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 A Word from God (Go beyond what you know)

Here is the word the Lord gave me “ "Each human is a vast unexplored universe. Only I have the ability to navigate the human heart and map it. Without the navigator, without the map all is chaos and darkness. Without the ship of God and Jesus the Captain, you will only ever stare at the horizon of your souls and be fearful of what lies beyond."

God says in Psalm 139 “How precious are your thoughts of me, O God, how great is the sum of them. If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand.”

Oswald Chambers writes “Neither logic nor science can explain the sublimities of Nature. Supposing a scientist with a diseased olfactory nerve says that there is no perfume in a rose, and to prove his statement he dissects the rose and tabulates every part, and then says, “Where is the perfume? It is a fiction; I have demonstrated that there is none.” There is always one fact more that science cannot explain, and the best thing to do is not to deny it in order to preserve your sanity, but to say, as Job did, “No, the one fact more which you cannot explain means that God must step in just there, or there is no explanation to be had.“

How vast is the God that you know ? How big is the God that you perceive? Do you worship a small God? Do you think small? Do you have a limited perception of yourself in regard to how God can use you? Can you see that there could be a correlation as to how you perceive God and to how big He is in your life? You may ask “what is my perception of God to do with how big God is?” It is true, no matter what you think of God it does not change the vastness of God. Even if you do not believe in God it does not change the fact that God exists.

Have you ever been in a job that you hated? Did you ever have detention in school? Did you ever have to perform a duty that was a total grind to you? Perhaps you were a soldier in the army and had to perform guard duty? Why do I ask these question and what has it to do with how our perception of God can shape our relationship with Him and how effective we can be in the Kingdom?
In the tasks that I described above, did time “move,” fast or slow? Strange question to the scientist is it not? Time is time. One hour is 60 minutes.It never changes it is a hard number and it is set. We know that God never changes and He is what He is regardless of what we think of Him or how limited we perceive Him.

Yet, how many of us know that our perception of time, which never changes, depends upon how much we want to do what we are doing. One hour can seem like a month if we are engaged in mere existence. And the opposite is true. When we are enjoying what we are doing then time can “fly.” Do not write this off as mere perception which ultimately does not mean anything. The people who perform great and mighty things for God are the people who truly believe He is great and Mighty. They see Him in a proper perspective. And when they do, they go of and “make disciples of all nations.” Hudson Taylor believed in a mighty God that could save all of China, so of he went and dedicated his life in the pursuit of that goal. He did not limit God in His thinking. He knew that He served a God that could save all of China.

There is the opposite end of the spectrum. People who think that they know all that there is to know about God. They have the answers for everything and they have a neat and tidy theology and everything is in order. Perhaps it is systamatic, perhaps it is not, but it is rigid. This would generally apply to the religious, the Catholics, the Baptists and so on. Their theology is closed, like the canon of Scripture and they are not open to any more revelation. They ultimately “limit” God.

When we think about Job, we know that his "friends," only added to his agony. The best part of Job's relationship with his friends in his hour of need was when they sat silent with him for a week. They were dumbfounded at his situation, and , after pondering it, because they could not explain it, they came to the conclusion that he was a sinner. In the light of chapter one of the book of Job we know this is not the case. And as with all believers who have not delved into the deep with God, they began to scorn Job. You see, if Job is not guilty, if he is not deserving of his situation, then his friends would need to abandon their rigidly held doctrine, or belief of God. For they believed that God blessed believers and cursed sinners(materially). They had a relationship with their doctrine and not with their God. Does your faith in God depend upon God healing you? Does your faith in God depend upon Him materially blessing you? Do you rigidly believe that poverty is a curse and material wealth is a blessing? When you pray for someone to be healed and they are not, what is your conclusion? Lack of faith on your own part? Lack of faith on the part of the one you prayed for? Are you locked into a dogma that if things do not work out the way you planned then someone must be at fault? Is it not possible that God does not fit into a neat dogmatic box?

You see, the man who is locked into a dogma, has more trust in his dogma than he does in God. His relationship is ultimately with what he believes in, not Who. He will come unstuck, just as Job's friends did, when his dogma fails and he thinks he knows everything about God. And when it does fail, what will this man do? Will he question himself? Or will he begin to attack others and deny that the situation even exists?Will he begin to doubt God? Perhaps the god that he worshipped did fail him. Maybe the god that he worshipped was a god of his own making? One of the saddest events is to witness someone who believes that they should never be sick, be sick. Their dogma does not allow for them to be sick, so something must be wrong with them.

