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An Unsuspecting Place

I was raised in a home in which the Bible was read and spoken about all the time. My Dad loved to talk. He was an eloquent speaker; he was a poet, a writer, an account, and a business man. I never developed that love for God’s Word. Even though my Dad was very talented – his aunt deemed as a ‘child prodigy – he lacked one important thing: compassion. It was my Daddy’s lack of compassion towards me that caused my heart to harden towards God’s word. I can hear my Daddy saying to my brother, “Son, the Bible is the most important book in the world. You need to read your scriptures.” Daddy never stopped to make it relevant to me, so I never stopped to listen.

As I grew older and was on my way off to college, the hostility between my Daddy and I grew stronger. However, I desperately wanted this father-daughter relationship, but my feelings and emotions are always trivialized. As a result, my heart grew cold and distant; I wanted to get as far as I could away from my Dad because the emotional wound was too much for me to handle.

When I graduated from college, I began my career as a high school math teacher in Fort Worth, Texas. Unfortunately, I had managed to accumulate thousands of dollars to debt. Every man I met and attempted to date led to a dead end. My Dad and I were still on a non-talking basis. What am I to do? Every woman I asked about finding a husband gave bad advice. I thought to myself, “Now how is it my Mom and my sister who are married, and can’t tell me what to look for a man?”

My brother and I did not have a good relationship at this time. I decided to tell him about the guy I was dating. I figured what could it hurt, what he had to say could be no worse than the advice I had previously received. My brother, Justin, began to explain to me ‘the game’ men play, and that everything they said was a “script.” When I first heard this, I thought to myself, “Man, I don’t believe this. I’m going to try this out.” When I tell you everything Justin said was the truth, it was line by line. I was amazed! Moreover, my younger brother just earned my respect.

No one ever really took the time to listen, so I talked his ear off. I would talk for hours at a time, and he would patiently listen, without judgment or criticism. This allowed me to be open and honest about things I would not normally share. Over time, Justin would give these analogies that so relevant to my life, that I had no choice but to confess my guilt. This went on for several years. As time went by, my heart began to soften because I was getting a better understanding about my Daddy. How could we live in the same house, with the same parents, and have two completely different experiences with our Dad?
Looking back on the tumultuous relationship with my Daddy, Jesus used my younger brother to humble me, bring me to a point of accepting and receiving the Word. The Lord showed me my errors in my ways of thinking, and built a relationship with my brother and Daddy that I never had before in my life! This was the Master Builder at work, as Jesus molded and transformed my heart, and my Daddy’s heart so one day we could be reunited.

In July 2011, I went home to go visit my Dad. It was the first time Daddy was actually excited to see me. I couldn’t believe he was excited about me! I will never forget when he said to me, “I hope I didn’t hurt your feelings by not eating your turkey meatloaf.” It caught me by surprise that he was so thoughtful and considerate of my feelings. Before I left, he hugged me and told me he loved me. Three months later, he died. The Mighty Hand of God was working out the crossed lines of communication so death and saying good-bye would not be bitter sweet. The Lord Jesus used my younger brother to teach me humility, forgiveness, and compassion.

Why is There a “but” behind “I love God?”

There are so many that profess of the name of Jesus, who sit as a dictator of own lives as the judge and jury, condemning every decision, opinion, thought pattern, and belief system that is different than their own.

They have a self-righteous attitude: How dare you challenge my beliefs and thoughts? I believe in God and in Jesus, but I don’t have to follow the words of the Bible. I don’t have to answer to you or anyone else. How dare to tell me what I can and cannot do with my life and my body?

They have created an image of the God of the Bible in their own imagination, a god that is comfortable with their thoughts and feelings. When we say God, everyone has their definition and concept of Him. When we say Jesus, everyone has his or her concept of Jesus. But there is something dangerously deceptive about this line of thinking.

This is the spirit of antichrist. Anti- means against Christ or another Christ. If you are against of the ways, the commandments and the laws of the God, then you are under the influence of the spirit of the antichrist.

Many have created their own kingdom, where they are the ruler and authority of not only themselves, but the world around them. They make up the rules as they go. As the society and culture shift, so does their ideas and thoughts about reality, equality fairness and truth.

Psalm 10: 3 – 4,11: For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire; he blesses the greedy and renounces the LORD. The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.” His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity. He has said in his heart, “God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see.”

This kingdom that many have created is built on pride and idolatry. In 1 Corinthians 6: 9, Don’t be deceived no idolater will inherit the kingdom of God. How can you? Your kingdom is centered yourself, and ways, thoughts, ideas, belief systems of the world. There cannot and will not be two kingdoms to exist.

Matthew 23: 12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Now, we say we believe in Jesus. We are quick to give our “Christian credentials”
•I know Jesus died for my sins
•I know Jesus rose on the third day
•I know Jesus is the Son of God
•I know I am redeemed by the blood of the Lamb

Is that Gospel or a list of facts about the gospel? Many hold dear to a profession and the grace of God. We are holding dear to the idea of Christ, not the person of Christ.