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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Greater Experience


Maybe we could call the book of Ephesians "The Book of Unveiling."

Here, Paul takes us from the seen to the Unseen,
     from this world to the one above.
And here he shows us Eternal Purposes,
     Eternal Powers, and Eternal Promises.

Here, he opens to us a realm which one day, in heaven, we will see in all its fullness.
Here, his desire is that on earth we may know the riches which are ours in God.
     - "all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." 
          "In Whom ... redemption." (1.7) 
               ... "an inheritance." (1.11)
                    ... our trust (1.13)
                         "in whom ... sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" (1.13)

Then, in verses eighteen and nineteen, Paul speaks of his unceasing prayer that God would give them to understand through the Spirit of Revelation:
     1. the hope of the calling,
          2. the riches of the glory of His inheritance,
               3. the greatness of His power. 

Again, there are things that we will only understand in fullness when we reach heaven -and yet Paul's yearning for the saints is a reflection of the yearning
of the Spirit of God over His children.

If we could understand these three things, 
     the Hope, the Inheritance, and the Power, 
          we would have little need for anything else.
Here we would find the answer to all our prayers for a greater knowledge, 
and a greater experience of the things of God.

This is the place of freedom without limit. 
This is where we exchange the earth-bound realm of our human limitations 
for the immeasurable dimension of the kingdom of God.

This is the reason for Paul's unceasing passion of prayer for the saints -
and this is what Paul would pray if he were here with us today.
     that they might Know ...
          that they might taste Life in all its Fullness.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

How to Come - How to Inherit

There is a story in Joshua chapter fifteen ...
and my imagination runs ahead, between the lines:

It is a story which starts years before:

There was a day when (perhaps as he was out gathering manna) 
     Caleb received the news, "it's a girl," 
          and he couldn't wait to see her.
There was the time when she started to toddle around the tent,
     a time when she was a cute little  five year old,
          a growing ten year old,
               a young lady in the making of fifteen years.

And all through the years she was "Daddy's little girl" -
Caleb's pride and joy.
But today she is married, and leaving to start her own home.

Her husband would have an inheritance from his family
     - but this little lady, endowed with the same spirit as her warrior father,
          cannot be satisfied with what satisfies everyone else.

She gets her husband to ask for land from her father,
     and then, still unsatisfied, asks for water springs. 
She looks to ensure the viability,
     and guarantee the productivity, of her gift.

The picture has words spoken, and words unspoken:
She is saying in effect, 
     "I am your daughter,
          you have given me life -
               now give me an inheritance." 

"Make my life meaningful.
     Give me something I can work with.
          Make my life count for something.
               Make your love to me tangible."

And she got the water,
     she got the upper springs, 
          and she got the lower springs,
Caleb is saying, "Take it all my child - it's all for you"

I look at the story, and I bring it down to today,
     I ask myself,
       What will satisfy me?     What will it take to make life complete for me?
     What gifts are there which await my asking?

What one human can give to another is limited.
But the spiritual realm has no limits.

              "My God shall supply all your need -
       according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4.19)


 Our Hopes, and the Longings born in Him, 
     are the Yearnings which He desires to give us ....
             God would say to us also, 
                  "Take it all my child, it's all for you."

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Bringing the Kingdom


For everything earthly, God's aim is that His Kingdom be established.

It is an awesome responsibility to pray, "Thy Kingdom come."
God must be greater than His creation,
and every created thing must be under His dominion.

If the whole of our lives is not subject to this Kingdom we are prisoners ... of our own unbelief.
We are bound ...  by our self-will,
our self sufficiency, and our pride.
We are held fast by our stubborn rebellion against submission.

We must leave the kingdom of our own making, 
if we are to enter into the Kingdom whose builder and maker is God.
Jesus' words to Nicodemus are true for all of us,
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh;
and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."

These are words, not just for our first coming to the Kingdom of God
for forgiveness and cleansing.
They are words for every day of our lives -
words to keep us from returning to a dependence upon ourselves,
our plans and projects, our "resolutions" and dreams.

