The Foolishness and the Weakness of God

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It is beyond my human capacity to describe God to you, or what He is capable of. I am not trying to convince you here. However, I owe it to all of us to write this blog, and to share what I have discovered about Him. I do not have the human capacity or authority to tell you who or what to believe, or how to worship, but I do have the responsibility to tell you about Him and this foolish love and weakness He has for mankind. I have the guts to talk about Him, His love, His mercy, His faithfulness, and His redemptive power, because I know they are real. Given the condition of humanity, my conscience will not let me rest. I have the courage and the wisdom to tell you that you can walk with Him and be with Him because His foolish and weak unconditional love will not let me rest until I do so. So here we are, you and I.

Yet, it does not feel safe to talk about Him. Mentioning Him ushers in persecution, violence, rejection, and mockery. Before scorning those who truly believe, let us at least try this out for ourselves alone, with no outside influence. If we are so brave, so sure of ourselves, so knowledgeable, and so convinced that He is not real, how about we give Him a shot? In the art of inclusion, we do not really include Him. We are more comfortable with worshiping money, each other, ourselves, our titles, positions, nature, and the universe itself. Those are acceptable, but not Him, at least that is how it appears. If we are fair and just, liberal, accepting and open-minded, why do we find Him so offensive, so revolting? Why do we roll our eyes at the mention of His name, especially the name of Jesus? Why do we spew hate? We accept almost everything else, so why is accepting Him so repulsive?

His foolishness is wisdom, and His weakness is power! Where He could demonstrate force and control, He prefers to be humble and gentle. Now that is real and true power! Where He could flaunt that He is all-knowing, He prefers to bring Himself down to our level. Now, that is true love, and real wisdom! How many of us can truly say that we are capable of such love, wisdom, and humility? Instead, we like to show off, show who the boss is, who is in charge, who is savvy, who is the most intelligent and who is the toughest and strongest of us all! We get caught up in ourselves, trying to prove how very wise, talented, skilled and all-knowing we are, and how we can handle other people. We always want to show what we are made of, yet we do not even know what that really is. It is something so much more beautiful, so much more valuable, and so much more precious than we know.

Unlike us, God’s foolishness is slow to anger but swift to bless. It forgives and forgets all our sins. But we are swift to anger and slow to bless. We are most definitely slow to forgive, and we certainly do not forget! His foolishness says “Love anyway,” but our “wisdom” says, “No way, it is not my way! It is not how I see it. This person is this and that, and I just hate them!”

His weakness says, “There is power available to assist you to soar,” but our “wisdom” says, “It is nonexistent and besides, I can do this all by myself. I just have to figure it out. I am m strong, I am smart, and my mind, my intellect, my job title and my degree will all see me through!” But what has that done for your heart, your spirit, your mind and soul?

Should we go by His foolishness and weakness, or not? 

 

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In God We Trust?

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I find it very interesting that the piece of paper that we have to toil and sweat for in order to survive our systems and matrix created by man is the very paper that says, “In God We Trust”. I am trying to wrap my mind around it, because it seems like we really do not trust God! If anything, most of us deny and mock His existence and trust and rely on this piece of paper more!

Yes, the reality is that this piece of paper is a necessity, however, we have witnessed the atrocities that man has committed against man because of it, and in the name of God. But what atrocities has God committed against humanity? The love and worship of money has caused man to treat man with unspeakable indignity, yet we appear to choose money over a God who loves us unconditionally. We have decided to take Him out of the equation. We sweat and toil for this piece of paper, yet we do not follow the God whose name is on it. Hmmm!

What is it about this God that incites such vicious anger within us? Is it that He makes us see our own reflection of who we have become with our liberties, what we have done with our free will? Perhaps deep down we know there is something good and pure about Him and His ways, but we refuse to accept that because it means we are no longer in charge or in control. Is it that we worship our free will, so much that even if we discovered that this God, this Jesus, this Holy Spirit are real, we would still continue to reject His gentle and tender invitation to be loved by Them?

We say we are liberated. We use phrases like “do you,” and “just be yourself,” but it seems like believing in the God of the Bible is not part of that liberation or included in those mantras. Everything else is acceptable but Him. Why? Yet we yearn for money, we appear to be slaves, by choice or not, to it, and we destroy and ruin our friendships, our relationships and other people’s lives in the name of money. The same money we are using to publicize our trust in God is the same thing we are using to oppress His creation, and to seemingly destroy each other. What are we doing!

Worship and trust God, or worship and trust the money? What will it be?

I believe we need money because that is the reality of the world system as created by man, but even more strongly, I believe in the living God who created mankind.

