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The Open Hand of God
HANI (m) "happy" from Arabic hani'a. HANNAH (f) "favour" or "grace" (Hebrew).
Jesus means: Salvation. To be free of sin. And free of the desire to sin and the desire of punishment (guilt). Jesus means: letting go.
A Christian says: you cannot get to God and Heaven without committing yourself fully to Christ Jesus.
If you truly believe in God, and you truly believe God can forgive your sins, then confession of sin will come with a genuine letting go of guilt. God is love.
Judas, even though he repented of his betrayal of Jesus, lacked true confidence in God. Judasí desire for punishment (guilt) was so strong, he went and hung himself. Guilt (desire for punishment) of sins is what sends people to Hell. "Desire for punishment" can be restated as "lust for pain". So guilt is a kind of worship and faith in pain, violence, and sin. Guilt is a version of lust of the flesh. Idolatry.
God is greater than all of my sins. The vastness of the Universe and Eternity are greater than all of my sins.
The wicked man holds sins in his heart. The first sin leaves a seed of pain in the heart of a young boy. He feels guilt for his trespass. Over time the seed may grow into a whole world of sin and pain. The parents are partly to blame for this in not punishing the boy when the trespass occurred.
Confidence in Jesus, who is the Love of God, by confessing, renouncing, and letting go of sin and guilt breaks this cycle of hate and pain.
Love of God results in the rewards of Heaven. Love of sin results in eternal punishment in the lake of fire - a sea of flaming passion - falling inward - never free. Love of self and obeying sinful desires is directed inward. Love of God is expressed in loving others and is directed outward.
God gives us what we truly desire deep in our hearts.
Committing to Christ is accomplished by a confession of faith (the marriage proposal) and baptism (the marriage ceremony). Committing to Christ Jesus is intimate union (marriage) with God.
Consider - Jesus - to mean: letting go of desires which lead to and cause suffering.
Many believe simply practicing righteousness is the path to God. But, the doing of something is exterior to the inner man. A man may practice right actions, with a raging cauldron of hateful evil thoughts in his own heart and mind.
Unless a man lets go of his evil inner passions, all his good works would be worthless. Once a man lets go of his evil inner passions and desires, he would automatically do righteousness. Because the desire to do evil comes from selfish desire.
To be in the intimate presence of God - you must let go of all created reality. Die to reality - live to love.
If you understand that Jesus is letting go of all created reality - then you really cannot come to God without Jesus.
The Characteristics of the Open Hand of God:
The hand of Jesus Christ is nailed open on the cross. Fixed in the open
The open hand holds ALL things. This addresses the optimistic, positive,
YES nature of God. This is faith.
It can lift one up.
It can strike in wrath.
It is always open to everybody.
Because it is open, it holds onto nothing - grasps nothing. It keeps no
record of wrongs.
The hand of Jesus Christ is open to heal, but, one has to come to Him to
be healed. The person coming to Christ must come to Him with the open attitude
of Faith. Jesus does not come unless He is invited.
The hand of God is open - not grasping or clinging or clutching. The open
hand is freedom. This freedom is found in the action of a persons' will
to stay in the hand of God. God does not force a person to stay in his
hand. If a person deep in his heart decides he no longer wants to stay
in the hand of God - that person is free to go. To stay or to go - this
is the free-will choice God gives us all.
God's knowing all events, all choices, and all the consequences of those actions...good or bad...encompassing the full range
of all human and universal events...illustrates free will is the result of limitless knowledge...
To stay in the hand of God, a person must actively let go of sensual desire/lusts/temptations. You must believe in freedom to be free. Jesus is Liberty and Salvation from temptations and sin.
The Characteristics of the Open Hand of a Christian:
We must hold onto nothing, and let nothing hold onto us.
[Mark 11:25] And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything
against any one; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive
you your trespasses."
[Mat 6:14, 15] For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly
Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
The open hand optimistically holds ALL things. And yet is held by nothing.
This also obligates the believer to handle all things with love and respect.
Take good care of the things put into your hands. This is the right thing
You may say: but only God can hold all things. I say: to keep an open handed attitude about all things in life is Godly and Christ like.
The open hand graciously receives things and freely gives.
The open hand is limitless. Everything is up.
To commit yourself to Christ in faith, hope, and love - obligates a believer for the responsible care of the Universe.
[Phil 4:13.4] I can do all things in him who strengthens me.
[John 13:3.8] Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God,
[Pss 8:6.15] Thou hast given him dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet,
Grasping, clutching, gripping - these things are fearful, anxious, anxiety,
etc... Not Godly.
Evil is turning away and closing your hand to God. Evil endeavors to grip you in such
a way as to make you believe you can never be free again. Evil is addictive and
enslaving. Confessing and renouncing evil opens the hand to God.
The truth will set you free.
The open hand is friendly, as in a hand shake. A sign of peace, justice,
- A marked personality trait all Christians should have is: openness. One
of my friends asked his grandmother, who was in her 90's, a life long Christian,
what word could sum up her life experience with God? She said: be flexible.
Be flexible and open.
- The reason why your gut is churning over some issue is: you are fighting
God. Rebellion is ugly. It is being closed to God..
- We must treat all of life with an open hand. To hold all that God has
given us in an open hand. Free to give, free to receive. And when God takes
something out of our hands to say:
[Job 1:21] And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked
shall I return; the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be
the name of the LORD."
- Without complaint, without grumbling. To humbly submit to authority,
perhaps even as Christ submitted - without complaint or grumbling - to
the authority of the High priest.
- To close your hand to God is a bad thing. To say YES to God is faith,
peace, justice, and love.
- I was just watching the movie "Armageddon". At one point a scientist
is telling a group of people exactly what happens if you hold a fire-cracker in your open hand -
and it explodes. You just get a little burn. But if you hold your hand
tightly shut, you will loose your hand.
[Jer 20:9] If I say, "I will not mention him, or speak any more in his
name," there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones,
and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.
All Glory and Honor are yours Almighty One, forever and ever, Amen!