Dismissing Christ

Recently God spoke to me in a dream. I interacted with people I knew who were trying to get a project done that required creative thinking.  Things got to a point where the discussion was so heated that one person was asked to leave by the group leader.  Since I knew both the group leader and the person asked to leave the group, I was led to talk to the leader in the dream. 

I began to say to the leader that I knew this person and also knew that there was a personality flaw.  However, the person was gifted, talented, and a clear thinker.  I said to the leader that dismissing this person was cutting off the success of the project because of the contribution they could make if guided in the right direction.  I began to encourage the leader to work with the person in order to get the best results for the project.

The dream was so very real to me and God began speaking to me immediately when I awaken.

I will share His thoughts as I interpreted them.

·         God is the One who dismisses people from our lives or circumstances.  We should never discount or “write off”  human beings.  God created them in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26) and within them is the capacity to change and to offer the world their potential in Him.  If an individual is not supposed to be in a given life or circumstance, Father will in His divine wisdom order the steps of a Believer (He will exit any who He has not ordained for your life and/or circumstance) (Proverbs 20:24).

·         Keep an “open heart” (of love) toward other people regardless of their faults and differences.  The only thing God hates is sin.  He does not hate sinners.  As a matter of fact, He sent Jesus to die for us while we were sinners (Romans 5:8).  An open heart of love will always be protected by God.  A closed heart that despises and dismisses others can never be honored by God.   If you dismiss man, you have inadvertently dismissed God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  God’s eternal purpose is:  “Man with Him for Eternity.”

·         When we isolate, dismiss or exclude others based on any set of circumstances, we say to our Eternal Creator and Father God that His creation does not measure up to our standards for existence on earth.  Well, as Believers we do not have the right or privilege to do that.  It was Jesus Christ who died for the sins of all men regardless of race, creed, color, and social status.  Those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord don’t get to eliminate and decide who is not welcome into the God-life fold.

·         There are criteria for the God-life and each man either chooses to confirm (accept) or deny (reject) the privilege of entering into Eternity with God.  A person accepting God through Jesus is responsible for obeying His word, loving others, and making disciples.

·         Always negotiate from a standpoint of love.  If you seem at a point of vulnerability there, God is your Protector, Shield, and Covering.  You will never lose.  Love always wins  and hate always loses.

The God-life is contingent upon whether or not you are surrendered and being led by the Holy Spirit.  If you are, you will have a respect and love for all of God’s creations, regardless of the race, creed, social status, or color.

 “You dismiss Christ by dismissing the people for whom He died.”

Abraham and Sarah corrupted God’s plan for the “son of the promise” and yet God still made a covenant with Hagar (Genesis 16:10-16), the outcast. He does not dismiss His creation, but rather gives an opportunity for them to change, be healed, and to serve His eternal purpose.

I end this blog with God’s word in two versions of the bible.  This is His heart toward all of His creation.

Acts 17:26, King James Version.
“God made of one blood all nations to dwell upon the face of the earth and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation, that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, though He be not far from every one of us:  for in Him we live, and move and have our being…”   

Acts 17:26-27 Amplified Version
“And He made from one [common origin, one source, one blood] all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth, having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and fixed boundaries of their habitation (their settlements, lands, and abodes).  So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us.”

Why "Hepzibah in Training?"

More than twenty five years ago I stood in a powerful praise and worship service. As I entered into worship weeping in the presence of the King, I heard the voice of Jesus in my spirit. He called me two names. The first name was Hephzibah and the second was Beulah. I was stunned and immediately sat down on the bench to ponder these two names. Neither of these names appeared flattering to me.

I left church and called my sister, a mighty warrior of God, and told her that God had called me two names. Her reply was “If God called me names; I needed to find out what they meant.” I searched scripture and found that the name Hephzibah means, “The Lord delights in her” and that Beulah meant, “Thy land is married (committed, spoken for, etc). Needless to say, I was delighted in the significance of these two names that my Savior has bestowed upon me. My goal and treasure in life is to fulfill the plan for my life on this side of Eternity and to train for the other side of Eternity.

I offer you the revelations, thoughts, and meditations that God imparts to me in this blog “Hepzibah In Training”.

I thank you for your comments.