"That which is born of the Spirit" is eternal, 
is all-powerful and must prevail.
This is true of prayer -
Jude speaks of "praying in the Holy Ghost." (1.20)

"Lord teach us to pray." (Lk. 11.1)

 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A Picture of the True


"Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?" (Sng. 8.5)

The verse impacts me ... and my mind paints a picture of the scene.
(This apart from the literal contextual interpretation of the passage.)
I see a picture of just two people - and a desert,
and I see myself, and I see us all there.

I think of the desert - that place where death is loosed,
and where life cannot flourish -
a place representative of our human existence.
     Death is there,
surrounding in circumstances, in adversities, in challenges.
     And the desert is somehow also within,
           fears, confusion, ambition, and the "set will of the weak."

Who would choose to go to the desert?
What caused this woman to go there?
     Was it rebellion, the pride of self sufficiency?
          Was it a way to try to escape her lot in life?
     Did she not know her own weakness,
          her own lack of direction ?
Were these the things that drove her to the place of death?

What were her feelings when she became aware that she was lost,
     and weak, and hopeless?
What when she realized the desert was claiming her life,
     and there was no way of escape?

What was it when she became aware of Another in the desert?
What when in the place of solitude she saw One Who walked through the desert,
sustained by a Life untouched by the dryness and the heat?
     
What must have been the emotion when He drew near?
     What when she saw Him more clearly, 
          and was overwhelmed by the awareness of His Love for her?

How was it that her self-will  and self-dependance, was overcome?
     How was it she surrendered her whole being to Him?

In that moment of surrender it ceased to be about herself anymore,
     it became about the One Who loved her,
          the One Who quickened Life within her.

The  the desert and all of its scarcity faded, 
and she found herself transformed in His Sufficiency.

She leaned, now supported by the One Who had become everything to her.
Seeing her transfigured brought a cry,
     "Who is this?" 
          "Who is this ...that cometh up ... from the wilderness ... 
               leaning upon her beloved?"

This is a picture of the True - 
He came "to seek and to save that which was lost." (Lk. 19.10)

He came to replace the consuming death of the desert with Life -
in ever increasing abundance ... "from glory to glory" - "even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2Cor. 3.18)



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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Am I Made Yet?


Jn. 1.23  "I am the voice...crying in the wilderness."

My father used to say that the main thing lacking in the church is passion.

John the Baptist was passionate.
He not only transmitted the message - he was the message.
     Where there is passion there is identification.

Somehow, in the spiritual world when a man carries a burden to the point of complete identification, he becomes the thing he carries.
He cries not for himself, but for the burden he carries,
which has now become his burden..

The person carrying a weight does not have to be convinced that it is real.

"Moses said unto the LORD, ...  thou layest the burden of all this people upon me? (Num. 11.11)
It wasn't something theoretical, it was something real.

I can't really pray for something when I don't feel its dimension within.
     Identification is a vital thing in prayer.
          It is not just one more gimmick,
               or just one more way to leverage mediocrity.
And we soon run into the question: how far does our identification go?

How sad to find ourselves praying when  the doctors have given up hope for a life,
     and to realize that for us it is "somebody else's pain."
          How sad to know that the needy one will die -
               but that we will live on in our little spiritual world.

How far have we gone, how far can we go -
     in our appropriation of what we pray for?
Are we able to feel the pain, to sense the confusion, to measure the heavy burden?
     Are we able to feel it as our own? 
          Can we feel that we "are" the person we are praying for?
 
Jesus 'bore our griefs, and carried our sorrows.' (Is 53.4) 
He not only bore the burden, but was "made sin for us" (2 Cor. 5.12)
     "It is the way the Master went,
          should not the servant tread it still?"

Paul sums up his goal saying: 
"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings..." (Phil. 3.10)
It is not just the Resurrection power, but the sharing of the Burden which Paul longs for.

The two things go together - and can we really know the one if we are ignorant of the other?

     We can be sure that if we find the fellowship of His suffering, of His burden,
          God will come in the power which answers the burden of our seeking.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

If ...


John 12.32 "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me."

Could we look at our verse in a little wider context than we usually do?
     "Men" is not specified in the verse. 
          One translator says "all creation" - all creation will be drawn.
He is the One to Whom  "every knee shall bow." (Is. 45.23)

 What does this mean for us?
     Ah, here is the secret of life.
If we can lift Him up over all else,
when we can lift Him up from the earth itself,
         we will find Him more near than all the troubles and responsibilities of life,
         we will find Him more present than all that crashes upon us from the world around.

