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The Big Picture – Part 14

How Does Your Garden Grow?

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matt. 11:12.

Yes, seeds have been planted, watered and left to seek the sun. How does your garden grow? God has placed the precious seed of Life, the Word, into your heart. How is it doing? Is it being fruitful and multiplying or is it dormant and unseen, remaining in the earth? God did not plant a seed to take up space in the earth but to subdue the earth and have authority over it. To rise above its humble beginnings and produce a tree with shade and fruitful sustenance, protection and provision for all who are under it.

This is the very call for the sons of God, to become complete, mature like our Seedbearer — the Father. So that when others taste and see our fruit, they taste and see the Father. “… he that hath seen me hath seen the Father” John 14:9.

So, again, whether or not the seed that was planted grows into full maturity has nothing to do with the condition of the seed — the seed is perfect, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” 2 Peter 1:3 — it is the fruit that will tell the story of the soil — your heart — whether it is good or bad.

So it is your responsibility to nurture and care for the seed, giving it water and sonlight and the atmosphere of faith. Keep adding the water of the Word, presenting yourself before God a living sacrifice, believing unto good works so that the seed will become fully mature and produce the righteousness of God in Christ. You must work out what God has worked in.

Now I know that what I am about to say will confuse and concern some of you that want to believe your salvation is entirely dependent on what you think about Christ. And it is, just as surely as the Word of His Redemption has entered your ear and settled in your mind and become Life to you through the knowledge of God by faith.

You see the key is the faith that activates the doing. Having a knowledge that does not produce fruit is like a placing a light under a bushel. It is of no effect and has no virtue to be seen. What good is it? We are told to, “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.
God never needed a light that is not seen, never spoke a word that is was not to be heard, never created a son that is not to be known and seen and heard. We are here for the express and supreme purpose of making manifest — showing forth — the Goodness and Mercy and Love and Peace and Holiness, and, and … all that I AM to the world. That is the fruit of His Spirit in us that is striving to make Him known through us.

Now here is what I want to say that might set you back. We are to bear fruit. We are to work diligently at it, not us, not I but Christ in me, worketh through the seed of the Father, the water of the Word and putting to death of mySelf to remove the outer shell of me and reveal the inner truth of Him in me.

“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matt. 7:17-20.

The Father is the Vinedresser. He will prune every branch that is presented to Him. You must make the presentation by the will of your heart. Seek the Son while He may be found.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit.” John 15:1-8.

O yes, child of God, rise up to the full stature and measure of Christ so that the Father may be seen and known to the world. Bear fruit. Become the son you were made in Christ to be before the foundationS. of the world. There is much glory in sonship for the son shows forth the glory of the Father and the Father shares his glory with the son.

“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.” James 5:7.

“And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.” Matt. 21:34.

When God plants the seed of His Word in your heart He is looking for the Son-ripened fruit. How does your garden grow?

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The Big Picture – Part 13

Servants, Disciples and Sons

The ultimate and final goal for every child of God is that we grow, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” Eph. 4:13-15.

God never planted a seed except that it might produce a good crop, enriching and nourishing the lives of others and then after growing going on to reproduce, multiplying itself to create many more like itself. Christ was the first fruit. “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Rom. 8:29.

We are here because the seed of Adam has been faithful to produce a natural crop. Christ is here in God’s children because His seed, the Holy Spirit, in us has been faithful to produce a spiritual crop, being fruitful and multiplying.

Hows your crop? My wife enjoys the hobby of scrap booking. They have intense weekend encounters in which many scrappers get together and work hard at making progress in their books. The event is called Crop till you Drop. I think we Christians should crop till we drop too. Don’t you?

Go back and look at the progression for the journey that God has in mind for us. That we move from “children tossed to and fro”, to completion or full maturity “unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ”. This doesn’t occur overnight. Think about our natural children. Do they go from a child to a fully mature adult without stages of progression? Neither do spiritual children.

Just as a natural son goes through many stages: newborn, infant, toddler, child, adolescent, teenager, youth, young man, man, adult, etc. and then eventually on to being a father himself, so goes the spiritual.

There are quite a few different Greek terms that we have interpreted as “son” in our Bibles, each with their own respective and unique meaning for that phase of the maturity process. I will not go into these although they make a fascinating study themselves. Instead I want to look at the manifestation, what we can see and experience of the maturity of the inner process going on.

There are many subtle nuances of degrees of manifestation besides these three but I want to focus on the hallmark divisions as the Bible has, namely — servants, disciples and sons. There are many references to the types of relationships we have with Christ in each of these roles.

