Sacred Cows and “Christianese:” Part 1

I know most of you have heard of the phrase “sacred cows,” but what about “Christianese?”  What the heck is that?  It’s a language “owned” by Christians, clichés and phrases that are on the lips of most church-going people that, on the surface may sound holy and pious and Christian, but when you break down these clichés and phrases and pit them against scripture and the Word of God, you’ll see that they are really quite unbiblical and actually hold Christians back from the truth of who they are and what they have in Christ.  It keeps them held to a lower standard and therefore the enemy still has them in bondage in some fashion.

Today I would like to kick over and destroy the sacred cow/Christianese saying:

“God works in mysterious ways”

DISCLAIMER: You should ALWAYS line everything up with scripture!  Yes, even those funny little phrases and sayings because you are re-presenting Christ and God to the world and you should be speaking what God and His Word says in the right context.  It’s not about you and your experiences!  It’s about God’s Word!

First of all, “God works in mysterious ways” is not in the Bible.  (As my friend Don Allen would say, it’s in 1st Imaginations!)  Actually when you do a search for the word “mysterious” in the Bible, it comes up with ZERO hits.  NADA.  When you search out the word “mystery” the first occurrence of it does not show up until the New Testament in Mark 4:11, which reads:

“And He said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables.”

Hmmm….did you get that?  UNTO YOU IT IS GIVEN TO KNOW THE MYSTERY OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD.  I didn’t read anything in there that says “Gods ways are a mystery and to you they always shall be and hence they shall remain.”

In Romans 16 Paul says that the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the beginning is NOW MADE MANIFEST  (manifest:  RENDER APPARENT).  I’ve heard it said that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.

What else does the Bible say about God and His “mysteries?”

Eph. 1:8-9– “Wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself.”

Eph. 3:3-5,9  “How that by revelation He made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,  Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the SpiritAnd to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.”

Eph. 6:19 “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.”

Col 1:26-27  “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

All of these scriptures clearly state that yes, through Christ Jesus the mystery that was concealed has now been revealed unto His people.  (And before you say that it was for just the apostles and prophets and all these things died with death of last apostle, I’d say, show me scripture and verse for that please)  WE ARE HIS SAINTS.  We are His people.  We are His dwelling place.  We’ve been given His Spirit!  Holy Spirit abides in us and what He did for Jesus He’ll do for us!

1Co 2:7,9-12  “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”

This basically says that no one can know God except the Spirit but now that very Spirit lives in us!  And if the Spirit that knows God lives in us then we can know God and the things of God because we are now His people!  And a few lines later the scripture then goes on to say that “WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST!”

There are several scriptures that talk about the Holy Spirit and how He shows us, teaches us, reveals to us, leads us, guides us into ALL truth.

John even boldly states: “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” 1 John 2:20 (unction:  chrisma – an unguent or smearing, that is, (figuratively) the special endowment (“chrism”) of the Holy Spirit: – anointing, unction.)

So how can we then state with confidence that GOD works in mysterious ways?  I believe it’s a complete lack of relationship and intimate fellowship with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit.  It’s not knowing who you are and what you’ve been given in Christ, your inheritance, the power, the restoration, the gifts that ARE YOURS just for being His.  It’s a lack of power in the body and therefore man had to make up some kind of reason for defeat and powerlessness.

Many bad doctrines and theologies have been formed out of a lack in the body, out of circumstances (which we like to call “circumstantial theology”).  NEVER FORM YOUR THEOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE OF A CRISIS!  Because then you get sayings like this that have no basis in scripture and they become roadblocks to victory and excuses for not trying (sorry, some there is some serious laziness in the body!  Get up and look into it for yourself!)!  Stop throwing your hands up and shifting the responsibility (ahem, blame) on God!  You are CO-LABORERS with Him!  He already gave you all you’ll ever need, so what have you done with it, brethren?  Stop waiting for God to move, He’s already done His part, He’s just now waiting for YOU!!!

