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Displaced God

Is God a displaced person?
A refugee fleeing the fighting and the strife
Is he trying to be seen through the crowd surrounding Him?
People pushing, jostling, elbowing for position
Exhibitions to draw the focus of your gaze
Inflated sales pitches, promising the unobtainable
People clambering to be centre stage
In the spotlight, in the limelight,
Overacting to appear greater than they are.
Striving for notoriety, reaching for success
Picture pin ups draped across walls of plain painted paper
God like a figure in a "Where's Wally" seek and search book
So many distractions, so much clutter
God wandering the streets like a homeless person
Living under bridges and the hedges of men's lives
While parties and fanfare proceed the god in the mirror
Worthy, ardent, religious Christians, something to be admired
Deceiving themselves that they are someone great
Great natural gifts purporting themselves as spiritual
Spiritual gifts awing the people, captivating their imagination
Idolizing the vessel, and not the giver of life
People exposing themselves to be seen and recognized
Proud immodesty like body building contestants
Flexing bulging spiritual muscles paraded in Lycra swimsuits
God hidden behind an exquisitely embroidered mantles
As mediators between God and the ecclesia
A spirit of Christ substitution, written on the foreheads of the people

Yet God has chosen the weak to overwhelm the mighty
The foolish things to baffle the wise
The contemptible to perplex the highly esteemed
The despised to discomfit the popular
God has chosen the pure and simple
The honest and sincere
To bring down the lofty tower
The impenetrable castle walls
Those who carry Him on their shoulders
Those who open the door to let Him walk through
That give him the best chair in the house
That will sit at His feet to listen to what He says
Those who put God back on His throne
That set their focus on Him
That point others in His direction
Those that don't stand in front of the picture
They bow at His feet
To give everyone a clear view.

3 June 2007

References:
What do women, Torah scholars, and the Tabernacle have in common?
Torah scholars are human beings who are granted a degree of awe from the public due to their tremendous Torah knowledge. To the extent that they represent God's word on earth, or holiness, they deserve that respectful regard.
However, if we are so taken in by their charisma, good looks, public speaking skills, and as a result, we are not able to discern their internal holiness, we are in essence engaged in idol worship by our misplaced reverence.
http://www.aish.com/societywork/women/Beneath_the_Surface_A_Deeper_Look_at_Modesty.asp

Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. [does this mean he appear depressed!?]
Joh 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.
Isa 42:2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
1Co 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.
1Co 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Some are chosen by man, because of their abilities as proverbs says: Pro 18:16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
Some are chosen because of their appearance: 1Sa 16:6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him. But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
Some are chosen because of cunning: Act 8:10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.

1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.


Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ [anointed]; and shall deceive many.
The spirit of Antichrist was first in the Garden of Eden, when the serpent said: Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: [the deceiver] for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,[Eloheem] knowing good and evil.
2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

"Where's Wally" explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where's_Wally%3F

 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength
and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 ©2007 Stephen Share

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