I believe that each has to do with a maturing process in our own hearts. God is always our Father and his heart is always perfect toward us. It is our heart that is growing toward Him in Love and Truth. “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” 2 Chron. 16:9.

Our heart is not automatically perfect toward
God although it could be at any time. We can even waver in indecision in our hearts which is the situation when they are not perfect toward Him. It is a matter of our willingness to die to ourself and live to Him. It depends upon our being living sacrifices. It is all bound up in the statement, “Not my will but Thine be done.”

Servants serve out of a sense of duty, because they believe they must. In their hearts there is a fear of punishment or loss. “If I don’t obey, I will have to suffer a consequence.” It is true that being disobedient carries a natural consequence but that is not the right reason to do God’s will.

A good way to explain the heart of a servant is: “I will do your will because I must.” This servant gives the right result with the wrong motive.

Disciples choose to do His will — and make no mistake, it is a choice of the will. They see that there is reward and benefit to doing God’s will. They take note and realize that the law is good and right. They follow Christ with a part of their heart, the part that is interested for what Self will gain. Remember that Judas is labeled a disciple. Remember also the rich young ruler. He kept the law, but when asked to make a personal sacrifice he went away sad. The heart is involved for sure, but why?

A good way to explain the heart of a disciple is: “I will do your will because I see that it will be good for me.”

Now each of the roles of servant and disciple are not wrong or bad they just are not best. They are not revealing the that heart that is well pleasing to God. That is the heart of a son. “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matt. 3:17. Remember God is looking for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him.

God uses even our wrong motives to move us along the path to sonship. We are moving from faith to faith one step at a time, precept upon precept. Servanthood and Discipleship are steps to becoming the sons of God.

Now the heart of a son of God is the heart of THE Son of God. God sent us Christ so we could know Him and so we could be like Him. The heart of a true son is grounded in love for the Father. It is not interested in it’s own will. It only seeks to please and do the Father’s will with no strings attached.

That is where God is bringing those who will follow and stay their course, trusting Him, depending on Him. He does not promise that every child of God will be a son of God. He gave the power, not the promise. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12.

He did not even promise that every child of God would be a disciple. Throughout it is a choice you must make. Here are some supporting verses:

Luke 14:26: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:27: And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:33: So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

No all along it is a choice. It is a matter of your heart. Do you want to be a servant, a disciple or a son? There is a progression on the Way. Get on it and stay on it!

A son says, “Not my will, but Thine be done”. The motive is the love of the Father. We know Him because we have served Him and followed Him. “We love him, because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19.

Job reveals the heart of a son when he is tested. Remember the scene?

“Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.” Job 2:1.

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” Job 13:15.

That reveals a motive of love, not fear, not gain… a perfect heart — a son’s heart.

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.


v4.22 The Big Picture – Part 5

The Big Picture – Part 5

The Master Builder is Collecting Stones

God has a Plan. He is building a house and we are all — His sons — living stones from which he is building us up “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” Eph. 4:13. “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5.

The house is a household of faith, a spiritual house and we are each one fitted together. “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith.” Col. 2:7.

Get the picture, the big picture. God is building a household of faith in which all the stones are living, jointly fit, sons that take their place in the Body of Christ of which He, Christ, is the Head.

Adam was the first son of God who walked with God on the earth “… Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.” Luke 3:38. Adam had many sons yet all were not members of the house of God. Only those which were of the household of faith. Abel was one of those sons. As far as we know Cain was not.

Adam was a son of God and walked with Him. It is this walk of faith that makes you a son and a member of His house. After the slaying of Abel, Adam had another son that was “like him” being Seth.

The distinction being that Seth also walked with God by faith like his father Adam and his brother Abel before him. “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.” Gen. 4:25.

“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him.” Gen. 5:1. So Adam was “like” God. Next look at Gen. 5:3: “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.” Now if Adam was “like” God and Seth was “like” Adam, then Seth was “like” God.

It is this walking by faith, walking with God that distinguishes his sons. Look a little further in Gen. 5 verses 22-24. “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:  And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:  And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”

It’s my bet that God is excited about working on His long anticipated building project and took Enoch to place him in the Building where he fit.

In fact, it is my belief and understanding that God is always looking for such living stones. “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” 2 Chron. 16:9.

Abraham, the father of our faith, was the first among many who would follow after him “And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.” Rom. 4:12. “For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Heb. 11:10.

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God [to walk by faith], they are the sons of God.” Rom. 8:14. “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” 2 Cor. 5:7 “But as many as received him [by faith], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12.

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