Category: Himsights

Destiny is Revealed in the Disposition of Your Daily Choices

“The great element in sin is defiance against God. There is a difference between sin and sins; sin is a disposition and is never spoken of as being forgiven; sins are acts for which we are responsible. Sin is a thing we are born with, and we cannot touch sin; God touches sin in Redemption. God never laid the sin of the human race on anybody but Himself, and in Redemption He has dealt with the disposition of sin. A man cannot be forgiven for what he is not to blame, but God holds a man responsible for refusing to receive a new heredity when he sees that Jesus Christ can give it to him. In the Cross of Jesus Christ, God redeemed the whole human race from the possibility of damnation through the heredity of sin†. If, when we realise that Jesus Christ came to deliver us from the wrong disposition by putting in a right one, we refuse to allow Him to do it, that is the moment when condemnation begins (John 3:19).” — Oswald Chambers

John 3:19-21 Reads in the Message

“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They were for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted in denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”

Beloved, the condemnation and judgement is that Light has come into the world but men loved darkness. Men will be in hell not because of their sins but because of their not entering the Light and Truth, but hiding their foul and noxious deeds, preferring darkness.

Himsights v359 – Personality Brings Oneness While Individuality Brings Division

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6

“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5.

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Romans 8:9.

“But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.” Galatians 4:29.

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Galatians 5:16-17.

Individuality is me separate from God, you, and everybody else for that matter. It is the I, me, mine position – the position of the Flesh. Personality, on the other hand, is the expression and of us, we, our – it is the position of the Spirit of God and Christ and the position that Christ desires for His disciples. “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” John 17:11. And again in John 17:22, “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.”

Oswald Chambers offers such a good treatment of this that I wouldn’t want to change it. Please read how those of the spirit cannot mix with those of the flesh. The Flesh will not have it, Individuality will not partake in a relationship involving submission and denying oneself, while the Spirit seeks oneness, unity, marriage, community and being lost in the life of God and others – even at the sacrifice and death of self.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” Matt. 23:37. How much He (Perfect Personality) wanted to become one with His children but they, (Flawed Individuality) would not.

In the Garden we have nothing less than the first expression of human individuality (I) and a severing of the union of personality (we).

When someone who has been asked to not work in a certain place, to not wear certain things, to not go certain places, to not talk to certain people, to not do certain things and their response is one big declaration of individuality (e.g. I will), then there is no marriage, there is no unity, there is distinct Individuality that refuses to be joined with another. There is separation and death to the oneness of we.

Do not go to the Garden – she did. Do not go about uncovered from my protection – she did. Do not go near the tree – she did. Do not talk to the serpent – she did. Do not eat of the forbidden fruit in willful disobedience – she did. She became divided and sought her individual will. A house divided cannot stand.

Unfortunately her husband followed her in her rebellious individualistic folly and separation from God and we all became the broken relationships that we are. If you find yourself in this predicament, “remain in Me“, do not separate, do not follow the folly of individualism. You are still married to Him if you do. “And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” Matt. 5:30.

By the way, you will notice the theme I have been discussing, “Suffering is Your Opportunity to Show Your Quality”, right off the bat.

Here is the Oswald article if you are already confused:

Man Becomes What He Is

Circumstances make a man reveal what spirit he is of. Crises reveal character more quickly than anything else.

Personality is of the nature of light, it can be merged; individuality is like a lamp which cannot merge. There may be many lamps, but only one light. Individuality cannot mix; it is all “elbows,” it separates and isolates; it is the thing that characterises us naturally, in our elementary condition we are all individual. Individuality is the shell, as it were, holding something more valuable than itself—the kernel, which is personality. The shell of individuality is God’s created natural coating for the protection of the personal life. It preserves the personality, and is the characteristic of the child; but if I stick to my individuality and mistake it for the personal life, I shall remain isolated, a disintegrating force ending in destruction. Individuality counterfeits personality as lust counterfeits love. God designed human nature for Himself; individuality debases human nature for itself.

