The Power XIV by David Heisler

24Dec

The Power XIV

 

Sometimes in the face of “apparently” overwhelming evil our only first step is to agree with Joseph and say, “God did this”.  The explanation may or may not come later.

 

By the same token, if you have the ability to change the apparent evil – do something - that is Him in action, moving you into action.  When you can affect the change – do it – as Him doing it.  Never stand by silently, inactively, when others need you.  That is why you are there, precisely at that moment.

 

We have all faced a situation, or two, or a hundred, when it appears as though evil has won. It is that point where reality through faith must take over.  There are moments when we look in the mirror, speaking to Him, and the only thing we can say is, “I don’t know what You’re up to – I don’t like it – I don’t understand – but I accept this from You at the moment”.

 

We can, and often must, default to our basics.  There is only one God and He is the only Power in the universe.  Some call this the “seeing through” approach and I like that phrase. Can we look apparent evil in the eye and see through to Him – even if we don’t know why? 

 

Yes we can.  Yes we will. 

The Power XIII by David Heisler

23Dec

The Power XIII

 

So, I posed the question of how it was possible for Joseph to get the correct perspective that, regardless of the intent of his brothers or the appearance of evil, that it was God that purposed the events of his life.   

 

Well, for one, Joseph was no more or less human than the rest of us.  So, without a doubt he didn’t get it immediately.  Initially, probably, all he could see was the evil and a world controlled by the devil – with the “forces of good and evil” fighting it out.  All of which is incorrect, but sometimes our perspective, no matter how incorrect, can cloud and color everything we see, think or do.

 

And we don’t know exactly when Joseph “got it” and to what extent his statement to his brothers was simply a statement of faith.  In fact, even when he made his great statement to his brothers, he may have still been struggling with acceptance.  But, for our purposes, the most important fact is that he made the correct statement, “God did send me before you to preserve life.”  At minimum, speaking the word of faith, is the correct start.  Jesus, the One “Who made all things”, is described as the “Word of God”.  [John 1.3]  Accordingly, therefore all creation, including the creation of the right perspective on things, starts with a “word” – or, really the Word. 

 

More on this in Part XIV

The Power XII by David Heisler

20Dec

The Power XII

 

“Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.”  [Gen. 45 .5]

 

What did Joseph mean?  Several things, probably – but most important – God had purpose in what appeared to be evil.  From Joseph’s perspective, it would appear that he knew the true underlying reality of his brothers selling him into slavery – an apparently evil act – was, indeed, not God’s afterthought, but His well-conceived, purposeful act. 

 

Our basics are correct.  There is only one God and He is the only power in the universe. However, there are times we must look an apparently evil situation in the eye and, say with faith, “I don’t understand, but, I will accept this from You.”

 

“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.”  [Matt. 10.29]  Even a bird does not fall from the air that He does not purpose.  Therefore what situation is random or not intentional?   Nothing, probably.

 

How did Joseph get the correct perspective that, regardless of the intent of his brothers or the appearance of evil, that it was God that purposed the events of his life?

 

More on that in Part XIII

The Power XI by David Heisler

19Dec

The Power XI

 

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”  [Isa. 45.7]

 

I say the statement is “curious” because of the “create evil” part.  Some say “create the possibility of evil”.  I won’t.  I do have a problem with God creating evil, so I default to my framework - He has His purpose in everything.  We do not live in the “Garden”.  Who would really want a life like that anyway?  We would remain immature babies if life was wonderful and easy all the time.

 

Consider the evil scenario of older brothers selling their younger brother into slavery.  Then, lying to their father saying the brother is dead.  For all intents and purposes that brother was dead, never to be seen again.  Consider if Joseph was your child.

 

Well, how did Joseph ultimately deal with that situation?  When reunited with his brothers many years later, and those brothers fearing for their lives, Joseph said, “Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.”  [Gen. 45 .5]

 

More on that in Part XII

The Power X by David Heisler

17Dec

The Power X

 

Okay, how do we deal with the appearance of evil?  That’s a tough one.  And, I say “appearance” because we like to categorize, perhaps incorrectly, everything into “good and evil”.  Just turn on the news.  Innocents die and suffer needlessly every day.  The world “seems” to be going to hell.  We have our own personal hells.  We suffer.  We get sick.  Our loved ones suffer – lose their jobs – die - homes get foreclosed. 