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Taking a Page From the father of Science About the Father of Life

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On what basis, what grounds, do we detest this God, most especially the name of Jesus? As for the Holy Spirit, He barely makes it into our daily conversations. We read a few excerpts, take scriptures out of context, and make judgments about God. Does He really warrant our contention and distaste? Some have taken His word and contrarily used it to their benefit, and as a result, throngs of people have walked away from God or have absolutely refused to believe that He truly exists.

Why is His name unacceptable, while those of other things or beings we choose to consider as deities aren’t? Are we deliberate about disliking Him because, perhaps somewhere deep down, even if we do feel a form of connection with and to Him, since we have our free will, we would rather reject Him and His ways? After all, His ways interrupt the lives we want to live, our indulgences, our choices, our decisions. Perhaps His ways are a constant reminder of how far we have let go of our humanity and uniqueness in order to become what we are: self-absorbed, self-indulgent, and entitled. We feel we are too wise, too all-knowing, and too smart to accept that there is such a living God, whether or not He is real. After all, look at all we have been able to accomplish with just our human spirit! Who needs God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit when we have our intellect, science, degrees, and technology?

We can do whatever we please, wherever, however, and with whomever, so why should we want or turn to this God? In fact, how can there possibly be such a God? Why should He exist? And if He exists, why would we need Him? We have everything under control, right? We have put ships in space, walked on the moon, discovered cures to diseases, subdued nations, built economies on the blood of people across the world, acquired titles at the expense of others, invented and built perishable things.

According to the father of science, “The more I study science the more I believe in God.” ~Albert Einstein

Perhaps we should take a page out of the father of science’s book and learn about the Father of Life.

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Ask, Just Incase

 

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How do I describe something to you, which you yourself have not experienced, and perhaps, choose to not experience? Or perhaps you have had the experience, but you have given up, or have made a personal decision to deny God, because of tragedies and mishaps in your path of life. How do I explain to you a power that is unshakable and beyond our intellect, philosophies, theories and reasoning; one that cannot and will not crumble in the face of challenges and affliction?

There is a power that appears so foolish because with all its wisdom and strength, it pursues us with abundant unconditional love, not forcing us to love in return, but loving us anyway. This is a power that will uplift, uphold, and guide us, encouraging, empowering, and filling us with courage and boldness! This power is not a gimmick, it does not wither, and it certainly is not a “fair-weather friend.”

We are being given a divine chance here on this Earth. Jesus died for us to have this power, the Holy Spirit is here to assist and guide us to use it, the angels marvel at it! Wouldn’t it be wise to investigate and explore if we are indeed divinely created and therefore born with such life-giving, life-empowering, problem-conquering, victorious-living power?

Death will come for us all one day. This is not a truth we like to face. I would rather know that I died looking up to this God, whom we so readily despise without even trying to know Him, than take the risk of not believing in Him while I was alive. When I am dead, if I find out that I did not have to believe in Him after all, I can laugh it off with no regrets. After all, my life has become better and I am a much better person because of Him. What I do not want is to die and realize that I should have believed in Him while I was alive. I would rather err on His side and make every attempt in my humanity to live according to His ways. I don’t always succeed but I try because He is worth it!

Even if I walked away from God because His way is not the popular way, or because it is the uncommon way, or because I choose to fulfill my carnal nature and its free-will, I would still have to acknowledge and admit that He is real. I cannot deny that which I have experienced.

This is a chance to find out and have your own tangible experience and then you can decide whether or not He really does in fact exist, or not. To believe in God is a personal, individual choice, and the decision is yours to make. My role is to urge you to at least ask Him if He is real. Will you do that, for your own sake; just to be on the safe side?

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Good Enough For Him

Should we blame God when we do not fit other people’s criteria? Should we blame Him when others label and reject us? Is it His fault?

biebel-761019__180I do not believe that it is God’s fault when we treat other people poorly, or when they maltreat us. He did not commit the abuse, the rejection, the racism, the stigma, the prejudice or the bias. We choose to do what we do, and act how we act, through our own freewill. The dark ripple effects of our behaviors and actions can create unspeakable agony. The pain is unbearable especially when we have given and poured out our mind, soul and spirit, and sometimes, our body.

I am a church reject, but when I finally walked away, heartbroken, spiritually wrecked, and completely rejected by man, I still knew that I could not deny God, who He is; the Father He has been to me, no matter how the church had accused and judged me,or how people treated me. I was not good enough for the church because I was a condemned sinner who did not live her life right. I also find that sometimes, I am not good enough for people; I am not up to standard for some, some hate the fact that I believe in God, and for some, I do not walk and talk a certain way, so I am not worthy of their time. I am not good enough because they wanted me to fit in according to their egos, rules and games. No matter how much I gave of myself, I was never good enough, and if I was good enough, someone found a reason to pull and tear me apart. I make people uncomfortable because I ask too many questions, speak too candidly, and openly share my thoughts and opinions.

