Friday, September 28, 2018

Belief which Creates

Thy lovingkindness is better than life. (Ps. 63.3)

Sometimes the simplest things are the most important, 
     and sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to grasp.

In life where troubles multiply and swarm around us like a cloud of flies, it is no small thing to take and to Affirm the Reality of a verse like this one, until one sees the Manifestation of that Reality.

Somehow in the Affirmation it is as though God invites us to repeat within   ourselves His own Creative Process.
God declared once and the worlds came into being.

The Reality which existed in His thought BECAME through His spoken word - 
and He allows, invites, and challenges us, to declare in His Presence our belief until we see it come to pass in Reality.

We may have to repeat the declaration again and again, until our faith rises above all obstacles and we Believe to see it come to pass.

(It is not a "formula for obtaining."
It is a truth which applies to things which have been quickened to us, things whose reality we have "seen" in the spiritual realm.)

The Lovingkindness is"!
     Greater than all our circumstances,
          Greater than all our feelings,
               Greater than all our needs,
                    Greater than all our understanding,
                         Greater than all we have been taught.
                              Greater than all our days,
                                   Greater than Life itself.

It is in an everlasting certainty ...                           
a Reality which extends into the fullness of God's Eternity...
One which finds a home in that Realm which swallows up all our measures, as motes lost in the immensity of Infinity.

God's Lovingkindness is Better than All, and Greater than all, an Unending Fullness.
May we Believe, and Declare it, until we see it come to pass ... in our lives.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Freedom or Security

Freedom opens horizons ...
Security closes doors ...

Years pass and changes come ...
     invade, and then totally change
           the way things are seen,
                 the way things are believed,
                      the way life is lived.

Our "freedoms" cease to be generated by our own decisions, 
and are replaced by an imposed imperative of "security" chosen for us by the society of the world which surrounds us.

The problem is that man is never able to provide absolute security, and 
     the search for security only leads to more uncertainty, 
          and ultimately to insecurity..

We, as Christians, are not of this world, and our life is from above.
Our freedom is to follow God, unfettered and undictated to.

An old hymn by Tersteegan expresses it best when he says,
   "My freedom is Thy grand control."

The psalmist says, "This is my rest forever; here will I dwell." (Ps 132.14)
     May we find that sure place of abode.
          His freedom is our security.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

To Live while we Live

Jesus promises Life abundant.
    David testifies of a “large place”(2Sam. 22.21)
         The book of Job declares a “broad place”(Job 36.16)

Our generation speaks of “quality of life” to distinguish between a life of sufficiency and a life of mere existence.
Quality of life diminishes when
      we have less health,
          or material provision,
               or security.

The spiritual realm is much more important than the natural realm and yet
   it is easy to ignore the quality of this life.
         It is easy to settle in a “small place.”

Maybe it is clearer in the book of Job … “a strait place” - a place of limitations where the horizons of life are obscured and the purposes of life are thwarted.

God is infinite, and God calls us to a place which He has prepared for us to live in,
just as surely as he prepared a garden for Adam.

It is a place where all expands, starting with the basic functions - our spiritual Seeing, Hearing and Feeling.
It is a place where from a heart “strangely warmed” Life springs forth and conquers.

Israel dug for themselves broken cisterns which could hold no water, and left the living waters of the Fountain. (Jer. 2.13)
It is so easy to do.

But it is easy also to come to the fountain and drink of its  all-sufficient abundance.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Eternity ... A Realm Beyond

The only thing that matters in this moment as I write, as you read, 
is that we are surrounded by Eternity.

We are surrounded by God's Reality.

We are surrounded by horizons which will never know a limit.

Spiritual things are spiritually discerned, 
     and the mind not only fails to see,
          but works to keep us from them,
               and spiritual vision seems to be the thing most lacking.

Amy Carmichael in one of her books spoke of the passing of one of the Indian believers who had come to the end of her journey.
And thinking of this one's entrance into the eternal realm, she asked what it must be like for one such as she to step through the portal and catch her first glimpse of heaven.

What a shock for one whose life on earth was a path of suffering, and whose ways were always cruelly limited, 
     to enter into a realm without limits,
          infinite and glorious, 
               beyond all her experience or anything she could imagine.

What must it be for such a one?
And what must it be for anyone of us to catch a glimpse ... 

What if today we could see the dimension of God around us
What must it be to see, even while dwelling on earth, a glimpse of the dimensions of Eternity?

A King ... and a Kingdom ... and time without end.

How much vision would God give to us now if we would look to Him for it?
     Beyond all that we can ask or even think ... things that God has            prepared ... ours ... to receive ... a kingdom set before us!
     Beyond ...  and beyond all our beyonds!

Things come and go,
     the things of time wax and wane.

          That which is of God endures.

Open my eyes,
     to the Immensity of  the Eternity around me, 
          to the God Who gives without measure ... 
               to the One Who would say to us, "All things are yours."