Steve Buscemi says a line in the movie ‘Island’, “What’s “God”? Well, you know, when you want something really bad and you close your eyes and you wish for it? God’s the guy that ignores you.: – Steve Buscemi “The Island”
I’m dumb enough to think I can explain things in writing that are impossible to explain.
When I watch anime’ about spiritual things I don’t think that is nice imagination. I think that things are present in the collective unconscious that manifest spiritual realities.
My sister who is a reiki practitioner knows spiritual things are real.
Anyway I think God speaks all the time. I can listen or walk away – spiritually. i can do this in the physical world also. Someone can be speaking and in my mind I am a million miles away thinking about other things or just day dreaming.
It is not hard to imagine not hearing someone who is talking. I do it all the time.
What if I heard something God said?
What would that be like?
One of the best ways is to read the bible:
God can also speak specifically to us through the Bible, by drawing a particular passage to our attention, because the Word of God is living and active (Heb. 4:12).
The whole secret to hearing God is thinking about my idea of how God will speak to me. If I think He must use a loud voice that is audible and I must recognize it as a giant supernatural being then I probably am wrong about how He speaks to me. If I think He can only speak in a tiny quiet inner voice then I am wrong. I have to be willing to change my present preconceptions.
This is the key. Is it possible for me to be wrong about an issue and for something else to be right. Am I willing to admit the possibility of God who is so ‘tricky’ as to never be seen or heard but who controls everything.
It is a hard thing to consent to.
Think of it this way. Is it any harder to give the credit for weird circumstances to Karma or chance?
Of course I don’t really think those things are real I’m just joking. Either there is no order and plan for this life or there is every order and plan.
The real problem is that I don’t want to be told what to do.
I can assure myself that God is not like that. Sure He gives advice on how to live a better life by loving people and when I try it I know it is true. If God was like me He would show off His power. He would be the big scary creature on the physical altar of the earth demanding submission. He is an inhuman lover – coaxing us to love Him by loving us.
Jesus woos everyone. (Like I did my wife before we were married to win her affection).
What does it look like?
What does it look like?
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What does it look like?
Father, show me where I am at so that I may become closer to You. I know where You are at. You are here and you are closer to my own inner being then I could ever get.
He is closer to me then I could ever be.
One difficult thing about being married for many years is that my wife knows me. I can’t get away with anything.
It is difficult especially when I don’t want to deal with an issue I am having. Or if I’m trying to get my own way by deciet.
Ps 73:28 (KJ2000) ” 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all your works. ”
Believe, grow in faith, and pass the challenges by relying on Him. I like what Jon Bloom said about increasing intimacy with Jesus, “Which means his invitation to you to enjoy intimacy with him is the providences in your life that are testing your faith more than anything else. What you must trust God most for right now is where he means for you to draw closer to him.”
He is closer.
Phil 3:10 (KJ2000) ” 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; ”
Phil 3:8-9 (KJ2000) ” 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but rubbish, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”
1Cor 8:1-3 (KJ2000) ” 1 Now concerning things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. 2 And if any man thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if any man loves God, the same is known by him.”
I can not get distracted by knowing. Love edifies.
Consider how I bless someone. By recognizing their good qualities and being thankful for them.
Also consider how I worship. Humble submission.
‘Jesus I give you permission to know me. Fill this cup that You created to overflowing not for my glory but only so that everyone may be filled by Your goodness and Your love.’
Let me be out of the equasion.
Not by abandoniing responsibility but by relinquishing control.
2Tim 2:19 (KJ2000) ” 19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity. ”
Gal 4:9 (KJ2000) ” 9 But now, after you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? ”
Gal 4:1-7 (KJ2000) ” 1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Therefore you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
The sons seem to be the same as servants until…
Jesus frees me.
I receive the adoption only through Jesus.
God sends the Spirit of his Son into my heart. (The Holy Spirit)
The first thing I hear from the Holy Spirit inside me is ‘Abba Father’
The first thing He knows about me that I am not aware of about myself is ‘I am His son.’
Do I want to pray to get something for me? Or would I rather die to get to know Jesus?
It is a choice and it is a hard and continual one.
I would rather die to know Jesus more.
Not die as in stop breathing. But die as in stop trying to get my own way. Die as in quit sinning.
So if I want to be closer to Him. I do so by not turning away from Him which is what sin really is. Taking my eye off Him and wanting anything other than Him.
This is simple
And so simple.
I don’t need to scramble and prove to Him or to me that I deserve love. I only need to return to Him like the prodigal son with my tail between my legs and He runs out to meet me and hugs me.
He is my father. Oh what love.
This is a deep aspect of God. His father/son love.
He freely offers this to me.
Should I choose to accept it?
The price is high. I must die.
Oh how worth it are you Lord Jesus.
As if my life was worth much anyway.
And when the transaction its over He lifts my head in His hands and whispers ‘My child you are so valuable to me.’
Valuable enough for me to die for you.
Is this the most intimate exchange? His life for mine and mine for His.
John 15:12-13 (KJ2000) ” 12 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
And So my cup overflows.
I must also give up my life for the other people that God loves. My family, friends, co-workers, and anyone who’s needs are made evident to me.
Yes I need to love people ‘as I love myself’
Yes I need to treat people as I want to be treated.’
But the best love is the one that Jesus freely pours out to all of us.
‘Father keep filling me with Your love. It is the only real thing in this life.’
Roy G biv
What’s with the 7?
Red paragraph text
I just learned something new can you guess what it is?
Is my text normally black?
1Tim 1:1 (KJ2000) ” 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our hope; ”
What Color Would Hope Be?
“Daddy I need you!”
When I was a child and the big bad neighbor kids were trying to do me harm I could yell for my daddy. This is a great spiritual exercise to do. If I am worried ‘cry’ out to Jesus.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Receive Him – Jesus.
Believe in His name.
3 ways to be born are mentioned – blood, will of the flesh, will of man, But we are born not of these but of God. Other translations say of the will of God.
Honesty and truth unite
Where I am is not what I think.
I need to be honest with myself about being decieved. About me decieving myself.
And I need to be led by Jesus toward the truth. I am actually his beloved son.
I am seperate from Him while I am not worshipping but I am utterly consumed by Him wrapped up and unaware of myself when I am captured by His grace.
I need to grow into more often kingdom living.
I can learn a lot more but I need to be less focused on myself.
He will point out things I need to work on and I must do the work without taking my eyes off of Him.
Honesty and truth need to be united,
He likes me and says I’m good. I turn that into I am a god. Or I feel so utterly unworthy that I know He will not accept me. The truth is He does accept me right now and always.
Somehow God who can not look at evil looks at me. I think it is through Jesus.
Someway God loves me and encourages me to accept His righteousness through Jesus.
‘I believe You, Jesus.’
‘Help me to believe more and more.’
It is dealing with my spirit. I can say in my mind ‘oh yeah I believe all that’ but do I really?
Am I believing like the guy who rode on the back of the high wire acrobat across Niagra falls?
God wants to show me where I am at least where I think I am. Then call me to higher thoughts where I actually am with Him. I am pure. I am free.
‘Father, help me to quit deceiving myself and believe deeper what you say.’
I don’t love musings as much as stories so…
There once was a person who thought they were a catepillar when actually they were a butterfly. It took a lot of convincing but eventually the butterfly/person learned to fly and kept flying with its teacher in heaven for eternity.
Jas 1:22 (NET) ” 22 But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. ”
Isn’t this real belief? Climbing on the back of the high wire walker. Taking on my own cross which Jesus bore for freedom.