Going to Frightening Places

“God calls us to go places that frighten us so that we will fully trust Him.” Levi Lusko

“I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.” (Luke 12:46)”

We learn to walk by walking; we learn to trust by trusting. Let Jesus shine wherever there is darkness in or about you. Trust him.

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Step by Step

“If we have His light, let us be willing to take it step by step. We shall not see all the way at once, but as we follow on we shall know the Lord God’s light is the soft and simple light which rests us and brings the satisfying sense of His in all His fullness, and all His purposes will ripen and unfold in all their fullness.” A. B. Simpson

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

We are microwave Christians: we want it all done quickly. That is not God’s way. Israel spent forty years in the wilderness because they were such slow learners; Canaan was not conquered in one campaign; the Good News spend step-by-step, city-by-city. Your life won’t be transformed until you are transformed. Be willing to follow the light you have.

God Works in Us

“Satan will seize even our good intentions. We strive to do the will of God. We will it, but God works in us to desire and to do his will. It’s not about me, but him in me.” John Gould

“It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)

Our will power seems strong enough when focused on our desires, but when we consider what pleases God we seem made of Jell-O. Rest assured he has equipped you with what you need to please him and he comes along side you to desire and to accomplish his will.

His Will, Not Mine, Be Done

“Even though I’m born again, I have nothing in me to do God’s will. I have the will, but not the doing. Until the Holy Spirit in us overcomes the flesh, he can’t inhabit us and take us over.” Gary Garner

“Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:12-13)

The fear and trembling comes from pretending we do his will when we’re doing our own. The only will we have naturally is our will. To be all we were designed to be, we must have his will and his power.

Life in the Spirit

The redemption for the body which Christ brings, is not merely healing, but also life. It is not the re-adjustment of our life on the old basis, leaving it thenceforward to go like a machine upon the natural plane, but it is the infusion of a new kind of life and strength. Therefore it is as fully within the reach of persons in health as those who are diseased. It is simply a higher kind of life, the turning of life’s water into His heavenly wine. Gary Garner

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

The Spirit renews more than your mind; everything about you is refreshed–alive for the first time. Let him turn the water of natural life into the wine of life in the spirit.

“Lie Passive in His Hands”

“In order for a soul to be made into a vessel unto God’s honor, ‘sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work’ (2 Timothy 2:21), it must be utterly abandoned to Him, and must lie passive in His hands.” Hannah Whitall Smith

Passive? Not us. We have the urge to help God (or ourselves) without regard for our ignorance or imperfections.

Take our hands off the wheel and let God steer.

Relax; let go; let God.

“God Made Me Stronger”

“God made me stronger, so the pain is not always unbearable, but the weight hasn’t gotten any lighter.” Levi Lusko

“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30

The load may not lighten, but he will carry more of it–as much as you’ll allow him to carry it and you.

Meaning and Darkness

“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.” C. S. Lewis

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12

We not only see the son, but by his light we see everything else as it really is.

The Vision of the Lord

“This is what the Holy Spirit brings to us, the vision of the Lord, power to see divine things as God sees them. Not only does He give knowledge of the truth, but He gives the realization of it. Not only does He reveal to us the promises, but He enables us to appropriate them…. The Spirit also thinks in us by giving us divine instincts, intuitions and enablements.” A. W. Tozer

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Our powers of sight–both visual and intellectual–are so dim as to be blindness. Especially if we think we see. Real vision comes from the Holy Spirit, and with it comes understanding and power.

“Seek first the kingdom of heaven.”

Seeing in the Spirit

“Being born again is not a process, but seeing more is. I don’t learn in order to see; I see to learn. It has to come straight from heaven. I was once blind, but now I see.” Gary Garner

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)

What is visible will pass away, but what lasts forever is. We must see with our spirits. Then we really come alive.