The Word Is Nigh Thee

The following two passages are living for me right now. Part of the transition out of the soul realm is ceasing to think in terms of how God is going to meet us, or speak to us, or do something He is not doing right now. In days past, meetings with God came this way. We would go through periods of dryness followed by periods of blessing and fruitfulness. I have painfully noticed that the dryness now becomes a permanent way of life unless we transition into a higher realm. This higher realm is expressed in the following passages.

 Deut. 30
10  if you obey the LORD your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul.
11 ¶  “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.
12  “It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’
13  “Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’
14  “But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.

Rom. 10
5  For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness.
6  But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, ‘WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?’ (that is, to bring Christ down),
7  or ‘WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).”
8  But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,

Notice how Paul takes what was written in the Old Testament and brings it right into a present manifestation. This is true for all the Scriptures. The Scriptures must be alive to us, a living word revealing a present Christ.

No matter how we feel, no matter the circumstances, no matter how far away God may seem, the word is in our hearts. If we are giving ourselves to a living word, then God is only as far away as the word is in us. We are to draw upon that word, rehearse it, just as the Israelites were taught to meditate on the Law, writing it upon frontals across their foreheads and upon their wrists. This is a faith endeavor. This is how the word comes to fruition and maturity in us. This transcends the soul realm because we are not dependent upon our emotions and feelings to walk with God. It is in our spirits that the word perpetually abides. As we do this we become as Psalm 1 describes.

1 ¶  How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
3  He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

 

5 thoughts on “The Word Is Nigh Thee

  1. Everything God is speaking NOW is transcend the soul life!!! He’s been speaking it from the creation but NOW a people really are hearing it and the ability to move into the spiritual realm is obtainable because the soul and flesh are now aligning with the spirit as never before.

  2. Amen, Roger! You said -” No matter how we feel, no matter the circumstances, no matter how far away God may seem, the word is in our hearts. If we are giving ourselves to a living word, then God is only as far away as the word is in us. We are to draw upon that word, rehearse it, just as the Israelites were taught to meditate on the Law, writing it upon frontals across their foreheads and upon their wrists. This is a faith endeavor. This is how the word comes to fruition and maturity in us. This transcends the soul realm because we are not dependent upon our emotions and feelings to walk with God. It is in our spirits that the word perpetually abides.”

    A great example of this was when our Lord was tempted by Satan after being led BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THE WILDERNESS where he fasted for forty days/forty nights. The wilderness is only fruitful for us when we learn to eat of the manna (bread from heaven), digest it and live on it and then gather it in every day as we abide in/commune with our Lord. It is through these experiences with the Lord that he trains our spirits and writes His law upon our hearts (spirits), When the enemy tempted Jesus, he was trying to appeal to Him in the realm of the soul and to his state of physical hunger. The temptation came to create through His own will “a meal” to satisfy his physical cravings – (quail anyone?). The response of our Lord speaks volumes, IT IS WRITTEN, (this gives authority to the scriptures) “Man shall not live by bread alone but by EVERY word that proceeds forth from the mouth of God.” That is the process of His growth in us and our growth in Him as we are led from being blind to seeing men as “trees walking” and finally to “see men as trees”. When we offer our lives (souls) up as living sacrifices and are submitted to the renewing of our minds (part of our soul) only then can a living word be revealed in us. This is the word that sustains us and is brought to our remembrance through His Spirit working in us.

    Another thought comes then on the WORD that sustains us and becomes our very life ..

    After the promised land was entered, the daily manna was taken away the day after the second circumcision and the passover was celebrated with old corn and unleavened cakes, It was at this point that the Israelites received of the land flowing with milk and honey. WE must first pass through the wilderness journey to appropriate the word and only then will it produce the flowing, living word in us and through us. Once we have died out to self (soul ruling) and are being led and living in the spirit, only then will the WORD flow in our land – (our hearts).

    Jos 5:9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.
    Jos 5:10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho.
    Jos 5:11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day.
    Jos 5:12 And the MANNA CEASED on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did EAT of the FRUIT of the land of Canaan that year.

    The reproach of Egypt is our soulish/ fleshy life (dependent on carnal reasoning, sense, emotion, self will) that must give way to the life of the spirit if we are to be led as sons of God and truly circumcised in our hearts.
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  3. You are so right, Emily. I was just meditating this evening before reading your comment about how it’s incorrect to refer to the battles we go through as being orchestrated by satan. As you rightly pointed out, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness. Yes, there was a confrontation with satan, but it was all ordered of the Lord to fulfill a bigger picture. The wilderness only profits us as we perceive the hand of the Lord in it. I think also of how God deliberately let the nations of Canaan come against Israel that they might learn war.

