Tuesday, October 30, 2007

When the Revelation comes Close

Through Jesus Christ, humans can approach the Almighty God. Before, people could not do this. God is too great, too holy, too powerful. God's very presence would absolutely obliterate people. Through Jesus, people are made holy and justified in the presence of God and so, in Christ, people are told to boldly approach God's throne. Unto what end? People were made to worship God and enjoy God forever. This is the chief purpose of our existence. People are also given authority in the kingdom to bring God's works close to the rest of this dying world that does not know God. My solution is never to feel sorry for myself when I mess up. My responsibility is to receive the price Jesus paid, repent from that sin, and continue in my role on behalf of God's kingdom.

Today I repent of doubt, fear, confusion, neglect of God's Word and God which pretty much adds up to idolatry. I will now continue in that which I was created for.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Head-Heart Disconnect

I never understood this phenomenon of head-heart disconnect that I've heard from several about until today. I know there's more to understand, but here's what I'm understanding. The heart (the center of my being; soul, emotions, volition, mind) can never do the job of my head. It must not take the place or overshadow the role of my head (intellect, imagination). Neither can my head overshadow or take the role of my heart. I have fallen several times into the trap of living for my heart to the neglect of my mind. I know now, that the only danger is getting their roles confused and living in neglect of either one, but each must be in its proper place. The heart is the source of inspiration for God speaks to the heart and the heart relays information to the intellect. The intellect's job is to explicate what the heart is saying. In other words, my job is to execute with my head what God has inspired. This is good news, for life becomes more meaningful when everything that I take time to do derives from inspiration/faith. I am not to replace one with the other or neglect one for the other, but see each work in perfect cooperation with the other. Do all things by faith. Walk by faith and not by sight. Anything which enters the head (intellect) first, must be appropriated for the heart.

"Don't be so heavenly-minded that you don't do any earthly good."

I have heard this quote so many times, and was not sure how to understand it or subscribe to it. What I've realized is that God has been taking me on a journey the past few years to being fully heavenly-minded because I'm so earthly-minded that I don't have anything redemptive to do the earth any earthly good. I need to be more heavenly-minded. It's not until I'm transformed by the renewing of my mind that I can rightly incarnate like Christ did among those of the world. I need to know God first. If I don't know God, I have nothing to bring the world to do it any earthly good. When God releases me to the world, I must go with the mindset and life attitude that it's not about the "good things" of the world, but it's about meeting humanity where they are that they might be exposed to the glories of God.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

A humbling experience

I think the Master has brought a verse before me which I must carefully consider and I do not know the implications of for next year; it's certainly relevant. A gentleman at the Jessamine Jamboree Prayer Tent brought it to my attention and then John Chrysostom also did-"For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?" (Lk. 14:28).
In addition, Luke 14:8 says, "When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him...".
Another important verse, and I'll tie them together in a minute: Luke 14:15 "When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, 'Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!'"

Now, how are these connected? Verse 28 above is similar to verse 8, in that both end in ridicule for the one who built and could not complete the building and the one who took the place of honor who was sent back to the lower seat. Just as the one building didn't have enough supplies to finish, so did the one who took the place of honor not have even to distinguish him from the other guests, so he was sent to the lower place-setting. Both of these are tragic circumstances. Verse 15 is the key though! It's the key to not being in a position like that. "Bread" often symbolizes the words of God in Scripture. I believe that this verse is saying, "Blessed are those that choose to receive, believe, and obey the word of God." Eating bread in the kingdom is a matter of will, choice, volition. In Lk. 14:16-24, the man having the dinner represents God and verse 17 is also key. God says, "Come for everything is ready now." All those invited to His table give excuses. In their minds and often in our own, their answer is "later," but the Scripture records from God's perspective.