Saturday, September 20, 2008
What Was I Thinking
In listening to this weeks God Journey pod cast, I couldn’t help but chuckle hearing Wayne and Brad talking about, “Troublesome Scriptures.” Either one or the other would comment, “I don’t see what is so troublesome about this or that scripture do you?”
That sets things up here for some additional thoughts I started over at ‘And Then Life Happened, (Osmosis).
This life of God that has invaded our spirit has perfectly joined us to God the Father making us one in/with Him. We did NOT study and then take an exam to be re-born, we simply choose to respond to His wooing all possible because of something we didn’t even know we had, a gift ‘of faith.’
We were saved by grace through faith lest we should boast.
There are so many things each and every one of us takes or accepts by faith except for, faith. Meaning, the ‘just shall live (walk) by faith.’ I’m addressing the child of God here folks.
How unfair is it of God to expect me to do something I have never learned or studied for, such as ‘walk in the spirit,’ or, be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect,’ or, ‘put on the new man,’ or, ‘let this mind be in you as it was in Christ Jesus’, and so many other things.
Did gravity cease to exist when we learned to ride a bike, was there never any bumps, scrapes, falls, we simply got on it and viola we were Zen Like?
Did any of us take a six week course on how to ride a bike, or go to an extended weekend retreat/conference of bike riding?
As silly as these questions are, they point to something far more bizarre in my opinion, that being us thinking by cramming enough information into our heads, we will then venture out to do what seems impossible.
Is this walk, journey we have entered, been called into, only possible because of what we know or how little we know, or is this meant to BE a supernatural natural walk, learning to walk out what has BEEN worked into us?
I often wonder if that’s what might have been ricocheting over and over in Peter’s mind that day he chose to step out of the boat, “what was I thinking” that I could walk on water?
Please listen up here, I’m only going to use a couple of names that I am familiar with to further illustrate my point here, you can just as easily insert the names of people you know and or listen to, ok?
Lord, you know I want to follow you all the way, as well as stay in step with your spirit, as well as putting on the new man etc., but I have not finished reading all of Wayne Jacobsen’s materials or listened to all of Darin Hufford’s pod casts yet. Not to mention as you already know, I’m barely into my one hundred week training course on, “Hearing the voice of God.”
Here is the real kicker, how does one implement, put into practice what one has NO knowledge of, such as ‘walking in the spirit, or hearing the voice of God,’ to name few?
Is His life in us as us, in fact the “quintessential” reality that makes any of this supernatural natural living remotely possible?
As always I am brought back to this; unless we have and are continuing to experience the constant abiding reality of the Father’s total unconditional loving acceptance of us, fear will keep us trying to learn what is already ours in us right now.
One of my favourite scenes in the early Star Wars movies was when Obi-Wan Kenobi says to young Luke Sky Walker, “Use the Force Luke, let go, trust me.”
I see this as a metaphor for our letting go of our fears and not trying to trust, but Trusting Him, the Father of our spirit in us as us bringing forth from our lives the very ability to do (what only appears to be insanity) what we were reborn to DO!
You can watch it here if you want, it's about eight minutes into the video, simply slide the bar along until you hit the eight minute mark.