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EQUAL AND OPPOSITE

Andrew Barnes

God Isn’t Fixing This

Their personal attack on prayer and how foolish it is to waste our time praying when we should be making laws.

In a sense they’re right.  We can pray all day long and as long as we  stay the way we are God’s not going to ‘fix this’.

And if He does, we won’t like the answer.

We see time and time again throughout the Scriptures that He ‘fixed’ similar situations by wiping out an entire civilization.

We want Him to ‘fix things’ the way we want.  We don’t see prayer as our going to Him and placing ourselves in His hands.  We just want to tell Him what we want and say He’s not answering if He doesn’t do what we tell Him to do.

We want to be god…yet we know we don’t have control over everything…so we’ll accept Him as God if He’ll do what we say.

They’re right to say He won’t fix things unless His people, called by His name, will humble themselves, PRAY, seek His face, TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, seek His face…if we as a society reach that point, He will fix it…but not until then.

    • Until then you got one group calling on God, pleading for His involvement.
    • You got another group calling on ‘god’ to tell Him what to do.
    • You got another group calling on god/Allah as they rid the world of the infidels.

     

    • Then you got others who insist they are god and refuse, think it’s a waste of time to call out to anyone but their own superior minds.

    Then we have the audacity to say “HE’s not fixing it…”

    ***All I’ve got to say is ‘Thank goodness for the countries where God is welcome.’  If the whole world was treating Him the way the USA is treating Him…He would bring an end to things right now.

    ***Ever notice how people want to argue Spiritualmatters from a logical standpoint…until logic is turned against them.

    Prayer

    Such as prayer.  Prayer is useless (basically stupid) until they have a need. 911 for example.  We blame God for the mess our world is in but upon attack prayer is everywhere.

    If God will fix our problems we’re all for prayer.  If He doesn’t fix things the way we want then prayer is stupid again.

    We can’t make up our minds.  It is somewhat amusing to me how many people who never call on the name of God for themselves ask me (or other Christians) to pray for them.

     

     

    Creation (Actually arguing against creation)

    • Creation doesn’t make sense. You can’t create something out of nothing. That goes against thelaws of science.
    • There has to be something to make something from.
    • God cannot simply speak and stuff appear.
    • All that sounds good until you try to explain where the ‘stuff’ came from that exploded in the Big Bang.
    • “Then where did God come from?”
      • Where did your exploding mass come from.
      • What/who decided it needed to explode?
      • Who set all that into motion?
      • Who fine tuned the whole process?
    • ***“Something can’t come from nothing” sounds good until you admit there had to be an original ‘something’.

    Man’s Laws

    “Laws are good.  They make our society better.  They discourage behavior that is a detriment to our society.  If we enforce our laws we will have a better place to live.”

    Remember when the men brought the woman caught in adultery to Jesus…”This woman was caught in adultery, the law says for us to stone her…”

    Why would the law say such as that?  Wouldn’t it be to rid society of negative influences?  We don’t want such women breaking up marriages…possibly bringing illegitimate children in the world, bringing up the need for abortion aka killing of innocent children.  Wouldn’t that be the purpose of such a law?

    So Jesus took it a step further. “You’re right, we don’t want this kind of behavior among us.  Neither do we want those who (cheat on taxes, involve themselves with women such as this, misuse the Sabbath, mistreat other human beings…on and on…)

    You’re right.  We should stone this woman to rid society of such…and we should rid our society of all these other law breakers as well.

    We are quick to point a finger but slow to take responsibility.  The law is good as long as it condemns others but we don’t want to condemn ourselves…or even admit our fault in most cases.

    I love this argument…

    There was another law that stated that you had to have at least two witnesses to make something valid.  That makes sense.  If one person made a claim and there was no one else to back it up, that wouldn’t hold nearly as much substance as if there were at least two who would testify of the matter.

    So Jesus made a claim about Himself…

    John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

    13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are,appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”

    14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid. 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”

    Need two witnesses? That’s fine, that’s what the law requires.  You can’t make some extravagant claim about yourself and expect us to believe it.  You need someone to back up your claim…as long as one of them isn’t God.  He doesn’t count.

    “Sure, God is real. We talk to Him all the time.  We claim Him and use Him against you…but in this case what You are asking us to accept about God goes against our beliefs.  That doesn’t count.”

