Want to impress God?

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The God of the Bible does not get off on power, gadgets, or the awesomeness and coolness of what we have got going. He’s got all that and way, way more. If the God of the Bible just says the word and calls EVERYTHING into existence how can we possibly get His attention? Psalm 148:11 says “The Lord is pleased with those who respect Him, with those who trust His love.”

What is your god like?

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The God of the Holy Bible (Psalm147:1-8) is like none other. He rebuilds, He brings back, He heals the broken hearted and bandages their wounds, He numbers the stars and names each one, He is great and powerful, there is no limit to what He knows, yet He stoops to defend the humble but throws the wicked to the ground. So who do you have in your wallet? It’s not the God of the Bible because He will never fit.

God Hacked the Hacker

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God hacks the hacker for God is God and will not be thwarted. Because He is and was and always will be God knew the hacker before his creation and chose the hacker’s rebellion in advance to serve His purposes of love. Love said there is no love without the freedom to walk away. There is no love without the choice to stay. God said that there is no value more precious than love and before creation He loved mankind. Before creation God saw mankind choosing to walk away. Before creation God saw the severed relationship and the curse of death consume mankind. Before creation God saw the pain and sorrow and hate and separation devour, and like a flesh eating virus threaten to destroy forever the ones He loved above Himself. Yes, God loved mankind above Himself because He knew the only remedy from the curse was to enter creation Himself, the game board if you will, and take on the curse dying in our place. God knew that dying as a man in place of mankind would satisfy His judgment and justice and forge the link needed to reestablish the lost connection. In removing the hacker’s virus God would purge the system and implant His DNA into those that returned to Him. God knew before He created the angels of heaven that a third of them would seek to destroy Him and conquer Him. God allowed the angels to walk away but provided no door for repentance. No opportunity to return and restore the former relationship. Those beings created to serve and were examples of God great wisdom and awesome artistry became the hackers God would use for His greater purposes of a love relationship with mankind. For without the freedom to choose to walk away or stay there is no true love. And without the miracle of the creation of a new mind and a new heart by the indwelling of His Holy Spirit there can be no permanent link that elevates the connection between mankind and God from creator and creation to Father and child. The choice to turn to God and accept His cure from the curse and separation that resulted in spiritual death and blindness from the hacker’s virus is optional. Freedom to stay or go is what love is all about.

The Hide

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Here is a wall of gorgeous fern mixed with what appears to be very healthy bougainvillea. Behind it, however, is a hide. A dark hut made of the branches from both plants. Where the sun touches both thrive. As it grows farther out the branches lose their leaves and flowers. It has become a hide. A place where all sorts of hidden things can take refuge. If there was a gardener tending there would be pruning and exposure to the light. And the dark places to hide would dissolve in the light. Sometimes I prefer the hide. The shadowy cool hide invites me to rest and be the bystander. Jesus says I can rest in Him. He casts a large shadow and I can rest in His sufficiency. Nice.

Psalm 91:1

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Psalm 91  1HE WHO [a]dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].