Just Imagine ~ Transparency IS The Best Policy!
Rev 21: 1-3,5-7
“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”
I started this writing a few weeks back and left it to come back to. Today the Pastor’s message was quite similar, or enough for me to think of this write up, so decided I will kind of amalgamate the two into one.
The oil of gladness, being anointed. Turning your mourning into joy, into dancing. David walked with God, he had his kingdom come. God dwelt with him, walked with him, because David did not hide anything from God. Even when he did wrong he did not hide anything. He was real, he was transparent.
This is how he could dance naked, because he did the one thing Adam could not, and that was to be completely honest with God. Nothing shorter than this is enough. Being completely honest with God, taking into account God knows anyway, opens up completely that doorway to freedom of walking with God. This is relationship.
The struggle is real that we live with each day. We as believers struggle torn between this world and God’s kingdom world. You feel that rub in you, that which troubles and grumbles or disturbs your spirit.
“For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”
Believers struggle. The inherent sinful nature inside us, tries to drag us back in and away from God, in turn our freedom walk WITH God. You know this happens, because you literally feel that troubling you internally. I often hear myself and others say things like “it troubles me, I feel troubled”.
“For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”
The point here being that Paul, who is probably looked on as one of the great if not greatest founders of Christianity after Jesus of course, is showing you his transparency in his struggles. He does not make out that he is just this great preacher, he shows you the reality of this inner struggle. The Bible is full of examples of great people of God struggling, but more importantly being transparent with that. Honesty is the best policy where our lives and God is concerned. It is one of the things even myself struggle with, but you know what is the point without being honest.
In Psalm 73 you can see the struggles, another is Job, he shows transparency but in that showed being preventative in what he recognized as his weaknesses. If his eyes were not a problem, then he would not need make a covenant with them…
“I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman?”
It does not matter your age, what position you are, what time you have served God … there is no limitations on that inner struggle of self trying to drag you back in away from God and His freedom, Gods kingdom. Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. Be transparent,
“For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.”
Do not struggle to victory. God’s Grace is sufficient for you. God’s strength is made perfect in your struggle. In your weakness He is strong. The Cross bought your freedom! Jesus’s death, resurrection and ascension brought you reconciliation to our Father. He is the second Adam, you can again now walk with God, embracing fully in His Divine Love, standing in the river with God, sat at the right hand side of the Father, through Christ’s shed blood on the cross, He has brought this back to you, your returning to innocence with God our Father. Don’t think or believe this is only something for after you die, this has been bought for you now, there are many Scriptures speaking of this in the now, rather than a futuristic event!
Imagine a life living outside of yourself, outside of our selfish worlds.
Imagine living as one with the world and not for just yourself.
Imagine a world of peace and love without war.
Imagine a world where you not only gave out smiles, but you received them too.
Imagine a world where people never act to destroy but only to build up.
Just imagine seeing everyone as family and not just your blood family.
Imagine a world of peace without bloodshed and fear.
Imagine a world without pain.
Imagine a world where you walk with God every moment.
Imagine a world where there was no more hunger or thirst.
Imagine a world where only tears of joy would roll down your cheeks.
Just imagine. This is the world you now belong to and get your food and drink from.