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v4.23 The Big Picture – Part 6

The Big Picture – Part 6

The Breakdown of the Family Unit

God is Spirit and God is Love. Simple math deduces that the Spirit (of God) is Love. When Adam chose to disobey God he made a moral choice affecting Love. You see, love is others oriented, it does not seek its own. Love looks for another in which to lavish and expend itself. The original sin was not just disobedience but Self-seeking (e.g. rebellion). Adam could no longer abide in God because he no longer acted in love. He became separated from God, the Spirit and Love.

To be one with Love one must be love. “God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:4. When you are not loving (e.g. doing love) you are not one with Love (e.g. being Love). At once, upon his exit or Fall from Love, Adam “felt” things, fearful things. He felt ashamed. “I was afraid, because I was naked.” Gen. 3:10. He also “realized” things. “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.” Gen. 3:7.

Welcome to Self, one of your new best friends. It is a package deal. When you left the Love-place of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you entered the Fear-place of the Devil, Self and the World. Whereas you used to abide in the space between the Father and the Spirit as a son, you now live in fear between the Devil and the World as Self.

This was not a fun place to be but it is what Self chose. Self wanted to “be like God”. That was the appeal, the lure to get us and keep us from Love, from God. And we took the bait, hook-line-and-sinker as the saying goes. The irony is that we were free in Christ, free indeed. Yet, we wanted to exercise our will to have authority over ourSelf, to establish our independence of God and in the very act of striking out against our Father we ended up a captive to the worst enemy we could imagine.

So what is the first thing you do with new converts who have defected to your side? You begin immediately to indoctrinate them to your beliefs, to make them like you. To introduce them to your culture and way of thinking. Man is continually and incessantly bombarded with messages through the senses (the body) and to the mind and heart (the soul) in order to keep him in chains by his own will.

The messages are not so much anti-God (although that is the underlying objective of every message) as pro-Self. The messages are continually about You! Your favorite subject. They are about how you do not need Him, you can do it “all by mySelf”. They speak of your intrinsic value and worth (apart from Him), “I am a good person” — again to keep you from ever sensing and knowing your real need.

They have to do with self-esteem, self-assurance, self-worth, self-satisfaction, self-worth. Essentially everything that focuses your attention on your Self and keeps you from realizing your need of Him.

Then there is the training in methods of self-protection and self-provision. How do I get what I need (since I don’t want to go to Him)? The methods are endless but all have to do with strategies of self-effort, self-confidence, self-reliance, self-service, self-pleasure, self-gratification, self-indulgence, self-promotion. Any and all forms of self-centered activity.

The goal of the serpent was to get us separated from Him and to break our dependence on Him and to relocate our newfound independence in our dependence on him. We were told that we could be like Him, our heavenly Father, (which we already were) and instead we became like him, Satan, the Father of lies, the Self-appointed god, who said, “I will be like the most High God”. Pretty good twist, huh?

So now we are all born on the wrong side of the tracks as it were. We are immediately immersed in a culture that keeps us from trusting God and keeps us trusting Self being led by the father of lies. We learn very early to rely on our Self and to not trust others, especially our earthly father.

The intensity of the battle directed at the breakdown of the Father-son relationship is unimaginable. Most, if not all, the enemies efforts and strategies are directed at the destruction of the nuclear home and especially toward a fathers relationship with their children.

Here is the strategy: Get the child to distrust their father, through feelings and thoughts of rejection. Create a division in their relationship such that the child will always turn to self for its own provision and protection. Build up this me against them (especially my father) mentality so as to isolate the little lamb from their shepherd. Then its dinner time. He is always seeking whom he may devour.

So what does the child do to find love and acceptance in a world (perceived) without love? Build a bigger tower, establish kingdoms, wear righteous coverings and the like.

We will talk about these in the next message.


