“In the beginning GOD…”

I have been praying to God about what do I blog about this past week. Actually, it has been a constant prayer of mine since September last year. However, I wasn’t getting anything from God as to what to blog about. Yet, through my activities over the past week, I began to pick up on something, or maybe should I call it a “God something.”

The Lord God began impressing on me, “In the beginning God” using different methods of communication. At my local church, we are going through Genesis 1-11 on Wednesday nights specializing in the phrase, “In the beginning God.” This past week, I went to work when I had heard some sermon on Genesis 1:1 where Pastor Irwin Lutzer is the senior pastor at Moody Church in Chicago, Illinois and the mouthpiece for God at Running to Win Ministries. “Interesting,” I thought to myself, ever trying to find God’s will for my life. Then, I began to seriously think about it creating excuses along the way like I am not educated in all the nuances in Creation. However, I finally submitted just like Moses and Gideon. Hopefully, some of you who read this will get something out of this blog like one never thought of it this way before to radically changing your view of Creation.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1; KJV)

Moses, under the inspiration of God, could hardly think of the words he would use making so much controversy when he wrote them. Actually, he wrote them to be a remembrance to and for Israel. Moses didn’t know, at the time until his death, that his words that he used would cause so much controversy among the rest of the world. Moses didn’t know the plan of salvation that God had planned for the world through His Son, Jesus Christ, several thousand years from actually writing these words “In the beginning God.”

He didn’t know the plan of exchanging a perfect lamb each year for making everything right with God the Father for Jesus Christ (a forever perfect sacrificial lamb) who is His Son sent down to earth to make a way to see God the Father forevermore (John 3:16-21; John 17:1-3).

So, here’s my theory since God leaves it up to humans to lay creation’s timetable out. I say whatever doesn’t include God as the number 1 entity, it is not trustworthy. Although, 6 days of creating 1 day of rest is clearly evident in Creation story (Genesis 1-3). However, in Psalm 90:4 Moses states in a song to the Lord that

To you, a thousand years is like the passing of a day, or like a few hours in the night. (NCV)

Hmmm, that causes me to wonder? Was the 6 days of the Creation actual 24 hour days? Well, it could be. Yet what would you do with Psalm 90:4 in where it states

To you (the Lord), a day is like a thousand years, or like a few hours in the night. (NCV)?

Remember, both accounts of the time were written by the same man who had a deeper connection with God, Moses.

Humans are on the quest for certainty. It is evident in things all around us like in car repairs. You don’t want to be paying for a repair that isn’t the problem with your car, so we seek out car repair shops that have proven themselves to solve the problem in one visit. There are countless others that I could point you back to, but it says in Hebrews 11:6 that

Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him. (HCSB)

I don’t believe we will ever know for sure; however, there is the Holy Scripture which is the only collection of writings inspired by God through different writers spanning at least 6000 years.

God wanted to share eternity with us, His prize creation; but we sinned by taking the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, a command given by God that was for our benefit that we should not take the fruit of that cursed but alluring tree. You say, “Well, I never would have given in!” But really? “The knowledge of good and evil, how can there be anything thing wrong with that? It would help me avoid that which is a sin,” you say. Yet that is what exactly happened until 2000 years ago when a perfect baby had been sent by God the Father. That perfect baby that grew up into a man was, is, and forever will be Jesus Christ (God Son). By His physical death, it ripped the substantially weighted curtain in two, which means for us is that we have complete access to God, instead of waiting for a high priest to go into the holy of holies once a year to offer up a perfect lamb to be slaughtered. No, Jesus Christ is that slaughtered perfect lamb creating access to God the Father forevermore.

“In the beginning… Genesis 1”

“In The Beginning God Created…”

“Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Despite this realization, however, I was still spending a lot of time and energy trying to ‘define’ what my ‘new normal’ was supposed to look like. Where was I headed? What would my daily routines be? Where would I work? How would I provide for my family? I wanted to know what my future held and how to get there. I knew everything was going to be different, but I didn’t want to wait to find out the details. I wanted to know now. But it didn’t happen.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

*As I (True Life Christianity) reflect over these words, both Jeff Huxford and I would say our faith in God grew because we had no place to turn except to God. If you want to read my story, it is captured under April ’18-“Joseph’s Life, My Life” or get it under MENU-“The Birth of True Life Christianity.”-

“Give Me Faith”-Elevation Worship

“Walk By Faith”-Jeremy Camp

“Even If”-MercyMe

“Even If”-Kutless

“Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Besides the stories of other courageous people who have overcome great difficulties, I’ve always found encouragement and strength in the Scriptures. Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV) is a reminder that God is always by our side.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.“-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Refuge”-Finding Favor

“You Are My Strength”-Hillsong United

UNITY. UNITY? UNITY! (Under Jesus Christ Alone)

It goes against every fiber in my being to use this symbol. What COEXIST stands for is that on the basis of religion the world’s people getting along together, no matter what your religious difference. You know, unity. Let the world be as one, despite your specific differences on the “hereafter.” The basis behind this belief is there are many ways to heaven where Jesus, Muhamed, Buddha and others will all be in heaven. On the surface, it sounds good to the world.

