Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Who He Is

Well I got "it" again, by "it" I mean the desire to write a note : ) I usually get "it" when something is on my heart and mind and if I don't sit down and write it out I'll just think about it constantly. So lets get down to it! I pray the Holy Spirit reveals to you what you need to see and what I need to write! Gosh, where to start! I guess I'll first start by saying sometimes I feel the need to protect God. I know what you may be thinking that that is pretty laughable....God, God, needing protecting...ha, yeah right! But when I think about and see what people say and think of Him, even believers.... most the time believers, it saddens me to the point my heart just aches for the Father...But more so for you....the one who pictures God as this...this taker away of loved ones, baby killer, tornado causer, inflicter/allower of pain to teach a lesson, takes away jobs, cancer giver, you name it... fill in the blank... the list could go on and on and on of what I've heard and seen! Why do people say these things? Why do people believe this is who the Father is? I think one of the major reasons is not understanding the finished work of Jesus. I love what Andrew Wommack says in his book, The War is Over: Wrath Appeased (appease means to satisfy...satisfy means to meet the expectations, needs, or desires of (someone) • fulfill (a desire or need) • pay off (a debt or creditor) ) Jesus made a difference in the way God relates to mankind. This is what the angels were praising Him for in Luke 2:14. They were really saying, “Glory to God in the highest. The war is over!” The anger and wrath of God has been atoned and appeased. God’s wrath was placed upon His Son, and He isn’t angry with us anymore. All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18 The Lord made us friendly. He brought us—not only believers, but all mankind—back into harmony with God. The debt has been paid. Now we must receive it. We must put our faith in the Lord before what He has provided has its full effect in our lives. But God’s wrath has been appeased. Man may not be reconciled to God, but God has been reconciled to man. His wrath is over—and He’s given us the ministry of reconciliation. (reconcile: reunite, bring (back) together (again), restore friendly relations between, make peace between) The reason that Christianity isn’t having a greater impact on our world than it is today is that we aren’t preaching this message. I think some people think it is comforting, I don't get why(maybe they don't know what else to say or that's what they've been taught), to tell people God allowed/caused whatever to happen to show them/people whatever...fill in the blank, but how can we/anyone, for that matter, really trust God if He is hurting us in some shape or form! In John 14:9 Jesus says, "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father"...How many times have you heard great things about Jesus but then on the other hand heard not so great things about God, but what we have to realize is what we read about Jesus in the Bible is also who the Father is! How did Jesus speak, act, and be while He was on the earth? He was a friend to sinners, healed people, and taught and showed LOVE. He didn't conjure up tornadoes, kill people, or inflict pain on anyone. Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds....wouldn't we be pretty brokenhearted if we lost a child, got cancer, our homes were destroyed and then on top of that think that God did it!!! Jesus was pierced, crushed, and punished so you wouldn't have to be!!!! Sometimes there isn't answers to why horrible things happen, but when did it become OK to blame horrible things on God!?! God is NOT double minded( pretending to entertain one set of feelings, and acting as if influenced by another). God is LOVE! He cannot love the world and at the same time hate it! He would be a liar and if that were true, which it isn't, He would cease to be! John 3:17 Amplified Bible (AMP) 17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. I love in the verse above when it says, "the world" because who is in the world? We are....those who believe and those who don't and what does it also say in 17, God DID NOT send Jesus to judge the world, but that the world(who's in the world..everyone!) might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him! God isn't a baby taker and need another little angel/flower in Heaven! Lord, help us...open our eyes to this! I love what I once heard a pastor say, "If God needs another flower in Heaven....He will grow one!" That quote is sooooo true!!!! Why do we put God in this box...in our imaginary box of who we think or how we think He is!?! God the creator of heaven and earth....Who created man and woman!!! And we're all over here talking about how He took that and this to teach us or show people who/how we think He is! He's not the Godfather, as my Dad would say, He's Father God! He is our Dad! He loves US! I love what Matthew says: Matthew 6:26 Amplified Bible (AMP) 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? Are we not more valuable then birds...Yes, of course! God loves you and is not mad at you! He only wants the best for you! There is NOTHING we can do to change that fact! Because of Jesus! Because of Jesus we now can have the relationship with God we've always dreamed about and probably can't really comprehend that kind of love that only God is! This is the Good News! Andrew goes on to say in His book: The Gospel is good news. In fact, this Greek word translated gospel actually means “nearly-too-good-to-be-true news.”1 The Gospel is the nearly-too-good-to-be-true news that God isn’t angry with you, that He loves you, and that He wants to extend all of His blessings toward you. When we realize/believe the Truth; the Truth being the Gospel/ Good news; the "nearly-too-good-to-be-true news, we will start seeing God as who He is:LOVE! 1 John 3:1 Amplified Bible (AMP) 3 See what [[a]an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him. By acknowledging Jesus and what He did we are recognizing who the Father is. Jesus fulfilled the wrath of God! God is no longer angry! When you read the Bible now always remember to read it knowing the finished work of Jesus! I'll leave you with these verses as a prayer. May our eyes be opened, hearts be changed forever, and the words out of our mouths spoken about the Father be the truth of who He is: LOVE! Ephesians 3:14-21 Amplified Bible (AMP) 14 For this reason [[a]seeing the greatness of this plan by which you are built together in Christ], I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name]. 16 May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality]. 17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, 18 That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; 19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, [b]through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses [c]mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] [d]unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and [e]become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! 20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]— 21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).


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