Monday, October 13, 2008

It’s a Heart Thing


It is most fascinating how we can keep going through the religious motions of trying to interact with the Father and yet having buried in our heart, attitudes and motives that have in fact cut us off from any real heart to heart intimacy. The kicker is that many have blindly believed that now being out side the religious box’s they use to be caged in, are or have become exempt from their hearts (motives and attitudes) being scanned, sifted, and examined.
The religious motions I’m referring to here are those things done without our heart’s being fully engaged with the Father of our spirit.

Jesus was but eight days old when the following was said loud and clear by Simeon, “And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is appointed forth fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed-- and a sword will pierce even your own soul--to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed."
Later Jesus asked this question, “And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?”

A good friend and brother has been visiting with me since last Wednesday, he lives in Nova Scotia with his wife and two sons, he came here to see me but also to have some counseling done regarding some very unpleasant disturbances within his marriage. The counseling is being done with friends of his wife. Funny how it took coming all the way to Ontario rather than simply finding someone right there in his immediate area. I think i hear Papa saying, obedience is better than going through the religious motions.

My brother has been and continues to be crushed since 1998. As we have been able to spend large amounts of time together Papa is doing what He does best, revealing, exposing the lies we had falsely embraced instead of the truth.
In agreement with what my friend said this morning in our sharing, Father has gotten to the root of a huge issue in his life, the domino affect of this deeply embedded house of lies is coming down much faster than it took to go up.

This bears repeating, at the very core of our person, within our spiritual DNA I believe Papa has etched into us a God desire to Know Him, this desire unfortunately like everything else can become nothing more than agreed upon facts, but without revelation, it simply adds additional weight to already being greatly encumbered.
None of the evil, hurt, darkness, crushing’s were of the Father’s doing in my brother’s life, but they were and are being used to answer the cry of his heart.
It’s as plain as this, “Son, I thought you said you wanted to KNOW me?”
Without becoming established in the true living knowledge of Papa’s unconditional love, these unplanned and unwanted pain filled encounters will successfully assist in making us casualties of a very real war we are in until we go to be with Him.

This morning Papa was making known to my brother Ron, that he was fully aware of the weight and intensity of all that was going down upon his life, and yes he was fully capable of stopping it, but was in fact using compounded times of being deliberately ripped off, suffering loss for ONE reason. To know Him, the Father of his spirit!
My brother like every "Christian” out there all know so very much, but at a heart level, in many cases totally disconnected with the flow of life that proceeds from the Father.

As Christ was totally identified with man in becoming fully man, we now are having the choice set before us to be fully identified with Christ Jesus.
There is NO way of the living reality of truly knowing this One who says He is the only life of the believer apart from being subjected to the cruel unfair, heartless, death blows of life’s dealings. It is within this torturous furnace of affliction we are being exposed to what True love and grace and forgiveness is all about. We are being identified fully with and in Him.

It is and will be but a cheap substitute in not being fully identified with Christ offering mere placebos to those like wise being tormented and crushed in daily living. Without being deeply established in the true knowledge of Papa’s love, we will but bull shit others instead of being loving living examples of His grace, love and forgiveness.
My dear brother is being awakened to the reality of all this torturous seemingly unnecessary inflicted pain, was most necessary for Christ to live in him, through him, as him!

We would see Jesus!

Rich

2 comments:

Amy said...

Rich,
This post has SO much substance to it. Thank you for it! I love your thoughts on Simeon.

What you said here resonated with my own heart thoughts:
" I believe Papa has etched into us a God desire to Know Him, this desire unfortunately like everything else can become nothing more than agreed upon facts, but without revelation, it simply adds additional weight to already being greatly encumbered.
None of the evil, hurt, darkness, crushing’s were of the Father’s doing in my brother’s life, but they were and are being used to answer the cry of his heart."
AND...
"There is NO way of the living reality of truly knowing this One who says He is the only life of the believer apart from being subjected to the cruel unfair, heartless, death blows of life’s dealings. It is within this torturous furnace of affliction we are being exposed to what True love and grace and forgiveness is all about. We are being identified fully with and in Him."

Blessings,
~Amy :)
http://amyiswalkinginthespirit.blogspot.com

Rich said...

Amy,

Thank you so much for being willing to acknowledge Him speaking to your heart. That touches me deeply. 

As Father is working here in our lives, me and Ron, Papa is using so many things in Ron’s life and addressing and wanting to undress things He is pointing out in my own heart, and for that I am deeply grateful.
There is NO way we will ever truly know or experience the reality of His loving graced forgiveness until we like our elder brother Jesus are falsely betrayed and in many cases over and over, suffering unjustly, lied about, all of this is our continued salvation, in being fully identified with Him, being stripped of and made of NO reputation.

I want to encourage as many of my siblings as possible with His loving grace filled heart of encouragement to man up, woman up, standing up and facing whatever Papa is bringing to the surface in your lives. He is only wanting and offering a way of escape, and that is going to happen in dying to the flesh that the father of lies is and has kept us pretending, strutting around like the naked emperor in his costly and fine garments, pretending everything is A OK!

In coming to really know the man Christ Jesus, like Paul said, we will suffer the loss of ALL things, but what we gain, is not remotely in the same ball field…batter up 