Monday, May 24, 2010
Dog is God Spelled Backwards - and Dog is Man's Best Friend
Faith in God, or belief in the Bible don't come easy in a scientific world; one filled with new discoveries and plausible theories. Christians often site proof texts and archeological finds, but the truth is that all of these discoveries have been refuted - with or without science. For many, the biblical fact that God says He is, is enough proof.
Well, it wasn't enough for me! The Bible, a seemingly rambling collection for random writers and styles was no match for my intellect, reason and personal logic.
For this Christian, there are only three things that make me certain of God's existence, and the validity of Christianity as described in the Bible.
1 Peace - Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding. Unless you have experienced it, the peace of God - the biblical kind - is one of the most amazing gifts from the Heavens. In my life it has over powered panic and anxiety attacks, brought solace in desperate places, and provided insulation from situations that were completely beyond my control. Better and more filling than any drug, godly peace allows me to rest, to function in the face of trial, and be refreshed in my soul far more than a 2-week vacation in the tropics.
Real peace is not the kind that you have when all things are going well. No, it is peace in the face of trial. It is peace in the storm. Some times God calms the storm, other times he calms that one in the storm.
The peace that surpasses all understanding is evident to those around us as God handles difficult situations that cause others stress. It is peace when we lose a loved one, peace when we lose a job or have an accident. It is peace in the face of cancer - for it is the peace that only God can give. It transcends our emotions, anchoring our spirit.
2 Power - The Kingdom of God is power - creative power. The supernatural realms operate outside of time and are eternally active. Their impact on the natural is nothing short of miraculous. Once you have seen x-rays that showed a lump one day, and after prayer were clear that next, you start to see things differently. One you have seen a demon cast out, and then done it yourself, you start to get the point.
Most Christians that I know pray what they want, but the ones that are successful (God answers their prayers), pray want God wants. To know what God wants, one must be listening to God and not relying on their own thoughts and feelings.
If we are truly in relationship with Christ, then we are not spamming Heaven with prayer requests, we are saying amen to the will of God. Hearing His voice, and being a vessel for the anointing is the only winning combination. Otherwise healing prayer, and any answered prayer for that matter, will start to seem very random, and the power of God will seem rare - as scare as a spring in the desert.
Isaiah 10:27 It shall come to pass in that day
That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder,
And his yoke from your neck,
And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.
Only God's power and anointing can draw a man's heart, speak to a man's spirit, and produce Kingdom fruit - broken yolks.
Power was coveted in the early church by both Christians and sorcerers. Paul ran into them in Acts 8:9 and 13:6.
Without power, Christianity is just another empty philosophy.
3 Love - 1 John 4:8 God is love. The evidence of the Kingdom is love - sacrificial love. There is not greater love then a man that would lay down his life for another.
Hollywood has emotionalized love to the point that we cannot even see it as an action. Love is what we do, not what we fell. Love is kind, forgiving and longsuffering - even when we don't feel like. Even the evil can give good gifts to their children, but only God can give good gifts to all of mankind.
Love that would die for another - even for an enemy is the bar that Christian must meet. Jesus said that other would know us by our love, our sacrifice, and the joy and peace we bring others - even those that are unlovable.
I find it interesting that Paul describes real love in the midst of his treatise on the spiritual gifts and their use in the church. The two, love, and the use of gifts is meant to be inexorably tied together to share the love of God, and to meet spiritual and personal needs of those we are in contact with.
How about you, what is it that make you know that God is real? Or what would He have to do to prove himself to you?