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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Journey to the Center of the Origins of Your Beliefs! By Rick Godley March 2012

Journey to the Center of the Origins of Your Beliefs! By Rick Godley March 2012
Do you still wonder? I mean in a healthy way, do you wonder at The Word (call it Scriptures, your bible if you want, God’s Word), do you still wonder at His Word? I mean actually ask questions, like I wonder what that means. Opposed to some sacrosanct wonderment of Him and His proverbial awesomeness? (Which sounds good by the way yet most of us don’t have a clue to what we think or even say, when we say those kinds of words about: wonder… I mean please… try to actually listen to the words that come out of our mouths. Listen to every word you speak during a given day, and then ask yourself, do I actually understand what I just said?)
For me, I began ‘deeper rut’ wonderment about 4 years ago when I realized that I was going around in Scriptural Circles and not going deeper. Just a superficial walking on the waves if you will, or should I say; floating there with baby floaties under my arms all the while bobbing and praising God. Yet, not getting anywhere nor going nowhere. Just superficial, (man; why does that word keep coming to my mind? Let’s look it up!) Here ya go: superficial means not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually or of little substance or significance.’ Isn’t that interesting, not deep,…little significance… hmmm, do you think Abba-Father-THE Creator of THE Universe wants a ‘not deep, little significance in our lives’ type relationship? I would venture to say that you told yourself, No! Dad doesn’t want that! Then why are you and I sit stalled in a shallow same ole-same ole? I can tell you why, He wants you and me to dig deeper and find Him. Pro 25:2 ‘It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.’
Are you digging deeper?
He’s there! And He said so from The Beginning! He wants you to Understand.
I spent many a year water skiing over His Word bouncing from this life experience to that all the while thinking this way IT! HalleluYah! Little did I know, there are deeper things He wants us to know, because THE ENEMY doesn’t want US to know it! Don’t believe me? Read DaniEl 2:22-23, ‘He reveals the deep and secret things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light is with him. To thee, O God of my fathers, I give thanks, and I praise thee, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast now made known to me what we desired of thee; for thou hast made known to us the king's matter.’
Ok, so what? What’s this got to do with anything? Well, if you have read thus far, you too are tired to ‘stale bread religion’ and want to ‘know’ more of Him! Do you know what ‘know’ means? According to your Bible? To ‘Know’ actually means to reveal oneself, to know by experience, as in an intimate carnal way. Up close and really personal! No wonder, ‘Jesus’ told some who were in The Kingdom, depart from me I never knew you. (Matt 7:23). I used to think, those poor folks, man they went to hell. Yet, it doesn’t say that at all. Read it close, it talks about how they actually were doing Kingdom works in His Name and setting captives free, yet they obviously didn’t go deeper. Maybe a superficial relationship was fine by them, don’t really know for sure.
So the question remains, how does one go deeper? Only if one wants to! If we would read His Word and believe what we read and don’t read what we believe, He tells us! For a long time in my ‘faith walk’ ( read Christianity), I was frustrated because what I read didn’t quite line up with reality. I write verses on index cards, always have. I also date everything, kind of like memorial markers, so you’ll know where you’ve been and why you were there at the time. See Gilgal, Jordan river, Joshua 4: 20-24 . There is one index card I wrote on 11/2/03, Jeremiah 6:16, ‘This is what the Lord say: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls’ (but that’s not the whole verse, it goes on to say, ‘but they said we will not walk in them.’ Woah!)
So I wrote on the top of my index card, ‘Lord I ask you where you where the good way is?’ On 11/15/06 I wrote the following: ‘answered: The Torah!’ Of course the substance of The Torah is The Messiah Col 2:17, yet Torah are the guidelines, the instructions for the ancient paths, the good way, the one that leads to rest! Rest stop ahead!!!! Yee haw!
Reminded me of the old Jules Verne novel from 1864 called, ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ as they ventured to the deeper regions, someone had gone before them, by the name of Arnie Saccnuson who had been there done that, and literally left signs pointing to The Way when others got lost or off the path. These were signs of a finger pointing with the letters A.S. underneath. Friends, Our Father is pointing us back as well! John the Baptist preached the same message Repent (Return), so did ‘Jesus’, same message, Repent! (Return). Don’t confuse ‘Jesus’ message with His Mission. He did a LOT more than we have been told!
So if we are returning, where we going? Is it a coincidence that another fictitious movie character who citied Jules Verne and ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ as his inspiration for his lifelong works to the extent he name his two fictional sons, Jules and Verne, I’m referring to Dr. Emmet Brown (Christopher Lloyd) in the movie ‘Back to the Future’. Do you think it a coincidence that maybe, just maybe, your future and my future is going back? The ancient paths?
I encourage you to go on the journey to the center of your beliefs to find out what’s there! Confirm it with the One who’s been there and has left signs pointing us to The Way, Home!
Rest area ahead!!!!! Troublesome times are near, don’t be one of the ones who say, ‘But we will NOT walk in them’. Dig deeper ruts, find deeper wisdom and understanding.
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