Faith

Let this Mind be in You….


Mustard SeedTherefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Jesus, Matthew 6:25

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. – King David, Psalm 35:25

Sandy and I have been looking at our lives very carefully over these past several months. We have both realized that, what we are doing defies all common sense. Outward appearances declare that what we are doing is irresponsible. What my flesh is telling me to do, and what we both know that God has told both of us, has nothing to do with the rationalizations of common sense.

WHAT IS THE MIND OF CHRIST?

Where faith is concerned, Jesus sums up my common sense carefulness as infidelity. If Sandy and I have the presence of the Holy Spirit living in us, He will take our circumstances and say, “Now where does God come in in this situation?” He will ask that of everything we do. “Where does God (His will, His Spirit, His Grace, His Mercy, the Likeness of Christ) come in in this thing I am doing?”

The Spirit of God will always press this point on us until we learn to make Him our first consideration. Before April, I would have been a “Charles In Charge” person, and relied on my own wits, and sing “I did it my way!”.

Now that Sandy and I have given over our entire lives to Christ, we are being tested to see where the areas are that we insist are left to our own Common Sense.

Every time we put other things first, there is confusion. We cannot serve two masters. Either my selfish idolatry will rule in my soul, or the Living God will lead me to be like Christ. Sandy and I are learning that we cannot have it both ways. God is not the author of confusion. And as we learn this, we become more at peace, knowing that God is in control of all our circumstances.

HERE IS THE HARD PART

Sandy and I have recently been shown, both individually, and as a couple (We discovered we had BOTH been shown the exact same thing that we are to do.), a “vision” of what we are supposed to do, and where we are supposed to be doing it. Being the “Charles In Charge” person I am, I immediately started doing a situational analysis of what we were shown. I looked at the logistics and tactics needed to accomplish this mission.

When the Spirit of God saw what I was doing, He gently corrected me and said I need to give this to God, as it is His assignment for us.

He reminded me that I am to “Take no thought…”. The pressure of my forethought was not my job. He gently and lovingly has shown Sandy and I that it is not only wrong to worry, but it is a form of infidelity, because our worry was saying, in effect, “I don’t think God can look after the practical details of our lives.” And it is the practical details that worry every human on this planet.

We began to notice what Jesus said would choke the word He puts in us. It wasn’t the Devil. No, it was the cares of the world. The little worries are the weeds that choke out the word in us. We get overwhelmed by the weeds, and forget His promise.

Infidelity to the promise of God is when we say, “I will not trust where I cannot see.” The cure for infidelity is obedience to the Spirit. This, too, is not something we can do on our own power. It is a work of God in a submitted heart.

Jesus told us to pick up our crosses daily, and follow Him. It is a call to commit acts of reckless abandon. He will lead the way, and prepare the way, and set a table before us, even in the presence of our enemies.

My Prayer:  My Heavenly Father, I confess that I am tempted to rush ahead and take matters in my own hand. I confess that, many times I do not have the faith that You will provide, and I attempt to make what You promised my own work. Please forgive me this infidelity. I am a child. I need you to teach me that, in all things, I can trust you, that You will perform and fulfill all that You have promised to do in my life. I love you, God. I adore you for the sacrifice of Jesus on my behalf. I ask that you keep Sandy and I, always steadfast in our Love for You, and keep our faith in You. There is no other way to be pleasing to you, except that we allow You to make us into the very image of Jesus. – AMEN

My brothers and sisters, lets hear the word of the Lord, and write it on our hearts, and trust that He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it until the Day of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.

I LOVE YOU!

Let’s be about it!

David G. Perkins

sammy.snardfarkle@gmail.com

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Faith

Hearing The Holy Spirit, or Not…It’s A Choice!