So, God does NOT work in mysterious ways.  It’s all made plain in the Word and if you need wisdom, brothers and sisters, ASK!

Jas 1:5-8 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

It’s either one or the other, it cannot be both.  So which do you choose to believe?

Get to know Him.  It’s totally worth the effort.

In Christ,

Miranda

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Illusions

Illusion: something with deceptive appearance; false or incorrect idea.

The enemy operates in the realm of deception and lies.  He wants you to keep your eyes on what SEEMS to be and not what really is.   He wants you to believe that you are living a life of lack: lack of health and peace, lack of provision, lack of evidence, signs, healings, miracles; lack of the Word of God working and producing in your life, lack of change, even the lack of God’s presence.  When you’re going through a trial, which of us doesn’t at some point have the thought of “Where is God?  I don’t feel Him!”?  This leads you to begin to doubt God’s love and provision and presence just because you don’t FEEL it.

The enemy functions in the realm of the senses and when we rely on our senses as our source of truth, we are then open to his deceptions.   We are then prone to believing his lies that we are lacking when the Word of God says that we lack nothing when we are in Christ.

Adam and Eve had it all.  No lack whatsoever.   They had peace, health, food, everlasting life and more importantly, intimate fellowship with God Himself yet what did the enemy get them to focus on?  The one and only thing that God said they could not partake of ……and why?  Because He was being mean and withholding something good from them?  No, because they would DIE if they ate it.  DEATH would be their reward.  Did they not understand what that meant?

If we allow ourselves to focus on the illusion of lack, then we are partaking of and eating the lies of the enemy and this brings death to us.

It begins to kill your faith.  It’s like a small infection that, if not treated, will keep spreading and growing until it eats away at anything living and good, leaving behind rot, decay and death.   The enemy knows that it is by FAITH that we receive the promises of God; he knows that the substance of FAITH is what makes those very things manifest and thrive in your life.

It kills off your trust in God and in His Word.  Did God really say?  Why isn’t it working?  I don’t see or feel anything different or better so it must not be working which means God’s Word doesn’t work, at least not for me….if I still feel this way then why bother praying and standing on the Word….and on and on and on…..  Don’t think for one second these thoughts are all yours.  Who do you think plants those seeds and then waters them with fear and anxiety and symptoms and unbelief?    The enemy knows full well the laws of sowing and reaping.  He knows how the spiritual laws of God operate better than most Christian’s do which is why he can keep doing what he does and be so successful at putting them under repeatedly.

It kills off your identity in Christ.  Well, if I really was then this would change…..I wouldn’t feel/be/act this way….since I don’t see or feel any change then maybe I really don’t….maybe I’m really not…..

It kills off your peace.  So, if I still have these symptoms/issues, and it doesn’t work, at least not for me, and I’m not what I thought I was, and God’s Word isn’t producing in my life, then there’s no hope…I’m not healed, I’m not protected, I’m not saved…..  It fills and torments you with fear and dread.  It kills off your joy, your light, all the things that Christ is to be in you, all the things that are the fruit of the life of the Holy Spirit within you….and this brings death to your spirit as the light begins to be overshadowed by darkness, suffocating the flame inside until it’s snuffed out completely.

THIS is the enemy’s purpose.

It can and does bring death to the physical body: sickness, disease, malfunction, fatigue, weakness.  People grow weary of fighting and some even give in to death, believing that it is better for them to die than to live.  The enemy wearies them into full subjection and snuffs out the light of Christ in another, to quiet another….because he lies.

And we believe.

He is the creator of lies, the stealer of truth.  We must stop letting him take from us what is rightfully ours.  ALL (not some) of the promises of God in Him are yes and in Him amen for the glory of God by us (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Paul tells us that we must bring ALL/EVERY thought(s) captive.  They must all be tried against the Word of God and if that thought does not line up with the Word, we are to discard it forcefully!   “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

DO NOT COMPROMISE with the enemy of your soul.  Not once, not ever.  He will steal any morsel he can get his hands on.  Give and inch and he’ll take so much more.

