God's wrath is the law

What is God’s wrath?

Isn’t God’s wrath scary!?!

The Bible is very clear that God has a single day dedicated for his vengeance and terrible wrath against his enemies.

However, strangely enough, I run into MANY people who insist on being under his wrath and there is nothing I can do to convince them otherwise.

The verses about his wrath are bone-chilling!  Let’s look at a few of them.Continue reading

Did Jesus really erase all sin?

Did Jesus really erase all sin?

Today I am being reminded that there is one “truth” or true reality that was brought to us by God himself inside the person of Jesus.

Howeverour daily experience or “personal daily reality” doesn’t yet match or line up with it.  The Bible says we are still seeing our everyday life in a “shadow” or image of the truth, but not the actual truth itself.  This is the current state of all of mankind’s soul or daily experience.

Did you know that the Bible teaches there are actually two realities called “Covenants” that God created and forced man’s mind to be under?  It is a powerful spiritual awakening from within when we realize that our daily experience is in a DIFFERENT “realm” or location where actual TRUTH exists.  They are NOT yet one and the same but one day they will be in the “renewal of all things”.  Matthew 19:28  Currently, in our everyday human experience or “soul life” we don’t yet see the truth as the soul is still in our current “shadow” realm.  Right now, truth can only be obtained through the Spirit of God deep inside us via the invisible thing we call “faith”.Continue reading

*** Updated 06/08/14 3:27pm ****  I have removed and created a separate post where I share my latest ongoing theory of Adam and Genesis 1 and mankind.  This can be found here but I strongly suggest you read the “intro” below first under “Old Creation Vs. New (true) Creation” to prep your mind for my radical ideas.  🙂

Yesterday was my birthday and I have received the most absolutely BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT EVER. God revealed a huge missing piece of the creation story that I have been digging for a long time, and I want to share with you. They will bless you beyond belief and absolutely boggle your human mind when it sinks into your heart! Two nights ago a good friend came over and allowed me to “dump” the latest things that I am seeing and hearing.  This “bubbles up” from from hundreds of hours of deep and intense study and quiet pondering of God’s powerful Word while drastically reducing all worldly forms of media.Continue reading

Law = Death

The law is always death for man

This verse JUMPED out at me yesterday as it tells us what God thinks of the wisdom of the person who teaches law or doing anything to obtain your own righteousness.  Look at who he lumps them in with below in 1 Cor 1:20:

Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  1 Corinthians 1:20 NIV

God lumps in the one who teaches law in with the same group as the person who thinks they are “wise”, the “philosopher of this age” and equates all of them to the “foolish wisdom of the world”.

Teaching people the “Law” is called “Legalism” and it is believing and teaching people to live under any set of rules or Commandments for righteousness or goodness.  However, it is even more deeply seated and subtle than that.  It’s can also be defined as:

  1. Doing anything to change ourselves
  2. Doing anything to change or our standing with God or try to “earn” favor
  3. Doing anything to get something from God

Do we really understand what this means?  I don’t believe we really do because the majority of current Christianity teaches law and is really teaching the basis of Judaism or the OLD Covenant.Continue reading

Below is an email that I sent to the authors of the book “Helping Others Overcome Addictions: How God’s Grace Brings Lasting Freedom“.

I have the same passion as they do which is to “set the captives free”.  Steve McVey is a former pastor of many churches and he was given the revelation of God’s grace back in 1991 while he was pastoring a church he was wanting to grow.  He wrote the best-selling book “Grace Walk” which I highly recommend.  His ministry is also called “Grace Walk” and he is coming out with a new book called “Beyond an Angry God” which I am highly anticipating to be a great success.  You can find more about this book at http://www.beyondanangrygod.com.

Mike Quarles is also trained in the seminary and has struggled with alcoholism for a large portion of his life, but was SET free in an INSTANT 25 years ago by Christ.  Now, he has a ministry helping others to be free from their bondages and addictions.  This is something I have a HUGE passion for as well because the maternal side of my family struggles greatly with alcoholism and other addictions.  I, myself, struggle with overeating and a few other things that are still present in my spiritually dead body.  I know the pain and hardship these things cause.  My hearts desire is for everyone to see and walk in the TRUTH and FREEDOM that Christ died for us to have.  This truth will really SET A PERSON FREE when they understand it.  Freedom truly is one revelation away for many of us.Continue reading

I am working on something that is very powerful that could change some of the foundational beliefs we have about who we are.

