WHY I DO THIS
IT'S ABOUT TRUST
OPEN: Hey, God morning and welcome to STAG and the new year, I'm Jack. I was going to continue with the series on understanding the Bible, but it got on my heart to tell you how I feel about this show. So, I want to tell you, at length, why I do this show. Then we'll take a closer look at faith and throw in a little grease, while we're at it. But first......
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Why do I do this? Almost 30 years of shows. Thousands of hours of time and energy committed to presenting evidence of God's reality, and the devil, of course.
My main goal is to share what I have experienced from my study. You hear me say it every time. God is real and faithful to do what He says. What that does for my life is unsurpassed by anything I've ever encountered. And it's available to everyone on the planet. Let me give you some examples of how I feel about doing this show.
Remember the time when someone told you something that was of great benefit; free food, terrific sale price, etc. You went and took advantage of the great news, and it really made you happy.
What did you do? You told the first person you met.
On a very small scale it's like a joke. Ever hear a funny joke and pass it on?
Let's give that some thought. We don't usually think this through. Why did you do that? Why pass on a funny joke? Sure, there are those who tell jokes to glorify themselves, but mostly we tell that joke so the other people can have a good laugh too. It made us feel good and we want others to feel that same good. It even makes us happy all over again when they get a good laugh out of it. That's easily seen by the times when you told a joke that the other person didn't understand. They didn't get it. Neither of you were happy.
Well, just transfer all that up to God's level. What do we get out of knowing that God is really real and cares what happens to those who trust Him? Peace of mind; that can't be gotten anywhere else. Not through money or power or popularity.
Comfort. You can be like Paul, who said that wherever he was, in all situations, he was content. He wasn't stressed by adversity. He and Silas were singing at midnight. Locked in prison. Doesn't sound like worry to me.
Of course, there's safety. Feeling safe is one of the reasons why we have peace of mind. Because Jesus conquered death, we don't even have to be afraid of dying. Many years ago I was asked on the air what I thought about the US taking out Sadam Hussein, because that might start another world war or be the end of the world. The interviewer was very surprised by my answer. I said I thought it was great. It was, for me, because the "end of the world" was my ticket Home to God. I came up with a quote not long ago that says that same thing. I said, "The joy of old age in the approach of death." Of course, that only goes for true Believers.
The last thing I'll mention is what I call Grease. God greases the skids for His Believers. There are many little "helps" that materialize for the Believer. What most people would call coincidences. But it's really God keeping His word that He will provide for Believers. Tithers will always have what they need, even though it might not come back as money. I was once doing a little God-related job and wondering what to have for dinner. As I was working along, inside my building, not apparent to anyone, in came a friend with enough food for two dinners. Oh, that was just a coincidence. Right! It was God's grease.
I want to clarify something. My priority audience is those who have some Bible background and most likely think of themselves as Christians.
A while back a new listener commented that I should be a little more simple in my presentations, that it was too hard to understand some of the things I said. They thought I should include a little more detail and background.
I know, and have told you a few times that the function of the Church is to build itself up. Ephesians 4 is all about the structure and function of the Church, the Body of Christ, so called. I've often quoted CS Lewis, "Our job is to show off God to each other."
That brings up a point I also want to make sure you understand. What I'm NOT here to do is "lead you to the Lord." I could talk for a couple hours on why that's not what Christians are supposed to do. The mainstream church is hung up on two things. The one given most importance is evangelism. Folks are told to witness to everyone from the Boss to the janitor they happen to be with in the elevator. All their study is geared for evangelizing. There's a large supply of evangelizing tracts that they pass out to people on the street. This doctrine makes its way down into even the children's classes and activities. Hey, I know. I grew up in the Baptist church.
The second hang up of main stream Christianity is behavior. When they're not talking about witnessing, they're talking about, Right Christian behavior. When they aren't hearing about how to save someone, they're being harangued about all the sins that can overtake them. First Church of Behavioral Science. The preacher is sure to include a whole bunch of sins, so as to touch everyone. I've noticed that they don't talk much about rape. Adultery, yes, but not rape. Homosexuality, yes, but not armed robbery.
I have to give that some thought.
