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v4.23 The Big Picture – Part 6

The Big Picture – Part 6

The Breakdown of the Family Unit

God is Spirit and God is Love. Simple math deduces that the Spirit (of God) is Love. When Adam chose to disobey God he made a moral choice affecting Love. You see, love is others oriented, it does not seek its own. Love looks for another in which to lavish and expend itself. The original sin was not just disobedience but Self-seeking (e.g. rebellion). Adam could no longer abide in God because he no longer acted in love. He became separated from God, the Spirit and Love.

To be one with Love one must be love. “God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:4. When you are not loving (e.g. doing love) you are not one with Love (e.g. being Love). At once, upon his exit or Fall from Love, Adam “felt” things, fearful things. He felt ashamed. “I was afraid, because I was naked.” Gen. 3:10. He also “realized” things. “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.” Gen. 3:7.

Welcome to Self, one of your new best friends. It is a package deal. When you left the Love-place of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you entered the Fear-place of the Devil, Self and the World. Whereas you used to abide in the space between the Father and the Spirit as a son, you now live in fear between the Devil and the World as Self.

This was not a fun place to be but it is what Self chose. Self wanted to “be like God”. That was the appeal, the lure to get us and keep us from Love, from God. And we took the bait, hook-line-and-sinker as the saying goes. The irony is that we were free in Christ, free indeed. Yet, we wanted to exercise our will to have authority over ourSelf, to establish our independence of God and in the very act of striking out against our Father we ended up a captive to the worst enemy we could imagine.

So what is the first thing you do with new converts who have defected to your side? You begin immediately to indoctrinate them to your beliefs, to make them like you. To introduce them to your culture and way of thinking. Man is continually and incessantly bombarded with messages through the senses (the body) and to the mind and heart (the soul) in order to keep him in chains by his own will.

The messages are not so much anti-God (although that is the underlying objective of every message) as pro-Self. The messages are continually about You! Your favorite subject. They are about how you do not need Him, you can do it “all by mySelf”. They speak of your intrinsic value and worth (apart from Him), “I am a good person” — again to keep you from ever sensing and knowing your real need.

They have to do with self-esteem, self-assurance, self-worth, self-satisfaction, self-worth. Essentially everything that focuses your attention on your Self and keeps you from realizing your need of Him.

Then there is the training in methods of self-protection and self-provision. How do I get what I need (since I don’t want to go to Him)? The methods are endless but all have to do with strategies of self-effort, self-confidence, self-reliance, self-service, self-pleasure, self-gratification, self-indulgence, self-promotion. Any and all forms of self-centered activity.

The goal of the serpent was to get us separated from Him and to break our dependence on Him and to relocate our newfound independence in our dependence on him. We were told that we could be like Him, our heavenly Father, (which we already were) and instead we became like him, Satan, the Father of lies, the Self-appointed god, who said, “I will be like the most High God”. Pretty good twist, huh?

So now we are all born on the wrong side of the tracks as it were. We are immediately immersed in a culture that keeps us from trusting God and keeps us trusting Self being led by the father of lies. We learn very early to rely on our Self and to not trust others, especially our earthly father.

The intensity of the battle directed at the breakdown of the Father-son relationship is unimaginable. Most, if not all, the enemies efforts and strategies are directed at the destruction of the nuclear home and especially toward a fathers relationship with their children.

Here is the strategy: Get the child to distrust their father, through feelings and thoughts of rejection. Create a division in their relationship such that the child will always turn to self for its own provision and protection. Build up this me against them (especially my father) mentality so as to isolate the little lamb from their shepherd. Then its dinner time. He is always seeking whom he may devour.

So what does the child do to find love and acceptance in a world (perceived) without love? Build a bigger tower, establish kingdoms, wear righteous coverings and the like.

We will talk about these in the next message.

v4.21 The Big Picture – Part 4

The Big Picture – Part 4

Every man is Abel if he is Willing

Man looks on the outside but God looks on the heart. 1 Sam. 16:7. In the first family, Cain and Abel seem to be contrasted and respected based on their different offerings — as we look on the outside. “And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect.” Gen. 4:4-5.

Not so. God is not a respecter of persons, but He  looks on the heart. God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb. 4:12. What is He looking for? He is looking for faith, for belief, for love, for pure god-like motives. He is looking for a heart like His.

We do not know the motives of the heart, but He does. He is not confused by what you do, He doesn’t look on that (but we do and should, for clues) but at the heart. The heart is the seat of desire and will. It would be scary if we could see that in every person. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jer. 17:9.

Better to leave the evaluations of motive to Him — the only One big enough to look on the heart and yet love that person unconditionally. We are not told that God did not love Cain, we are told that He “had respect unto Abel and to his offering:  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect.”

So what is that about? Here in Hebrews 11:4 we are given an explanation: “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”

Wow, Abel still speaks to us! He is showing us what God is looking for! Righteousness which is by faith:

Romans 3:22: Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Philippians 3:9: And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Hebrews 11:7: By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

“… a more excellent sacrifice than Cain”. Here is another clue regarding what sacrifice God is looking for: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Psalm 51:17. David said this in his prayer and song of repentance, and he should know. “The LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart…” 1 Sam. 13:14.

What is the difference in their offerings? The one is offered by faith, the other without faith. One is of works— mans effort and thinking and will and desire, the other is by faith — dependence on God, having sought His mind, with a will and desire to please Him, not obtain favor. One is given to give and to please and to worship God; the other is given to get, to obtain and to make self acceptable.

“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.” Heb. 11:6.

You see, faith expresses the heart of God, It never thinks of self, but always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. It is generous because it is not thinking of self. Love operates from a deep abiding trust and love for God. It operates from faith. Abel knew God and trusted Him. He knew (by faith) that if he did well (e.g. trusted God and depended upon Him) he would be accepted.

Now you know as Cain was told:

“And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.  And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” Gen. 4:5-7.

This says exactly that if you trust God, have faith and depend on Him you will be accepted. If not, there is a lion (e.g. sin) who is waiting at your door seeking to devour you.

You need to offer sacrifices in keeping with repentance. I know it is hard, but God giveth more grace. “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matt. 26:14.

And you are Abel if you are willing.

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