However, in John 14:6 Jesus Christ says,

… I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (ESV)

God wants us to have a relationship with Him, so He sent down His only Son (Jesus Christ) to pay the cost for all humanity for all time (John 3:16). So, let it be sure where I unmovably stand-Jesus Christ has paid the cost for my sin, your sin, and all of humanity’s sin spanning throughout time, and by accepting Jesus Christ into your soul you move from spiritual death to life.

Now that we have that settled as to where I stand, let us take a look at some Christians who try to achieve unity as Jesus Christ said in His prayer to God the Father. Through the years, the decades, the centuries, and millennia, Christians have the monopoly on peace which is supposed to lead to unity. Again, not the peace that the world gives, but the peace that leads to unity.

That unity can only come from Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit. By the simple words of His prayer to the Father, Jesus Christ calls us to peace in unity.

You can see it in the life of Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul who took the message of Jesus Christ to those outside of the Jews, with no hesitation (even if it meant physical death). You would think, however, with the maturing of the human race over two thousand years, we would have at least make some progress toward unity, but sadly we do not seem any closer to achieving unity under Jesus Christ than when He was taken up into heaven. So how do we achieve unity? Perhaps a little bit of history will help?

Under Roman Catholicism, the Pope tried unity by forcing rules and by chaining the Holy Bible to the pulpit in churches where the commoner couldn’t even get their hands on one. Then, Martin Luther came along nailing the 99 objections (theses) that he had made. Many of his objections Catholicism did add onto God’s grace, and so, Martin Luther nailed them to the door of the Roman Catholic church. Thus began the Protestant church.

The two churches, Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, had successfully broken off into two camps each focussing in on God’s grace but one of them focusses more intently on works and the other one on grace. This can’t be? Can it? Unfortunately, both churches are guilty as history proves.

One of the Roman Catholicism’s catechisms essentially says that Muslims under Abraham have another way to salvation for those who believe in the Creator. What?

Or the various denominations of the Protestant church, ranging from strict fundamentalism to outright going against God’s Word saying that God is a God of love and will understand because He did not live in my culture. What?

I point you back to the verse I quoted earlier in this blog:

Jesus said to the man, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:26, ESV)

Catholics versus Protestants; even the Protestants have different denominations. Denominations run all over the gambit, from far left going too far right. How can Christians come together when we fight over issues that don’t make a difference whether you enter heaven where we have a groom waiting for us or hell where Satan rules?

My wife and I just finished 10 Days of Prayer for Unity for Manchester, N.H. It has taken place since 2009, but we only went this year. However, I don’t think unity is going to happen through Christians from Catholicism and various denominations of Protestantism praying 10 Days of Prayer for Unity or similar events happening. I think God is going to let something happen, and then you will have a choice of unity under Jesus Christ alone or not.

“We Are The Body”-Brook Hills Music

“Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Katherine Wolf, a courageous stroke survivor, says this in her book Hope Heals about her experience:

I give God the glory, and it can still hurt. I used to cry myself to sleep every night. But I have learned, above all other lessons, that healing for each of us is spiritual. We will be fully restored in heaven, but we are actually healed on earth right now. My experience has caused me to redefine healing and to discover a hope that heals the most broken places: our souls.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Healer”-Kari Jobe

“The Hurt And The Healer”-MercyMe

“Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Jesus doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called. … ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NLV)”

“You Are My Strength When I’m Weak”-(unknown)

“You Say”-Lauren Daigle

“Worn”-TenthAvenueNorth

“Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Tragedy does that to us. Sometimes it will force us to engage life differently as we did before. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s just the way life works, and there is nothing we can do about it.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“The Struggle”-Tenth Avenue North

“Shoulders”-For King And Country

“Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“I started dealing with emotions and feelings that I never had before. I was becoming depressed because of all the effort it took to function as normal as possible. I was depressed because I wasn’t the same husband, father, doctor, family member, or friend that I used to be, and I never would be again.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Heal My Broken Heart”-unknown

“Storm Inside of You”-Veronica Ballestrini

“Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Illness of all kinds both physical and mental, was not part of God’s original plan. It exists because of sin. Thankfully, we have a God who loves us so much He came to rescue us from this mess.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Rescue”-Newsong

“Rescuer”-Rend Collective

“Came To My Rescue”-Hillsong United

“Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“So because of my ignorance, I was under the impression the people I heard about in the Bible were free of any sort of problems. And if I was living the way God wanted, I shouldn’t have any problems either. I have learned the hard way this is simply not true! The Bible is full of people suffering from all sorts of issue.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Imprfection”-Skillet

“Broken Things”-Matthew West

“Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huford, M.D.

