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v.4.28 The Big Picture – Part 11

Lets recap the Big Picture so we can begin to see what He is doing:

Part 1 – God has a Will. He is relational. He declared that He would have many sons. As always, he provides a means of support and sustainability before He Creates. He builds His infrastructure. Thus Creation overtook Chaos and the stage was set for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. He has set the stage for the drama of HisStory to play out. He made man unique, He made him “in our image” having will to act on thought and feelings, to express his heart. The question: Will man choose his Father as his Father has chosen him or will man choose Self and forsake the opportunity to have a relationship with his Father? The question is: Do we trust Him? Do we believe Him?

Part 2 – But Adam did not choose his Father, he did not trust Him, he did not believe Him, and in so doing was cut off from the Life of Spirit he once knew. Now God has provided a Way to come back to Eden. God has left a remnant in Adam (and by virtue of the seed concept all man) of his knowledge of God. He has “set eternity in our hearts” (that is the big hole that we have in us, set aside for Him). We must now go back to the point where we lost our Way, our establishing our will to be done above His Loving Perfect will, to get back on track. We decided to not trust Him, to not believe Him. We did it our way.

Part 3 – Did man choose to return (another word for repent) to his Father? Nope. Instead he listened to the new father, the father of lies, believing that God does not love him and that he is not wanted or acceptable to have a relationship to his heavenly Father. So that was just too much to take. We will show Him. We think we can be good enough, we think we can measure up to be equal with God (like our new father). So we have spent centuries building works that attempt to reach the heights of Gods standards, to set up our own kingdoms and set our own rules. This makes up the better part of the history of mankind, and the history of most men. Achieving great goals through our own efforts. The goal is to never submit to Authority, to prove that we can do it our way. We don’t want to trust Him, to believe Him.

Part 4 – Our Father shows us His heart. He shows us what He wants from His children. Both Cain and Abel bring their sacrifices. One is acceptable, the other is not. We are told in Hebrews, ““By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice…”. Here it is again. God wants us to have faith, to trust Him, to believe Him, not what we see, think or decide we want. Do we trust Him? Do we believe Him?

Part 5 – God begins to build His house on this line of man, a spiritual man, a man of faith, “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.” Gen. 4:25. God is building a household of faithful sons (offspring that contain the Seed of His Spirit, who are spreading the Seed, His Word, in the earth). He is building a house and we are all — His sons — living stones from which He is building us up. “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5. God is using Time to produce his building materials, the sons of God.

Part 6 – But we have an enemy (and he wishes we would forget or ignore him altogether) who is plotting and scheming against the purposes of God in the earth. His greatest weapon is your mind. He has access to it and you don’t even realize how much access he has. He has even convinced you that your thoughts originate with you. They do not! So he hides in the recesses of your mind planting lies, deceptive thoughts and doubts regarding your Father and his relationship with you. He will do anything to keep you from being a son of your Father. He accomplishes this mostly by making you believe that He doesn’t love you and that you are all alone, must trust yourself and believe in yourSelf (aka your enemy disguised as your thoughts) for all your provision and protection. A shrewd enemy will separate you from the fold, isolate you and devour you when you are unprotected.

Part 7 – Our Father has given us Time to choose Him, to trust Him, to believe Him. He is forever revealing Himself, His Love and His desire to bring you Home to Himself. But our enemy has a plan too. The enemy is using up all your time by making you focus on your need to fill the hole in you with temporal worldly pleasures. He continually presents the perversions of God’s provision and protection in the parade of what you must do to make yourSelf happy, safe and secure. If you bite that lure you have accepted a life-long project. Just long enough so that you miss the boat to your Fathers Kingdom. Distractions with Self lead you to Death and Eternal separation.

Part 8 – Now we did not do well with the Time given us so God decided to interrupt Time with Eternity — Himself. If you want a job done right, you have to do it yourself right? Well, God the Father waited till the Time was just right, then He entered to save the Day. He came and showed us Himself, as a Man, so we could behold Him and know Him, but mostly so we could trust Him and believe Him. He said in essence, “I want more like this Son of mine.” It is the same old song, new verse. We chose not to trust Him and believe His Word in the Garden. We are eating up the clock trying to find any other thing than that — submitting to the will of our heavenly Father, trusting and believing Him.

