The Curse of Curiosity

“DOUBT” The need for Self-Validation

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5 “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will will be like God, knowing good and evil Gen. 3:5

Adam and Eves disobedience gave man a “Conscience” Discernment Knowledge of Right from Wrong-Freedom of Choice. Our flesh will always be at war with our spirit (Pneuma vs Sarx)
This dilemma will forever plague un-believers, and seasoned believers alike.

INSTANT GRATIFICATION, Immediate Fulfillment of Carnal Cravings: We want it, When we want, and We want it now!

SELF-EDIFICATION, Validation; “Ostentatious” Webster’s: Pretentious, attempt to impress- 5 As they were talking about the complex, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, He said6 “These things you see-the days will come when not one stone will be left on another that will not be thrown down Luke 21:5-6

Snares of:

Instant gratification; succumbing to depravity: Don’t always think of consequences
Self-edification: False sense of identity, forever putting on aires; Need to be like God.

Know the difference:

Condemnation; Dealing with Consequences of actions (Doubt)-Counter-intuitive to God’s will, Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry
Conviction; Holy Spirit of Contention ; Hope,Trust, and Faith: Foresight of danger
The “Anti-dote”: Re-aligning our will with God’s:

SUBMISSION (Complete surrender): We cannot win a war that is not rightfully ours. *15 and he said, “Listen carefully, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat. This is what the Lord says:’Do not be discouraged because of this vast number, for the battle is not your’s but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:15

ASCRIBE TO THE GRACE OF THE CROSS (Believe without question);Remain steadfast in His promise and sovereignty: (Psalm 34:4) I sought the Lord. and He answered me; He delivered me from my fear . (Deuteronomy 5:10) And showing mercy and steadfast love to thousands and a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments, (Exodus 20:6) But showing mercy and steadfast love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments

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Tumbleweed Faith ~ — CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Tumbleweed faith . . . gets blown all around one day it’s lifted up the next upside down. It’s root is shallow, it’s weak and unstable faith like a tumbleweed spins like a turntable. Tumbleweed faith . . . flips with the wind under false doctrine it becomes pinned. Storms of adversity, are too much […]

via Tumbleweed Faith ~ — CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Re. Truth

38 What is truth? said Pilate (Jn 18:38).

“Truth(s)” are subjective; We proclaim our truths on evidence that is presented, Truths are based on our personal experiences. Either way, our truths are biased in comparison to the truth according to Jesus Christ.

Let me explain; The apostles, and the disciples were pre vied to the greatest source of truth (Jesus’ miracles, and ministry); “Himself.” They witnessed His miracles firsthand, as did His adversaries. Yet they still demanded more evidence-(Jn 20:25) So the disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my fingers into the marks of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

“Truth(s)” will do one of two things:

Dis-belief/Fear of:
Overreaching the authority of God; Unyielding to His sovereignty-“We have seen Your miracles, But, I am not totally convinced, so…” We have personally witnessed His workings, *Martha, Thomas
Refusal; Outright Denial: *Sanhedrin (Mark 11:33) Answering Jesus, they said, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Nor will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” You will be blinded, and dumbfounded from all understanding. Aaron fashioning gold idol.

Un-belief / Curiosity?
Hope” Continually kindling the flame of hunger, and thirst for His word-*Open the eyes of my heart Lord, I want to see you (Colossians 1:5) because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about[this hope] in the message of truth, the gospel.
Obedience: *The Roman jailer (1Peter 1:22) By obedience to the truth, having purified yourselves for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.

What compelling evidence do we possess or need to affirm Christ as Lord and Savior in our lives? Personally, His presence, and self-affirmations are manifested empirically, as opposed to visually in my life. Then again, that is my personal walk with Him. “Acts 2:1-4” When the disciples were told to wait on the Holy Spirit (before proceeding to Jerusalem), the experience was such, That because of their obedience, They were filled with the Holy Spirit which revealed the truth of Himself in the 3,000 that accepted the Lord that day.

In our personal relationships with the Lord, He reveals Himself in different ways-Often times in the most intimate settings; Mano e Mano. There might not be a splitting of the Red Sea, or, the capturing of the Medianites, but, In the most quietest of times when His truths are realized.

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The same yesterday, today and forever

Whats love got to do with it?

God’s “Agape” love:

(Deuteronomy 6:5) 5Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength
(Jn 13:34) “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.
(Jn 14:21a) “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who lives Me.

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According to the Bible, there are 4 types of love: Agape Gk: God’s very pnature, Eros: Sensual, intimate, passionate, Storge : A natural bonding as in husband, wife, children, and Philos : A special interest, an affinity for, a friendship. Of the 4, Agape love is set apart from the others because of what it represents, and does (Jn 3:16). God commands us to love, because that is the foundation on which all other loves stand: (1Jn 4: 7- 11) 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God 8 The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 Love consists in this:,not that we loved God, but He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another.
Given the present state of the world, and condition of our humanity, there is a definite disconnect from what God intended, and our interpretation (of love). We can agree, that there is an absence of God in our nation. Without love, there is no obedience: (Malachi 2:1-2) “Therefore, this decree is for you priests: 2 If you don’t listen, and if you don’t take it to heart to honor My name,” says, Yahweh of Hosts,” I will send a curse among you and I will curse your blessings. In fact, I already begun to curse them because you are not taking it to heart.

Love is Unconditional (Philos): (Philippians 1:9) And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with the knowledge of all discernment. We cannot manufacture love, and we cannot manifest it on our own.

