Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Omnipotent God

When we think of God's  All powerfulness, we think of the name El Shaddai  or God All Mighty this was the name God reveled to Abraham in Gen 17:1 this name occures 48 times in 48 verses in the bible and it carves into granit the staus of God in relation to everything  else that is in exsistence today.   God could have very easily used another name that had to do with his power when he was speaking to Abraham  but He wanted it perfectly clear there is no power except it comes from God!  Because God is All Powerful.

I was once asked if God can do anything, can God create a rock so heavy that God can not lift it. To me the very statement was an insult of my intelligence and more importantly it was an edification of the ignorance of the workings of GOD by the person that asked the question. I had completely dismissed the statement from my mind until a few months ago when I saw this same question on the internet. (Sometimes technology has a real negative effect)
In an effort to explain this phenomenon to an atheist, Rich Deem tried to redefine the meaning of the word Omnipotent then justified his statement with the argument that omnipotent is not used in the Bible. I don’t personally know Rich Deem but I do understand why he would try to explain away the concept of omnipotent. However there is no reason to explain it away because God is Omnipotent.

 God is Omnipotent
Fist the meaning of the word omnipotent is “All Powerful”. Merriam Webster Online defines omni as meaning one word “All.” I’m sure there are those that would like to get around this but it is what it is. Just because a word is not used in the bible does not mean the word is not suggested many times. The name El Shaddai ("God Almighty") is used many times in the bible and again by definition is creates the understanding of a single source of power the Omnipotent GOD. The Apostle Paul clarifies this problem in 

Romans 13:1 (KJV) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God

It is a very simple verse that is completely overlooked by most people in practice, but is exceptionally profound in giving us a better understanding of this word. That even those they we call evil are ordained by God. Read the verse again “there is no power but God”
When we think on the omnipotent nature of God we see if God is Omni Powerful then there is no power but God and anything that appears to be power was in fact ordained by God.
Now can God create a rock so heavy that God can not lift it? This question would take some time to answer in that it requires a development of understanding of many concepts, but for the sake of the argument I will play with it in the next two or three paragraphs.
Genesis 2:2 says that on “the seventh day GOD ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work.” I would like to draw your attention to the word "rested" does genesis 2:2 suggest that God got tired? Of course not  Psalm 121:4 tells us that God does not slumber nor does he sleep.  This statement speaks of the infinite endurance of God.  If fact we know that God did not rest as you and I perceive rest because if he did the world would cease to exist.  Acts 17 tell us the God gives all the things we need to live right down to our very breath.

So we know that God is not just all powerful, He is eternally omnipotent. and therefore able to do His will. So what is God's will? especially toward us? It is to provide a way for our reconciliation with HIm. Which he has done in the work of Jesus Christ,  

Now if GOD will for us is reconciliationthan how is it that making a rocks will achieve that? To put it as simply as possible GOD is not a magician that GOD should entertain the limited carnal minds of the unenlightened. Luke 4:12 teaches us that we should not temp the LORD God.

God’s purpose for us is serious business that should not be measured against the limited abilities of the evil minds of man. Those of us that are part of the Body of Christ should not be caught up in discussions with those infused with the thoughts of the world.
We have only a few responsibilities concerning these people,
  • Is that we love them,
  • Is that we pray for them,
  • Is that we give them the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as it is discerned in us by the Holy Spirit
Nothing more nothing less, but when possible avoid these conversations altogether as they have nothing profitable to give (Titus 3:9)

The bible does give occasion of things that God cannot (or will not) do. For instance God can not lie, He can not sin, he cannot deny Himself  (Num. 23:19; I Sam. 15:29; II Tim. 2:13; Heb. 6:18; Jas. 1:13, 17) however none of this thing accomplish God's real purpose explained above.

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The Eternal God

..and walk as men?

