Why can’t they just be themselves?

Why do so many Christians who become popular change their way of speaking to mimic other popular Christians? Why can’t they just be themselves?

They begin to use drawn-out accentuation – God becomes Gawd. And all the ends of their sentences have an extended, over-accentuated flourish. Is this supposed to represent that they have a special anointing from God? Personally, I am immediately wary of any representative of the Lord who is using heavy verbal showmanship in the presentation of his message. I feel as though they are trying to both impress me and manipulate me to believe that they are Holy Spirit-anointed and appointed men and women of God.

I believe that this is frequently an indication of a religious spirit infiltrating christian ministry. What may have begun with all humility and sincerity is slowly replaced by religious performance and theatrical display. The Holy Spirit may very well be moving powerfully through them; even doing miracles. But, I also believe, that in many cases they have chosen to believe that they must place a garment of performance over the cloak of their Holy Spirit anointing in order to be perceived as “anointed” by the people. This is a prideful religious delusion that is more about man’s acceptance than God’s approval.

Matthew 23:5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long…

 

 

 

The Divine Transcendence

Far beyond the lofty heights of the soaring eagle,
beyond earth and sky and unfathomable space,
veiled from the eyes of mortal men by clouds of impenetrable mystery,
Here is the dwelling place
of the Most High and Exalted One.

He is beyond the din of the day
the shroud of the night, the winding of the seasons.
His boundaries are inscrutable,
the sum of His ways, incomprehensible.

He is not measured within the confines
of creaturely definition.
His measure is infinitude.
His dimensions are goodness, mercy and love.

He is quantity without capacity,
for capacity implies a limit.
His limitlessness,
the garment of His divine transcendence.

All power to be, is the power of He
who is omnipotent.
Life, love, and every energy
is formed through the conduit of His Sovereignty.

He has no helpmate,
For He is sufficient within Himself.
Yet from within Himself,
He spoke His present company into creation.

The bull does not charge, the heron does not fish,
but that He has decreed it.
His commands order the establishment
of cause and effect.

His self-existence insures
the perpetuation of our own eternity.
That He changes not,
grants us hope to endure the ravages of time.

The High and Exalted One, who is above all else,
reduces time and space to a habitation for His omnipresence.
…the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool.
Where is the house you will build for me?
Where will my resting place be?” 

Spirit-inspired imagination to grasp an infinite God!

We need Spirit-inspired imagination to grasp an infinite God.

God is infinite. Whatever God is, and all that God is, will forever be outside the boundaries of a precise finite definition. That God is infinite means that He cannot be measured within the boundaries of natural human comprehension.

Isa 55:8  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

Isa 55:9  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

To attempt, within our own capabilities to grasp He who is not a created being, but who is nevertheless universally present and of infinite dimension is to try to imagine the unimaginable. Within our own capabilities we cannot comprehend the revelation of God. We must receive a special gift from God; a key with which to open the door to the mysteries of His infinitude. That key is faith-based imagination through the presence of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.

Imagination is a necessary requirement for a finite creature to have faith in an infinite God. Faith in God and imagination are inseparable. How can we ever hope to comprehend that which is incomprehensible, without imagination?

Whatever is infinite cannot be comprehended in its entirety because it is without limit. But faith based imagination can open the doorway for us to a personal experience of a certain quantity of this infinitude. By the exercise of faith, God’s children have been allotted the privilege of encountering a measure of the magnitude of God. By the exercise of faith, it is possible for the finite and the infinite to coexist in harmonious union and relational communion. By the exercise of faith, what was impossible is replaced with endless possibilities. By faith we are able to access the inaccessible, overcome the insurmountable, and cast into the ocean the immovable mountain. By faith the people of God marched and shouted and blew their trumpets around the city of Jericho and the walls tumbled to the ground. By faith Moses led his people through the Red Sea and the Egyptians that tried to follow were drowned. By faith Elijah called fire down from Heaven and prevented rain from falling on the land for three and a half years. By faith, the dead have been raised, the blind see and the lame walk. There is nothing that faith cannot accomplish if it is within the will of our infinite God.

What is it then that hinders us from living victorious lives with mountain moving faith? We do not typically live our lives with mountain moving faith because we do not typically possess the imagination necessary to apprehend that faith. We need the Holy Spirit to increase our imagination that we might have the faith to comprehend and believe on God’s will for our lives.

The stimulation of our imagination by the Spirit of God is indispensable to us as Christians. It makes it possible for us to exercise mental faith in a God who is infinite and thus incomprehensible in His entirety. Faith-based imagination is a heavenly fuel that energizes the soul of man that he may have effectual relationship with an infinite God. God-inspired imagination must be cultivated, treasured and protected because it is a bridge to the place where God lives.

 

The Substance of Obedience

True obedience is to obey without knowing why and to believe without visual proof. Instead, our obedience to God and our faith in Him must be based on spiritual truth that we allow our minds to receive and our hearts to accept.
 
John 20:29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Disaster or Revival?

Many people have wondered and many theologians have tried to figure out – Where is America in end-times biblical prophecy? I have yet to see a supposed reference that is anything but tenuous at best. This has led some to believe that America is not referenced in end-times scripture because it will be destroyed by some kind of war or natural disaster. (People often tend to project the worst case scenarios into the unknown)

However, what if America is not referenced in end-times scripture because it will experience a tremendous national spiritual revival, leading to most of its population being raptured before the events described in end-times scripture? This could cause America to withdraw from much of its activity in the global community, causing it to become a virtual non-participant in the worlds affairs.

With this as a possibility, we could be praying for revival with hearts filled with hope for the future of our country rather than speculating possible disasters.

Is this scriptural?

Colossians 3

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Philippians 4

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

 

What is Unbelief?

 
Unbelief is commonly perceived as “a lack of faith in God.” But this view can obscure the underlying problem. Unbelief is not just a lack of faith in God. In actuality, unbelief is “having too much faith in ourselves and our own ways” from moment to moment in our lives. This over-dependence upon ourselves keeps us from fully experiencing God’s power and purpose for our daily lives and also the peace, joy, and spiritual rest which are meant to be available to us through our faith relationship in Christ.

Mark 17A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”

19“You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

20So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

21Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. 22“It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

23“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”