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Encountering the Incredible Pt. 4

Posted by heavensembassy on June 4, 2009

This post continues the series Encountering the Incredible. This post is about the last Element of an Encounter we see in Acts 26, which is responsibility. 

Acts Ch.26 V. 16b Responsibility

  • You become a Servant and a Witness of the Incredible.
  • As a servant you have a responsibility.
  • You can only be a witness to what you have encountered.

Paul immediately started preaching after his encounter.

 He didn’t know much—but he had had an encounter.  He couldn’t talk about the grandiose theology of justification, and predestination, but he could tell others what God had done for him.  It shouldn’t be hard to testify, you don’t have to know much, but you just have to tell others what God has done for you. The message of the cross then has a new meaning to you when you have encountered the Risen Christ. It is more than a story it is an experience, an incredible encounter.

The Responsibility of an Encounter with the Incredible…

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Encountering the Incredible Pt. 2

Posted by heavensembassy on June 2, 2009

Continuing with the message. When Paul was on the Road to Damascus he had an Encounter with the Incredible. Acts 26:12-18 show the Elements of an Encounter, and the next couple of days we will discuss them.

Ch. 26 V. 12-18 Elements of an Encounter

  1.    V.12  Location
  • I want you to realize that Paul was not en route to worship service or to perform a good deed.
  • God has a way of capturing our intention, we are not even truly thinking about Him.
  • When we are doing wrong, God has a way speaking to us.
  • Location does not have to refer to a physical geographical place, but it can refer to abstract places like, health, finances, and family.  

        2.    V. 13  Enlightening Experience

  • God gives Paul an experience that knocks him off his feet, and God wants to give you an experience that knocks you off your fee.
  • This is a bit of paradox, because it is in knocking Paul down that he was able to see God better. It is in our being knocked off our feet and falling back that draws us closer to God.
  • The Glory of God makes you cognizant of your real status.

                     Paul was blinded physically to demonstrate his spiritual blindness.

                     God manipulates our circumstances so that He can demonstrate His strength being made perfect in our weaknesses. 

Encountering the Incredible….

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Encountering the Incredible Pt. 1

Posted by heavensembassy on June 2, 2009

We will attempt to add a post everyday from now until the Lord says otherwise. This first set of posts is the outline of a message that has been divided up into daily pieces. So, I would encourage you to read the passages along with the outline that you may get a message from the Messiah and experience an encounter with the incredible! Here is a link to a Bible website to assist you in your devotion. http://www.biblegateway.com

Encountering the Incredible is a message that expounds on Acts 26:1-14, so it would be helpful to read that before going farther. The outline’s verses are from Acts 26.

So from the text we see from:

Verses(v.) 3-5, 10,11 What caused a man, Paul, who was a Pharisee, according to the strictest sect of Pharisees a man who killed Christians, ravished synagogues, cast his vote for Christians to die, one who Kanye West would ask “how could you be so heartless?” to say these great quotes:

Romans 5:8 God demonstrated His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died.

I Cor. 15 Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump

II Cor. 5:7 We walk by faith and not by sight

Gal. 5:22,23 The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, faithfulness, and temperance.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Colossians 2:9 In [Christ] dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

I Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout

1 Timothy 4:12 –Let no man despise thy youth but be an example…

2 Timothy 3:16-All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

What caused this amazing transformation in Paul?

He had an Encounter with the Incredible!

Introduction

—In Acts 26 Paul is on trial making case before King Agrippa II, Bernice, and Prefect Festus.

v. 8 Thesis of His Argument—Why is it incredible that God can raise the dead?

  • Paul speaks of his hope in a God who had done it before.
  • God had done even more marvelous events in the Old Testament than raising somebody from the dead (for example parting the Red Sea.)

V. 9 Paul does not judge the people for not believing but identifies himself with them.

  • We would be wise to do the same.
  • There is a rift in the Church between the Old School and the New Generation
  • Rather than judging clothing styles and music, older saints should remember when they were in there place with an afro, bell bottom pants, and a gold fish in the platform shoe, with 45 records of the OJs and Isley Brothers and Temptations who were not always singing, ”Praise God from whom all Blessings Flow!”
  • If we are to save a dying world we must be able to identify with them, Paul records that I became all things to all people that I might save some!
  • We have to be able to say, “I don’t agree, but I understand.”
  • There are so many ex-sinners in the church, we truly don’t have the right to look down on anybody.