Personality merges, and you only get your real identity when you are merged with another person. A man has his individuality transfigured when he falls in love. When love or the Spirit of God strikes a man or woman, they are transformed, they no longer insist on their separate individuality. Christianity is personal, therefore it is un-individual. Personality is the characteristic of the spiritual man as individuality is the characteristic of the natural man. Our Lord never spoke in terms of individuality, of a man’s “elbows” or isolated position, but in terms of personality, “that they all may be one.” Our Lord can never be defined in terms of individuality or independence, but only in terms of personality. He was the antipodes [i.e. direct opposite] of the individual; there was nothing independent or wilful or self-assertive about Him. Jesus Christ emancipates the personality; the individuality is transfigured in the mastership of God’s purpose in Christ Jesus, and the transfiguring element is love; personal, passionate devotion to Himself, and to others.

Disposition is the set of my mind; character is the whole trend of my life, not what I do occasionally. Character is what we make; disposition is what we are born with. We make our characters out of the disposition we have, and when we are born again we get a new disposition, the disposition of the Son of God. We cannot imitate the disposition of Jesus Christ; it is either there or it isn’t. Our destiny is determined by our disposition; pre-ordination in regard to individual life depends entirely on the disposition of the individual. If the disposition of the Son of God is in me, then heaven and God are my destination; if the disposition in me is not the disposition of God, my home is as obviously certain with the devil. Our destiny is as eternal and as certain as God’s throne; it is an unalterable decree of God; but I am free to choose by what disposition I am to be ruled. I cannot alter my disposition, but I can choose to let God alter it, and Redemption means that in my practical experience Jesus Christ can give me a new heredity, a new disposition. Our destiny is something fixed by God, but determined by our disposition. We are all born with a disposition, i.e., the peculiar bent of our personal life, and it is that which determines our destiny. Praying won’t alter it, nor science, nor reasoning; if the destiny of a man is going to be altered it must be altered by the Creator (John 3:3).

Himsights v358 – Pretty Good

Pretty Good

I’ve been meeting with some people from my office on Tuesdays each week in a little Bible study group. One of the members brought a video series that we have been watching that presents a systematic way of getting past some of the traditional barriers to sharing the gospel. Actually it has been instructive and a good reminder that we need to go into all the earth. Too often we get smug in our faith and surround ourselves with others, overlooking and even avoiding “those people” – the ones that Jesus hung with – you know, the sinners.

There are many cameos and small slices of gospel presentations filmed live, that help us see first hand that many people are very confused and willing to explore in a non-intimidating way the subject of faith and God, heaven and hell – subjects that most people do not delve too deeply into mainly because they have not thought too deeply about it. In watching these live dialogues between the evangelist and the general public we see first hand what people think on these subjects.

Very few people admit to others that they are not good, in fact I do not recall one interview where the person was not quick to say that they are a “pretty good” person. That is interesting to consider, when the truth is, “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Rom. 3:12. We are reminded that “There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.” Proverbs 30:12.

It amazes me how many people point to their own goodness when the subject of heaven comes up. People are not pretty good, they are not even remotely good, in fact they are ba-ba-ba-bad to the bone. Just ask God who can see your and my heart. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jer. 17:9. Apart from the righteousness of Christ imparted to us by grace through faith, we are doomed to be separated from God, and thus ALL Good for all eternity.

What comes out in these little interviews is the massive and complete self-deception that so many are under. These deceptions are lies and hold you in bondage and will eventually take many down to hell who have never trusted in Christ – and Christ alone – for salvation. In every case, the evangelist asks some very simple questions regarding the Ten Commandments, a safe enough subject when talking about sin, for all agree that we should keep the Ten Commandments or at least understand that they form a basis for God’s judgment.

By the time he establishes that they are a liar, a thief and have been an adulterer in their heart, they begin to squirm and fidget realizing that they are not so good after all, “pretty good” maybe but not good enough to go to heaven. What also should be noted is the time takes a  street evangelist with very simple concepts to totally undress their righteous robes – less than five minutes. Now imagine taking your little sales job of your own worthiness to enter heaven before God Almighty and thinking you will win your argument. This is so ludicrous that it is painfully and pathetically sad.

But the thing I want to focus on is that phrase that seems to be the universal passport for entering heaven – pretty good. I just recently saw something that I had never noticed before. That phrase when you break it down means: pretty – attractive in a delicate way without being truly beautiful or handsome; good – to be desired or approved of; appropriate to a particular purpose; strictly adhering to or fulfilling all the principles of a particular cause, religion, or party.

