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DECONSTRUCTING THE GOD YOU KNOW FOR THE GOD YOU WILL MEET
The dead sea in the middle east is famous for one thing; it's dead. It is so highly salty that no living creature can exist in its waters. The reason it's dead is also very simple. The dead sea never gives anything away that it receives. In other words, there are no rivers flowing out to supply water for different parts of the region. Americans are known for many things; one is collecting special momentos such as antiques from the past and broken and disrepair items they may use someday. That particular habit of collecting has produced a category of people called hoarders. Hoarders are those who collect anything for no reason; they like to collect stuff. The tragedy of this particular group of people is that they finally collect so much that they have no room to live in their own house. Many of them live in tiny corners while the rest of the house is filled with junk. However, if you ask them about it, they will all tell you these are my treasures. And so it goes with the community of people called Christians; we are also collectors of stuff. The things we collect our ideas, church theology, grandmothers customs, and "this is the way we've always done it." So just like the dead sea and the hoarder that lives down the street, the Christian who collects spiritual stuff ends up living in a small corner of their spiritual house because there's no room for anything else. A healthy Christian has a stream flowing out of them, making room for new things to come in. That river or stream flowing out contains many things, such as giving others their time, finances, and love. However, there are other things that need to flow out that are just as important. Those things are discarded ideas, out-of-date theology, and grandmother's beliefs about God that came from erroneous teaching. It's impossible to collect spiritual information from all the sources around us without collecting some dead works, which the Bible calls "hay wood and stubble." If you're ever going to have room to receive new revelation, some of what you have learned in the past must be deconstructed or torn down so that God can rebuild a fresh understanding of who he is to you and the world around you. The children of Israel had to collect fresh Mana every day, and if they tried to hoard it for the next day, it became full of worms. I wonder how much of our old dusty theology is full of worms today. Take time to unload some of the debris, go into the father's secret chamber, and let him refresh you and refill you with his divine knowledge and understanding. I guarantee you will meet a loving father beyond your wildest dreams.
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