Monday, September 28, 2009
Achilles Heel Part 2
In the first part of what I shared, you can read it here, I wanted to lay down some back ground information in which hopefully these additional thoughts will be congruent. I was originally going to call this subject matter, “Caution, Hidden Activity,” but thought the Achilles Heel fit much more succinctly.
It is amusing to me seeing how Father has coordinated this for me, meaning what I intended talking about was the story of the ‘young rich ruler’ and I stumbled across some excellent thoughts from Oz Chambers today that hopefully will highlight where I’m wanting this to go.
Before I continue I want to put up a link, regarding the biblical account of this young rich ruler incident, you can read it here.
Some quotes from Os Chambers, “Our Lord's attitude to this man is one of severe discouragement because He knew what was in man. We would have said - "Fancy losing the opportunity of winning that man!" Fancy bringing about him a north wind that froze him and "turned him away discouraged!" Never apologize for your Lord. The words of the Lord hurt and offend until there is nothing left to hurt or offend. Jesus Christ has no tenderness whatever toward anything that is ultimately going to ruin a man. Our Lord's answers are based not on caprice, but on knowledge of what is in man. If the Spirit of God brings to your mind a word of the Lord that hurts you, you may be sure that there is something He wants to hurt to death. ”
I have always loved that particular phrase of Jesus, “He knowing what was in man, never entrusted himself to them.” This in no wise infers that he was critical or suspicious of men, why, because he knew we all were blind!
“The rich young ruler had the master passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to be like Him. Our Lord never puts personal holiness to the fore when He calls a disciple; He puts absolute annihilation of my right to me and identification with Himself - a relationship with Himself in which there is no other relationship. Luke 14:26 has nothing to do with salvation or sanctification, but with unconditional identification with Jesus Christ. Very few of us know the absolute "go" of abandonment to Jesus. “Then Jesus beholding him loved him." The look of Jesus will mean a heart broken for ever from allegiance to any other person or thing. Has Jesus ever looked at you? The look of Jesus transforms and transfixes. Where you are "soft" with God is where the Lord has looked at you, if you are hard and vindictive, insistent on your own way, certain that the other person is more likely to be in the wrong than you are, it is an indication that there are whole tracts of your nature that have never been transformed by His gaze.”
“One thing you lack . . ." The only "good thing" from Jesus Christ's point of view is union with Himself and nothing in between.”
There is so much within these thoughts of Oz’s, but I simply want to address some of them.
What could ever be wrong with “wanting to be (as in this case) like Him”? In my earlier thoughts I spoke of that which was still in us, hear me, Satan’s nature is in us, in our flesh, but that is not us, ‘whose and who’ we are, is one with God our Father, but Sin, Satan being the impetus of Sin tempts us to either “gross sin”, or to simply live our life apart from dependence upon Christ, which is the root of all sin. We simply do not see or comprehend the invasiveness within our flesh, such total and complete depravity!
The hidden activity of the father of lies and all religious activity are only recognizable (discernible) as Christ exposes the root source of it in our flesh. Once Jesus warned his disciples, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees,” not, beware of the Pharisees, or the religious institutions they represent! Boy is it ever easy to see the enemy in those darn religious leaders and their corrupted institutions, but God forbid, you ain’t gonna find any of that hidden leaven in me (in our flesh) or you…right~ha?
Another time Jesus called a spade a spade when he called some of the religious leaders, “You are of your father the Devil,” wow, now those are fighting words, why the heck did he intentionally seem to pick a needless fight with these guys, could we have missed something in this caustic exchange of words?
Like everything written in the scriptures, it is there in a reported format, there is no commentary, but, He invites us into an open conversation regarding the reported facts, if we have but ears to hear his embracing welcome to think and ask of him what is beyond our eyes capability to see.
It is my understanding that this so called ‘name calling’ had much more to it than meets the eye (as in everything he said) it was the Father’s intention to simply make them (us) aware of our need, if we are blind as bats, then our ability to see must come from another source, and that source was Him, the light that enlightened every man that so chose.
It was an invitation to see the hidden insidious and diabolical activity operating in men as men, it was their appointed time of reckoning, offered to them and us is a way of escape, deliverance and so much more, all wrapped up in a simple yes to Him, rather than getting all pissed of or insulted by his words!
In closing, I have some thoughts from a wonderful friend and brother, a real scholar and spirit directed man who has written so much on what I have hardly even touched upon, if any who read this might be interested in an in-depth study of this matter, I would be only to happy to share them with you.