In addition the word pretty was taken “from a West Germanic base meaning ‘trick.’ The sense development ‘deceitful, cunning, clever, skillful”. Wow! So being pretty good means making an attractive, clever, deceitful, cunning and skill presentation of being approved of, appropriate, by strictly adhering to or fulfilling all the principles of a particular cause, religion or party.

I agree, most people are pretty good by that definition. Most people are presenting themselves as holy and righteous by adhering to principles of a particular cause, religion or party. Jesus referred to the Pharisees for their particular form of presentation as white-washed sepulchres. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.” Matt. 23:27. I think that was Jesus’ way of saying you look pretty good but you are bad to the bone.

God never looks at the outside. He looks clean through to the bone. When God was looking for his chosen son he had to teach Samuel what to look at. “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7.

Pretty good does not cut it. There will be a massive hoard who appear before God with some pretty good stuff.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matt. 7:21-23.

“For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 5:20

God had given me the verses I shared yesterday (Luke 13:34, 1 Sam. 8:7, Jeremiah 2:13). Now today this was one of my devotions. His ways are past finding out. This is from Oswald Chambers and it is a little long for most, now all of a sudden my writings don’t look so long-winded:

Praying for Backsliders (Oswald Chambers)

The Worker Among Backsliders
And on some have mercy with fear; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Jude 23 (rv)
The best example of a backslider in the New Testament (the word “backslider” is never used in the New Testament, it is an Old Testament word) is in 2 Timothy 4:10. “For Demas forsook me, having loved this present world” (rv)—he has gone back to where he prefers. Couple with that Jeremiah 2:13, and you will have a good indication of what a backslider is: “For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” Backsliding is twofold, and the term can only be applied to people in this condition. We use the word very loosely, we apply it to people who are degenerating, to people who have committed sin; but a backslider is neither one nor the other, a backslider is worse than both. He is worse than a person who is degenerating, and worse than a person who has committed sin; he has forsaken God and taken up with something else.
It is customary to talk of Peter as being a backslider when he denied his Lord; what happened to Peter was that he got a revelation of what he was capable of, viz., of denying his Lord with oaths and curses. What were the conditions that led to Peter’s fall? He had followed Jesus out of genuine devotion, and in true loyalty of heart to Jesus he had pictured a great many things that might happen, but never in his wildest moment did he imagine that Jesus Christ was tamely going to give Himself up to the powers of the world, and when Peter saw Jesus Christ quietly give Himself right over to the rabble and let them take Him, all Peter’s thoughts were turned into confusion, his heart was in despair, and in that condition, he “followed afar off.” Then when he was tormented by stinging questions, he suddenly found in himself this awful condition he was totally ignorant of, a condition that made him deny with oaths and curses that he ever knew Jesus. Remember, Peter belonged to a dispensation we cannot begin to imagine, a dispensation before Jesus Christ died and rose again; but if we do not live in the dispensation Peter lived in, we can understand the people he represents. Peter was loyal-hearted and devoted to Jesus, but grossly ignorant of what he was capable of—quite loyal, but quite ignorant, and in the trying crisis suddenly to his amazement he finds that he is capable of evil that horrifies him.
The way God deals with a backslider, and teaches us to deal with a backslider, is clear enough for us to talk about it now.
Let us first of all examine for ourselves and find out whether in using the word “backslider” we are applying it to the right condition of a man. The backslidden condition is twofold: it is forsaking God and taking up with something else; it is not the condition of a man awakening to the presence of the disposition of sin in himself. A backslider is a man who does know what God’s grace is, who does know what sin is, and who does know what deliverance is, but who has deliberately forsaken God and gone back because he loved something else better.
The question is often asked, “Can a Christian sin?” He certainly can, but the sin must be confessed immediately and forgiven, for if a Christian allows an act of sin to go on it will lead him steadily on until he will pervert all the ways of God and hew out a way for himself.
