Shouldn’t I be fearing Him?
Are these in-congruent?
Am I thinking about it too much?
I would like to ask another question as a way to find out if I should enjoy God or not.
How can there be 5 solas? Doesn’t sola mean alone?
There must be only one sola. So pick. Should I believe in Christ alone or in scripture alone?
They are not exclusive when I realize Jesus is in scripture. He spoke all of it. It is kind of like picking which trinity member to believe in. God is one.
Here are some other things which currently challenge me and have contributed to my lack of enjoying God:
Baptists exert power against word of faith.
I struggle with word of faith preachers and have lately enjoyed their diminished influence. I am glad that doctrine is being put forth as a remedy to the corruption I see in the word of faith movement. I don’t think God is primarily interested in me making money.
I have however enjoyed many of the statements that I have heard from word of faith teachers like Joyce Meyer for example:
“Courage is fear that has said its prayers and decided to go forward anyway.”
― Joyce Meyer, I Dare You: Embrace Life with Passion
Perhaps also there is a bad side to adhering too much to doctrines and not being open to the flow of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives. The example of Calvinists going after John Piper because He said he is open to tongues shows how this also is wrong.
If a person says mostly good things, can’t I benefit from them?
I never embrace all a person says because all people are flawed.
An extreme example of someone following doctrine too strictly is a dude praying for homosexuals to die. This seems bad but the concept is seemingly ok because He believes that in order for someone to be homosexual they already have been given over to a depraved mind. He believes there is no hope for them.
I’m not sure I agree with that but I like the passion he has for hating sin. I wish all sin would end.
Back to the point. Is it ok to enjoy God?
Col 3:14-17 (KJ2000) ” 14 And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you are called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by him.”
I can listen to other ideas and read books and get my own ideas but I check it with scripture to see if it is true.
It is like the idea that the Holy Spirit no longer does what He did at Pentecost. There is no talking in tongues.
I can get revelation from God but it is not a new revelation that conflicts with the doctrine. God is the same and I can know if I am hearing wrong by whether it coincides with the bible.
I change God doesn’t.
I Change. God doesn’t.
This is a good belief. People can be wrong. I can be wrong.
I think growth in me happens when God reveals the wrong I have.
This is a great idea but how often do I lash out and say how wrong someone else is because I am offended?
Why can’t I just enjoy changing in the face of the Almighty?
I must try to look first at what inside myself is making me angry about the situation instead of trying to find the error in someone else.
Sometimes I feel sorry for Catholicism because one of their doctrines is that doctrines never change.
This is the difficult part. It is good and fine for me to change but how would I know when my doctrines need to change? How would I know if my concept of God is too little?
On the other hand I need to hold fast to my belief in Jesus.
I need to hold fast to Him. How do I do that without any doctrines?
I think it is good to have doctrines and we all do. It is not so hard to keep my doctrines that is what I do naturally. I do not want to change.
Even the bible and how it is interpreted can be polluted by cultural doctrines. For example, I have a pet peeve about the verse that I should love my neighbor as myself meaning that I should love myself.
I don’t need to have a whole itinerary designed to increase the love I have for myself. I already love myself more than I should.
On the other hand if I love God first, if I love Jesus more than my own life, I can begin to see just how beautiful He sees me.
So I could work on that but it is not self involved. It is Jesus involved.
Anyway, I need to be malleable enough to realize that the way I have been interpreting the bible might not be the way God wants me to. And I need always to check my ideas that I think are from God with His word in the Bible.
Whatever way I can get through my false concept of God toward His real self I need to do.
I heard a preacher accuse someone who would not say Jesus is the only way that their concept of God is an idol.
I understand the point and I think there is truth in it. But for that guy preaching his god is probably the bigger idol.
I also understand the fruit thing. I heard a video about how Paul Washer noticed the crowd of Christians being rude to each other and had the idea that they were not Christians and needed to hand their lives over to Jesus..
Washer took the situation very seriously and was able to realize a truth about people who may call themselves christian but who desperately need to repent.
Without the bible and without doctrine I am only left being wishy-washy. With too much doctrinal beliefs and not enough character, I become a hypocrite.
I must know Jesus is the only way but also be inviting to the lost.
If I judge I should judge myself.
I believe the bible is the infallible word of God. I also see apparent contradictions which can be resolved through investigation.
How do I become less wishy washy while guarding against stubborn adherence to my own doctrines rather than being inspired by God’s guidance to change my ideas?
First, I don’t. Jesus does.
Second, I must be willing to die.
Third, I can enjoy this adventure with Him.
It is dangerous to just enjoy the adventure without strict doctrine. This might lead to self involvement, false idols and sin.
I must humble myself:
I realize that I am not able to keep myself from deception. I need Jesus, Father and Holy Spirit in one to guide me. I am a sheep who keeps wandering off. I need to repent.
It is safer to repent more often then not enough.
The current way my society works is by popular consent. Google is god. Google however may not be some evil entity but rather the popular trend at this current time.
I would like to use the example of Joyce Meyer. I always have liked most of what she has had to say. At a conference one time I saw people protesting that she was wrong. Lately I have not read a word of hers because I thought since one or two of the things she said was wrong all of what she says is wrong.
Today I am happy to be able to read Joyce Meyer again because I trust that Jesus can help me discern the good points and bad points about what she has to say.
We are all wrong on some points.
I want to rely on God. I want to rely on His word in the bible and His word in my being.
His word is Jesus.
The more I enter into His life the more I can discriminate what is true and what is not.
God can work any way He wants? I have had revelation from nonbelievers.
This does not void the importance of the bible. I am not saying the bible is not divinely inspired. I absolutely believe it is.
I have gotten revelation from the bible every day. From non believers once in a great while.
I just always have to remind myself that I do not know everything. God does.
My church and myself tend to remain stuck in the current way of believing things. These doctrines might be true but am I believing the correct way about them. Rather, do I understand the depth of the doctrine and the breadth of the truth.
I must conform to His truth. Whatever way I can open myself up to more of His love, I must do it. I must challenge my natural tendency to be complacent and realize there is infinitely more that I must learn about God in my journey toward Him.
I don’t even have to try hard to do this. He is constantly revealing stuff about Himself. It is the nature of intimacy to reveal. He is a great lover beyond what I could ever understand about love.
This does not mean I give up trying to grasp His love. I take the tiny amount that I am capable of understanding today and beg for His assistance and courage to grow and change myself so that I can grasp a tiny bit more tomorrow.
Love is a bad word in my society?
And for good reason. People have abused and used the precious word to mean so many bad things. God puts good meaning back into the word. Let Him precious flock of sheep. let Him.
Thank You, Father, for the revelation today. I do want You more than me. I lay this life down. Now lets enjoy Your plan together. Help me act meekly toward Your creations today. I delight in You.
Ps 16:11 (KJ2000) ” 11 You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. ”
Neh 8:8-10 (KJ2000) ” 8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. 9 And Nehemiah, who is the governor, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet wine, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be you grieved; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
I like this passage because it talks about people crying when they heard the law.
The answer to is it ok to enjoy God is yes but be sad and repent first.