Statement of Beliefs

Numerous people have asked me what my statement of beliefs is.  I always answer its Genesis 1:1 – Revelation 22:21.  However, I’ve come to the point that I believe it would be prudent to expound upon this a bit more.

 

I’m not big on statement of beliefs because they tend to put God into a box.  I am of the belief that God is beyond our comprehension (Romans 11:32-36; Job 5:9; Psalm 145:3; Isaiah 40:28) but more importantly, His love for us is incomprehensible (Ephesians 3:8).  It is this love that draws us to Him through the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:39; 1 John 4:16) that we might come to know Him (John 17:3; 1 John 5:20).  The Bible was/is given to us that we might know of this love (John 20:31; Ephesians 3:19), but most importantly the Holy Spirit is sent out to those of us who believe that we might experience this love and share it with others (Romans 5:5; Galatians 4:6; 5:22; 1 Peter 1:22) as we grow in His grace and love (2 Peter 3:18; Philippians 1:9-11; Ephesians 3:16-19), from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).

“Some people like to read their Bibles in the Hebrew some like to read it in the Greek.  I like to read it in the Holy Spirit.”   Smith Wigglesworth

Being a little guy/girl in the Eye of God is all about walking in close relationship with God who is love (1 John 4:8) and extending that love to our fellow man (1 John 4:12).  Its not about religion or doctrine, its about relationship with the Most High.  Each one of us must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling as God works through us according to His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Corinthians 7:17; Romans 14:4-14; 1 Corinthians 8:2-3).

If we keep focused on Him, He will transform us from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18) until we are formed into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2).

The Holy Scriptures speak of the Word of God being the apple of our eye (Proverbs 7:2).  When we look into the “eyes of God” we see ourselves, when He looks into our eyes He sees the Word, Himself.  The ultimate goal of walking with God is that at the end of our journey we will look into His eyes and see the Word as well, His image being formed in and through us.  To accomplish this, our eyes should be on Jesus, the Word made flesh (John 1:1)…the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).

Heb 12:2  Looking {ἀφοράω ‘aphoraō’ – fix eyes upon} unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Scripture speaks of Jesus as the “Face” of God, His Image (Psalm 44:3; 42:5; Hebrews 1:1-3; John 14:7-9; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6; Colossians 1:12-20; John 17:21-23).  To be a little guy in the Eye of God is to look unto Jesus.

God loves us (John 3:16) and wants us to reciprocate that love to Him and to our fellow man (Matthew 22:37-40).  Its very simple (2 Corinthians 11:3), yet impossible to realize in our carnal flesh (Romans 7:18).  As a result, we must rely completely and totally on faith in Jesus Christ (Luke 14:26, 33; Philippians 3:7-8).  Each person must make the choice to come to Him in sincerity/simplicity of heart (2 Corinthians 11:3; 2 Corinthians 1:12) with complete faith/reliance in Him, forsaking our knowledge, power and positions in life (Matthew 16:24-25; Mark 8:35-37; Luke 14:26-33).  To be a little guy/little girl in the Eye of God, one must be converted as a child (Matthew 18:3), likened to a babe in the bosom of their parents.

Eph 5:1  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

 

The Holy Scriptures admonish us to seek the Face of God at all times (1 Chronicles 16:11). Seeking His Face where we appear as a “little guy” in His Eye will cause us to love others as He loves them…

When we look to God, we see what we are. Evil, despicable, unworthy (Romans 3:10-19,23)…but when we look to Him we see His unending love for us in spite of our sinfulness (Ephesians 2:1-7). When we look to our fellow man, our carnal flesh which is full of hate, immediately wants to focus on their evils and unworthiness (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Romans 8:7). However, if we remember that we are just as unworthy of God’s love as them, yet God still grants us His unmerited, unending love, will we not be more likely to do the same to them?

He has forgiven us so let us forgive (Matthew 18:23-35; Ephesians 4:32). He shows us mercy so let us show mercy (2 Samuel 22:36; Luke 6:36). He overlooks our lack of understanding and ignorance so let us do the same with others (Acts 14:16; 17:30; 1 Peter 1:14; 1 Timothy 1:13 ). Even if the other person accepts not our forgiveness, love and understanding we must remember that we have treated God the same in the past, and even still do today as believers (Acts 7:51; Isaiah 53:6; 1 Peter 2:25).

In seeking His Face, His Light will shine upon us where we can walk in His name (Numbers 6:24-27). If we seek His face continually (1 Chronicles 16:11), His light will reflect from us to others (2 Corinthians 4:6). Scripture likens seeking the Face of the Lord as looking into a mirror (2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 13:12) in which we now see darkly. As a result, we should abide in faith, hope and love. Most importantly, in love. This love is summed up in the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31).

All religions are based upon the Golden rule of treating others the way you want to be treated. Almost everyone in the world follows a religion so why is there so much hate? The problem is that we cannot keep the Golden Rule by our power or understanding. The Golden Rule can only work if we are following by the principle of seeking His Face. We can only truly abide by the Golden Rule if we are treating men as we wish God to treat us. We want forgiveness and mercy and grace from God…this then should be given to others. We must love as He loves us (John 13:34; 15:12).

Christ said that the all of the Law and Prophets hang upon the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12; 22:40). Paul also says that the entire law is based upon this principle (Galatians 5:14). By applying the concept of seeking His Face, this is seen. A proper fulfillment of the Golden rule depends upon what man is seeking. God or religion/idols. Idolatry and religion lead to hate (John 15:21-25; Hosea 9:7-8), this is why there is so much hate in the world. If we are not walking in love, we are not walking with God (1 John 4:8). Hatred for our fellow man is indicative that we are not seeking the Face of God as man was created in God’s image (1 John 4:20-21; James 3:9). Hate is indicative that we are walking in the carnal flesh which is at war with God (Romans 8:7; Galatians 5:19-21). Hate in one’s heart reveals a spiritual blindness (1 John 2:9-11) which is caused in many cases by religion (John 9:41; 15:21-25; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Isaiah 44:18; 6:9-10; Matthew 13:13-15; 15:7-14).

When we seek the Face of God at all times we can overcome the hate for others caused by fear and ignorance (1 John 4:18; Romans 8:15, 31-39; Psalm 118:6; Hebrews 13:6). When we seek the Face of God we can love our enemies and show them mercy as He does (Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 6:27-36; Romans 12:14-21; 1 Peter 3:8-15; Ephesians 2:2-22).

This is the essence of being a “little guy in the Eye”. Love. Walking in close relationship with God who is love (1 John 4:8) and extending that love to our fellow man (1 John 4:12). Its not about religion or doctrine, its about relationship with the Most High. Each one of us must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling as God works through us according to His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). If we keep focused on Him and not on religion He will be able to transform us from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18) until we are formed into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29) united in Him in love (1 Corinthians 1:10; 1 Peter 3:8-9; John 17:21-26).

Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Joh 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
Joh 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

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