The statement is frequently made that in dealing with a backslider, the worker has to bring him to being born again of the Spirit. A backslider has not to be born again, he is in a much worse condition than a man not born again: he has to have his backslidings healed and be restored. The statements in the Bible about backsliding are very solemn. Backsliding is the most awful crime spiritually; it is forsaking God and hewing out for one’s self “broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” With a backslider it is not the question of a soul needing to be born again, but a much harder case than a man who has never been born again. Do not get confused because when you have to face backsliders you find you cannot deal with them as you deal with any ordinary sinner. Their hearts are frozen, they are not convicted of sin, they are absolutely dull and dead towards all God wants. They will tell you quite mechanically, “Oh yes, I once knew God, I did experience this and that, but I deliberately stepped aside.” The process may be gradual, but the backsliding condition is reached by forsaking God and taking up with something else.
In 2 Peter 2:15 you will find a luminous word for workers—“. . . forsaking the right way, they went astray, having followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the hire of wrong-doing” (rv). Who was Balaam? A prophet. What was his way? Making a market of his gift. The New Testament speaks in three different ways about Balaam: “the way of Balaam,” “the error of Balaam” (Jude 11) and “the teaching of Balaam” (Revelation 2:14 rv). The “way” of Balaam is to make a market of one’s gift, presuming on it, putting yourself in God’s show-room. “I am here as a specimen of what God can do.” Immediately a Christian begins to put himself into the “show business” that is the way towards backsliding. The “error” of Balaam is seeing only the standard of natural morality and never discerning God’s ways behind. Immediately a Christian gets into the way of following his own wise common-sense morality, rather than the dictates of the Spirit of God backing the Word of God, he is on the high road to backsliding. Beware how you guide your Christian life and your Christian experience. Are you simply taking the ordinary high standards of the world in your business? Beware, that is an error that leads to backsliding. “Oh, well, they all do it, I must do the same.” That is the ordinary standard; if it conflicts in the tiniest degree with the clear standard of God, beware! It is an error that leads to the false doctrine which is the very heart of backsliding, making a judicious mix-up between corrupt worldliness and godliness. That is the way backsliding will begin, it is fixing your eyes on the wrong thing. The “teaching” of Balaam is the corrupting of God’s people. Balaam taught Balak to corrupt the people by enticing them to marry the women of Moab. That is the Old Testament incident, but what does it mean? It means trying to compromise between corrupt worldliness and Christian profession. These are three dangerous characteristics pointed out in the New Testament, and they are fruitful in backsliding.
When you come to deal with backsliders, one of the greatest dangers is that they spread their disease more quickly than any other. The presence of one backslider is a peril to a whole community. His or her influence is tenfold worse than a hundred sinners who have never been saved, and the worker for God who begins to deal with a backslider has to learn, first of all, his unutterable powerlessness to touch him.
Let us face the backslider now. Are you going to begin by asking him to receive the Spirit of God? You will have no answer. He may say, “Yes, Lord, I am sorry, please give me the Holy Spirit,” but God won’t. You won’t find one case anywhere on record in the Old or New Testament in which God deals with a backslider along those lines. Let me take as an illustration the parable in the fifteenth chapter of St. Luke. I know this parable is used in many ways, but I want to use it as a picture of the backslider. It is obvious why it is called “The Parable of the Prodigal Son,” but it is not called so in the Bible, it is called“The Parable of the Two Sons.” One son went away and spent his substance in riotous living, the other son stayed at home. Both are as bad as each other. The spirit of the stay-at-home was every bit as bad as the wild riot of the younger boy who went away.
Did the father send any message to the far country after the younger boy? There is no record of any message being sent. What did the younger boy have to do? He had to do exactly what is recorded in Hosea long before that picture was painted by our Lord—he had to return. Drawn by God? It does not say so. Read the fourteenth chapter of Hosea: “I will heal their backsliding”; but the backslider has to get up first, leave the pigs and what pigs eat, and go back to where he came from. Help granted him? None whatever. Messages from the home country? Not one. Tender touches of God’s grace on his life? No. Can you picture that prodigal son returning, a degraded, sunken, sin-stained man, going back in all the cruel, bald daylight? Oh, it is a hard way to go back out of a backslider’s hell; a hard, hard way! Every step of it is cruel, every moment is torture. But what happened? Before that younger son had got very far, the father saw him “and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him”!
