Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Letting Go Of The Old Ways

Not sure about you, but for me if possible I'd like to travel the path of NO resistance, Nada.
When our mind set (a mind set upon the flesh) is steeped in lameness, is it any wonder we come up with lame excuses?

I love the story in the Gospel of John when Jesus steps into this scene; it says there is a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving (stirring) of the water.
Tradition has it that at a certain season an angel went down and troubled the water; the first one into the waters after this angelic aquatic feat was made whole, and stepping right into the center of it all, is Jesus. As usual, He stirs things up real good.

Here is an example of the old passing away because the new is being ushered in.

Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. By his Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God's nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words!

This isn't an angel speaking to this infirm (impotent) man and asking him if he wants to BE made whole.
What does this man say;The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steps down before me.
Jesus said, "Get up, take your bedroll, start walking." The man was healed on the spot. He picked up his bedroll and walked off.

I think it is a whole lot easier to remain as it were spiritually retarded, then to step out in faith knowing I am loved.The enemy of our soul will certainly assist in fueling the mindset that sees nothing but our lameness. The thing is, His grace is ever present to Be made whole.I love what Oswald Chambers has said; 'He doesn't give us overcoming life, but life as we overcome.'


Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Essential Spirit

Part 10 of 14 – The Essential Spirit - The Christian’s Basis of Victory Over Sin

God has provided a great 3-fold salvation for us from Sin and its effects.

1. As Christians, we’re free from the "penalty" of our sins, since Christ paid the penalty for us. (Gal 1:4)

2. Then also as Christians who are "in Christ," we already are freed from the "power" of Sin’s domination over us; by our co-death with and in Christ at the cross. (Gal 2:20, Rom 6:2, 6-7, 7:4)

3. Upon death we’ll be freed from the "presence’ of Sin, when we exchange these Sin-laden bodies for new spirit-bodies, just as the resurrected Jesus demonstrated when He appeared on earth after His resurrection.

First we need to note again, as we saw in Part 9, exactly where the Sin nature is located in mankind, including in the saved Christian, – it is within his flesh body members (Rom 7:17-23). In Romans 6:12 we see that sin is located in the flesh, "your mortal body"; where "sin reigns" by manifesting "its lusts." We also may note that in fact "sin is condemned in the flesh" Romans 8:3b.

Scripture tells us, we as believers are now "dead to sin" (Rom 6:2, 11) and free from its dominion. Romans 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. Yet, we know that Christians still sin. So, how then does the Serpent’s Sin-spirit, in man’s flesh body, still have influence over the saved and regenerated Christian?

In the Old Testament we have an account of the very real experience of the children of Israel , which also is figurative of God’s remedy for Sin. It confirms the Christian’s dilemma of being dead to Sin, but still infected with the Sin nature. In Numbers 21 the children of Israel were in the Sinai wilderness, on their way to the Promised Land. Serpents bit them, injecting deadly venom and causing death. The children of Israel asked Moses to ask God to "take away the serpents" (v7). We should note that God did not answer their prayer in that way. The serpents bite and poison remained as a problem. But God did make the serpent’s bite "of no effect" if the poisoned victim looked to a brazen serpent lifted up on Moses staff, fashioned as God had instructed. To look to "behold" the brazen Serpent on the pole was a demonstration of ones faith in what God said. We must believe God, that the Sin in our flesh is "deprived of its power" when we look to Christ’s cross.

Jesus, in John 3:14, spoke referring to this allegory "as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up." Jesus speaks of Himself being the real "brazen serpent," the one "lifted up" on the cross, bodily. Jesus, in the humanity of His human body, had to be lifted up on the cross both for "the sins of the world," and also as our Sin-laden old man. Christ’s Sin-laden body was offered as our serpentine old man’s death, freeing us from Sin’s dominion. By us being now dead with Christ, the tyrannical Sin nature is deprived of us as its subject, "condemned in the flesh." Romans 8:3 …God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. Jesus’ death is our death "to sin." Now Sin in our flesh sits "condemned," sentenced, but not yet executed. Our serpentine-self died to Sin at the cross; and even more the cross is the source of the resurrection life of Christ now in us, as us.

We are to look away (Num 21:9) to behold the cross, trusting Christ’s death as our death; thus putting the Sin nature in our flesh out of a job. Sin’s poison remains in our flesh; but since we are crucified with Christ, Sin has no power over us. This has been so for us since the day we believed to receive Christ; now we must believe we died with Christ. From Numbers 21 we can see that it is by looking to Christ on the cross, that we see Him "as us" crucified on the cross. We identify with Christ death as our death. By Christ’s death as us, He destroyed not the Devil, but rather He "destroyed the works of the devil." 1 John 3:8b … For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy (Greek, luo, loose us from) the works of the devil.

