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Look up! God is right there with you —by nils olson

Man, in his search for God, has always looked up. Yes, we may bow our heads, but we are lifting up our hearts anxiously longing for His aid, for His solution to our problem(s). We are instructed in the well-known Lord’s Prayer to begin by looking up and by saying, “Our Father which art in Heaven . . . ” David began each of his days this way: “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” —Psalm 5:3.

coffeeWe have been made in the likeness and image of Almighty God, The Creator of all things. His greatest creation of all was Adam and Eve. Each of us is either an Adam, or an Eve, male or female. Since God is One in three persons, The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost, we, too are a three-in-one created being. We have a body, soul and a spirit. In other words we are a special make of creature: we have a body that carries a soul (emotions) and a spirit. We cannot separate either of these three from one another. Just like God, neither of the Godhead can be separated from the other.

We humans can be likened to a triangle with our body and soul (emotions) as the base, and our spirit pointing (looking) upward. Creator God can also be likened to a triangle, but pointing downward to always aid and assist those who call on Him. Look at the following diagram to see the above explanation.

trianglesNow, we shared all of that to bring out a fascinating insight about winter. Yes, winter. “What in the world . . . how can this relate to winter?” you may ask. Well, first let’s lay the above triangles on top of each other and see what they look like.

starWhat is generally referred to as The Star or Shield of David may have its religious meanings, but I see something more wonderful than something “religious.” I see the desire of Creator God to be intimately connected to His ultimate creation — Adam & Eve. They fell in sin. That condition was passed on to all of us. “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.”

The MAN triangle signifies sinful man looking up and calling on God for help to be set free from the trap sin that was laid to capture us and eventually completely separate us from God for eternity.

The GOD triangle seen in John’s Gospel shows us that — (parenthetical emphasis is mine).

“For God (the Father) so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, (cf. James 1:17 where it says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights . . .”) that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God (the Father) sent not his Son (from above) into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him (the Son) might be saved.” —John 3:16-17

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send (from above, from the Father’s abode in Heaven) — cf. Acts 2:2 where it says, “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven [above] as of a rushing mighty    wind . . .”) in my name, he shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” —John 14:26

Very clearly we see the Godhead all involved in humbling themselves downward to man in order to bring them up a notch into relationship with their Creator God.

The MAN triangle in scripture shows some pretty interesting things as well —

In the Garden of Eden Adam & Eve sinned, disobeyed their Creator, thinking only of themselves, bringing into their DNA the sinful nature that has been passed on to each one of us today. We need to look at Genesis 3:6. “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food (the body), and that it was pleasant to the eyes (the soul), and a tree to be desired to make one wise (the spirit), she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

Adam & Eve died spiritually first. Their spirits were “dead in sin”, separated from God. They were cast out of the Garden of Eden. Then at about age 900 or so, they both died physically. And so, their DNA has been passed on to us, and each of us has been born with the same sin nature. The only way our dead spirits an be raised to life (born again) is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s what John 3:16 is all about. Jesus said, “Marvel not that I said unto you, ‘Ye (your spirit) must be born again.’ ” It’s the dead spirit of man that cries out unto God to be born again for a fresh start, a new beginning with God as Master, and not we ourselves.

The two triangles need each other to be a balanced and complete work of art. That’s one reason God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”

Did you know that of the myriad of snowflakes that fall in a winter storm that not one is the same. They are all original creations. It almost boggles one’s mind to think that not one is the same. There is yet an untapped mystery in snow. So said God to Job of old — “Hast thou entered into the treasuries of the snow?” —Job 38:22

Now take a look at a snowflake, and perhaps you will see how the above triangles of God and Man can be related to snow. This photograph of an actual snowflake taken from an online  photo gallery called Sky Crystals.  http://skycrystals.ca/snowflake-gallery/

snowflakeTake a close look. Do you see the GOD and MAN triangles mentioned above? The mystery and treasure of God’s wanting to reach down and help every living person here on the earth is seen in every snowflake that falls during a cold, cold winter storm. Many times  throughout life’s journey we find ourselves in these kind of storms. BUT the message is in each snowflake: GOD comes down to help MAN when he looks up. When God created Adam on the 6th day and Adam’s shape was complete, Adam’s eyes were looking up into the face of God, then God stooped down and blew the breath (spirit, ruwach) of life into his nostrils — the first intermingling between God and Man. 

King David was in a big, big, and I really mean BIG bind one day. He had been caught after having done something really bad — adultery and murder. Doesn’t seem like it could get any worse, but he looked up and called on God, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy mercies blot out my transgressions (sins) . . . Purge me with hyssop (an aromatic herb of the mint family), and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than SNOW.” —Psalm 51:1, 7. I think we can safely say that we have all been in some pretty big binds, and even been caught after having done something pretty bad. God will do the same for us, if we simply LOOK UP, talk to God and get our hearts (spirits) right. God has already come down for us. He has already done His part. That happened when Jesus took our place on the cross, died, was buried, rose from the dead, and showed Himself alive. Yes, He has already done His part.

Will you look at this! Parenthetical emphasis are mine. God says to you, “Come (on) now, (quit bucking me) and let us reason  (argue this out) together, (sit down and talk) saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet (blood-red), they shall be as WHITE AS SNOW; though they be red like crimson, they shall be (white) as wool.” —Isaiah 1:18 

Many of us have experienced being up a creek without a paddle and looked up, cried out, and asked the LORD for help. Remember, we were designed by God Himself  to LOOK UP, CRY OUT and talk to Him. He made us that way. “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” —Psalm 121:1-2

If you’re up one of life’s creeks without a paddle, it’s “snow” joke, God is there!

BEAUTIFULLY HONED FACES by LaRue Barnes

File Jan 17, 8 07 38 PMIron is a strong, magnetic, silvery gray, naturally occurring element.  It seems unusual to use it as an analogy when speaking of something occurring between friends.  We like to think of ourselves as living flesh, soft hearted and flexible.  But we sometimes take on peculiar attitudes, as a result of our experiences, especially hardships.  We become set through the things we experience.  Left on our own, sometimes reeling from life’s blows we could become hard, cold and potentially dangerous to others.  But God has plans!  He hasn’t completed the beautification in us or others through us.  We want painless, quick, convenience, God is after long lasting beauty of character.

Silver in the Bible indicates redemption – a buying back of lost value.  Innocence, life style, health, money, all can seemingly be lost or devalued through difficulties.  Loss is loss. However a higher value is being set before us.

We become attracted to (magnetic) those who’ve experienced similar situations. Face to face I see myself mirrored in another’s situation. Honesty reveals truths about me and another as I allow them to speak into me.  Perhaps they have answers I don’t have and I might have an insight for them.  God loves this communication – see Malachi 4:16 – speaking often to others.  Such communication is a rare privilege seldom broadcast beyond the two hearts communion.  If we will step into true companionship we can put our circumstances into proper perspective and see the reflection of our own heart.  You don’t have to say much as shown by Jonathan and David who found true friends in one another.  1 Samuel 18:1-4.

As kindred spirits, as Anne of Green Gables described friendship, we experience the wonderful finishing touches God has designed for each other.  Iron sharpening iron.

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