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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

Jesus says we must be 'Perfect' - what does that Mean? (Mt5:48)
Gen17:1 "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect." - 1Chr12:38 "All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a *perfect heart* to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were *of one heart* ('of a single mind' -RSV) to make David king." - 1Kg5:14 "And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his *heart was not perfect* with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father." - 2Chr15:17 "But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the *heart of Asa was perfect* all his days." - Acts 13:22 "And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, *a man after mine own heart*, which shall fulfil all my will." The word Jesus uses as "Perfect" is 'Teleios' (Grk) 1 - brought to its end, finished, 2 - wanting nothing necessary to completeness. 3 - perfect, 4 - ( that which is perfect), a - consummate human integrity and virtue, b - (of men), a - full grown, adult, of full age, mature. So we can see that Jesus is saying to US what God said to Abraham - "Walk before (WITH) Me, and be (Made) Perfect" - that is, One-WITH-God. Man must be perfected by being brought to his 'End' (Christ), and made One with God in mind. heart, attitude and choice (word and deed). When Jesus said, "It Is FINISHED!", on His Cross, He used this same word. Completed. Full. Mature and Ripened to it fullest. Exhausted - wanting nothing. God's Purpose for man is this Oneness WITH Him in-Christ.


God Is Love (1Jn4:8,16) - His Name Is Jealousy! (Ex 34:14)
There are many people today who are trying to make God this or that - to say of Him what He does not Say of Himself. And then there are folks who will not accept what God Says about Who He Is (and isn't) and What He Is (and isn't), etc. To Hear God is to Obey Him. This is why few can or will. To refuse to Hear God is - ultimately - death. God's Word Is His Breath, and our Life. God Says He Is Love. He also Says that His Name (The Name of Love) Is Jealousy. It's right there in black and white. God Said it. WHY He Said it is quite another thing. There are some things God wants us to WORK for. to dig for. To study out. Some of His Mysteries are only available to those who diligently SEEK them. This Aspect of God's Divinity - this Jealousy of Agape Love - this Rebuke and Chastisement and Discipline of our Father's Parentage is far beyond the mere speculations of carnal minds. We can ASK! And God Says we can Seek and Find. Few will - because few want to encounter the Living God - Personally! And they are right to fear such an Encounter - because no man has ever truly Met God, who remained unchanged. Much of the Bible was Written to Demonstrate this! It is a fool who does not fear Love - and an even greater fool who will not Surrender when he does!

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