As new Christians we wrap ourselves in the New Testament, usually starting with John & Romans. We rightfully should. But at some point we need to dive into the Old Testament, because it is here that we learn about our God. It make sense. The New Testament has 70 to 100 years of history, where the Old Testament has 5000+ of history. History showing how God interacts with man, whom he made in His own image.
“…’and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ‘ 2 Chronicles 7:14
One question, is our land healed? Second question, Is abortion off the table? Third question, Are the Bible & The Pilgrims Primer still standardize reading for our schools? If you have to ask why that’s important, than you know little of American history. I don’t know a lot, but at one time these were standardize reading.
I think the answer to all these questions is, NO!
The verse says, “…and My people… humble themselves…pray…seek…turn from their wicked ways…”
Notice it doesn’t say if your country, your political leaders, society, or any body else but “My people…”. So, if our land is not healed, and if fact is spiraling in the exact opposite direction, WHO’S FAULT IS IT?
What’s the definition of insanity…? So, I have walked with the Lord for 40 years+, seen many revivals in different ages, genders, and stages of my life, but we continue to make little progress. Continue to do the same thing over & over again and expect different results. That is the church.
Personally, I don’t think you are asking the right questions yet.
You’ll be forced at times your life to wander in the desert. You’ll be commanded at times to go forward to take your promised land. Then there will be times in your life when you are to sit quietly and wait upon the Lord. Any one of these times can be months, days, or even years. These times can intertwine. The scariest and most challenging will be when you were called, no commanded, to take your promised land.
The time to sit quietly before the Lord is not five minutes or an hour in the morning. It is not a lifestyle. Its more of a place, a mountain, a beach, or a field in your mind that you rest. It’s a rest for days, months, even years, when you don’t pray, ask, or praise. You rest. It is the quietest of life.
I no longer look at the Bible as God breathed, in that every word is His word. I excepted Christ as a teenager, and from the beginning I searched and meditated on scripture. My life was directed by the revelations I received during these medications. Everything I believed I checked how it matched up with what I had learned in scripture. During this time, my life was a rollercoaster in every way, with failure after failure. And I have constantly felt these failures. After 40 plus years walking with the Lord, I have changed on how I view the Bible.
To me, the Bible is God’s history book. I realize many hold my previous view Many have the opinion that the Bible is the word of God breathed, that every phase is as if it’s God’s edict. It is instead, to me, God’s recorded history of the His creation. For instance, the New Testament is the writing of His disciples and the on goings of His people. But the idea that everything written is His thought, His very word breathed, no, I do not believe.
When I read the Bible I am more interested in what God did, than what he said. For that you need a to lean on the more of the Old Testament, than the New. You have thousand of years to study God’s nature verses a hundred years in the New Testament. The New Testament has the Gospels, but outside of that it is the letters of the Apostles on which we lean. These were godly men, who had a heart for God, and had been chosen by Him to spread the Gospel. They were anointed.
With that said, they were still men, flawed men, who’s prejudice and nature are stamped in their letters. For instance Paul’s letters are influenced by his legalistic views. This legalism is well documented prior to Paul’s salvation. Although experienced at great revelation upon his salvation experience, just like you and I, he still had to contended with his nature. You see that very black and white view in his writings. It hurt his relationships with other disciples and put a strain on his relationships. But he is Paul, who had the Experience of the Road to Damascus. He has to be right. I think that is our failure.
We as a body have held up the Scriptures as a staff between ourselves and God. Looking through this Kaleidoscope distorts what our Heavenly Father wants to say to us as individuals. He tore the veil from top to bottom, so that we may enter in to His presence and learn directly from Him.
This is a foundational premise to my blog. Comments are welcomed. I am not a scholar and have only read the scriptures. I have very little education in theological studies. These are my beliefs. Please don’t think I disregard the New Testament. It is part of this Book, I call God’s History Book, and thus carries the weight of the the new covenant.