I Will Not Trifle with God

ACTS 5:11 “by this time the whole church, and in fact, everyone who heard of these things had a healthy respect for God. They knew God was not to be ‘Trifled’ with

The reason why this verse excites me so is beyond me. I am literally physically excited about it. I assume I’ve seen it before in passing but hadn’t taken the time to fully understand it.

Today God is almost painted as some fairy granting genie that simply lives to fulfil all of our heart’s wishes and desires, but he needs nothing from us because obviously, he’s there to ‘serve’ us.

And quite frankly it has sickened me to know that in this present times, ‘Christians’ don’t know their God! How can? Then what are you doing? How are you surviving? Whom do you serve?

Before I get too derailed by my musings, it’s very simple what I came across, God is to be revered in ‘AWE’ this could also mean ‘Great wonder’ and isn’t that just right? We have the chance to have a relationship with the creator of the whole ‘entire’ world, and we don’t reverence the time we spend with him? This is assuming we spend any time at all.

God is not to be trifled with, he’s not a magical creature that lives in a magical land that simply grants wishes, neither is he some fat guy who sits on a chair waiting to strike thunder and lightning once angered. He is a powerful creator, innovator, business oriented, contract respecting, word speaking absolutely amazing, simply incredible, super strategic being that knows all and plans for all. And I’m just trying to scratch the surface here.

God is not to be trifled with, he’s a remarkably interesting and interested father, slow to anger and abounding in mercy, covered in light that can’t be comprehended by darkness, fully powerful, needing only his words to set things going and aright. I still haven’t got anywhere but that same surface.

God is not to be trifled with, everlasting King, God of all flesh, (all 7 billion + of them) savior of the whole world, to be honest I’m a bit lost for what to say to convey my message here.

Need I say more though? Haven’t we heard enough about God, seen enough about his works to worship him always in Holy reverence? What more must you see? Didn’t you wake up? What other evidence to you need before you realize that God is not to be trifled with?

I am personally glad that we don’t serve ‘dagon’ an absolutely balance-less god, or ‘baal’ the deaf one, or even ‘asherah’ that’s just straight up creepy and weird.

But we serve an awesome wonder, a father that loves us so much he gave his all to gain us back into his love, he plans for us include A-Z, plan where we have no plan, plan where our plan fails, plan where our plans aren’t activated, plans to save us from ourselves, plans to save us from the devil, plans to save us from any strange desires and wiles and many more.

A free giving King, so giving that he forgives instantly all confessed wrongs, he doesn’t condemn, only corrects. Fearful! Is this God that sits upon the throne in heaven as the angelic hosts, the 24 elders and more are in constant worship of him.

The word trifle, could mean to toy with someone, to waste. When we say God we mean all 3 awesome beings! God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit! (Powerful combination this 3, haven’t seen any like these anywhere)

The most humble being who will never share his glory with anyone, he literally shared everything else with his creation. What more do we need to understand not to trifle with our God?

Give thanks to the LORD because he is good, because his mercy endures forever.”

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An Offering

This is it, this is me,

I have nothing to offer you,

I have no money,

I have no special gifts

I have nothing… save myself,

and even that was a gift from you.

I simply give it back to you,

and hope its worth something.

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Jesus-The-High-Priest

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I always wondered what was so significant about the woman with the issue of blood till I read Leviticus 15; 25-30, where God describes in detail to his servants how to atone for uncleanness after bodily discharge and in a woman’s case, after her menstruation.

 If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, but not at the time of her monthly period, or has a discharge that continues beyond the time of her period, she is unclean the same as during the time of her period. Every bed on which she lies during the time of the discharge and everything on which she sits becomes unclean the same as in her monthly period. Anyone who touches these things becomes unclean and must wash his clothes and bathe in water; he remains unclean until evening.

“When she is cleansed from her discharge, she is to count off seven days; then she is clean. On the eighth day she is to take two doves or two pigeons and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. The priest will offer one for an Absolution-Offering and the other for a Whole-Burnt-Offering. The priest will make atonement for her in the presence of God because of the discharge that made her unclean.

Now after reading this, imagine what this woman had been through for 12 years, probably isolated from her family, and then the doctors were not exactly helping matters, all this is minus that natural irritation we women feel once we feel the discharge of blood.

Now when she touched the hem of the garment what happened? She placed her uncleanliness on Jesus in exchange for his “cleanliness” therefore Jesus noticed the power that left him because he at that moment acted the role of the high priest and savior.

How is this possible, Jesus told the woman in mark 5: 34

 Jesus said to her, “Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed! Be healed of your plague.”

By telling her she was healed he took the blame for the Pidgeon or dove she would have had to sacrifice on the 8th day of her cleansing, freeing her, and thereby taking care of the absolution offering.

He then said whole, which literally takes away the need for the whole burnt offering she would have had to give.

Jesus coming took away the need for the animal sacrifices and doing what he did for that woman was his own form of a sneak peek into the finale that was to come at the cross.