Worker for God among backslidden souls, remember God’s way, put the sting, if you can, into the backslider’s soul that he may get up and come back to God, and what has he to do? Take with him words and say, “By mine iniquity have I fallen.” Did the prodigal son take with him words? He did, he rehearsed them over and over again where he was amongst the pigs—“I will say to my father this and that,” he had it all by heart. Does Hosea say the same? He does: Take with you words, and return unto the Lord, and say, “By mine iniquity have I fallen.” What does iniquity mean? Unequal dealing, turning out of the way.
Is there a backslider listening to this? Then rouse yourself and go back to God. “But I feel no drawing.” You won’t feel any. I do not find one instance in the Bible of God drawing a backslider in the same way that He draws a sinner. The word to the backslider is: “Return.” “Take with you words, and return unto the Lord: say unto Him, Take away all iniquity” (rv).
Every Christian worker will bear me out in this next statement, that in dealing with a backslider, you are exhausted to the last drop of your energy. When we work with other classes, like those we have been touching on, God seems to supply grace at the very moment; but we need to remember that if in the other cases we need to rely on the Holy Ghost, we need to do so here a thousandfold more.
Intercessory prayer for a backslider is a most instructive but a most trying work for God, and it will teach the worker that prayer is not only making petitions, but that prayer is breathing an atmosphere. The Christian Church nearly always separates those two; when it emphasises the atmosphere of prayer, it forgets the petition; and when it emphasises the petition it is apt to forget the atmosphere, but the two must go together, and you need to be freshly bathed moment by moment in the limpid life of God (if I may use the phrase) as you pray for your backslider. If ever the worker needs the wisdom that cometh from above, it is in the moment of dealing with a backslider. How am I going to awaken, how am I going to sting into action, a backslidden soul? How am I going to get that soul to go back?
I said just now that no message was sent to the far country; God sends none, but, worker for God, will you be a message from the Father? Will you so bathe your life in the atmosphere of prayer that when you come in contact with a backslidden soul, it will awaken a remembrance of the Father, awaken a remembrance of what that soul once was? Will you let your life be like a bunch of flowers from the Father’s home garden, just awakening for one moment a remembrance of what life once was, and then pass on, and pray and watch, and you will be mightily rewarded by God when you see that poor backslidden soul get up and go back to God, taking with him words and saying, “By mine iniquity have I fallen.”
If ever you hear a testimony along this line, “I was a backslider, but, thank God, I am healed now,” do call a halt in that soul. Backsliding in the Bible is called by words used for the most shocking immorality. Can you imagine anybody who has been guilty of an awful moral crime talking about it in the glib, off-hand way some people talk about backsliding? When a backslider has been reclaimed by God and brought back, when he has returned and has been met by God, the memory of the past is too tremendously humiliating to be mentioned often, and when it is mentioned the atmosphere of the life is one of deep repentance towards God. Never sympathise with a backslider; do all in your power to goad him to return to God. If you cannot do it in words, do it by living in the atmosphere of God and awakening some remembrance of what he once was.
Another illustration of backsliding is in the twenty-third chapter of Matthew. It is not in reference to a person, but to the city of Jerusalem, but it gives a good picture of the way God deals with backsliders: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord”† (rv). “How often would I, . . . and ye would not!”
Oh, if any here should be backsliders, let me counsel you to return to God, and tell Him that you have fallen away from Him by your own unequal doings. Take with you words and tell Him so, let the lash fall, and before you know another thing God will receive you! The prodigal son was all but choked on the bosom of his father before he got half his recital out; but he had to show that he was in earnest, he had to return first, and you must do the same.
Christian worker, if you have someone in your mind who is a backslider, one who did know the grace of God, who did run well but who has compromised, has a name to live but is dead, then God grant you may realise the filling up of “that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ” in intercessory prayer. The backsliders are the most dangerous class under Heaven to touch, and no one but a man or woman who knows how to live bathed moment by moment in the love of God, who knows how to prevail in prayer, ought to touch the case of a backslider. It needs the wisdom that cometh from above, and if you have indeed been led by God to face such a life, do it on God’s line. Do not try and bring God around by way of your ignorance; go along the clearly discerned lines that are given in His Word. Get that one to understand, either through his own intelligence or by praying that he must return of his own accord.
“Take with you words, and return unto the Lord” (rv), then God says, “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely.”