“Statistics show that one year after a brain injury, more than 50 percent of survivors are affected by anxiety and depression, and after seven years that number jumps to more than 66 percent. The general population rate is less than 10 percent. I was naive and believed these statistics wouldn’t apply to me. …”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

Click on these links:

“Storm Inside of You”-Veronica Ballestrini

“What If I Stumble”-DC Talk

“Deep Rap Song About Anxiety”-(unknown)

“Finding Normal: An Uninvited Change, An Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“… But because of my quick and miraculous recovery, I was not able to return to work, I was able to return much faster than anyone ever expected. I was back to work as a doctor in just five months. … They underestimated who I was. I was the exception. I would be the anomaly.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

Please click on this link:

“Anomaly”-Lecrae

“Inside Out: Part 4-Change From The Inside Out|Chapter 13-THE “GOOD STUFF” BENEATH THE BAD

Change from the inside out requires that we take an unsettling look into ourselves that thoroughly disrupts our complacency. That look begins with an understanding of God’s moral requirements and how far short we fall in our efforts to keep them. (page 235)

In fact, all of the Old Testament is consumed with a man trying to be moral to reach God on his (her) own. Yet, it is not until the New Testament in which the Son of God (Jesus Christ) obeys His Father, and comes down to be born of a virgin and eventually die on a horrible cross only to be raised three days through the power of the God the Father. Under the new covenant (testament), however, people do not need continual sacrifices in order to keep up with God’s moral requirements. Instead, Jesus Christ was the perfect lamb as required in the Old Testament. Let us go on…

Dr. Crabb writes,

Every Sunday morning, churches are filled with aching hearts and resolute wills. Most file out the door with their ache more carefully hidden and their demanding wills better disguised as legitimate. But if Sharon, or any of us, is to experience the healing power of the gospel, we must feel our pain and face our sin. Nothing is more difficult.

But just as smooth skin lies beneath the diseased skin, so the basis for real joy is hidden beneath unbearable suffering. First, the bad skin must be burned. Labor precedes birth. Life after death. That’s always the order since Eden. And pain embraced is proportionate to joy celebrated. People who only feel only a little of their disappointment and face only a little of their sin experience only a little of the joy available to them in Christ. (page 238)

I have met people who say they want to be used of God, and crying out to God at youth seminars, retreats, and summer camps that they would do anything to spread His Word. Often, when they become an adult, they think that God will give them a pass for “foolish” stuff they promised as a teenager, and sadly, that was an emotional calling they put on themselves when emotions were high. Yet, since they did make a promise or vow to God, God remembers it. I remember several promises I made to God that I still struggle with handing it over to Him. But, I do remember being eighteen after my near fatalistic car accident being completely useless and handing my life over to God; for it was shortly after I awoke out of my one-month coma (see The Birth of True Life Christianity under MENU) where I was forced to make a decision to go with God or totally denounce Him. I had quickly ran through the examples from the Bible such as Job and Jonah, and I decided I wanted to be different. I decided I wanted to go with receiving the full blessings whatever disappointments I may go through here in this life to receive the full blessings in Jesus Christ.

Under Releasing the New Life Within on page 241, Dr. Larry Crabb writes this to close out this wonderful book:

Many of us live our lives without ever tapping into the “good stuff,” without ever seeing our weathered, cancerous skin become smooth as a baby’s cheek. Because we refuse to apply the ointment that burns off the diseased crust …

If you long to discover the energy of Christ within you, to change from the inside out by releasing the new life within your soul, then you must do three things: (1) surrender to God, (2) take an inside look in the safety of loving community, and (3) develop the spiritual sensitivity necessary to recognize the promptings of God’s Spirit as He stimulates the Godly desires of your new heart.

Click on these links to gain a fuller understanding of what God’s will is for your life:

“New Year’s Vow”-Kutless

“The Book of Job Explained”-Inspiring Philosophy

“Inside Out”-Bonray

“Finding Normal: An Uninvited Changed, An Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“… We could not stay long at family gatherings or parties because it caused Jeff to tire quickly and feel overwhelmed. Life all around had changed for us, and it just plain stunk!

We felt God calling us to be patient. We did a lot of waiting throughout his recovery. … If we only knew how much more God had to teach us about being patient in the waiting!”-Jacqui Huxford

Click on links to view music videos:

“While I Wait”-Lincoln Brewster

“Lord Of Patience”-Shai Linne (verses only)