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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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Listen v4.12 Quotes

Quote Title Quotation Source
A Gulf That Cannot Be Bridged To be a disciple of Christ, one must renounce all he has. He cannot hold on to the world with one hand and with the other hold on to the Lord. Watchman Nee – The Salvation of the Soul, © 1978 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
The Trouble With Peace If thou be despised loving Christ in His gospel, remember that when David was thought base for dancing before the ark, his way was to be more base. “The more thou troublest thyself, or art troubled by others for Christ, the more peace thou hast in Christ.” Quote by John Donne from The Treasury of David by Charles H. Spurgeon, abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Take Eat I say that the ineffable speech which Paul heard spoken in Paradise (2 Cor. 12:2-4) was the eternal good things which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived (1 Cor. 2:9). These things which God has prepared for those who love him, are not protected by heights, nor enclosed in some secret place, nor hidden in the depths, nor kept at the ends of the earth or sea. They are right in front of you, before your eyes. So, what are they? Together with the good things stored up in heaven, these are the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ which we see every day, and eat, and drink. They, we avow, are those good things. Outside of these, you will not be able to find one of the things spoken of, even if you were to traverse the whole creation. If you do want to know the truth of my words, become holy by practicing God s commands and then partake of the holy things, and you will know precisely the force of what I am telling you. Symeon The New Theologian – The Ethical Discourses – circa 1000; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Failure to Launch I had a vision of a life of prayer yes, and limitless power, which I saw depended on two things only faith and prayer. For the moment I was thrilled. I fell on my knees, and as I bowed before my Lord what thoughts surged through my mind what hopes and aspirations flooded my soul. God was speaking to me in an extraordinary way. This was a great call to prayer. But to my shame be it said I did not heed that call. Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
Relationship, Not Knowledge, is the Ticket People believe that at conversion their sins are forgiven, that God accepts them so that they may go to heaven, and that they should try to do God s will. But the idea is strange to them that they may and must each day have this blessed fellowship with God, just as a father and his child on earth have pleasure in fellowship. Andrew Murray – Andrew Murray 365 Day Devotional, © 2006 Whitaker House.
Letting Go is the Hardest Part Pray for strength and faith enough to trust yourself completely to God. Follow Him simply wherever He may lead you and you will not have to think up big plans to bring about your perfection. Your new life will begin to grow naturally. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Little Steps Lead to Bigger Leaps The things most readily to be done those that lie not at the doorstep but on the very table of a man’s mind are often the most neglected and overlooked. Can a man become strong in righteousness without learning to perform ordinary acts of kindness for his neighbor? Will a man climb the last flight of the stair when he has never set foot on the lowest step? Could it be that the Lord, who demands higher virtue of us, tests us first in little tasks before he entrusts to us bigger ones? George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Lacking Evidence of Life If our common life is not a common course of humility, self-denial, renunciation of the world, poverty of spirit, and heavenly affection, we do not live the lives of Christians. But yet though it is thus plain that this, and this alone, is Christianity, a uniform, open, and visible practice of all these virtues, yet it is as plain as there is little or nothing of this to be found even amongst the better sort of people. You see them often at church, and pleased with fine preachers; but look into their lives and you see them as just the same sort of people as others are that make no pretenses to devotion. The difference that you find betwixt them is only the difference of their natural tempers. They have the same taste of the world, the same worldly cares and fears and joys; they have the same turn of mind, equally vain in their desires. You see the same fondness for state and equipage, the same pride and vanity of dress, the same self-love and indulgence, the same foolish friendships ad groundless hatreds, the same levity of mind and trifling spirit, the same fondness for diversions, the same idle dispositions, and vain ways of spending their time in visiting and conversation as the rest of the world that make no pretenses to devotion. William Law – A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, circa 1728; Random House Inc. © 2002
Unlimited Supply of Water Not personal benefit but community benefit. All who come to me to drink shall be benefited by the Water that is Living in Me and poured out through you. You are a source of the Source. The same water that satisfies, only a smaller, yet not limited, representation. The Water in you is unlimited for it is Living and Active. It has this effect of satisfying the soul of them who hunger and thirst for righteousness. You have become a Well of Me. Tom Van Hoogen
The Very Essence Of Sin We are staggered at immorality, but Jesus faced those things in the most amazingly calm way (see Matthew 21:31 ). When He was roused to a state of passionate indignation it was by people who were never guilty of such things. What Our Lord continually faced was the disposition behind either the morality or the immorality. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin . . . ( John 15:22 ). Any man would have known without His coming that it was wrong to take life, the law is written in him; any man would have known that immorality was wrong; but no man apart from Jesus Christ would believe that my right to myself is the very essence of sin. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
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