Be tenacious.  Dig in.  Know that no matter how bad the “illusion of lack” can seem God’s Word IS life, it DOES prosper but we cannot let the enemy steal that seed or allow him to dig it up and out from under us or it stalls the process.

Fight the good fight of faith.  Get and keep His Word, guard it like a precious gem, bury it deep within you.  It’s your only offensive weapon against the enemy, and he’ll do anything he can to knock it out of your hand so that you are left defenseless, left to become just another statistic of the devil, who started off so strong, but man, what happened???

Did God really say?  Well, go find out for yourself….

Then hold tight and don’t give up.

God bless,

Miranda

Thorns and Thistles

Yesterday was a “weedy” day.

Whatever do you mean, you may be asking.  In my last (and first) entry I spoke about the thought-life and I likened it to a garden.  Bad/negative thoughts = WEEDS.  So, yes, my “garden” was on the tipping point of being overrun by those dastardly, prickly, blood-letting suckers.

NO GOOD.

To be quite honest, there are sometimes that it definitely feels like an uncontrollable thing.  At one point you may ask yourself, “How did it get so bad?”  Sneaky weeds.  Thanks to the curse, they have NO problem growing at an exponential rate, am I right?  Just ask anyone who gardens.

So, let’s go back to the beginning and look at man in the original garden.  Can we find a parallel there?

First, it says that God gave man dominion over the earth and all things in it.  Dominion = authority.  Remember that.  Genesis 2:15 says: “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”  If we look at what the words in the original language mean, you can gain more insight.  First of all, Eden means “pleasure.”  The word “dress” means to work (it) and the word “keep” means to hedge about, protect, attend to.  Ok so protect this garden (a place of pleasure and delight) from what?  From the enemy.  From the one who prowls about seeing whom he MAY devour.  The one who watched man in the garden, seeking out a way to undermine and steal from man the authority and dominion that he himself wanted and tried to overthrow the throne of God to obtain.

Unfortunately, he succeeded.  And how did he do it?  Their thought-life.  Their “mind-garden” so to speak.  He implanted doubts into their minds as to God’s goodness and also to who they were and what they had.  Does that sound familiar?  What should’ve happened was Adam looking at Satan, pointing a finger in his face and telling him to get the you-know-what out of there because he was trespassing.  Adam had the authority to do that and Satan would’ve had to obey.  But because they allowed those “weeds” of doubt and lies to come in and take root, they lost it all and Satan illegally obtained authority over our earth.

And in the process they lost their true pleasure and delight: being at peace and in intimate fellowship with God Himself.  Paradise lost?  More like given away.

Jesus came as the Second Adam and did all that the first Adam should have so that our authority and dominion could be restored through Him.  Thank You Lord.  He was our example in how to deal with the lies and deceit of the enemy: wield the Word with authority and faith, no compromise, no discussion.  But the Word only becomes a weapon when it becomes completely settled in our hearts that it is absolutely true.  Faith sharpens it’s edges and only then we can cut through the thorny, weedy lies of the enemy like a sharp knife through soft butter.

And yesterday, my sword certainly wasn’t as sharp as it could’ve been.  Our enemy is relentless and sneaky and wicked and cruel, yes, but remember that “greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.”  Sometimes I think we are guilty of putting faith in our faith instead of the One who has given us the gift of faith.  We try to work ourselves up into having more faith instead of seeking the One whom we should have faith in.

So, remember Adam and Eve and their failure to keep and protect their “garden” and be vigilant and persistent in keeping yours.  Don’t let the enemy steal your peace or truth.  Sharpen your sword, seek His face, pull up those God-forsaken lies and remember Philippians 4:6-8.

God bless,

Miranda

Genesis 3:17B-18: “….cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee……”