Thursday, November 22, 2012

Psalm Ninety Seven, Part Two

Faith
Faith (Photo credit: BJN<32paint)

VISIBLE OR INVISIBLE ?


Funny thing ...."faith" is'nt it ?

You can feel it and yet its not there yet

You can see it...... yet, it will be and its not visible yet

Funny how even those who are not Christians can feel faith !

Yet they might give it another name ...such as "hope, ambition"

But Faith in God and what God can do is quite different is'nt it ?

You can see it and yet faith is the substance of things hoped for IN GOD

In Jesus , we see things that are not yet seen

Hebrews 11:1

And yet it seems we can not yet see and yet believe John 20:29

Beleiving that God can do amazing things, even though we have not yet seen God yet we seek
His face

Knowing Him and knowing His indwelling

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We can be part of a Church Community ...yet not be a member ...yet

We can be married yet ...not have a certificate yet...

We can be baptised and yet not be immersed in water !

We can be in Christ and a Christian yet not yet saved....

We can be chosen yet .....deny Him who chose us...

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David was to be a King yet he was not to begin with...

David was forgiven yet , he asked for forgiveness

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Funny thing Faith is'nt it ?

To see what is not yet !

I wonder who see's those things that are now and are to be and see's all things ?

And I wonder how He see's things ?

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Funny thing Faith...is'n it ?

David being "saved" before the Cross ?

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And so God can begin a work in us long before we acknowledge Him or know Him !

He can begin speaking long before we realise its His voice !

He can be speaking to us a long time before we ever commit our lifes to Him !

He can see us now as we will be !

He could see us then (before salvation) as we would be !

He is The Faith , He is the Faithful One ...

Romans 8:19 KJV

Creation waits in eager anticipation ?

wowwwwwww creation has Faith ? hope .......

Romans 8:22 NIV

Creation in the pains of childbirth ?

Wow one wonders whether animals are involved in this ..............

Can an animal have hope ?

One wonders whether this is Faith .........

But we have faith in God as beloved children...

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And so we begin Psalm 97 with the same introduction as Psalm 96

"Let the earth rejoice"

And why do we rejoice ?

Because we see things that cannot be seen ? maybe ?

Can I see salvation...can I see Faith ....can I see God ?

Is it there ? is it over there ? can I hold it ? can I see it ?

Can I say "there it is" or "here it is" ?

Yet we rejoice

because we see that which is unseen

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And we see imagery here, of a fearsome God, A God who is unapproachable, A God who is angry, A God who seeks too punish, A God who looks for all the wrongs we do and then writes it all down, A God who looks for us to do wrong so that He can punish us

In affect we can see God much like a father figure, and if we have bad memories of an earthly father, then this can reflect on how we see God, we can almost see "father" hiding behind the dark clouds

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Then once we enter into "relationship" we begin realise that this heavenly Father God is not angry with us

In fact the clouds that once protected us from Him are lifted and Jesus the "Son of God" has
taken our place

Now once we enter into "relationship" we realise that Jesus took the punishment that we deserved

Now we can approach the Throne Of God Hebrews 4:16 Ephesians 3:12

Now He Tabernacles in us, Now we tabernacle in Him
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Yesterday I had the scripture Matthew 7:24-26

You know its funny how people see that as a simple scripture for children and simply brush it
off

I was thinking about that yesterday and that scriptre came and I dwelt on how the "world" and
the world economy is built on sand

The entire economy is built on "Money" and "materialism"

And I wondered what would happen if tomorrow something happened that people put down
to an "Act Of God"

Lets say an asteroid hit the earth or a super volcano erupted ! and the earth and all its transmissions went down

As one country after another went into melt down and everyday people began to realise what
had happened !

As huge institutions and organisations closed their doors and banks collapsed

As nations declared bankruptcy and the entire global economy went into melt down

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Why o why did'nt Pharoah listen ?

But God will lead His people out !

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What then will my and our dependency be on ?

What then will my "Life" house be built on ?

Where will my "Life" foundations .........be ?

Will my life , work, family, ....FAITH.....Collapse with it ?

Where then will I look ?

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Now we come to Psalm 97:10

To hate what God hates and love what God loves .....

What about those weho take advantage of others ? do I admire them > or do I despise them ?

Do I admire those who are successful ? at the expense of others ?

Do I look up to people who look after themselves ?

Do I take as Role Models ...those who pull others down to get what they want ?

Who value money more than people ?

Well if I do that ...then ...my desire in life cannot be to please God can it ?

If I search myself and say that "I do not deire these things....that I have my feet on the Rock and my foundations in the correct things ..."

Then how can I ...IF... I admire others who delight in injustice ?

How can I when I look up to those who desire those things that are not Godly ?

It is not simply to love those things God loves.....but it is to admire those who follow after
those things as well

And so we look to those who build their "Life houses"

As well as build ours in the same way

for when the time comes.....................

We will know where and on what our house is built on

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Psalm 97:11

"Gods Light shines on the Godly"

And so we go back to "Unapproacable Light" and "Approachable Light"

Here in Psalm 97 as in Pslam 96 with Uzzah

1 Chronicles 13:10 The LORD's anger burned against Uzzah,

We see that God is a God who hides behind dark clouds so as to shelter people from His Glory,
so that they might still live, but yet He might still speak to them

We see a God who is Holy in Psalm 97, A God who lives in unapproachable Light

And yet we see A God who's Light shines on the Godly

In other words He wants us to enter in, as He enters in

We are His tabernacle

This is a two way relationship

He enters us - we enter Him

We are His Temple - He is Our Temple.

We enter His Courts - We are His Courts

We love Him with all that we are as He loves us

That which we cannot do....He does

He calls us...yet we call on Him

We act on what He says....Yet He does it.....as we do it

This sums up many (what may seem like) paradoxes in Gods word

Two things seem to collide together from different directions

And this is exactly what is happening

Its Us And God

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Pray with me now

Lord God In Jesus name

I commit to you as You commit to me

I give to you as you give to me

I serve You as you serve me

I call on You as you call to me

Lord I give my life to you now as You gave Your Life on a Cross

Lord I ask you to fill me with Your Holy Spirit as I ask for Him to come , may He come

Lord , Cleanse me now with Holy Spirit Light and Fire

I give my Life to you, as you gave your for me

In Jesus Name Amen