The enemy would try to gain entrance into our lives.
     He would attack us from without, with his forces of destruction.
          He would attack us in our thoughts, our feelings, our confidence in God.

But the enemy's invading will always be overcome as we,
like David, are able to declare, "I have set the Lord always before me," 
(Ps. 16.8)

I am reminded of the words of Job, " how little a portion is heard of Him."  (Job 26.14). 
     How can we conceive of the Infinite?
          How can our eyes see, or our mind comprehend, that which has no limit?
               We cannot ... but, 'beholding we are changed.' (2 Cor. 3.18) - changed to be able to see and to believe.                   
                        This is our freedom.
                        This is the limitless Life God gives to His own.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Lord Alone


Isaiah 2 speaks of the last days, 
     of the Lord's exaltation at that time, 
          and the judgement of men.
He finishes saying "the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day" (vs. 11 and 17).

When God is exalted all else is humbled.
     This is a truth desperately needed.  

"The Lord alone" is a totally exclusive declaration, not even the tiniest thing can come alongside Him.
For us to find God, all that we are, and all that we think we possess,
must bow down.

How much seeking for answers in our spiritual lives is frustrated at this point?
How many of the "closed doors" come from a lack of "utterness" in our seeking?

There is something so beautiful when the sun rises in a morning without clouds, and all is made luminous and clear.
And there is something so beautiful when the Lord is seen without hindrance, or earthly impediments.

This has always been God's aim ...
"Thou shalt have no other God's before Me." (Ex. 20.3)

"Let us lay aside every weight" says the apostle. (Heb.12.1)
It is the same thing - God alone as the focus of life.
     This is where our eyes see clearly. 
          This is the vision of transcendent beauty.

"How great is His goodness, and how great is His beauty." (Zec. 9.17)
              


Monday, September 16, 2019

The New Thing


Isaiah 45.19 God says: "I will do a new thing."

Time after time we hear of God doing a new thing.
I wonder: Do we know what we are talking about?

     Is "New" what we see around us?
          Is "New" what we already know?
               Is "New what we have experienced?

The truth of salvation by faith was seen New by Martin Luther
Sanctification was seen New by Wesley.
Missions was seen New by William Carey.
The Pentecostal experience was New at the beginning of last century,
and broke through to the mainline churches in the  1950s.
A New revelation sweeps all before it:

More than half a century has passed since the last general move of God, 
and the chaos in the secular and religious worlds brings with it a pain and a darkness which cries for a new manifestation of the Kingdom of God.

And yet:
Woe to us if in our looking to the future we see only the possibility of a repeat of the past moves of God.
Woe to us if our prayers are limited to a reliving of the old.
Woe to us if we pray from the place of our experience - and prophesy from there.

Jesus' last words were, "I am with you." (Mt. 28.20)
This is the vision which God would set before us today -
     a Vision of One.

It is God Himself coming in our midst, in a Glory beyond all we have experienced or read about.

It will be a Coming of Life beyond all we have ever known...     
     It will be Light beyond light, 
          It will be Faith beyond faith, 
               It will be Anointing  beyond anointing...

                               Is not this the New Thing?

  

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

In Earth ... In Heaven


I wonder how we see the relationship between earth and heaven?
I wonder how God sees the relationship between earth and heaven?

What did Jesus mean when He taught His disciples to pray,
 "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven"? (Mat. 6.10)
Was it principally about the restoring of the right relation between earth and heaven?
I think it was - 
whatever it means for us as individuals and our own particular circumstances,
     and whatever it means for a church, or a nation,
         these are only parts of a greater whole.

Creation groans, the universe groans, for something which has been broken.
And this will never be restored until the Kingdom of God comes in earth as in heaven.
The prayer is for the manifestation of the glory of God; that once again the earth be "filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." (Hab. 2.14)
Someone once said that he would wish, even just once before he died, to pray  the Lord's prayer as it really is.
I see what he meant ... to be able to understand and add his voice to that prayer.

