Thursday, May 25, 2017
An Uncertain Future...
As we gaze to the future one thing seems certain, increasing darkness awaits us.
It has been said that a people get the government they deserve, but it seems so many times that we also get a government which is made in our own image - the government is us!
The Hubris, the Bombast, the Narcissism and the Childishness of the leaders is merely the reflection of these same qualities in ourselves.
We, too flail around in life, and run in circles - insecure, inconstant and clueless.
Mankind is floundering and hell enlarges its mouth.
The church is "taught by the precept of man" and the light of the Spirit is missing.
"These things ought not so to be".
Jesus came to give us Life but also Light, to bring us to a place where the past with its torment and failure is forever gone.
He desires to give us a place where and life is quickened and empowered - sufficient for every circumstance, and every moment of every day.
Our world is sinking fast into darkness, and no one is able to lead us out.
We are lost unless we are able by the Spirit of God to see the length, and breadth, and height, and depth of the provision God has prepared for His own and for this time.
The promise is certain "And ye shall seek me, and ye shall find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Jer 29.13
Monday, May 15, 2017
that is in you... 1Jn. 4.4
Somewhere along the line we have lost the concept of greatness, and our lives are petty and darkened.
We have lost sight of the God Who all nature obeys,
the One Who holds the stars in their courses,
the One Who rotates the seasons,
Who commands the wind and the rain and the waves.
How much do we know of this dimension "Greater"?
Have we seen Him greater than time ... greater than yesterday, and today and all our tomorrows?
...greater than all measure?
Do we know Him as the One Who is uncontainable,
the One Who overflows all our definitions?
Can we see Him as the "in you" greater?
Our challenge is to see this, to believe this, to reach out and seek until we find this.
Our challenge is to live in the place of God's measure, and not our own.
Our Need is to find the real dimension of the Kingdom of God.
God was the Creator at the beginning and God is the Creator at the end.
As my father used to say "The Christian is not a football for the devil to kick around."
God has provided "some better thing for us".
Let us reach for His provision.
The spiritual deserts of this world await transformation.
Creation awaits the presence of God in the lives of His children.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Even within The Way of Salvation we have managed to provide an alternative.
We speak of Spiritual Life, and yet treat it as if it were to be found by following a set of rules.
We follow Teachers who offer us a road map of conduct - a "how to" manual for successful Christian living.
Leaving the guidance of the Spirit which brought us to birth, we enter a wasteland of Law without Life.
A realm of joyless obedience, and weakening faith.
We thrash around as a drowning man caught up in forces beyond his strength.
When Israel escaped ..."by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved." Hos.12.13
Deliverance came by the Spirit of God operating in a man.
If we are to be saved, we enter into that salvation only by the Spirit of God.
And if we are to continue in the path of salvation, we must continue only by the Spirit of God - "the flesh profiteth nothing"
The rules could not save in the time of the Old Testament and the rules cannot carry us today.
All our dependence on anything other than the working of God's Spirit in our lives is vain.
All the efforts of our aching souls hammering against the rock of our nature can only produce a broken cistern...
Years of effort can only produce a cracked recipient incapable of holding the Water of Life.
The world is lost.
How sad if the Christian is lost in the Way!
Oh, that we might find freedom in the ceaseless flow of the Life of God ministered through the Spirit of God.