July 28, 2012 By email@example.com
It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set you free. (Galatians 5:1)
We have been hood winked, lied to, duped, and deceived, and concerning the very thing that takes us into the deepest places of who God really is!
Can we actually think for even one rational second, that our loving God (He is a loving God, isn’t He?) would give us something that would hinder us from knowing Him in a deeper and more personal way?
If you then being evil, are able to give good gifts to your children… (Matthew 7:11)
WHAT? Evil, what exactly is this “evil” Jesus is talking about?
Is the “evil” Jesus is talking about only concerning certain unacceptable behaviors, like we have all been taught, or is there a much deeper meaning here that He is wanting to convey? Could He be talking about the same “evil” He spoke of in Matthew 6, which upon closer examination is more about the opposite of “single” than anything else?
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be “single”, thy whole body shall be full of light.
But if thine eye be “evil”, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23)
James also expands on this “evil” way of seeing and believing: Only he exposes “evil” in another way, and he calls it something completely different.
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is “double-minded” and unstable in all they do. (James 1:6-8)
If you being “double-minded” are able to give good gifts to your children, then how much more will your “single eye” Father, the One who sees only YOU… And not only does He see only you, but sees you as the “apple of His eye”, which means when He looks at you, you fill His whole vision, you become the center of all of His looking!
So how much more will that Father give to those who ask of Him?
This lie of a punishing and separated God, the lie so many have bought for so long is NOW being exposed, and do you know how? By the “mystery” kept hidden for so long…of boasting in the same condemnation, fear, worry, anxiety, and confusion we have avoided and hid from our whole lives. Not to mention the poverty, depression, confusion, sickness, and rage!
We no longer need to run or hide from these things, but instead, we need to take what the enemy has meant for evil and then do what Job, Paul, and even Jesus Himself did, which was to simply embrace it. And in our freedom, we embrace the weakness, and release it to God. He has no other choice but to fill that weak (empty) place with Himself!
Nothing can exist in a vacuum. Why? Because He is the One who fills everything IN every way.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance IN His holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above ALL rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed ALL things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills “everything” IN every way. (Ephesians 1:18-23)
He will fill that empty place with Himself. But if we continue to hide from it, or cover it up, He cannot fill what is already full…of self for self love!
And so what happens when we do that, when we finally surrender all of our weaknesses to God? It’s only then we are able to see that God loves us with an unconditional no-strings attached love that gives us the freedom to…just BE!
And in our “being” us, the real us, not the “us” we want everyone to believe is us, we get to see the REAL Jesus. The Jesus who really does bind up the (spiritually) broken hearted, heals the (spiritually) sick, opens the (spiritual) blind eyes, and sets the (spiritual) captives FREE!
And He does this when finally see and embrace the one and only thing we have to boast in apart from God…our weakness!
Joan Reilly ...so when we hear that we have to do something to improve ourselves in some way because God's grace is (not) sufficient and until we clean up our act, God can't hear our prayers, it's exactly the opposite...we run to Him because "And God placed ALL things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills “everything” IN every way."