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A Blank slate

I have always believed that the person in the  forest could not “see the forest because of the trees”.

This is why I believe that for christianity to continue it must get out of the forest to see the forest!!!

We have been mesmerized by our single minded objective of the bible and to not waver from it that has caused us to go off on a wild goose chase, to get us off track of what the bible is really saying to us.

I wish we all could have come across the word of God,the bible,(which is actually God in word form,we fail to realize this) and without any influence read,see,hear God in the scripture. I honestly believe that we would come away from reading this story of God, that we would be a different people for him.

What I mean by a clean or blank slate is, no traditions,no training, no denominational influence,no pre-conceived  ideas, no help whatsoever on reading God’s word.

This sounds harsh,crazy,or just plain stupid for most people but our understanding of the word has been pigeon-holed into our understanding of the story of God..Our mindset of the way we look at passages,verses,or even chapters, is influenced by our heritage of learning.This is where most people are unaware of their heritage of belief anyway. We condemn people,family,friends for even going away from the norm of our religious ways,saying that this is the way it has always done. When in fact we have no basis of understanding of what they are doing is in fact “the way”.

This is where I  challenge everyone to dig deep into your past christianity training and see where it comes from and why? Do you believe it after you see your christian history or do you maybe see a different way that needs to be taken?

Now, don’t get me wrong, Our christian heritage is just that,christian heritage. But we need to right the ship in our ways of God’s desire and seek the truth!

The key to reading God’s word(which is God himself) is to read it as a story( I will give you an inside tip here, It is a story of Christ!) and not as a manual or do it yourself christian project!!! Look at the whole bible as what is it telling you as far as the main theme throughout the bible.

I have never been a newspaper writer, but I do know that the first things you are taught is the 5 “W’s”.

Who,What,When, Where and Why. If we keep these question in our mind throughout the bible we will see a whole different picture of the Word than ever before. and Let me tell you will be going on a ride with God that you will never forget.

I ask you to try the clean slate and come with an open mind when you read the bible for the “first time”.

I want to just say here that the bibles or the reading programs out there that just take daily verses to read on a daily basis do us no good to see what God is saying to us, it is like seeing a movie trailer, and then going to the actual movie and saying what was that trailer about?

The bible is a “Complete Story” it starts in Genesis and ends in Revelation.

May the Story begin for you!!

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Something new!

I like writing I have found out, now whether I am any good at it is another question.

So I am starting a new endeavor to say the least, but it is that I am going to try my hand a writing some ebooks for the world to feast on, and that includes the both of you!!!

Now to do this  I will have to put more time into just one thing and more research and reading to my already studying the word and reading three books at a time to my regiment of the day.

Please remember me in your prayers and thoughts as I tackle this project. I would like to write between 2-3 before the end of the year. Lord help me,seriously!! But this is something that I have wanted to do for awhile and I have decided to do it. I will continue to blog as much as I can, like Tom Bodet(sp) says “I’ll keep the light on for all who are interested!!”(Motel 6)

Thanks

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Our use of the word “church”

It is such a simple word, but we seem to say the word church  to mean an inanimate object. Where did we get this meaning from?

The jewish sect was the first to hint of a structure of worship, in their own way, that was called a tabernacle.  Us gentiles stole the concept but called it a church for worship. Our understanding of the purpose also was taken from the jews of the fact that we have to all get together to form a group to worship.

What we must understand is that God was using the imagery of the tabernacle as a picture for us to see,if we were to come to him and just commune with Him. This would be a complete picture of God and His people together as one.

This is a stopping point from this blog to highlight a characteristic of God. God’s understanding of “LIFE” is almost beyond words for us humans, but it is easier to understand if it is told in a story or a parable if Jesus was trying to get a point across to the disciples.  We have to go beyond our thought process to understand God’s ways. Our ways are not His Ways,remember.

God’s economy(business) was in the old testament to keep the jewish people(Israel) together in way that they would be protected from the outside world without to many incidents. The rules and regulations that the jews added to the commandments and to eating and sacrificing laws added to their issues. This scenerio of keeping the jews together is actually the parable or story that you here in the psalms and other places that refer to the shepherd and the sheep. The description  of the shepherd taking care of his sheep and protecting them from the wolves and lions is in reference to the world and to satan. (WoW)

But then, Christ came and changed this scene. The Shepherd was just a temporary condition for his people, until He came to change things. His dieing on the Cross,thus killing the natural way of doing “religion”, and bringing  to Life the all-inclusive Christ which has now been processed for us, with Christ being born,dieing,and being raised to the Father, He is now complete in Us.

The Old ways are now over, a new way has been created that is better is now in affect. We now have a tabernacle or home with God in us,and us in Him.  For this new way to be complete and stand on its own, all the old ways have to die. God’s living in us and us in Him is complete into it’s self!!!!! Why do we need to use the old ways to improve on the new way? But we do.

Our understanding of God’s People,His Church, His Bride, has got to change and it will.

