Saturday, February 14, 2009

Oh, I Know That!

Do you really accept the message that God is head over heels in love with you?
“Oh, I know that, it’s old hat.”

We believe so much, but in the bump and grindings of every day living, where is this One we say we love and trust?

I so love how the Father of my spirit is always calling me unto a far greater revelation of the unlimited insatiable love He has for me.
The following words from Brennan Manning (The Ragamuffin Gospel) have been used to freshly pierce my heart in the upward call, “That I might know Him!”

“Several years ago I made a 30 day silent retreat in the snow-covered hills of Pennsylvania. One word sounded and resounded in my heart throughout that month. Jesus did not say this on Calvary, though He could have, but He is saying it now: I’m dying to be with you. I’m really dying to be with you. It was as if He were calling me for a second time. I realized that what I knew was straw. I had scarcely glimpsed, I had never dreamed what His love could be. The Lord drove me deeper into solitude seeking not tongues, healing, prophecy, or a good religious experience each time I prayed, but understanding and the quest for pure, passionate Presence.”



Free Spirit said...

WOW... does this ever speak VOLUMES to me... especially today!! Thanks you, Rich!
My heart cries in agreement.

Rich said...

Free Spirit,

You might like to read this.

Free Spirit said...

Thank you for that link!
Perhaps THIS is why I can't seem to read a single other author's book right now. I don't want someone else's insights... I feel like I'm getting my own right now, and I don't want to add different ingredients to the mix. It'll just jumble it all up.

Here's the quote that jumped out at me:

"Don't talk to other people about it; don't read books to find out the reason of the darkness, but listen and heed. If you talk to other people, you cannot hear what God is saying."

Rich said...

Free Spirit,

I'm going to be sharing some really wild thoughts in the very near future, but suffice it to say this, there IS a universe of distance and difference between being a "Christian" and being a Son!
Just a teaser for now..hahaha.

Regrading your reply, I cherish with all my being what our Brutha Paul said here, "To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood."

Some interesting thoughts by the OZ man re: "not confering" with flesh and blood.

"Choose you this day whom ye will serve." It is a deliberate calculation, not something into which you drift easily; and everything else is in abeyance until you decide. The proposition is between you and God; do not confer with flesh and blood about it. With every new proposition other people get more and more "out of it," that is where the strain comes. God allows the opinion of His saints to matter to you, and yet you are brought more and more out of the certainty that others understand the step you are taking. You have no business to find out where God is leading, the only thing God will explain to you is Himself.