Thursday, June 26, 2008

JESUS APPEARED TO ME... and He Was NO "Gentleman"!

Jesus is EVERYWHERE these days!

LOOK HERE! Todd Bentley saw Jesus! (or at least his human, bambi-eyed, ephod-and-sandal-wearing, ten-rainbow-projecting form)

LOOK THERE! She saw Jesus! (or at least His floating, crown-of-thorns-wearing bodyless head!)

LOOK EVERYWHERE! They saw Jesus embedded in their door! Jesus came to inhabit his dinner! There's Jesus is in this guy's LUNGS!

And when a few friends went out drinking, there Jesus was on a BEER BOTTLE! Jesus even halfway appeared in this guy's disgusting BATHROOM! (See Matthew 24:23)

And now, the most technologically advanced appearance of Jesus has caused another sensation... Jesus appears in a woman's WOMB! (with more video HERE)

That's right! According to Mom & Dad,...

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...Jesus appeared in Mom's uterus and cuddled up right beside their unborn baby!

...or not.

Why is it that people will look EVERYWHERE for Jesus except where He can be found!

We've been given the greatest gift possible. The Word (Jesus) was made flesh and dwelt among us! And by God's provision, He still dwells among us in The Word!

The Bible contains EVERYTHING we will ever know about Him until we pass over death's threshold into Life with Him in His ACTUAL Glorious Presence...

The "glory" that Todd Bentley proclaims has "fallen" every night in Lakeland is a cheap, whoreish counterfeit of the REAL presence of God that I experience!

It's really easy to have a visitation from the Lord! It's simple to have a real life manifestation of His glorious presence! Just open your Bible to any verse. Perhaps Romans 8:31-34

"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us"!

WOW! I just saw The WORD! He SPOKE to me!

Now listen, I've got some news for you. Jesus ISN'T really polite like everyone says He is. Jesus is not much of a "gentleman" at all! In fact He REALLY gets into your business! He digs through your drawers and searches through your bookshelves. He pulls out all of that stuff that you hide and keep secret and He demands that you do something about it! Jesus is really amazingly jealous ... and He always demands first place! Not many people like that about Him.

In fact, you know all that stuff that you hide in your drawers and hidey-holes? Well you do a pretty good job of taking care of it! You nurture it. You feed it. You coddle it.

I know, I know,... you SAY you hate it, but you sure do baby it! In fact, Jesus said that you really love it more than Him! (Matt 19:16-22)

You LOVE what you hide in your drawer or safe or hideaway and yet you also try to get all lovey-dovey with Jesus! Do you really think that He doesn't KNOW what you really love?

Yeah,... He's jealous. And I've gotta say, I think He's right!

We say we "love His presence" but when we're tired of church we sure look forward to getting back to our little hiding place later to brush and stroke our sin! After we've spent two entire hours "rockin' Jesus' name" at church, Jesus has surely had enough of our time!

The fact is, that we only REALLY want His presence on OUR time? When WE decide to give Him some "quality time" on Sunday morning we sure want Him to "show up"... in fact sometimes we "demand" it!

But on Tuesday night? Jesus' presence is "not-so-wanted" when it's time for our favorite show!

What if Jesus demanded the Manifest Presence of YOU? Would you be available...every day... every hour... or would you just get mad after awhile? How long would it take before Jesus started cutting into your "personal time"?

Why must you see some apparition in your bedroom to feel close to Jesus? What about Matthew 28:20? Has He not promised... "I am with you always, even to the end of the world."?

What else do you need? Why must a glowing figure appear in front of your bed for you to "feel close" to Him?

Think carefully about this for a minute! Do you REALLY want Jesus to suddenly appear in your kitchen or bedroom? Can you honestly say that you'd desire His hanging out in your house while you do (or watch) whatever you do (or watch) in your living room?

Do you really WANT your life to change as it would if you turned around and Jesus was physically standing behind you? If Jesus actually walked into your room, right NOW, wherever you are, would you really be in AWE, or would it just be utter EMBARASSMENT? Look around. Is that what you want to share with the physical Jesus that you so long to see "face-to-face"?

When Jesus actually physically APPEARED on any scene, things always changed dramatically! Has Mrs. Jesus-appeared-in-my-womb or Mr. Jesus-appeared-on-my-brewski really had a dramatic, LIFE-CHANGING experience? I doubt it. BECAUSE JESUS DID NOT APPEAR TO ANY OF THE ABOVE!

Take a look at Todd Bentley's "Florida Outpouring"... are things really changing?
Is the world really moving toward God because of the "spectacular miracles" that supposedly occur in Lakeland?

Have you really seen God's presence on Todd Bentley's stage? Have the 7000 people really experienced God? Or have a bunch of people just felt really great in exchange for a few hours of their selfish, sinful life that they have set aside for "Jesus".

I guess I really just have one question. Have YOU, reader, really had a dramatic, life-changing, eternally-lasting visitation from the Lord?...

Or did a cheap, fake Jesus just appear on your tortilla?

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stephanie said...

awesome post, thanks for blogging truth without sugar-coating it! when it comes to truth the blander the better!