Integrity to Stand Firm to the End

I just finished watching Serpico with Al Pacino. I wish they still made the product “Curse Free” though, a lot of rough language. The story is (from the Netflix cover), “based on the real-life story of New York City undercover cop Frank Serpico (an honest man who was grievously wounded for refusing to take part in the corruption forced upon him by his peers)…”

In the movie, Serpico is first amazed, then concerned, then distraught, then finally moved to desperation and action to do something about the prevailing culture of corruption in the police department. There is a line in the move by his girlfriend Laura when he asks her if he is the only one who cares about the situation. She says rather blithely, “Everybody knows about cops”. And I might add a whole lot of other professions that could be stereotyped for their corruption, greed and unrighteous use of power, position and authority.

In the end, Serpico realized that there is not one person to stand with him in his fight; not one fellow officer or superior, not the police chief, the police commissioner, the mayor, nobody. Even his girlfriend who seems to admire his integrity and character wants him to quit standing for righteousness. He is looking for encouragement and strength to go on in his battle and he turns to her for support. She does not outright tell him to give it up, instead she tells him the following fable. She might as well have told him to curse God and die. Here is the story (not as she told it but as I found it through Google):

The Wise King and the Well

Once there ruled in the distant city of Wirani a king who was both mighty and wise. And he was feared for his might and loved for his wisdom.

Now, in the heart of that city was a well, whose water was cool and crystalline, from which all the inhabitants drank, even the king and his courtiers; for there was no other well.

One night when all were asleep, a witch entered the city, and poured seven drops of strange liquid into the well, and said, “From this hour he who drinks this water shall become mad.”

Next morning all the inhabitants, save the king and his lord chamberlain, drank from the well and became mad, even as the witch had foretold.

And during that day the people in the narrow streets and in the market places did naught but whisper to one another, “The king is mad. Our king and his lord chamberlain have lost their reason. Surely we cannot be ruled by a mad king. We must dethrone him.”

That evening the king ordered a golden goblet to be filled from the well. And when it was brought to him he drank deeply, and gave it to his lord chamberlain to drink.

And there was great rejoicing in that distant city of Wirani, because its king and its lord chamberlain had regained their reason.

He (the king) did not drink deep to madness, he drank deep to conformity. For some strange reason people think that the safest place to live is in the mob of madmen – those who have lost first their integrity, then their reason, then their mind – all in the name of group consensus. This is the exact same type of mentality (emphasis on mental) of those who crucified Christ. It is the same thinking of those who go along with corruption and lies. And in case you didn’t see this coming, it is the same cliquishness fostered, nurtured, protected and defended in the religious houses of false doctrine. For some reason people are anathema to stand against something that everyone else is for, to stand on what they profess or believe to be truth.

Well let me make it clear, Christians, the ones worth their salt (still being salty) are not afraid to stand for what they believe. If they are, then they just really don’t believe what they confess. It is a belief of convenience, not conviction. I wonder if it was convenient for Jesus the Christ to stand before the angry mobs and tell them what they didn’t want to face or hear. “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” Matt. 10.32,33.

The world will never see the Light of the Truth if we hide it under a bushel. Therefore, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matt. 5:16.

It is difficult to stand against the culture of this world system but if you really believe what you confess, you will do it. No more mob mentality. You can no more hide in a mob than you can be hidden at the bottom of the ocean. God sees you, individually and responsible for every act you perform and every thought you think and every word you speak or fail to speak.

I am not speaking of judgment before God for those who are not Christians, I am speaking about standing before the judgement seat of Christ. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” 2 Cor. 5:10.

We need more integrity like that of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” Daniel 3:16-18.

Now that is faith. That is pleasing to God. There is a great (and eternal I might add) reward this kind of faith.

In the end of the movie, Serpico is left alone to fight the graft and corruption surrounding him. His fellow officers withdrew their support and fed him to the lions as it were. They withdrew at the time of the battle and he was shot point blank in the face. Finally others came out of hiding and were willing to stand with him and fight the system. He gave courage to others to stand. As a result all police departments now have a special commission to investigate and prosecute inappropriate use of power and authority.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Eph. 6:10-13.

