Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Creative Power of the Voice of God - No. 3


~ Day 6 ~ 
On the sixth day, the Father, Son, and Spirit crowned their creative work by making human beings in their own image. The Trinity wanted to place a creature on earth that would reflect many of Their incredible attributes. And so God made the first man, Adam. However, seeing that the isolation of man was not good,1 He took a rib from Adam’s side and fashioned Eve 2 as his ideal companion and helper.

God also created spirits to specifically minister His loving care 3 to the one’s He made in His image somewhere in the midst of this initial time period.4 He called them angels.5 These ministering spirits were not glorified human beings.

Marring the harmony, beauty and awe of all that God had brought into being by His spoken word, one of the most beautiful ministering spirits 6 refused to submit to the rule and authority of the Three-and-One by spearheading an ugly rebellion. The brilliance of this rebel was so great that he was allegorically referred to in ancient scroll of Isaiah as the star of the morning (or Lucifer7) and the son of the dawn.  In his rebellion, he vowed five times to elevate himself by refusing to submit to the direction and supremacy of the Creator. 8 One third of the angels 9 joined in his rebellion. Revelation 12:9 says, And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. After his rebellion, Lucifer was referred to with numerous others names such as the great dragon, the serpent, the devil, and Satan.


This is the third part of some thoughts I wrote in the fall of 2012 in an attempt to capture the incredible power, glory, splendor, radiance, and majesty of God speaking in the creation. I'd enjoy any feedback you might have: L2G.Forum@gmail.com.
~ Rusty Rustenbach © 2012


FOOTNOTES

1  This is the first time in the creation narrative that God declared that something He had created as “not good.”
3  Based on Hebrews 1:14 (amp): “Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service <of God for the assistance> of   those who are to inherit salvation?”
4   In Job 38:4 & 7 (niv) we see the angels singing praise at the creation of the earth. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.  While the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?"
5 The word “angel” and “angels” appears in the Bible 283 times.
6 Ezekiel 28:12-18 allegorically refers to the perfection and beauty of the devil and says he was originally “anointed as a guardian cherub” and that his “heart became proud on account of (his) beauty.”
7 Isaiah 14:12 employs the Hebrew word לליה (heylel) to describe this angel who chose rebellion. Strong’s concordance translates this word as either the morning star or Lucifer.
8 "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’” Isaiah 14:12-14 (nkjv).
9 Revelation 12:4 alludes to one third of the angels joining in his rebellion.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Creative Power of the Voice of God - No. 2


~ Day 2 ~

The voice of Deity rumbled again, “Sky! In the middle of the waters; separate water from water!” The water above was divided by sky from the water below. “Heavens” was the name God gave to the sky. And so, “It was evening, it was morning” of the second day.

~ Day 3 ~

God spoke again gathering the waters below the heavens into one place: “Let the dry land appear. “Earth” was the name He gave to the land and “seas” to the waters. Father, Son, and Spirit saw that what they had done was fitting, admirable, and approved of it. Again He commanded, “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties of seed-bearing plants, every sort of fruit-bearing tree.” And so this was what happened on the third day.

~ Day 4 & 5 ~

On the fourth and fifth days God created heavenly lights such as the stars, sun, and moon. These great lights distinguished daytime from the night and delineated days, seasons, and years.  He also created all kinds of life in the seas below and for the heaven’s above. The Three-in-One also agreed that what was created on these days was very good.

ON EASTER 2015 ... WATCH THE WORD IS still ALIVE

 

This is the second part of some thoughts I wrote in the fall of 2012 in an attempt to capture the incredible power, glory, splendor, radiance, and majesty of God speaking in the creation. I'd enjoy any feedback you might have: L2G.Forum@gmail.com.
~ Rusty Rustenbach © 2012

Genesis verse quotations are from The Message, New American Standard, and Amplified Bible.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Creative Power of the Voice of God - No. 1


~ Day One ~

The universe as we know it did not yet exist. The eternally Existent One looked out over a sea of nothingness and yearned for something distinctive. He desired to transform the pitch-black obscurity into something exquisite that would reveal some of the grandeur of His personhood. Deep in thought, the Spirit of God soared like an eagle over the watery abyss below.


A thundering sound went forth from the mouth of the Godhead. “Light!” commanded the resounding voice. Instantly, resplendent brightness displaced the inky blackness. Illumination flooded the nothingness converting it into lucid and shining brilliance. Father, Son, and Spirit unanimously agreed that the light was good and decided to divide the light from the darkness. They named the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And so the creation inaugurated its’ initial evening followed by the first morning. This was the commencement of the creative work of the Supreme One.

In the fall of 2012, I put some thoughts on paper in an attempt to capture the magnificence of the creation. Since this has to do with the incredible power, glory, splendor, radiance, and majesty of God speaking, I thought I'd post it on the L2G Forum. I'd enjoy any feedback you might have by emailing L2G.Forum@gmail.com.
~ Rusty Rustenbach © 2012
 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

More Than A Friend

Jesus found me a number of years ago when I was at my worst ... addicted to drugs and also dealing them. 

