|Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2000 - 4:26 am: || |
Sounds like you have a very bright son there Colleen! Just knowing that is going to help him out alot, I believe. I've found in my own life that the time I was keeping a fear to myself that the thing grew and was taking over. It's as if by speaking to someone about it (the Lord first and foremost of course!) you bring it out into the light and expose satans tricks.
Cas, what you discovered is actually something very important. If you remember, the priests in the temple were first annointed on the ear. That's because the words we hear are so important. When we stand and declare out loud, "NO! I won't receive this from you. I choose to live under the blood of Christ," not only do we put satan on notice that he is not in control of our lives, but we remind ourselves of the fact. It helps turn our focus away from the thing that we are facing and back to the source of our deliverance, help, and strength. Always remember that one of the things that stan cannot do is read your thoughts. If you want him to get away from you, you will have to tell him so outloud.
|Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2000 - 11:07 am: || |
"If you admit to God the truth about things in your life, you remove them from Satan's territory."
Wow! What a great concept. I hope I always remember that.
|Posted on Friday, January 14, 2000 - 5:03 pm: || |
Just checking in and I want to say that our Heavenly Father is intimately concerned with wanting us to know what His plans are for our lives. A plan can be a blueprint or it can be verbal, such as a commission to do something. We all know the saying that "whom God calls, He enables." There is a great deal of wisdom in that saying, yet, and I know this from personal experience, and from the postings here, "How do we know? How can we be certain it is God voice?" Friends, we have to have faith in Father. When Abram left home, everybody thought that he was crazy or being presumptious, except he caught the smallest glimpse of God, a mustard seed if you will, and the whole plan of salvation began to open up because of his faith. Each of us who have received God's gift of grace into our lives need to realize that our hardest battle of faith has been won. We did come to a saving grace and faith in Jesus. The mustard seed of the gospel did find soil in our lives and has grown in us. The leaven of the gospel was inserted into our lives and now its effects are being manifested. Sometimes we cannot see how far we have come because we become sidetracked by our own doubts. The parable of the sower and the seed is controlling. We just need to realize that we are overcomers in this respect. EVERYBODY has rocky ground in his soil that resists being penetrated by the seed of the Kingdom. These represent our human understand and doubts. Every life has thorns and thistles that hinder our view of eternal things, but we must rise above them. I am convinced that as I yield to His word and His example and trust in His Spirit, that He will perfect in me the ability to be directed in the direction of His plan for me. Take up your cross daily. Put on His yoke. Lose your life in Him and be content to just let your mind REST on what He has accomplished and then LISTEN! He will talk to you and you will perceive His voice.
I teach Army Aviators how to fly. Sometimes, when the weather is really bad and approach control is speaking a mile minute, the students become overwhelmed, fearful that they will miss the controller's instructions for them. I always reassure them that the key to hearing the controller is found in properly understanding the environment AND in their orientation as to where they are. Precision is not necessary for this, just a willingness to learn and apply and then LISTEN. I tell them that they will get perceptive at knowing that at this time because of this circumstance, the controller will probably tell you to do something. When you get that proficient, then you will alway hear your call sign. Same with God. As we get properly oriented, that is dismissing our understanding and yielding ourselves to the Holy Spirit, He will guide us in our spiritual environment from His point of view,then we can anticipate when God is getting ready to talk to us and we will recognize His voice and direction when it happens.
You are all dear people. I love your desire to know more about Him. None of us have arrived yet, but as we spend our time in faith, relying upon Him and just KNOWING that He will deliver to us His uncluttered plan for our lives, we will be ready to hear and to act for His Glory and His kingdom.
|Jude the Obscure|
|Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2000 - 12:45 pm: || |
Friends, I want to show you how the Holy Spirit helps me to allegorize. First take a story, in this case a familiar ballad called ìThe Water Is Wide.î On the surface, at least, it has nothing to do with religion or how we relate to God.
Notice that it is the lament of a woman whose love ñ an oak ñ first bent, then broke and thus proved false to her. Observe also that she chose him ñ a thorn that "pricked my finger to the boneî ñ instead of the one who was ìthe sweetest flower,î which she left alone. Finally, recognize that in the last stanza she generalizes or moralizes about her experience that this kind of love is deceptive ñ one deceives oneís self by entering into a relationship without an appropriate basis for trust. Love based on mistrust is ìfalse.î It ìgrows old and waxes cold / And fades away like the morning dew.î
First letís read it.
THE WATER IS WIDE
The water is wide, I can't cross o'er
Nor do I have light wings to fly
Build me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row... my love and I.
A ship there is and she sails the sea
She's loaded deep as deep can be
But not so deep as the love I'm in
And I know not how I sink or swim.
I leaned my back up against an oak
Thinking he was a trusty tree
But first he bended, and then he broke
And thus did my false love to me.
I put my hand into a bush
The sweetest flower there to find
I pricked my finger to the bone
And left the sweetest flower alone.
Oh, love is handsome and love is fine
It's like a gem when first it's new
But love grows old and waxes cold
And fades away like the morning dew.
Next, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, letís allegorize it:
1. Let the wide stretch of water, say the Mississippi river, represent the works of the law, or whatever stands between us and salvation.
2. Let Jesus Christ be represented by the boat and also by your new love, who is also now ìthe sweetest flower,î a Person utterly worthy of your trust who will never prove false under any circumstances. ìAnd both shall row Ö my love and I,î meaning discipleship and pilgrimage and fellowship. It does not mean ìearningî anything at all.
3. The so-called ìlove,î who seemed so ìhandsomeî and ìfine,î and ìlike a gemî at first now represents your idol -- whether that was or is drug addiction or sex addiction or religious addiction or stealing or lying or cheating or coveting something that isnít yours or envying or anything else, evil or good (even Sabbath-keeping can be an idol), that is or becomes a substitute for God. For, after a time it always ìgrows old and waxes cold / And fades away like the morning dew.î
Now read the whole poem again with this new allegorized meaning. Isnít it beautiful? And sooooo true?
Friends, I recommend Him, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, to you all over again this very day. ìWorthy is the Lamb that was slainî (Revelation 5:12) -- worthy of your love and trust forever. ìFor he hath said, I will never leave thee or forsake thee.î Hebrews 13:5. ìAnd, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.î Matthew 28:20.
His grace and peace and love to you all the time!
|Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2000 - 8:45 pm: || |
Jude, thank you for your allegory. It's beautiful!