Sunday, April 20, 2014

Romanticising Vs. Revelation: The reality of God

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I wonder, do we really know the difference between the fantasy and reality and the reality of Jesus Christ? Put simply, fantasy is born out of romanticizing and/or exaggeration. On the other hand, reality is born out of knowledge, understanding and experience. 

Here's a simple test: Superman. Superman can do most things a God can do. Nevertheless, he is a fantasy. He does not exist. More importantly, superman was born out of the romanticizing of an ideal. Throughout the centuries, people have romanticized ideas and ideals. The Greek pantheon of Gods, the Roman pantheon, the Hindu pantheon all feature persons who symbolized ideals and became legend. Exaggeration turned their stories into myth. 

Unfortunately, if we treat the living God as we would a fantasy, we will fail to see his blessing and power. Yes, in this world we are desperate for help. Without clear knowledge of God and his ways, we grope eyeless in the dark. Our minds often romanticize in order to get away from the harsh and painful realities we have to live with. But romanticizing is not be the answer. In fact, God clearly forbids wild imaginations because in them, we turn God into something He is not. 

Let me give you an example: When in desperation you see Christ as the answer to your problem, you could be merely fantasizing. It is an emotional reaction to a crushing situation. However, when you know God and know that He has solved problems bigger than yours before: And that He desires to solve yours, that He is ready, willing and able, you find He is right there, sleeves rolled up clearing the way. Courage, steel, faith these are all born of this intimate, innate knowledge of God that comes through revelation. 

God has a distinct personality. He moves in specific ways. His handiwork always carries his signature. Wisdom is in understanding God's nature. It is seeking the revelation of Him. It is in following His footprints in the sand. In recognizing His voice. His presence. It takes diligence, commitment and perseverance. But the reward is supernatural. 

Because when you seek God diligently, you find Him. It is the law. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Catch the little foxes

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Along with these, throw out the ever-confused with internal chatter so loud you can hear it when their mouths are closed! Count also the eternally needy, emotional leeches! Kick out the ungrateful! And the know-it-alls!! And the doubters!!

What you tolerate will dominate!

Don't let them steal your joy. Don't let them steal your peace. Don't let them steal your confidence. It's your house! It's your life! The fruit of your labour, YOUR TOIL! Check the company you keep.

Take charge! You have a voice! You have the authority! You have the ability, the power!! You can grab them by the scruff of their necks and throw them headlong into the gutter they came from! Yes, you can!

Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. - Song of Songs 2:15

Get angry! Defend your house. Guard your heart!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Praying the Jesus way

When Jesus prayed the Lord's prayer, I don't believe He said it the way we do: knowing it by heart, but saying it mechanically, without meaning. I believe He said the prayer the way He did everything else: As one who knew His relationship to the Father. He knew His right in the presence of God, as we should. He spoke with authority. He spoke with sincerity. He spoke with faith, as every man should. He spoke with confidence. He spoke with world vision. He spoke.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Letting go

Sometimes, letting go might mean more than leaving your comfort zone. It might mean not just walking away from everything you know, but cutting ties, burning the bridges and leaving for good. It might mean radically changing your belief systems.

Never forget one thing though. The whole premise of letting go has to be for something better.

What are you in search of? What do you need to let go of?


The second side

Never fall in love with the public face of someone. Folks are really who they are in private, behind the curtains, in their pajamas, without the make-up. If you must, try and get to know the private person. If you still love the person and are reciprocated, you've got it going.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

What do you believe?

Some folks will believe anything. They think that is believing. You can tell these people by their incessant, restless chatter. They’re speaking positive stuff; words of faith; and often times, scripture. But they’re like restless bees. Everything looks so sweet. They flit from thought to thought. They update their Facebook a million times a day, posting stuff they think they truly believe. You can tell they’re restless. From the calmness of your spirit, you can sense their minds whirring like a ship’s rotors, endlessly churning with script upon script of the world’s nonsensical programming. They define themselves and identify themselves with groups, clans, circles and citizenships and brotherhoods unceasingly. It is an uncertain existence: cumbersome, full of worry and care. It is a sign of a mind in search of rest.

Some of these folks are seeking God. Some of them will find Him.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

God is good!!

A preacher friend of our family used to say this all the time. Even after losing a son to a cruel, painful death. Even in poverty and sorrow. The dear gentleman has gone home to be with his beloved Lord. But today, in similar, painful circumstances, I too am beginning to see the truth in His faith and His confession of it.

God is good! And exceedingly so. He can take even the evil and painful things that happen to us and turn them into lessons and blessings.

When I believe in a living, loving God, my entire world view changes. Troubling circumstances do not move me. I am at peace. When I rejoice in His goodness and his favor, not only does my faith move God to act on my behalf, I am also changed inwardly to be more trusting, more giving. In other words, I become more generous, more kind and less selfish. A better person.

This is the bedrock of faith. God intended for people to live in love and harmony. He intended for them to serve each other, give and forgive. To comfort, love and share our joys and sorrows. Tell me: Can you imagine doing that without faith in God's goodness? Can you imagine truly trusting, letting go, laughing or living freely without firm trust in a loving, all powerful God?

The LORD is good. His loyal love endures, and he is faithful through all generations. -Psalms 100:5

What do you believe God is like? Comment on this post below.