Well, my Bible has nothing to say about gaining salvation through the abstinence of either of those things. My Bible doesn't say that my salvation is dependent on loving my neighbor. There is also a large faction of Christendom that harps on Love. I've mentioned before a long time churchgoer I asked the question, "What's the Gospel?" A long time churchgoer. After a considerable pause she said, "Love." That was a reflection of the main message to the congregation of that church.
My Bible never says we're saved by Love, evangelism or some behavior. Look up all the times Paul talks about salvation. It's always through "faith."
Raise your hands. How many of you have ever heard a sermon that defines faithing? How many have heard a preacher go to the Greek word for faith and teach that it is a verb, not a noun. It's not something you can have, or be, or keep.
The word "faith", and by the way, the word believe, is translated from a word that derives only one step away from a primary verb. Folks have the hardest time accepting that Faith is a verb, in a practical sense. Because I've heard more than one person mimic, "Belief is something you have. Faith is something you do." And in the next breath they'll ask you what faith you are. Or that you just really need to have faith that you'll make it out of the jam you're in.
Now for those, remember I'm talking mostly to Christians here, for those of you who let your traditional idea of faith want to argue with me, I'll take you to the Old testament. I'm going to assume that you aren't one of those who still think that the two Testaments are separate.
If God is a consistent God, an unchanging God, then not only will it be found that salvation was available to the folks in the Old Testament times, but we'll be sure to find that they made it in the same way the New Testaments folks made it in.
If faithing saves, and faithing is acting in trust of something God has said, in the face of negative circumstances and a bit of the unknown, then the Hebrew words for salvation in the Old testament will also be verbs, words that show action toward God.
And we're not deterred from our quest by the fact that the word "faith" only appears in the Old Testament twice. When we look up the word translated "faith", we find it's a derivative of the Hebrew word that turns into our English word "amen." It's a state of mind akin to what God has. He has no doubts, about anything. God never says, "Oops!" The way God does things, there's no room for an "Oops." Before He "speaks" all the details and all the possibilities are taken into account. He's better than the CIA.
By way of example, let me talk about creation. We did some of that a few times ago when we dealt with the spirit world. All parts of the creation were in place in God's mind before He gave the creating job to the Word. That's what God inspired John to call Jesus, before he was Jesus. There were no missing parts to be added later. God didn't give the Word universal structure one day and then the galaxies the next, and then the solar systems, etc. The whole thing was complete in God's mind. When the Word uttered the sound that accomplished the creation, the whole thing came out at once. So, New or Old Testament, the process of salvation will be the same, even if the descriptive words differ.
Back to the Old Testament. If "faith" only appears twice there must be other words that fill in. The operative idea in the Greek word for faith is trusting something God has said. Trusting. So we'll first look at the Hebrew word that's translated "trust" in the Old Testament.
But when we look the word up, we find that it's really three different words that are translated trust. I think God was trying to help those early folks by giving them options with varying degrees of difficulty so they could feel comfortable and not overwhelmed. Trusting God can easily be overwhelming, in the sense that it seems beyond our capability.
So, there's the word ba-t?ach', which means to "hie" for refuge. I had to look up the word "hie." My old Webster's Collegiate says , "hasten". Dr. Scott used to teach that it was akin to leaning on something, a staff. More committed is the middle word for trust. cha-sa'-h means to flee for protection, according to Strong's. Run to the shelter. The third word is the same word that we found for "faith." It's the "Amen" word. This is the highest form of trust in that it's like God's trust in Himself. If we can understand how God trusts Himself, we'll be able to understand how we're supposed to trust Him.
As a side note, there is one other word that's first found in Job. The word is ya-chal and means to wait. And what God tells me about waiting is not what we might want to have it be. It doesn't mean sit around. Given the believer's position that all he has and all that comes to him is from God, waiting means doing a 100% job on what God has already given you, i.e. what's in front of you, while you wait for God to line up the next thing. So even waiting is an active state.
I have to share this observation with you. Trusting God is defined by three words in Hebrew but translated most always by one English word, trust. In reverse, we find that in the New Testament, God has distilled those three Hebrew words down to one Greek word, Pistis. But this one word is now translated into at least three different English words. And according to my own pet theory, that English is the refurbishing of the Mother Tongue, that seems quite appropriate. God is taking the idea of trusting Him back through the stages. But I digress.
