Many Christians have what we might call a “cultural holiness”. They adapt to the character and behavior pattern of Christians around them. As the Christian culture around them is more or less holy, so these Christians are more or less holy. But God has not called us to be like those around us. He has called us to be like himself. Holiness is nothing less than conformity to the character of God. –Jerry Bridges
Where are we all going these days? What is happening to people? The trains we hop on to escape truth and conviction are at a halt deep in the desert of reality. There is no denying the condition we have put ourselves in as far as a united army against the enemy. The enemy, our own agreement with spoon fed defeat in any and everything, manifests in a display of hatred versus hope, pride versus humility, and destruction versus deliverance.
We are playing nothing more than a game of hide and seek during our days on this planet. Pre determined days, might I reiterate, ones that God has ALREADYintended for us to personally use in a purposeful and powerful way. There is no escaping truth. Either you seek hope, grace, a light load and peace, or you hide from accountability and a free hand of rest and resolution.
Imogen Heap brilliantly executed my point in one of my favorite songs of all time Hide and Seek. What she means with her lyrics I cannot say, nor do I pretend to imply, that they are about what I am speaking of. In any case, the point is made clearly by her words no matter how you choose to apply them on your own.
I imagine God would write similar lyrics about our state as a unit, as a team, as a species. Disappointed would best be my answer if asked how God feels about the way people are turning out to be collectively for their purpose.
If, as an army for peace and prosperity, we could all just stop hiding from the fact that we are all scared, we are all flawed and all sometimes living in a world of disappointment, then we could all seek God and a solution.
God loves each and every one on this earth. Yep, even the ones you judge or preferred to categorize as doomed just minutes ago. Hate to break it to those who have stood on God’s Word only to use it as a podium to preach their perversion of the truth, but God does not exclude anyone from His love. Regardless of interpretation or litigation, God does not look to people to dictate His love. He created us to demonstrate it and be fighters for it.
You cannot be faithful to a movement when you are following a parked car. Get behind He who looks to always move you by moving through you and before you. He wants to take the heat for you by leading you. Glean behind the reaper. Stop shoving opposition in front of omnipotence and then God will find you. You seek what you find. That’s not an opinion, it’s a reality.
All we are is dust. All we have is a place to fall and a shape to create collectively. I hope to be a part of a beautiful, natural disaster. Peace and encouragement as a team are the perfect storm! God is warning us to prepare for the impending events which cannot be out ran, out worked, out smarted. God is saying I love you. The blood and tears were here before you, In fact, they were shed by the Jesus because of you and His love for you! Now, the outcome of what you want to do with your chance at greatness is reliant on YOU. God will. He has, is, and always will deliver. The only thing this world and it’s embarrassing display of unity has, is, and will continue to do do is get worse if we don’t choose to seek God together.
Read the lyrics, cry, kick, scream, or toss this message in the trash if you like. I am never posting to dictate or debate. Why would I think God needed me to defend Him or beg anyone to be loved by Him? I’d be an idiot to put such a high label on myself or ability. God needs me to do one thing. I am to seek the hurting or hopeless, those who, like myself, have a world of crazy and only ounce left of optimism. To relate to people through telling my testimony and, by His Word, help hide the the illusion of defeat and illuminate the truth of DECREE. We are heirs to the kingdom of Heaven! It’s decreed! Stop hiding from your shadows. The light is what removes even the scariest of shapes that creep in the night. If its dawn you are after, quit staying out all night and falling asleep before the sun can rise. Trust me! It’s always darkest before the dawn. Grab a Starbucks and wait for it. You won’t want to sleep through another sunrise again once you have experienced God’s daybreak on your breakdown! Push to participate in what you already are enlisted in! God’s army against the dark! You win already! Why choose to lose? Don’t be shocked at disappointment when you seek it. Don’t be shocked at God’s love for you when you receive it!