    Our law is good until it goes against us

    Newton’s Third Law

    This is a little different in that it is a ‘law of physics’, but if it’s a law shouldn’t it apply at all times?

    For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

    If a #5 book is placed on a table the table must exert #5 of force in the opposite direction to keep it in place.

    ***Let’s say we place a #5000 weight on the table?  Maybe the table can’t exert #5000of pressure against the weight and the legs break.

    The weight then falls to the floor or the ground…the next object that is capable of exerting an equal force to hold the weight in place.

    This could have a lot of complex applications that I won’t attempt to go into, but Newton’s Third Law says that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

    ***This may be stretching things a bit but I think we can apply this ‘law’ in the Spiritual realm as well.

    If there is an ultimate good wouldn’t there have to be an ultimate evil as well?  (Equal and opposite…)

    We want heaven but we don’t want hell.

    That’s back to we want to acknowledge the laws but want to manipulate them to our own good.

    If we want a Heaven we must accept the equal and opposite fact of Hell.

    Let’s apply this ‘law’ in our every day Spiritual lives…

    (PPT #3)

    Let’s say this line is our starting point.  “Zero pressure” if you will.

    • Taking a step above the line is taking a step toward God. Below the line is toward Satan.
    • So according to the law…if we take a step toward God we will be met with an equal force toward Satan.
      • If we take baby steps toward God Satan won’t make himself too obvious and will just try to keep us from getting too close to God.
    • If we ever start getting too serious about God, Satan will exert more force. He will pull harder to keep us away from God.
      • He will still try to be subtle. He want scream, “Come follow me!”
      • He’ll just fill us with an equal amount of doubt, questions, frustration, etc.
    • One of his biggest, most effective ‘forces’ is “Try harder. You’ve got to do more.” (We’ll come back to that one later.)
      • Jesus says, “Come to me…let me make you One”.
      • Satan says, “Try harder to please Him. Surely you can get it right.” (He convinces us to ‘get to God’ on our own without turning our lives over to Jesus for Him to remake.)

    Satan’s forces are usually enough to make us do one thing or the other.

    1. He will convince us to stay near the line so we don’t meet much opposition…”If you’re not for me you are against me…”
    2. Or he convinces us to try to do enough good on our own…to please God with our own abilities.

    ***What if we decide to step below the line?

    If we step below the line Satan already has input into our minds.  He will work hard to convince us we are right because we are following the crowd…everyone else can’t be wrong.

    God will exert an equal call to us…but there is one problem.

    Satan speaks to our human nature…he plays on our emotions and convinces us to do everything on our own.

    God speaks loudly for us to invite His HS into our lives, which is necessary to go further in Him.

    ***Here’s what usually happens.

      • We take a step toward God and feel opposition.
      • We either don’t go any further or we try to take things over on our own.
      • But what if we obey the call of God and invite His HS into our lives?
      • Are we willing to take the necessary steps toward God and face the opposition Satan will throw at us?

       

      • That can get very nasty!!!

      HERE’S THE GREAT NEWS.

      See the shading on our ‘graph’?

      That’s the power of God.

      James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. NKJV

      Forget the lies of Satan.

      It’s not about us trying harder to be better people.

      It’s about giving our lives to Jesus.  (I no longer live but Christ lives within me.)

      The closer we get to God…the more ONE we become with Jesus… the more we can rely on His strength.

      We can draw right up next to the gates of Heaven and the equal and opposite force of Satan can’t touch us?

      Listen to Satan’s lies and you will never be able to exert enough force to overcome his ‘equal and opposite’ reaction.

      Place your life in God’s hands and no matter what Satan throws at you, God will overcome it.

      This is the one time Newton’s Laws aren’t effective.

      God IS the laws of nature.  There is no equal and opposite.

      He IS the standard.

      And HE calls us to be One with Him.

      Colossians 1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you andasking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, (We have the knowledge of God, now ‘knowledge about God’.) 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. NIV…Remember Paul says we ‘Become Righteousness’

      Remember what it means that Jesus is ‘Almighty’…He has all the might.  Place yourself in His hands and that same might is available to you.

      There is no equal and opposite.

      John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” NIV

      We will face opposition.  That’s the ‘law’ of this earth.  But Take Heart…He Has Overcome The World…and wants to take us through it.