In the Amen state, we don't sit down and worry. We don't call a friend to see if he can help. We don't run around gathering resources to protect ourselves. We don't even give the situation/challenge much thought at all, We just automatically act in a way that's compatible with God's will; not nearly as easy as it is said. There's hardly a hiccup in the Flow. One minute we're going one direction, and the next we're going in that direction by incorporating the challenge into the Flow and letting it play itself out. That may sound like a familiar solution, but don't tune out. The crux is that automatic response. That doesn't happen after two days of believing. The amen state has no ego. When God creates, He doesn't do it to get praise, or money, or be better than anyone else. I don't think God has an ego. When was the last time you were able to completely negate your ego? It's funny. The folks with the biggest egos, are the ones who claim none.
Before you dismiss this as too simplistic or abstract, put some flesh and blood on it and you'll see how scary that can be. You come home one day and are confronted with a major challenge. Some construction worker has taken out your whole electrical system. How many times has that happened and one of the last things you did was try to bring God in on it? My hand is up. We just naturally fall into the protection mode and "how can I fix this" mode. Most of the time, there's nothing we can immediately do, anyway. But we worry the problem till it fills our lives. If this challenge involves another person, we may be thinking about court or police. Protecting ourselves.
Do we say, "Wow, what a mess. God's going to have to help me out with this. Well, I'm not going to give any energy to things I can't affect at the moment and I'm not going to plan ahead to cover the probabilities. I'll do the immediate repairs on the damage, ask that the costs and inconvenience be compensated for, and let God work it out. No sense thinking about taking this guy to court when there's a possibility that it won't be necessary."
I hope that all your challenges allow you the time to think it through a bit before you make any rash moves. I wish the Amen state of mind for you.
Did I demonstrate that salvation is NOT about behavior, love or evangelism? It's about Trusting God. Period. And that brings us back to my priorities in bringing this show to you. Again, I'm not here to save anyone or start up my own church. I'm not here to give anyone a good understanding of any of the subjects I present. The most I can do is help you see God's hand in creation, whether it be through the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, or the God-related numerical schemes in parts of the Creation, or understanding what the Bible says about walking in God's direction. All I can really do is show the way to your own research and confirmation of what I say. Woe, to those who take only my word for some idea, no matter how firm I sound on the subject.
None of us can research everything. We commonly rely on the information others bring us. That's what reading books is all about. I doubt that most of the listeners to this show have done a couple thousand hours of research into the Illuminati. My idea is that we will occupy both positions, student and teacher.
I know for certain that we should continue to expand our perspective with study. And I also know that when that study reaches a certain level we become a resource for other researchers.
So even though this show is aimed mainly at Christians, the topics will touch non-believers, too, because it's about how we need to live in this world. I know there are those who listen mainly for the stuff on the Illuminati. God or not, they may be able to deal with life a little better.
So, that's me and this show. Straight Talk……….mostly about God.
GREASE : AN ALLITERATION IN G
Grease. Ah, Grease. Greazey! Greazey! Yeah.
We need Grease.
Grease! The world needs Grease.
"Hey man, you're back. How was it?"
"Greazey, man. You know. Smoother-than-Smooth,
slicker-than-slick. Greazey, real Greazey. Yeah."
BUMPER STICKERS: Grease!
Yeah, Grease. I know where to get Grease. The best Grease.
Smooth, Slick, Greazey.
Yeah, Grease, the best Grease comes from Grace.
Grace makes good Grease.
The amount of Grease is exponentially proportional to the
amount of Grace. Grace makes Grease. Grace IS Grease.
Where does Grace come from? God.
God makes Grace. Grace makes Grease.
God gives us His Grace for our Grease.
Our Grease comes from God's Grace.
God's Greazey grace.
God's Grace Greases the Globe.
How do you get God's Grace? Glory.
Give God the Glory.
God gives us His Grace for giving God the Glory.
We get our Grease from God's Grace for giving God the Glory.
How do you give God the Glory?
Give Him the Glory by getting His Guidance.
