Triumph from Tragedy: Who is Glorified?
"All 12 Boys and Their Coach Have Been Rescued from a Thailand Cave"
"We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave," the SEALs said, referring to the name of the boys' soccer team. "Everyone is safe." (Times Magazine Report).
The world witnessed many things as this incident played out as the media kept every country around the world up to date of what was going on. It's the after shock of a major earthquake that tends to cause the re-evaluation of life altering decisions.
"Was it science, a miracle, or something else?"
Most Christians will immediately state that this was a miracle, and instantly give God the glory. What if all the boys and coach didn't make it out alive? Would God be glorified by Christians, or would they speak judgment upon the situation because of the worship of Buddha as the countries pathway to God?
Thankfully, all those in captivity did make it safely out of this hellish situation with the exception of one who unconditionally gave his life. What's that all about? Did God not care about that man or the family he left behind? Are they rejoicing while grieving for their loved one that gave his life for this cause?
We give thanks to God as Christians for the positive outcome of this situation, however, this is a country that worships Buddha, and the prayers surrounding the area were probably prayers of the Buddha. What's that all about? Where is Jesus in the picture of all of this?
My questions are to challenge you to evaluate your own personal understanding and relationship with God. In the Scriptures we can read the book of Job who had a personal relationship with God in a similar way that Christians do today. It wasn't until tragedy hit Job that he was confronted of how well he really knew God. This is my challenge I'm presenting to you.
Paul gave Christians a key to understanding God that often is overlooked.
"There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it" (Ephesians 4:4-7).
Do you see the key? The word "one" and the word "all"?
Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world while the world was in darkness and ignorance. He gave His life because God so loved the world. Jesus Christ finished the works of sin paying the price of death for all. The enemy of God has no authority, no rights, and no place to control because God owns it all. All humanity belongs to Him created in His image and likeness. The only place the enemy of God might "think" he has authority is in the mind of Christians that know the Scriptures by justice, but not by unconditional love.
So, are there many pathways to God? The answer and evidence of this miracle says "yes."
I know offense just rose up in many Christians, but please stay with me. Paul stated there is One God who is also Father of ALL. When Christians give thought that they have the "right" God, and other religions have the "wrong" god, it is in the Christians' ability to give place to the enemy of God creating a duality of more than one God. The enemy loves this! He now has a voice again into the redeemed children of God, who is the Father of us all, whether humanity knows it or not, that brings question into their hearts reducing the One Spirit Anointing Power of Unconditional LOVE (John 3:16).
So, how does Jesus fit into all of this? Jesus didn't come to show us God, He came to show us that God was our Heavenly Father from the beginning BEFORE we were conceived in our earthly form in our mother's womb. The pathway other religions pray and worship God is not a wrong pathway. The difference is, they don't know God as Father. Unfortunately, many Christians don't know God as Father also. They received Jesus as their personal Savior for escapism from hell, instead of allowing the Love of God to draw them into a relationship of knowing their true identity as children of God. This is why it is confusing to other religions when Christians try to present the Gospel of Good News as a fire escape message from a lake of fire and torment. Jesus came to show us that God is our Heavenly Father, and that when you pray (the disciples already knew how to pray), you begin with "Our Father!"
This prayer of identifying God as Father was the pathway that opens the DOOR to, "I AM the WAY, the Truth, and the LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through ME." (John 14:6).
Unfortunately, Christians have used this as a pathway to get their foot into the door of heaven someday when they cross over leaving their natural body. Again, the enemy of God has twisted the unconditional love of the Father that was imparted into the children of God, making what was meant to bring the Kingdom of Heaven into the earth, another escape plan of someday when you cross over. The anointing of the Spirit of God grieves with these thoughts.
When Christians have acknowledged that Jesus Christ is their KING and LORD, they should also be confessing that they already died completely, and that the LIFE they NOW are living in their natural body on the earth is CHRIST (2 Corinthians 5:17). If Christ truly is the LIFE we NOW are, then the world should see the evidence of the Spirit of Christ around the world for the glory of Christ is in you (Col. 1:27).
As long as we stay as children of God hanging on till we crossover looking out for ourselves, we are no different than a slave, even though we have the full power and authority of the Kingdom of Heaven within us.
The impartation of unveiling the Kingdom of Heaven within you begins with your Divine, God identity that says in your heart "I so loved, I gave unconditionally." Paul said in Ephesians that because of Jesus Christ imparting this Spirit of GRACE into the world (Eph. 4), the essence of unconditional LOVE will lead with power and authority, bringing joy, hope, peace, mercy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5).
