Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Beyond Our Need

It has been said that there is a way of thinking in the western world,
     which declares everything to be connected by cause and effect -
          and if we only apply ourselves we can make of our world what we want.

Also it  is said that there is a way of thinking in the eastern world,
     which says that everything is chaotic, without order,
          and there is nothing can be done,
               except to try to cooperate with the chaos
                    in order to affect the outcome a little bit.

The Christian lives in a spiritual world where God the Creator dwells.
And it is God, and God alone, Who determines the movement 
     and the outcome of things on earth.
It is God Who determines the outcomes of our lives.

There is a phrase which resounds within me this morning, "He is the Creator." 
     "All things were made by Him." (Jn. 1.3)

John starts his gospel record, not with the account of the earthly story
     but by first presenting the heavenly context.
What happens on earth is the outworking of the Heavenly Kingdom,
     of the thing which God wills to do.

Sometimes it is necessary to lift our eyes, 
     until we no longer see the earthly workings of things, 
          until we see far above and beyond these things 
               that there is a God -
               "Who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will." (Eph. 1.11)

Unless our lives are grounded in this truth we will be like 
     "a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." (Jas. 1.6)

                         This is Surety - this is Rest.
               Here is Purpose - and Here is Fulfillment.


Friday, February 7, 2020

Prerequisites of the Kingdom

Everything in the spiritual world is centered in God alone.

Everything in the enemy's world is centered deposing that order.

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: 
for they are foolishness unto him: 
neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1Cor. 2.14)

"Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, 
ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Mt. 18.3)

Paul's commission was:
"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light." (Acts26.18)

These few verses show the unbridgeable division between man's world 
and the spiritual world Jesus came to open.
     God alone opens this world and causes us to see.
  As we seek to understand the things of God we must first bow our knees, 
in a surrender body and mind to Him.

Paul says again, "What things were gain to me, those I counted but loss for Christ." (Phil.3.7)
     This is the only way to come.
          away from myself, and unto God.

How hard it is to turn away from the world of our own making,
the world of our experiences, our learning, our structures,
but I cannot pray "Thy Kingdom Come" unless I truly come to this place. 

 "Jesus ... and saith unto them, 
Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!" (Mark 10.24)
     In a wider sense - riches are anything we trust in.

In the Kingdom of God, 
     the King is Present,
          the King is Ruling,
               the King is Working.

Without these 3 elements there is no Kingdom.
     And as we seek to draw near we turn 
     in utter surrender, 
          and utter dependence 
               on the work of God's Spirit within us.

Thus, will we find the Door to the Kingdom.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Kingdom Coming

"Thy Kingdom come." (Mt.6.10)

Each word of the phrase is tremendously important.

As we come to this prayer,
     the first thing we need to do is to ask God to show  us what "Thy" means -
          "Thy" - can never mean the same as "my!"

"THY" - everything else is excluded:
     It is God alone.
          It is an absolute separation unto God.
               It is an absolute dedication to God.

We cannot understand the dimension of this total separation unless God reveals it.
Our human nature is so predominant in all we think and do,
that we can only separate things if the Spirit of God quickens us to do so.

Our minds unaided cannot understand, or receive,
     the Kingdom of the One Who reigns alone.

This is a prayer of dependence.
     This is a prayer for that which alone has value. 

While I am trusting in myself I am denying God.
     Declaring my sufficiency is declaring God insufficient.
          Declaring my capability is a losing of the realm of God's supply.

The first part of the prayer says, 
"hallowed be Thy Name"...hallowed - set apart.
     It is to be removed far from every other thing.

How hard it is for man to ever fully realize what this means in his living - 
a life lived for God alone.
     Yet those who find it, find a relief,
          a rest, and a refuge from all the conflict of a fallen world.

Only the Spirit of God can reveal God,
     and show us the endless distance 
          between the highest thing we can offer and the realm of God.

          It is a letting go of all that is ours,
               and a giving all, to the One Who is All in All.