Using God's Guidance gives God the Glory. So He Gives us His
Grace which Greases our Grunts and Groans into Glorious
It's called Faithing. Or, acting on a promise of God. When
you find a promise that can apply to the action you are about to
begin, tell God, in Jesus name, that this next thing you're going
to do is based on His promise of____________(fill in the promise).
The best nuts and bolts promise I know is Proverbs 3:6. "In
all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths." If
you just bring God into the picture before you start--by giving
the doing of the thing to Him, and asking Him to Guide you
through it--He gets you through in the safest, most efficient,
pleasantest and most productive way. Also, He'll give you the
thrill of showing you that He's really there by producing extra
Why, you can start actively Trusting (Faithing) God way down
on the level of doing the dishes or driving to town. You can
start practicing Faithing on such simple things that it's almost
embarrassing. BUT! By starting on those bottom rungs and
beginning to see that He does in-deed participate with you,
you'll be able soon to look a sizable negative circumstance in
the face and move (even a small way) toward your goal.
It seems silly to say, "I can't afford to do the dishes."
Or, "I don't have the talent to drive to town." But when we use
those same phrases on much "more important" things, somehow it
makes them look impossible.
If you're acting Rightly, and have studied the Goal and found
it possible (forget probable), start in the direction of the Goal
by Faithing on one or more of God's promises. Then actually move
your body in the same direction.
God will lay on some Heavy Grease and things will start
"falling in place".
The world needs more Grease.
God's Grace should Grease the Globe.
Faithe. The difficulty with faithing is that it takes courage. But when we faithe, we fall under God's protection. He has told us multiple times that we aren't "appointed to Wrath." God's Wrath is played out through His allowance of the destructive actions of the Illuminati. God is the Great Delegator. He always uses humans to carry out His word. Many times He says that He'll use So&So King, like Nebuchadnezzar, to teach His people a lesson. He doesn't throw lightning bolts.
We're told that faithing opens the door to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is said to "indwell" in us, takes up residence. When the Holy Spirit is in us, we're considered "in" Christ, considered "AS" Christ. And Christ can't be touched by the Devil. So, we're protected, when we faithe.
But let's break that down into practical, everyday-action terms. What exactly is faithing. It's all about Trust.
IT'S ABOUT TRUST
From what I've seen of relationships, I've come to the conclusion that confusion is running rampant in our society. Relationships seem to be based on all the wrong things. Companionship, protection, and sex, just to name three.
I almost never hear the word trust in talks about relationships. Don't misunderstand. I do hear more superficial concepts being mentioned. Like having "someone listen to me, someone to be there for me, someone to meet me half way." All that "me" expresses a deep need for trust, from both directions. We need someone to trust, and someone to trust us. But what is trust, anyway?
Very simply, trust is manifested when we act on someone's word. If Hank says he'll meet me at seven, that's when I try to how up, not eight thirty. I take him at his word that he'll be there at seven. Trust is taking people at their word. But the main point is the taking. Trust then can be said to be an action based on the belief in someone or something. The act is also accompanied by the confidence that the person's word will become reality. An act, based on a belief, sustained by confidence. And any trusting action contains a factor of risk. If fact, one easy way to check for the presence of trust is to evaluate the risk factor. There's only one way to prove trust. We have to take a little risk when we do that action. Who knows, anything could go wrong. Hank could have a flat. I have to hang my body, so to speak, on Hank's word, overcome any doubts I may have, and make the moves necessary to be there at seven. In other words, I have to take Hank at his word. It's the only way I can begin to build trust in what Hank says. I have to give Hank a try. Some people might say that I have to take it on faith.
Let me interject here that we should avoid the phrase, blind trust. Blind trust is a contradiction in terms. Trusting action is always based, in some form, on credibility. We always trust for a reason, reasonable or not. And our most reasonable form of credibility is past experience. Unless you're willing to take someone else's judgment of Hank's word, you must try hank's word yourself. How can one build trust without trial?
An inseparable part of proving people's trustworthiness is the follow through of holding them responsible for their word. We all make mistakes. Sometimes we're kept from keeping our word. To prove people's trust we have to hold them accountable for what they say. If we don't say something, we're stuck with our hurt feelings. Additionally, it's not fair to the other person. When we don't tell them when they've broken a commitment, they have no chance to make it right, to validate our feelings, or even become aware that their word has not been kept. We aren't always aware that we've hurt someone. We need to be told.
