Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Tail Shaking the Dog

Those who are led of the spirit are the sons of God, scripture says, but what does this look, feel, sound like in the real, nasty-now-and-now world I live in? Somebody, please give me the definitive template whereby I will never be uncertain or mistaken again regarding the choices and decisions I must make - being someone in, but not of, this world system of thinking!

Much, if not most of our continued learning (as we grow in the grace and true knowledge of the one who has invaded us with his alien life) is inseparable from our unlearning, and that, my friends, is a costly given, and it has nothing to do with it being unpleasant to our fleshly, carnal feel-good cravings.
Maybe this is all about learning to deny ourselves, and that self we’re denying is the one that came into existence at the fall in the garden. As my friend Bill Landon has so succinctly put it, “the independent self is a mutilated version of the self that has NO permanent place in the Father’s design for His creation.”

That self is very much operative in each of us and the spirit that constantly appeals to it is the father of religion and lies, whispering, “You can be your own god.”
Prior to being re-birthed, and long after in most cases, we continue living as soulish, carnal beings, almost a knee-jerk default reaction to all that we feel and sense. This is not an indictment, just the sad reality of what is.
As I am prone to reiterate fondly, ‘it’s a revelation, not a seminar’ we’re needing, and this revelation is a constant flow of experiential intuitive learning that will, most often, be at cross purposes with our fixation for the ‘feel good’ mentality we still crave so badly.

Somehow within the Christian mindset, there is a pervasive, unfounded certainty that Jesus, the son of God, operated in this fallen dark world out of an unparalleled overflow of ecstatic, emotional bliss. We assume that his being led (by the same spirit available to us) had nothing to do with learning to “defer” to His Father in the daily crucible of living! It was, of course, a mere cakewalk for him, and yet somehow we continue to flounder trying our best to emulate this one who had extra assistance and “powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men” (to quote the line from the TV version of ‘Superman’.

Learning to defer to the One who is our only life in life’s unfoldings is never done without great personal cost and suffering to a self that demands to be its own god.


1 comment:

Rich said...

I liked the following from T.A. Sparks so much as I see it fitting with my thoughts on the growing intuitive knowing of this alien life within us.

For the record, being "God-conscious" is imo far more than having or not having great feelings within our soulish realm, it can and does affect us there, but to depend on something vs a growing knowing imo keeps us ever learning but never coming to the true knowledge of the truth of our perfect union!!

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10).

Remember - "In him was life" (John 1:4). Is He different in nature from other men? Everyone can see that He is different from other men in His very nature, and the difference is made by this Life that is in Him. This Life brings with it a new and different consciousness. Look at the Lord Jesus! What was His real consciousness? This was a thing about which He was always speaking, and it was so very evident in His case. He said: "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30); "I do always the things that are pleasing to him" (the Father) (John 8:29); "The works that I do in my Father's name" (John 10:25). Oh, this word 'Father' in John's Gospel!

The consciousness of Jesus Christ every day was of His union with His Father, the oneness that existed between them: "As thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee" (John 17:21). The consciousness of the Lord Jesus was of the very closest union with God as His Father, and that was because the very life of God was in Him. His life was a God-conscious life; but God-consciousness in the sense of perfect oneness. And that is what it means to have this Life. Man never had that. Jesus came to bring it in His own person: not to talk about union with God, but to live out a life of union with God and to bring His disciples into the same union. "I came that they might have life" - in other words: 'I am come that they may have the same consciousness of God as Father that I have and that they may have the same divine nature in them as I have.'