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He Rose Again! We Knew the End from the Beginning

I’m a Christian woman who loves how God works His power in my life.  His power manifests Itself daily in my life. It is hard to put into mere words just what the power of God actually is.  As the Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith, it’s impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.”  I have diligently sought the Lord and have found Him!  Hallelujah!  Even still, there are times when my natural mind doubts Him, such as when I read passages in the Bible that make no sense to my understanding.  At those times I have been ready to give in to my doubt, then I’m reminded of Proverbs 3:5-7, which says: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” 

 

Or to break it down in everyday language, the Message Bible puts it like this:  “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.  Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.  Don’t assume that you know it all.  Run to God! Run from evil!”  

 

Yes, God Did It For YOU, He loves you THAT much!!

I then say to myself–“Because a passage of Scripture is difficult for me to understand, does that mean that God doesn’t exist?”  Then I’m also reminded of Psalm 19: 1-6. (Message Bible)

1-2 God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Madame Day holds classes every morning,
Professor Night lectures each evening.

3-4 Their words aren’t heard,
their voices aren’t recorded,
But their silence fills the earth:
unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.

4-5 God makes a huge dome
for the sun—a superdome!
The morning sun’s a new husband
leaping from his honeymoon bed,
The daybreaking sun an athlete
racing to the tape.

6 That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies
from sunrise to sunset,
Melting ice, scorching deserts,
warming hearts to faith.

There is more in the universe to “prove” the existence of God than there are passages in the Bible that cause me to doubt.  If I have “eyes to see, and ears to hear” what He is telling me.

And Thinking BEYOND your presupositions is harder!!

 

Which brings me to the issue of the Atheists. On many of the blogs I’ve read, they seem to busy themselves trying to disprove God’s existence,  based on the shortcomings of man.  They find news of a Christian who has fallen into pornography; or a Christian who is stealing from the church he belongs; or a young teen who may not be  eloquent enough to witness to someone about his or her belief in God.  To these atheists, the various shortcomings of man prove that there is no God and that there cannot be a God.  On a deeper level some of them feel that all the strife and misery in the world today is the deal breaker for there being a God.  They surmise that if there was a God, then surely He wouldn’t allow death to happen, or war, or disease or hatred.

To all of my atheist blogger friends: we live in a fallen world!  There is sin running rampant everywhere!  Many people, Christian, Muslim, Buddhists, Atheists and otherwise, are falling into sin daily! This fact does not disprove God!  Not any more than the world not having the microscope disprove the existence of bacteria and viruses and other microscopic living creatures!  Not any more than the world not having the telescope disprove the existence of the planets!

Create Your World, then give it to me and die!

 

God wants us to run to Him and seek solace from the world’s troubles in Him.  He doesn’t take away the worlds troubles, but strenghtens us to deal with the issues of the world.  He doesn’t take away death, because it’s a part of life in this worldly realm.  He doesn’t take out the misery, He wants us to take it out!  We have to be willing to DO what He has strengthened us to do!  WE are God’s hands and feet!  If there is misery, we should be doing what we can to alleviate it!  If there is pain, He has called us, in His profound goodness, and trust, to go out and alleviate the pain and suffering of others!  He won’t give us any more power than what we need to do what we choose to.  If you have a heart for doing something, then God will supernaturally equip you.  If your heart is for doing nothing, then you don’t need God’s supernatural power!

He has given us free will–the profound ability to make our own choices and live by them as well.  He doesn’t force us to be good or bad.  He has given us more than enough for us to be properly guided.  His Word, His Holy Spirit, His only begotten Son—all for us.  Now it’s up to us to listen to the advice he’s provided us.  It’s for us to seek the Lord diligently and learn of Him.  But most of us are like foolish petulant teens and tweens, with lips poked out beyond our faces, we turn our heads from what God has provided us and say a loud “NO” to our Holy Father!

 

A little reasoning, A little knowledge is a very dangerous thing!! Winning only since AD 33? Is this an admission of His Life?

