Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Getting To Know God Better 27

Psa_14:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God..."

Where does the fool say there is no god? In his/her heart. 
Quite often we get the idea that we understand the position of someone concerning their relationship with God by what that person says. The person might say they don't believe this or that or they don't believe the Bible or they don't believe that Jesus is God or they don't believe the stories of the Old Testament and we who are more astute, those of us who now very well that there is a God and that that God is Jesus, Jehovah, Yahweh, the I am, that we somehow know what is in the heart of the professed agnostic/atheist simple by accessing their remarks against our +professed faith.  

It's really not that easy. I have learned that more times than not people says outwardly what they do not believe inwardly. Emotion or a pressing situation can often make a person say something that they do not believe in their heart. I contend that many people who stand against a solid biblical background and who deny many of the truths of the Bible and who even stand against some of the tenants of faith that you and I have come to understand, well they are just blowing smoke. 

You might wonder, why would anybody make light of the fundamental truths of the scripture unless they were absolutely an unbeliever? Pride and ego is the answer. Many people who have not allowed the Holy Spirit a place in their life have done so because of closely watching those who say they have; deceive, lie, cheat, hurt, punish, steal, make false witness, talk Christianity and live like the devil, abuse others, destroy lives, commit crimes and on and on. That's right, many people that go to church and profess one thing live out their life in another manner entirely. Young people grow up watching the so-called holy people do all the things listed above and they begin to question a god with no power over His people, a god that sets rules that do not need to be obeyed, a god that has no expectations of its people, no apparent consequences. The sing hallelujah, they tithe, they lead programs, they play church while making plans to ruin someones life, someone they are close to, someone they go to church with. 

I would venture to say that there is not one Christian that has been a Christian for more than ten years that has not seen this happen and in some cases over and over again.

If you were one of those young people growing up in that environment you might be skeptical also. I don't blame those who have come out of church with an attitude about Christians and having their back up about Christianity and even denouncing Christianity sometimes. What they have seen does not line up with what they have learned in their inner man from the Holy Spirit. They have inner conflict about the kind of Christian behavior they have witnessed and the truths that have been revealed to them in their inner man by the Holy spirit. There is a conflict. It is real. It was earned through witnessing the behavior of the leading the way, setting the example, establishing the faith in a less than honorable way. 

So what do we do about it? First of all I am suggesting that just because a person verbalizes something negative concerning Christianity or even speaks adversely about what Christianity stands for that the speech alone is not an indicator of the heart. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Getting To Know God Better 26

A complicated relationship with God is a religious relationship. That's right. It is not God the Father, The Holy Spirit and Jesus the Christ that has muffed up the clear and discerning message of the gospel. Since the beginning of creation God has spoken clearly to those who would listen and the messages kept simple.

As important as denominational religion is, it is also the reason for the knowledge base of believers being so low. Pastors, preachers and priests carefully package their message around their denomination's needs: Regular revenue, building fund, guarding their denominations hidden truths, (Truths that set them apart from another denomination), perpetuation of programs, payments to General Assembly, etc. It's not that any of these things are bad in themselves, but the message of the gospel, in many cases, is steered around these issues, not through them. All of these issues should be considered, but not at the expense of making sure that everyone in your congregation has at least as much truth as the pastor. That's right. Everyone deserves to know the intricate truths that allow the Christian to be a conqueror. Instead many pastors, teachers, priests are much satisfied with lemmings, not eagles, duty bound parishioners, not co-pastors.

Not sharing the deep truths that a pastor, preacher or priests has come to know might be a sin, but at bare minimum it is an impropriety. Not sharing the deep truths that transform lives means that the person that is holding truth but not disseminating it will not grow in that truth and eventually if held too long that truth will become ineffectual. Anyone holding truth and not using it or dispersing it will soon find that truth a burden and not a blessing. Truths from God were meant to be fluid, moving, transferring from one to another, transforming lives along the way. Once the link is stopped, so too is the power of it, the effectual nature becomes inactive and the truth that was meant to be shared becomes a stumbling block for the person holding it in silence.

You might be thinking I am making a big deal out of nothing. I don't think so. I personally believe that most of the ails of modern Christianity are from those in leadership holding truths hostage to their congregation and parishioners biting the apple of complacency. After all ignorance gives one the power of deniability.

Jas_4:17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Getting To Know God Better 25

Has your hope and expectation of how God is working on your behalf started to wane?

Our relationships with mankind and our relationship with God are not meant to be on the same plane/understanding. Our relationships with mankind are based on personal, physical and emotional contact. Our relationship with God is based solely on spiritual connections. They are not the same nor do they work on the same basis, nor is one interchangeable with the other. There is very little contact with mankind that you can use in your relationship with God. I'm mentioning this because as I grow in faith I hear from so many people that many people of faith that they are having to work harder to hear God than they used to, or that they feel like God expects them to do it all on their own initiative, or that God has abandoned them or that God really isn't there.

All of these responses are from emotions driving the mind and creating feelings. There is nothing wrong with that, but it is not all there is to it. God is working on your behalf all the time, whether you emotionally feel it, understand it or even acknowledge it. If you feel anything at all it is because your inner man has distributed answers, understanding, wisdom to you via inspiration from the Holy spirit. But feeling is not the indicator that God is communicating with you, working on your behalf, answering prayer, moving mountains, changing situations, healing you, etc.