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Quote Title Quotation Source
A Time To Speak If there is an opportune and appropriate time for you to speak, say something that will instruct and encourage. Thomas aKempis – The Imitation of Christ circa. 1420 © 1999 Bridge-Logos Publishers
To Him Whom Much is Given … If God has chosen you and favored you to be His child there is no slack cut for disobedience, in fact there is a greater judgment for disobedient sons. Tom Van Hoogen
Where Do You Sit On This Subject? When we sit down our entire weight rests upon the chair or couch on which we sit. We grow weary when we walk or stand, but we feel rested when we have sat down for awhile… So also in the spiritual realm, to sit down is simply to rest our whole weight our load, ourselves, our future, everything upon the Lord. We let him bear the responsibility and cease to carry it ourselves. Watchman Nee – Sit, Walk, Stand, copyright 1957 by Angus I. Kinnear
To Each His Own, Keep It to Yourself Beware of schism, of making a tear in the Church of Christ. Ceasing to have reciprocal love for one another (1 Cor. 12:25), is inner disunity which is at the very root of all outward separation. Beware of everything which leads to this separation. Beware of a dividing spirit.

Therefore, do not say, I am of Paul, or I am of Apollos. This is the very thing which caused the schism at Corinth. Do not say, This is my preacher, the best preacher in England. Give me him and you can have all the rest. All this tends to breed division, to disunite those who God has joined.

John Wesley – Loving One Another from Christian Perfection, circa 1750; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
By Grace Through Faith Unto Expression When he spoke of grace, Luther always implied as a corollary that it cost him his own life, the life which was now for the first time subjected to the absolute obedience of Christ. Only so could he speak of grace. Luther had said that grace alone can save; his followers took up his doctrine and repeated it word for word. But they left out its invariable corollary, the obligation of discipleship. There was no need for Luther always to mention that corollary explicitly for he always spoke as one who had been led by grace to the strictest following of Christ. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Cost of Discipleship, circa 1945, copyright 1959 by SCM Press Ltd.
Self Talk You will be tempted to speak out in a humble tone of voice to tell others of your problems. Watch out for this! A humility that is still talkative does not run very deep. When you talk too much your self-love relieves its sense of shame a little. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Side Issues We start out with the notion that God is an almighty piece of ourselves, but God can never be on the side of any individual; the question to ask is Am I on God s side? Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Growing Up In God s House It is not the cry of nature to an unknown God, but the intelligent conversation of a child with his heavenly Father. It presupposes that the one praying has become a child of God, and it assumes that the meditation of the Son has preceded the revelation of the Father. No one, therefore, can truly pray until he has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and received through Him the child-heart in regeneration, and then been led into the realization of sonship in the family of God. A. B. Simpson – The Life of Prayer – circa 1890, © 2007 Bridge-Logos
Are You Led by Senses, Knowledge or the Light? The animal types are those who on their own are not led by reason or drawn by attraction, but they are nevertheless pushed by authority, or inspired by teaching, or moved by example to approve the good where they find it. Like blind men, led by the hand, they follow along, that is, they imitate. The rational types are those who through the judgment of reason and the discernment of natural knowledge have both knowledge and desire for the good. But they do not yet have loving attraction. The perfect are those who are led by the Spirit, who are more fully a illuminated by the Holy Spirit, they are called wise because they taste the good that draws them on. The Holy Spirit puts them on my clothes, just as he once put on Gideon (Judges 6:34), and as the vesture of the Holy Spirit they are called spirituals. William of Saint-Thierry – The Golden Letter; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Journeying Into Heavenly Places After speaking of how we ought to work toward wisdom through meditation and prayer, now let us briefly touch on how by contemplating we come to true wisdom. Through contemplation our mind journeys into the heavenly Jerusalem, according to whose model the church has been formed, as in the text in Exodus: “Look and make it according to the model that was shown you on the mountain” (Exodus 25:40). As far as possible, it is necessary that the Church militant be conformed to the Church triumphant, and our merits to our rewards, and those still in this life to the blessed in heaven. Bonaventure – The Threefold Way; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Interconnectedness is a Clue The true Christian is one who knows God’s power working in himself, and finds it his true joy to have the very life of God flowing into him, through him, and out from him to those around. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House
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