Great and Unsearchable Things

Things the Lord gives me, and then I write them.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

The Dysfuntional Body of Christ

     This is how I believe the Body of Christ begins to function, according to His good pleasure: It depends on those who are gathered together and how they relate to Christ each and everyday of their lives. If, they are asking the Holy Spirit to make them into the image of Christ, and are dying daily, then He is being formed in them. If, however, they are loving this present world and filling their own lusts, desires, will and pleasures, the old Adam is alive and well, and Christ is snuffed out in them. (for lack of a better term)
     Now, let's say there are 5 people coming together to glorify Christ as they meet. Two of the people desire to let Christ be King in them, and three of them are just going about their daily lives without acknowledging Him at all. When they come together, in His Name, the two people come to pour out Christ in them, while the three come to get some of what the two have got, which is Christ's substance. It kind of reminds me of the virgins with the oil and those without, who tried to "get" the oil at the last minute so their lamps could be full, but the virgins who had been wise and had oil, told them to get their own. Sounds cruel, huh? Unless it's realized that all of them had the same advantages in life and that was to seek His Life everyday of their lives, by dying to self,  but some chose not to.
     Back to the gathering-If this is a reality (two have, three haven't) it has to be dysfunctional because everyone hasn't done their part and that is to sit at the Master's feet in their lives. So, the three have nothing to contribute, but the old Adam, who brings death. They actually are interfering with the flow of the Spirit, by expressing out of their man of flesh , and are, in a sense, infecting the two, who are continuing to consecrate themselves daily.
     But, if those who are gathered are of one-spirit and mind, God's agenda, as they meet, they can flow unobstructed, and  out of that, comes functioning. If, in our old nature, we try to imitate the gifts operating, or even seek to establish the 5 offices from that source, we become an Ishmael, who may look like the promised son, but only in form and not in truth. Truth is through Isaac (or what God has brought forth, as we surrender to His will) and the ultimate Truth, who is Christ, will reign as we gather.

"For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water."-Jeremiah 3:13
 We, are those broken cisterns, if we haven't surrendered to Christ.

     I pray the dead wood be burned and the green branch arise and bring the ecclesia of God into it's victory as His will operates through it!!!!   

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The Holy Spirit Will Exegete (Say "What"?) the Word for You

     "Exegete" is a word many may not know; only those who have gone to Bible School do. It means to "expound on or to interpret Scripture." The Word itself says that the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth. In other words, He is the One who can reveal to us the meaning of God's Word, or "exegete" it for us, that is, if we ask Him.
     When our group met last week, Romans 12:1, was read in response to someone else's question on what does it mean to truly worship God.
 It says: "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."
     Someone else, asked, "what does that look like?" A good question. Although this person was sincere in wanting to know, the question may have been asked to the wrong person, because no one person knows except the Holy Spirit of God. A person who has been opened to God's Spirit, can express what He has shown them, but still, the "answers" need to be checked by that same spirit within us too.
     The point is that God, the author of His Word, has all the answers and as we grow into Him, and Him into us, He will expound or interpret what He means according to what He has written, or He will "exegete" His Word for us. But we must ask Him and truly believe that He will show us, in His way and in His time, and then it will become a living word in us. Christ in us, becomes Christ through us, as we die daily. In this way, because He was the ultimate sacrifice, He becomes that sacrifice in and through us. Is this perhaps what it "looks like" to be a living sacrifice?