Given that we'd all rather get along together than apart, when presented with the evidence that our actions are causing a separation in a relationship, our natural bent is to mend the separation. That's where the telling comes in. Let me make clear that I believe that almost all of those people we don't trust are capable of as much faithfulness with which we'd credit ourselves.
Now here's one of the main points of this discussion. My observation tells me that whenever there's a lack of trust, people turn to rules as a way of relating. How many times in a sour relationship has it been said that one or the other person is not playing by or changing the rules? That statement tells me right away that there's a lack of trust in that relationship. This concept of substituting rules for trust can be seen in almost all facets of life.
This discussion is pointed mainly at those people who call themselves Christians, but it can easily apply to any belief system or just individual relationships. It appears to me that the thing that has gone wrong with traditional Christianity is that Christians don't trust God enough. The main stream of Christianity is so given over to rules and legalism, that people have come to think that they can "make it" by performing a bunch of religious, spiritual-looking acts; like going to church every Sunday, or doing a lot of good deeds around the community.
Our traffic laws are everyday examples of a lack of trust resulting in rules. It would be wonderful if we could trust everyone to be so considerate of others that they would always stop at intersections, always watch for and give way to pedestrians. Soon after cars hit the street we found that people couldn't be trusted to watch out for others the way they'd like to be watched out for. So we have stops signs and traffic lights. And notice that we've also built in accountability; traffic tickets.
Now the whole trouble with rules, especially in relationships, is that they don't work. Rules can never promote trusting action. How many times have you looked both ways, even as you went through the green light? Rules don't promote trust. Only experience promotes trust. I think this is because rules are too specific.
But you know, specifics are just that, they specify, they pin things down, they restrict movement and judgment, they only apply to a very minute percentage of our total experience. If we had to run our lives only on specifics, we'd find that there are too many for us to remember and carry with us. Rules tend to apply only to very precise situations. In practice, rules are constantly broken because of the small difference between two situations. It seems that if there's a rule, someone can find the loophole that allows him or her to get around the rule. We simply can't carry around all the rules to govern each situation of life. That's where trust comes in.
In relation to God, the same thing applies. We can't "get in" by keeping the rules. Remember Moses and the Ten Commandments? Those Commands were the beginning of the Law. The book of that Law, as it is today, would take longer to read than the Bible. But we don't have to go into that much detail to make the point that rules don't work. Let's stick with the original Ten Commandments.
One of those Commandments says we are not to covet. In the original language that means to delight in, desire, lust. How many people have never desired something that wasn't theirs? "I wish I had that car, boat, house." Rules don't work. There is no way a person can keep those Commandments. It follows that those laws weren't meant for our salvation. Didn't God know that we imperfect humans couldn't keep the Law? The Law, as Paul says many times, was set down as a schoolmaster for two reasons: one, to show us that we could never attain to God's perfect righteousness, and two, as a guide for us to live by. But the main point is that trying to live by those rules, while resulting in a better life, won't save us. Rules don't work.
What the whole Bible teaches, to those who take the time to understand God's message, is that we're saved by this thing called faith. Old or New Testament, the message is the same. But faith isn't what we think it is. The Bible wasn't written in English, so we have to go to the original language to find out what the writers meant when they said faith. Both the Hebrew and Greek words for faith and trust come from primary roots that are action words, verbs. Even when the word believe is used in the Old or New Testament, the word comes from the same original root word as faith or trust.
As we said earlier, trust is an action. Well, so is faith and belief, as used in the Bible. Now if we're saved by faith, and justified by faith, that means that we're saved and justified by some trusting action, based in some belief (belief as we think of it in English). Who do we trust? What is the belief on which our trust is based?
Of course, our trust is to be in God. The belief that founds that trust isn't any different than that of human relationships. The belief that God can and does keep His word is the same as with Hank. And this is the precise point where a breakdown occurs. If trust building depends on experience and proving someone's trustworthiness, how to get that proof about God?
