Can you ever recall a time when you thought you were with the program, only to find that apparently everyone else is off on another topic? Sometimes I feel that way when understanding who God is or more accurately with clearly comprehending my truths verses His truths. I can always find the answers and clarify His view points if I will simply pause and seek Him.
Let's look at this from another angle:
"But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be KNOWN BY God..........how is it that you turn back again.....to the weak.....and the worthless.....elementary things which YOU desire......to be enslaved all over AGAIN?" Galatians 4:9
" It was for FREEDOM that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm...do not be SUBJECTED ........AGAIN...to a yoke of SLAVERY!"
How do we discern pleasure from pain? We have been taught trained and now tout so many mixed messages of "good" things. No doubt, we DO doubt..... the reliability of our receptors toward accuracy.
For those of you who believe we were created in the image of God: in His likeness, male and female, do you believe that He then is relate-able to our likeness in many ways? For instance:
We have a spirit and a soul ~ does God?
We take pleasure or emotionally feel pleasure ~ does God?
We experience pain and react ~ does God?
Without knowing these things, how CAN we know what we believe? Our beliefs will contradict each other, we will not know who we are, what we look like, what defines us. No doubt our character is seen to be as the incredible fool. If we lean on our own understanding, the tiny bits of truth that we can fit into a picture; then the only definition of God we have is of our own assumptions. We then are limiting who we are capable of maturing into based on our small picture.
When I parked on the words: now that you have come to know God; or rather to BE KNOWN BY God, it was as if the veil was finally lifted. All the fog and chaos cleared for me.....it resonated and I GOT IT!
The law showed us who God was - perfectly: holy, lovely, just and the justifier. But Christ showed us that God desired to know us; in order that we could have an intimate relationship WITH Him.
Just as when a brides face is seen as her veil is lifted, so too are each of us face to face....finally in His presence. Can you imagine the joy and excitement as He finally is able to look into our eyes! When we come into His presence through Christ, we no longer have to perceive Him from the outside, as a stranger only knowing things about Him. Think of it like this:
We can know many things about someone like Julia Roberts, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Downey Jr or The Clinton's but they do not know us. While we do have a one sided, unrealistic relationship to them, we probably would never be allowed to enter their home - unless we crawled through security or encroached their personal space. This is what I envision when Christ speaks of His sheep knowing His voice and the one who crawls over to enter the sheep fold.
But Christ came that we would have entry, so why do we doubt? I cannot speak for anyone else, but as for me, it was because I was more focused on knowing everything about God and forgetting that He wanted me to focus on Him KNOWING ME. When I look at what I can know about God, I have to look at the law, but when I face the law I see all my flaws and shriek out as Paul did "O, wretched man that I am!"
It is in that very moment which I realize it is not about who I am.....it is about "I AM!"
If you have never read "SEE" please take a moment to click the link. I love this and when I wonder about the who am I equation, I immediately find the answer :)
My prayers are that you / we relate with others what you see, as you see yourself through His eyes. It will be such a beautiful sight!
All for His glorious name sake,
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