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

“… I need to start trusting God with the unknowns… This was many of the things that I had recently learned about God and Jesus started coming back to the forefront of my mind, and I began to find peace with my current situation.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Trust In You”-Lauren Daigle

“Perfect Peace”-Laura Story

Jesus Christ: Man of Peace. Then what about Christians? Aren’t they supposed to follow after Christ?

Matthew 5:9 says,

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. (ESV)

However, just five chapters later in Matthew 10:34, Jesus Christ says this,

Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. (ESV)

“Hmmm…” say the naysayers, “The Bible is full of contradictions. See, we told Christians this, and now the author of the blog and administrator of http://www.TrueLifeChistianity.com is saying the same. Only this one was made by Jesus Christ, Himself. Is there anything else needed to convince Christians that the Bible is full of fallacies?”

“Wait a minute, ” I say. Christ is the epitome of peace. You just have to take a look at His life chronicled throughout the four gospels. You may say, “What about His anger at the money changers that Jesus overturned the tables in the synagogue?” (John 2:11-22; Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-19). First of all, that was righteous anger. Next, Jesus Christ was all about protecting His Father’s house, although the officials were swindling the rest of the Jews and Gentiles by overcharging people by exorbitant amounts so the officials could maintain their life of ease and snobery. But may I remind you that this was the synagogue, where God was supposed to be worshipped. What a rebel to think that God is more important than yourself. Yet, that is exactly what He did.

Jesus was a Man of Peace. You say, “What about Matthew 10:34 which says,

Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. (ESV)

“What about that?” you say. See, this is where this gets good. Knowing humanity, Jesus didn’t want us to think of Him as a physical conquering King where He would instill peace by force. In Isaiah 55:8, it says this,

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither your ways My ways declares the Lord. (ESV)

He didn’t want us to think that living for Jesus would be a walk in the park (Luke 9:23; 1 Peter 2:21). No. He knew it would cause inner turmoil amongst us. And that is precisely the reason why He said,

Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. (Matthew 10:34, ESV)

Jesus Christ knew the outcome of human beings left on their own; unfortunately, we wouldn’t take the time necessary for things to play out. Christ knew before the creation of the world (yes, He existed before the creation of the world, in whatever form until He was born a human being through a virgin *because Scripture doesn’t make it exactly clear other than in Isaiah 6*). To step out of unseen heaven to make a visit on this now a shamble of earth marred by sin is unfathomable to me. Yet Jesus Christ did. Hebrews 11:6 says,

Without faith, no one can please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that He is real, and He rewards those who truly want to find Him. (NCV)

And you flippantly ask, “What is faith? I know what faith is, things I can see with my own two eyes!” No, that isn’t faith.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1, KJV)

OK. I went off into a rabbit trail, but this rabbit trail could lead you into being a man of peace as you closely follow what Jesus did.

For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may walk in His steps. (1Peter 2:21, ESV)

True Life Christians are supposed to be men and women of peace only by following after Jesus Christ: the Man of Peace.

“Perfect Peace”-Laura’s Story

“Peace In Christ”-Mutual Theme 2018

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

“When I couldn’t practice medicine any longer, I started asking myself all kinds of questions. I had spent most of my life preparing to be a doctor. Now that this was suddenly not an option, what was I supposed to do for the rest of my life?”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“I Can’t Make It On My Own”-Interview with Toby Mac

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

“Despite all of my drastic changes and the arrival of my ‘new normal,’ I was still somehow able to continue working as a doctor, a miracle in and of itself. … But this didn’t last. Eventually, because of the complications from my traumatic brain injury, I wasn’table to do this anymore.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“The Struggle”-Tenth Avenue North

“Scars”-Jonny Diaz

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

“Craig Groeschel said, ‘We might impress people with our strengths, but we connect people through our weaknesses.’ God has given me this weakness so I could help others dealing with similar situations and to point them towards my source of strength.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Broken Things”-Matthew West

“Shoulders”-For King and Country

Almighty God or Heavenly Daddy? Both or Separate? I’m CONFUSED!

In the 70’s-80’s, back when I was growing up, I would have to say that Christians had a more definite reverence for God. However, somewhere in the 90’s Christians changed from being more reverant to God and treating Him like a Heavenly Daddy; it almost seems like we had exchanged reverence for God for a more personal God, although Christians would never say it.

Through the years, most Protestant churches and even some liberal Catholic churches are attempting to let God be more personal. And yes, God is personal; verses like John 3:16 come to mind which says,

God loved the world so much that he gave His One and only Son so that whoever believes in Him may not be lost but have eternal life. (NCV)

How can God express His love for the world in order for us to be with Him when the penalty for sin is death? God is life. It was like Jesus Christ (His Son) was the second Adam because He was born without sin, which He had in common with the first Adam. Yet the first Adam made a crucial mistake in that he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; the tree that God told him not to eat from. But, once Adam and Eve made the wrong choice to pursue the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, God couldn’t allow us to eat from the tree of (eternal) Life, putting an angel to guard the tree. See, God was protecting us which shows us that He is personal.

