God in Gloves

Posted on 01/10/2016 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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KING OF KINGS

King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, Hallelujah!
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, Hallelujah!

Jesus, Prince of Peace
Glory, Hallelujah!
Jesus, Prince of Peace
Glory, Hallelujah!


HIS NAME IS JESUS

He is the King of Kings
He is the Lord of Lords
His name is Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus
Oh -- He is the King

...of Kings
He is the Lord of Lords
His name is Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus
Oh -- He is the King

His name is Jesus, Jesus,
sad hearts we've no more
He can heal the broken hearted
open wide the prizon doors
And he's able, yes he's able
to deliver evermore

You are the King of Kings
You are the Lord of Lords
Your name is Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus
Oh -- you are the King

Your name is Jesus, Jesus,
sad hearts we've no more

You can heal the broken hearted
open wide the prizon doors

You can heal the broken hearted
open wide the prizon doors

Yes, you can heal my broken heart and
open wide my prizon doors

And you're able, yes you're able
to deliver evermore


WORD OF GOD SPEAK

I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say

CHORUS:

Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Your majesty
To be still and know
That You're in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
Word of God speak

I'm finding myself in the midst of You
Beyond the music, beyond the noise
All that I need is to be with You
And in the quiet hear Your voice

(chorus)

I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say

I'm finding myself in the midst of You
Beyond the music, beyond the noise
All that I need is to be with You
And in the quiet hear Your voice

(chorus)

I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay


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A couple of days ago,
I took part in a
discussion on Facebook.


That's all.
Let's close with prayer.


Seriously though...
As always, it was
interesting to see
the different reactions
and perspectives.

In that discussion,
I was reminded
of something that
I used to see
all the time,

but since I've
not been immersed
in the Charasmatic
church environment
for awhile,

I had forgotten
even existed.


It can be summed up
in this little story:


A man fell off a cliff.


The End.


No wait...

A man fell off a cliff,
and managed to
land on a small ledge.

Looking up,
he could see
there was no way
he could climb
back up.

Looking down,
he could see
jagged rocks
very far below.

And so he did
what any
good Christian,
or Atheist
for that matter,
would do:

He prayed.

"Dear God,"

he implored,

"You said that
you would
look after
your children.

So Please,
please save me
from this
horrible situation!"


He waited...

...and waited...

...and waited...


After what seemed
like many hours,
he heard a voice
calling down to him.

I'm throwing down
a rope.
Are you able to
climb up on it?

The man replied,
"No, that would
be a dangerous
thing to do."

The good samaritan
answered,
"Isn't it more dangerous
to just stay there
on that small ledge?"

To which he answered,
"No, it is not.
I asked God
to save me,
and I will put
my trust,
not in a man,
but only in God."


Some time later,
another person appeared,
repelling down
the rock face
toward him.

"Someone told me
you were down here,
but did not want
to risk climbing
up his rope.

I will strap you
safely, and carry
you back up."

"No,"
came the reply,
"you may THINK
your way is safer,
but I will not
put my hope
in the cleverness
of a man.
I put my hope
in God, and
in God alone.
He will save me."


Seeing they could
not persuade him
to accept their
rescue,
they made a call
and reported
the situation.

After another
hour had passed,
a helicopter appeared
with trained
rescue personell
who attempted
to convince him
to accept their help.

But once again,
he refused,
saying that
his faith was
in God,
and he would not
put his faith,
his hope,
his trust,
in men,
or their tools,
or their technologies.

"He will send His angels,"
he continued,
"to bear me up
in their hands,
lest I strike my foot
against a stone.
I will not call God
a liar by
trusting in you
rather than in Him."

In his exuberant reply,
what you might expect
from an empassioned
preacher delivering
a moving sermon,
he slipped from the ledge
and fell to his death
on the jagged rocks below.


Up in heaven,
God asked him
the first thing
he would like
to know.

"I would like to know,"
he replied,
"Why you did not
save me."


"I tried,"
came the response.

"I tried three times.

First I sent a hiker.

You sent him away.

Next I sent a
mountain climber.

You sent him away too.

Finally I sent a
helicopter
with skilled rescuers.

But as you were
sending them away
with a sermon
which you felt
to the core of your mind
were words that were
inspired by Me
and Me alone,

you slipped and fell.

All because
you refused to put
your trust,
your hope, and
your faith in Me,
just because
I was wearing gloves.


You know,
sometimes we get
so super spiritual,
that we slip
quite thoroughly
into utter nonsense.

I've lost track
of the number of times
people have responded
to various helpful
suggestions by
saying whatever was
suggested was
not of God,
because He does not
want us to
put our trust,
our faith, and
our hope
in things that
are not Him.

But the issue is not
that every good thing
does not come
from God;

rather, the problem is that
we often do not see Him
everywhere in everything.


Acts 17:28a (NKJV)

In Him we live and move and have our being.


Psalm 33:5

He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the LORD.


Isaiah 6:3b

"Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory."



When we are lost
in the mind,
we might THINK
about God,
and those thoughts
might create
super holy,
spiritual feelings
within us,

but we do not
truly see Him.

And then,
we one day
Wake Up,
and we see,
not as a
mental concept,
but first hand,

that we are not
the mind;

the person we though
was who were were,
is just a fantasy
inside the head;

the past and the future
do not exist outside
of our imaginations,

and there is no need
to fight against
what "is"
here and now.

And then,
the deepest peace
and the fullest joy
sweeps over us,
and we
recognize God
everywhere and
in everything.



Now, don't confuse
those statements
for beliefs.

Doing so may
spin your mind
into unprofitable
fighting them,
or using them to
build up the
false sense of self.

I don't want you
to believe them,
or disbelieve them.

But I DO invite you
to experience them
for yourself.

Stop seeing
God's gloves,
His shoes,
His clothing,
as evil,
or unspiritual,
or something to
dwell in mental
resistance against.

Instead,
dwell in His Peace.

You are in
His hand.

And He is in
your body.

His unspeakable Glory
is all around you,
and permeating
every cell
of your being.

When you cannot
see it directly,
you can know
you are lost
in the mind,

in time,

in stories,

in this world.

Let go of
all those things.

They are all
passing away.

And enter His rest,
in the day called Today,

in the place called
Here,

in the time called
Now.

And as you thereby
dwell in Christ,
you will experience
all things
as eternally new,
fresh,
and alive.

And in that
state of being,
you can take
God's gloved hands,
and dance with Him
right here,
right now,
in Timeless Eternity.