The problem with most American Christians is that they have been taught to associate “blessings,” with God and “failure,” with the devil. Of course the book of Job took on these issues . If God is to be proven faithful and thereby our trust in Him is to grow, then trials and tribulations are the gateway to greater trust. With every trial that He brings us through then our trust in Him grows. Faith is trust. Without trials how would we grow? The problem is, most Christians pray against these and see them as works of the devil. This teaching is further bolstered by people who teach that if , for instance, you do not have material wealth, then somehow you are not “possesing,” all that God has for you. So, they see it as a lack of faith. Which of course is actually the opposite of faith. For true faith is borne in the fire, a fire that certain people would describe as “from the devil.” So we now have a culture of Christians who are fearful and pray against every possible trial, and see that trial as a failure of faith, when in actual fact the trial is the precursor to real faith.

If you are struggling right now. Perhaps you have an illness, a grave report from the Doctor? Perhaps you have a wayward adult child? Maybe you have financial problems, then can I counsel you to look beyond the horizon of who you are? Can I encourage you that God is a faithful God who is vast beyond our comprehension. You too are a magnificent creature made in the image of the vast God. You have unlimited potential if you can embrace God in your situation and learn from it. Do not run from your situation, step into the boat of God and head directly towards the horizon, even although you do not know what lies beyond. Once you clear the breakwaters of fear and dread, then only something thrilling can lie beyond the place that you have never sailed to. Do you want to go to a place that you have never been to before? Then trust in God. You are in His hands.

People are vastly complicated, God much more so. The door to the deeper walk with Jesus is the unexplained. When you come to the end of yourself, when your dogma fails you, when you cannot explain or understand your situation, then you are at the door. And the password? "Yet though He slay me, even then I will trust Him." If you want to go deeper with God, allow Him to search you. Join Him in the journey that goes beyond what you understand, into the deeper waters, and beyond the horizons of your understanding.

 2008/5/11 17:50

 Re: A Word from God (Go beyond what you know)

This is hard teaching, but truth
Thanks for the post.

 2008/5/11 18:01


Hi moe_MAC. I have had the priveledge of living this out, and continuing to live it. The closer I get to the Lord, the less I know of Him. The longer I am on this walk, the bigger He gets. I was travelling from Kansas to Colorado a couple of years ago. Its about a 10 hour drive across the state of Kansas. From a long way of, suddenly the horizon of this flat plain land was broken, only slightly. I could put my thumb in front of my eye and make the mountain dissapear. The closer I got the bigger the mountains got until I got right up to them. And then the mountain towered over me and I could not see the top or see around it. The mountain dominated everything I could see in front of me and it was vast and had millions of details. The further on in my journey I get, the bigger God becomes. When I die, even although I will have spent a lifetime studying His word and seeking His presence and serving Him I know I will be able to say that I will know literlaly nothing of the living God. He just keeps getting larger and larger. All praise be unto Him who lies beyond our imagination, but dwells in the center of our hearts.....Frank

 2008/5/11 19:28


We had an older sister last week that passed on into eternity from our church body. The Pastor counted 16 people at her bedside as she made the journey. Among the people were her daughters, son-in-laws, others relatives and brothers and sisters in Christ. She had made an impact on her family. Everyone sang as she drew closer to standing face to face with Jesus. The Pastor said in Sunday's message, each day, we are all each day one day closer to that event. He went on to say that as they watched her pass, it was as watching a ship that left port and the further it got out to sea, until finally it became a speck and then you could no longer see it, but what we could not see was, waiting on the other side, she is being ushered in.

He also recognized the graduating seniors and there were 17 of them in the service. He gave the today's stats on kids and the church and the Pastor said according to the stats 13 of those 17 would walk away from serving Jesus and the church and for his purpose, after getting out of high school. He gave the simple gospel message and then told them and everyone else that every event in their life up to now was in preparation for God's purpose in the world. If we ignore His purpose, our worldly education is useless to the Lord. I thank the Lord for a man who is not a ear tickler to have for a Pastor.

 2008/5/11 20:14


Very nice image of the saint passing into eternity. I too am glad that you do not have an ear tickler for a Pastor, you are blessed.

 2008/5/11 20:27

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