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“It is very important to remember that while God‘s Spirit is given to the believer once for all, our spirit must go on learning throughout life. Thus the more we learn, the more we can discern. It is a source of grief to us that so many brothers and sisters in the Lord do not know how to exercise spiritual discernment. Too many fail to differentiate between what is of the Lord and what is of human nature. Only as we have experienced the Lord’s strict dealing with us in a certain matter can we quickly detect even the initial sprouting in others. We do not need to wait for its fruit. We can discern long before harvest time. So our spiritual sensitivity is gradually gained through experiencing God’s hand upon us. For example, someone may mentally condemn pride, yes, even preach against it, yet not sense the sinfulness of pride in his own spirit. Thus when pride appears in his brother, his spirit is not distressed ; it may even be sympathetic. Then the day comes when God’s Spirit so works in his life that he really sees what pride is. He is dealt with by God, and his pride is consumed. Though his preaching against pride may sound the same as before, yet now every time a spirit of pride appears in his brother, he senses its ugliness and is distressed. What he has learned and seen from God enables him to sense and to be distressed. (“Distress” most suitably describes such an inward sensitivity.) Now that he recognizes this ailment, he can serve his brother. Once he was attacked by the same affliction ; now he is cured. (This does not imply that he should claim complete deliverance—simply that he knows some measure of cure.) This is how we come to spiritual knowledge” (Watchman Nee). http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/nee/5f00.0638/5f00.0638.4.htm

 

 


Monday, June 6, 2011

FULLY PERSUADED

 Abraham didn’t stagger in his faith. Rather, he was “fully persuaded that, what (God) had promised, he was able to perform” (Romans 4:21). He recognized that God is able to work with nothing. Indeed, our Lord creates out of a void. Consider the Genesis account: out of nothing, God created the world. With just a single word, he creates. And he can create miracles for us, out of nothing.

When all else fails—when your every plan and scheme has been exhausted—that is the time for you to cast everything on God. It is time for you to give up all confidence in finding deliverance anywhere else. Then, once you are ready to believe, you are to see God not as a potter who needs clay, but as a Creator who works from nothing. And, out of nothing that is of this world or its materials, God will work in ways and means you could never have conceived.

How serious is the Lord about our believing him in the face of impossibilities? We find the answer to this question in the story of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist. Zacharias was visited by an angel who told him that his wife, Elisabeth, would give birth to a special child. But Zacharias—who was advanced in years, like Abraham—refused to believe it. God’s promise alone was not enough for him.

Zacharias answered the angel, “Whereby (how) shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years” (Luke 1:18). Simply put, Zacharias considered the impossibilities. He was saying, “This isn’t possible. You’ve got to prove to me how it will happen.” It didn’t sound reasonable.

Zacharias’ doubts displeased the Lord. The angel told him, “Behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season” (1:20).

The message is clear: God expects us to believe him when he speaks. Likewise, Peter writes: “Let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19, my italics).http://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com/

 

 
 

I just returned from Hastings, where I bought Bill Johnson’s book, “Dreaming with God.” The cashier, a young man, in his early twenties, noticed my “witness” T-shirt: “body piercing…” He noticed it and, I think, he asked 2 see the back; I turned around & he read the boldfaced words: “saved my life.” The words are on a crown of thorns & one big nail.

What’s my point?

 I’ve not been trying to get His message to sinners for some time now. I’m 56 years old and returning to faith.

So, today’s contact with a young man and my sharing it with u is like a testimony of an old guy learning to be obedient once again.


When I read Brother David‘s last blog entry, I felt God‘s Spirit bearing witness with my spirit. The reason I am testifying about the unction in me is because I’m beating a stake in the ground, so to speak, to let Satan know where I stand.
There is power in the name of Jesus; there’s power in the blood of Christ; there’s power in declaring what God has done IN you; and there is a release in warfare prayer once u tell it.

Click the following link to read Brother David’s last blog post: “When all means fail.” http://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com/


“He went out, not knowing whither he went.” Hebrews 11:8

Have you been “out” in this way? If so, there is no logical statement possible when anyone asks you what you are doing. One of the difficulties in Christian work is this question – “What do you expect to do?” You do not know what you are going to do; the only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing. Continually revise your attitude towards God and see if it is a going out of everything, trusting in God entirely. It is this attitude that keeps you in perpetual wonder – you do not know what God is going to do next. Each morning you wake it is to be a “going out,” building in confidence on God. “Take no thought for your life, . . . nor yet for your body” – take no thought for the things for which you did take thought before you “went out.” Click the following link to access Oswald Chambers’ entire devotional reading for today: http://www.myutmost.org/01/0102.html

I’m not a vocational or institutional minister; I’m merely an working man, living in the USA, and trying 2 trust Him, day by day. So, when I read this morning’s devotional by O. Chambers, I had 2 take Him seriously.

Life is not all fun, but, the life we are called to is a lifestyle of faith i.e. of trusting Him regardless. That’s easier said than done. Regardless, for 2011, I choose to trust Him and “rest” in that peace that supercedes all understanding.


The sentence that snagged me is: “And I knew he was very troubled by his inner world erupting into ordinary reality. One of the first things he said was, “Can you heal me?” Traditional Protestant doctrine might eschew some of Whiteagle’s wisdom, yet I find myself drawn closer to my own need of healing in areas that my evil twin has run rough-shod over.

The Evil Twin I met the Otter on the beach. He didn’t talk much, just joined my group doing the Cherokee Dance of Life. It was spontaneous. Hottest day in Seattle on record for May and there were lots of young people on the beach that day. Most were from the Reservation or had Native Blood and they were fascinated by the old white man in the “Running Strong for Native American Youth” tee-shirt doing what seemed to be Tai Chi. When they discovered it was a Cher … Read More

via Ancient Whiteagle Wisdom


This is part of yesterday’s reading of Oswald Chambers: “As long as you have a personal interest in your own character, or any set ambition, you cannot get through into identification with God’s interests. You can only get there by losing for ever any idea of yourself and by letting God take you right out into His purpose for the world, and because your goings are of the Lord, you can never understand your ways.” http://www.myutmost.org/11/1110.html

So, virtually all of my life, in America, I’ve been taught to consider my interests. Consider your character, Rick. It’s important what others think about you. Straighten your tie; you look like a loser. Set your ambitions high. The important thing is personal success. A man’s got to do what a mans’ got to do.

Sound familiar?