He saw how miserable I was and wanted me to belong to Him. So He called me to Himself with irresistible grace! 

Since then, He has sought me over and over again with unrelenting love. What can I say about Jesus? He's my very best friend, but He's so much more. 

May Jeremy Riddle's song and this incredible video background be a pleasing offering to You. Thank You Jesus for rescuing me for the pit of destruction. 

Click on the below picture to worship God through Jeremy's heartfelt song.

"More Than A Friend" by Jeremy Riddle
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFAXz3cGUk0
 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Time to Heal


“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven … A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up.” - Ecclesiastes 3:1-3

More than forty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. declared, “I have a dream.” People still get tears in their eyes when they hear that declaration. Why did those words strike home so powerfully for so many people? Probably because every one of us has a dream.

I have one too.

My dream is that church fellowships, local ministries, teams, mission groups, and other bodies of believers will rise up, come out from behind their self-protective facades, and become the healing communities Jesus envisioned. These communities will be characterized by deep vulnerability, compassion for the hurting, sincere love, and the kind of grace that’s impossible apart from God.

Prayer requests won’t always be for Aunt Jennifer’s surgery or a friend’s job interview. It won’t shock people when someone asks for prayer in his or her struggle with pornography. People will talk openly about the anger, shame, fear, and other emotions that — if we’re honest — we all struggle with from time to time. God will be glorified in testimonies of how He spoke liberating truth to Bill or Lisa … or Pastor Michael. These communities will have an inner-healing ministry, as well as home study groups to help members receive God’s help for the broken places in their hearts. The lost, who are usually well aware of their own brokenness, will flock to these communities because of their relevance.

It’s time.1.

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1. Rusty Rustenbach, A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer: Meeting God in the Broken Places (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2011), Pp 200-201. A NavPress resource published in alliance with Tyndale House Publishing, Inc.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

No Longer Slaves to Fear

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Franklin D. Roosevelt

"For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self control." Paul in 2 Timothy 1:7 NET

Fear is an emotion induced by a threat perceived by living entities, which causes a change in brain and organ function and ultimately a change in behavior, such as running away, hiding, or freezing in the midst of painful or traumatic events. (Adapted from Wikipedia).

"Fear is a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life." Donald Miller

According to one source, the top ten human fears are:


          10.        Losing your freedom
           9.         The unknown
           8.         Pain
           7.         Disappointment
           6.         Misery
           5.         Loneliness
           4.         Ridicule
           3.         Rejection
           2.         Death
           1.         Failure

We all struggle with fear from time to time. For some of us it is our constant companion. For others, we only deal with fear when faced with specific life circumstances like public speaking, taking on a new project, or finding the right person as a potential life partner. 
  • What is your biggest fear? 
  • How do you usually deal with fear? 
  • What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? 
Sometimes worship music can touch us very deeply and minister to the very core of our being.  Perhaps this offering related to fear will touch you in a powerful way.

"No Longer Slaves"
 Jonathan David & Melissa Helser
To watch and listen click on the picture below
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8TkUMJtK5k

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Increasing Intimacy with the Three-in-One


I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord … that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.      
~ Taken from Philippians 3:8 and 10 ~ 
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.                                
 ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18 ~
The Apostle Paul expressed the hunger of his heart for ever increasing intimacy with Jesus. Our intimate relationship with the Three-in-One can be fueled by a greater conscious awareness of our deepest longings. When we are in touch with what we deeply yearn for that we cannot satisfy through our own efforts, it can heighten our passion for God as the only one who can deeply quench our hunger and thirst.

This realization can also induce greater brokenness to self, sincere humility, and foster a deeper and more profound dependence upon God and His Word. When a person is out of touch with what is going on below the surface of his or her life, relating to God can easily become blasé and boring. When we’re numb on the inside, it’s next to impossible to experience a genuine appetite for God. A keen awareness of our desperate need is a key ingredient in our passion for God.

God is the only Being who already knows everything that goes on in our hearts: the deep longings, the pain, our true intentions, the scheming, the garbage, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Therefore it’s foolish to try to hide what’s going on deep within from Him. In fact, the Psalmist encourages to “Trust in Him at all times … Pour out our hearts before Him” because “God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:8). Our dependence is exhibited by sharing all that we are thinking, struggling with, happy about and sad over with Him in prayer. The constant awareness of our neediness can move us toward a deeper and richer intimacy with the perfect lover of our souls and to persistently listen for His still small voice.

Where do you find yourself in your intimate experience of the Three-in-One? Stifled? Growing? Craving more? Desperate? Discouraged? Encouraged? Losing hope? What are you learning about this important area of life?