I have been spending many hours in Genesis and Revelation the past 6 months and what God is revealing is nothing short of astonishing.   I believe it is going to give you SUCH internal peace that you are NOT a dirty ROTTEN, FALLEN “sinner” as we are taught to think.   Unfortunately, those who teach this often don’t mention that our own will in this matter was tied up into Adam in the garden.  However, even if we blame Adam for our own brokenness, we would be wrong.  Adam did not cause us to all become sinners as we are taught.

You will be amazed at what God’s Word says on this matter and I am very excited to share what I have found.  We  have been missing the TRUTH for a LONG time and the truth is VERY GOOD.

I hope to share this soon.  Have a great day!

Duane

Did you know that the OT law and (Ten) Commandments are what give sin and death it’s power?

That’s right, that is what the Bible teaches.  Many people are not aware that the Bible says that every time anyone teaches the Ten Commandments, sin actually INCREASESSee Romans 5:20.

The Law came in so that the transgression (sin) would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more Romans 5:20 NASB

It’s like putting up a sign on a glass window where teens walk by that says “DO NOT THROW STONES AT THIS GLASS!” What do you think they will want to do?

That’s right. Sooner or later, some rebellious kid will throw one and break the window. He may have not even been thinking of doing it until he saw the “law” or rule posted. Romans 3:20 tells us this.

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.  Romans 3:20 (NIV)

This is a powerful truth to understand if we ever want to be free and have lives of peace, love and joy. Here is the real purpose of the law.

for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.  Romans 4:15 (NASB)

The “law” or ANY RULE to live by such as “do this” or “don’t do that”, ALWAYS bring about God’s WRATH. Anyone who relies on works of the law or trying to “do this” and trying not to “do that” are under God’s curse. See Gal 3:10.

For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.”  Galatians 3:10 (NASB)

It does not matter how righteous and good the action appears. If we do it while under law, we are coming under God’s curse and will be administered death via condemnation to our inner man or heart. Have you ever volunteered or did anything where you felt pressured to or obligated in any way? How did you end up feeling?  Now, you know what I am talking about. The only way you can not be cursed when you are under works of the law is to be an absolute perfect person 100% of the time. God’s perfect law is like a chain and if you break one law one time, you have broken one link and the whole chain is broken. It does not matter what you believe or don’t believe, this is a law just like gravity that applies to all mankind.

Think about this verse today. It will show you what I am talking about. If we ever want to live a life of peace, love and joy, we have to break free from all law based living and thinking.

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law  1 Corinthians 15:56 (NASB)

Now, we know why 2 Corinthians 3:7 calls the Law (including the Ten Commandments) the Ministry of DEATH!

But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was  1 Corinthians 3:7

Now, does it make sense why there is ALL the talk of “stoning” people to death “Stone” = law = DEATH!  Jesus is the only one who has LIFE and he “rolls AWAY the stone (death)!”

And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb Luke 24:2 NASB

So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.” John 11:38-39 NASB

Anytime in the old testament when someone sinned, they were stoned to death because they were under law.  Jesus had not yet come to reveal the New Covenant of Grace.  That is the purpose of the law, to administer DEATH to a sinner.  All people who are under the Covenant of Law trying to earn ANY of their own righteousness are defined as “sinners” and must die under that covenant.  This is the ENTIRE creation in ADAM.  Not one of them will get out alive.  But, hang with me because there is a GREAT ending in store.

Before I gave you the awesome ending, let’s look a little more into the ministry of “death” engraved on “letters of stone“.

In Matthew 24 Jesus and his disciples are discussing his return.  He tells them something very powerful just before this that they probably didn’t fully understand what he was saying.

Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 2 And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.” Matthew 24:1-2

These are powerful SPIRITUAL WORDS above in Matt 24:1-2.  So, what is God’s true “temple”?  We (true believers) are!  Jesus is telling them that in the true temple of God – the body of Christ, ALL LAW (stones) will be torn down!

So, how do we get free of the law, sin and death? Great question!  I think you already saw the answer.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes  Romans 10:4 (NASB)

Here is one EVEN MORE POWERFUL!

Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses Acts 13:39 NASB

If you can believe that at the cross Christ took away all your sins and paid for every wrong you ever did (past, present AND FUTURE!), then something amazing has happened!  The (spiritual) person you were that was under LAW DIED and you have been reborn as a New creation in Christ who is set free from EVERY SIN!  This new creation person is NOT under any law and is declared as righteous (not guilty) as he is! Then, you are free to listen to him inside you as he actually becomes your life and lives from within you. Gal 2:20 He leads you in each and every waking moment to places of rest and peace even in the middle of the STORM!