 

My answer to this Epicurus poster: God is willing and able to overcome evil, and man is a part of the plan.  God gave us Jesus who died for us.  He didn’t leave man out of the equation, since man is the sinful one.  Our part is to humble ourselves and come to Jesus who then washes us (in the spiritual realm) by taking away our propensities towards sin.  The sin nature is still there, just made inactive for want of a better word.   Epicurus’ simplistic understanding leaves sinful man out of the equation altogether.  For Epicurus, man sins, but God does all the work?  Then man is a simplistic robot, which is not what God made man to be.  God did the part that He was more than willing and able to do, He provided Jesus at the opportune time through the history of time.  God still leaves our free will intact by requiring us to CHOOSE to come to Christ, lest He takes away our free will by simply fixing sin all on His own!  Even the great minds of time are made to be foolish by God!!   1 Corinthians 1:27 : But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.

 

Our God, though does not take away our gifts because of our petulance.  He gave us free will and we get to keep it.  If we ignore Him and do things our own foolish way, then we must suffer the consequences of our choices.  But when we make the foolish choices, what do we do?  When we are suffering, we blame God for it!!  No, it’s our own faults, not God’s!!  We are simply deceived and confused and angry and arrogant!

God extends Himself to everyone!  Even the atheist who has denies Him, IF that atheist rethinks his or her position, humbles himself or herself and asks with head hung low, in a feeble voice, out of the earshot of their atheist friends, “God, are You REALLY there??!”

(first published Aug 23, 2009)

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Anna I always love your posts. This one radiates the gift of Faith I always wanted to posses but knew Id never be blessed. Forever the Doubting Thomas seeking proof. Not of his reserection but if jesus had faith& trust in our Agnostic lives full of Failure, pain
    and hopeless unrelenting l
    llpain. Iam Gods unwanted misfit stepchild. One who fails to assimilAte into the hive. My parents rejeted conventjional wisdom regarding religion and the church early on. I their daughter embrace Agnosticism. Once I too had the simple gift of faith & belief. Now there is only tbe reality of pain FEAR BROKE NESS A
    ND LOSS. ALL THESE ARE LED BY ILLNESS DISEA
    SE & MISFORTUNE. THEY STOLE MY SOUL AND LEFT A CRUMPLED HEAP VOID OF HUMANITY.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Hi Deborah! Jesus loves us, and we come to Him as we are and just present our faith as small as a mustard seed. He will develop it and teach us of Him if we come to Him!
      IMHO, you’re wrong if you believe that you could never be blessed with faith in God. Jesus showed even doubting Thomas what he needed in order to believe and he did!
      The bible says in 1 Kings 19:11-13 that:

      11 The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”

      Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

      Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

      Sometimes we are waiting for some amazing revelation of God, and He may not appear that way for you.
      We all have our issues and problems and people, even our families, may not have what’s necessary to make us whole as they should. But we can make a decision to stand up and change our destinies. We can get up from the crumpled heap that someone left us on and stand upright with our backs straight and our heads UP!!
      Your parents may just not have had the right information, but you are in a position to get it and run with it!! In the bible there’s a story of a man laying crippled at the Pool of Bethesda, and it says this:

      Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. One man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, “Do you want to get well?” 7The sick man said, “Sir, when the water is stirred, I don’t have anybody to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in.”

      You have to want to get well more than you want the misery of sickness. Excuse my being so blunt, but personally, I want wellness for you, my dear!! I don’t want you to continue on as a crumpled heap void of humanity (in your mind) because that for sure is NOT what you are!! Ask God for the Holy Spirit if you haven’t already and He will repair your damaged soul. I know it so, because I was that broken child, unaware of who I was in Christ. Completely broken, I finally reached out for God through his Word and bit by bit with His help, I crawled out of the emotional abyss! So can you!
      One more thing: God doesn’t have any unwanted misfit stepchildren, just children, and you are one of his!! There’s an Australian man born without limbs who is an amazing witness for Christ. His story is mindblowing and so is his joy!!

      1. Anna Renee says:

        Nick Vujicic is a wonder! He’s a powerful witness for Christ and truly proves that all we need is Christ in our lives! If we make the effort to totally trust in Him, we can accomplish so much and bless so many people! No matter what our weaknesses are, God’s power is made perfect in our weakness. Nick demonstrates that beautifully!

  2. Anita says:

    Goddess, I love this post and others that you have written. They are deep and brought forth from somewhere deep within. I share them often on my own site, which always cause much discussion. Don’t worry, I give you all the honor as the author. Actually Sister Deborah request I visit your blog and I’ve been a visitor ever since. Keep up the good work sister and feel free to drop by sometime and see what kind of boisterous discussions your work is creating. Blessings!
    This is a new network, I’ve started. I’ve moved, but we will be starting up shortly, so come on by. Peace and Blessings!

