love

•January 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Love is a flame that burns everything other than itself. It is the destruction of all that is false and the fulfillment of all that is true.

Adyashanti

separated

•January 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Matthew 6, DO not worry.

My imagination always told me that being “In Christ” was something different then what it seems to be.

I always thought it would be a life of behavior, service, a struggle against the doing things I thought might be bad to God.

I have found instead that what God has called me to (in Him) is joy, love, thankfulness, and generosity.

In Him, all is changed to rest.

Matt. 11:28   “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

The un-beginning, un-ending one has invited us to ride along and spread joy, love and generosity.

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Give without regard to anything, as soon as we count the cost all is lost.

Tithing is down at my church, including mine, because we are counting the cost and running the church like a business. When will we learn?

Matt. 6:24   “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

Matt. 6:25   “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

Matt. 6:28   “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

“The converging crises of our time all arise from a common root that we might call Separation. Taking many forms—the human/nature split, the disintegration of community, the division of reality into material and spiritual realms—Separation is woven into every aspect of our civilization. It is also unsustainable: it generates great and growing crises that are propelling us into a new era, an Age of Reunion.”

Excerpt From: Charles Eisenstein. “Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition.” iBooks.

It is this separation that necessitates the worry.

Ex. 13:21 By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

Abide in my love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. John 15:9,11

One of my favorite parts of scripture is the story of the calling of Elisha.

1Kings 19:21   So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.

Kill the ox burn the equipment feed the people and follow me…

You are not separated from “In Him”

simple

•January 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

We over think what it means to be Christian. It is mind numbing to me, how far folks go to dissect scripture or provide memory tools and rules for living.
It is maddening how far we go to be correct, or to provide God with a way out, as if he needed it.
Or worse say what we think God is saying, as if we could dare to speak for Him.
Most things times the focus is on ours or others sin and the remedy.
Or how our actions effect us.

It is real simple.

God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. So, you get to rest in Him.
And out of that rest you get to share Him (love) with others.
Without any expectation of anything.
Because we are resting in God.

The joy of the Lord is our strength.

Period!.

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Karma and sin place the focus on you and how what you do effects you. How pompous we have become to think that anything could be about us in His Kingdom.

When proponents of karma quote this verse they change one little word and thus the meaning. …the common rephrase of the last sentence is, For with the measure you GIVE, it will be given to you.

NO! It is not what you have that you give, but what you use from what He has, the supply is always enough. It is about trust and grace.

Grace is always focused on the other, using Gods resource.

Seek First the Kingdom of God.

Turn from yourself. That is repentance.

Trust HIM.

Psalm 37:24 though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. 25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

When you regarded me
Your eyes imprinted your grace in me,
In this, you loved me again,
And thus my eyes merited
To also love what you see in me…
Let us go forth together to see ourselves in Your beauty.

–St. John of the Cross

At the heart of all things is the unending, un-beginning, unfailing, unfathomable love of the Most High God. In Him, Through Him and Too Him are all things.

“It is very hard to teach very simple things.” Rohr

good

•November 10, 2013 • Leave a Comment

A couple nights ago, I had a “God” dream, God kept saying over and over “It’s only your shame that keeps you from me.”

Obviously stemming from the recent sermon series at church, but I found my self asking the question “what is it?” my shame.

I own my shame.

“Religion” depends upon shame to exist. We are naked and don’t measure up, we are told to ask God to forgive you because you don’t measure up. We try to be as God by covering our vulnerability.

Would you walk into church naked? Of course not. But why? shame, fear of rejection?

I once got into church when no one was there and spent a considerable amount of time praying naked. Once I got over the fear of discovery, God and I had a chat.

Because the social norms state that one must dress well to come in to the “Lord’s House” Is that really true?

Why then does God say to Moses, “Ex. 3:5   “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” ?

shame

Gen 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

They hid from God.

Shame is believing the lie. What is the lie? That God is somehow less than sufficient, that we can be as God.

yet, yes….but NOW!

•October 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Faith…
When you come to the edge of all the light you have,
and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown,
faith is knowing one of two things will happen:
There will be something solid to stand on,
or you will be taught how to fly.

~ Patrick Overton ~

I am standing on solid ground, today. I will be with Him in the future.

Already and not yet.

Yet • referring to something that will or may happen in the future.

