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It’s a Trust Issue

Posted by heavensembassy on August 10, 2009

The center verse of the Bible is Psalm 118:6 “It is better to trust in the LORD(I AM that I AM) than to put confidence in people.”

Trust is a highly valued amenity in any relationship. And ironically, its value becomes more apparent after it has been misguided, even if only slightly so. For it is at the point where one’s trust has been betrayed that a piece of who they are ceases to exist or dies. That portion of innocence–a portion where the perspective that optimistically envisioned people as trustworthy prevails–is carried away by pallbearers into oblivion. And it leaves in its spot a sore that evolves into a tough, feelingless callous. 

And from the tone of the Psalms passage, the psalmist is reflecting on a personal mistrusting of someone. For the poet cries “out of my distress I called on the LORD.” When he says my distress, I believe that word encompasses a time when no one else could assist him, a time when the people who were supposed to be there to support him were absent, a time when he felt deserted and alone. It was then that he cried unto the I AM (the LORD). The One that does not change, realizing that it is better to trust in God than to put confidence in people. 

So in the words of the great hymnal, “Trust in Him who will not leave you,/whatsoever years may bring./ If by earthly friends forsaken,/ still more closely to Him cling.”

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Encountering the Incredible Pt. 6

Posted by heavensembassy on June 6, 2009

Have you Encountered the Incredible?

As believers, our lives should be demonstrative of our encounter. We should not be surprised when God performs the supernatural on our behalves. We should be used to the unbelievable in our lives.

Have you participated in the five elements of an encounter: Location, Enlightening Experience, Voice, Elevation, Responsibility.

  • Personally we may encounter the incredible in intangible Locations like our Finances, Grades, Health, Spirituality
  • And it generally leads to an Enlightening Experience in which we truly realize our dependence upon God, in finances we get broke, in grades classes get tough, in our health sickness may come, and in our spirituality sin births consequences
  • Then the Voice of God alerts us about the promise of God that we can access, and how He will supply all of our needs, how His grace is sufficient even in scholastics, how with His stripes we are healed, and how if we call on the Name of the Lord who died and was raised for us we shall be saved.
  • Then the Elevation of the Mind occurs and we see the world how God sees it. We may not have all of the money we want, but our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. We may not make the honor roll, but we are where we are by the Grace of God. We may not be completely healed now, but healing is occurring in my body and if it doesn’t fully occur on earth it will be completed in heaven. And in our spirituality we become endued with the mind of Christ, discarding the carnal and sinful mindset.
  • Then we have a Responsibility to let others know about our Encounter with the Incredible and rendezvous with Regality by our witness and service to others.

Have you Encountered the Incredible?

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Encountering the Incredible Pt. 3

Posted by heavensembassy on June 3, 2009

Continuing with the Encountering the Incredible post series. You can read the other posts to catch up with the message from Acts 26 about the Apostle Paul’s Encounter with the Incredible. Today we discuss a couple more of the Elements of an Encounter

Elements of an Encounter continued:

Acts Ch.26 V. 14,15 Voice of God

  • Jesus spoke in Hebrew or Aramaic so that Paul/Saul could completely understand that.
  • If Jesus has to speak English, Ebonics, or text message he will.
  • If he needs to shoot you an email, or facebook, or myspace God will speak to you.
  • Jesus was so serious about getting Paul that he came and visited him himself. He is also concerned about your experience.
  • He will send somebody to be his voice.
  • The Voice asks a question, “Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me, don’t you know that its hard to kick against the pricks.”
  • Ox goad—The ox goad was a long sharp iron tool used by farmers to cause an ox to move forward; however, the animal would typically reply by kicking against the tool, which actually would drive the goad in harder hurting the animal more than ever.
  • Similarly, God is calling you to a higher place and His Voice is eternally echoing in your being, and your resistance is only hurting you.

V. 16a, 18 Elevation of Mind

  • Though the glory knocked him down, Jesus still calls Paul up.
  • God is still lifting us despite our shortcomings, his grace is till available to a wretch like us.
  • An elevation of mind causes us to see things the way God sees them.
  • Paul thought that Gentiles were not apart of God’s covenant community; however, God charged him to see things the way He sees them.
  • Similarly God is calling us to look at sin and life the way He sees them. (e.g. God wants us to concentrate less on Flo Rida’s song and tasting the sugar of the lady’s lips, but tasting and seeing that the Lord is good and blessed is the one that trusts in Him!”)

Have You Encountered the Incredible?…

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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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