Any and all true recognition that God is doing anything at all is through faith only. Faith is the only spiritual receptor. Faith is the only way to God and the only way to know that God is working on your behalf. Faith is when your inner man and your mind have come to agreement to accept what God has done and what God is doing. Faith is the substance that interchanges personal, physical or emotional proof/recognition/understanding with spiritual insight/intuition/inspiration. Faith is tangible currency in the economy of God. 

If you really want to know if God is working on your behalf and what there is to hope for, then you will have to apply your faith. In this case I will call faith your raw expectation that despite the outcome, God has weaved His will in your situation and at some point your mind will be able to comprehend what your inner man has come to trust and know for certainty. Faith believes God and doesn't judge circumstances as having any power or authority over God's permissible will. True faith doesn't deny the outcome if it is not what you thought it should be or if it measurably negative. Faith is supernatural and measures outcomes spiritually. 

Note: I know that in many denominations there is never to be a negative thought or that somehow if you do this or do that the outcome of whatever is always good even if the reality of it is that it was not good. That is false teaching by well-meaning pastors, teachers, leaders. Of course bad things happen to good people, everyone gets sick and all die. These things have nothing to do with faith. Faith can move mountains, but it can't turn time backwards nor does it deny reality.  Faith is only about trusting God and has nothing to do with you getting a warm and fuzzy feeling that everything is going to be OK. 

Just one  more note: Anytime you pay someone, an organization, a church, ministry or any other entity in hopes that a prayer will be answered, (seed faith, seed money) you have wasted your money, not benefited the work of the Holy Spirit and proven that your faith is still in its infancy. There is no pay to play with God. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Getting To Know God Better 24

Just for a minute I want to discuss others Getting To Know God Better. Sometimes the only view of God that those around you get are what you reveal to them. I know it's not your fault and that's not the point. The point is that you realize/internalize that the way that God created the economy of life is that His creation would co-create with God and represent God to the best of their abilities and understanding.

Whatever you know about God, however close you are, whatever relationship that you have with God, might be much more than someone around you that you love or care for or just know personally. If that is the case God has designed you to be able to reveal what you know to others. There's all kinds of way to do this. One way would be to tell them, another way to show them, another way might be to steer them or point them in the right direction. It is not your place to be God in any one's life, but it is your place to co-create with God and to be responsible for whatever role you think would be appropriate to you.

God isn't going to judge you for doing it wrong, saying the wrong thing, not knowing everything or even bungling it. But not sharing what you know seems to me to be an impropriety. If God designed us to know Him and to communicate, it seems appropriate that at least some portion of that communicating would be to attempt to communicate what you already know to others less fortunate. What's the beef anyway. You are not responsible for what others do or don't do, whether they listen or not, whether they adhere to anything you tell them or not, but you are responsible for what you do or don't do.

Getting to know God better is a wonderful and very personal thing. But I have come to the conclusion that part of getting to know God better is practicing what God taught us and sharing what we have learned.

Think of it this way if you have children. Don't you want more for them than what you have yourself? Don't you share with them truths that you have learned and even some truths that you know they need to know that you didn't even practice? God created us as stewards of this life, not owners. As a steward, what God has given to you is supposed to be past on, and not at the last minute.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Getting To Know God Better 23

I think it is interesting that we want God to come running when things aren't going right and we want God to keep His distance when we think we have it going on. Look, this type of thinking is proof of our lack of faith. It is proof that we have not entered into a co-creating relationship with God.

We are all guilty so don't think you are alone. There are however some ways to bridge the gap between wanting God to be a part of our life when things go awry and wanting to keep God at a distance when things are going smoothly. Part of the problem is that we have been taught to go to God when in need and pray for all the things that are going wrong. We are taught this at an early age, and no problem with praying for things that are going wrong. The problem is in the ideology or philosophy with this kind of thinking.

The idea to only reach out to God when things are going rough is not Biblical. Your relationship with God should be one of a friend as well as a servant. Jesus calls us His friend. Friends share everything, the good times, the bad times and everything in-between. A relationship built on praying, asking, begging God when things go wrong is not much. It is better than none at all, but you have been slighted if you hold to this philosophy. You can blame your pastors, SS teachers, ministry leaders, priest or rabbi, but if you are missing out on more of what God has to offer, at some point you become responsible.

You can be taught untruths, half-truths or even falsities and still rise above it all and find the inner truths that pass all understanding. The key to making this change is to change the way you think. Do you really believe that God only wants to meet with you at Church and funerals and when you call out for help?

Please don't get me wrong, God is God in all those times and you need to call out to Him no matter what, but there is a better way. Bring God into the little decision that you make, talk to God about this and that, like you were talking to a friend. Listen carefully from your heart to determine what God is saying to you that could help you to make things better. Go to God when you are happy and in need of nothing and thank God and tell God how much you love where you are at and what you are doing.

I'll bet you don't know this verse.
Zec_9:17  For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Getting To Know God Better 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.