Posts made in September, 2012

The Mind of Christ During Difficulties

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Articles, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Mind of Christ During Difficulties

The Mind of Christ During Difficulties

Facing a trial with the Mind of Christ invites us into a dimension of glory foreign to our knowledge of good and evil. This glimpse into the eternal value of what we are suffering  can set us above the landscape with its rocks and thorns. Remember when Satan tempted the suffering Jesus in the wilderness? None of his appeals to the flesh had any power when up against the Mind of Christ.

In Christ, The Sum of All Spiritual Things, Watchman Nee describes what it is like to face obstacles with The Mind of Christ:

“In 1923 I was invited to preach in a certain city. I took a small boat that was sailing up the Ming River. I noticed that the boat was frequently dragging itself against the river bed, for the water was shallow and the bottom of the river was rugged. Sometimes the boatmen had to pull the boat by ropes up the river. In my prayer I suddenly recalled this incident. I said, ‘God it is easy for You to remove these rocks. How nice it would be for the boat to sail with adequate water underneath it if You simply remove these rocks.’
I read again 2 Corinthians 12, where I found this to be precisely Paul’s prayer. The water was shallow and the rocks protruded sharply up from the river bed. Hence Paul was praying, ‘O God, would that You might remove these rocks that my boat may sail in the water.’ To which God answered, ‘I will not remove these rocks, but I will cause the water to rise. As the water rises, the boat can easily sail through.’ This is God’s doing.”

A. B. Simpson takes the inspirational approach:

“There are two ways of getting out of a trial. One is simply to try to get rid of the trial, and be thankful when it is over. The other is to recognize the trial as a challenge from God to claim a larger blessing than we have ever had, and to hail it with delight as an opportunity of obtaining a larger measure of divine grace.”

In Christ, our knowledge of good and evil no longer has the power. In Christ, we can go behind the veil; He bought our entrance.

Binsey

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One Foot Planted in the Dust of the Soul, John Wright Follette

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Articles | Comments Off on One Foot Planted in the Dust of the Soul, John Wright Follette

One Foot Planted in the Dust of the Soul, John Wright Follette

Growth. The process is often not what we expect. It helps to smile at our dustiness.

John Wright Follette expresses this masterfully in, Fruit of the Land:

“. . . at times it is quite overwhelming for a soul tabernacling in a house of dust. A bit of truth like that was too overwhelming for my dust. God said, ‘Remember you are made of dust.’ I said, Thank You.’ He said, ‘Remember that you are made of dust; and since you are made of dust I will reveal Myself to you in a form to suit your need as dust. I am you Heavenly Father. I said, ‘Thank You. Now my dust  feels better.’

I am going to make a confession. I am very human. I want to be human and at the same time I want to be spiritually minded. I think there is a unique combination in there somewhere for all of us. If we are patient God will strike a balance. Don’t get scared to death when He begins the operation. Be patient!”

As a dear friend, Mick Silva, says, “To wait with the inspiration long enough before going out, this was what every artist needed in spite of themselves, to know how much they could hold. For no artist, even him, had any idea just how much they could hold. Until they were trained.”  From, “Monday Motivations, September, 24, 2012” at http://www.yourwritersgroup.com/

How much can your dust-made vessel hold?

Binsey

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The Mind of Christ, Rest

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Mind of Christ, Rest

The Mind of Christ, Rest

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:6

 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14

Complete surrender. A living sacrifice.

If we are sons of God, we are not given a choice. One cannot lead and follow at the same time.  The key principle is found in the word “led.”  To be “led,” it is imperative that one must follow, submissive enough to follow.

In contrast, our knowledge of good and evil is not content to follow.  Instead, it drives us.  We can sense it behind us with its fleshly energy bossing us here, there and everywhere.

When we are led by the Spirit of God we naturally behave as adopted children and cry, “Abba, Father.”  With childlike submissiveness we know not where to go without the leading of our Lord.  When we are driven by our knowledge of good and evil we are driven by shame, fear and pride.  When we follow Christ we are led by His mind and when we gain His mind we are able to prove what is good, acceptable, perfect–the will of God.

In this sacred of all places, the mind of Christ, is rest.

Binsey Cote

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Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, “Take Up Your Cross,” Explained.

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, “Take Up Your Cross,” Explained.

Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, “Take Up Your Cross,” Explained.

“We take our stand at the cross and consent to be nailed to it, voluntarily, actually; to submit to the pain whereby the flesh dies; the hands are pierced that carnal work may no longer be done in the energy of the flesh; the feet are pierced that no longer we may walk according to the flesh; the brow is pierced with the thorn crown that our head may not any longer be held up for human diadems and fading laurel wreaths; the side is pierced that the heart may relinquish its fleshly energy and preference, and be occupied with God.” A. T. Pierson

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Hebrews 4 Sabbatism: The Rest Which Is Christ

Posted by on Sep 9, 2012 in Articles, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hebrews 4 Sabbatism: The Rest Which Is Christ

Hebrews 4 Sabbatism: The Rest Which Is Christ

Imagine a Sabbath which is not temporal: not a day, not a practice, not a law.

Imagine a Sabbath Who is a Person.

Imagine this Person has given His wholeness in place of your brokenness.

Imagine this Person says His work is finished.

Imagine this Person is Your God.

This is the rest which is Sabbatism.

There remains then a sabbatism to the people of God. For he that has entered into his rest, he also has rested from his works, as God did from his own. Let us therefore use diligence to enter into that rest, that no one may fall after the same example of not hearkening to the word. For the word of God is living and operative, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and penetrating to the division of soul and spirit, both of joints and marrow, and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:9-12, Darby Trans.

“Reader, take heed to yourself. Never be satisfied until you know something of the rest that is in Christ.” J. C. Ryle, (1816-1900)

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