 For beyond the wrong and the hurt, 
     is the yearning for the rightness,
          the completion, the restoration.
               It is the bringing again of all which has been lost.
                    it is the glory of a creation - where all is made new, 
                         and imperfections never enter more.

This is what God sets before us also: 
     to feel within ourselves the weight of the hurt of the wrong of this 
     world which surrounds us,
          and to bear this weight, with Him,
               until the glory comes and fills this empty hurting space.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

How Much Can You Lose?



 I am remembering now a phrase:
"How much can you lose without losing your faith in God?"
The reference is to the story of Micah. (Judges 18.24)
"And he said, Ye have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest
... and what have I more?"

We live surrounded by an infinite world of things trivial:
What is left when all that surrounds us is taken away?
     How much of what we are is external?
          How much of who we are, is external?

There is a beautiful verse in Isaiah 26.3.
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee."
     Perfect peace is beyond the reach of the world around,
          it can never be found in any of the things about us.
               It is not built upon anything visible.
                    It doesn't depend upon things which are tangible.
                         It is beyond all earthly things.
     
 "There is a place of quiet rest, 
           near to the heart of God."
                It is to this place that God invites us.
                This is the place which He has prepared for us.
All the work of the enemy is to get us to believe to the contrary,
     to separate us from the Source of Life.
          to separate us from the rest and the security of that place prepared.
  
The apostle Paul lived, "as having nothing, and yet possessing all things."
       Our God is the same God, 
          His promises are certain to us also.
               Let us find, and let us live this Life.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Vision



In heaven we will see with a clarity which we have never known on earth.

Here on our physical earth, the dust and the reflection of earthly lights impede our ability to see the stars.
And yet, in places far from civilization, we sometimes get a glimpse of different  skies.
We see a realm of more transparent clarity,
     a place where the empty places are filled with points of light -
          a place where what we knew before is seen as pitifully limited. 

So it is with that heaven where God dwells.
     Our earthly eyes are blind to the fullness of that spiritual dimension.
          We see so many empty spaces -
               places where our lack is more evident than God's fullness.

And yet, even as we live in the earthly sphere, we are surrounded by the dimensions of a Heavenly Kingdom.

Creation cries to be delivered from the bondage of its fallen state -
     and the cry of the heart of a child of God is for open eyes, 
          to see the fullness which exists in Him.

Man is never complete until the work of God's salvation is complete in him.
     It is so until we turn from earth, and walk in the illumination of heaven's Light.
          There shadows grow thin and disappear,

               there the earthly dimness which surrounds us,
                    is replaced with the Light which is not born of earth.

As the Christian looks Godward,
    He sees a New Creation -
          "all things have become New." (2Cor.5.17)
         

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Looking


"Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith." (Heb. 12.2)

It is a very simple statement; easy to be understood, 
but hard to put into practice.

Life offers us so many other places to look,
     proffers us so many pathways to walk,
          offers so many "solutions" for our needs,
               dizzies us with so many choices.

David declared, "My heart is fixed." (Ps. 57.7)
Wonderful place to be - a heart fixed "looking unto Jesus." 
Again, Spurgeon's testimony, "I could have almost looked my eyes away."
     What a decision, what a determination,
          what a conviction that in Christ was the answer. 

Fallen mankind has a fixation with trying to understand in order to experience.
     Looking is a far simpler process.
     In looking that which is seen enters the life  far more directly.
     To see, is to absorb what is seen in all its essence,
     without any need of "interpretation."
We say 'now I see,' when the import of a thing becomes clear,
and doubts and misunderstanding fade away.

So how do we find faith, and all the life which God offers us?
The answer is simply by Looking,
     simply letting all our longings find their focus in Jesus,
          simply lifting our eyes to look beyond all our fears, 
               simply gazing beyond whatever tries to stamp itself on our vision.
It is a returning again and again, to the One Who brought us to spiritual birth.
It is a determination not to allow one single thing to claim any place beside Him.

The looking is far from merely seeking that we might comprehend.
In our look, we gaze upon the Source of Life.
We see the fountain flowing out toward us.
We feel the quickening in all our being, of ever-increasing, all-overcoming, 
eternal Life.

