“You’re living at a time of extremism, a time of revolution, a time when there’s got to be a change. People in power have misused it, and now there has to be a change and a better world has to be built and the only way it’s going to be built is with extreme methods. And I for one will join in with anyone, I don’t care what color you are, as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth. Thank you.” Bookmark and Share Bookmark and Share



10.26.2009

Isaiah 55.2 - the red pill


I think it's great that in only day two we're at a crossroads, a place of decision, a line of demarcation. The red or the blue pill? Take the red pill and your eyes will be opened to the affections of God toward you, his desire for you and part of his design for your life. Take the blue pill and you'll wake up in bed, just as you were the night before, unruffled, the status quo maintained. What will it be? Since I'm not Morpheus, you've taken the red pill if you're still reading...

WHY SPEND MONEY ON WHAT IS NOT BREAD,
AND YOUR LABOR ON WHAT DOES NOT SATISFY?
LISTEN, LISTEN TO ME, AND EAT WHAT IS GOOD,
AND YOUR SOUL WILL DELIGHT IN THE RICHEST OF FARE. -Isaiah 55.2


Listen, listen, the free purchase from the gracious merchant, saves our hell-strong souls; it's THE story to be told. 
Tell it from the heights man, it's not for sale--
Why do we put in work for, what' not hopeful, the unpleasing? It seems inadvertently easy.

That's the set up, the big fix-it, that decays the mass of our soul. Still he waits, listen, listen.
Digest what is good and let your soul glisten.
WE WERE NOT INTENDED FOR DARKNESS. Let your lights shine and your hands work. 

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I love how God makes himself so accessible. I imagine him pulling up a stool before a small, intense audience and starts with, "listen, come in close, listen." Look at what Psalm 65.4 says about our Abba,

Blessed is the man You choose,
And cause to approach You,
That he may dwell in Your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, 
Of Your holy temple. 

God doesn't want us to live far from him. He desires a upfront, relevant, meaningful exchange with us. How can we live in this reality? 

a) First things first, if you haven't already, ask the Lord for forgiveness based on what He did on the cross. Christ's crucifixion and death atoned (which literally means an "adjustment of a difference, reconciliation, restoration to favor") for us, bringing us into a righteous standing before God. The difference or debt paid is sin, a trait none of us can deny. God demands a wage, a payment for the sin we do in this life. He could have held our debt to us personally, but in a remarkable act of love and grace, He sent his only son, our Lord Jesus Christ to die for us, for our sins done in this life. Here is grace. Here is love.


Trusting in Christ's death and resurrection reconciles us to God and a life of freedom. Romans 10:9-13 give the road map for redemption. Verse 9 and 10 are exquisitely clear, I love their simplicity. "That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and WITH THE MOUTH CONFESSION IS MADE UNTO SALVATION." Verse 13, "For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."


Now we can say with assurance that "as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our sins from us" -Psalm 103:12.


Now that that light matter is out of the way, how can we "listen, come and listen close?"


1) I believe it starts with pursuing a loving and leaning heart. A inner life that loves and trusts God. We find numerous references to this person in scripture. The adoring glare corresponds to the trusting heart because they're almost one in the same. It's hard to trust who you don't love, and it's tough to love who you don't trust. 


The heart that loves, listens intently to the things of God; And the heart that trusts is able to believe what it hears. Let's ask God for these qualities and exercise them once he imparts them. That's the only to get this heart folks, asking God and moving in their anointings. 

2) Pray/Read the Scriptures!
This prayer model is something I've recently embodied, and it has blown my mind! I've never been a believer in scripted prayers or models, and was even skeptical when I came across this. This follows the basic ideology of 'teach us to pray' by simply praying the scriptures. We have to lay hold of His promise. Let's get it!


This approach is biblical in that, we see examples from Paul and David as they prayed the written Scriptures to God in search of power and resolve. This model is more so the application of what the leaning and loving heart hears. Here is where we find the strength to walk out our faith. 


Thank you for your gifts Abba (Father)!


He has not dealt with us according to our sins, 
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.


For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 

As far as the east is from the west, 
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.





 



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