GOD IS IN THE IS-NESS BUSINESS
OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS REFLECTED IN OUR ENGAGEMENT WITH GOD AND OUR ENGAGEMENT WITH GOD IS CENTERED AROUND WHAT WE THINK ABOUT GOD.
FOR MANY OF US WORKING ON AND WALKING THROUGH OUR SPIRITUALITY, WE HAVE HAD SOME SERIOUS HURDLES TO LEAP IN GETTING TO RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, SOME BECAUSE OF OUR PASTS, SOME BECAUSE OF WHO WE BELIEVE WE ARE TO GOD AND A LOT TO DO WITH WHAT WE WERE TOLD ABOUT GOD.
BUT WHO IS GOD IN RELATIONSHIP WITH US?
SO MANY THINGS HAVE BEEN SAID ABOUT WHAT AND WHO GOD IS, WHAT GOD DESIRES FROM US, WHAT GOD WILL AND WON’T DO AND WHEN GOD WILL SHOW UP. IF YOU AREN’T LISTENING FULLY AND FREELY FOR GOD IN YOUR SPIRIT, SOMETIMES YOU PUT GOD IN YOUR PAST BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE YOU STILL ARE OR YOU ASPIRE TO GOD IN YOUR FUTURE BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE YOU NEED GOD TO BE IN ORDER TO BECOME THE VERSION OF THE VISION THAT YOU WANT TO BE AND YOU BELIEVE THAT’S WHERE GOD MUST ABIDE FOR YOUR SUCCESS TO ARRIVE.
BUT I HAVE COME TO TELL EACH AND EVERYONE IN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE THAT OUR GOD, OUR MIGHTY GOD, OUR LIFTING AND LOVING GOD, OUR POWERFUL AND PURPOSEFUL GOD, THE ONE WHO SENT THEIR OWN FLESH-DERIVED SON TO LIVE AMONG US AND TO LITERALLY FEEL OUR PAIN, OUR GOD IS NOT STUCK IN OUR PASTS, STILL TRYING TO CLEAN UP AFTER THE CRAZY PARTY WE HAD. OUR GOD IS HOVERING AND HOLY IN THE FUTURE, WAITING FOR US TO FINALLY GET IT ALL RIGHT AND SAYING THE SECRET PASSWORD WHICH WILL ULTIMATELY WALK US INTO OUR PERFECT FUTURE.
GOD IS NOT BEHIND YOU, FORGIVING AND FOLLOWING AND MAKING YOU FEEL BAD!
GOD IS NOT BEHIND, PUSHING AND PROVOKING AND WONDERING WHAT IS TAKING YOU SO LONG!
GOD IS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, WHENEVER YOU ARE!
GOD IS IN THE IS-NESS BUSINESS!!!
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth.[b] A song.
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]
NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCE YOU WERE IN, THE REASON YOU ARE NO LONGER STILL IN IT, IS TRULY THAT ALTHOUGH YOU ARE STILL THINKING ABOUT YOUR IMPERFECT PAST, GOD IS NOT PAST PERFECT, BUT RATHER PRESENT:
WE GET STUCK IN THINKING IN THE PAST IMPERFECT TENSE:
I HAD BEEN LOST … BUT…Luke 15:32
But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’
WE HOLD GOD HOSTAGE TO THE FUTURE:
GOD WILL…future tense (Deut. 31:5-6) – MOSES
5 The Lord will deliver them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you. 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
WE THINK WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING IN ORDER FOR GOD TO BE PERFECTLY GOD:
Psalm 124King James Version (KJV) (Conditional tense; to speculate about what might have been or could have happened)
124 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say; 2 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us: 3 Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: 4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: 5 Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. 6 Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. 7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
SOMETIMES WE FORGET TO WHOM WE ARE SPEAKING!
MISPLACED SUBJECT AND ADJECTIVE AGREEMENT* This is many of us now, talking to God about who God is and what God can do but forgetting to ask God to do it for us because we believe that the subject is a given and the request is inferred.
Broken and bruised, tattered and torn, Lord, I come to you humble as I know how.
The inference now is that The Lord is broken and bruised, tattered and torn because the phrase, the description touches the Lord before it gets to you.
GOD IS IN THE IS-NESS BUSINESS AND IF YOU ARE TALKING TO GOD…TALK.
The subject is implied, including the giving of permission…I AM OUT OF YOUR WAY…DO IT!
God is in the IS-NESS, right now, make-me-over, move, I got this, I am with you, stop trying to figure it out BUSINESS!
I AM THAT I AM. When God said that to Moses, it was the great declarative statement for us all: WHO ARE YOU TO BE DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING? WHO ARE YOU TO GET UP FROM THIS SITUATION? WHO ARE YOU TO DECLARE MORE INTO YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU HAVE FALLEN SO MANY TIMES? WHO ARE YOU TO BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN HAVE THIS?!
I AM WHO I AM! That’s a right now, God is with even even till the end of the Earth, can’t nobody do me like Jesus, God is that kind of friend, kind of love!