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What is Your will?

WHAT IS YOUR WILL?

God cannot readily trust mankind with profound and important things to do with His will being done and worked-out in history. I Corinthians 2/14

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

To trust our fellow-human beings is quite a task – never mind – God trusting us, with divine information.

Think how difficult it is to rely on people – even those of the most trustworthy kind.

The tongue slips, in giving information that should have remained unspoken, facial expressions betray something in answer to an enquiry made by another, regarding something and someone who shared with us in confidence.

We utter words that are actually lies:

‘We must get a coffee sometime…’ but it never happens – the utterance had no substance other than politeness.

‘Oh yes – I will be definitely there, see you then…’ They don’t show up.

‘We will get back to you sir, and let you know…’ They don’t.

‘I will come around on Tuesday and give you an estimate’. Tuesday arrives – no tradesman.

Some will say what they think you want to hear, rather than tell you what they really think. This is a form of lying.

We are taken into confidence with someone’s private information, exclusively (we are told) being shared with us – and we respond with: ’Your secret’s safe with me’.

Until someone else mentions it to us – how did they find out?

Another example could be, when another human being we trusted – just betrayed that trust and blabbed the ‘something’ we shared in confidence.

How could God possibly share with such characterless humans – anything of His plans for the present or for the years to come?

What God does do, is give us scriptures in which we find statements like this: 

[Colossians 2/3 …in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.]

The ‘in whom’ refers to The Father God and Christ His Son.

And it is only as a human being gets into a relationship with God The Father through Jesus The Son, and that relationship is one of proven mutual trust, that anyone can, in any way, qualify for sharing in The things of God, prophetically.

Are there prophets today? Yes, but none will ever add to scripture.

How many secret things concerning God’s daily business, of a prophetic nature, are shared by God, with anyone alive today?

This is known to God alone. But God throughout history has had His men and women. To whom special grace is given. I would add because they have God-developed character.

Conversely it’s often been said if God can use a donkey to speak, then He can choose for reasons best known to Him, someone who has still a lot of maturing to go through. (II Peter 2/16).

He has for instance perfected praise through the mouth of babes. (Matthew 21/16).

So exactly what God is looking for is best known to Himself, the one who sees all things.

He knows the human heart and mind. He knew for example that a *Saul of Tarsus would become one of His most trusted followers, even though he was persecuting the church Christ died to give birth to.

With whom He shared things that were written down as the authenticated and pure Word of God. *Paul the apostle even heard words (God-given) that needed to remain unspoken in this world. (II Corinthians 12/3).

Has anyone reached that place of intimacy with God The Father, through Jesus The Son – whereby God imparts wisdom and understanding that includes insight into His current plan for the earth and all who live in it?

Other than the things already in The Scriptures – this Holy Spirit given insight belongs to those who dwell in the secret place of The Most High, under the (metaphorical?) shadow of The Almighty. (Psalm 91/1)

Also to properly understand Scripture is a call to intimacy with God. There is no substitute for this. No theological degree will take the place of intimacy with God.

This is what we often refer to as the difference between head and heart knowledge.

So what is God’s will for today? What is God outworking amidst this beginning of sorrows taking place upon the earth?

That’s for God to know and for us to find out. Bearing in mind that the ‘secret things belong to The Lord’. (Deuteronomy 29/29)

Paul says ‘behold I tell you a mystery…’ (I Corinthians 15/51)

Only God can open our understanding to mysteries, hidden within the divine counsel.

We are entering into times when that which has been established for many years is going to be challenged, starting with the truth that The blood of Jesus Christ alone, can cleanse from sin.

Starting with the fact that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.

Starting with the fact that The Bible alone, contains both the hidden and revealed will of God.

But it (the Bible) cannot be separated from The Hand of The Holy Spirit – otherwise it is the letter that kills.

Mankind can and does corrupt the scriptures with his private interpretations. (II Peter 1/20)

I (perhaps like you?) ask the question: “Lord what is your will for today?”

My biggest query is [and I held an open forum meeting with men of God to answer this]: ‘Lord what do you require of us in light of the days we are entering into?’

That Forum back in 2019, did not produce any earth-shattering conclusions, and I am still asking the question.

There are obvious answers. But what manner of persons we aught to be, and what way should we respond as the church, will be found by those who have not bowed the knee to Baal already. 

The Rest? 

Matthew 7/

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Therefore I ask again: Lord what is your will? And pray ‘let it be done on earth as it is in heaven’.

