All Good Things Come from Him by Pablo Giacopelli
By Pablo Giacopelli
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By Pablo Giacopelli
The moment we think that something begins with us or our religious practice we need to understand that it is very likely that we have become involved within the space of a performance based religion and not a life giving grace based relationship with God.
You see life begins in and within God. Forgiveness begins in and within God. Grace begins in and within God. Your true identity begins in and within God. . The Bible is clear about this when for example it tells us in 1 John 4:19 "We love because He first loved us."
All good things come from God with no conditions attached. The Bible is clear about this. Take for example the birth of a child or better yet a time of great satisfaction given to a parent by a child. Suddenly there is a magical moment that transpires where feelings beyond us begin to flow from within us. Things like unconditional love, affirmation, joy, and plain old well-being. All of these originate from God. Saying that these are only from God if we have put our hand up in a meeting or we attend Church every Sunday means that these are merely an accident or worse yet they come from the enemy of our hearts.
We need to understand today more than ever that "all good things" including all of us, no mater how far off the way we are currently traveling on come from God. Having the eyes to see this will go a very long way towards helping us to deconstruct the religious barriers that so often prevent so many of us from being able to see Gods' involvement in everyday life where we so often think He is absent. Suddenly we will be able to experience and see a side of life that is truly out of this world because it originates from without this world.
In fact I am convinced today more than ever that such will be the impact that this new found ability will have upon us that suddenly many of us will find ourselves loving the very people Jesus loved and often, though many of us don't, choose to hang around with.
Have you ever wondered why the Father said over Jesus "This is my son in whom I am well pleased?" As I consider these affirming words I also realize interestingly enough that up until then Jesus the man had not done anything whatsoever of significance according to the standards of the world. His life had been lived in complete obscurity serving alongside Joseph in the family's "handyman" business. No special awards had been awarded to Him. No position of significance had been attained and no resume could have been submitted. His was just a normal life of daily routine like the rest of us, yet God was still very well pleased with him.
Many ask and I am sure even many more wonder what I mean when I say that I long to be raw, real, and uncensored to God and the rest of us. Well before I tackle this let me tell you that the reason I have decided to share this is because I have noticed that there seems to still be this notion and false belief that somehow those of us that write and share our discoveries through books have it altogether and have somehow reached some sort of utopia that only the few and privilege can. Please let me begin by telling you that as far as I am concerned this is not true at all and in fact it is because it is quite the opposite that I am able to share and appreciate what others maybe also struggle with.
I was listening a short while ago at an Evangelist share the Gospel according to his perspective. He spoke for a while and towards the end of his time he started to share about this movie that God is going to show to everyone. He spoke how everyone would get to see all the bad things we did both in public and in private. I must admit that as I listened to him I felt a blanket of shame attempt to cover the whole of my being. So strong was the feeling that it made me shift my position on my seat. As I turned off the TV I began to contemplate what I had just heard. I began to recall how I once long ago subscribed to this very heavenly movie theatre experience and perspective. Yet today what I once vociferously supported, didn't quite sit the right way within me.