Many labels were placed on me. In the church, the same place where I was to find God, and become whole in Him, where I was supposed to feel safe and secure in completely baring my soul and spirit, where I should not have become afraid to be vulnerable and open, where I should have been comfortable revealing how imperfect and human I am, where I made my greatest attempts to find this God, to get to know Him and to genuinely serve Him, these were the very places that shattered my heart, soul, and spirit. In the work environment and other places someone always made it their duty to demonize and negatively twist anything I said or did. Where to go, who to turn to, who should I become, when I cannot fit in with anyone’s agenda? Should I blame God? Was there something terribly wrong with me?

Not according to God! This God did not let go of me! This God stuck with me, with all my faults, imperfections, and oddities. With all my dirt, my rejected and condemned self, He still calls me by name. He still calls me beautiful. He still calls me precious and valuable. He constantly watches over me, and all that concerns me.

I remember one day, I felt His presence strongly after I had walked away from the church. I recall asking Him, “Are You still here? I thought that You would have rejected and abandoned me too! That is what they teach and tell us. If we are not good enough for them, then we are not good enough for You! How come You are here with me, the abandoned, unfaithful, and condemned sinner?”

That is when I really began to understand God, and started building an even more tangible, genuine, and honest relationship with Him. That is when I began to understand His grace, mercy, love and redemptive power. That is when I determined that I was going to walk with this God and rediscover Him for myself. In that walk, as lonely as it got, as confusing as it sometimes became, and as much as I made what I know now were free will and independent choices outside His wisdom and the umbrella of His protection, I found my purpose. I realized my worth. I began to see and understand how He sees me. I am His precious and treasured child. And so are you. Nobody can take that away from you. 

Stop blaming God, start experiencing Him instead! 

 

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What Will Your Focus Be?

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Many have asked me who and what I believe in. Here is my response. Simply put, I believe in God, in Jesus and in the Holy Spirit. Not because someone told me to, I am too strong-willed for  that, but because of my own tangible experience. My beliefs make some uncomfortable and standoffish. But, even if I decided to walk away from God, I cannot deny the truth that He is real, not when I have actually experienced His power, His love, His peace, His grace, His healing and His mercy.

I used to mock those who believed in Him, but have had to eat my words after I discovered that the joke was on me! You must experience Him to know and believe, and if you have not, and have chosen not to have the experience, how will you know what is true and what is not?

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life–1 John 1:1 (NASB)

Some of us have never tried God, so we genuinely do not know what He is capable of. Some of us blatantly choose to not try Him at all. But some of us have tried Him, and tasted His love, but are too afraid to talk about it. We might have gotten too bogged down by life’s challenges, and have forgotten what He is capable of. Some of us may feel too discouraged to continue following Him and having faith in Him, because we find it too difficult to keep waiting for God to unveil and fulfill His plans for us. We feel trapped by persecution and the rejection from our loved ones, friends, and colleagues. Some of us feel disappointed by our churches or pastors, and have turned away from God, but what crime did God commit? Don’t forget that pastors, preachers, teachers, worship leaders, and evangelists are flawed human beings, just like we are. I am not making any excuses for them, but they have their own personal struggles, weaknesses and demons to wrestle too, so do not use them as your yardstick, but use Jesus Christ instead.

This is why we should look up to Him, the Author and the Finisher of our faith. He should be our yardstick, not people. While we are busy using the mistakes, imperfections, and weaknesses of other humans as reasons to not accept Him, God’s grace does not dissipate. It is still at work, because what He starts, He will finish. We can continue pointing fingers at each other and condemning each other, or we can focus on His powerful, life-giving, tender, merciful, loyal, and faithful grace. What do we choose today? Criticizing and judging others, focusing on their wrongdoings, or tapping into His grace that delivers, brings victory, and breathes life into dead situations? I have yet to witness how condemning, judging and blaming another person has ever solved anyone’s problems.

If we would focus on divine purpose and divine will, we would be focused on becoming better people and helping others, rather than condemning them and giving up on them, tearing them down, judging them, and casting them aside. We can focus on doing our own research to find out whether or not this God of the Bible is real and true, or we can decide to follow our intellect, free will, theories and philosophies and decide and insist that He is not real. In  finding your own answers, make sure that you know beyond a shadow of doubt that God does not exist, or that He indeed does exist.

As for me, with all my imperfections and quirks, I will not refrain from talking about this God. I will not be ashamed of Him, and I refuse to shut up about Him. I will not debate about Him, but I will have the conversation. I will not try and persuade a mind made up to argue about His existence, but I will have the conversation. After the conversation about this unpopular and unwanted God, this untapped, uncommon power, it is entirely up to you to seek the truth.

Will you focus on condemning others or will you find your own tangible experience? You decide.