All door

ALL DOOR

This poem could become something

Coming up with something – as it does –

about a restaurant

But it’s only that ordinary place

That ‘hurry up and answer the phone’ place

Where I want to place an order

That cock-a-hoop waitress with the lounging voice

That won’t awake from sleep

Unless she gets a rise

That door-place where it seems all door

Smallnesses in tables and chairs

But largeness of door

Seemingly bigger cause it blows open and shut

And won’t close-shut of it’s own accord

When patrons enter and pay it no heed

It sticks ajar to play havoc with sinuses

With it’s draughty – icy – blast

Mingled with outside cigarette smoke

Of the filthy habit kind

Leaving it impossible to eat food with taste

A poem revisited

A POEM REVISTED

It’s that girl again

The one who moved in coffee shop circles

The one who tried to write a story

With her feet

And a new seat

At the coffee shop opposite –

Across the street

Whose head-story she would not repeat

As she journeyed in hopeful imagination

                        …

Maybe a needy person she would find

And buy them a coffee –

Perhaps an old lady

Fumbling for her money

Spectacles broken

Unable to differentiate

Between her coins

She would step up to fulfil her reason

For crossing the street for that other latte

She determined not to encounter

A nothingness scenario

                         …

After all – impulse had driven her here

To the pub with no beer

Silently she sat in another poem

Her thoughts drowned by the passing traffic

[search my post: other poem: ‘Another Coffee’ Sept. 22]

The Word

Prominent Christian men down through the years have been zealous for God. They have furnished the body of Christ with often, the finest of the wheat. 

They have been treading out the corn – unmuzzled (I Cor. 9/9).

11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd…

 12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.

How great it would be if mankind listened and responded to these goads (painful but helpful cattle prods).

And would be WARNED against anything outside of the sayings of those biblically-proven wise.

God’s Word – the bible as we have named it (papyrus/scroll etc.)- is a door into eternity and the eternal counsel of The Only Living and True God.

The all wise God – imparts counsel, tailor-made to suit each human being, and expressed in human language so that we might take note and come to proper understanding about this life and the next.

This Word that is sharper than a sword with two edges, The Word that is the bread of Life, The Word that imparts Christ’s Light, The Word that gives spiritual knowledge and wisdom, The Word that keeps us from sin if embraced, The Word that guides, The Word that strengthens the human spirit and so on.

Delivered by those who are faithful.

But today – from all corners of the globe from all corners of society there comes philosophies, mindsets, meditations, amusements, gang mentalities and so on – far removed from the wisdom clearly expressed in the Bible.

In all of these ‘voices’ there is a great departure from the path of true wisdom.

Even spiritual paths propagated by so called ‘gurus’ are far removed from the true wisdom of God:

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe…

If God tells us the wisdom found in this world – which comes from man’s intellect alone is foolishness, when it comes to the things of God – then we had better look elsewhere to that which is above the intellect of mankind and thus find the higher wisdom.

Enter – the Bible – a compilation of God-inspired writings for now and eternity.

Unique – but…

UNIQUE but…

Every human being is unique. You and I are a one-off. 

As such our personality has it’s own make-up.

Of course it’s formation is the result of all kinds of ‘outside’ factors also.

But (stating the obvious) we are the result of how we think. 

Our responses to the experiences of life help form what/who we are. Parental oversight and guidance or the lack of it – also effects our formation. But at the end of the day we make our own choices for the better or worse.

If we could see inside humanity totally, sovereignly, divinely, completely – as God sees, whilst remaining human beings – we could not handle it.

We have no idea of what He sees 24/7. Based on what He sees, He responds accordingly in your life and mine.

And when you consider mankind’s track record we, with the Psalmist, are quick to ask (Psalm 8):

3 What is man that You are mindful of him…?

Why should He (God), be mindful of us? When mankind is clearly – 

…lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power…

And the rest of your ‘sermon’ is?

No – that’s it.

It’s easy to conclude there’s not a lot to love, yet we discover:-

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

As a result – I fell in love with Jesus.

Sparse or crowded?

SPARCE OR CROWDED?

Well aware that this is an over-simplistic indulgence. It is possible to fit an artist/painter into one of two categories:

The two categories are –

The minimal

And the crowded.

Regardless of their manifesto or school of thought. Regardless of their place on the scale from Photo-realism to abstraction.

Artist’s images are full to capacity and overflowing, or sparse, usually clean and minimal in content.

Have I traced this tendency to be true? Some artists will add and add and add to the image birthed by their brush. Others will study and study and study (studiously consider I mean), before placing any marks at all.

Some must invent. Some must record. The inventors must keep moving the brush and responding to what they have already produced – i.e. the marks they have already made.

The recorders must try each time they start a piece of work – to render it more accurately, ‘realistically’, naturalistically, and so on, – than last time.

Whatever (as they say) floats your boat.

It might be right to say that the ‘man in the street’ normally favours something he doesn’t have to think about – something that is plain to be seen – something that ‘reproduces’ reality.

But of course a painting or photograph can’t reproduce reality. It only imitates it. Three dimensionality (the actual world), will never become two dimensional, (the world of the flat surface).

This is a well worn debate.

The ‘non arty’ person (whatever that means?) –  favours the skill demonstrated in the imitational reproducing of reality – this person favours the recorder-type artist. Whilst usually dismissing the imaginative one – usually with the words ‘I don’t understand this…’

But of course no one can give the exact ‘numbers’ – the percentage preferences of taste in art appreciation, present in the public’s eye.

As there may well be as many folks who love imaginative non-figurative art now, as there are – those who favour the figurative.

