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.

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?