The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Dependence


Dependence

     Independence is sin in Christianity. It does not work when someone declares their with the mouth faith in Jesus and then try to live it their own strength. That was Old Testament, not new covenant. We are trying to live the Christian life. But He made a way so what it can be lived out through Him. We need to live in dependence of Him. Jesus lives IN us. We need to be filled with the Spirit of God all the time. We pray opposite of how we ought to pray. We pray “help me, Lord,” and that’s dependence on us, but instead it ought to be prayed “I can’t do this, would you do it through me.” It’s an exchange of our life for His. Hudson Taylor lived the exchanged life. He realized that he couldn’t do it and threw himself on Jesus. Then He found that he could do it, but not of himself, of Jesus. Jacking Pullinger lived it to. God became her only resource. He worked through her to save and heal opium addicts. She was dependent on Him though and He lived it out though her. Andrew Murray “He came not to dwell near us, but in us. That we might be filled with His indwelling.” Jesus came to give us pentecost, so He could live in us. 

     We are a slave to something, either sin and the enemy or Jesus and the Spirit. We have the infilling of the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:26-27). Even Jesus was dependent but  His dependence was on God (Colossians 1:15a). God is invisible, yet He became flesh. [Christ] Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of his person (Hebrews 1:3a). 1 Timothy 3:16 says God was manifested in the flesh. If we want to know what the mindset of God, study Jesus. 

     Christ as the Lamp. If they never turn the light on, then they would have missed the purpose. The purpose of the Lamp is to bring light into the house. For a lamp to turn on it needs electricity. The lamp is a conduit to with the electricity to flow through. If I am going to show forth His light, I need to be plugged into Him. Being a Christian should shine forth, the Light. Jesus was plugged into God because He was filled with God. Jesus IS God. Jesus did what He did not because He was God, although He was, but because He was a man filled with God. Someone can give up all they have and still be who they are. In order to become man he had to set aside some of the aspects of God and could still be God. For example, Jesus could not be omnipresent, because He couldn’t be everywhere at once. He wasn’t omnipotent because He did only what the Father told Him to do (John 5:19, John 5:30, John 8:28-32). 

     Abide means sinking down into, to cling, to rest. John 15:1, 4:6 show us about abiding in the vine. The life of the vine comes up to the branch. It does not produce fruit, they bear fruit. If there’s no life source from the vine, they will not bear fruit. We don’t have to struggle or strive to produce fruit. We should cling to Jesus and He will produce fruit in us. There’s no evil intent into throwing out the dead branch. We must allow the resource of the vine to come out. It’s not dependent on me, it’s dependent on Him. If the same Spirit that was in Jesus, it can now be in us. I am not called to live the Christian life by myself, but through the filling of the Holy Spirit. We do not have the power to put power in the lamp, that’s God’s Job. Jesus came as a man and lived it out. He made it possible so we could live it out. It’s not robbery for Jesus to say that He is God because He is. 

     The glove has dreams and wants to do things, but it can not anything. When a glove has a hand inside of it, it can be everything it was designed to be. It can go pick up the Bible, because it has the hand in it. When the life of the glove is resourced by the hand, it will change it’s life. When we quit trying to live the life and instead get resourced by the hand, it is possible. Our job is simply to have love for Him, dependence upon Him, and obedience to Him. That is how it should be, God being God in us. “God so engineered you and me that His presence is indispensable to our humanity, teaching our minds, controlling our emotions, directing our wills, and governing our behavior.“ He moves, we respond. We are given to Him 100%. 

     Faith is dependency. In faith we throw ourselves on Him. We become the glove to which he can wear, we become the stage by which he can perform. If we are living independent of God, it sin. If it’s self-sourced, it’s sin. We could have a very good thing but it will be a sin if we are sourcing it by ourself. Sin is not whether something is good or bad, it’s about source. Greed is always sin, adultery is always sin, because they are always self-sourced. Are we going to live dependent upon God? Our eyes or hands are neither good or bad, but when they are used for a certain thing, it could be bad or good. Someone could be a serial killer or they could be puffed up, either way it’s a byproduct of the flesh. It’s rebellion. We will be mastered by something. So who’s controlling us? If it’s flesh it’s ungodly, If God is then it’s godly. So total dependence on Him is the only way to really live. When the Master is in control, we can truly rest in Him because it’s Him working and not ourselves.

     This message was extremely wonderful. It reminded me once again that I can not do it. He alone can live the Christian life out. I’m just a puny glove. He’s the hand doing all the action. It relieves me to know that I do not have to do it. It relieves a huge burden, I can rest in Him. He’s the Life source! Giving up in the kingdom of God means, gaining life abundantly! He is showing me that I should not depend on anyone but Him. It may even be some good things, but I can not place them higher than Himself. I must be filled with Him; He alone can satisfy. The best news that anyone could ever tell me is that I can not do it... but He can! LIfe abundant is possible through the Life Giver!