Monday, January 28, 2013

Principles To Consider

Remember, scripture is basically a written work, by God, telling you about Himself. Therefore it is not at all what we our human mind would want us to look at it as a rule book that God handed down to essentially a book more about us.  No. It is written in human terms so He can communicate with us, but it is not about rules, or about, it is about Him ~ His character and His love for us...and if it is at all about us, it is learning about the true us that God wants us to become again. 



And because it is about Him, this is why there are so many words, and so many books and chapters in the bible...because God is far-reaching. Therefore to be able to get a fuller view and understanding of Him, we needed to hear about Him from the perspectives of many different kinds of people as they go through many different situations.  



Matt. 13:14-16  "You will hear My words, but you will not understand; you will see what I do, but you will not perceive it's meaning...but blessed are your eyes because they see and your ears because they hear."



And He is not only far-reaching, but precise. So, when He says 'all', it means 'all'. So, in order for us to completely understand the things about Him, He needed to have given us many examples and stories to help us understand even one principle...which is why we cannot overlook even the smallest words.



Again, all means all.




Also, because God is eternal, meaning no end to Him...He wants and invites you and I to dig deeper into Him and to continually get to know Him better, then this in turn helps us see that we must always be reaching higher to be more and think more like Him and to never settle for thinking that scripture, tho penned by men, has human reasoning behind it. 



Remember! We were cut off from Him in the garden because of our human will. Since then we have essentially forgotten what it was like to walk and talk with Him, so now our job is bi-fold - to get to know Him all over again, and to bring as many people with us as we can. Therefore we must get out of the way and let God share Himself with us, and let Him be in charge!




Ephesians 5:1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children




In fact if we apply human reasoning to it then we will not be learning more about God (maybe our idea of God...but not truly God), which again is the primary reason for scripture. We would be attempting to bring God way down to our level...instead of seeing that God wants us to continue pressing on, and reaching more and more up to His! 



Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.


2 Corinthians 7:1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness (becoming more like God) out of reverence for God.



James 1:4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.



Colossians 1:28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.




As you get to know God better you'll see that God is truly immense. He created the universe. He Himself said that His ways are not our ways...and He means it. God's ways are SO much NOT carnal or human that they will usually be explained as being not only higher, but in my own words; ways that are clearly unexpected or opposite...and never halfway! 



In the following scriptures God is telling us to always be ready to do the unexpected...which is how Jesus conducted Himself...which is why His behavior took people off guard and puzzled them -- because He went past convention and cared about people fearlessly. But this in turn drew them to Him like a moth to a flame and actually shows us (Christians) what loving and relating with others is all about so as to be God's effectual witnesses to those around us. We humans 1st inkling is to be pounce on sinners...but Christ shows us time and time again, that in order to be good fishers of men, we have to use the right bait...and that bait is not human derived.



Luke 6:29 If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.



Matthew 5:41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.




Mark 9:39 "Do not stop him," Jesus said. "No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me,



Matthew 12:30 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.



1 John 4:21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.



Luke 6:27 "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,



Luke 6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.



Matthew 5:47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?



Matthew 5:46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?



(Proverbs 19:11 A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.)

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