2 Corinthians 5:7 "we walk by faith, not by sight." Our "death to Sin" is only effectual "by faith" in the finished work of the cross. We depend upon Christ as our indwelling new man. Jesus said we’re set apart from sin and the world, sanctified, "by faith in Him" (Acts 26:18). We’re all tempted by the spontaneous impulses of our Sinful flesh. Our faith response should be turn our heart to trust Him within us as our new and overcoming life-source; then our death to Sin is found to be effective. That one turning to abide in His life within us is the reckoning of our old self dead. We’re now alive by Christ’s "Spirit of life" in us; over whom Sin has no power.

This by my good friend Art.


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

He Lives

I am sure that what we are suffering now cannot compare with the glory that will be shown to us. In fact, all creation is eagerly waiting for God to show who his children are. Meanwhile, creation is confused, but not because it wants to be confused. God made it this way in the hope that creation would be set free from decay and would share in the glorious freedom of his children. We know that all creation is still groaning and is in pain, like a woman about to give birth.

What can we say about all this? If God is on our side, can anyone be against us? God did not keep back his own Son, but he gave him for us. If God did this, won't he freely give us everything else? If God says his chosen ones are acceptable to him, can anyone bring charges against them? Or can anyone condemn them? No indeed! Christ died and was raised to life, and now he is at God's right side, speaking to him for us. Can anything separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble, suffering, and hard times, or hunger and nakedness, or danger and death? It is exactly as the Scriptures say, "For you we face death
all day long.
We are like sheep
on their way
to be butchered."
In everything we have won more than a victory because of Christ who loves us. I am sure that nothing can separate us from God's love--not life or death, not angels or spirits, not the present or the future, and not powers above or powers below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God's love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord!


Sunday, February 17, 2008

You can, we can

Mr curiosity here.
Is this simply the Home Depot jingle set into motion (You can do it, and we can help) in such literature as, A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose, and, The Secret?


Saturday, February 16, 2008

Dance To The Music

Thirty four years ago, suddenly the black and white world I was use to, abruptly became alive with colour. All because of meeting the girl that would (rock) turn my world upside down.
I found it so intoxicating as I was browsing through some of the pictures of my wife, when I came across the one I am using here, like a shot to the heart all I wanted to do was not just celebrate, but, Dance to the Music!

Happy Anniversary to the Treasure of my life, my wife Margi!


For those (Kent and Jon) who posted comments on this entry, sorry for them not being here now.
I was not satisfied with how the video was being presented, so I tinkered with it until it was better.
Thanks to both of you for your kind best wishes, they are much appreciated.

Dance to the Music, Charlie Brown

Friday, February 15, 2008

Check Up

It's not that I haven't had stuff to share here on my blog of late, but it has been submerged beneath a relentless barrage of soul agony.
I've been here before and experienced His goodness in the land of death, I know that Life will always be available to the dead, not for the weak!

Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don't drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. I hope the test won't show that we have failed. But if it comes to that, we'd rather the test showed our failure than yours. We're rooting for the truth to win out in you. We couldn't possibly do otherwise.


Thursday, February 07, 2008

We have heard Him ourselves

Staying afloat on second hand information!

'And they told the woman, Now we no longer believe (trust, have faith) just because of what you said; for we have heard Him ourselves [personally], and we know that He truly is the Savior of the world, the Christ.'

For those interested in additional thoughts touching on this same theme, there are some great musings over at,
by, Darin Hufford re: 'The Jesus Circus'.

Some thoughts I was pondering on and later shared with a friend this morning.

This may not be the best time to be thinking or asking this question re: my state of mind, but what the heck...the thought occurred to me this morning after looking at some emails.. in my opinion, it seems as good as things are via the high tech age we live in, aka the www/net, is the faith of Joe ordinary Christian, simply the by product of what others are saying, seeing, for i.e. 'I hope to see you at the IN CHRIST/Exchanged Life (or whatever) Conference this year', or many many other similar settings???

Don't get me wrong, its wonderful to be able to freely share, build one another up, but the thought occurred to me as I was struck with what I'm asking you is this...the story where Jesus meets up with the Samaritan woman, you know what follows, she comes to 'believe'' right, but then after blabbing it all about/around how this man Jesus told her such wonderful news, it says the whole town went out to see what was what.

I guess what I'm getting at/to, is this, if our faith lies in or on what others have seen, said etc, is it really real at all if all we have is a banking on others' experiences?
But I have been pondering on this issue for a while within the body, there seems to be such an emptiness, that seems to be met by what others are seeing/saying vs getting to KNOW Him alone, personally, with no shortcuts.