 

Isaiah [inspired] makes some very basic statements about reality:

 

“I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.” [Isa. 45.5-6]

 

I don’t think these verses leave any question that there is but One God - One Power in the universe.  What is tougher to deal with is the next verse - a very curious statement also made by Isaiah:

 

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”  [Isa. 45.7]

 

More on that in Part XI

The Power IX by David Heisler

16Dec

The Power IX

 

Christianity has allowed – permitted, satan to have great influence in the day in, day out, normal life of Christianity.  Just consider the amount of time spent in the pulpit, Sunday after Sunday, where we are warned about the “power” of satan.  His purported power and influence are extolled constantly for our consideration.  Let me be perfectly clear – this is not Christianity.  This is not of Him.  This exaltation of satan is of satan and not of God.  We must sharpen our understanding and clarify our approach.   

 

Lucifer’s other approach is that Christianity is for “my” benefit.  “If I do so and so I get the blessings – wealth – health – whatever, you name it”.  This is satan speaking these silly and immature words.  In reality, Christianity is not “for me”.  Christianity – real life – is the reality of Him as me and me as Him resulting in my life for others.  Satan wants us totally engaged and consumed with ourselves, always looking inward for self-improvement, producing some self-benefit.  And, so long as we are convinced that he is a “separate power” and independent operator we remain immature children, never grasping our true selves as expressions of the Christ in our world, as we are consumed with him, fighting him and believing his lies about our true identity.

 

We are almost at the point of dealing with the appearance of evil power in the world.

 

More on that in Part X

The Power VIII by David Heisler

13Dec

The Power VIII

 

Despite the temptations, satan posed no threat to Jesus – never did, never will. “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”[John 14:30]

 

Satan was just an agent used by God to force Jesus to consider His true identity and become settled in that identity – namely, the Savior and Lover of the world.  Should we consider satan to be different for us?  Of course not.  He has his purpose.  He’s just a liar. We must hone our skills at lie detection and settle into and confirm our true identity. 

 

Our true identity is Christ as us.  We are co-saviors and lovers of our world.  We must be lied to and tempted from our singleness of purpose.   The lies and the temptations are for our benefit – just as they were to Jesus – to settle us into our true identity and maturity.

 

So, God’s agent [satan] offers a religious approach to Christianity.  He offers self-improvement.  “Self-improvement” is a lie.  If there was ever anything wrong with our “selves” the blood of His cross washed those problems eternally away.  We are redeemed and reconciled by the sacrificial death of the Savior.  There is nothing left to improve.

 

More on that in Part IX

The POWER VII by David Heisler

13Dec

The Power VII

 

Okay, so who is this created being to whom we ascribe independent power?

 

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”  [Isaiah 14.12-15]

 

He is terribly misguided and not independent at all.

 

But he does have great purpose in our lives.  Consider that Jesus was not ready for his public ministry until he had faced the devil and put him in his place.  And so shall we.  But,what was lucifer’s necessary purpose in Jesus’ life just prior to Jesus’ public ministry? Jesus had to settle, in His mind and in His heart, Who He was and His purpose.  If Jesus ever had a thought that He would be an earthly king or great military leader those thoughts had to be dealt with.  Further, Jesus had to know that His ability to heal the sick was something He did for others – He was not going to be a great magician working tricks for His own benefit.

 

More on that in Part VIII

THE POWER VI by David Heisler

11Dec

THE POWER VI

 

Do you see satan needed permission to work over Job?  God gave satan the idea and then set the boundaries – telling satan what he was allowed to do and what he was not allowed to do.  Apparently, he also needed permission to work over Peter. “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.” [Luke 22.31]

 

Satan is different than us in that he has seen God and, apparently has rejected Him in a way that no human ever has.  I say that because he has actually seen God face to face – no question whatsoever that he has seen God and despite that fact – rejected Him.  No human has ever seen God face to face, as satan has, and made the same knowing and intelligent rejection.

 

Some liars are so good at what they do that they convince themselves that what they say is true, though it be false.  Well, satan/lucifer is such a good liar that he thinks he is telling the truth – in fact he has convinced himself.   What are satan’s lies that we so readily accept as true?  First, he thinks and says that he is God’s rival and therefore a legitimate threat to the kingdom.  He says that he is omnipresent [in all places at all times].  He claims to pose a threat to us and our salvation.  As a result we think that he has independent power and that we must fight him.

