What's the sign of a friend? That he tells us secret Sorrows? No, that he tells us secret joys. Many will confide to us their secret sorrows, but the last mark of intimacy is to confide secret joys. Have we ever let God tell us any of His joys, or are we telling God our secrets so continually that we leave no room for Him to talk to us? At the beginning of our Christian life we're full of requests to God, then we find that God wants to get us into relationship with Himself, to get us in touch with His purposes. Are we so wedded to Jesus Christ's idea of prayer---"Thy will be done"---that we catch the secrets of God? The things that make God dear to us are not so much His great big blessings as the tiny things, because they show His amazing intimacy with us; He knows every detail of our individual lives.
". . . him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose." At first we want the consciousness of being guided by God, then as we go on we live so much in the consciousness of God that we don't need to ask what His will is, because the thought of choosing any other will never occur to us. If we're saved and sanctified, God guides us by our ordinary choices, and if we're going to choose what He doesn't want, He'll check, and we must heed. Whenever there's doubt, let's stop at once. Let's never reason it out and say---"I wonder why I shouldn't?" God instructs us in what we choose, that is, He guides our common sense, and we no longer hinder His Spirit by continually saying---"Now, Lord, what's Thy will?"
Most of the views people hold have come to them either through intellectual study or through tradition. They're heavily influenced by the opinions of others, particularly of those who've devoted much time to the study of the scriptures, delving into the Hebrew and the Greek. Few have been taught of the Lord.
If these things were simply a matter of intellectual debate I wouldn't bother. I'm not interested in winning theological debates so I can feel proud of myself. Doctrines matter. Even as truth sets free, so does error bind and imprison. (John 8:32. Hosea 4:6, Isaiah 42:22. Col. 2:8) In John 6:45, Jesus quoted a great promise from Isaiah 54:13: "And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children."
My desire is to share things that I believe the Lord has taught over the years, things that will help to bless, set free and bring greater peace to my brothers and sisters in the world. It's the responsibility of each of us to seek God with a free and honest heart..."whether these things are so". His promise to teach applies to each one of us...if we're His child.
By the way, I'm not "a religious nut" from some fringe cult taking blind shots at everyone who disagrees with me. My pen may get sharp at times, but is not directed in a critical spirit at people, but rather at the wicked spirits at work to hurt and hinder my brethren. My desire is to shine the light of the Word upon the enemy that my brethren may go free.
All I can share is what the Lord in His grace has seen fit to share with me over many years. (I John 1:3) It's been an extended journey and it's by no means over. "The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." (Prov. 4:18)
If I had a dollar for every time the Lord has revealed something that corrected something I thought I had known I'd be a rich man. (I'd rather have the riches of His grace!) The question is: are our ideas and opinions on the altar? Have they been surrendered to the Lord? If not, is He really our Lord? Is our mind so set that God Almighty can't change it?
I'm a member of that dread breed called "preachers' kids!" I was raised in a very active, missionary-minded evangelical denomination that stood for many good and scriptural things. The founder was a man of God who ministered in the anointing. When he passed off the scene, they set out to continue his work through a humanly devised organization.
What he believed and understood---a mixture of revelation and tradition--- became the doctrinal standard. As time passed, ministry was more and more judged for its orthodoxy and natural ability than for the active presence of the anointing and the Spirit of revelation of the Word.
I came on the scene a couple of generations later and witnessed the passing of a number of an older generation whose ministry still had a measure of life in it. Even they, however, were confined and hindered by the four walls they had built and had no room to grow and receive greater light. One could sense in them a certain amount of anguish as they witnessed the downward slide, but they were unable to stop it.
What's sad is, that most of the members of this movement today---and others like it---are unaware that a slide has taken place. It's happened so subtly and gradually over several generations, all the while preserving the outward form, that they're not aware of it. The illustration of the frog is appropriate. If you drop a frog into hot water, he will immediately jump out. If, however, you put him in cool water and ever so gradually turn up the heat, he will contentedly sit there till he boils to death.
What we need to realize is, that once even true revelation has been received
and given out, it enters the realm of human knowledge. This allows men of
natural ability to skillfully, and even entertainingly, give out the same
message, but devoid of life. This is a key element of Satan's attack: to
induce men to substitute flesh for the Spirit, form for reality, outward
appearance for a changed heart.
Enter In With Thanksgiving
"I will worship toward thy holy temple,
and praise thy name for thy loving-kindness
and for thy truth:
for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name."
I live out in the country. Adjacent to our property, there's an old, old barn. Some might call it "picturesque," but with its rusty hinges eroded by time and its weathered leaning door, it's only a sad reminder of how temporary things of life really are.
Whoever built this old barn won't pass this way again. The things which were important to them are now only memories. The days of work and worry around that old barn are long past. Life doesn't wait, and in its passing, "things" are left to rust and decay.
God's given us the means to correct this mistake of human weakness if we'd only recognize it. He's given us His house and Christian brothers and sisters in which to gather with, who share the dream of eternity with us ~ a time for reminding one another of things which don't ever swing on rusty hinges nor erode with time. He's offered us a constant audience with Him in prayer ~ a moment-by-moment opportunity to leave the temporary for the eternal.
Let's always enter His house with "thanksgiving" and "praise", through the doors which open for us to things which "moth and rust" can't corrupt.