Part 9 – So now the enemy has a new battleground for your mind — the Image of God. Guess what he does? The same old, same old. He takes the Good gifts of God and perverts them. He takes the Son and repackages Him in a new form — Religion. Whereas God wanted us to relate to Him through the Relationship of a son, by faith, by love, by trust, by belief, we now have a very competitive and attractive option. Rather than being like Him, we just act like Him and look like Him. Monkey see, monkey do never had a more appropriate meaning. Religion has everybody looking at everybody else, but nobody looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Part 10 – The enemies of God may do much to distort our ability to see Him clearly, but He, never to be outdone has slipped them a Mickey. God placed inside Himself fruit full of seed to bear more fruit. When we broke His body on the Cross we released the Seed into all the earth. When He left us, He did not leave us alone. He sent another in the form of His Holy Spirit to continue to show us the Son. Now, though much has been done by religion to distort God in Christ, those who received His Word, and who willingly die to themselves for Him, are His disciples, Johnny Appleseeds (if you will). God went viral and He is busy spreading His Love to all who draw near to Him. To those who trust Him and believe Him.

The Big Picture – Part 11

Repent or Die

Repent or Die. That statement has such an alarming ring. And it should, it is the shout to save your very life! Turn or burn is another way it has been put. In our tolerant modern thinking we have refined our beliefs of God to a milder, softer kind of God. We have remade Him to our liking. We don’t like hard gods that are unbending and unreasonable and don’t do things the way we like them so we just make a new one that is no God at all.

Here is God in Truth. He is everlastingly Love. He loves everyone of His creation, and holds a special place to love men, being created for a special relationship with Him, that being sons, like Him. When He came to the world, the world received Him not. Yet He came out of love, to save the world. The world HAS BEEN REDEEMED in the Son. On the cross, the salvation of man, past, present and future was completed in full. There is no more that ever needs to be done to save you. It is done, it is finished!

So what is the deal then? Why are we all working so hard to be saved? That is a good question. Why are you? Here is the work. “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” John 6:29.

Well, you say, “Of course I believe!”. Do you? Here again we are so easily deceived. We just change our rules to make it palatable. We say we believe because we agree and accept this as truth in our mind. But remember the battle is in the mind. Too often the concept of belief stops right there in the mind.

Belief is not a state of mind, it is a state of being. And a state of being is not inert and dead, it is alive! If you believe, you express that belief. This is where many centuries of religious teaching has hijacked the purpose of God. There has been so much press against works that people have disconnected their faith from their works. We are literally afraid to do things for God, and with good excuse to boot, we don’t want to be accused of a faith by works. So instead we have a faith that doesn’t work — at all. Beloved, faith works!!!

James put it this way, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:17-20.

Did you catch that? The devils believe too. And as they say in EE, they are not going to heaven.

Here is just how simple God made this. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10.

Many confess Him but do not believe Him. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matt. 7:22.

Your faith must be in Him. If it is, you believe in Him. And when you believe in Him, your faith expresses itself in good works. It is not the other way around as the enemy wants you to think.

This believing manifests itself in that you do not continue to follow yourself, trust yourself, protect yourself, hoard and gain to yourself. You quit having faith and belief in your ability and trust Him and believe Him.

This is the exact meaning God had in mind when He said repent. Quit trusting in your Self, trust in Me. Turn from your ability, turn to My Ability. Have faith in God.

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:26.

v4.24 The Big Picture – Part 7

The Big Picture – Part 7

The Clock is Ticking

So we have been separated from Love at birth and have turned our affections, desires and will toward Self. We do not readily or consciously know all that we have lost for when sin entered, we died. Death is a process though, and we are in the process of death until and unless He rescues us and we accept His Help.