Paul agrees that I was like you, but I was on the Road to Damascus…

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A Personal Kingdom Theology

Posted by heavensembassy on January 10, 2009

The next few the Thoughts from the Ambassador will be about developing a personal kingdom theology.

 

Hebrews 11:1Now faith is the assurance (substance KJV) of things hoped for, the conviction (evidence KJV) of things not seen. (NASB)

 

Hebrews 11:1NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (AMP)

 

That verse to many Christians is known as the definition of what faith is, even though it is more of a description of what faith does. Faith is an extremely important facet in the life of a believer, and it is essential to have an understanding of what faith is in order to develop a personal or collective theology. I would like to argue that to truly develop a theology one must separate from this concept of faith two other terms that are nonchalantly deemed synonymous with faith—religion and spirituality. We often use spirituality, religion, and faith as interchangeable terms. However, they are conceptually different, yet not mutually exclusive. They are each a synecdoche (a part that represents the whole) of theology. By being able to understand how we relate to our God we can have a better grasp on worshipping and experiencing the Divine despite our situation and geographic location in life. This experience with the Deity is profoundly important, because man was formed to be filled with forever, because God has placed eternity in men’s hearts (Ecc. 3:10). Therefore, I believe that to have a thorough grasp on our world, it is important to view the sometimes simultaneously expressed but individual components of the theology that every human develops—faith, religion, spirituality.

 

            Faith is described as the assurance or substance of things hoped for. The Amplified Bible translates the meaning as the confirmation or title deed of things hoped for. The Amplified’s use of title deed is interesting, because it gives us an image of a person with the deed, technically owning a piece of merchandise, like a car; however, the person has not yet received the vehicle. However, the car that is promised by the dealer is demonstrated by a piece of paper. A piece of paper that cannot be driven, that in no way looks like an automobile, that is only a promise. Our faith is similar to this, people who practice other religions even share this concept of faith—that faith is the representation of what we will eventually receive. Despite are current situation, faith speaks to an assurance of already receiving our hope, whatever it may be. As well, faith serves as the foundation, proof, conviction, or evidence of things not seen. This aspect of faith makes it reasonable that it is the least malleable component of our theology. Faith is our evidence in the court of the unseen, and it is the only proof to which we can demonstrate against doubt. Your faith should be completely unshakeable and incapable of wavering. However, a reasonable and responsible question for the reader would be is, “Faith in what?” And it is at this critical juncture that we have to ask ourselves, “What do I believe? What is the role of the Divine in my life? How do I place myself in God’s plan? What do I believe about God’s Son? What characteristics do I believe that the Higher Power has? How relatable and reliable is the Deity that I venerate?” These questions and many more should bombard your brain as you determine what it is that you believe and what is nonnegotiable. Don’t get too uncomfortable. There is some assistance in solving these questions if you are like most us and have difficulty answering them for yourself.   (Be on the watch for the next part of this essay on this heavensembassy.wordpress.com!)

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H.E.–Heaven’s Embassy

Posted by heavensembassy on December 30, 2008

Luke 17: 20Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” (NKJV)

This is my first post. There are a lot of things that I want to say, but I believe I will begin with the purpose and meaning of this blog.  I am excited to be able to share with you the Kingdom of God. Speaking of a kingdom, when one thinks of a kingdom one imagines some type of government. A government according to dictionary.com is “the form or system of rule by which a state, community, etc., is governed.” So the dominant theme of Jesus the Anointed One’s ministry–the Kingdom of God–can be understood as the form of rule by which God’s people are governed. Then referring back to the passage at the beginning of this blog, it is amazing how this heavenly government had invaded the system of this world without the religious leaders of the day even observing it. God’s heavenly kingdom is not of this world; therefore, without people knowing, Christ was expanding the governmental infrastructure into the hearts of the people.(Mark 4:3-20) So without a troop surge or an epic military battle God’s government was represented on the earth.  After thousands of years of sinfulness and hundreds of years of silence from the Lord, heaven again had representation on the earth, and Jesus, the epitome of the Kingdom, was sent as an ambassador of God’s love. His Body is the embassy through which God “was reconciling the world to Himself [receiving us into favor, bringing us into harmony with Himself].” (2 Cor. 5:19 KJV/AMP) For “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NKJV) So H.E.–Jesus the Anointed One–is Heaven’s Embassy. And now that Jesus has risen and ascended into heaven and given believers the promise of the Holy Spirit  1 Cor. 12:27 states that “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” “So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us.” (2 Cor. 5:20a AMP)

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