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Crosswords: A short-sighted view
“You’re Jesus isn’t necessarily the same as my Jesus.”
I thought that’s what he said. No, it couldn’t have been. He’s one of my favorite preachers. He’s solid on biblical doctrine. He knows the Bible says that God hasn’t changed since yesterday, or the 1st century, or any other time. He knows there is only one God. Doesn’t he?  Maybe not. He just said it again.
At first I couldn’t believe what I had heard. The second time around however was loud and clear. And that sealed his fate as far as I was concerned. Officially he was scratched from my top 10 list. Up until the time I realized he was right.
Each of us casts a unique footprint as we plod this earth. Our backgrounds, our life experiences, our parents, our pastors, our geographical locations, etc. all combine together to give us a slant on life that no other person on earth possesses. Because of that we view things and make assessments about things differently than anyone else. That includes the way each of us sees God.
It’s not that God is different for everyone; He remains constant. It’s just that no one on this earth has ever experienced or understood the complete fullness of God. I have seen God move in ways you may have not, and vice versa. You may have gotten insight into a verse in the Bible that has not been made clear to me. There is only one God and one way to Him, but each of us will see a different set of sights while traveling the same path.
While we must stand firm on certain truths, our minds need to be flexible enough to see God moving in ways in which we are not accustomed. As Oswald Chambers said, “When we become advocates of a creed, something dies; we do not believe God, we only believe our belief about Him.”
If we would be willing to drop our doctrinal guards just an inch or two, we may allow God to do something in our lives that He has been attempting for years. Otherwise we’ll keep Him in a box that Houdini couldn’t open.

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