Saturday, August 29, 2009
The following quote from Oz Chambers does me good. “Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a personal possession only through conflict. What is your faith up against just now? The test will either prove that your faith is right, or it will kill it. "Blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in Me." The final thing is confidence in Jesus. Believe steadfastly on Him and all you come up against will develop your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith, and the last great test is death. May God keep us in fighting trim! Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that He will not stand by us.”
For those who are not being disturbed (disconcerted) in their God journey, I doubt you have been comforted, meaning, He comforts the disturbed as well as disturbs the comfortable!
Yes those who have received Christ or more to my liking, ‘having been received of the Father’ are perfect, IN THEIR SPIRIT! Depending on how you look at it, there is much more to us than just a spirit, although that is the essence of which we are, a spirit being.
In my continuing journey of discovering the inexhaustible unconditional love of God the Father for me, I am realizing that that is the foundation upon which upholds all that He continues to do in the needed transformation within my soul.
There is no way as Oz said in the quote, “Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a personal possession only through conflict” that we’re going to have anything more than a form of godliness apart from having to face, go through whatever conflict He deems necessary to make what we say we believe, into a personal possession.
Everything is being disarranged the deeper we go in following Him, being led by His spirit, it is needed and necessary, otherwise we will have nothing more than a clinical, sterile, smugness to our superior stance, looking down on those whose lives He has graciously and lovingly torn apart!
As our supposed unshakable equilibrium is going through the wringer, we are no longer able to interpret the signs; it’s as if we have become dyslexic as everything seems so back-wards to us. This is nothing less than moving from having a great theology of trusting in the Lord to being brought to the place where that perfect life we have in our spirit is invading our very soul, mind will, and our emotions!
Anything less is nothing more than what any other dead religious system is willing to offer.