For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 1 Corinthians 3:3 (KJV)
 This blog is actually a commnet I did on another blog, "Christian World View"  one very dishearting thing I came to realize is that the Christian View of this world is tainted by the Christian rrealizees that experiences.  And  even though a person may  say he or she is renewed of mind, many have not become a new creature or if they have its not the creature God intended I'm sure. 
Below is my response to  that bloging community, (the comment was not addressed to everyone in the community)  about our new President, Barrack Obama. I was in shock at the harsh and almost hateful  posting by this group of men and women who call themselves Christains.  I have stop taking the apologetic road for the success of my people and the election of President Barack Obama. I will no longer defend him for becoming the new number one offical in the United States, and put the dreams of every man, women and child of color in this country on hold because some holier-that-thou, modern day Sanheadrien wish to burst the African-American bubble.   I now question the validity of the conversion of the hearts and minds of those who claim to be son and daugthers of the one and only living God and speak with the same hate and dislike of the hate and warmongers of this world.
This is what I posted
Though this is (This blog) supposed to me about Christian views,  I have come to an embarrassing and very disquieting realization, one that is never spoken, but everyone whom has been in the faith know it to be real, one that completely impairs the thoughts and judgments of men and women that claim to be “Good God Fearing people
One that must be addressed before it  becomes a cancer that will  devour the entrails of the body of Christ, infecting us whit hatered until we become no different than all the rest of the world.
You see even though almost every Christian blog or site I have visited has spoke of President Barrack Obama (notice I rightly express his title and as the bible said gave honor to whom honor is due) as if he was the anti-Christ. This view however does not hold true at even one of the black sites or blogs, it does not hold true at even one of the black Christian sites or blog, most of white America and the sites that I have visited also are in agreement with the black Christian point of view concerning our 44th President of the United States of America Barrack Obama.
 Two types of sites seem to have this view the white evangelical blogs and websites of course (just chek out these links below ), the second is the white supremacy blogs and websites. I expect it from the white supremacy sites but my belly was twisted as though someone had tied me into a knot when the realization of this truth hit me. I thought to myself that these are my people men and women of God, but I was wrong. I am as much an outsider to them as I am to the rest of the world.
There is a real separation in the Church, real issues that MUST be address, much more difficult than should we pray in school, much more difficult than if we should take down the Ten Commandments from our courts, much more difficult than homosexual marriage even more difficult than abortion. The real issue that the American church has to address is about prejudice! Yeah I said it! This separation will do more to destroy the body of Christ than all Kings and Princes combined.
Everything that is being said about President Barrack Obama, my community (the majorityof  Blacks) as been saying about our past President George W. Bush. When we realize that God does everything for a reason, (which is beyond all our ability to comprehend) than we can sit back in prayer and wait on God.
It is not for us to consider whom God has made the President of the United States. I voted for him (President Barrack Obama) you may not have, but either way he is there because God made it so. (Psalm 75-6-7) if we question how or why God did this thing, even if we say we know why God did this thing, we are saying that God did not have an understanding when he did  what he did (Romans 9:20). This of course we all know is not true.  However when the things of this world seem too confusing to us (1 Peter 2:6) or may not seem in line with what we think is God’s plan, than we must wait on God and not try to make something happen, not in our actions, not in our words, but by faith that God is always in control.
God will take care of healthcare, we will have a healthcare system where all people are given the opportunity to see a physician. God will take care of war, God will take care of homosexuality, God will even take care of abortion; whatever we have against us God will take care of it. Have we forgotten HE is God!?
In the mean time pray for our President ( 1 Tim 2:1-3) pray for our great country, Yea, my prayers are for this country, but more importantly they are for the body of Christ. First! That we should not in being like this world, miss out on what God has for us.
 For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?  For when one says, I belong to Paul, and another, I belong to Apollos, are you not [proving yourselves] ordinary (unchanged) men?  What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Ministering servants [not heads of parties] through whom you believed, even as the Lord appointed to each his task: I planted, Apollos watered, but
God  [all the while] was making it grow and [He] gave the increase.
1 Corinthians 3:3-6 (Amplified Bible)

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Attributes of God

In the next few bloggs I will address what I call the five attributes of God. I've heard about other  having as many as 40 different Attributes of God but when I investigate them i found they all fell into 5 major attributes.

