The old adage “to thine own self , be true” how about “To thy God, be true”? Denominations are a funny little matter, and in the end they will be of no matter!
We are taught, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” and my favorite, “And in THAT day, His name shall be one” and as the Lord himself said he had “other sheep not of this fold that I must bring also”. I do believe denominations mainly exist to help people in areas of common thoughts and fellowship.
When I was a new convert I never even wanted to visit another church or to be anywhere other than my home church. But God’s plan’s often lead us on journeys that without him we would have never had the courage to take.
He has people and events strategically aligned, but we have to make that move to be where he wants us when he wants us to arrive there.
I have been blessed with an extended church family, I spend most of my worship time between a non denominational church and a Holiness church, and I was ordained by the Pentecostals.
If someone had told me this years ago I would have told them they’d lost their mind! But God does work everything for the good and I have been blessed with friendships that if I had disobeyed God and listened to my own fear, and refused to follow what I felt He was leading me to do, I would have lost out on so much!
It was unnerving at first, to leave everything I had known and the first pastor he put me under in my “training” is Trinity Holiness and I wrestled and wrestled and finally I told him one day that I am apostolic and he just laughed and said “Well, I knew that” and we laughed and made a deal that we would never try to convert each other! Everything I worried about as problems, God has always shown me that they are only problems if I want them to be!
So most of my work tends to be multi denominational, but I make it a point to never deny my personal beliefs because for me to deny what I am is denying the very one who created me.
But after a while the lines blur and God’s word is for everyone and there is “no private interpretation ” but sometimes I do just want to let my hair down “sing” His praises as WHO HE IS!
So from this point forward there will be no multi-denominational writing nor living, without a sense of identity, without a true sense of who He is and who we are in him, no one is living without him anyway!
So it will now be offered from a strict vantage point of who HE IS, and for me, HE IS THE I AM THAT IS.
Kinda like this: Jesus, Jehovah God! He is God! He was God yesterday, He is God today and He will be God tomorrow!
And forever and ever He will reign!
” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God.”
“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made”
“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father,
full of grace and truth.” John 1:1,3,10&14
“I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which IS, and which WAS, and which IS TO COME, THE ALMIGHTY.” Revelation 1:8
“Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen that ye may know and believe me, and understand THAT I AM HE: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.”
“I, even I am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior.”
“I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, SAITH THE LORD, THAT I AM GOD.” Isaiah 43:10-12
“Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of Hosts; I AM the first, and I AM the last; and BESIDE ME THERE IS NO GOD.
And who, I as, shall call, and declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and these things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them.
Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye even are my witnesses, Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.” Isaiah 44:6-8
“I AM THE LORD, AND THERE IS NONE ELSE, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That thou may know from the rising of the sun,and from the west, that there is none beside me.
I am the Lord and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil (calamity): I the Lord do all these things, Drop down (rain down) ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it.” Isaiah 45:5-8
“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM; and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM sent me unto you.” Exodus 3:14
And finally, my dears…John 8:5
“And JESUS saith unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS I AM.”
All rights reserved. Rev. Nina BrownJohnson 2015