Workin’ It Out ~ Part 2

May 1, 2013 at 2:22 am (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Recently, I was asked, “Who is your favorite author?”

I answered, “The Holy Spirit.”

“Oh”, they said, dripping with sarcasm, “What did that write?”

“Anything worth reading.” I replied.

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Quiet times are not always silent to the receptors of the physical ear. Its where one goes to shut out the noise of the world. It takes the awesome power of God, moving a heart and soul towards Himself. My part is to first believe I can trust Him to do the shutting out of everything that doesn’t consist of Him. Secondly, to expect Him to speak to me. Which is “the harder work” of the two cannot be measured. It takes every inner-muscle, tendon, ligament, and nerve attached to my decision-maker (will) to do.

The reading is easy, the “eating” of the Word is challenging. Even Yeshua’s disciples had a hard time understanding the concept of eating His flesh…drinking His blood. (John 6:52-71). It takes a running the stuff I read through my own understanding…then giving up my own and asking Him for His – pen posed, if you will,  and ready for definitions that come from Him alone.

Its not just the Bible God authors! He has continued to write well past Revelations. Dangerous is this thinking, you say? Perhaps. Stick with me…if it seems offensive its okay. Perhaps the greatest sadness is that people today don’t really believe God can protect them from anti-messianic jargon. We stay “safe” inside a prescribed box and suddenly God can’t move outside that box we have prescribed. This box was meant to be broken, and often the only way is for Him to “offend” the rules of what keeps Him in there in our own minds.

I am so thankful God has sent various people into my life to challenge me in my boxed up thinking! So grateful He somehow got me to seek inside my offended sensibilities. So humbled and renewed by His protection within the boundaries of such endeavors. The God I learned about and came to conclusions about most my life, has been effectively proven to be not the God of the Universe. To be clear, I was raised in a “christian” home. Church-bred, family approved. I “cut my teeth” on basic Christianity. Needless to say…its not surprising I got cavities in those teeth. I stuck to a legalistic view of doctrine, and believed only whom I deemed trustworthy to teach. God, Himself as my teacher was never once taught from any pulpit. This concept was viewed as radical and charismatic. Neither of which had a inviting tone when spoken of to my young little ears. This was a danger zone. God speaks through the Bible…period, end of story. Never mind that in order for that to be true; Yeshua (Jesus) would have had to only have quoted verbatim from the Old Testament! Or He was/is not the Messiah. Indeed there’s an account also in John where someone is quoted having said, “No one ever spoke the way this man speaks!” Referring to Yeshua (John 7:45-52) Then there’s Yeshua, Himself said His Father works “outside the box” by quoting Old Testament scripture in Isaiah 54:13 which says, “They will all be taught by Adonai (the Lord); He goes on to say words you won’t find anywhere from Genesis to Malachi. (John 6:41-51) Only Yeshua spoke as Yeshua spoke because only Yeshua could! He spoke repeatedly about His sheep knowing His voice and following Him…if the Bible was to be our only source of Gods voice, then why didn’t Yeshua say “My sheep know how to read, and will find My words only in the Bible.”? And what about the countless people who never learned to read?? By the way…Matthew to Revelations hadn’t been written yet when Yeshua said the former. I could go on with this point of view, but alas I must move on.

Needless to say once He had duely offended my thinking in this way, He started teaching me how to question what is Him and isn’t. Using the Word of God always as a guide. Just like He intended it from the Beginning. The Bible is the written Word of God; that starts at the Beginning and takes us to the Last Days, covering A-Z if you will. Yet His speaking to His people did not end with Paul and the Disciples! What use would there be for the last 2000 years if that was truth? We are not in limbo! God is every bit as interested in speaking to His children directly today as He was the prophet Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel! (To name a few). Yeshua came to usher in the tearing of the veil that kept just anyone from approaching the presence of God, Himself and hearing and speaking directly from/to Him! The was one of the powerful results of Yeshua’s obedience to the will of the Father all the way to the cross! His work made it possible for the Spirit to write His word straight upon the tablet of a human heart! What a gift!

Here’s cusp of this “work out”. Every time you “turn around” in all the Bible; you got God saying “Fear not!! So what, you say? Its fear that keeps one from moving towards God to hear directly from Him! Why? Because if its true, He speaks directly to us, then we are without excuse not to do EVERYTHING the way He says to do it! As detailed and applicable to our own times, with the detail needed for the specific people we have in our lives right now today. God can literally tell you what to eat, when to eat it, when to lie down, when to get up, what to say, what not to say, how to think, what to believe, what is truth, what is not, what to watch on TV, what to listen to, even when to go to the bathroom and how many pieces of TP to use to wipe your tush! And if, if this is truth, we are without excuse of knowing His way verses ours! He really can “call the shots” and we have nowhere to turn for not heeding His voice! This was Gods biggest complaint towards His people in the Old Testament, “My people do not listen to Me! Or live by My directions!” He wrote them down and sent them through imperfect people, namely prophets and priest. Everything He said through those He sent was true and proven to be true, and still…they did not believe, choose, or obey! Now we live in times that feels offended when someone says “God told me…”. The enemy of God has cloaked himself in fear again and bargained with the same old “chip”. “Did/Does God really say????” We waver and justify, throwing theology and man-made religiosity around to keep the box intact. So we can pick and choose what it is God will or won’t speak to, teach, instruct, guide and communicate about. The problem from the days of Noah, Moses, and Elijah have not changed since the time of Yeshua, Paul and now! We must seek God for everything all the answers to any thing that concerns us. That is…if we want to be His Child. Its simple if you don’t. This dilemma does not exist for those who view God unreachable, and as if He has left us here to “wing it” on our own. His voice is the last thing one attempts to become “familiar” with if our own ways are what we really want. Hence why Yeshua said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commands/obey Me. If you listen to Me, My Father and I will come in and make our home in you. Whoever belongs to God listens to what God says; the reason you don’t listen is that you don’t belong to God. Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to Me” (John 8:31; 12:47-50; 14:23-24; 8:47)

To work out our own deliverance/salvation one must first come to this throne…there is a Voice, crying out in the wilderness of our own heart, heed it, seek it, follow it and live; not just eternally but purposefully and fully alive as God created us today, now. Or we have many many forms of and variations to going our own way, some cloaked in “righteousness” some without need to due to the lack of desire for even the appearance of righteousness. The great debate in the “christian world” today is: saved by grace without any need to obey God under the classifications of “works” VS. saved by Grace, unearned and unmerited, but now out of love alone, obedient to the Savior. Bought and sold. The choice is ours, but given by God. What kind of Love gives this kind of freedom to choose or reject?? Its completely out of human capacity to comprehend…without God’s Voice whispering in your “ear”. 🙂

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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