I live in the present with faith that the yet will eventually stop being yet.

“What if you can defeat the enemy by being joyful? What if there is a place set aside for you in the spirit where you defeat the enemy with grace? You overwhelm him with peace. You weary him by your joy. You depress him by the love that you have in the heart of God. What if you can make the enemy depressed, tired, weary and requiring therapy? If there is no such place in the spirit, then Jesus is not Lord.”

“I think good preachers should be like bad kids. They ought to be naughty enough to tiptoe up on dozing congregations, steal their bottles of religion pills…and flush them all down the drain. The church, by and large, has drugged itself into thinking that proper human behavior is the key to its relationship with God. What preachers need to do is force it to go cold turkey with nothing but the word of the cross-and then be brave enough to stick around while [the congregation] goes through the inevitable withdrawal symptoms. But preachers can’t be that naughty or brave unless they’re free from their own need for the dope of acceptance. And they wont be free of their need until they can trust the God who has already accepted them, in advance and dead as door-nails, in Jesus. Ergo, the absolute indispensability of trust in Jesus’ passion. Unless the faith of preachers is in that alone-and not in any other person, ecclesiastical institution, theological system, moral prescription, or master recipe for human loveliness-they will be of very little use in the pulpit.” – Robert Farrar Capon, The Foolishness of Preaching

Knowing What vs. Knowing Whom

“I know Whom I have believed.”
2 TIMOTHY 1:12

“A certain brother was always emphatic about what he believed until someone with equal or greater argument confronted him. This occurred one day when someone pointed out several supposed “errors” in the Bible. This caused the brother to be very alarmed. He went to an elderly sister and informed her of these alleged errors and wanted to know her opinion. She simply stated that the knowledge of God did not depend upon the answering of these questions.
He thought, perhaps not to you, but to me it is important! So he spent the next year investigating what this other person had told him and found it to be untrue. But, had he simply known God He would not have found it necessary to study the whole thing and reason it out. The elderly sister was right, the knowledge of God did not depend upon the answering of those questions.”

“If you know Who, knowing what and why become less significant.” Chip Brogdon

If you know WHO…NOW….not “yet”
Let “yet” be “yet” until it becomes now and there rest.

it’s all grace (randomness) stop bull shit thinking.

•July 3, 2013 • Leave a Comment

We really don’t want God’s grace to be true. We don’t want the living God to be good, it messes with religion. Dietrich Bonhoeffer sets the stage with his book “The Cost of Discipleship” his most famous quote is his comments on Cheap Grace vs Costly Grace.

“cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.”

There is in reality no such thing as cheap grace, it is always expensive. That’s the point of the gospel, the recipient is never really aware of the cost. Yet Grace costs everything.

I fundamentally agree with Mr Bonhoeffer’s idea here. What I disagree with is when someone takes responsibility for grace being effective by insisting we do something, or be aware of something. That is sin.

“The nature of sin is not immorality and wrongdoing, but the nature of self-realization which leads us to say, “I am my own god.” This nature may exhibit itself in proper morality or in improper immorality, but it always has a common basis— my claim to my right to myself.” Oswald Chambers

“Most Christians believe in Good news as long as it’s not too good. Make it too good and you will be labeled a heretic.” Craig Geis

What if, God really came to earth, as a human, for humans, died and rose again as us for us, all things really did die and rise with Him. What if the Holy Spirit was really poured out on all flesh. What if the Kingdom of God really is at hand? What if every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. What do we do with that? Do I create a responsibility for earning or deserving? Or do I rest in it.

I love it when Christians are so bent on denying the absoluteness of God that they create a “both and” situation as if dichotomy were right. If God is all sufficient, why do we need an other?

Did you ever stop to think that enemy needs us to believe that we are broken, waiting, incomplete, and screw up. He needs us to believe that we must do something must be in control. Needs us to feel shame or guilt, needs us to feel like we can’t shake that thing we do. That we need to avoid, at all costs, other humans that do wrong things because they might taint our “purity”. The evil one has fooled us into believing the Lie. That we can be as God knowing good and evil. The lie that we need to accept darkness in order for light to be real. That somehow believing in the total goodness of God as sufficiency for all things must make me a “ “ fill in the label. Once I am labeled I can be dismissed as not like you and that makes you feel better. Yet the same God did what he did for you and me.

