Moving into a deeper spiritual maturity means moving into a greater awareness that our lives are not our own. We are being raised up for others. Continue reading
Events are escalating in the earth. Here in America brooding clouds of violence and civil war are gathering. The religious, fatalistic mindset says that such things are inevitable and must come to pass. There may be some truth in this, but we don’t realize how much can be avoided, and even that which must come to pass, can be cut short in righteousness.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said things like turn the other cheek, and do not resist him who is evil. “If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.” From these passages, and others like them, many Christians assume a mindset of passivity in all areas of conflict. This is a false concept. Others claim we must defend ourselves against those who would kill us and our families. Such mindsets encourage “arming up and being ready.” This too is a false concept. The truth is that when Jesus spoke the related passages, He was revealing the need to move into a higher realm. When Christians attempt to walk in Jesus’ commandments in the soul realm, trying to adhere to His exact words, it is a fruitless endeavor. The Scriptures are not a guide book. The Scriptures are a revelation of Jesus Christ. To understand the Scriptures, we must abide in the realm in which they are revealed. We must learn to walk in the realm of spirit. Continue reading
1 ¶ God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.
These passages tell us that in days past God spoke in the prophets in many portions and in many ways. But now He has spoken to us in His Son. Jesus Christ becomes all that God will ever have to say to us. God is expressed through the revelation of the Son. There is no such thing as God “speaking” apart from Jesus Christ being revealed. This all goes to the heart of what it means for God to “speak.” Christians constantly use the phrase, “The Lord told me this, the Lord told me that.” God speaking is more than conveying information. If our experience of God speaking only consists of information conveyed, we still remain in the shallow end of the pool. As we shall see, this is not meant as a putdown, but as an encouragement. If we love the Lord at all, we are constantly wanting Him to speak. But the term “speak” needs to be thrown out, or at least redefined. When we go through times of blessing and revelation, or gaining some insight, we say God is speaking. But when there are periods of hardship or struggle, and we cannot sense the blessing, we tend to say God is silent. Many times Christians will even blame these times on Satan. They will say they are being battled, or that the devil is trying to rob them of their blessing. When we have periods where we feel deeply our need for more of God, that is God “speaking” too. When we feel as if God is millions of miles away, that too is God speaking. The Lord is ever attempting to draw us into a deeper involvement with Himself. Speaking must be defined as God revealing Himself, not conveying information. Continue reading
We are to serve the Lord with no strings attached. The love of the Son for the Father must live in us in a way that surpasses any promises of blessing. We have made the transition from the self-life to the divine life when it’s no longer about us on any level. But what about all the wonderful promises and provisions? Here is a parable Jesus told. We want to hear it on a spiritual level, not a soulish one. Continue reading