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When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

May 10, 2010
Psalm 25:4-5 “Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”
Trying to place the thoughts of the past several days into words is a formidable task to be sure. There are topics that would be much easier to address and yet these thoughts are calling out for reflection.  Over the past number of years, I’ve seen the passing on of many; both from my family and from Kimberlys. All of them are sorrowful departures which bring forth reflections mingled with tears. Many memories are revisited of sunny days and joyful moments in the company of the one who is now departed, while some may remind us of past strivings which, in the grand scheme of things, were completely pointless.  Each memory makes manifest the words from Ecclesiastes “for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.” In such times of sorrow, priorities are placed in their proper sequence; coupled with the admonition to consider how we are utilizing our allotment of days and to make any necessary adjustments.
Of all the departures to take place over the past several years, the passing of my sister Sandy has been exceptionally hard. Yet in the past several days, I’ve discovered something that was unexpected; even though it’s a topic which is discussed often in this venue. This discovery is manifest in two ways. One is an enhanced desire to let go of every residual weight, each irrelevant endeavor, and all campaigns which have no eternal significance. The empty debatings of this world and its factions have now become exceedingly empty and cold. The second has been an enhanced desire to draw closer to, and abide continually in, the prsence of the Lord Jesus. There’s been a closeness to the Lord on a level that wasn’t there two weeks ago. In his presence is a sweetness of such magnitude that everything else seems harsh and abrasive; even the causal communications which are neither good or bad. A lot of things can be imitated; even to the point of deceiving, the very elect. (if it were possible) But the indescribable sweetness of the Holy Spirit can, in no wise, be duplicated by another. Whether it be an agent of deception, operating from a platform of flesh, or be it an entity disguised as an angel of light; none can simulate the sweetness of the Lord who created all that is. 
John 4:13-14 “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
As we begin to abide in this place, it will become impossible to blend in with our surroundings. Not only will folks “think it strange that ye run not with them to the excess of riot” they will be perplexed by our inability to become rattled or overcharged by the affairs of this life. Our thoughts and conversation will always gravitate toward heavenly places as this is where our heart abides continually. Subsequently, our primary mission in this life becomes the furtherance of the kingdom of God; not by physical acquisition (as some equate gain to godliness) but in the adding of names to the book of life. Of ministering to the needs of those around us and continually striving to be a faithful ambassador for the Lord Jesus. This world, its trophies, and its promotions will no longer be able to entice us to engage in self-centered endeavors; even those to which folks can effectively attach a “christian” name tag to; thereby obscuring the true motivation behind the campaign. (A future post is in the works that will explore this in greater detail) We find ourselves longing, all the more, to depart and be with the Lord as the temporal nature of this place becomes all the more apparent.
Acts 28:30-31 “And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him.
Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.”
This would be a dream come true in my opinion. To dwell in a rented space somewhere in a crowded metropolis, and spend each day sharing the words of eternal life with those in the ambience. Taking no thought for self, but focusing exclusively upon our Fathers business; ministering to both the physical needs and the spiritual needs of the priceless eternal ones for whom Christ died. It goes without saying that few of us actually abide in such a continuous state as the hecticity of twenty-first century living consume large segments of our time and energy. We claim to be steadfastly looking unto Jesus, but most of us unwittingly serve two masters. We often proclaim the words of Jesus found in Matthew 6:25. “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than rainment?” The key word in that verse is “Therefore.” It tells us what this statement is in relation to; that being the words found in verse 24, which read:
Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
When we are apprehensive about our personal sustinence, we become servants to this worlds system and allow the enemy a point of leverage from which he can tempt us. But when we forsake all that is in this world, we are truly free indeed. Kind of like the words in the old song from the late 1960s “Freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose.” There is a profound element to these words. The cares and wares of this world will paralyze us when they become our gods. But to trust completely in the Lord Jesus and not panicking when the cupboard is bare is a place of liberty beyond description. In the days ahead, anything less than a complete abandoning of our lives in this world will lay the groundwork for irreversable compromise.
The title comes from Psalm 63, which contains the words of one who “follows hard” after the Lord and thinks upon him continually. It’s a place where we all must strive to arrive at. When we reach such a place, we’ll never again be able to settle for any of the worlds goods or any of the christian looking, but lifeless traditions, that people unwittingly employ to measure ones spirituality. Our desire will be completely unto the Lord Jesus and our lives will continually bear fruit that gives witness to this. I must be going for now as a ton of things must be attended to in the next few hours. (oh how that seems to contradict most of what was just written) Lord willing, I’ll try to make the rounds this week to the many sites that I strive to keep up with. Until then, blessings always in Jesus name.
Job 23:12 “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”
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8 comments

  1. Timbob, you wrote:
    Acts 28:30-31 “And paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him. Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.”

    This would be a dream come true in my opinion. To dwell in a rented space somewhere in a crowded metropolis, and spend each day sharing the words of eternal life with those in the ambience. Taking no thought for self, but focusing exclusively upon our Fathers business; ministering to both the physical needs and the spiritual needs of the priceless eternal ones for whom Christ died.