All true believers have integrity to stand firm to the end. “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.  Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.” Luke 6:22-23.

Himsights v355 – Womb Service

Womb Service

In the movie Tombstone with Kurt Russel playing the part of Wyatt Earp, there is a scene where he asks Josephine what her idea of heaven is. She answers very succinctly “Room service”. And when we all hear it, don’t we get a little smile in our heart in the imagination of everything and everyone serving us? Room service is the ultimate in power and control. We just let our need or desire be known and then it appears magically on a silver platter.

This is absolutely the appeal that our greatest enemy makes to us, “Do not deny yourself anything”. In fact, so much of commercial marketing psychology is based on this very philosophy – that you will act on selfish impulse and intentions – “Have it your way”, “You deserve a break today”, “Because you’re worth it”, “Just do it”, “Go for the gusto”, while at the same time minimizing or deceitfully hiding the cost. Go ahead eat the fruit, you will not surely die. It really is a poison apple and we are all Sleeping Beauty, the Bride of Christ whose Beloved must break the curse of our sin-choice and redeem us. We lie in a stupor-like sleep, half-dead, half-alive waiting for our Prince to come, trapped in a childlike state.

Here we remain in a state of living-death. A seemingly safe and sustained state of existence. We have provision and protection but at what cost? And this is the very appeal of womb service – that we might remain in this state, enjoying the seeming bliss of the darkness in which we sleep – all the while Reality and full life is waiting for our transformation from innocence (e.g. childlikeness) to a fully  mature son formed in His likeness (e.g. godlikeness).

Yet, we love womb service. By nature we are the fruit of the womb. But it was intended and designed that we be born, and leave that place within our mother (our earth) and enter into a full relationship in our Father (Spirit) and that we travel from our natural home to the Home that He has prepared in Him. This is our spiritual journey – leaving the place where our soul was happy with the pleasures it experiences to passing through the Wilderness where we are presented with the opportunity to trust and obey our Father, thus denying our self, ultimately arriving where we find our contentment and joy – in Him.

It is in dying to ourselves that we become like Him – a safe-place for others. When we have arrived we are no longer interested in self-serving but in laying down our lives for Him and others. It is Love that energizes this dying, for there is no other power strong enough to bring us in to Him, and it is Love that calls us to leave this earthly womb of our mother and calls us to enter into our Father. Entering this Love is the destiny of our journey.

In that very place, God Himself provides our womb service. “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” John 15:16.

Without going into drawing pictures, I want you to see and hear for yourself how this journey is relayed more than once. We must put aside the innocence of childlikeness (not knowing right from wrong) and through a series of moral choices (based on obedience to Him) travel the Way of Sanctification by death to Self, that we may arrive in Him.

Just reflect on these examples set before us of moving from the womb of the earth (natural), through the process of sanctification, to the Womb of God (supernatural). From childlikeness to a fully mature son or daughter of God.

Examples to consider:

Noah from the pre-flood earth through the fires of ridicule, through the flood to the earth now cleansed by the washing of water.

Abram from  Ur of the Chaleans, his natural country to Abraham to “a land that I will show you” by way of Egypt (a type of the world system).

Jacob from exile from his natural home to be processed though the events of working with his father-in-law, wrestling with God and becoming Israel, facing a Giant (fear of what his brother might do to him), losing his very own son through death (apparent) only to be be found alive again.

Joseph from the place of the most loved of his earthly father, processed through being sold to slavery, forgotten in a prison, to saving his people, and leading them out of Egypt.

Moses from living with the king of this world, through the Exodus out of Egypt into the Wilderness to the threshold of the Promised Land (Thats as far as the Law can take you)

David from the court of the king of this world to fleeing Saul in the Wilderness to the throne of the King.

There are so many more examples, practically every person who you recognize as a saint (a called out, sanctified one) in the Bible shows a clear example of this – being born in this world, dying to it through a process where they learn to trust and obey God to finally entering in to Him, thus providing a safe-place for others.

God does not want to deny us room service, it is in giving up our lives for Him and others, in an act of faith that we enter in and receive womb service – the provision and protection of our Father.

“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matt. 20:28.

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