Monday, March 17, 2008

Open My Eyes

Unless you are born again, you can NOT see the kingdom of God.

Jesus said, "You're absolutely right. Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it's not possible to see what I'm pointing to—to God's kingdom." "How can anyone," said Nicodemus, "be born who has already been born and grown up? You can't re-enter your mother's womb and be born again. What are you saying with this 'born-from-above' talk?" Jesus said, "You're not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the 'wind-hovering-over-the-water' creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it's not possible to enter God's kingdom. When you look at a baby, it's just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can't see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit. "So don't be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be 'born from above'—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it's headed next. That's the way it is with everyone 'born from above' by the wind of God, the Spirit of God." Nicodemus asked, "What do you mean by this? How does this happen?" Jesus said, "You're a respected teacher of Israel and you don't know these basics? Listen carefully. I'm speaking sober truth to you. I speak only of what I know by experience; I give witness only to what I have seen with my own eyes. There is nothing secondhand here, no hearsay. Yet instead of facing the evidence and accepting it, you procrastinate with questions. If I tell you things that are plain as the hand before your face and you don't believe me, what use is there in telling you of things you can't see, the things of God?

Why not? Because of the matrix, of having been born in sin and shaped (formed) in iniquity. An imprinting of complete and total grotesque invasiveness.
The nature of sin in its imprinting is the only basis we have in relating to our world as we think we see and know it.

There is NO ability within us to sort out, sift through, or distinguish the difference between what is real and the false. He, God alone in the person of his son Jesus, is the fullness of all that is true and real, and by definition is able to sift or separate within us that which is of the spirit and that which is but Flesh, and oh how terribly deceived we all are by the many chameleon shape shifting forms our flesh can take. Maybe thats why David saw his need because it was loving pointed out to him....You desire truth in my inward parts: and in the hidden parts of me You shall make me to know wisdom.' (The word of God is sharper than any laser, distinguishing-separating-rightly dividing between the flesh and the spirit)

It was long before the finished work of the cross that David the King of Israel spoke those words I quoted in my opening sentence; 'Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.'
Sure sounds an awful lot like what Jesus said, "Those who worship the Father, it must be in spirit and truth, for God is a spirit." As well as this, 'The Father himself is seeking such true worshipers.'

Apart from an internal invasion from the Spirit of the living God, we will remain dead in our sin-iniquity-matrix imprinting, that's a given. The thing is no one has to be excluded or exempted from receiving Life, its there for the receiving.

The kicker in my opinion goes way beyond this though. It is in not seeing or knowing the depth of this imprinting and its collateral and residual damaging influence within us that we as re-birthed believers more often than not exchange one form of bondage for another, of course in our eyes it is NOT seen as bondage.
In fact simply because we have experienced a measure of release from fear, and its hold upon us and its influence which more often than not exhibited itself in us trying to control life and people around us, is no guarantee that there are no more areas of hidden undetected bondage in our lives.

Sort of like the man who said he was the humblest person in the world, but was secretly proud of that fact. Hmm?


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