Wednesday, November 8, 2017

"The Great Needless Lack"

Much religion-including some of Christianity-has been complicit in a great lie of the enemy. It has tried to “normalize” or justify the experiences of sickness, tragedy, lack, curses, and other darkness in the lives of Christ followers. These are the fruit of living according to the brokenness of and the way of the world. Christ paid the price for the curse of sin, and in exchange He gave us His Life, health, prosperity, and blessing. Sadly though, there is an epidemic of spiritual “starvation” in the lives of many Christians. Why is it easier to empathize with tragedy and sorrow than it is to believe that something better is ours as Christ followers? And that "something better" is NOT only reserved for the hereafter, but for right now--heaven on earth. I guess people feel more "spiritual" when they "glorify" tragedy, or suffering, and reason it away as "God's sovereignty", or the often quoted, yet contextually distorted passage--”it rains on the just and the unjust”, instead of seeking out, resting in, and standing on the promises of God for His people RIGHT NOW. His Kingdom come, IN EARTH, as IN HEAVEN! So many Christ followers exhibit the truth of scripture stated in Hosea, "My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge". We may live in the world, but we as Christ followers are not "of it", and not subject to the spirit of it, or the curses that come through it. The Cross, and the blood of Jesus has saved us and freed us.

“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.”—1 Corinthians 2:12 (ESV)

"So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”—Romans 8:12-25 (ESV)

“I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?"—Galatians 4:1-9 (ESV)