smallwanderings



"Take the adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! 'Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of the old life and into the new!" Kenneth Grahame - Wind in the Willows

4.29.2012

Offended Out of Comfort

He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem. Luke 9:51
Then saith Jesus unto them, All you shall be offended because of me this night. Matthew 26:31

Jesus purposely goes to the place where the natural love of the disciple will be offended. 

The place of my call is my Jerusalem because that is the place where the cross will have its greatest impact upon my life, my soul.  It is the place where my natural love for God will be brought out into the light and I will be offended by that light and also by my own inability to live up to that light.

"I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loves." Song of Solomon 3:2 

 Christ does not remain in the comfort and complacency of my positional identification in Him.  He is active and living "about the city" seeking and saving the lost.  If I will follow Christ it must be in the divine activity of the risen Christ in "the city" of lost men and women.  Life living in the city of death.

My death with Christ leads me into life among the dying.  If I refuse to leave the comfort of my position, the comfort will not continue.  It will remain with me only as I leave it.

4.20.2012

Freedom

There is a freedom that is not volitional.  It is the freedom of intimacy with God.  I am free in love, that is, I move freely in the purity of union with God which does not involve my will because my will has been submitted to the perfect will of God which is, simply, that he loves me and I love him.

This is the freedom that the soul has apart from external things that still may require decisions.  It is the freedom of who I am apart from what I do.  I am absolutely free to be who I am in union with God.  I have no decisions yet to make about who I am - any decisions that present themselves to my mind concerning who I am are outside of the union with God as to their source, content, and argument.  They do not come from the mind of Christ, but from the flesh, the world, and the devil.  I have no obligation to consider them as they contain no truth.

Therefore there is a freedom that has absolutely nothing to do with the freedom of the will.  It is a freedom from decisions, not a freedom in decisions.  "If the son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed."  The prodigal son had absolute freedom to be a  son; he had no freedom to be a servant.  He could not be a servant; he was a son.

Nothing can separate me from the love of God because I have been united to his essence and I am a partaker of his nature - God is love.  I am not choosing to be united to him; I have been united to him.  I am not trying to be loved by God, or to love him; I am in union with his love.

Confession is not to restore my union with God.  It is to reorient my mind to that union which already is, and cannot be broken.  The blood of Christ cleanses me from all unrighteousness, not to restore my union with God, which cannot be broken, but to remove the distraction of guilt.  The holiness of God is the purity of his love.  Guilt obscures the purity of his love because I think I do not deserve it.  Therefore he removes the memory of unrighteousness so I have no more consciousness of sin, and I am not distracted from his love.  I am free in who I am and in what I think of myself in relation to the holiness of his love.

"God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in Him." (I John 4:16b NKJV)

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