God is there for you

“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin that does not bring death, he should ask, and God will give life to him — to those who commit sin that doesn’t bring death. There is sin that brings death. I am not saying he should pray about that.” 1 John 5:16 HCSB

What is this sin that brings death? This death is the death of your soul.  NO eternal life for this one. Jesus said:

“Because of this, I tell you, people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. ”   Matt. 12:31 HCSB

Here is why I am writing about this.  It is an issue I have to fight daily, sometimes minute by minute.  I have submitted it to the Lord God, and He is dealing with me.  And this is a tough one.

HEARING THE HOLY SPIRIT, OR HYPOCRISY…IT’S A CHOICE!

This is an issue that hit me by surprise.  Having been the recipient of hypocrisy over these last 11 years, you’d think I would not have trouble recognizing it in myself.  But alas, and alack, here I am struggling with this.

If I am not paying attention to the way the Holy Spirit is working in me, I am in danger of becoming a spiritual hypocrite.  I have prayed to God that I should be remade in the image of Christ Jesus, My Lord.  And this is a work the Spirit of God has begun in me.  Sometimes, He deals with several issues at once, but the issues I refuse to hand over willingly, He confronts in me, when I chose to rebel against His work in me.

Positionally, God sees me as complete in Christ.  I am still alive and on Earth, and am being made into the image of Christ over time.  I will be actually complete when my life is joined to Christ in fact.

But the danger of my hypocrisy comes when I see other Christians failing, and the Spirit of God makes me aware of it, and instead of interceding on their behalf, I turn my discernment into criticism of them.

This revelation was not made to me by any acuity of mind, but by the insistent and immediate penetration of the Holy Spirit.  If I fail to pay attention to the SOURCE of this revelation, I turn into a gossiping critic of that person instead of remembering that God said: “…he should ask, and God will give life to him — to those who commit sin that doesn’t bring death. “

I have to really be careful that I don’t play the hypocrite by spending all my time trying to get everyone else right before I worship God myself.

The subtle burden that the Holy Spirit places on all Christians is this discernment concerning other souls.  God reveals things to us, concerning other souls, saved and unsaved, so that we can take their burden of sin before the throne room of God, and intercede on their behalf.   This is where the mind of Christ is revealed in us.  As we intercede for others, in the way Christ would plead for them, God says He will give us “…life for them that sin, not unto death.”

I am not bringing God into touch with my mind.  I am bringing my mind into submission to the Holy Spirit to the point that God is able to convey His mind to me about the person I am interceding for.

I used to work with an Engineer who was from England.  He used to call me his “Flaming  Jackass!”.  He knew that I would kick the door down, shoot everyone in the room, and THEN try to discern who is innocent.

God has made MAJOR changes in me since then.  So, even today, when I see someone, ANYONE who is knowingly or unknowingly in sin, The Spirit of God calls to my heart to step into the throne room and intercede on behalf of that person.  It is important that I give all my fleshly will to Christ so that He can remove it and replace it with His character.  This is all part of the process.

DOES Jesus see the travail of His soul in me?  Jesus cannot unless I am SO identified with Him, that I am wakened to the realization that I need HIS view about the people who I pray for.  This takes the sacrifice of the flesh.  I have to be willing to suspend my desire to judge someone, and allow the Holy Spirit to show me how Jesus sees them.

My Prayer:  My Dear and Holy God, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, My Lord and Savior, that Jesus will be overjoyed with me as an intercessor on behalf of those who He shows me need His touch and forgiveness of sin.  Teach me not to Judge, making me a hypocrite, but teach me to show your grace and mercy, just as you showed me when I was swimming in sin.  AMEN

PS – The last 11 years of my life served as a living opportunity for other Christians to practice this.  Dear God, I pray that you forgive me my attitude, knowing they failed, teach me to see them the way YOU see them.  Teach me to intercede in Love on their behalf.  Take away my hypocrisy by filling me with Your Spirit, and teaching me your Love, Grace and Mercy. AMEN

I love you

Let’s Be About It!

David G. Perkins

sammy.snardfarkle@gmail.com

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