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Oh Blessings, Anita! Thanks I appreciate your encouragement. I love having these kinds of conversations and I definitely will be coming over to your house to join in!
      Thanks again, and Happy New Year

  3. kekemichel says:

    Thank you for sharing the Christian belief and faith. It really does take open-mindedness to realize that God is the Creator and that God resides in us. Moreover, there is the Higher self (Divine/God) and the Lower self (Evil/Demonic). Each and every moment we make a choice of which we will follow. Life/God is about choices and when people are operating from the Lower self, they will present as atheists, evil doers, doubters. But, God the Creator, really does understand the human plight and the fierce battle that is raging in the earthly realm. Interestingly, the battle (between God/Higher-self and Satan/Lower-self, was raging way before each person came on the scene and from time the earth was created. We are born into the raging battle and God knows this. But the thing is–while God has given his creation a plan to overcome the fierce battle (evil, negative behavior, disbelief etc., etc.) there are a lot of people, for whatever reason(s,) choose not to use His plan. And to their detriment, I might add. For example, it all begins with the parents; when they choose their own ways of living, their children are impacted, until they get a mind of their own and then oftentimes, they rather stay loyal to the clan than to separate and believe in God and his plan. Most often, children are not equipped properly to deal with living on this earth where a fierce battle is raging between Good and Evil. They choose to be on the side of Evil where mostly everyone is positioned. Then such people wonder why there is so much negativity, mayhem, disunity, hatred, and insanity, etc., on earth.

    To Be or Not to Be–is really the question! I choose to be my Higher-self for the most part and I am experiencing the peaceful, positive live. However, there are times when I get ticked disturbed or annoyed yet, because of my God Consciousness, I am brought back to my truth–rather quickly. Again, God understands the human plight and He cares and is ready to provide wisdom and direction to overcome!
    ~Peace

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Thanks for your profundity, Kekemichel!!! So many of us are caught in this battle and have no idea of what’s going on!! Even the most sage of us slip from time to time, thinking it’s all us. Thank God! , and I mean that, Thank God that He has equipped us to deal with the earthly madness and mayhem and the way to do so is through Him!!
      It’s a sad thing that He has given us what is necessary and some of us turn it down and continue struggling in the madness.

  4. Lin says:

    This is both powerful & scurrry-timely, Anna. Why the latter? Well just this morning I was having a rather deep discussion about The Creator with a friend who is on a very spiritual path with an understanding is waaaaay beyond my own grasp, & yet he remains worldly in the ways & the times we’re living in.

    I’d said that sometimes feel that The Creator plays hide n’ seek w/ me. This is what I sometimes feel, & yet it doesn’t cause me to run away from God or give up on my faith. My friend told me that I was wrong, & God doesn’t play favorites (although, at times, it might seem that way to us). He wants OUR undeniable faith, our worship & adoration on the daily, & not just when we need His help, or when something goes wrong.

    Something you quoted here really moved me & spoke directly to my stuff:

    “God wants us to run to Him and seek solace from the world’s troubles in Him. He doesn’t take away the worlds troubles, but strenghtens us to deal with the issues of the world. He doesn’t take away death, because it’s a part of life in this worldly realm. He doesn’t take out the misery, He wants us to take it out! We have to be willing to DO what He has strengthened us to do! WE are God’s hands and feet!”

    This is something I need to take with me, hold tight to & keep close to me, b/c in essence, it explains the sometimes mystery of what Role God plays in our lives, & why, even if He’s enigma to many of us, He remains so necessary in our living in this material world.

    Thanks for the wisdom, Sista Westsiiiide!

    SJ!

    One.

    Lin

  5. Anna Renee says:

    It’s interesting that you say that it seems that the Creator plays hide and seek with you. Because the Bible tells us that God wants us to diligently seek Him.

    That’s an interesting way to put it and I believe a very accurate way, brother Lin! God shows us just enough of Himself to cause us to want more and then He requires us to seek after Him. But if you do seek diligently after Him, you will find him and be blessed!

    How to seek Him? Read His Word often, ponder His Word, talk about Him and His Word and your understanding, listen to those wise folks–even if they are worldly–and grab ahold of what you find and hold it tightly! His truths are more valuable than precious diamonds and gold!

  6. Monika says:

    FUCK YOU

  7. You guys are so misguided. I pity you…

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