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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Moving On

Places carry with them an atmosphere; a level of expectation.

As church-goers go to their churches their expectations run along certain lines.
Every church is different and calls forth a different expectation.
The trouble is that our expectation automatically channels us in a certain direction.

We expect a certain type of meeting...certain music...certain message...a certain congregational response, and these things become ruts and bind us so that we never move beyond the atmosphere that surrounds us.

We are satisfied and we are stuck.
We cease to grow and we cease to advance...everything is predictable and everything is tasteless.
God calls us onward but the music of our own activities deafens us.

God is infinite and He calls us to Himself move beyond our atmosphere.
Like Moses we need to stand on the mountain and gaze upon the land which HE sets before us...a land of "far horizons,"a land where the "king in His beauty" is seen Is. 33.17

Earth and the heavens await a people who are free... a people who are able to walk in the freedom of limitless horizons...a people who in their walking will show forth the marvelous Light of a World where the God of freedom dwells.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

To Know

"If thou knewest"  (Jn. 4.10)... and then She Knew!

She was Blessed with a quickened recognition within ... and it was the difference between Life and Death.

Down through the years of Sin and fruitless Searching...
down through the years of Darkness, Destruction and the enemy's Mockery...
down through the years of Emptyness and Devastation...
through the years of Suffering without Hope...
and throughout all years of Darkness with never a glimmer of Light...
there was, within her, the power to recognise the Answer.

And when He, the Answer, came she KNEW.

In  an instant everything in her whole existence was changed.
Darkness and Destruction were gone forever, taking with them
the years of Pain, and endless Despair.

All things became New.

Without another word she turned and with her soul aflame, she fled back to the scene of her misguided years.
She returned to the place of her former despair and shame.
There in the place of her sorrows, from an overflowing heart, she spoke to the ones who had shared her shame and hopelessness.

"Come...see a Man."
She didn't try to explain or convince - she had Seen ... and she invited them to See.

It speaks to me, to us...

"If thou knewest"...

He, the Answer, would speak to us on so many levels.
He would have us to k
now on so many levels.
For us too He has "many things to say."(Jn. 8.26)

He speaks to find recognition within us...beyond the things that clutter our lives.
He would have us also to know the length and depth of His love and compassion...
He would that we also know a Recognition of His care and His healing within and without...
and a  seeing of His provision for all our Days and all our Ways. 

His Desire is to carry us as Israel, on eagle's wings to our life's Destination.

Friday, February 9, 2018

What is Real?

We all seem to have our own vision of God ... and Reality seems to be the scarcest thing in the universe!

Years ago Amy Carmichael wrote a list of things which are spiritually suspect.
I don't remember her list, but I am sure that we can all come up with a list of our own.

Suspect things are things which are too easy, 
Suspect are the things which offer instantaneous fail-safe solutions.

It is so tempting to become infatuated with "solutions" which make the Christian life easy.
We are tempted by things which promise to lift us out from the toilsome path through the desert, and set us down safe and sound on the far side of the sands.

How attractive it is to think of an experience which can instantly remove obstacles and land us in a place of spiritual enjoyment without alloy.

Perhaps four hundred years ago William Law affirmed that the greater price we pay for a spiritual truth the greater bargain we obtain.
Alas! we like to read it backward ... and today the less we pay, the better it suites us.

The Bible warns to lay hands suddenly on no man for ministry (1Tim 5.22)
and yet we do it all the time "because we can."
The "latest and greatest" holds an irresistible charm and the slow process of the husbandman who has "long patience" awaiting the fruit is forsaken.

Moses had his forty years in the desert, and Paul had his own experience in Arabia.
Job learnt his lesson in pain, and David cried in his bed.
Down through the history of church biography men have found God when all other sources have proved to be mere mirages without substance.

Saints, there is a realm in God far beyond our present thinking, a realm so vast that it reaches into the reality of eternity.
It is a realm where God Himself opens before us the wonders of the working of His love in the world in which we live.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

A Vision... of Brightness

There is a spiritual truth: we possess what our spirits see.

Jesus asked Peter "Whom say ye that I am?" 
And upon Peter's confession of the revelation within, Jesus said "I will give unto you the keys...whatsoever ye bind..loose...shall be bound...loosed".
Jesus is saying "What you see in Me I give to you."

Paul declares to the Thessalonians (2Thess 2:8) that the Lord will destroy the wicked the Brightness of His coming.

It may have been Campbell Morgan who said, that before preaching on a passage he would read it fifty times seeking to understand.
I wonder if we could contemplate the word Brightness in the same way until it dawn within us as a revelation from heaven.

There is a transcendant reality in God which we must perceive if we are to live in the realm of His kingdom.

It is the Brightness of the True Light ... a brightness beyond all earthly light.
The Brightness of the One Who fills all eternity, far beyond all that pertains to this realm of shadows.
The enemy-destroying Light, which causes all to be subservient to itself. 