We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself. Oswald

It is dangerous to position ourselves as separated from the living God in such a way. That something other then entering His rest is required. To ‘repent’ is to turn away from this kind of thinking.

Holiness changes the unholy. We have been taught to be pure so we don’t ruin the Holy things. In fact it is coming in contact with the holy changes us. Think of it as separated and unseparated.

Holy= set apart for God. unholy is everything else. Righteousness is walking rightly with Him and in Him.

Ex. 29:37 For seven days make atonement for the altar and consecrate it. Then the altar will be most holy, and whatever touches it will be holy.

Holy=one with God, the opposite then is two separate ones.

One is only possible because of God’s grace.

Holy=rest, rest=one with the living God=God’s Kingdom.

Can we war all we want with evil. We can create territories, principalities, and powers to bind and loose, we can shout at the wind and waves, but faith comes out of rest.

“When we work hard to believe we usually move away from faith. Faith is not obtained in striving, it’s found in rest.” Bill Johnson

Grace is, to lose control, or better, to allow One who is far better at it, to have control. It will feel at times that we are on the edge of doom. But He is always there.

Do not worry…

My problem with grace is my focus is off. I am looking at the throne from the floor and not the Mercy seat.

Looking out through our eyes is a primary way of perception, we believe what we see, or think we see before us.

The point of prayer is not to get answers from God, but to have perfect and complete oneness with Him. Oswald

Gen. 3:1   Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

Gen. 3:2   The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, Gen. 3:4   “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

“…you will be like God…”

Forget for the sake of this discussion if this is a real historical event or simply a story. The outcome is the same we sin when we believe the lie. Not when we do some wrong behavior. I know it’s difficult to accept because of what you have been groomed to believe. Sin is being and doing separate from God’s grace.

The idea of free will is an interesting concept, if there was a valid choice. Sure you do have a free will to choose something. But it is not as simple as you may think. Choose life or death, our main choice. There is only life, death is just the absence of life. There is light or dark, again dark is just the absence of light. black is no colors, zero. The choice therefor is null. Yes you are free to choose. In reality there is only one choice. We can I suppose choose to sin or not, again to sin is to choose death which is the absence of life.

I think our problem is we still believe the lie and can’t resist to equate sin with good and evil. Stupid tree.

My goal is God Himself, not joy nor peace, Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God. Oswald Chambers

But He has to get me into the state of mind and spirit where I will allow Him to sanctify me completely, whatever the cost (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).Oswald

The point of prayer is not to get answers from God, but to have perfect and complete oneness with Him. Oswald

Sin=everything we attempt to do or be apart from God’s grace. A sinner then is one who does not pray.

Matt. 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Psa. 62:1 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Madame Guyon from the 1500’s:

“Most Christians do not feel that they have been called to a deep, inward relationship to their Lord. But we have all been called to the depths of Christ just as surely as we have been called to salvation.”

And knowing the Word of God does not necessarily mean that we know the God of the Word. Brogdon

But when the Holy Spirit comes into me, He brings into the center of my personal life the very Spirit that was exhibited in the life of Jesus Christ, namely, the Holy Spirit, which is absolute unblemished purity. Oswald

God wants to bring you into union with Himself, but unless you are willing to give up your right to yourself, He cannot. “. . . let him deny himself . . .”— deny his independent right to himself. Then the real life-the spiritual life-is allowed the opportunity to grow. Oswald

Galatians 4:19
New International Version (NIV)
19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is
formed in you,…

Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest. Hebrews 4:11

If our experience of being set apart from sin and being made holy through the process of sanctification is still very shallow, we tend to mistake the reality of God for something else. Oswald

Separation is the ultimate way to execute judgement. 2 Cor 6:17 Come out from them and be separate.

But we have been instructed to be one.

John 13:34-35
New International Version (NIV)
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Be one. In one there is NO other.

Unrelenting.

•April 23, 2013 • Leave a Comment

“Grace is the celebration of life, relentlessly hounding all the non-celebrants in the world. It is a floating, cosmic bash shouting its way through the streets of the universe, flinging the sweetness of its cassations to every window, pounding at every door in a hilarity beyond all liking and happening, until the prodigals come out at last and dance, and the elder brothers finally take their fingers out of their ears.”
Robert Farrar Capon, Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace

It really IS too good not to be true.

Love, flawless unrelenting love we can know…

 
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