Approximately 20+ years after Paul's writings, John brings to the next generation clarity of what Paul was saying.
In the Scriptures of I John, the Apostle John writes to three different age groups of Christians (children, young adults, and parents). The earthly fathers can be considered metaphorically as those that are mature in Christ.
Children are in the survival relationship with prayers of need, either for themselves or others, but it is a need that says, "I can't do it…help me." This is the illustration we witnessed of this event. All the children of God were praying to God for help. Nothing wrong with this! This is where most religions function. God hears the prayers of ALL His Children (all humanity).
You know the song: "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red, and yellow, black, or white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world." We don't send children to hell because of them sinning, being naive, or ignorant.
The young adult stage of growth is knowing the ways of the Father and learning how to do the Father's business on the earth. Will we mess up? Absolutely! Those seasons are learning and developing from the schoolmaster, the Holy Spirit saying, "What would Jesus do?" This is a motherly, nurturing stage we receive of LIFE, LOVE, and LIGHT. The Spirit of Wisdom and understanding impart to us through the choices of free will. Did the world see what Jesus would do in that situation, or did the world see mixture in me?
When John is speaking to the fathers of the faith, this is a third dimension that is imparted into the world by the Holy Spirit as FATHER in us. We become the deliverers, we carry the Kingdom of Heaven within us because God is within us. Many Christians struggle with this stage of development.
John clarifies a very simple idea that Christians have made complex. If we love unconditionally towards someone, we are born of God (1 John 4:7). We may not know that we are born of God, but the fact that we can love unconditionally, giving our life for another is a presence of God in the midst of the situation. This is what happened in Thailand. People around the world came together in prayer, fasting, petition, and action, sending out unconditional love for God's power and intervention to bring LIFE out of the realm of darkness and possible death. All the prayers were going to the ONE GOD, even though not all knew a relationship with God as Father. His DNA of unconditional Spirit LOVE was in them because of what Jesus Christ did over 2000 years ago. It was the Divine Spirit LOVE that came together as one body in the unity of CHRIST (whether they knew it or not) that Heaven heard the heart of unconditional love, and the earth responded (Hosea 2:21).
The message we have to move forward with this is found in 1 John 4.
As parents, we begin to tell humanity that because of the love of God, there is no difference between Christians, Jews, race, religion, gender, culture, education, or even historically the time era one was born into. Because of God's love we are ALL children of God. He chose us, we didn't choose Him. Our free will comes as a relationship, not an identity. His will is stronger than ours, but in the process of our learning and growing up in LOVE, He will step back in watchfulness as we enter into the world. However, His arm is not shortened, and it is His will that not one of His creation in His image and likeness the enemy of God can own. Everything has a season, but eternity LIFE, Father's DNA, has been already placed in humanity's heart (Eccl. 3:11).
John tells us that God is LOVE (1 John 4:16). That means we are LOVE.
When we abide, rest, see through the lens of perception of unconditional LOVE we are being perfected as CHRIST is being unveiled to the world.
THERE is NO FEAR when this perfect LOVE in us is shining, and even though we can't make sense of something, there is the peace of GOD that surrounds us to move forward in unconditional love. This was the heart of the rescue divers.
The reason this unconditional love is able to be released from us to the world is because God loved us first!
Now, here is the challenge…when we see the overwhelming, impossible situation before us to logically do anything for the stranger, or the neighbor next door, we are NOT being the presentation of the Father's heart, and instead responding in fear as a child Christian.
To consider yourself a mature Christian, yet to respond in this manner, John says makes you a liar and the love of God is not being seen in you (1 John 4:20). John is elaborating on the commandment that Jesus gave:
"Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:36-40).
John states that if we truly love God we should also love unconditionally those that He brings across our paths, so that when other's see you they see LOVE (1 John 4:21).
God loves all the children of the world; all humanity is created in His Image and likeness. To do the Father's business in this world one must know their heritage of being a child of God, and then to choose to grow up as a Divine Spirit Being in the world. This is the truth about free will. Children don't choose their parents. God chose us and formed us according to His Divine plan (John 15:16, Psalm 139). The third realm of growth is a parent that is willing to give their life for others being equipped with unconditional love from the Holy Spirit to do greater works than Jesus did representing the Kingdom of God in the earth today (John 14:12).
The judgments of the world today are the questions the Holy Spirit is asking each of us; who do you serve? Who really is your KING and LORD? John stated in 1 John 4:17, "As He is, so are you in this world today!" Does the world see the essence of the Holy Spirit flowing through you as one body in Christ led by the Spirit of LOVE?