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Thursday, August 16, 2018

In Spirit


"In Spirit"...(Jn.4.24)

What a phrase!

The Spirit of God brings us to worship. (Jn.4.24)
And the Spirit of God opens our eyes. (Rev. 1.10-12) 

"In Spirit" 
It speaks of another dimension - a dimension not of earth.
In the spiritual life the flesh profits nothing, the Spirit is everything.

Samson declared that if the Lord left him, he would "become weak, and be like any other man." (Ju.16.17)
God calls us to be different from men around- not in our own capacities but through the enduement of His Spirit upon us.

It is not easy to leave all behind...
     It is not easy to cease to be wrapped up in everything human.
          It is hard to see beyond ourselves and our human capabilities.

We limit our commitment to the restrictions of human reasoning.
     We limit our expectations to the same.
Our limits become the limits of all other earth-bound men, 
     and God is not present in our calculations.

It is not so much a leaving behind, 
as it is a reaching forth to another world, another Kingdom.

The end is not the emptying, the end is the filling.

How busy we get trying to put the future into the wineskins of the past!

But this realm of the Spirit is a place beyond all the human,
and beyond everything which springs from its own world of endeavours.

It is a  reaching out, a leaving behind, and a going beyond - 
     to the place where our only awareness is of God,
          a place where our inspiration is of God, 
               a place where our faith is God-given.

It is a place where the abilities of our lives are from God.

It is a coming into the Kingdom.





Thursday, August 9, 2018

How Would it be If?


Paul the apostle spent his life searching.

Unsatisfied in the world around him, he could always see more of the infinite world of God before him - realms to which he had not yet attained.

There is, within the limitless realm of God, that which calls us.
A time comes when the growing bird feels within itself the call to leave the nest where it was born, and the fields which it has known, and to stretch its wings in answer to a call within.
More imperative than its surroundings is the call to journey to another clime, another land, another life.
It leaves the land of its birth, where the leaves are falling and the days growing colder and shorter, and it reaches out to another land - a place of springtime and new life.
And so it is with us.

How would it be if we would end our prayers saying "as it is in heaven"?

Things in heaven are completed; the prayer is answered.
I think that here on earth we conform ourself with a praying which expects very little answer in the dimension of concrete reality.

A pastor I know went once to a hospital to pray for a person in a coma.
The nurse who was present gave her assent saying that it would be a nice thing to pray for the poor paciente.
She was not expecting any response from the comatose one so imagine her surprise when the sufferer sat up in bed.
An answer! - on earth  - as in heaven!

We hear people advocating a certain way of prayer: "pray the prayer of Jabez", or "pray the Lord's prayer."
It seems that these prayers are pathways which folk have found for their faith. But we make a mistake if we take them as a formula for all our praying and put our faith in the words and not in the Lord.

I think that what is important is not the exact wording of the prayer but the seeing God as the answer.
Let me say that again, It is in seeing God as the One Who will answer.

It is not so important how we knock on the door - the important thing is the intensity of the knocking!
The important thing is to persevere until the answer comes.
The important thing is the release of heaven's resources on earth's needs.

"In earth as it is in heaven."

Friday, August 3, 2018

He Causes


"Causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak." (S.o.S. 7.9)

It is speaking here of the bride, but how true of God's quickening in His own.

How deep is His drawing.
How great is His quickening.
How infinite is the realm to which He carries the soul.

The Spanish Bible translates it "the lips of the aged."  
From what I understand it is neither sleep, nor years, that is referred to; 
these are but figures speaking of the incapacity to respond - 
a failing mind in a fading life.

But He quickens from the fading ... When He quickens 
    the sleep of decay falls off like a mantle, 
        and the world is new.

Why would we ever be content to settle for earth's poor vision, for earth's limited horizons.
He causes the impossible to melt away.

When He comes all the earthly ceases, and gives way to the dimension of heaven.
    In Him all the incomplete is made comlete.
        He quickens that which time has robbed.
            He brings again that which is no more.

The spiritual has other laws than the natural world and there is a resurrection of that which was lost - in whatever dimension and to whatever extent.

To His own He extends His promise, and He extends His power.
Let us reach for it.

