Part 1: Faces Toward God
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
About The Two Faces Series
There are only two faces in the universe: love and hate. Whose face do you wear?
The whole of life is a venting, a spewing of either love for God or hatred for Him. Our hidden love or our latent hatred creates the lens of viewing life and in that glass are the personal colors of our kaleidoscope seeing. Always, always God is the issue. Never circumstances. Never people. Only the heart’s secret contempt for or longing for . . . God.
This is the face we wear to all the world. And by those roots in the secret heart – the real face – our personal fruit ripens into a certain offering of poison or health. Life or death. Never both. One or the other.
The Faces of Love and Hate are
extremes of polar opposition,
the difference between
real heaven and literal hell.
Those faces are certain – frighteningly or wonderfully real. Not the imagination of a storyteller, but the very faces you will meet yourself along the footpath of your pursuit of Christ. Faces of Purity and Faces of Evil. You will gaze at both specters. My purpose is to paint the faces for you. Grim and glorious.
God’s scripture and His writers had clear vision of the two faces and courage to speak their names. Today we are not skilled in seeing the line between darkness and light. And that ignorance will be the downfall of many.
Jesus told His disciples:
Matthew 10:16 NIV
I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.
Therefore be shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
Paul, who healed and preached, who loved and prayed also said to Elymas, “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of every thing that is right” (Acts 13:4-12). And then! By the power of the Holy Spirit, declared him blind for a time. And he was!
Proverbs 8:13 NIV
To fear the LORD is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
Today it is rare for the church to hate evil. Evil sits unnamed on the front pew and goes unconfronted. And in the end, evil seeps into the Body with the poison of death to what God wills and to the souls of His children who will not hate evil and name it with courage.
The church by blindness to the contrast fails also to recognize the servant of God, the anointed and the listener. Where evil rules, the godly are persecuted and slandered by the whispers of God’s enemy. May the Holy Mirror show you the difference between a fruitful garden and a dead boned tomb. Only the unveiled face beholds the Real God (1 Cor. 3:18; Matt. 23:28).
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