Let’s come at this from the angle from the brides perspective and see if we can make it clear to us.  Hear is the preface, God has already asked us the church to be his bride(He chose us before time!) One key here is realizing that this is in a corporate setting not as individual way of looking at it. The ones that accept the plea to be apart of Christ as one entity(His Bride) is the picture that we are at now. Now, since we as the bride have committed ourselves to Christ as the bride we “should” be focused on Him and Him only. This is not the case, in christianity.  The bride’s only goal from this point on is to get ready for the wedding. Staying true to the groom is the ultimate goal from here out. My experience with girls and weddings are my forte’, I have 3 girls and 2 weddings. We know from the time they are asked til that special day, it is all about Him!!.

Where we are confused is that when Christ chose us and we said yes, We are now apart of Him, it is as we are already married or that we are ONE. This is also considered the body of Christ, or the Church.

Our being with Christ makes us apart of His body,church,bride. Let us see this revelation so that  we may become what God wants us to represent.

His new BRIDE!!

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Un-Natural

I wonder if we realize how we view things from God in the bible. I would almost guarantee that we come from a natural view of man when we read the bible.

I believe that we have come to the wrong conclusion when we read it, We are reading it as if we are in the natural realm. When we read,listen to God’s word’s(God’s words are His character,we need to realize this)He speaks to us in a different way,God’s way.

We are reading or listening to God in our “natural” way, God ‘s  way is not our way, our way is fallible. God’s design of His people was and is to be indwelt in Him. This means we are apart of Him. He is after all the creator,designer and architect of His Kingdom . He’s in Charge of everything! He is.

Now let me show you an example on how we misread texts in the bible. This comes from the Living Stream Ministries of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee on LSM.org. This excerpt comes from an article of ” The Divine Revelation”.

This example of only seeing things in the natural way is still hampering the believers of the world. Let me share the article now.

 

The fourth commandment requires man to take only God and all that God has accomplished for man as man’s satisfaction and rest (Exo. 20:8-11). This commandment concerns the keeping of the Sabbath. I read the Bible for several decades, but I did not quite understand why in His Ten Commandments God made such a commandment to set up a day and require man to keep it as the Sabbath. What is the meaning of this? Furthermore, when the Lord Jesus came, He did not want man to keep the Sabbath. Before the Lord Jesus came, God wanted man to keep the Sabbath. Then when the Lord Jesus came, although man still desired to keep the Sabbath, the Lord did not want man to keep it any longer. What does this mean?

It was not until these last six years that I began to understand what it means to keep the Sabbath. The keeping of the Sabbath means that you can take only God and all that He has done for you as your satisfaction, enjoyment, and rest. Keeping the Sabbath indicates that you have nothing on earth other than God; you take only God Himself and all that He has accomplished for you as your enjoyment, satisfaction, and rest. Your God is your everything, and He has accomplished everything for you. All you need to do is enjoy Him and take Him as your satisfaction and rest. Let me give you an illustration. I remember my old mother, who was a Christian. She loved her children very much and often cooked good food for us during holidays or on the Lord’s Days. She had a peculiarity that while she loved to cook good meals for us, she had to do it all by herself and did not want us to do anything. If we would sit there and watch her doing everything and then praise her for doing such an excellent job, she would be very happy. If we would say, “Mother, you have been too busy; let me help you,” she would be unhappy. She did not want us to help because she considered that an insult to her. Hence, we children knew that we just needed to wait for our mother to prepare the food for us and that we did not have to do anything. When the dumplings were done, we just praised her that her dumplings were really delicious; then she was very satisfied. While all of us were eating, she did not eat but just watched us and waited on us that we might have the enjoyment. When I was young, I could not understand her, but now that I look back, I realize that this is the way God deals with us. He is doing things for us, but if we try to help Him, the more we help, the more work He has to do. He does not want our help. Rather, He wants to do everything for us. Today everything is ready, and all we need to do is to come to the feast and enjoy Him. What does it mean to keep the Sabbath? To keep the Sabbath is to take God and everything that He has done for us as our satisfaction, enjoyment, and rest. Otherwise, we violate the Sabbath. When the Lord Jesus came, the Sabbath was simply the Lord, for the Lord is the real Sabbath. Therefore, there is no longer the need for us to keep the Sabbath as a ritual.

Until we come from an Un-Natural state of seeing Christ we will not see or hear  God’s real Message!

God- “I only want you to rest in me”

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Backwards

I just don’t get it? God said he would do it!

Matthew 16:17-18 Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,but my Father who is in heaven.18. And I tell you, you are Peter,and on this rock I will build by church, and the gates of of hell shall not prevail against it.

I fell into the trap too. Call it heritity,stupid, don’t care attitude, going with the flow, I didn’t know better, I never read the bible to know different, there is more but these are just a few of why we have gone on for so long not knowing God’s in control. For to long now we have relied on that sunday morning ritual of just going to church and hearing that sermon about why we are not who we should be, and let me tell you where you went wrong speech. (I am truly sorry to point this this out but it is true)

We as people,(not necessarily just christians) have been under the impression that we are to help God make the Church?  Let just sit back and think about this one,k. what did you come up with?  Now, my God is Big, He is awesome, He can do anything,(creation),He can Say anything and make it happen.(light),He can be anywhere,at the same time,He is with me,He is with you as you are reading this! WOW.