                             There is no other Author of Life, 
                     no other sustenance of Life than Jesus.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

What is Lost


Comes to mind the song "The Lost Chord," whose music was written a hundred and fifty years ago by Arthur Sullivan.
The song speaks of the joy of finding a chord of unknown heavenly music,
and the frustration at losing it again.

The music is merely the symbol, illustrating something greater and more essential.
The song speaks of the human condition.
It speaks of the frustration of vainly trying to find that which has been lost
- a something deep within, inexplicable in words, and incomprehensible to the mind.

What mankind cannot find is Life;
     and there is a yearning, 
         an unsatisfied longing which never passes, 
              but rather takes ever deeper root throughout the passing years. 

As worship, which must be in spirit (Jn. 4.24), so with our seeking and finding any part of the spiritual realm.
          The mind merely follows on where the heart has gone.
"Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name." (Ps. 142.7)
As the Jews to whom Jesus spoke, we may think we are free and yet be bound by so many things. (Jn. 8.33,34)

Freedom and Life is ours, as we lift our eyes and our hearts above all that surrounds,
and leave all our being - our hopes, longings, and fears - at the feet of the Master.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

God's Coming


The Bible starts with God coming,
     God speaking,
          God creating.

The Bible ends with  "Come."
His coming, and His working, is the source of all things, natural and spiritual.
God alone, is the Author and Sustainer of all things.

"Seek ye me, and ye shall live," says God. (Amos 5.4)
     This is an unchanging truth for all time.
          This is a promise for every moment of every day.
               On this all our life depends.

Here is the Light for every day,
the strength for every trial,
the quickening for our souls in every moment of human insufficiency.

David declares,  "I have set the Lord always before me:
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved." (Ps. 16.8)
This is the way of seeking:
there is an "Always" - an undeviating longing for that which is not yet known,
     There is a "setting before" - a concentrated focus of energies,
          God's Presence "at my right hand" is the ground of certainty,
               and "unmovableness" is the result of this commitment.

"We see through a glass darkly" (1Cor. 13.12),
     if we could only find an ever clearer vision,
          how our lives would be lifted above the uncertainties 

          that shadow human existence.

May we not have to wait until arrive in heaven to know 

the certainty of His nearness,  
and the sureness of His ever-flowing Life.
     In the midst of life let this be our unalterable commitment,
                  "I have set the Lord always before me."




Saturday, August 10, 2019

Clarity




“For all the promises of God in Him are Yea, and in Him Amen.” 
(2Cor.1.20)


Today definitions have changed.
Words have become toxic.
And the enemy is using language to destroy the significance relied upon 
for generations.
Political correctness has twisted meanings 
until they have become unrecognizable.


Look for instance at the word, "freedom:"
When the Puritans spoke of “freedom” they meant the freedom to  
follow God while obeying His laws;
somewhat like the safety we have to travel in our cars, 
while we circulate according to the laws of the road.


“Freedom,” as it is interpreted today, means the casting off of all restraint
in order to follow whatever whims we feel, without regard to time,
or place, or any fellow being.
God has been written out of the picture, and unfettered human 
degeneration has been permitted in His place.

Look at man's "rights:"
We live in a time when if a sector of society likes a thing it is enough to 
provide vindication and confer legitimacy upon it.


A destruction, from a boundless stupidity of chaos, seems to cover all:
A “Christian” celebrity feels a surge of happiness when she hears 
someone speak of the Almighty as “she.”
Other Christians see the need to adapt the unchanging laws of God to 
modern thinking.
In the Bible God created mankind “male and female.” (Gen. 1.29)
- now gender has become whatever one chooses it to be.
And the list goes on, in every area, without constraint.

When the Roman empire was beginning to fall apart,
Augustine wrote his famous book on The City of God, 
and spoke of a Kingdom, not of earth,
a Kingdom which knows no decay.
So today, in the midst of the decay of earthly systems, 
the Kingdom of God stands unchanged and unchangeable.

Heb. 12.28 says, "we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace,whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear."

We receiving 
     - that which is beyond the reach of change,
          beyond the reach of decay,
               beyond the reach of sin's destruction.

