other profound spiritual truths has been reduced to mere knowledge. In other words people know a great many things that they do not practice. They have much deeper understanding than they allow to be used in their daily life, their walk, their talk, their relationships.

So much beautiful thought has dissipated into obscurity, vapor, the netherworld, or however  you want to describe having lost fervor or luster or unction or inner excitement.

Today you are just as forgiven as you were when you were saved. But if you have any doubts, you can pray and ask for forgiveness right now and the slate will be washed clean; completely clean as in, having not ever existed.

Just a foot note to the notion that God forgives this way. Many people haven't experienced the depth of the cleansing that comes with salvation because of, again, conditioning. Many denominations are unwilling to tell the whole story because they need their congregation to operate under some suspicion and guilt in order to maintain the duty that comes with owing someone something (to the pastor or to the church or to God.)

The idea behind God forgiving you was to set you free as a bird to move forward without any encumbrances.  Conditioning has watered down the truth concerning freedom in Christ and the totality of the salvation experience.

  • You are forgiven
  • You are in charge of the rest of your life
  • You do not need to be relearning the principles of truth over and over again, you need only abide in those you fully understand. 
  • You have been freed from the propensity to act against God and freed from the consequence of those actions.
What else could you possibly want to get started making your way today?


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Getting To Know God Better 19

"Each time I invest myself, my inner man, into meeting with God I come away perplexed. Don't get me wrong, I am thankful and worshipful and delighted that God allows me to commune/pray/express myself, but each and every time I venture deeper I notice that there is deeper still. I am perplexed because as time goes by and my understanding deepens, I become aware that the width and breadth of God gets bigger. In other words as I am attempting to get to know God better I find that I do get to know God better, but since I also become aware that God is more than what I had previously assumed, in essence As I get closer God gets bigger. Getting to know God better isn't about gathering more understanding so that you can have the edge  on someone else or know more than someone else. It is always personal and only applies to your own personal experience.

The bottom line. Most everyone gets to know God about as much as they want to. Never will there be an instance where someone wants to get to know God better but cannot.

To know God better is of great benefit to your own personhood and it puts you in a position to offer more assistance to the world at large. With greater knowledge comes greater responsibility. In our world today where people are looking for less and less responsibility it makes sense that the same people are very reluctant to want to expand their horizons when it comes to personal spiritual matters.

The whole idea that God provided for us was to be in communion with God all the time. We were designed to have full autonomy with the free will to relinquish some of the autonomy in exchange for God's natural and supernatural intervention."





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Getting To Know God Better 18

"I think this is a good time to to discuss God economy protocol. An important message to remember is that God designed you to be with you, apart from anyone else, as well as with others. God weaves the intricate balance of a personal relationship with you and the innumerable relationships globally without denying you or anyone else any less than God's perfect attention.

One of the drawbacks that we have in society is that in order to have organized religion there needs to be parameters that distinguish one religious philosophy from another. The parameters are all good for the respective religious orders, denominations. Generally within each religious order these parameters or protocols are designed for the perpetuation of the religious philosophy as well as for the betterment of the individual and society as a whole. For the sake of argument they are all good. Within the constraints of the religion represented, the parameters or protocols, church resolutions, articles of faith or tenets of faith offer the parishioner/believer sensible rules and/or understanding of that faith by comparing their direction/devotion against the backdrop of those who have gone before them and established the parameters/protocols. Each new generation inadvertently strains the established denominational parameters/protocols, adding new cultural advances and removing archaic reasonings that interfere with modernity's ever-forward motion/evolution.

Not the same with God. I would say that with God our best hope of Getting To Know God Better is simply that we will not be detoured, deterred, dissuaded, thwarted, impeded, obstructed, disillusioned, hindered, hampered, blocked or even stopped from seeking and finding truth from God. Parameters are good for controlling behavior or providing oversight for our own benefit. Parameters are not very good for providing the insight or inspiration to have a measurable experience with God. I would say that in most cases religion has done a great job at making people aware of God and a poor job of assisting those same people to understand God, i. e., God's economy.

I hope you are not discerning that somehow I am saying that; only the studied, those in the ministry, those with a seminary education, those who are trained in the art of religious observance are better suited for getting to know God better. It is not in the education of the individual, or the mental ability, or formal training that determines a person's measurable experience with God,  but in the pursuit of wisdom and the exercise of free will to adhere to the will of God as it is revealed.

The only way to overcome the lemming-like nature of a relationship with God built on a denominational platform is to read your Bible on your own and pray to God for your spiritual eyes to be opened. The Holy Spirit will enhance your understanding.

John 14:26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 

In no way am I suggesting that you should not go to Church or listen to your pastor/priest/rabbi and to adhere to whatever parameters that you have agreed to in your denomination, but God wants a personal relationship with you and that cannot be done by proxy.