Now, why would God rely on us to do some of his work for Him? Don’t know about you but I make alot of mistakes! Don’t you think God has that in mind in making His Church. Did you know that  us christians have been working on the church for over 2000 years now. Boy, I think I could build a structure by myself in that amount of time, I know, not quite the same thing.  But if I understand the reasoning behind this you will start to understand that only God can do it.

Here, in my eyes, is the problem.        We have it backwards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Say what? Yes!

Let me explain, God is the church,the body. If we were to be one with God(fully incorporated),would we not be the church in God!!!

Let me share an analogy with you. Most people that know me know that I am a Huge Nebraska Football fan. I collect  things,shirts,jackets,hats and footballs with the Huskers on it. You see, I have bought into to the notion that I am apart of the team, even tho I am 8 hours away from the stadium, and the huge crowd of fans. I watch on tv like I was there, I holler when they win, and wimper when they lose. I am a Husker.

Now,beware there are alot of us out there, we are in your neighborhood, could be your next door friend, but we are all over the world. You know who they are, because we will tell you,over and over again. We actually have little groups that meet on saturday’s and watch the games,too.

The fact that there are 86,000 plus people in one place enjoying the Huskers play in Lincoln,Nebraska on saturday’s in the fall is just a moment in time that all husker fans are in one place at one time. When in fact that when the game is over, they all go back to their homes around the country. This still makes them Huskers.

Now go back and re-read my analagy and this time substitute the word huskers with the word Church.

Wow, this just blows my mind when I think of it this way!!

But just remember that it is first that we are in God thru Christ that makes us the church. It is as His people,His Israel, His bride, His Body that we are Indwelt in Him that makes the Church.

I pray that your  heart was touched in this thought process and that you will ask questions and search for answers. Look, and listen to the Lord’s direction for this. Go back to the beginning of the bible, Genesis, and see what He was really trying  to make man?

As you really look deep into God’s eyes,you will see that he wanted Adam for himself. ( remember that Adam,Man is the same as God’s Corporate people) we are apart of this group!!

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Backwards

I just don’t get it? God said he would do it!

Matthew 16:17-18 Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,but my Father who is in heaven.18. And I tell you, you are Peter,and on this rock I will build by church, and the gates of of hell shall not prevail against it. 

I fell into the trap too. Call it heritity,stupid, don’t care attitude, going with the flow, I didn’t know better, I never read the bible to know different, there is more but these are just a few of why we have gone on for so long not knowing God’s in control. For to long now we have relied on that sunday morning ritual of just going to church and hearing that sermon about why we are not who we should be, and let me tell you where you went wrong speech. (I am truly sorry to point this this out but it is true)

We as people,(not necessarily just christians) have been under the impression that we are to help God make the Church?  Let just sit back and think about this one,k. what did you come up with?  Now, my God is Big, He is awesome, He can do anything,(creation),He can Say anything and make it happen.(light),He can be anywhere,at the same time,He is with me,He is with you as you are reading this! WOW.

Now, why would God rely on us to do some of his work for Him? Don’t know about you but I make alot of mistakes! Don’t thing God has that in mind in making His Church. Did you know that  us christians have been working on the church for over 2000 years now. Boy, I think I could build a structure by myself in that amount of time, I know, not quite the same thing.  But if understand the reasoning behind this you will start to understand that only God can do it.

Here, in my eyes, is the problem.        We have it backwards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Say what? Yes!

Let me explain, God is the church,the body. If we were to be one with God(fully incorporated),would we not be the church in God!!!

Let me share an analogy with you. Most people that know me know that I am a Huge Nebraska Football fan. I collect  things,shirts,jackets,hats and footballs with the Huskers on it. You see, I have bought into to the notion that I am apart of the team, even tho I am 8 hours away from the stadium, and the huge crowd of fans. I watch on tv like I was there, I holler when they win, and wimper when they lose. I am a Husker.

Now,beware there are alot of us out there, we are in your neighborhood, could be your next door friend, but we are all over the world. You know who they are, because we will tell you,over and over again. We actually have little church’s that meet on saturday’s and watch the games,too.

The fact that there are 86,000 plus people in one place enjoying the Huskers play in Lincoln,Nebraska on saturday’s in the fall is just moment in time that all husker fans are in one place at one time. When in fact that when the game is over, they all go back to their homes around the country. This still makes them Huskers.

Now go back and re-read my analagy and this time substitute the word huskers with the word Church.

Wow, this just blows my mind when I think of it this way!!

But just remember that it is first that we are in God thru Christ that makes us the church. It is as His people,His Israel, His bride, His Body that we are Indwelt in Him that makes the Church.

I pray that heart was touched in this thought process and that you will ask questions and search for answers. Look, and listen to the Lord’s direction for this. Go back to the beginning of the bible, Genesis, and see what He was really trying  to make man? 

As you really look deep into God’s eyes,you will see that he wanted Adam for himself. ( remember that Adam,Man is the same as God’s Corporate people) we are apart of this group!!

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