Regarding the Jn 4 passage, I was thinking of this as well... 'That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us. That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

In my opinion I do not see this declaration to have been a substitute for those believers then, or now of being able to know Him, NOT simple because of what, or who others say He is!


Saturday, February 02, 2008

Cool Shadows!!

Cool Shadows!!
Originally uploaded by adrians_art
I loved this picture and thought it might illustrate a little further (especially of all days, this being Ground Hog day) what my friend Art shared in the following.

This is but a slice of what it was sandwiched in.


The angels were created as spirits, separate from God Himself. Adam was created in God’s image (Gen 1:26) by God’s own breath (spirit) as man’s human spirit. Man is created in the image of God; man looks like Jesus of Nazareth, but man lacks the content of the Christ; just as a shadow of a man is similar to the man, but lacks the life-substance of the man. Every man is born of Adam; but then, by receiving “spirit of life in Christ Jesus,” God’s “only begotten Son” (John 1:14) into his human spirit, a man is reborn. Each of us as, as the individual members of “the body of Christ,” has become a partaker of the life and substance of God’s” only begotten Son.” A man becomes completed only when He has received God’s substance and reality by receiving the essential “spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in (by) him (Christ)… Coming to know the presence of the indwelling “spirit of life in Christ Jesus,” subjectively, is our realization and personal experience of Christ alive within our regenerated human spirit as our new essential spirit. Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me… Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Crippled Inside

I was looking for a quote from the book the Shack by Paul Young, I couldn't fine it but discovered something I need to hear afresh, He is so good.

"Tell me what you are afraid of, Mack. Well, I am afraid of looking like an idiot. I am afraid that you are making fun of me and that I will sink like a rock. I imagine that-------Exactly, Jesus interrupted. You imagine. Such a powerful ability, the imagination! That power alone makes you so like us. But without wisdom, imagination is a cruel taskmaster. If I may prove my case, do you think humans were designed to live in the present or the past or the future? Well, said Mack, hesitating, I think the most obvious answer is that we were designed to live in the present. Is that wrong? Jesus chuckled.
Relax, Mack; this is NOT a test, it's a conversation. You are exactly correct, by the way. But now tell me, where do you spend most of your time in your mind, in your imagination, in the present, in the past, or in the future? Mack thought for a moment before answering. I suppose I would have to say that I spend very little time in the present. For me, I spend a big piece in the past, but most of the rest of the time, I am trying to figure out the future. Not unlike most people. When I dwell with you, I do so in the present-I live in the present. Not the past, although much can be remembered and learned by looking back, but only for a visit, not an extended stay. And for sure, I do not dwell in the future you visualize or imagine.
Mack, do you realize that your imagination of the future, which is almost always dictated by fear of some kind, rarely, if ever, pictures me there with you? Again Mack stopped and thought. It was true. He spent a lot of time fretting and worrying about the future, and in his imaginations it was usually pretty gloomy and depressing, if not outright horrible. And Jesus was also correct in saying that in Mack's imaginations of the future, God was always absent.
Why do I do that? asked Mack.
It is your desperate attempt to get some control over something you can't. It is impossible for you to take power over the future because it isn't even real, nor will it ever be real. You try and play God, imagining the evil that you fear becoming reality, and then you try and make plans and contingencies to avoid what you fear.Yeah, that's basically what Sarayu was saying, responded Mack. So why do I have so much fear in my life? Because you don't believe. You don't know that we love you. The person who lives by their fears will not find freedom in my love.
I am not talking about rational fears regarding legitimate dangers, but imagined fears, and especially the projection of those into the future. To the degree that those fears have a place in your life, you neither believe I am good nor know how deep in your heart that I love you. You sing about it; you talk about it, but you don't know it."

you can shine you're shoes
and wear a suit
you can comb your hair
and look quite cute
you can hide your face behind a smile
one thing you can't hide
is when you're crippled inside
you wear a mask
and paint your face
you can call yourself
the human race
you can wear a collar
and a tie
but the one thing you
can't hide is when you're
crippled inside
well now you know that your
cat has nine lives babe
nine loves to itself
but you only got one
and a dog life ain't no fun
mamma take a look outside.
you can go to church
and sing a hymn
judge me by the color
of my skin
you can live a lie until you die
one thing you can't hide
is when you're crippled inside.

The words from above are by John Lennon from the song, 'Crippled Inside'. This so illustrates this quote from the Shack.

I am finding as I am discovering how dangerous His grace is, that true lasting freedom is not just a hope for one day, but I'm experiencing it's reality today!