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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.


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v4.26 The Big Picture – Part 9

The Big Picture – Part 9

Works, The Heart of Religion

I know I said I would go into Plan B – how God is reconciling the world to Himself through His disciples but He would not let me go there. I must needs go through the heart of Religion first.
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God came to earth, a temporal and terrestrial realm, and entered our Time to make Himself manifest through His Son, the only begotten of the Father.

Jesus came as Light and Life and Love to show us the Father, to manifest Him by His life that we might see and hear and touch and know Him.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:1-5.

The darkness comprehended it not, the darkness did not understand Him. The religious leaders and world system leaders did not understand Him. So much did they miss Love in Flesh that they saw Him as a threat to their system.”From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.” Matt. 16:21.

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Cor. 2:9-14.

Lets do a little math here. The darkness comprehended it not. The elders, chief priests and scribes (the religious leaders) comprehended it not. The nautural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him. My math tells me that the religious leaders are darkness and natural men. They did not comprehend the things of the Spirit, they were foolishness to them.

Let this be a solemn warning. Religion can cause you to miss God in the Flesh! Man has made an industry of the things of God — we call it religion. It is an idolatrous and adulterous system of man-made traditions and trappings that claim to have command of the things of God but do not.

“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” 2 Cor. 10:12.

“As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.  For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.” Gal. 6:12-13.

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Tim 3:5.

Religion is nothing more than mans attempt to be like God. The thinking is that if we dress up the outside to look like God then it is God. It is a system of belief that the outer man manifests the inner man. It is full of woking to look right, be right and act right so that there is no room for condemnation. It is a system of works.

Relationship is God’s method to reveal Himself through His sons (spiritual offspring). He is bringing many sons to maturity, completion, so that He might make Himself known and glorified through His sons. It is an effortless (not of God’s working but man’s working), yet not painless, process whereby a man is brought to a fullness, an abundance of Life by a death to Self. Our work is to believe and submit, and yield and depend — like a branch in a vine — you must abide. How? By faith. Then the inner will be made manifest through the outer. It is a work of Grace through faith.

So there are these two dichotomous ways. “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Prov. 16:25. You are either in the Way, in Christ, or you are in the way of what God is doing in the earth. Men are trying to make a god out of flesh. God is, by the working of His Word in man, longing to become Flesh…And the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us, so that He might be made known to the world.

This is what religion misses and does not comprehend. That God is the creator of man. Man is not the creator of God. God must do the work. We must be the clay, He is the potter. We work and work and work to be like Him and we do not trust Him nor come to Him. We do it our way.

So all along there are these two systems. The world system, the realm of darkness, of which religion is the representative counterfeit of Relationship, and the kingdom of God, which the darkness does not comprehend.

This world has always rejected God. It must. He is at war through His sons to bring it back under His dominion, to crush the head of the serpent and put their foot upon its (his) neck. Yet the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly but spiritual.

For all time, men have loved darkness rather than light. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19.

“In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4. “The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.” John 1:7.

But the sons of God are diligently seeking Him, they are drawn by the Light of His Love and the Truth of His Word to a relationship with God in Christ. These are in the earth like seeds, producing fruit in keeping with righteousness, advancing violently the Kingdom, separated unto God. These are them “that love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

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