CliffdaleCast featuring speaker Joshua Goodman
Seeing What We Should Not See
In the Garden, when Adam and Ever partook of the fruit, their eyes were opened to things they should not have seen. Fear, doubt, shame. Eve saw the fruit and desired it. Partaking of the fruit their eyes were opened to their nakedness. Where they were once comfortable with God, connected, they then created a disconnect. And God knew. He knew when they ate they fruit, He knew they would, He knew where they were when they did. When He called for them, it wasn't because He didn't know. It wasn't for His benefit, but for theirs. When God calls for us, it's not for His benefit, but for ours. We need to know where we are. He calls to us in the midst of the darkness so that we can see where we are.
Do we really trust the way we say we do? Do we really love the way we say we do? Almighty God chose to love you and I. Because he chose to love you, He chose to trust you, He chose to invest in you and He knows ALL that you've done. He knows all the garbage, all the icky stuff and He still chose to pull you up into the light and seat you with Him.
Jesus and God gave the best that they could give. God gave his son. Jesus gave his life. And the Holy Spirit...well He has to deal with you for all eternity. We want to invest only in what we think deserves investment. We often times give to others what they give to us rather than what God would give. We don't see others as deserving. But if we are to follow after God we must love the unlovable, trust the untrustworthy. What would you not do for the kingdom?
Expecting Kingdom Benefits from a Sinful Lifestyle
Whatever we conform to is what we prove. We have the ability to prove the Kingdom or the world. As we're having this battle, conforming to the world or the Kingdom, it's an identity crisis. If you're consuming the things of this world, but reading the word and expecting the benefits of the Kingdom, reading but not investing, you'll only reap what you sow. The things of this world will never bring satisfaction. We invest more into the kingdom of this world and then are confused when the kingdom promises don't apply to our lives.
We want to blame God for that misery but we're just reaping from the sin we've sown. As we begin to sow into the kingdom, we will reap kingdom benefits. We're sowing into the world but expecting kingdom benefits from our sinful lifestyles.
Putting the First Things First
God was the first to invest and He invested the best. God made the greatest investment of all. We have NOTHING that can compare to the gift of Jesus. He was the first fruit of many.
We are better off for remembering how mighty God is. It's not a benefit to God if we remember and realize how mighty He is. It benefits us. This represents what God has done and will do in our lives. What we do with the first item, dictates what will happen with the rest. We have to put the first things first. Honor God with the firsts.
There are times, circumstances and situations that tire us. At those times we need to say 'I will not be satisfied with this disquiet of my soul!' When we're feeling that way- we WILL yet praise God. So many times today we give the power of praise to our worries, our circumstances. What has the power in your life to steal your praise from God?
There are going to be times of disquiet in your lives. Prepare for these times by passionately praising. As we passionately praise, it enables us to remember the goodness of God. Remember who God is.
Loving God, Loving Others, Loving the World
Often in the body, we are people of reaction. The enemy takes a shot at us and we feel like we have to shoot back. Our God is a God of action. Defining decisions.