 

More on that in Part VII

THE POWER V by David Heisler

11Dec

THE POWER V

 

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.” [Job 1.6] So, satan was among the “sons of God”. Does that make him a son?  I don’t know.  I do know he is created and not a creator.  So, is satan an independent operator?  Does he need permission to do what he does?  Is he part of the big, overall plan for things?  Does he fit into history or create history?

 

“And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”  [Job 1.8]

 

Whose idea was it to train-wreck Job’s life?  God or satan?  It appears to be God’s idea to me.  But why?  We’ll get to that later.  But, we know God put the thought in satan’s mind. Satan was the agent of apparent evil and destruction in Job’s life.  But, we can’t give him credit for the decision to do it.  That creates an apparent blurring of the line between “good and evil”.  Is that important? Can we deal with that?

 

“And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand.”  [Job1.12]

 

More on that in Part VI

THE POWER IV by David Heisler

11Dec

THE POWER IV  

 

Why is this discussion so important?  Because, there is so much misinformation and outright lies about competing “power”.  We have been “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine…” [Eph. 4.14]  We have not been “rightly dividing the word of truth”. [2 Tim. 2.15]  We must take a mature approach to our faith, otherwise “the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all” [Galatians 4.1]

 

Of course the discussion creates problems at this point because how do we now explain what “appears” to be terribly destructive evil powers?   Satan is a created being.  He has no independent life in himself.   No created being in the universe has independent life.  What satan has is what he is given – no more – no less. 

 

“Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given theefrom above…” John 19.11 

 

Who was Jesus really talking to?  What is Pilate or was it satan?  Or both?  Or, was He speaking for our benefit, so we would know, for certain, with full assurance, that His crucifixion was neither a random act nor satan “winning” in some fashion?

 

More on that in Part V

The Power III by David Heisler

7Dec

The Power III

 

The fact that only One Power exists in the Universe is abundantly clear as Moses is addressing Israel.  He is warning and reminding them that when they obtain success in the future not to forget that the only “power” they possess is what which is given to them and it does not originate with them.

 

 “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth [or anything for that matter], that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”  [Deut. 8.18]

 

“Power” appears in many forms and expressions as “light” is a form or expression of electricity, but it is not the electricity itself.  So, in the Bible “power” is described in so many of its forms, but, the origin is the Person and not the thing we “see” as expressing the Power.  And, Who is that Person?

“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”  1Cor. 1.24

 

The above quote is a primary statement of truth.  Jesus does not have the power of God – rather He is the power of God.  He is the “electricity” expressed as “light”. 

 

More on that in Part IV

THE POWER II by David Heisler

7Dec

THE POWER II  

 

The term “subtil” is used to describe the serpent [satan] in Genesis.  “Subtil” or “subtle” means elusive or difficult to detect or grasp – and so he is.  As a matter of fact you will almost never recognize his work - he’s that good.  And, I might add, Who do you think gave him that ability?  Actually, most things and events that he authors seem just the opposite of how we think about satan - “And no marvel; for satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Cor. 11.14

 

So – what influence does satan have on our understanding of power? – much indeed and that influence is subtle to the point of being undetected.  He encourages us to think and believe there is more than one power in the universe and that these powers fight each other with some uncertainty as to which side will win.

 

The reality is that there are not two [or more] competing “powers” in the universe, although there are those who “need” you to believe that.  Later, we will discuss who they are.  But the truth is there is only One power in the universe.  Anything or everything that appears to be a “power” is an expression of Him.  We assign “good and bad” connotations, but those labels are arbitrary and incorrectly based upon a misconception that there is a duality of power.

 

More on that in Part III

THE POWER by David Heisler

7Dec

THE POWER  

 

Why do I say “power” as if it is singular?  Aren’t there many powers?  Aren’t there good powers and evil powers?  I doubt it.  Aren’t we – the good guys [Jesus, us and the angels] – at war with the bad guys [satan and his demons]?  Isn’t it a toss-up who wins?  If we don’t fight we lose, right?  Sounds like nonsense right?  Sometimes, however, on Sunday morning it sounds real.

 

Is power a “thing” or is power a Person?  Does anyone control “power”?  Can anyone control “power”?  I think there is much confusion about what exactly “power” is and who controls it.  The church is largely confused on this point and so are many who “attend” church. 

 

Before we actually talk about “power” let’s discuss why there is so much confusion about this and really, about so many topics of such great interest. 

 

There is one created being whose has a specific job to confuse and lie – satan.  We are first introduced to satan in the Garden - he appears as a serpent.  He is described as “… the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.”  Gen 3.1 

 

More on this in Part II

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