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God of Life in Love

01 Apr

hurricane[Written a few days ago…]

A very strange thing happened today… as I slept far too long. I wrote it off simply to recovery and recuperation, but this was not the only strange thing. Last night, when I retired, God broke upon me with a powerful new thing. It is not at all unusual for Him to do this when I wake, or even to wake me with… some new thing. But normally, once I nest into Him for the night… that’s it. We may do things, fly, music, whatever… but not teaching. Not new things. This time, was different.

This time, as my soul tried to quiet, He became very active, very… effervescent is I guess the closest word I can come to this. The “statement”, if one can be made without sheer irreverence to these moments… the “statement” was… “I am the God of Life! I am Love, the God of Life! and Life and Living Only! NOT Death!”

Now, needless to say, that is a simple statement. And, cognitively, we can readily assent to it. We can nod, with some intensity, and pronounce, “Yes, of course, Lord… that is True!” And so, of course, I did.. though a bit taken aback. But that wasn’t nearly enough. That… that… awareness… simply went on, becoming more and more intense and more and more clear.

The Truth became bigger and bigger, faster and more powerful… like a tornado growing to encompass all of me, of my life, of my universe, then all of this time, this space, then all of time, space, life, existence and Being. This Truth became The Communion, the Church, all of mankind, all of Life Everywhere.

And then, just as this Tornado had become huge, like a hurricane, embracing and engulfing all… It focused “down” again, into a pinpoint of accuracy and specificity… It came to the Cross 2000 years ago… It came to the Resurrection of Jesus.

“I AM the God of Life! Death is meaningless to Me. Man brought Death into being by believing in it, by believing in something Other than Life! Something Other than Me! The Serpent exists to promote Death, to bring My children to believe in it… engage in it. But to believe in Me is to embrace Life through Love. SEE this!”

And sleep totally escaped me as I sat up and “waited out this storm” to see what I was to understand. I just tried to be still and calm, and wait.

And what came was… Easter…

Our entire Christian existence… our Lives… are made meaningful by Easter. The God of the Resurrection. The Resurrection of Jesus, the Raising of Jesus… God Himself… by the Father… God Himself… in Love… God Himself. Yes.

That Jesus became “dead” by accepting into Himself… Death.

He “captured” it… He “engulfed” it. He “embraced” it. By doing that, doing that without resistance, He could and did bring all of that within Himself… all sin, all fear, all mistrust, all dissonance, all darkness… and thus… being God Himself, being the contrary of all that, in Infinite Selfhood… All that was utterly destroyed.

Dying, He destroyed our Death. Rising, He restored our Life.

And then… the Father… the Source… the Giver… the Lover… Raised Him up again from Death to New Life. Yes.

But also… this is the story of the Christian, the simple Christian… dead, then raised by the grace and power of God Alone into Life.

And the story of the entire Cosmos…. Dead, by the fall in the Garden… raised to new life by the Power of Life and Love that is God.

It just went on and on… but always, in those moments after waking, the focus was “God of Life through Love”… and it reverberated unceasingly.

He bid me go to my tools, and check out “raised from dead” in Scripture. He said, and I had no reason to doubt Him, that Paul… over and over again… repeated this Truth as the anchor truth of our Way. The Theology of the nature of God, or Christology, or Trinity, or church organization and discipline, or even works, signs and wonders… all these were important things, yes.

BUT… THE most important thing, mentioned (apparently) in every document Paul ever laid his hand to… was the “Resurrection of Jesus”.

God pointed out that in all these years I had missed even the critical nature, the right-out-there-in-the-open statements of Paul when He said, “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” [Romans 10:8-10]

If there is a single Truth that is the most critical as the statement of faith for union with God… it is this truth… That God is God of the Living, not of the Dead. That the Nexus of Time… the Setting Right of the Cosmos… was not only The Crucifixion, but inextricable with The Resurrection.

Have I “seen this before”? Could I have said this is/was true in terms of theology?

Yes, of course. Is it, therefore, “new”, in that sense? I guess not.

But what I had NOT seen, not understood so viscerally, is God’s Name as Life Not Death, and that when we yield in Him we promote life. That it is the enemy’s agenda, ever and always, to promote and try to “dress up” death in some way to make it appealing. (As the Serpent did in the Garden). That to sin, to choose “not God” in any given moment, is to choose death in that moment and bring shadow, darkness, into our world.

I’m liking Paul the Apostle more by the day. He got this. He really had this.

What a shame… So many people terrified of The Father. So many people who hate Him, or flee Him, or mistrust Him, or choose… like the children of Israel at Sinai… “you go listen to Him, and tell us what He says. His voice frightens us…”

How heartbreaking for Him… when all He wants to do, all He does, always… is Give Life through Love.

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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in Quiet Time, Sermon Seeds, Uncategorized

 

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7 responses to “God of Life in Love

  1. paulfg

    April 2, 2015 at 2:00 AM

    I am either becoming a groupie or your publicist. Either way – He is guiding this connection. And I am loving it! Beautiful post LM! 🙂

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    • Little Monk

      April 2, 2015 at 2:19 AM

      Lol… now THAT is the most unexpected “comment” I’ve ever had. And I appreciate the heart from which it comes. But… I almost hesitate to say this, because it’s so “predictable” and “party line”… but I think that… “fandom” feeling (a bit awkward that)… that sense that these posts are a bit extraordinary, I want to say… richly and deeply… let all that pass through me on to Him. These are incredibly rich days for me, yes. Sometimes this happens as Easter approaches in my life. But this is the first time I’ve ever “walked this publicly”, so “transparently” through this blog.

      But I stand right there with you, looking at many of these words with a similar sense of… whatever… amazement… whatever. For while I remember typing them, and of course they came from my conscious mind, I can assure anyone… I did not “think them up” in any sort of vacuum.

      I am blessed to know more than one grace-filled writer, and have corresponded with some for years. One phrase I’ve learned to be intensely True is… “any credit for what is true, good, and right, belongs to Him alone. Any mistakes or errors are mine alone.”

      So feel free to “fan” and “publicize”, because I truly believe that to really embrace these words can change lives and bring grace and light into the hearts both of readers, and all those such readers touch in their own ministries. But just know, I’m not on the stage or in the spotlight… I’m very much “in the audience” right alongside you, cheering for the amazing ability of the Holy Spirit to make music even from so tatty or out-of-tune an instrument as I. (And you know me well enough to know that I’m not the least bit prone to “false modesty”, lol.)

      So I don’t “own” anything here that’s true, and however He is lifted up in love… I’m all for it!

      Thank you for the kind words… let us both applaud the True Author… and continue to enjoy the journey.

      Grace — LM

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      • paulfg

        April 2, 2015 at 2:55 AM

        “let us both applaud the True Author” – amen! Ain’t that true of all of us everywhere.

        And what a wondrous thing it is that the “tattiness” of the instruments have no relevance to the beauty of the notes – if we each allow!

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  2. Planting Potatoes

    April 4, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    good read – especially like – “Dying, He destroyed our Death. Rising, He restored our Life.”

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    • Little Monk

      April 21, 2015 at 12:50 AM

      Thank you, PP. Never before have I so seen the “interconnectedness” of the Father and Son as They executed the “Crucifixion/Resurrection” in the way They did. And all that making way for the coming of the Permanent Spirit. Amazing…

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