    God is forging in His sons the irrevocable cry, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” This does not come through soulish blessings. It is in the wilderness of the soul that our spirits grow strong before the Lord. It is in the wilderness that His word is established in us. Yes, as you said, it is when the soul life languishes and is tempted with lesser fulfillments, that Christ’s word in us prevails and crucifies the soulish need, just as it happened with Jesus when tempted with gratification on a lesser level. All of this gives us new insight and meaning to the crushing of the soul life which seems unbearable, but is so necessary for a living word to prevail in us.

  4. I ‘ve had another dream 5/15 at 1:10 am. Last night I was dreaming I was in an apartment building in St. Louis Missouri. I new where I was because there was two people in the dream that I know from St. Louis and they quickly left the building. I was warning people to get out of the building a storm was coming. But each apartment was stuffed full of things clothes, bedding, there was only a path you could walk through. No one would listen. They kept saying let us get our stuff. One man had a little girl he would have left behind so he could carry all this stuff, but I ask where she was and although I couldn’t see her he said,” she under the stuff with me”. All of a sudden a wa ‘ll in the room crumbles, and a huge twister appears outside the wall. The floor started falling through and we began falling. I kept saying Mighty is God to save us. Then the roof opened and I saw in the sky the tower of Babel I new from a picture in my mom’s bible what it was way up in the sky twisters were swirling around it destroying the top I woke up saying Mighty is God to save us. I believe The Holy Spirit lead me to read Isaiah 45. Because sometime in the dream I heard ” command he me”. Please pray and help me understand. Nothing means more to me than Jesus.

    • The building represents the fallen, Adamic life. The fact that each apartment was stuffed with all kinds of personal belongings is indicative of the self life and the concerns of the Adamic realm.

      Luke 12
      15 Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”
      16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive.
      17 “And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’
      18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
      19 ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’
      20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’
      21 “So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

      In describing your dream you use the phrase, “All of a sudden…” This is a principle stated several times by Jesus. Judgment comes suddenly and takes us by surprise when we are not abiding in Christ. “Unprepared” is also a good phrase.

      The wall crumbling is the “wall” that keeps the Adamic realm from perceiving the reality and greatness of God. It is like in the book of Revelation when there are those begging for the mountains to fall upon them.

      Rev. 6
      15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains;
      16 and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;
      17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

      The kings of the earth and the great men epitomize that which rules in our Adamic natures. This is not just a picture of something literally happening in the physical world, although I suppose it will, but more importantly, it’s a picture of what takes place inside us as Christ comes forth in us.

      The huge twister appearing is the manifestation of God’s judgments through a people. The judgment is what we become in Him, not necessarily going out and shouting at things. Christ in us becomes the judgment upon a perverse age. “Mighty is God to save us.” Yes! He will stand up in His people and they shall be saved, not so much from the external things in the world that are in confusion, but from the inward turmoil and conflict as the twister begins first with the house of God (1st. Pet. 4:17).

      I think it’s significant that as the roof opened (spiritual perception) you saw the Tower of Babel. The Tower of Babel represents all the achievements, arrogance, and strivings of man apart from God. It IS the Adamic nature. In Isaiah 14 we have this nature personified in the king of Babylon. Babylon is the city from which the Tower of Babel derives its name.

      12 “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!
      13 “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.
      14 ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’
      15 “Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, To the recesses of the pit.

      Many interpret these passages as referring to satan. But that does not go deep enough. Yes, satan is the root of Babylon, the corrupt city. This is expounded in Rev. 17 and 18. But satan’s seed is entwined in the fallen, Adamic nature as well (Eph.2:1-3). Notice verses 13 and 14. They portray the same goal as those building the Tower of Babel.

      Gen. 11:4
      They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

      The Hebrew word for “top” is roshe. It is more accurately translated “head.” “Come on! let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower with its head in the heavens…” (Rotherham’s translation). The phrase “head” speaks of authority in the Scriptures. So, the spiritual truth behind the building of the Tower of Babel is the attempts of mankind (the fallen nature) to usurp the authority of God Himself.

      The twisters in your dream were swirling around “the top” of the Tower of Babel. This means the judgments of God are upon that which has usurped His authority and attempted to establish its own. This has always been the striving of satan and his kingdom; to usurp the authority of man’s fallen dominion over the earth and take it for himself.

      But it is all coming down. This is what you were seeing in your dream. It is happening now.

      As to Isaiah 45, I bear witness to this as well. It is a very powerful chapter. I would encourage you to read and re-read it until it just lives for you. One verse that stand outs to me is verse 11:

      “Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me about the things to come concerning My sons, And you shall commit to Me the work of My hands.” God is creating sons in the Lord Jesus Christ. He says, “Ask me about the things to come concerning my sons.” This is a command we should take to heart. Ask Him!

      Bless you, Bonita. May the Lord continue to open to you His treasure house. I am praying for you that He continue to lead you in a straight path and confirm to you the work that He is doing in you. This statement corresponds with verse 11: “And you shall commit to Me the work of My hands.” I commit to Him the work of His hands, which is you.

      Roger

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