Monday, August 25, 2014

Quote of the Day

"The human spirit is characterized by an unrestricted drive toward the truth, which is ultimately boundless."

-Quest for the Living God by Elizabeth Johnson

Sunday, August 24, 2014

God is good! All the time...and all the time...God is good! we really know what we are saying?

"Inevitably, our understanding of what 'good' means arises from our experience of goodness in the world. We experience good persons, good satisfactions, good weather, and so on. From these we derive a concept of goodness that we then affirm of God who created all these good things. But God is infinite, so we need to remove anything that smacks of restriction. Thus we negate the finite way goodness exists in the world, shot through with limitation. But still we think God is good, so we negate that particular negation and judge that God is good in a supremely excellent way that surpasses all understanding. According to analogy, when we attribute goodness to God the theological meaning is this: God is good; but God is not good the way creatures are good; God is good in a supereminent way as Source of all that is good.

At this point our concept of goodness cracks open. We literally do not understand what we are saying. Human comprehension of the meaning of "good" is lost, for we have no direct earthly experience of anything that is the Source of all goodness. Yet the very saying of it ushers our spirit toward the presence of God who is good, a reality so bright that it is darkness to our mind. In the end the play of analogy brings us to our knees in adoration."

-A direct excerpt from Quest for the Living God by Elizabeth A. Johnson

Saturday, August 9, 2014

An aha moment

This morning I was freed again by the notion of death through the revelation brought to me by the Holy Spirit. It was so gentle. The revelation came to me that prior to my existence on earth...I felt nothing, I knew nothing, and I was unaware of anything (time, space, etc.). So it will be when I depart from this earth. I will remain fallen asleep until Christ return.

Thought for today

False teaching leads to immorality which leads to eternal death.

Monday, June 2, 2014

What is IN the Blood of Jesus?

What is the make-up of blood? Well scientifically, blood is a constantly circulating fluid providing the body with nutrition, oxygen, and waste removal. A liquid called plasma makes up about half of the content of blood. Plasma contains proteins that help blood to clot, transport substances through the blood, and perform other functions. About half of blood volume is composed of blood cells: Red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues. White blood cells, which fight infections. Platelets, smaller cells that help blood to clot

Well if all of this is in blood, can you imagine what is marinating in the blood of Jesus? Leviticus 17:11 tells us that the life of the flesh is in the blood. See God has appointed blood to have power to symbolize life. God could have used anything else but He chose blood....ever wonder why? Why not something else? air? or breath? or even sight/vision? Interesting someone who stops breathing dies...why? not because they lack air...well part of it...but mainly because the blood ceased to pump any air/oxygen to the brain! See blood is our core. It is the driving force behind everything in our bodies. Even women can attest to this -every month! When blood is released out of our bodies we feel life-less and vice versa. Anemics who have a low blood count are often always cold...(maybe why the Lord desires a fiery bride!)

Anyways scripture gives us a few other things that blood encapsulates:

1. A Mercy Seat
2. Righteousness
3. Purity
4. Redemption
5. Forgiveness
6. Atonement for Sin

We can clearly see why Leviticus includes this description of blood as we see in the fulfillment of Christ's sacrificial blood that was shed provided us with eternal life. In essence, eternal life dwells in the sacrifice of the blood of Jesus which is the mercy seat of God! Which is available to all who simply believe. Will you believe today?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Emotional Hoarding

The other day a friend of mine and I were talking on the phone about some family issues she had in the past. She brought it up because she had received a text message that day from that particular family member in which the incident had arisen back in her mind. She realized she hadn't spoken to this person in weeks and at the moment sounded a little unsure of how she would deal with the incident that had transpired. She also mentioned their relationship was one where they just sort of "swept things under the rug" and "let by-gones by by-gones."

Whenever I've heard someone say something similar to this, all I really hear is avoidance. Avoidance and suppression of true feelings put out in the open. This is usually due to the fact that they don't want to make a big deal out of the situation or they just don't want to confront the other person by telling them how they really feel.

I told her I think she should tell that family member how that incident made her feel and find out what was the root cause/driving force of the incident so that she could better understand the other side of the coin. I believe upon hearing this, the thought of actually doing this to her was out of the question and quite frankly somewhat terrifying.

This situation reminded me of myself in times past growing up where I chose the path of avoidance suppressing my hurts, swallowing offenses and keeping them inside. It was a path of internal destruction. Through God's grace and love for me, He stopped me in my tracks last year and brought Matthew 5 to light within my spirit through a class at my church. The teacher said something that finally clicked/hit my spirit so much that it really caused me to challenge my heart and actions. She said "blessed are the peacemakers, not peacekeepers"....whoa!
What a difference.

See Jesus wasn't primarily a peacekeeper (even though He is the Keeper of all Peace). Jesus was a peacemaker (because He is the Prince of Peace) He addressed issues head on with love and humility and grace. He didn't shy away from the Scribes and Pharisees when they accused him, persecuted Him and lashed offenses toward Him. Yes there were time when Jesus walked away from the multitudes for the sake of peace. But rarely was this action taken by Jesus as a retreat from dealing with offense from someone. It was more for the sake of physical peace and safety than out of avoidance.
Which leads me to the key subject of the title of this blog piece....

Oftentimes we retreat inwardly in the midst of conflict. We retreat back to what we've always known. It can be sort of a suffocating comfort to it all. Take the example of the hoarders shown on tv who stockpile old newspapers and randomness. While there situation is horrible, they really don't have anything on those who hoard emotionally. See those people actually have a better chance of survival. They at least can see the physical piles of junk and worthless things they have refused to discard over the years. The physical stench and scene alone can only be bearable for so long before they even must admit....something's gotta give. I can't live like this.

On the other hand, for emotional hoarders it is a little less obvious to themselves and sometimes to others as it is a little easier to cover the stench of ones heart and hide the stockpiles of offenses one has subtotaled over the years.

Hoarder syndrome is a serious condition and like most diseases/conditions there is a root cause driving its ugly head. So if you believe to be suffering from this condition (even in the least bit) I encourage you to visit Doctor Jesus who is the Great Physician to heal your emotional hoardom. He is the author and finisher of our faith who is the Prince of Peace who will give you perfect peace in the midst of peacemaking.