...so what did I get?
It is simply coming to the place where deep down inside me, as far down as one can get, I know that I know that I know that God loves me so very, very much that He sent His only Son to die in my place so I could have a relationship with my Father, enjoy Him every day of however many days He has me here and walk and talk with Him in the garden of my life till He takes me to be with Him for eternity..... and...... there is absolutely nothing..... not one single thing..... that I need to do except spend the rest of those years getting to know Him. In the meantime, I will also discover His purpose for my life, what it means to walk with God and just how to follow Him.....which....again...has nothing to do with doing things.
How simple...... it amazes me how far off that has gotten over the past 2000 years. Well... that's not really true any more....it no longer amazes me.... not since I saw the battle a few years back. Now I also know deep down in my knower, the reality of how much Satan hates me, hates God, hates His people and is trying to destroy them....... and keep them from having anything that would ever resemble a real relationship!
One of the great areas of Satan's deception of the church is in the area of Evangelism.... the proclaiming of that really good news about what Jesus did when He went to the cross for us. It is no longer simple folks....it can and has been made a very complicated process... full of all kinds of things that one needs to do now that one has "accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior".... that expression is, by the way, the expression used in the Christianese language to explain what you must do to have this experience with God that I have been calling it! Folks try to explain to our intellect that we need to be saved or born again or make Jesus Lord of our Lives.... or pray this prayer..... respond to this "altar call"..... or raise our hand at an invitation to do so.... (with every head bowed and every eye closed and no one looking around you may even be asked to boldly step out and come forward since no one will see you and then you won't have to be embarrassed to come to Christ).... I need to stop now since I am ranting and about to sin.
I am sure we will get back to this... it is much too important to leave at one little philip ranting. I have illustration after illustration right off the front page of my life to share with you..... know that I have asked the Lord to forgive me for those news items. The only way I know for anyone to get it..... to experience the reality of what I have gotten..... is to proclaim it. Once it has been proclaimed....that's all I need to do..... the rest is between you and God.... maybe you could try asking Him what He thinks about philip's rantings.