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. ~ Jeremiah 29:13

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What Will Your Focus Be

 

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Many have asked me who and what I believe in. Here is my response. Simply put, I believe in God, not because someone told me to, I am too strong-willed for  that, but because of my own tangible experience. Even if I decided to walk away from God, I cannot deny the truth that He is real, not when I have actually experienced His power, His love, His peace, His grace, His healing and His mercy. I used to mock those who believed in Him, but have had to eat my words after I discovered that the joke was on me!

You must experience Him to know and believe, and if you have not, and have chosen not to have the experience, how will you know what is true and what is not?

Some of us have never tried God, so we genuinely do not know what He is capable of. Some of us blatantly choose to not try Him at all. But some of us have tried Him, and tasted His love, but are too afraid to talk about it. We might have gotten too bogged down by life’s challenges, and have forgotten what He is capable of. Some of us may feel too discouraged to continue following Him and having faith in Him, because we find it too difficult to keep waiting for God to unveil and fulfill His plans for us. We feel trapped by persecution and the rejection from our loved ones, friends, and colleagues. Some of us feel disappointed by our churches or pastors, and have turned away from God, but what crime did God commit? Don’t forget that pastors, preachers, teachers, worship leaders, and evangelists are flawed human beings, just like we are. I am not making any excuses for them, but they have their own personal struggles, weaknesses and demons to wrestle too, so do not use them as your yardstick, but use Jesus Christ instead.

This is why we should look up to Him, the Author and the Finisher of our faith. He should be our yardstick, not people. While we are busy using the mistakes, imperfections, and weaknesses of other humans as reasons to not accept Him, God’s grace does not dissipate. It is still at work, because what He starts, He will finish. We can continue pointing fingers at each other and condemning each other, or we can focus on His powerful, life-giving, tender, merciful, loyal, and faithful grace. What do we choose today? Criticizing and judging others, focusing on their wrongdoings, or tapping into His grace that delivers, brings victory, and breathes life into dead situations? I have yet to witness how condemning and judging another person has ever solved anyone’s problems.

If we would focus on divine purpose and divine will, we would be focused on becoming better people and helping others, rather than condemning them and giving up on them, tearing them down, judging them, and casting them aside.

We can focus on doing our own research to find out whether or not this God of the Bible is real and true, or we can decide to follow our intellect, free will, theories and philosophies and decide and insist that He is not real. In  finding your own answers, make sure that you know beyond a shadow of doubt that God does not exist, or that He indeed does exist. 

As for me, with all my imperfections and quirks, I will not refrain from talking about this God. I will not be ashamed of Him, and I refuse to shut up about Him. I will not debate about Him, but I will have the conversation. I will not try and persuade a mind made up to argue about His existence, but I will have the conversation. After the conversation about this unpopular and unwanted God, this untapped, uncommon power, it is entirely up to you to seek the truth.

Will you focus on condemning others or will you find your tangible experience?

You decide!

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Power Beyond Our Situation

Pain is real. Agony is real. Trauma is real. How grueling and tormenting life can be. How raw are the pain, actions and words of others. But must we carry the load of it ? How long will we grieve and be bitter? There is power beyond our condition. Let it go. Be free.

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Dunamis is power to be our unique, original self, walking, functioning and operating with quiet confidence and strength, wisdom, power and insight. When I operate through, and function in, God’s kind of power, dunamis, there is an extraordinary peace I’ve come to know. It’s not that I won’t feel angry, irritated, frustrated, and weighed down. After all, I am human. It is not that I will never hurt again, or be challenged by the everyday grind that life brings. However, this peace is the kind that settles in our spirits, souls, minds, and bodies.

It is knowledge that, no matter what is happening around us, we have nothing to lose, because we have God and His the ultimate power working in us and watching over us, protecting us and the things that matter to us. Even when in agony and we cry, “ Why?” We still feel peace beyond our comprehension. We still feel power beyond our imagination and over our situation. It is quiet power, peaceful confidence, in and through God.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. ~ Psalm 91:15 (KJV)

Use all of your pain as a catapult into victory, turn your insecurity into creative power, and your anger to find your purpose and excel in your gifts and talents. Call upon God and draw strength and courage. Break out of your depression and bitterness, and aim for your divine destiny.  Zone in on who you can become, work towards that person, and refuse to remain in that suppressed and worn down condition.

Work on forgiving yourself and others. Drop the dark and heavy weights you’ve been carrying all these years. Realize it’s not worth it, Take flight and work on, and walk in your unique, original self. Stride in your quiet power and peaceful confidence. Do not allow trauma, stigma and dark experiences to crush you into numb, zombie-like nonentity, leading you down into all kinds of depressing and crooked paths.

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. ~ Psalm 139:16 (NLT)

God created you with power and a plan. Walk in them.

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