paul ravenhill blog
Friday, January 7, 2022
" I Have Finished the Work"
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Our ONE Need in 2022
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
THE CLOCK IS TICKING ...
Everything goes back to the spiritual...
In the midst of the tumult the question is,
can we read the writing on the wall for our generation?
If God allowed Jerusalem to be destroyed,
and not one stone of the temple was left upon another,
can we escape the same fate?
Are our sins less than theirs?
Is our self delusion less than theirs?
Is our spiritual blindness and pride too great for us to see what awaits?
To know the Word and will of God for ourselves.
Monday, January 3, 2022
Friday, December 24, 2021
We Meet Him in a Stable
I don't know what day of the year Jesus was born,
but symbolically it must have been Christmas -
the time of the year with least light,
and most cold.
Was thinking this morning,
"all God's children must be born in a stable."
The stable was not a dwelling for man - it was a place "beyond."
Man always seeks Him in the familiar, safe, places of his own living -
but this word "beyond" rings within me now.
Jesus life was a life "beyond" -
until at the last He left this earth in a place beyond the city,
beyond the dwellings and pathways of men.
When His earthly life had ended,
the angel had to say to Mary "He is not here."
He had gone beyond death.
We celebrate Jesus coming -
but do we realize His birth was the beginning of Him "emptying Himself?"
And as we come to Him we can only come
empty of all that this world has given us.
If we are to really find Him we will find Him in the place beyond all
that we have surrounded ourselves with in this transitory world.
We will meet Him if we come to the stable.
Monday, December 20, 2021
The bride in Song of Solomon faced a dilemma (chapter 3):
When the day ended and the day's activity ceased,
when she had eaten her last meal, and laid off the day's apparel,
she sought her beloved - and said "I found him not"
She made her decision, and rose again from her rest to seek him.
She sought him among the habitations of men,
through the streets, the paths and walks laid out by men, through the city.
She asked those who watch over man's world for her beloved,
and they had no reply.
He was not to be found among anything man made.
Here also she declares,
"I found him not."
The next verse tells us that just a little beyond she found Him.
What a picture - just a little beyond!
What a lesson - it was when her seeking was free from man's ways and man's things she found in "God's beyond"
God's realm is a spiritual realm - should we be afraid of that?
Should we be afraid to take the hand of God and go beyond...
beyond the accepted knowledge of man which fails to satisfy,
which fails to meet our souls needs?
Think, the blueprints are not the building,
and the scaffolding is not the building.
The doctrines, the teachings and the forms, are not Life, and unless we find the way of the Spirit we are in death.
Unless the Spirit quicken we seek in vain.
A rabbit may look up at an eagle and wonder why it can't settle down,
and just move at ground level where there are safe pathways regardless of the winds. The earthbound rabbit can never understand the sphere of the eagle
which may travel over 200 miles in a day secure in the strength of the winds,
or know the realm of the condor can travel 100 miles without flapping its wings.
Would they trade their vision, their perspective,
for the safety of walking on the earth?
Would they trade their infinite freedom for the safety of a pathway?
The earth of man will always bring forth "thorns and thistles."
We see these not just in the physical earth but in government,
in education and the conduct of society.
Men's efforts to eradicate the curse of his fall must forever fail,
and only God can restore what has been lost.
Man's present system will crumble and fall,
until not one stone is left upon another of our vaunted civilization.
We need to find the Unseen which lies beyond the seen,
we need to find the Kingdom which will endure.
Yes, the bride in Song of Solomon faced a dilemma:
she sought her beloved and "found Him not."
She made her decision and sought ...
until beyond the world of men she found Him.
We may seek with a soul wrenching intensity in the wrong place
only to say also, "I found Him not."
And yet He awaits us - in His own place and not ours.
Let us go out from our world -
the world of all our experience and all our knowledge.
If we carry but our nakedness, He will be found of us.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Years ago I heard a woman telling of her experience when she suffered a stroke ... She realized somehow that her mind was disconnected from her body -
nothing made sense, words had no meaning and all was reduced to a senseless gibberish.
She was unable to lay hold on the world which surrounded her.
She found the terror of a disconnect between herself and the world she had known.
As I look around the world today this seems to be a good description for what is happening.
The logic of the functioning world of yesterday is no more.
Words are mere sounds in the air.
In place of connection we have a disconnect with all that makes sense.
Isaiah says (45.18)
"God himself ... formed the earth ... He created it not in vain,
He formed it to be inhabited."
It is a terrible thing when man seeks to create his own world.
It is a terrible thing when God comes to judge.
It is a terrible thing when all that makes sense is taken away.
It is a terrible thing to lose everything which makes for a habitable world.
It is a terrible thing when building has given place to destruction.
The things swallowed by the past years are now seen as a desirable
replacement for that which has been built by the generations since.
The "Blood, sweat and tears" offered by Garibaldi to his followers in their fight,
and offered again by Churchill in the hour of resistance, are no more.
And we are offered in their stead imaginary things.
We are offered things which have no foundation because they are mirages.
A world falling apart is a world destroyed.
God, and man's, enemy sees his purpose of destruction being fulfilled.
This generation has built until the underlying clay has given way.
Our lusts have led us to a place where there is no future.
But,there is another Truth,
and over against this picture, there sounds forth a Word -
There is yet, in the midst of chaos, One Who says, "I will build..."
Oh, if we could only catch a glimpse of that infinite promise.
If we could only see a realm Beyond.
Beyond all that belongs to time,
and beyond the frustration of trying to build with perishing things.
Would we could know in reality what it is to be free from all entanglements.
Would that we could know the Eternal Purpose,
and the Eternal Power to see it accomplished.
Would we could leave all else behind,
and find ourselves in finding God.