Sometimes attributes are mistaken for characteristics but they are clearly different. Attributes are the things that we can know or identify as ( not with) God. Characteristics are those thing that God expresses toward man.

For example height, weight, and hair color are all attributes of a man, while kindness, a deciteful and abrasive are characteristics of a man. God's Characteristics are forgivining, merciful, gracious, longsuffering, kind and never forsaking.

Assuming this to be true here are the five attributes of God; 

Attributes of God

1.    Omnipresence 

o  The Indwelling of Omnipresence 

o  The Theophany of Omnipresence

o  The Omnipresence God ( Everywhere)

2.    Omniscience

o  The Omniscience of God (part 1)

o  The Omniscience of God” (part 2 )

3.    The Immutability of God

4.    The Eternalness of God

5.    The Omnipotent God

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009

    A Religious Heart Towards God

     2 Timothy 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God 

    So many pastors teach getting rid of your intellect and resting on the Holy Spirit,in your walk with Christ. If there is no training on how this is done or if the convert is new to the faith can be just as if not more dangerous than relying on your intellect. 

    It is our intellect that allows us to discern right form wrong, in fact our intellect is needed to even read the Bible. But some think that you must let go of intellect as if it was without value.However it is the religious mind that allows us to rightly divide the Word of Truth. 

    No Pastor will instruct you to go to Buddah for salvations, but they will ask you negate your intellect for understanding. This concept of negateing our intellect is not very different than the easteren forms of meditation where one is expected to empty his mind.  Daniel, Joseph and King Solomon were all men of extreamly high intellegence as was Luke who wrote the book of Luke and Acts of the Apostles, as well a Paul who wrote more books in the bible than anyone else two new testement examples of men of high intellect. Moses wrote the first five books of the bible had he not esteemed the scrafices of Jesus Christ greater then the riches of Egypt he would have surely been the next Pharaoh. And where would we have been without these men?

    So will a man of intellect be at a disadvantage in his walk with Christ? I think not everything that is profitable to us has to do with not just where our mind is with God, but also where our heart is with God. As a man's heart is, so is he before God. We can know no deeper values than we can obtain through our hearts a real(relationship) with God 

    So to be religious of mind and religious of heart is two different things. The mind gathers knowledge of God’s Word, and then prepares the food of His Word for the heart to be nourished.  However if we gather with out ingestion, we began to lean (or depend on) our understanding of God’s word. This leaning into our own understanding concerning even the divine things of God, causes us to think that we have been occupied by God’s Spirit. This is religious mind toward God

    However understanding of divine thing has to do with concepts, and no matter how passionate we may feel about them they cannot reach into the very soul of a man. It is in the heart that God has set aside a resting place for his Holy Spirit to work in us with power. 

    We think that because we can intellectualize and elaborate on the intricacies of Scripture that the Spirit of God is upon us. However if you can do these things and our heart is not right with God we are of little value to God or man. 

    A man can study all there is to know about the effects of food on his body; however, when he needs to eat, he must put away his study and his books and exercise his power to eat, if he does not he wiil surely die and is of no value to anyone dead. Likewise a Christian when he has studied or hears God’s Word must put away his Bible and his thoughts, put no trust in them, and open his heart to God’s Will and seek a real relationship with God, express real love toward his brother or enemy, if he does not then all that he has learn is of no value. 

    Jesus said " Why  call me Lord,Lord  and do not the things which I say?"( Luke 6:46)

    Religious Heart Toward God

    The absence of a Religious Heart is the reason for so many churches which are located in depressed areas of the city, with so many people in need of the gospel yet no one is being saved. It is the responsibility of the church to not make money, not employ the saints, but to support the community. If the saints are employed also that is an extra not a goal. 

