The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Power to Reconcile

Power to Reconcile

     We are to be reconcilers. It is a ministry of reconciliation. It’s a work. What does a fig tree have to do with reconciliation? Fig trees are a fairly deep concept in scripture and Jesus references them a lot. A fig tree is a very delectable and delightful tree to run in to, because they offer fruit. The figs are very desirable, and Jesus desired a fig. Matthew 6:10 says, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.” The kingdom is in our souls because Jesus makes His home in us. Matthew 24:32, Mark 13:28, Luke 21:29-30 - When a fig tree puts forth the leaves, it is almost summer. So that is a picture of the kingdom of God coming. What follows leaves? Fruit, figs, the evidence of the kingdom. That kingdom first comes in us. Leaves spout forth, and then figs are about to come. The evidence of summer is at hand. We are that tree. Unless our lives produce very real fruit, then it’s not a real fig tree. What are the fruits of a Believer? 

     Matthew 3:8, Luke 3:8, Acts 26:20 say there is fruits worthy of repentance. They demonstrate the change in our life. Luke 13:6-9 The parable says that a man goes to find fruit on his fig tree, and there’s no fruit, so he said to cut it down. That piece of ground is very valuable. The keeper said to give it one more year to give it another chance while he fertilize it. Then in another passage (Matthew 21:18-19) Jesus comes to a tree and there’s no fruit, so He curses the tree and it withers up. Jesus is looking for something on the fig tree. He has given everything to the tree so that it will bear fruit and repent. Another scripture shows how Jesus goes to look for fruit on the Sycamore (syca = fig), fig tree. He’s hungry and He looks in that fig tree and Zacchaeus was in the the tree. Zacchaeus was the fruit Jesus was looking for. Zacchaeus was a vile person and he was lost. We are so similar to Zacchaeus, because we are utterly unworthy to be with Jesus or to have Him live in our house/body.

    The Reconciler was Jesus. Reconciliation means, “agreement of things seemingly opposite, different or inconsistent” (Luke 19:2), “opposing viewpoints coming to a point of understanding” (Luke 19:5-7), exchange of equivalent values - correcting books, bringing balance to the scales” (Luke 19:8), “adjustment of a difference, reconciliation, restoration of health” (Luke 19:9), “recovering a favor that was lost” (Luke 9:10). All five definitions of reconciliation are found in the story of Zacchaeus. Bringing in the Holy, Holy, Holy, makes one see how utterly vile he is. The key to reconciliation is the cross.

     The sinner must realize the exceeding sinfulness of sin and call out to the Physician and come to the cross. Jesus has to reconcile us with God the Father. Then God in Christ forgiving the sinner. There is only one means to be reconciled to the Father and that is the cross. The sinner will then produce fruits of godly sorrow, repentance, confession, restitution, and patient grace. Then the believer is to be a reconciler, as Christ exampled (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). When we have a humble understanding of the sin and separation, we have a godly sorrow. Worldly sorrow is being upset that one got caught. Godly sorrow is being sorrowful over the sin and recognizing the significance of it. Then repentance is the next response. Repentance is putting off the old man, and putting on the new man. It’s a complete change in directions. It’s believing God and not the devil. We must repent and believe. If you truly believe how could you not repent. 

     Then confession is next. Then restitution is returning or trying to make things right. Christ made restitution for us at the cross. He took the whole punishment and paid it for us. He gave His eye and His tooth and His body for judgement for the wrath of God. It is then making right in whatever way we can what was stolen, in the way of Jesus. We will ask Jesus how He would make restitution. We need grace to make it through this life. So the next is patient grace. To be a reconciler, we need to be reconciled.

     First, we must personally have a working faith in order to reconcile with people around. We must follow God’s pattern for reconciliation. If there is ever a break in the relationship, it must be reconciliation to heal that. All it takes is a slight harsh word, to create breaches in relationship. If there is an offense someone has to make it right, there has to be a death. That’s where the cross comes in. The offender must have a humble understanding or godly sorrow, or repentance, or confession, or restitution or patent grace. If it’s a worldly sorrow then “next time, I’d better be careful with my words.”  That’s not godly sorrow. Some may be more sensitive or more weaker and we must be aware of that. Then there has to be a humble understanding of that, and seek to make restitution. There’s a recovery season to be able to be healed. Patient grace is that waiting and giving time while letting that person heal from how they have been offended. If it’s not done through that humility then the offended person may make space and not trust them any more. In every circumstance, there is restitution at the cross. 

     So to go over the process again. It’s humbly understanding of what we’ve done, produces godly sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:9-11). It’s an attitude of humility. Then repentance is completely turning around. Then confession was agreeing that our behavior was wrong and it was hurtful. In Christ and by God’s grace we have the power to walk forward from there (Romans 10:9-10). The restitution is correcting as best as they can to make it right (Ex 22:6, Luke 19:8). Then patient grace is patiently waiting for the trust to be builded again. It’s realizing that it’s a process of recovering, and the only way to fix it is to live it consistently. There needs to be a living out of the repentance. There needs to be a repair of trust. The cross is the means to salvation. By God’s grace it will be rebuilt. 

     The Holy Spirit is the One who works all this about. He walks us through it, convicting and showing how to work it out. He is the Reconciler, and in turn we can be reconcilers here on earth. By Him reconciling can be done in the right way. “Christianity, being forgiving and being forgivable.” “If it be possible, as must as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18).

     What a dynamic message packed with rich truth that reaches out to me today. I did not know how to reconcile according to God’s plan, but makes so much sense. Having a humility of mind and action and realizing that it was hurtful to whomever. I also never understood why after someone make restitution how not a lot of times, I did not feel like giving affect, and now I understand that’s the offender needs to have patient grace and wait for healing to complete. Only God can work that in their hearts. How beautiful to know that reconciliation is possible through Jesus Christ!