Looking Unto Jesus

The church is fallen and it can’t get up. This is not the first time either. Don’t for a minute think that Judaism was a false religion. No, it became one. Don’t for a minute think that Catholicism was a false religion. No, it became one. Don’t for a minute think that Protestantism is a false religion. No, it is just quickly becoming one. No more than we should think that Adam was a sinner. No, he became one. They have each fallen in their time to the wiles and temptation of the evil one and the lusting of their own heart. “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” 1 Cor. 10:12.

You see each of us begins our Christian life and walk in sincere desire to please God and do His will. But Satan is crafty and patient. He watches and waits and plots and schemes. Now don’t console yourself if and when you have fallen that the devil made you do it. He never made anyone do anything that was not already in their heart to do. He just gave the opportunity, motivation and encouragement you needed to launch out in the lust that was already there in your heart. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” James 1:13-14.

Even this is from God, Who uses what the evil one meant for bad for His own good. You see, once we begin to walk with God we are tempted by the “pi” as Oswald Chambers calls it (i.e. short for piety). We begin to think more highly of ourselves than we ought. We take the eyeballs that God so miraculously pointed outwards when He healed our blindness, and begin to turn them back in on ourselves again. Believe me I know this for a fact by experience. Once we do that we do not see ourselves rightly. We must always keep our eyes on Him with Whom we have to do. If we see Him, then we see ourselves correctly.

So here is the vicious cycle. We are brought by God’s Holy Spirit to see our own depravity of heart and need of a Savior. In the crisis of that moment we cry out to God, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.” And God hears that cry and responds with mercy through Redemption. In that moment we touched Truth and Eternity when we saw and believed that we need Him and are dependent upon Him alone for Life and Forgiveness.

All the pent up blessings of heaven and Redemption are then uploaded into you in the person of Christ by His Holy Spirit. And what a package it is. Well, lets just say its His Indescribable Gift. He gives you Himself as a deposit and guarantee that He will complete that which He started in you. Now that is something to consider. And consider we do. At first we consider how wonderful He is to do such a thing for me, a mutinous and rebellious traitor to Him. At first it seems too good to be true, we even struggle with believing all of it.

Then by and by we learn about God’s riches in Christ Jesus and His plan and super-abounding love and grace toward us. We begin to feel pretty good about all that He has done for us. But here comes Satan to bring out what is in your (and my) heart. He begins to help you see how wonderful you are. After all you made the decision to follow Christ while all of these have not. They continue in their sins hardly even caring about God even hurling blasphemous insults and profanities toward Him. They are not like you. You do not do that. You are good and a Christian. And before you know it you are eating every lie right out of his hand.

You quit checking those thoughts of self-congratulations and self-righteousness at the Mind of Christ and they begin to flow freely right in the mind, puffing and inflating Self.

The same thing happens to churches, organized bodies. They begin in earnest upon the revelation that God has given them. Then often begins the us and them condition that is rampant and definitive of denominationalism. We think of what “we” believe versus what “they” believe. We begin to brand our style of Christianity as right and theirs as flawed in some way and inferior. It is all so easy to do, because in our heart we still want to think ourselves good, especially now that God has recognized us and set us apart for Himself. Every man actually wants to believe that he is good. There is an amazing temptation to do that.

Lets settle this right here and now. There is none good, not one. That is not a joke or a lie. It is the truth right from the mouth of God. The only good you will ever have or be is the Good of God that lives in you through His Spirit. It is His Good, not yours. He gets all the Glory. Period. And the fact is that if you are not walking with Him in the Spirit in total dependence upon Him, then it is you who is doing all that you do, not Him. And you righteousness is as filthy rags. Even after you are saved. That which is born of the flesh (i.e. your stinking self-works) is flesh. And that which is born of the Spirit (i.e. good works done in dependence upon Him) is spirit.

Once we take our eyes off God and turn them back on our own righteousness by works, we are flying solo, operating apart from the Spirit, carnally. For the Spirit and flesh are contrary one to the other. You see we have the keys to let Flesh rule in our hearts or the Spirit. It is a matter of will and thus the heart. You must determine to not obey the desires of the flesh but to obey God by His Spirit in you. You must decide with a dogged self-denying yieldedness that you do not want your will to be done but His.

And this is exactly how the chruch is fallen. It does not look to God and Christ as its Lover and Head. The modern church has for the most part turned its eyeballs inward to focus and admire Her own beauty. In Her narcissism she has separated herself not only from others but Him as well. She cannot and will not leave from gazing into the pool of her reflection. She is so in love with herself that she is even blinded to Him. It feels so good to be desired and sought that she has lost her desire for Him and left off seeking Him.

Good works (e.g. religion) is, and forever will be, the stumbling block to Relationship with Him. It is a perversion to want to be like Him by doing good works of the flesh which rob Him of His glory. Rather, you must seek Him with a strong desire to Love Him and depend upon Him just as a child desires their father and depends upon him, then you will be like your Father. Don’t look into the mirror admiring your Self. Look unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith. If you find that you have been looking into the mirror, you must turn—repent from your own good works—and return to Him.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” 1 Cor. 13:12.