|Posted on June 9, 2019 at 11:40 AM|
You have endowed me with eternal blessings and given me the joy of Your presence. Personal Psalm 21:6
You hide me in the shelter of Your presence, safe from those who conspire against me. You shelter me in Your presence, far from accusing tongues. Personal Psalm 31:20
Do not banish me from Your presence, and don’t take Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11
For You have rescued me from death; You have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in Your presence, O God, in Your life-giving light. Psalm 56:13
Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of Your presence, LORD. Psalm 89:15
The children of Your people will live in security. Their children’s children will thrive in Your presence. Psalm 102:28
I can never escape from Your Spirit! I can never get away from Your presence! Psalm 139:7
Surely righteous people are praising Your name; the godly will live in Your presence. Psalm 140:13
This morning I was reminded how important it is to begin each day in the presence of my Father. Just bathing in His presence by soaking up a few lines of His Word a day. My favorite part of my morning is when I get to hear and share my thoughts with H. We discuss how we both see the same thing differently. I don’t believe one religious group, one person can hold all the answers. I believe that He gave a little here, a little there to everyone across the globe and that in order to worship and know Him more fully we would have to continually seek to understand Him in the way others see and understand Him.
Like the Tower of Babel story found in Genesis 11 when everyone spoke the same language. They abused that power by making a building that would reach the heavens and make them infamous. Can you imagine if one religion claimed to know all the answers. That one person in the world had such a relationship with God that God only spoke to Him and to no one else that they didn’t need the help of others. The Word says in the story of Babel God gave them different languages so that they wouldn’t be able to understand each other. There are over 6000 languages spoken in the world. I believe we are like an incomplete puzzle each holding a piece of the puzzle but we are not the whole picture we need each other to understand the whole message. And we need the Spirit of God to show us how those pieces fit.
Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much. But the person who loves God is the one whom God recognizes. 1 Corinthians 8:2-3
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and the teachers. Ephesians 4:11
Imagine if I based my entire belief of Jesus on the book of Matthew without reading the different perspectives of his life story from Mark, Luke or John. Or only read the book of Ezekiel and not Jeremiah or Isaiah. I don’t have an understanding of the Word because I heard it from one teacher or one pastor read it from one book.
I do follow one message that Jesus is the son of God. He is the only one on earth that ever died for my sins. He took the penalty of a torturous death that the world said I deserved for the things that I did. He calls me his. I am a child of God just as he is a child of God. Being born a human being makes me His child. I received the Holy Spirit of God in me the moment I truly believed in his son and what he did. That is the only reason I am able to believe in who I am. But I didn’t learn that from one person, I learned it by listening to the different perspectives of many even when I disagreed with one message I still listened to them all. Observed how they saw truth to find His truth in me.
Paul taught me that I should be of “one mind, united in thought and purpose” but not because of one religious faction. As he taught in 1 Corinthians 1:13 Has Christ been divided into factions?...did he only die for the Baptist, only died for Catholics, only died for the Lutherans. My brother died for people, he died for me, so I could have a relationship with my Father not so I could have a religion or a religious practice to get to Him. The blood of Jesus covers my guilt and shame that separated me from knowing my Father. A guilt that made me believe I was unworthy of His love. Unworthy of being called his sister, His daughter. A shame that made me hang my head and not be counted as a member of His family.
So don’t boast about following a particular human leader. For everything belongs to you- whether Paul or Apollos or Peter or the world, or life and death, or the present and the future. Everything belongs to you, and you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God. 1 Corinthians 3:21-23
Everything belongs to me, the Word in its entirety, the apostles stories, the testimony of the many people whose lives were changed like Paul’s life was changed when he met Jesus, the pastors who study the Word and its meanings, the teachers who seek to help me gain a greater understanding. I can’t get these things from one place, one person. That would be like using the World Wide Web to check my email only when I have so much more information at my fingertips and closing my mind off to knowing anything else. How foolish that would be of me.
Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer. Proverbs 9:11-12