Love knows no boundaries, and is not discretionary: (1 Thessalonians 3:12) And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we do for you
(1Thessalonians 4:10) And indeed, you are showing this live to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to excel more and more.

“Breaking faith with God”

The Abrahamic covenant

God’s plan for Abram was to father great nations of Israel, To produce generations of leaders, and rulers. How was this possible now that both he and Serai was beyond child rearing ages

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(Genesis 16-2-4a) 2 Serai said to Abram, “Since the Lord has prevented me from bearing children, go to my slave; perhaps through her I can build a family.” And Abram agreed to what Serai said. 3 So Abram’s wife Serai took Hagar, her Egyptian slave, and gave her to her husband Abram as a wife for him. This happened after Abram lived in the land of Canaan 10 years 4 He slept with Hagar, and she became pregnant.

Abrahamic covenant was an unconditional covenant designed by God to accomplish three things: To make Abraham father to a great nation (Genesis 12:2), In a land promised by God (Genesis 12:1-3), That was to guaranteed to be generational; Abraham’s descendants to be God’s chosen, set apart for Himself. To be sealed by the rite of circumcision guaranteeing to set Abraham, and his descendants apart for Himself (Genesis 17:9-14).

Two types of covenants were made between God and man: “Conditional”and “Unconditional”: Conditional covenants were bi-lateral: Both parties are bound by action; In order for the covenant to be filled, both parties required to do their part otherwise the covenant was broken. The Abrahamic covenant was an Unconditional; Fulfillment of the covenant was dependent on Abraham’s obedience.

(Genesis 15:3-4) Abram continued, “Look you have given me no offspring, so a slave born in my house will be my heir.”
4 Now the word of the Lord came to him: “This one will not be your heir, instead, one who cones from your body will be your heir.

*God’s plan interrupted; Abraham breaks covenant with God (Genesis 16: 2-4a).
Out of desperation, and lack of faith Serai hatches a plan, and gets Abram to agree with her despite what God had intended (Genesis 3:6). Acting outside of the will of God can have serious consequences. Abraham sires a son with Hagar.
(Genesis 16: 12) This man will be like a wild donkey His hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hands will be against him he will live at odds with all his brothers *Ishmael didn’t have a chance because he was not the designated one (17:21)

Going out in front of God is an insult to God: In the book of Judges The Lord spoke to Gideon again, “There are still too many men. Bring them down to the water and I will thin the ranks some more. When I say, ‘This one should go with you,’ pick him to go; When I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ Do not take him NET Gideon’s assignment was to capture, and conquer the Medianites: In the eyes of God, He had assembled far too many troops to accomplish this task. Rather than depending on the sovereign hand of the Lord (Who would ultimately receive the glory), Gideon doubted God. Besides, if he were sucessful, He would be a hero in the eyes of the people.

When God gives an assignment, The work is pre-ordained, meaning, the process, and results have already been determined. But because our thoughts are not His thoughts, nor are our ways His ways, We’ve a tendency to take things into our own hands, and try to make things happen out of conceit.

Our in-ability to complete a given task from God, Does Not prevent His plan from unfold: (Genesis 16:9-10) Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, “You must go back to your mistress and submit to her mistreatment. 10 The Angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will multiply your offspring and they will be too many to count [17:20] As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will certainly bless him; I will make him fruitful, and will multiply him greatly. *Ishmael would produce 12 tribal leaders, but no kings were promised.

God establishes His covenant: Genesis 17:19-21 Abraham and Sarah to have a son, Isaac, who He would establish His covenant with, who would produce 41 kings
19 But God said, No. Your wife Sarah will bear a son, and you will name him Isaac. I will confirm my covenant with him as a everlasting covenant for his future offspring.

For the sake of Reconciliation

 

(Hebrews 2:5-8) 5 For He was not subjected to angels the world to come that we are talking about. 6 But one has somewhere testified; What is a man that You remember him, or the son of man that You care for him? 7You made him lower than the angels for a short time; You crowned him with glory and honor
8 And subjected everything under his feet.

(Psalm 8:3-6) 3 When I observe Your heavens,
the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which You set in place,
4 what is the man that You remember him,
the son of man that you look after him?
5 You made him less than God and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You made him lord over the works of Your hand

(Isaiah 53: 4,12) 4Yet He himself bore our sicknesses
and He carried our pains.
but we in turn regarded him as stricken, struck down and afflicted by God

12 Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion,
and He will receive the mighty as a spoil

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Hebrews 2:5-8 takes the most powerful verses of Isaiah 53 and points them directly to the pinnacle of Jesus’ ministry; Man’s redemption from sin through the blood of the lamb. Not that any part is less meaningful, But, to give the believer a renewed appreciation of what it took to fulfill the promise. “Not subjected to angels” Being made lowly didn’t make him any less than God-He was God incarnate (Hebrews 2:6-7) 6 But one has testified; What is a man that You remember him, or the son of man that You care for him? 7 You made him lower than the angels for a short time; You crowned him with honor and glory.

He came to affirm His diety: (Psalm 8:4-5) 4What is man than You remember him, the son of man that You look after him? 5You made him less than God and crowned him with glory

….Having Dominion over All things:
(Hebrews 2:8) And subjected everything under his feet
(Psalm 8:6) 6 You made him lord over the works of Your hand
(Isaiah 53:12) Therefore I will give him the many as a portion
and he will receive the mighty as spoil.

We know this transaction (Our redemption), was not without tragedy:
John 3:16) For God so loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son so so that every one who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life
(Hebrews 2:10) For bringing many sons to glory, it was entirely appropriate that God-all things exist for Him and through Him-should make the source of their salvation perfect through suffering