March 26, 2010

God Can Exceed The Capacity of Your Jump Drive...The World Corrupts It

When we talk about God or even heaven for that matter we are speaking of things that we have not seen with our own eyes. What did the Bible say? It says we are to have faith. It is by faith that we are saved. What does faith imply? Believing in something, sometimes in “somethings” that cannot be directly observed, we can only see portions or effects they have on things that we can see.

"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible." ~Hebrews 11:1-3

We can only imagine what they “are” in whole. This is the case with God. Because we are finite and God is infinite we can never fully grasp God. Jesus refers directly to heaven (which isn’t even God) a few times (Matt 13:31, 33, 44 & Mark 4:26). He tells us heaven is, “like this”, “like a mustard seed”, “is like leaven”. When dealing only with heaven, not God He refers to the unseen in heaven comparatively to things we can grasp. The Bible tells us straight:

“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.” ~Exodus 20:4

God is not like any of the things in earth or in heaven, He is infinitely more so. How can the human mind even begin to comprehend these things? We cannot, we can only understand what He has revealed about Himself through His Son or the Bible and these are only pieces.

It is like trying to send a file through the Internet that exceed the bandwidth for the line that you are trying to send it through and/or too big for the receiving computer's hard drive. The computer can accept parcels of information or small portions at one time but if the entire file is force on the crashes the computer.

The Lord was gracious enough to give knowledge of Himself to us in pieces, bits (or bytes) that we could understand. We are all like little limited capacity jump drives walking around but until we plug into the mainframe we are all just isolated islands of data/information (life) that have no meaning. Until we are filled with what we are meant to be filled with (Holy Spirit) we are essentially empty, unconfigured (sinners) and useless except when it comes to "common" tasks. In a worst-case scenario we need to empty out the corrupt data (sin) and reconfigure (saved) the drive because it has become so corrupt it is unusable. Damaged. You literally have to start over from a blank slate by rebuilding the drive from scratch. Because data (life) can continually become corrupt and fragmented (riddled with holes) the drive needs routine defragmentation (routine repentance) otherwise you end up back in a corrupt state that requires another massive defrag again.

The question for you is: What kind of storage are you? Will you hold something pure & uncorrupted that can be retrieved and be useful -or- something corrupt that needs to either be corrected or disgarded?

Personally, I prefer to contain retrievable data with integrity even though the mainframe occasionally overwhelms me with its file size.

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