    Most churches which are ineffective in their communities ‘have members which suffer from lack of a Religious Heart or have a Rebellious Heart toward following Christ. They think that because they go to church every Sunday and jump up and down, shout hallelujah, quiver and shake that they have the glory.

    But the glory is not about how you feel, The Glory is when you are no longer controlled by the Galatians sins of the flesh, the Glory is when you come into the understanding that you are not worth a half of nothing and you can humble yourself before God's mighty and terrible power and realize that without Him there is no you. Then the Glory can come to you. Then when you have stop being good at being church, and you have started doing church. when your heart is right with God, god can do something with you.  Therefore in all your religious studies, remember also to study with your heart(that's an Verb) to show thyself approved unto God.

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    I know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    Its Funny, when how you think you know someone and later find there is more to him then the you thought. Sometimes you are happy to learn this new thing; sometimes your new knowledge grieves you.
    i had subscribed to a blog by J.Lee Grady called Fire in my Bones i read this blog each day it showed up in my email. i don't always agree with Mr. Grady but that's find I don't always agree with myself.
    In his article "What Barack Obama Must Learn from Barak of the Bible" Mr. Grady parallels President Barack Obama task for his term as president with the Barak of the Bible duties. i thought to myself “what a wonderful article” at the bottom of the article is a link to a discussion forum. i hadn’t joined before but I wanted to comment Mr Grady on his excellent article. When i finally got access to the forum i was shocked almost to tears at what these so called Christians had written.
    i stopped for a moment and my mind wondered to a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar called Sympathy” i guess in all this talk about finally making it God wanted me to know that the battle is not over, That we must continue to fight.
    i wanted to post this thought on the blog (Fire in My Bones) but the Spirit reminded me of
    1 Corinthians 2:14 which says But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
    So rather than just waste my time on it i thought i would just post what I would have wrote, that it may be fully received by those that are spiritual minded. Here is what i should have posted

    I know why the caged bird sings.
    Paul Laurence Dunbar wrote a poem called “I know why the cage bird sings
    As i read this forum my mind went back to a time in third grade when i was required to read such poetry. Then it was a time of “Black Power” and “By Any Means Necessary” we fought for equality, some with their fist, some with their guns, and some for their lives.
    Many found their salvation not by the gun, but by the Gospel, then black churches were burned, and black children where murdered. Nevertheless  we clung to the Ol’negro hymns and bent our knee to Him that was able to save us.
    My mind wonders as i contemplate these people.
    There is this group of people who have destroyed the American Dream; they have allowed their personal opinions to steal hope from the hopeful, ripped faith from the hearts of the faithful. They step over the homeless and judge the teenage mother. They care more for our unborn then we do our 17 year old sons and daughters dying on foreign soil. They wrap their hate for other races with political terminologies; and religious ideologies; they convict a man to an infinite hell, of which they know nothing about, they never seek to know him, but continually seek to judge him, and this they do willingly
    Ah, me, when its wings are bruised and its bosom sore,
    It beats its bars and would be free
    It's not a carol of joy or glee
    I know why the caged bird sings.
    Again i contemplate who these people are;   Are they Ku Klux Klan or Neo Nazi? Are they Black Panther or United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors? No I would expect that from them. No these are a much more evil group of people. A group of people whose hatred is back by an angry God  (or so they think).  A group of two faced, underhanded, uncaring and self indulged, motivated not by what God has for them but what they can impose on another to full fill their own desires. (Can we say Sanhedrin?) Their perverted views toward the desires of God are so great that many of them, if Jesus Christ himself would ask them for a bus token they would spit in his face and kick him off the bus.
    In Jesus' name; they sits upon their high horse of piety, thinking that God have given them some special gift which allow them to judge a man according to what he might do.My heart is pained at those that call themselves Christian. Because if they are the best that God has to offer then it is not Barack Obama that I fear but this evil entity of those that call themselves the Body of Christ
    I know why the caged bird sings.
    Ah, me, when its wings are bruised and its bosom sore
    It beats its bars and would be free
    It's not a carol of joy or glee
    but a prayer that it sends from its heart's deep core,
    a plea that upward to heaven it flings; Yea,
    I know why the caged bird sings.

