Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Big to Small

"To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. LORD, You have been favorable to Your land; You have brought back the captivity of Jacob. You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin.
You have taken away all Your wrath; You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger." Ps 85:1-3 NKJV

In the big room of Heaven all sin has been dealt with. As we travel up and up and into the big picture of eternity that is what has been revealed to be true. Selah indeed! Marinate in that for a while. Let it wash over you.

"Restore us, O God of our salvation, And cause Your anger toward us to cease. Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations? Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your mercy, LORD, And grant us Your salvation." Ps 85:4-7 NKJV

But, Down here on Earth in the dirty rooms of our existence it does not seem so. Cut off from God's mind man lives walking away from a garden that he has been barred from forever. Like lovers having a knock down drag out fight and one storming away in anger. Hours and days have passed and the wanderer is still living in the conflict not knowing that at home lonely meals have been eaten by one who has long since forgiven the transgression.

"I will hear what God the LORD will speak, For He will speak peace To His people and to His saints; But let them not turn back to folly. Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land." Ps 85:8-9 NKJV

Christ is our anchor within the veil that connects the small to the large. He speaks words that are like water that washes and nourishes a dry and dusty land. Those in awe of Him become windows into that eternal perspective. Believers reflect truth. When throne words are spoken... Bible words... Grace words... then salvation comes near to a person. An honest manifestation of God becomes a reality when two or more are gathered in His name.

"Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed. Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven." Ps 85:10-11 NKJV

The incarnation is why it all can happen. The life of Christ, His death, His resurrection and ascension and lastly His present session with the Father. The finished work is what reveals this calm Heaven where sin is not an issue. The kiss of peace says that anger has turn away.

"Yes, the LORD will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway." Ps 85:12-13 NKJV

Those that live in this because Christ lives in them say, 'The Lord is good and will give what is good.' They say this because an invisible lofty world is now visible to them. Faith is now water they can swim in and not drown in. Heaven's air in their lungs has made them buoyant... Heaven's words glisten in their minds and have made them clean.

We need the windows of Heaven to be open. Our little room gets so stuffy when left closed. When we breathe our own recycled air we can not be comforted.

"For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more." 2 Cor 7:5-7

Friends that speak from Heaven and love that comes from Heaven is what we all need. Leaders that will not bow down before the god's of this world. Men that will inhale by faith and exhale by faith.

Salvation is close. Hope lives in a person. That person is Christ.

"The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit." Ps 34:18 NKJV

Today we can be a window. Christ is the bridge. Let's speak words from the big room today that hearts might be encouraged and that souls might be saved.

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