 

Imagine the grace we are enjoying?

 

 

My Heart’s Cry

 

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I need you to live in me Holy Spirit

To be to me every breath I breathe.

I want to meet Jesus,

Not later after I die, but right now.

In my bedroom, here on earth as I

Press my head to the floor and my knees are bent.

I want to know God, to understand his mind,

To understand his principles and to operate under

The wisdom he gives through the Holy Spirit.
Whos with me?

Great God

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I’m thinking God is great

I’m feeling God is great,

I’m knowing God is great

Surely God is great.

 

There must be other things to talk about you say

Other than the greatness of God

Other songs to sing about you say again

 

The angels in heaven have sang the same song

In generations past and more to come.

Surely Gods greatness is big enough to span a lifetime.

 

Simply thinking on it make me smile

Just 1 thought generates a multitude of emotions

I’m thinking God is great,

I can see that God is great.

The Big Deal

 

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Its funny how lightly we take so many things as humans, an example

When you lose your sight, you are blind (that’s a big deal)

However we think it’s simply normal to open our eyes?

When you lose your hearing, you are deaf (that’s a big deal

However we think it’s simply normal to hear everything spoken to and around us?

When you ,lose your legs, you are lame (that’s a big deal)

However we think it’s simply normal to just get up and walk?

When you lose the function of your spinal cord, you are paralyzed (that’s a big deal)

However we think it’s simply normal to sit and stand straight?

Lastly, when you lose your breath, you are dead (that’s a big deal)

However we think it’s simply normal to take in breaths as we please?

 

I want to think by this point you get my drift, don’t overlook anything because things just happen to “work”

Give all glory to God, he deserves it.

 

The Right Way

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As I picked up my laptop, I already knew what exactly I was gunning for, I was going to watch (again for the umpteenth time) the very last episode of Rookie Blue (S06E11)

Now the thing is not about what I’m watching but how many times I’ve watched it simply because it moves me, I once more get immersed into the characters, their tragedies, their joys, losses, laughter and tears, I’m flooded again with emotions as I watch my favourite characters exchange their vows, I start to remember their back story, how they got here and it is so well acted that I find myself laughing at their “intentional mistakes”. Every time I watch it again, I feel all these feelings afresh and I love it.

Which made me think, is this the same way I get when reading my bible? Do I fully allow myself to get carried away by the characters, the dialogue, the several themes that come to play, the lows, the highs, the mistakes and the lies, the good, the excellent the joyful and much more?  Do I let the knowledge of the parts I have read sink in me so much so that I can give a full account whenever I am called? Have I allowed myself to enjoy God’s word so much so that I don’t want to set it down from me, have I allowed myself to engage with God the way I engage with the movies, do I give my apt attention as I do an hour long series of 10 episodes per season for 6 seasons?

I could go on and on but I think my point is already on its way to being made, how much energy do we focus on the things that should matter and how much energy do we focus on the things that don’t? Almost seems to me like we have misplaced priorities, which is why we are texting when we are meant to be studying the word or even “instagraming” while a preacher is speaking the mind of God.

Nobody is perfect and we all fall short of the Glory of God, however it is one thing to fall short and get back up, and another to fall short and stay short of this Glory.

Isn’t it time we started doing things right way?

 

 

Indescribable

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I have been putting together questions that I would like to ask God when I get to heaven, because there are just some things you want to ask face to face right? Maybe to see his reaction or just facial features moving but after watching something recently, I have one that I don’t know if I can wait till the day I see his glorious face to ask it.

My question.

How can, one so mighty and glorious, the creator of the universe (known and unknown),namer of the billions of stars, maker of the blazing sun, the chilling moon, several planets, the galaxy and every other galaxy there happens to be that humans have discovered and the billions of others we haven’t. how can one so great that he measures the whole universe (known and unknown to us) in the palm of his hand, how can one so magnificent and ferocious that he sent forth his word and it literally caused a big bang, I’m talking about one so extraordinary he shows off his splendour in ways our feeble human minds cannot fathom, how can one so indescribable, how can he think of a lowly nobody like me? What could one so great, so big want with a speck of dust like me? What could he possibly need me for?

My thoughts

In all honesty I don’t get it, God is so mind-blowingly amazing that only the celestial bodies alone are relentlessly singing, praising, rejoicing, what could my song possible be in comparison to the praise song of these stars?

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I then remember, that he doesn’t need my praise, he deserves it, I remember that if I keep shut everything else is praising.

Furthermore I’m assisted to remember that although, I am not as big and ragingly hot as the sun nor as cool as the moon or even as shiny as the night stars, I remember that I was created last because I am his splitting image of him, and because he is the God of splendour and pleasure, he placed me after making me so I can enjoy with pleasure the splendour of his magnificent works.

My conclusion

Won’t you praise God with me? It takes nothing out of you and me but means everything to our Majestic King.