Apparently – MAD Jesus-ness (wow subdue)

Its just a rumour I heard. Not sure how accurate it is but personally I buy-in because of how awesome the idea is. Like I said by the way its just something I heard not really first hand information myself…but (whispering leaning forward)…apparently…God’s grace is so deep so far so wide so ginormous that it’s ASTRONOMICAL.

Be encouraged. When you fall.
Be inspired. When hope crawls.
Be in awe. When you meet Him.
Be in love. When you believe Him.

Imagine the most forgiving the most patient person you know. Then imagine a being capable of holding the entire universe between thumb and forefinger.

Then imagine His patience. His forgiveness. His kindness. His courtesy. His dreams for you.

Imagine that, galactic patience.

Romans 5:20Romans 5:20
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Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,

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But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also.

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And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

Now don’t get smart. It doesn’t mean you can go do what you want. But here’s the MADness of it.

Imagine this…. That as long as you’re breathing (conditions 1) and as long as you believe God loves you (condition 2)…there is nothing you can come up with, do or say, that could make God STOP wanting to save you or stop loving you. Imagine all the wives who put up with cheating husbands and still love them. Imagine all the husbands who put up with emotionally abused and abusive wives and still love them. Imagine the pacifist who refuses to turn to violence though their loved ones are hurt maybe even killed. Imagine the soldier who rescues his brothers in arms on the battlefield who never let him fit in. Imagine the doctor who treats enemy combatant and partiot soliders alike. Imagine that….then imagine, just for a second…a being so big, so powerful, so omnipotently forigiving, omnisciently (pre-prepared) patient. Imagine that. A being, capable of waiting thousands of years for the wrongs you’ll do to Him and prepares Himself for it. Such that, before you pray “I’m sorry” He knows wassup and while you are yet speaking He has already washed your scarlet sins white as wool. Just those two conditions. That you’re still breathing. That you chose to love God.

Is the verse “slain from the foundation” sinking? Imagine how that family member feels, sitting there, waiting for you to come through the door. Wrestling with their anger at you over what you’ve done so they can be “ok” and loving when you get home. And they suceed. Imagine the patience of superman multiplied times a million billion quadrillion. For just one second. Imagine also, not only does this being, this Entity all knowing and all-powerful going a step further and holding out blessings in His hands and desperate tears in His eyes because He just wishes you could see His collosal knees, kneeling before your small puny little house as He bends down “behold, I” minimize my universal self “stand, and knock” with one umpillionth of my strength so I don’t destroy your door. And if you open I will squeeze my huge self through the door frame and gentle come in “and sup with you”.

Imagine that.
Imagine a God that big.
Imagine a being who is life itself for ALL life, dying so that you could live. Where did we go, how did we survive, when He died?! How does Colossians work. All things made through Him, by Him and for Him to the glory of the Father, when this HIM died. Then this dead Life, woke Himself up and was alive forevermore? You honestly think you can do say or think up anything He cant cope with?

I suspect in this world, there are believers who want to worship Jesus, but cant cope with the real maniacally in love with us version of Jesus. So….

They tone Him down and whittle and cut Him down to their size just so their unbelief can handle their version of God. Then, further, they try steal the joy of others trying to push the boundaries of their faith. They skip over verses like “Yea! I have loved thee with an everlasting love”….or I have pursued thee with love or…I have engraved you on the palm of my hand. COME ON! When a boy’s in love he gets a tatoo of his girls name on his bicep or other places (PG) just as a token of something forever marking his heart as hers. You honestly think a human being.  A mere 18feet tall flesh based lifeform when we were at our prime in Eden, can compete with a being capable of keeping track of how many hairs you have on your head or how many heart beats you have a day, or how far your blood pumps an hour. A being capable of wiring your eyes to receive light and translate that into meaning in your cerebral cortex. You’re honestly telling me…I’m seriously, that you think a phenomenon as powerful as that, able to create gravity so that the earth can spin and place the moon just so, JUST SO YOU CAN enjoy surfing and swimming at the beach!!!!! You wanna tell me that that Person…can’t handle your issues?

If you’re gonna feel guilty about anything, feel guilty about this…

That you downsized the love of God for you.

That you discounted the forgiveness He’s capable of.

That you mistrusted the 6000 year investment God has made in humanity’s destiny

That you disbelieved that you have a universal throne of the Almighty waiting for your behind to take its “adopted-rightful” place in it.

That you cheapened the Blood of a God…so much that you’re incapable of running to Him in your dirt when He’s the only one who doesn’t mind going on shopping sprees for new robes of the most expensive blazingly white silk with real gold sashes for you everytime you come into His presence.

Feel guilty…

That because you don’t understand how something that big can live inside little ole you, you’ve taken for granted just how much your worth.

Feel guilty that you downsized your title, your princely inheritance, your bloodline, your lineage.

Feel guilty that you downsized the plans He has for you, of good, not of evil but to prosper you.

Finally…feel sorrow when you do wrong. Like I do. Not guilt which deflates hope and squashes faith. Feel genuine sorrow. Pray to God, be honest..say you’re stuck in the mud and you’ve fallen and you can’t get up but you need a pick me up.

Sharing with one of the youth on Sabbath. Here’s a favourite verse… Then you tell me what you could do, to so outdo God that your wrongs would outweigh His goodness….Remember just two conditions… You’re still breathing…and you believe God loves you..even when you don’t deserve it. In our Christian world…respect isn’t earned. Respect IS. You cant earn God’s love “lest any flesh should boast”. Apparently its free.
Last spanner before final verse. Even that love, that you think yu have or hope to one day have, that turns you into a new person, is a gift from this Being. Remember that song. Golden oldie…”no romance if no finance” that song implies that as long as you got the cash, then she’s yours. …”Jesus paid it ALL…All to Him I owe…Sin had left a crimson stain….”…. Guys its time to act like God has already met all OUR conditions. His love constrains, compels, forces, woos, blowsourminds, knocksusout, stealsourhearts – constrains us to love Him. Especially when we imagine…and the biggest issue holding us back is our issues. But imagine this…(watch out for the word subdue..it’d better blow your mind)

Micah 7:8,9,18-19Micah 7:8,9,18-19
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Israel’s Confession and Comfort
   8  Do not rejoice over me, my enemy;
When I fall, I will arise;
When I sit in darkness,
The LORD will be a light to me.
9  I will bear the indignation of the LORD,
Because I have sinned against Him,
Until He pleads my case
And executes justice for me.
He will bring me forth to the light;
I will see His righteousness.

18  Who is a God like You,
Pardoning iniquity
And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?

He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in mercy.
19  He will again have compassion on us,
And will subdue our iniquities.

Shalom… I hope one day, we all meet and see God for who He really is.

…wow subdue

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