Truth is, we can’t believe this ourselves, but Jesus can help us to and his father has a time for this to occur for everyone.  Simply ask Jesus today to help you believe this.  He is always right there to help us in our time of need and he will actually give you HIS faith!  If you sincerely desire to do that, it already shows it is YOUR TIME to pass from DEATH (law) to LIFE (Grace)!

This is true peace as you are out from under ALL LAW-based thinking and begin “walking” or living by his Spirit inside you.  You are free from all law and all sin forever!

Great things to think about today. Hope you have an awesome Monday.

Duane

Good afternoon.  Recently, I was threatened to be removed from a “CHRISTIAN” forum for “promoting religion“.  I found it very ironic since that is the very thing I am against!  I was sharing some of the more powerful scriptures with someone who was down, depressed and wondering if God can be trusted.  The person who was threatening me did NOT like the fact that I pointed out that the word “aionios” in Matthew 11:27 could be interpreted as “an age of” or “agelong” instead of “eternal” like some translations do.  Also, the word “kolasis” in the same verse could also be translated to “correction” or “corrective discipline”. 

Don’t worry about understanding this now as I will explain it in the message itself.  Also, believe me, this information is for ALL people and it can be explained in a way for all to understand. Don’t be afraid to post a question or comment in the General discussion forum or send a contact email.

After this, we discuss the things I DO believe and we address his accusation that I am promoting a “religion” and thus I could be banned from the Christian forum.  I want to share this because this is the type of thinking that the religious Pharisee’s had in Jesus day.  It is law-based and rule-based.  It divides people and creates division, denominations, and all kinds of religions.  It does not believe the simple truth found in God’s Word even though it thinks it does. 

Here is my response to this person as I want you to see the battle the Lord has in his hands.  I know it’s long, but I tried to address as many of the main scriptures that the religious mind does not believe.

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Thanks for your care and concern for me. I am wondering who among us has 100% pure doctrine and 100% pure truth? That person can cast the first stone at me. I will gladly leave and go elsewhere where people are willing to look at scriptures honestly and truthfully. I was hoping that was here, but it is looking as if large portions of God’s Word are off limits.

If a person is honest and looks into their own heart past the fear of their religious outer man, they have to admit that it is at least a possibility that the word “aionios” could mean “an age of” and “kolasis” could mean corrective discipline out of love. If one’s heart is open enough to do a simple Google search they will quickly see it is often translated as “agelong” You have to admit it is a possibility that when the translators translated the from the Greek into English, they had a choice between these definitions. IMHO anyone who won’t admit this is in denial of the truth.

So, if a person is translating the original manuscripts into another language and has these choices, how does one decide whether you translate the word “aionios” into “everlasting” or “an age of”? Or, who gets to decide if “Kolasis” means “torturous punishment” or it means “loving discipline or correction”?

To me, this is VERY IMPORTANT because it tells us what kind of God we are trying to get to know. Is it one who we need to fear his wrath and eternal torment in fire by making Matt 25:46 say “These will go away to be tortured forever, but the righteous to eternal life”. Or, are we going to be honest and realize there is a possibility that God is TRUE, “other-centered” LOVE and that maybe Matt 25:46 means “These will go away into an age of correction, but the righteous to eternal life”?

I could be wrong, but I believe we have to at least leave this open as a possibility, don’t we? Unless someone can say that the human being(s) who made these translation decisions is perfect and had 100% perfect knowledge of God’s truth?

Also, so we even believe the very words of Jesus when he said “NO ONE knows the father but the Son?” in Matthew 11:27 and Luke 10:22 and many other places? Has it really sunk into our hearts what this really means? He was talking to the most well educated, religiously-trained Pharisee’s of the day. If ANYONE knew the father, it should be them, right? Not according to Jesus.

You don’t know my beliefs, but I would be glad to share with you what I believe. If anyone wants to kick me out for believing them, no problem. I would say it was by Gods plan. Here is what I believe. I will show you some of the verses that I believe on simple faith to be true. I believe God doesn’t play games or intellectual mind tricks like man does. I just simply believe what he says.

Maybe I am “religious”? I would be glad to share with you what I believe.

I believe the following:

All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations will worship before You. Psalm 22:27

I believe “All the ends of the EARTH WILL remember and TURN to the LORD and ALL the families of the nations will worship before him!”

Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You Psalm 51:13

I believe “God will teach transgressors HIS ways and SINNERS WILL BE converted to him”.

I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Isaiah 42:23 KJV

and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil 2:11

I believe that God’s Word (Christ) will NOT return without doing it’s intended work and that EVERY KNEE will bow and EVERY TONGUE will confess Jesus is Lord.”

Looking at them, Jesus *said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27

I believe ALL things are possible with God, whatever he wants to do he can do it.