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Trusting, Not Self-Protection

     How much of our unresolved past and the defenses that developed  because of that, influences and even directs our present responses? Even our responses to God's voice?
     Walls of fear, inside us,  may resist a new direction He's leading us in, thinking all the while, that we must protect ourselves from intruding forces, when in fact, He might be using it to reveal to us our lack of trust in Him.
     If we are dealing with a lack of trust, and He mercifully reveals it to us, and we are willing and able to see it (also by His grace) then we have a decision to make. We have everything pertaining to life and godliness in us, and so we have the ability to just decide and trust Him. As we do this, our past walls will fall down and not before. Like Peter stepping out on the water, he had to decide to trust Jesus and take action for him to stay buoyant. But, when he reasoned within himself as the waves crashed all around, he abandoned that trust and sank. Good thing Moses didn't do that when crossing the Red Sea.
     And so it goes with us. We step out in faith and trust, but then start looking around, and whoosh-under we go! But, truly Jesus would have saved Peter. He really would have.
     Because of His undying love for us, He will come through for us! He will protect and defend us! We can step out there, decide to trust, and never let go, if we will.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Looking at Him Heals our Unbelief

     Sanctification (God cleaning us up) becomes a process Only because we don't believe it's already done, or we've allowed the demonic forces to influence us against that reality. I think one of the reasons we don't believe is because we look at the lack of imperfection in us, instead of Christ, the perfect, sinless One, that lives inside of us. We have been joined with Him in marriage, so we are sanctified by Him-we aren't changed, per see, but we are swallowed up by the power of His Presence in us. If we reckon ourselves dead (believe we died with Him on the cross, and then represented by going under the waters in baptism,) then the New Life that came up, is Christ! "Old things have passed away; all things have become new." Do we believe this?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Morn of Song

     Does He desire to deliver us from sadness and distress, or are some of His children more melancholy than others? Are they identifying with their Master, a man of sorrows, who is acquainted with grief? Are they, perhaps, weeping in the night, attuned to the things that break His heart, expecting the dawn of joy, that, indeed, will appear in the morning upon His promised return and no sooner? Are they relegated to the faith walk without sign or wonder to hold them, but only to rest on His integrity alone, expressed through the promises of His Word? Are they set apart from the laughing crowd to receive the fellowship of His sufferings; the crown of intimacy with their Regent? Oh, what value the dark road offers those whose travelers invest in the life to come with deposits of hope, which will not disappoint, because they believe without wavering that He who has promised is faithful. Each sorrow suffered will bring forth a comparable joy, as the Daystar rises in their hearts, when they see Him face to face. Hold on, fellow Pilgrim. Faith will become sight. Oh Lord, haste the Day!!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Some Thoughts on Forgiveness

     Do you forgive someone so that your unforgiveness won't cause you problems, or do you forgive to follow in His steps, because you have realized the depths of depravity of your own sins, that He died and forgave you for? Did you mourn over your own sinfulness when you accepted Christ? Have you realized what your own sin has been before holding others in unforgiveness? Was their sin against you greater than yours against God? Will you pass on the gift of grace He gave to you? Can there be such a thing as self-centered forgiveness instead of forgiveness out of a heart that's been cleansed by His? Is the first kind genuine, or is it contrived, only seeking it's own relief?
"Blessed are those wo are poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven."-Matt. 5:3
"Examine yourself to see if you are in the faith; prove yourselves."-II Cor. 13:5.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fruits Worthy of Repentance

     It's more than a mother can bear to know/face/realize that her behavior has harmed the souls of her children. It's something she may suffer with for the rest of her life, and pay for with distant relationships as they become adults, and the vision of what could have been "if only."

Galatians 6:7-8
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life."

     The only thing that can stop the reaping, and restore the relationships to wholeness, is the offering of forgiveness from her child to her, but then that even seems too much to expect, and might be too much to receive if her heart has been hardened by prideful justification and self-flagellation. If this is the case, she will need to suffer longer in the reaping, until she lets God use it to plow her heart, and by this, soften it to receive the forgiveness it so desperately needs. Until that time, the reaping is fulfilling it's God-given purpose. ("For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation, which brings no regret. But the sorrow of the world works death."-II. Cor. 7:10)

When her heart is finally ready, from many tears and deep sorrows, she waits in humility, not demanding, expecting, or entitled to her child's forgiveness, but truly grateful, when and if it comes. She knows she doesn't deserve it, but if it does come, that she's been graced by it, and she rejoices at His mercy and love.