Friday, May 10, 2013

O Taste, and See: Pure Simplicity

One of the beauties of the gospel is found in its simplicity. I tend to be a very complicated and convoluted person. But I am easily frustrated when things are not simple. If I cannot understand it; if there are too many definitions; if it must be twisted and turned in order to fit, I deem it to complicated and either challenge it or leave it alone.

But the gospel - God's good news, His true message - is true round about. Among the various writers of the Bible; among the different readers of the Bible; all those who are searching for truth and sharing the truth will have the same truth.
"We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
(2 Peter 1:19-21 KJV)
God's Book is simple, and it reflects the simplicity of His character. We may not understand how He operates; but we can know Who He is, for He revealed it in His Word. He wants all of us to come to a saving knowledge of the truth. The gospel has to be simple if an atheist cannot rule it out by logic and child cannot discard it by reason of difficulty. It can be understood, and by everyone of every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people. Those of every time, of every era, of every socio-economic background, those of every culture and situation can learn and know Who God is. It is the everlasting gospel. No one is left out.
"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." 
(Romans 10:14-17 KJV)
We, being made in the image of God, are obliged to turn back to that simplicity, back to Eden. What we put into our bodies should be in accordance with God's will. He Who fashioned us knows best how we should live. He wants us to be simpler in our diets so that when we read His word, our consciences will be alive and ready to receive His word as good soil.
"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 
(1 Corinthians 2:12-14 KJV)
Tropical Carrot Smoothie - makes 5 cups
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 banana
1 cup frozen mango
2.5 cups chopped carrots
5-6 cups of water (this smoothie swells)

Wash and cut the carrots; break the banana into bite-sized pieces; add the chia and the mango. Blend for at least 2 minutes, but do not let it overheat. (The chia needs to break up, or else you'll have unpleasant bits. You should only see small specks.) Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

"And Begin At My Sanctuary..."

My new favorite statement. It is so powerful, and fills me with awe and wonder that God would be so serious about His people. What does it mean to be so close to God? It means that we will be the first ones who He examines before taking us to glory. And should we not be ready? Should we not afflict our souls that we may be found worthy of the bounties of heaven?

This little graphic depiction of Scriptures helped outline for me all of the parables that were going through my head. "And begin at my sanctuary..." My mind was flooded with different portions of Scripture; and here they all are for YOU. I believe that no Scripture is of any private interpretation. Is my parallel accurate? Are there any discrepancies? Does it match all the way across the Bible?

I pray that this work will be a result of God's Holy Spirit; and I also pray that this work will reach and touch your heart, and guide you into all truth.