Just think… What were humanity supposed to do with an eternity separated from God if Adam and Eve ate from the tree of (eternal) life right after they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Disastrous!

So, God was protecting us until a perfect sacrifice in Jesus Christ was made for us until the end of the age. Once a perfect sacrifice was made, all we have to do is constantly accept it by living for God by Jesus Christ. God the Father is personal because the attribute of love is deeply personal.

Yet, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out God is worthy of all our praises citing the prophet, Isaiah in Isaiah 6:1-5:

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a very high throne. His long robe filled the Temple. Heavenly creatures of fire stood above Him. Each creature has six wings: It had two wings to cover its face, two wings to cover its feet, and two wings for flying. Each creature was calling to the others: “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord All-powerful. His glory fills the whole earth.” Their calling caused the flame around the door to shake, as the Temple filled with smoke. I said, “Oh, no! I will be destroyed! I am not pure, and I live among people who are not pure, but I have seen the King, the Lord All-Powerful.” (NCV)

What does this section of Scripture say about the Lord God? He is the Almighty God. Remember 2 Samuel 6? Shortly after King David became king of all Israel, he decided to have the holiest artifact, the Ark of the Covenant, returned to Jerusalem. Now, the Ark of the Covenant represented where God was. Read on…

David again gathered all the chosen men in Israel-thirty thousand of them. Then he and his people went to Baalah in Judah to bring back the Ark of God. The Ark is called by the Name, the Name of the Lord All-Powerful, whose throne is between the gold creatures with wings. They put the Ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of Abinadab’s house on a hill. Uzzah and Ahio, son’s of Abinadab, led the new cart, which had the Ark of God on it. Ahio was walking in front of it. David and all the Israelites were celebrating in the

Presence of the Lord. They were

playing wooden instruments:

lyres, harps, tambourines,

rattles, and cymbals. When

David’s men came to the

threshing floor of Nacom, the

oxen stumbled. So Uzzah

reached out his hand to steady

the Ark of God. The Lord was

angry with Uzzah and killed

him for what he did. Now that

place is called the Punishment of Uzzah. David was afraid of

the Lord that day, and he said,

“How can the Ark of the Lord

come to me now?”So David

would not move the Ark of the

Lord to be with him in

Jerusalem. Instead, he took it

to the house of Obed-Edom, a

man from Gath. (2 Samuel

6:1-10; NCV)

So, which is it? Almighty God or Heavenly Daddy? Both cases have there staunch supporters. I met one person recently that he did not think God would, in fact, humble Himself to send His Son (Jesus Christ) to come down to be born a human being in the worse possible conditions. That person said God is to Holy for that kind of degradation. Yes, God is Holy!

However, you get the supporters of the view that God is a Heavenly Daddy stating Scripture verses like the most famous one of John 3:16 and Romans 5:8 which says,

But God showed His great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners. (NCV)

I see where this hot topic issue concerning the reverence for God and God as the Holy Daddy has its stance. Even those uneducated about the things of God would say that the Holy Bible cannot be infallible because of this very issue.

Let us take this issue by the horns. I submit to you that God is both-Almighty God and Heavenly Daddy. All of us should have respect for God since He is the only One that can create stuff from nothing (Genesis 1), but He is also interested in His creation, because we have the freedom to choose eternal life or eternal death caused by sin (John 3:16-21; John 17:1-3; Romans 8:3-11).

Admittedly, more often than not, I take God as more of a Heavenly Daddy given what I have been through in my life. God desires that, but at the expense of His Holy Lordship over my life? Definitely Not! Maybe you struggle with there being a Heavenly Daddy seeing God as to Holy to ever be considered as a Heavenly Daddy? Well, good news because He is inviting you into a relationship with Him as a Heavenly Daddy.

“So Will I (100 Billion Times)”-Hillsong United

“Reckless Love”-Corey Asbury

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

“Because of the extravagance of these revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in touch with my limitations. … At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then He told me, My grace is enough; it is all you need. My strength comes from your weakness. … (2 Corinthians 12:7-10, MSG)“-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“His Strength Is Perfect”-Steven Curtis Chapman

“Your Grace Is Enough”-Chris Tomlin

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

“I began to realize that my relationship with God was never intended to be on the surface level, or even private, but instead it was supposed to be constantly living and public for all the world around me to see.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Tell The World”-Lecrae

“Jesus Freak”-DC Talk

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

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold- I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Rev. 3:15-16, NIV)

… After this awakening, my heart changed and I would never be the same.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Changed”-Jordan Feliz

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

“Survivors of traumatic brain injuries recognize that they are fortunate to have survived their brain injury because, typically, whatever caused it could have easily taken their life. … …my purpose was only found after I let go of who I used to be and accepted who I am now. This is when God came in and completely turned my life around.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Change”-Lecrae

“Change My Heart, Oh God”

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

“I needed to strive after the hope of God, the hope that is an anchor for our souls (Hebrews 6:19), and trust that He would take care of me through it all. So I started the process of accepting the new me.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“A Song of Hope”-(Heaven Come Down)-artist unknown

“Hope Changes Everything”-New Song