Just as when a plant is pulled up from the ground and disconnected from the soil it does not wither and die immediately, so are we. Just as a fish when removed from the water does not die immediately, so are we. Just as when an animal is withheld food and water it does not die immediately, so are we. So it is that when you separate man from Life that he dies, yet not immediately. He has some strength within himself — strength to choose.

Yet if the plant does not get back to its life-source, it dies. If the fish does not get back to its life-source, it dies. If the animal does not get back to its life-source, it dies. So we, if we do not get back to our Life-Source, we die. So it is what we do with the strength that we have that will determine if we live or die.

Now we all realize by now that we have an enemy. His goal is to keep you from returning to the Source long enough to expend and expel your strength and to exhaust your opportunity to choose Him, Life, so that you indeed die separated.

How does he do it? The same way he always does it. He uses accusation, doubt and fear to get you to buy into his lies in order to get you and keep you from Him, the Source, wherein your Life is hid. It’s all about distraction and dissuasion from Love.

He doesn’t have to kill you, he just has to keep you occupied with the pursuit of Self long enough and you will die of natural causes, or otherwise. It is just a matter of squandering the opportunity of time. So how does he do it? Here are some examples of distractions although there are an endless number of strategies — a panoply for each of us:

Build a bigger tower.

One of the primary things lost in the Fall was protection. Remember, we exercised our will and lost the place where we belonged. We shared a house with our Father, called Eden, but now we have been kicked out of the home.

“Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” Gen. 3:23-24.

At each step of our disobedience we meet circumstances and consequences to encourage us to realize we have made the wrong choice. We are supposed to learn to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. Instead we consult with Self and redouble our efforts to establish a workable lifestyle and refuse to admit our need of our Father.

To restore our need for relationship we joined together with others like ourselves that do not have a relationship with their Father and want to figure out a way to make a workable lifestyle. “I know, we can build a house for all of us and we won’t need Him. We will find our security in community and what we can do to provide for ourselves.”

“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.  And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.  And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.  And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” Gen. 11:1-4.

Good plan, bad idea. God wants us to know and we need to realize our need of Him. Too often we find our security in others and material things. Great sources but still just distractions. Here is another plan we often use:

Establishing Kingdoms

Men have instinctively known that there is security in power and might. If there is anyone who has more than you or has something you might need, take it, win it or buy it. With enough power and/or money you will not have to go without. There is great security in being able to command and manipulate people and resources to your own ends.

Most of the Old Testament is riddled with the historical account of the rise and fall of the kingdoms of men and what they did. Repeatedly and predictably there is the same cycle.

Men gain power through domination of others. In that position of strength and power they gain wealth and property. Once men have established their security they begin to rest, enjoy themselves and enjoy their new entitlements wrought by their efforts, especially the pleasures of sin. In short order they become weakened and diminish in the very things that got them there. A new power comes to emerge and dominate them. Watch the history channel of the Bible. It looks like an endless looping cycle of self-destruction.

If we have learned anything from history it is that history repeats itself. Todays models of establishing kingdoms and the power of men are manifested in our military, government, judicial, business, educational and scientific accomplishments and endeavors. We look for security in our ability to command and control our lives and outcomes. Lots of time is spent looking for security here.

Wearing Righteous Coverings

Our insecurities do not only lie in our need for protection and provision but in a fragile self a need for love and acceptance. We try with many methods to make ourselves acceptable. One of the first things Adam and Eve did was hide and then make some acceptable outer garments to cover their nakedness, the source of their insecurity. “They knew they were naked and hid.”

Since the very beginning men have sought for acceptance and love from both God and men. One of the greatest tools and methods is to do righteous acts. To change their outward presentation to something praiseworthy and lovable.

The thinking is that if I look good, act good and appear good them I am good. A person can spend a lot of time and energy on the right outward appearance. This is where beauty, fame, and religion come in. They all seek to gain approval and acceptance because of outward presentations.

Throughout all time men have used these methods to gain the love and security that was lost in the relationship that they had with their Father in the Garden. Yet none of these can come anywhere close to restoring the security we lost and the Love we separated from. These are all cheap imitations and distractions to eat up the valuable time you have been given.

The clock is ticking.

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