“Even from eternity I am He, And there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?” Isaiah 43:13

I believe that NO ONE can over-power God and no one can change his decisions.

“But He is unique and who can turn Him? And what His soul desires, that He does. Job 23:13

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God Hebrews 12:2

I believe Jesus is the author or creator of our faith and that he perfects it or brings it to it’s fullness or completion.

but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God Hebrews 10:12

I believe Jesus ONE sacrifice was for ALL SINS FOR ALL TIME and his spiritual work is FINISHED.

Am I being religious for these beliefs so far? Let’s keep going because it keeps getting better and better.

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
After those days, says the Lord:
I will put My laws into their minds,
And I will write them on their hearts.
And I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.
11 And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen,
And everyone his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
For all will know Me,
From the least to the greatest of them.
12 For I will be merciful to their iniquities,
And I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:10-12

I believe God is going to cause all the things in Hebrews 8:10-12 (above) to happen to the entire HO– USE OF ISRAEL, whoever Israel or the real Jew is.  Let’s try to find out who is a “Jew”.

But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. Romans 2:29

Praise God that Paul helps us out here to understand who a real Jew is and thus who the real House of Israel is that Hebrews 8:10-12 is referring to. It is someone who is NOT circumcised outwardly in their flesh, but one who is circumcised INWARDLY in their heart.

and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ Col 2:11

I see, when a person believes and is “in Christ” their heart or spirit man is cut away or “circumcised” from their outer man who is the “flesh”. Thus, I have to concluded and believe that a TRUE JEW and the TRUE House of Israel that God is referring to in Hebrews 8:10-12 is Christ’s body or the Church. All true believers. I would have to concluded that it is no longer those who are physically circumcised. It hast to be referring to a spiritual circumcision.

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22

Maybe I am dumb or naïve, but I actually believe 1 Corinthians 15:22 because of all the OTHER supporting verses. I believe that ALL mankind died spiritually (and physically) in ADAM. I also believe that same “ALL” will be made spiritually and physically alive in Christ. I see no other way as “all” means “all”, doesn’t it?

For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died 2 Corinthians 5:14

I believe that at the cross, ALL the spiritually-dead mankind, really ALL of the spiritually-dead creation was taken into death with Christ.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24

I believe that in God’s amazing ways, something has to DIE FIRST before LIFE will spring forth. This helped me to understand why I believe 2 Corinthians 5:14 to be true. Somehow in God’s ways, when death itself dies, life springs forth. I don’t know how all these things work. But, I do believe them.

For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers. 1 Tim 4:10

I believe 1 Tim 4:10 says plainly and simply that “God is the savior of ALL men”. All means ALL with no human mental gymnastics or mind tricks. Maybe I am simply too naïve and trusting? I was born and raised in a rural area and that is how we were brought up…

Here is more of what I believe…

for our God is a consuming fire Hebrews 12:29

I believe God IS a consuming fire. Because it says “is” I have to believer that is his main essence.

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love 1 John 4:8

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I believe that the very definition of Love and also GOD (because he IS love) is that he is patient, kind, not jealous, does not brag, is not arrogant, does not seek his own, does not take into account a wrong, rejoices in the truth, bears and endures all things and my favorite.

Love (God) never fails!

So, God is both “fire” and “love” at the same time. This seems confusing to my human mind how something can be “love” and “fire” at the same time. This must be a different type of fire than I have ever seen.

For everyone will be salted with fire. Mark 9:49

I believe that Mark 9:49 says that EVERYONE will be “salted” or purified with God’s Holy fire. I have already shared that I believe the Helps Word-studies and the Strong’s concordance definitions of God’s “fire” to mean purifying and refining. I agree with them that it changes everything it touches into itself.

“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Matthew 3:11

Jesus will or has already baptized me into the same fire.

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire Revelation 20:15

At the end of the judgment time, anyone who’s name is not written in the Lambs book of life, they too will be thrown into the fire. I guess they will be in the same place as I am, in the fire. I have to believe this is not a physical fire, but possibly a spiritual fire? I can assure you that I am not in a fire or on fire right now.

Well, I do believe that God is a fire and he also is love. His fire is different than any fire I know or have seen.

But who will survive the day when he comes? Or who can stand when he appears? Because he’s like a refiner’s fire and a launderer’s soap Malachi 3:2

I believe that somehow when the Lord returns he is going to be like a REFINER’S fire and launderer’s soap. I know that “refining” means to remove impurities and I know that “launderer’s soap” cleans my clothes. Interesting because I do know that we are told many times to wash our robes in the blood of Jesus so they are pure and clean.

Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time Daniel 11:35

I am finding this idea of “refining” and “purifying” and being “made spotless” all over the Old Testament.

Did you get enough of my beliefs? Am I promoting my religion by believing these verses? Do I need to be removed from this board? I hope not because Jesus told us that under the New Covenant there really is one remaining sin which is unbelief of the truth. I don’t want to be caught not believing the above verses which would put me under law. Hebrews had some STERN warnings about a person who has “tasted” the truth and then gone back to the old system of Law. I don’t want this to be me!

Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God Hebrews 3:12

Wait, it get’s even SCARIER in Hebrews 6 so I sure hope I am not caught in UNBELIEF or trying to create my own religion by not believing the truth. I do NOT want to come under God’s wrath.

For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. 7 For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; 8 but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned. Hebrews 6:4-8

I certainly do NOT want to have an EVIL, UNBELIEVING heart that falls away from God and does not believe the simple truth found in his Word. I love the Lord too much to think of such a crazy thing. I humbly hope he will continue to give me full belief in his Word as it simply states and continue to reveal the deeper spiritual truths. Is that “religion”?

Let’s talk about “religion” a bit. I am really glad the people who own and run this board don’t allow religion. I hate it too! However, we have to correctly define it. Religion is anything that man (who doesn’t know God because only Jesus does) does in an attempt to please or “appease” the false God of his imagination. His God will NOT be based on the simple truth found in God’s Word and that person will not believe the simple truths found in the Bible. His God is anything that he worships and places before the one true God found the Bible. It will be a God he created in his own imagination. Crazy enough, I believe that everyone has a “religion” or something they tend to worship at times before the one true God. But, that isn’t what we are talking about here.

We have to remember that it was extremely “religious” men who KILLED JESUS! They were NOT open to the truth but were very closed off in their minds and thinking. They created a set of false beliefs not based on the truth but based on their own self-righteousness. A religious person does NOT believe the truth of God’s Word. They will NOT believe the scriptures that I shared above. Religion is man refusing to believe Jesus (the truth) either in person or in his written Word. They live out of their own interpretation of scripture.

Religion is what DIVIDES us and separates us and doesn’t bring us together and unite like Christ does. Religion says you must believe what WE TELL YOU and doesn’t trust the Spirit of Christ to do the work of conviction like John 16:7-11 says. Religious thinking is what creates thousands of denominations in Christianity and hundreds of other “religions” in the World. “Religion” will not accept the one simple truth as clearly and simply spelled out in God’s Word.

So, am I pushing my own religion?

Today I received a response from one of my long-time customers because I took a risk sharing some things related to God and not computer or business related.  I don’t think they knew any of my beliefs before this point.

I know this is risky as I could lose clients, but I am not as concerned about this as I used to be. I believe God will replace anyone who leaves with someone who will be open to hear. I was told basically “is it wise for business to use your customers as a platform for your religious dogma?”. As I was pondering this, I kept hearing the question rephrased in my mind as “perhaps you need to keep God out of your work?”. Then, I was quickly made aware of the idea of how the entire system of business and work does not want God in it. That system is to make the guy at the top richer. The guy below him does the work. My intention is not to get political here. I just want to mention that God’s system is SO BACKWARD from the system of the World.

God tells us his Kingdom is not like the Worlds Kingdom.  In God’s kingdom, it will be the guy at the BOTTOM now who will be the RICHEST and most powerful there. The first will be last and the last will be first. To me, this brings great comfort because we can do the “lower” things that need to be done and even have great joy that we are “counted worthy” to do them. Also, I kept going back to this thought of how we put God in a “box” and only bring him out at the prescribed times.

We don’t want him at our work or our schools, in our government or other places. We really don’t want him to appear at all unless WE decide. “God, I’ll see you again next Sunday at 11:30 and we will sing together and read your Word a bit, but after the hour is up I will have to leave you again”. Do we really think we get that privelage? I don’t think so. I think God is the very life inside us that makes our body move and do EVERTHING we do. We simply do not know it as our minds are veiled so we can’t see him. One day we will however and I bet we will be convicted of this truth if we aren’t already. That is the Holy Spirits job – to convict of unbelief (one remaining sin). So, I don’t say this to make us fear because he KNOWS our current state of blindness. We simply do not know we are blind. He is really right there with us. I think he is typing this message right along with me or doing whatever you are doing right now with you.

So, my response back to my client was basically “That is a great question. I am also wondering – Is it wise for business to shut God out? I am very concerned about God returning and what scripture says he will do with those (out of his disciplining love) who are ashamed of him?”

Maybe we should rethink this who idea of keeping God out of our daily work and everyday lives? 

Something to think about…