Like what you like – be yourself

The sausage tester (‘ancient’ – Photoshop 4) – by KR

Thoughts unsettled

THOUGHTS UNSETTLED

Now as you might have seen

There’s not much changing in the scene

Paradoxically everything is in flux

                           …

Your thoughts may go from down and out

To what you might think is deluxe

But off they go again unsettled

in the extreme

                           …

As you look at this planet – reeling

You want to scream

You think this and you think that

You think maybe – tit for tat

                           …

But climate change doesn’t change a thing

When man’s behaviour is left or right-wing

                           …

It’s a mystery – even before the bye and bye

Earth and moon – sun and stars and sky

One of which will be dissolved

                           …

Our bodies too 

but there’s more than that – involved

                           …

In the fragility of time – the years clock-in

All because of corruption – all because of sin

                           …

Look unto the hills if you will

From whence comes your help?

                          …

Ask and I will tell you

This is the thought-settling truth

                          …

Christ The Lord is risen

His Presence – undeniable Proof

                          …

That He has left a guide book

(That should be no surprise)

Without it – the truth you will never realise

When believing is seeing

WHEN BELIEVING IS SEEING

Matthew 5/

37 And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. 38 But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. 39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

There is some very significant truth to digest, as we meditate on the above scriptural passage.

First Jesus The Son of The Living God – who agreed with anyone who confessed Him to be so, tells us about God His Father.

He tells us that no one has saw God the Father exactly as He is. But of course the Son of God – did.

Jesus Christ’s Heavenly Father – is also Father to those who worship Him in spirit and in truth – we are told this in John 4/23.

Jesus goes on to tells us that: You (that is we humans) have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.

But is this not the very thing unbelievers set forth as ‘proof’ that there is no God (because – they wrongly reason) He has never made Himself known to mankind as He is?

Their reasoning goes something like this:-

He has never shown Himself. If He wants us to know Him why doesn’t He just show up as He actually is? And speak clearly wiping away all doubt of His existence.

Wow! What folly.

If The Son of God is telling us that we have not seen God’s ‘form’, and heard His voice, and yet He was clearly on a mission to lead mankind to God. Then there must be another way to know God without what some consider the missing requirements necessary before they will believe. Namely, the desire for God to just show up – and we shall believe in Him.

Exodus 33/20 But he added: “You cannot see my face, for no man can see me and live.”

This verse in Exodus reveals to us the fact that the nature of man and the nature of God are total opposites. So much so, that – like the proverbial oil and water – they cannot mix.

God’s nature is holiness. Man’s nature is sinful.

If man sees God’s form as it truly is – then it’s ‘good night man’!!

No man can see God and live!

So to see God the Father in actuality 100% – is out of the question.

That is until a coming day, when those who know Christ the way He has ordained for this scene of time, will come face to face with God, and then we shall know even as we are known. I Corinthians 13:

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Face to face now in this life, could only mean that man would drop down dead.

We see, or experience God by degrees. (If you like – by how much we can handle without dying).

God’s ordained way of knowing Him without seeing Him 100% as He is –  is through the instrumentality of A MESSAGE.

That message is known as The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Hear Him! – And follow the instructions – simple.

So it is when we respond to the message and invite God to come into our very being, that we become those who worship the One we now know as described below:

John 4/

23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

Yes worshipping someone we cannot see completely, but someone who is willing to ‘manifest’ Himself to us if we come humbly and ask. Whilst waiting patiently until He shows up.

John 14/

And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

John 20/29

Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Two good men(?)

TWO GOOD MEN (?)

Trying to act humanely

She reached out her hand unassumingly

Helped the old guy get back on his feet

He had to keep going – he’d someone to meet

He was lightly made-up

Which was why her hand was enough

To send him on his way again

He thanked her – his appreciation was plain

She watched him slowly walk away

Waiting to make sure he didn’t go astray

Or wobble to another stop or

Fall or encounter some other mishap

Turning on her heels she set-off herself

To meet the man who took her ‘off-the-shelf’

There he was waiting in the doorway

In-her-life – to make sure

She too – didn’t fall prey or go astray

If so – be glad!

IF SO – BE GLAD!

I Thessalonians 2/

10 You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutlyand justlyand blamelesslywe behaved ourselves among you who believe; 11 as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and chargedevery one of you, as a father does his own children, 

There it is – a snatched few moments of the apostle Paul’s address to the Thessalonian believers.

Let’s break it up – extract something – from it.

Notice the words – devoutly, justly, blamelessly

Couple these with another three – exhorted, comforted, charged

Ok – so we have two triplets

The first one tells us of the kind of men who were involved with and addressing the Thessalonian church.

Devout men. Let’s see that – as deep commitment to Christ.

Just menmorally upright and fair

Blamelessinnocent of wrongdoing (not perfect but walking with a clear conscience)

In the second triplet we hear what they were doing:

From the mouth of such men came exhortation, words and actions to provide comfort, and an urging imploring kind of involvement with these believers in Christ.

Today as you look at those who lead your local church, do you see – devout leaders, morally upright and fair in how they handle the oversight of the church? Do you see blameless persons eager to stay blameless?

Are you being exhorted with the Word of God, receiving the comfort of those same scriptures, and being encouraged to advancement?

If so – be glad that you are. And give God thanks.