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    Audacity to Pray

    As Barack Obama takes office as the 44th president of the United States, his name is in the prayers of many people though out the world.  For many people of African-American decent it’s the pride they feel knowing that a man of color can rise to the highest office in the world. For others it’s the Audacity of Hope that maybe this time we will have a president that will remember his fist duty is to serve the people not his own personal gain. For some their prayers are that he does not screw up this great nation or take away what they imagine they already have, and for even others, sadly, anger and hatred, prejudice and bigotry piety and self-righteousness pierce their lips in prayer each night. This from those that who say they are of God.
    But no matter what the case this man, Barack Obama whose first name means blessing has been raised to the office of The President of the United States by God Himself All Mighty (Psalm 75:6-7) and has caused men, be it by pride, or by hope, by love, by fear or by hatred, to humble themselves before an All Mighty God in prayer. 
    Each man has his own reason for praying for our new president, but miraculously in a world of hate and crime, apostasy and hunger, men are coming together for a single cause, praying for the success of our new president and the prosperity of our great nation Matthew 18:19-20
     The Bible tells us in Luke 18:1 that men should pay and never give up, get tired, quit, or go faint. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 we are instructed to Pray without ceasing.  Phil 4:6 requires that for everything, we must let our request be known to God. The bible even tells us how to pray for our leaders.
     I timothy 2:1-3 The Apostle Paul gives instructions on how a man of God should carry himself concerning prayer, praying for not just his loved one but for all men friend or foe. In Verse 2 he (Paul) lists those in authority that we should pray for; in verse 3 Paul tell us that this type of pray is pleasing to God.
    For those that are not sure just how we should pray for our leaders I have written this prayer to guide you biblicaly so that we all may know. This prayer is for all people that love this country, for those that love our new President, and for those that may not. This prayer is for those that wish to be obedient to God, and for those that believe prayer works. But more importantly this prayer is for those that have the audacity to hope for a better future in this United States of America and the whole world. So I give you my prayer for President Barack Obama the 44th president of the United States of America.
     Oh Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior, I humble myself before you in prayer. You Father alone can do all things, know all things, You are everywhere, even in the hearts of men, and there is no thing, no man, nor any circumstance, or situation which can stand against You, for everything that is, is because You made it so. And that which is not, is not because you have not found pleasure in it.
     Therefore Dear Father, God of all there is the One who alone is Eternal, I confidently come to You in prayer knowing that You and You alone are able to guide the hearts of men, leaders of all the world, Kings and Princes, Presidents and Prime Ministers, Generals and Soldiers, Adversary and Allies all those that are in authority that we may lead a quite and peaceable, prosperous and Godly life.
    With this prayer I do cover all my leaders, those earthly and Spiritual that they may do that which is right in your eyes that you will protect them from the evil one and will bless all the works of their hands which are inline with your will.
    I lift of the president of this United States of America, Barack Obama, all his family, all his cabinet and those appointed under him; that they will be successful in fulfilling the needs of this country,  be it healthcare, education, the economy, or whatever is needed, That this country will be blessed so greatly  that we will pour out this blessing given to us by You unto others less fortunate countries.
    I pray that we will put down our guns and lift up our voices in prayer, put aside our differences and accent our likeness, forget our past atrocities, and fill our hearts with the expectations of hope, equality and love.
    But more importantly Dear Father I pray that You will guide the hearts of our leaders. So that we will be so much more than just leaders in the world in weapons, and economy, Much more than leaders in technology and science Much more than leaders in agricultural and arts, but that we should lead this  world back from the iniquity of apostasy to a true Fear of You;  my God.

    In the Name of Him that is able to save Jesus Christ 
    I Pray,  Amen

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    Soli Deo Gloria