Finding God

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Some of us don’t like the idea of going to church. We have issues of coming to Christ, walking to the front of the church before everyone. You stand there thinking about what everyone else is thinking about you. You wonder if they are playing “guess the new person’s transgressions”. So our shame keeps us in the seat or just at home. Others feel that it is ridiculous that they need a Savior; cause they are not that bad. For them the whole notion of “sin” is hard for them. They feel that they do not need God or Christ to tell them to do the right thing. They usually have the problem of over simplifying Christianity. The previous person mention eventually because of their shame try to fix their life on their own.
The last type just don’t like all of the “dogma” and the entire orthodox ways to salvation. I just call them “intellectuals” or a vast majority of America’s educated and wealthy. They believe that there are many paths to God and even God is a state of mind and not a being or Spirit. They even marginalize Christ to just a prophet and don’t really see him as a Savior. If I’m wrong someone correct me on how you see Jesus Christ; second person in the trinity…

One of the main issues with some is:

  1. Some Christians don’t seem human enough
  2. Some have a major problem with pride
  3. Some have a disbelief in God period ( they seek to be convinced)
  4. Some just don’t know were to go (which goes back to the first statement)

Mature Christians need to stop being so spiritual in the sense we seem cold or above human struggle. As believers we have experienced some of the same things or currently going through things. There are no new situations and we can all learn from each other. This is a spiritual family a global community with the same Heavenly Father. If you can approach your cousin in the time of need, then you should be able to approach your brothers and sisters in Christ as well. This really hurts our Great Commission and the growth of young Christians. Even with Pastors; they can appear like a high priest that can’t be touched. We need to stop this in our churches. Of course we love the class status but its hurting the body of Christ. Plus it can reflect a bad image of God to the world. It makes people feel like if I can’t go to my pastor or a church member then I know I can’t go to God. This is so far from the truth; Christ came to remove that barrier and we wasted no time putting it back up.

I have debated whether or not to include the verse below because it can confuse some. But I will put it like this, if there is a longing in your heart about God or you have an empty feeling and desire more; this verse is probably talking about you. If you have a sense of being drawn to God, Paul is talking about you. If you want to believe but are unclear this verse is for you. God is speaking to your heart and He is drawing you to him.

Ephesians 1:3-5, 10-14

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

10That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

John 6:41-51

So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Sermon from John Piper found on DesiringGod.org

Teaching Our Minds, Humbling Our Wills

John7:16-18 16 So Jesus answered them, j“My teaching is not mine, but his kwho sent me. 17 lIf anyone’s will is to do God’s5 will, mhe will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I nam speaking on my own authority. 18 The one who speaks on his own authority oseeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.

See, those that are looking for truth you know where to find it but Satan has put a fear in you. Our rebellious will doesn’t want to lose a life in the world. Some will never understand how Christians love Christ and desire to do God’s will. Because we are born with a will to serve self. We continue to fight with this will or flesh or sin nature even as Christians. Our egos stand in the way of us seeing Christ clearly and it can even give us a false sense of God. And when we realize that its not all about us then do we see Christ. It as this moment I feel the following verse truly rings true in the heart of a Christian or in the heart of someone who is “seeking God”:

Mark 12:28-34

28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

But some feel that they don’t have to go through Christ and that there are many ways to God. But they have made God a state of mind and not the Spiritual Being and Creator that He is. They feel that they can be “good” on their own. So they say that they don’t need Christ to be “good”.

Luke18:19-25

19″Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'[b]” 21″All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. 22When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 23When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. 24Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

See its not about being “good” to get into heaven and even if we were “good”; in the recesses of the heart lays evil intent or selfish desires. If you knew the reasons behind all of the “good” things people did you wouldn’t call them good anymore. If you could see all of the selfish reasons. Example: if people were so good then they wouldn’t worry about the tax breaks and PR they get from donations, non profits, community work, food drives, and etc. God is more concern about the state of your heart. When God has your heart; loving your neighbor in pure unconditional love becomes second nature. When you truly love God; His law is on your heart and it becomes natural to you.

John 10:1-6

1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 6This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

John 16

7Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

The Truth that is harassing you and reproving you is the Holy Spirit. If you read anything that claims to be the “Truth” as it relates to God if it doesnt do this: “13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” Don’t trust it. The entire bible points to one Savior; Christ. Even with its many authors (all Holy Spirit inspired) and years in the making all hold true to this scripture. Some people will claim the Jesus got His ideas from elsewhere or some other group before Him. But ask them who can predate Christ if Jesus Christ is God? Who was before the Creator of the universe? What man can claim supreme knowledge over God? See its not that your are seeking or trying to find God but He has found you. There is only one way and no matter what all those that are drawn by God will go that way. We can try to make our experience special to stand out from others; that’s just your ego talking. But we all are humbled and submit to God’s will. And it is in your best interest to heed the call of the Spirit on your heart. Please find someone that can help you with the scriptures and who will pray for you as well as with you. Be careful of those who seek to take advantage of you. Christ is the Good Shepherd and He has laid His life down for you. He will put the person or people in your life to disciple you. If you can’t find someone to walk with you on this Christian journey just contact me.

God bless you & may the Holy Spirit lead you Rev. W. R. Martin Jr.
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email: revroymartin

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