Wednesday, October 15, 2008
A Special Work
Reading from Oz Chambers, this was one of those laser beams thrust into the nether regions within my heart, you know that hidden land where the motives and intentions and attitudes of the heart reside!
“There are no nations in Jesus Christ's outlook, but the world. How many of us pray with out respect of persons, and with respect to only one Person, Jesus Christ? He owns the harvest that is produced by distress and conviction of sin, and this is the harvest we have to pray that labourers may be thrust out to reap. We are taken up with active work while people all round are ripe to harvest, and we do not reap one of them, but waste our Lord's time in over-energized activities. Suppose the crisis comes in your father's life, in your brother's life, are you there as a labourer to reap the harvest for Jesus Christ? "Oh, but I have a special work to do!" No Christian has a special work to do. A Christian is called to be Jesus Christ's own, one who is not above his Master, one who does not dictate to Jesus Christ what he intends to do. Our Lord calls to no special work: He calls to Himself. "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest," and He will engineer circumstances and thrust you out.”
How many special things have identified me, a special work, I have a calling to do thus and so, continually being defined by still seeing myself after the flesh. It’s amazing the bull shit lies we are all so quick to imbibe in.
Any secret hidden faults undetected by us within our soul will become a landing pad for the lies of the enemy of our soul to bring us into his captivity! Those lies are always going to be dressed up and exude a tantalizing desire from within us to reach out and take whatever is being offered.
“There's more: God's Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. Otherwise how will we find our way?
Or know when we play the fool? Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray.
Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar.”
“Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.
Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.”
If there is any other love other than His working within my heart, it’s only a matter of time before we wake up in just another expression of imprisonment/bondage.
This is NOT being shared with a underlying message of fear laced tactics, I see it being a wake up call to allow our hearts to BE engaged with his! This is pointing to Him our Prince of Peace, thing is, He has a very sharp sword in his hands, and he is most skillful in its application to that within our hearts!
I want to close with this freeing, but sober picture, and know this in what Father is saying through our brother Paul is an opportunity to experience the freedom from the deceptive inner heart divorce and simply going on doing all the “right” stuff, but totally lifeless!!!
“Will you put up with a little foolish aside from me? Please, just for a moment. The thing that has me so upset is that I care about you so much—this is the passion of God burning inside me! I promised your hand in marriage to Christ, presented you as a pure virgin to her husband. And now I'm afraid that exactly as the Snake seduced Eve with his smooth patter, you are being lured away from the simple purity of your love for Christ.”