In our world we are surrounded by gloom and we need a vision of God's Brightness if we are to know Him.
Moses asked "show me Thy glory"... not just the works, the deliverances and the manna, but "show me Thyself."

We cannot live beyond our vision, and if we are satisfied with the things around us, we will never see beyond them, or live above them.

We live in a world wracked by the forces of spiritual warfare and it is time to lift our eyes above the shadows around us.
It is time to see the Ever-and-Ever Light of the One Who will bring all to its final destination...
It is time to walk, not in the light of earth but in the light of God's Brightness.
It is time to look with wide open eyes, quickened by the God-given vision, until  darkness is done away and we walk our earthly pathway in the light of His Brightness.

Friday, January 19, 2018


Where are we ... and where do we go?

We are here, whether we like it or not, in the year 2018.
Ahead of us stretches uncharted territory - some things we can control and some we cannot.

One thing is certain, the journey leads to a destination, and we will not be where we are today at the year's end.
Either our journey will have ended, or it will find us in a different place than today.

Another thing certain is that the issues before us are of far, far more weight than is to be seen on the surface of things... and how many does God find who are willing to seek beyond the surface?

The world around us is on a downward path.
Men have dared to tamper with the fundamentals.  
Our values have been changed,  the meaning of words has redefined and we have entered a wasteland of chaos...  and now we are finding that the harvest of our sowing is upon us.

Some of the saddest words in Scripture are found in Revelation 3.17
"thou sayest, I am rich...have need of nothing; and knowest not..."

In this New Year it is a time to forget the past and to reach out, and out, and out, until we come to a place of understanding and of transformation - a place where we find our unassailable spiritual possessions in the Kingdom of God....
unless Heaven invades earth Hell surely will.

When we reach our final Destination there will be Light without any mixture of darkness.
Life will not be mixed with suffering there, and  nothing will be broken there, and all that destroys will be done away.

Going forward let us cry for freedom from this earth's find our portion "on earth as it is in Heaven."

                "Look not now on earth's horizons,
                 Cramped, polluted, never free,
                 Lift thine eyes from things surrounding,
                 Gaze upon Eternity."

Friday, January 12, 2018

Only One Thing

Our world has entered the year 2018.

It has also entered a sad darkness of unknown dimensions.

The darkness which hangs over our civilization is not the darkness of a cloud which will soon pass is the ever deepening darkness of night... a time of increasing despair, and decreasing hope.

Was there ever an age so blind, so trivial as ours?
We fret about trifles, and feed on low-rate emotions.
Time escapes us and vanishes like a rain drop spattering on the pavement.
The world around us has exalted the things which are perverted and grotesque.
Cisterns have been dug and the fountain of living waters forsaken. Jer. 2.13

Almost five hundred years ago Francis Xavier wrote from the lands of the east that he wished to return to the place of his studies and go through the halls of learning crying like a madman ... crying against the waste of learning which was not yoked to the purposes of the kingdom of God.
What would he say today?
More to the point, what does God say today?

For the child of God at this time there is one supreme need, and nothing is a time to plead for Life.
It is a time to seek with all our hearts that Life which alone has the power to quicken and to overcome.
We don't need another "prayer."
We need, as the Psalmist says, to 'pour out our hearts before Him' lest we lose that Life which God would give us.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Our Time...Our Day

"Behold I make all things new." Rev. 21:5

Here we stand, at the end of Time and at the beginning of Time.

Christmas and the New Year speak of an ending and a stage of time is dying and another is coming to birth.

We try not to gaze too intently at the past and its failures,

and we try to believe in a better future.

There is a past and a future...

but there are also two spheres - an exterior and an interior.

We must see beyond the realm of our experiences and our mental convictions.

My father was told by several people that he would live to see the day of God´s great outpouring of revival on the earth.
I think they were right but not in the way that they understood.

What my father lived to see was not a new dawn of revival but rather the beginning of the night which precedes the day.

God´s work of creation was accomplished in six days, but each day commenced with a night.
¨The evening and the morning were¨ says Genesis.
Throughout the Bible it is always so...the day starts with darkness, and after the darkness comes the light.

We want the light without the darkness...the birth without the gestation process...the joy without the pain - but God has His own ways and they are immutable.

All our insistence...against all the evidence...that we are in a world-wide revival does not change the sad reality.

The night is upon us, the nations are descending into thicker darkness.
¨Gross darkness¨surrounds us and yet the promise is for the Light of God´s glory to His own. Is 60:1,2

Our need this year is interior, a deliverance from our past understanding...a vision and an understanding of what God sets before us.

It is not so much a leaving of the past as it is a finding of the newness.

Let us not seek ¨things¨ but God Himself...¨and live¨. Amos 5:4

Only God Himself can bring it to pass.

¨Oh...turn...Thyself us...again.¨ Ps. 60:1