Monthly Archives: July 2016

The bottom line: People believe what they want to believe.

Watching even a small amount of the national political conventions on television recently has served to remind me that some people’s minds will never be changed.  The reason their mind will never be changed is because they will not allow their heart to be changed.

These same people may express belief in great moral truths and even be living relatively moral lives. They may testify to heartfelt concern and empathy for others. But neither morality nor empathy are the same as holiness. A moral person may hate sin while also hating grace just as much as sin, because grace reveals that they will never be justified before God based on their own works or merit.

Therefore, they cannot receive the redemptive grace of God which transforms the heart and mind. Instead, they will always believe whatever lines up best with their self-sanctifying delusions. Such are the politics of humanism.

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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?”