If I don't want to trust that Hank will really show up at seven, I can ask around to other people that have made appointments with Hank, and take their word that he can be trusted. I'd feel a lot better if I could get a look at Hank's time card and see how many times he's been late in the last ten years. It's always harder to take someone's word for something than to check out the factual evidence. And there are so many Christians out there who have nothing more to ground their trusting actions, than their own experience, which is subjective. If all a person has to go on is his subjective experience, he's on pretty shaky ground. My own subjective experiences and opinions have turned out wrong too many times to be trusted without being backed up by some concrete fact.
Thank God there's a place we can go and find out if He keeps His word. No, its not the Bible. All we can use the Bible for is to find out what God said He'd do, not if He really did it. To find out if God kept His word on some occasions, we'll have to go to the historical account of the people to whom God gave His word, and see if He came through.
I can't, in this limited space, provide enough information for you to start this trusting action that will save you. All I can do is point you in the right direction. Let me warn you, though, it'll take some work on your part to dig through the history books to get the information.
Before we go further, let me clarify an important point regarding two groups of people: the Jews and the House of Israel. They are not the same people.
A great confusion has grown up around the fact that God's promises were not fulfilled in the Jews. Well, they were never meant to be. The promises were given to the Ten-Tribes, the House of Israel. The two kingdoms are clearly separated in the Old Testament.
Almost all of the long term prophesies concerning all the descendants of Jacob, apply to the northern kingdom of Israel, not the southern kingdom of Judah, the Jews. The northern kingdom never were Jews. You see, most all the promises of the birthright were given by Jacob to his son Joseph, whose descendants were to become the leaders of the ten-tribed northern kingdom of Israel. Jacob only gave the ruler ship and lawmaking parts of the birthright to his son Judah, or the Jews. Now we can get back to finding the information that will found our trust in God.
Go to the Bible and find the prophecies concerning the House of Israel. After you have a list of sixty or seventy promises that were made to those people, find out what happened to them in history. They can be traced right up to the present day. Now start applying the promises to those people and see if the prophesies came true. If you do all this, you're in for a very big surprise. Not only will you be stupefied by what happened to those people of the kingdom of Israel, you'll find that God has kept His word to them, and in the very smallest ways. Then comes the good part. The part when a psychological certainty sets in. The certainty that God is not only real, but He keeps His word real good.
Here are just a few 3000 year old promises by God that came true: Those people of Israel would become a population group as large as the black or mongoloid races. They would control strategic points of world access, like Suez, Panama, Gibraltar. They'd become a world empire. They'd be the most prosperous peoples of the earth. They would crush cruel and oppressive governments down through history. They'd lose their true identity for 2500 years, and yet become God's people in spite of their ignorance. That a direct bloodline descendant of King David would always hold a ruling position over them. These prophecies, or promises, have been and are still being fulfilled. And those are just a few of the major ones. A proper study of the subject will present you with a mountain of evidence that will finally overwhelm your doubt as to the reality of God and His ability to keep His word. You'll start looking for ways to act in trust of Him.
Being saved is a most simple thing. We just have to act out our lives as though the things God has said are true. We try to find out what God wants us to do, and act that way, based on His promise to take care of us while we do it.
You see, if God keeps coming true in all the stuff we can check with concrete fact, it gives us the confidence to act on the things that we can't get such a firm grip on. Like His word that there is something after we die. There really is such a thing as living forever. That it's true that a flesh and blood man named Jesus was killed and God brought him back to life, like He said He would. That there is a way to get into contact with God. That G od cares more about our trust in Him, than our shortcomings and imperfections.
The only way to build trust is to take someone at their word and start acting on what they say. The same is true with God. As Mary Pickford said many years ago, "Why not try God?"
God is real.
And He can be trusted.
WRAP: 1-I'm here to share my research. Have you got some research to share?
S.T.A.G. is a relaxed place to do that. We're at 88 Briceland rd. in Redway.
The number there is 707 923-ALLY-2559. Where we'll have Pastor Scott's'
program at 11 am.
2-We're also on the web at STAG.WS. The Straight Talk Archive is
worth checking out, too. Plus some 70 videos. All told, about 30 years
of study up there.
3-I'll be back next year on the first Sunday in February. I trust you'll be here too.
4-God must be Real. There's just too much objective, historical fact for
it to be otherwise. And that same evidence shows He keeps His word.
Prove it for yourself. Try faithing.
This is Jack, Bye.
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