We receiving - 
     the changeless things which are the gift of a unchanging God.

We receiving -
Life which, in its length, and breadth, and height, and depth, is Eternal.

We need not change with the shifting tides of man's opinions because our 
God changes not.

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yea, and in Him Amen.” 

(2Cor.1.20)



Monday, August 5, 2019

By the Spirit


"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." (Rom. 8.14)
 
There are two kinds of Christians:
those who are led by the Spirit, 
and those who are primarily led by the mind.
 
Led by the mind ... 
when the mind leads the way through life:
when the Word of God is seen through the medium of human understanding,
when life's challenges are untangled through a process led by thinking,
when life's emotions are controlled by a reasoning process,
when everything is ordered and regulated by the capacities of the mind.
 
The process ends when the mind is overwhelmed -
defeat comes:
when there are no answers to be had,
when there is no way to advance,
when the burdens increase and the body finds itself without strength to carry on.
 
This is the limit of human capability, but God offers another Way.
His Spirit is given to take over the control of life.
He is the Light for our darkened understanding.
He is the Strength for our weak endeavors.
 
God's ways are not our ways - but in His ways freedom is to be found.
In His ways there is all provision, at all times, for all needs.
 
Years ago Any Carmichael said, "God trusts us to trust Him."
This is the way of the Spirit - 
a depositing all our resources at God's feet,
a forsaking of all self determination, 
and a clinging to God alone for all our needs.
 
When we see God as the Answer to all of life,
when we see that there is nothing hidden or unknown to Him,
when we give everything human into His hands,
then His Spirit will lead us in sure paths.
 
"There is no want to them that fear Him." (Ps. 34.9)
 
 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mercy ... in the Pampas ...


No man can look on God, (Ex 33.20)
And I think the character of God,
and the attributes of God,
are, likewise, only dimly perceived in the time of our earthly existence.

Where is the beginning, and what are the dimensions of mercy?

I remember an older lady, in one of the towns in the pampas of Argentina,
telling us about her son:
He had a painful condition and decided to pray.
Going out behind his house he got down beneath a lemon tree 
and told God that he would not get up until he was healed.
He prayed until about one o'clock in the morning, 
when suddenly he was conscious of a Light, 
and at that moment he was touched with an instantaneous healing.

So many times, and in so many places, the mercy of God surprises us.
I don't know much about mercy - except that it has no limit.
     Mercy has no limit - because God has no limit.
God sees man's limitations, and in mercy comes to give that which man could never attain on his own.
"The river of God ...  is full of water" says the psalmist. (65.9)
 God is a God of fullness and there is no lack to any of His resources.

It is for us to awaken and to reach forth, until to each one of us as an individual,
there is given to know "the unsearchable riches" (Eph. 3.8) of God's abundant Life - for all our earthly journey.


  

Friday, July 26, 2019

The Transformation of Light


Salvation is not just about Forgiveness,
nor is it just about Heaven.
Salvation is supremely about Life and Light.

Today I was thinking of the Transformative power of Light.
Salvation is a going from Darkness to Light.
We come "out of" Darkness, and "into" Light.

What is Darkness?
It is the place where everything disappears;
     a place without horizons,
          a place where there is no form, nor color, nor proportion,
               no distance - no near nor far.
It is a place where all is an unknown, and unknowable, oneness.

Spiritual darkness in the Bible is a place of fears and uncertainties,  
     a place of every kind of undefined dread,
          a place of the presence of evil,
               a place inhabited with every negative and destructive thing of the kingdom of the enemy.

Jesus said, "Believe in the Light, that ye may be the children of Light."
(Jn.12.36)
Salvation is a coming into a place of Clarity,
a Place where all is clearly seen, and the hidden things of darkness can no more oppress.

Paul, the apostle, says, "Ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light." (Eph. 5.8)

The Old Testament speaks of the path of the just being as a shining light,
that shines more and more unto the perfect day. (Prov. 4.18)
This is God's gift - a Place where the "more and more" is unveiled in ever greater measure. 
God's gift is a path which knows no shadows,
     a place where we are forever delivered from the pursuing darkness,
          a place of Life, of Victory and of Rest.

                     Here - "my cup runneth over." (Ps. 23.5)