    This is the cry of my heart of late….how I wish I could walk away from all of what seems to be just so much ‘necessary bondage’ and be about my Father’s business. Following Jesus alone, being led by the Spirit day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. May the Lord show us more and more HOW to do this in our day….


  2. Hi Timbob,

    As I was reading this post, I thought of a conversation we had recently with the evangelist that was with us for a couple of weeks. He was talking about how one of the biggest hindrances to revival is the spirit of busyness. It seems we are so busy in this day and age, not necessarily with things that are “bad” but just with the cares of life in general. If we could only remember to keep God in the certain of the things we need to do, it would be something like this.

    I’m going to witnessing while grocery shopping. I’m going to be a witness while I fill up at the gas station. I’m going to put a tract in with this bill I need to put in the mail. Etc. etc.

    I believe there are people in our path everyday that are hungry for God. The problem is that we are not in the place of spiritual sensitivity to realize the opportunities that come our way. This is definitely an area where I need work. We need God to help us to lift up our eyes and look at the field that He said are white and ready to harvest. Thanks again for the admonition to draw closer to Him.

    In Jesus’ name,
    Carol


  3. “But to trust completely in the Lord Jesus and not panicking when the cupboard is bare is a place of liberty beyond description.”

    Lol! This was me this week…well, actually considering panicking. We have been having a number of extremely tight months, I am grocery shopping with nearly nothing and thankful for my dear mum who will often pop round with a bag of potatoes and a block of cheese, hehe.

    I feel however, we are in this spot mainly as the Lord squeezes my husband. 😛 He has been sitting though our home church meetings but really continually avoiding contemplating anything of eternal significance. (And going through life his own way, not consulting God) Last sunday, I asked Dad to pray for us about finances – “I can’t go on like this”…is the place I was at; that sort of thing. As I was driving home, however, the Holy Spirit showed me that the Lord has a plan and I can trust Him…rather, His way is better than the future way I had etched in my mind.
    My prayer became “whether through prosperity or poverty I welcome Your way!” May God continue to do His work in my life, and the life of my husband.

    Thanks for your post Timbob as once again you lead us back to the weightier matters.

    Bless you.


  4. Hi Linda. Thanks so much for stopping by. It’s always a joy to hear from those who have set their affections completely upon the Lord Jesus. It can be a lonely place at times in that few seem to desire to be in such a place. As such fellowship with the overcomers is priceless and encouraging.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  5. Hi Carol. It sounds like the evangelist mentioned has a firm grasp of the situation playing out before us. I often think that the mundane things; those which are spiritually neutral, can be more dangerous than the blatantly wicked things. If left unchecked, they can steal away incredible amountrs of time, and yet because they are just a part of life we don’t keep a check on them.

    I really like your approach of being a witness for Jesus first; be it in the marketplace, in anothet town, or wherever we go. This keeps the primary reason in focus and as such we’ll be ready when we encounter one who is sincerely searching for truth.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  6. Hi Fivepeas. We’re in a very similar situation financially; even to the point that, if appearances in the nautral play out as they seem, we could potentially lose this earthly kingdom consisting of a house and property. Sometimes, if I think about it, apprehension begins to raise its head. And yet, someday we ARE going to leave all of this behind; be it in a year or in 20 years. (I’m all but certain that we don’t have 20 years remaining in this age)

    Your statement above explains it perfectly. “His way is better than the future way I had etched in my mind.” I’ll have to commit that to memory. The freedom from things of this world is incredible and the peace of God will remain with us; even if everything in the natural turns sour from our perspective.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  7. A thoughtful post . . . so much binds us from being about our Father’s business. God has really been working on me in areas that are hindering me and it has more to do with fears and standing up to be a leader than busyness. . .

    though the other day I was talking to someone about how busyness is one of people’s greatest hinderances to developing a deep relationship with God. They want to check off the list their time with God (usually Sunday service, which in my opinion doesn’t work) and get busy to the rest of their stuff – even “serving” Him.

    Power comes in our lives when we are closely connected to God for then we can be spirit-led and not driven by what we think is best. The lack of time to spend time with Him, abide in His Word, and for reflection is a great enemy – yet fundamentally we all are making the choice of how to spend our time – and what our priorities are.

    Rachel


  8. Hi Rachel. Thanks so much for stopping by. I was thinking tonight about the Lords prayer; specifically the words “thy will be done.” Too often we asemble our plans and ideas of how things should be done and then ask the one who inhabits eternity and knows the hearts of all, to bless it. You also make a great observation in how we unwittingly tend to place “time with God” on our “to-do” list. Kind of like, somewhere, tucked between mowing the lawn and picking up groceries, there’s a little space of time that we set aside for the Lord.

    It’s definately an area that I must work on; getting the “me” out of the way and seeking the will of the Lord in all things. Thanks for the reflections.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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