There is, for us also, the going forth in the power of an endless life - "more and more unto the perfect day." (Pr. 4.18)


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Nothing Can


Let God be God

Whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it. (Ecc 3.14)

The Omnipotence of God works wherever, whenever ... and forever.
The Omnipotence of God, beyond our sight and our dreams, works His will.
Nothing can, or need be added, and nothing can take anything away.

Some day our last step will be taken and we will leave this world to be  immersed in Reality - an eternity as broad and as deep and high as it is long,  ...infinity - inmeasurable in every direction.

The question is: how much can we see of this dimension today. from the place where we are now?
How much are we able to possess of this dimension now? 

All God's purpose in our lives is that we might be aware,
and that we might grow in the knowledge of Him,
and that our lives might be enlarged and transformed by the power of His life within us.

He calls that we might possess the Life of eternity, beyond our human frailties
that we might know Him in His fulness.





Sunday, July 29, 2018

Waiting


This word is going around in my mind in these days..waiting.

"My soul Waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning." (Ps130.2)

It has to do with the intensity if our desire - 
a greater desire than they who wait for the coming of the daylight,
a desire greater than the longing for the scattering of the darkness.

It is an intensity born in a different place, fed with a different longing.
"Lord,  I'm waiting on Thee"

"With Him is plenteous redemption' (verse 7) 
This is the ground of our waiting.
In Him all needs are met.

What a place, to be actively...waiting, waiting, waiting for the answer God has prepared...

Not looking to anything else, for as the day unceasingly comes again with light so His promise is sure to all who believe.

"Behold I come."(Rev 22.12) 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Set Before


"I have set before you"... (Deut. 30.19)

It is still true, and it is still the way God deals with His own.
There is a path before us and there is a choice.
It is a choice between unchanging Light and ever increasing darkness.
It is a choice between measureless fulness and utter emptyness.
It opens the Way of Life, or the path to death.

Maybe, because of the multiplication of sources, there has never been a time when mankind has been bombarded with so much information.
And through this the individualism characteristic of those who lived in times past has been lost among the demands for conformity.

Rather than judge things in their own light, our generation looks around and lets its judgment be formed by the norms of a society which is enslaved to the latest fluctuations of what is acceptable and what is not.
We can no longer live in freedom but rather in the "safety" of a world which makes decisions  for us.
God's world is the opposite of this one.

God's world is a world where things are unchangeable, and absolute.

The woman at the well saw the Truth and came with a message to the town; "come see" (Jn.4)
Our minds can be persuaded to change in their opinions but that which has been seen cannot be unseen.
She saw and she knew, with a knowledge which was hers forever.

The choice between God's world and this world is stark: it is a choice between darkness and Light, between blind stumbling and seeing an unfailing LIGHT.

There is a turning away from, and there is a turning toward.

God allows us, in a way, repeat the work of creation and separate the light from the darkness.
The door is opened for us to be, in unchanging reality, the children of LIGHT. There is illumination for all our days, and all our ways, through the Light that ever increaseth, and never faileth.

"The Lord shall be thine everlasting Light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended." (Is.60.20)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Beyond the Flesh


"O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come." (Ps. 65.2)

Maybe it helps to read it backwards....All flesh shall come unto Thee, O Thou that hearest prayer.

It doesn't say "all spirits come", or "all hearts come"- It speaks of the flesh.
To me it speaks of our mortality, of our weakness.
It speaks of the flesh, weary and insensitive.
It speaks of our self-absorbed confusion, 
and it speaks of our headstrong blindness.

It speaks of the flesh which attempts so much and yet achieves so little.
It speaks of the flesh whose strength is never sufficient to carry us through.
In short, it speaks of the clay-fettered spirit of us all.

But the verse opens a door ... to this poor limited flesh it says "Come."
This weakest of flesh can look upon something beyond itself.

 In the immensity of God there is an acceptance, no part is excluded.
All the height and depth, and length and breadth of our limitations can be brought and left with the Creator.

There, where all human resources have come to an end, God awaits us. He "hears" says the verse, and calls us to reach forth to His mercy and His resources.
When He hears He acts, and we are not alone.