John 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 

John 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

1Ti_2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 





Friday, March 10, 2017

Getting To Know God Better 17

"You might be wondering, Do I really need to know God better?  Isn't it enough to have been saved and to be a part of a Church?

Don't be discouraged if you do not have an immediate inclination to getting to know God better. No you don't need to get to know God better. Yes it is enough to be saved and to be a part of a Church. The amount of time that you give to developing your relationship with God will always be yours to decide. The depth of that relationship is you decision and never will be anyone else's decision. The concept of "Getting To Know God Better" is for those who hunger for a deeper and more satisfying relationship with God than they currently have.

That being said, another way to address the questions above might be, What is my part in getting to know God better? and "I am saved and go to church, but I don't seem to be growing very fast in my relationship with God. What can I do to nurture my relationship with God?

When communicating with God it makes sense to set aside a certain amount of time, whether it is 30 seconds or 1/2 hour. The setting aside of time will become an integral component in building your relationship with God and obtaining understanding during that time. Just flying off at the handle or releasing a plethora of requests all in the hopes that God hears you and responds to your liking is not the same as communicating with God. Most people prefer the one sided communication because it is easy and requires nothing on your part. But it is hardly a way to grow or resolve anything. If anything people who have this kind of relationship with God generally live with false hope and false fears.

Most false hope comes with a religious only view of God. A religious only view of God is a denominational understanding of God without personal inner-man scrutiny and without depth of understanding based on personal relationship. In other words many Christians believe what they are taught to believe and they learn to have little or no expectations of the miraculous because their experience does not include first-hand knowledge or experience of God's supernatural intervention in their life. If your church or pastor brought you to the Lord and you have accepted the free gift of salvation, that is a wonderful experience and it is perfect in every way. Getting to know God better is about taking that experience and seeking God for more information to receive more understanding so that you can better operate under the economy of God. This reaching out or reaching up to God comes with a promise and that s why you can rest assured that there is more and that you want it.

Jas_1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 

Psa_53:2  God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. 

Heb_11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 



Sunday, February 26, 2017

Getting To Know God Better 16

"Religion as good as it is is also the hothouse for seeds of confusion. I would say that most confusion in the adult believer is brought on by their religious upbringing. Please don't start off feeling like I am bashing your church or the fact that many wonderful people taught you and raised you in a faith. Most of that time in life was uplifting and the rewards are a better life and a sense of devotion to religious ideals.

What I am saying is that in your denomination, along with the order and the programs and the fellowship there are usually the core beliefs of the denomination which make up the dogma/polity of the church. This dogma or polity is shared with those that are like minded and those chosen to represent the denomination in each congregation are trained in that dogma/polity.  That being said, you and I both know that most of the time these leaders are tireless in faithfully administering their duties to the congregation. In most cases the pastor subjects his/her entire family to more scrutiny than most people could handle. They faithfully observe their religious tenets of faith and faithfully serve the congregation.

Now that I have laid the foundation of the importance and the validity of these denominations and your congregation, I want to move on to the point of the issue. Most denominational preaching is designed to steer the believer into first accepting the doctrine of their faith, becoming and remaining a member of the church, abiding by its precepts and expecting you to offer yourself as a volunteer for any or all activities. This might not be you, but most people learn the basic tenets of faith of their denomination, learn important stories of the Bible, learn the importance of fellowship and learn the importance of devotion and personal commitment. Again all of this is good, very good.

Here is the distinction I want to make. There are some things that are taught that are not biblical or extra-biblical. They are taught for the reasons outlined above. I am going to mention a few of the things that are taught that are not true. You might feel that these things should never be said and you might feel insulted or disturbed that someone is questioning a belief that you have held for years or decades. Try to remember "to question the teachings of the church is not heresy."

Simply not true:
Your pastor or priest is the mediator between you and God.
Mary prays to God on your behalf.
The saints are those men and women chosen by the Catholic church after much deliberation.
Praying to the saints has some efficacy.
Not getting baptized is cause to not be saved.
You are saved at baptism.
You must receive a second blessing, speak in tongues or have some other visible
spiritual gift.
All paths lead to God.
There are sister religions to Christianity.
There is only one holy Catholic Church.
You can be saved by joining a church.
You can be saved and then lose that salvation.
You can be kept in a right relationship with God through taking the Eucharist.
You can never be fit for service to God if you have been divorced.
If you don't speak in tongues or have some other external sign to show others you might not be saved.
If you tithe or give to the church you will never have any financial problems.
God is mad at you.
You can never be forgiven for what you have done.
If you give money to a TV evangelist what he/she says will come to pass; that is ledgerdomain not prophesy.
Your denomination is correct in all its teachings.