PRACTICING THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST
BY: ALAN McSAVAGE
The Keys to Knowing Him
The Power of the Word
Demonstrating Christ in God
Next Comes Your Family
Next Comes Your Job
Next Comes Your Ministry
Starting the Flow
Note: From the New Advent Fathers
From: the Puritons and Pastoral Care
Minister unto the Lord
Bring People to Christ
What Should Motivate Us
No One Can Boast About His Own Accomplishments
There Is No Power in the Visible
New World Order
It is said that many years ago a news reporter was sent out by the religion editor to ask Ministers a question.
The question was: “Do you believe in Christ?”
The young reporter went far and wide diligently tracking down ministers of various faiths and asking them that simple question.
After a while he came upon an old minister in his study and asked him the question: “Do you believe in Christ?”
The Old man replied with a twinkle in his eye: “Son, I don’t have to believe, I KNOW Him.”
The word believe is an all inclusive word that means: To adhere to, to trust in and to rely upon the good news about and Him Whom it sets forth. Mark. 16:16 Amp.
My question to you is, do you: adhere to, to trust in and to rely upon the good news about and Him Whom it sets forth?
The old Minister was not only a believer he was a KNOWER.
Jesus Said: John 8:54-55 Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God. and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word.
The Apostle Paul said: Phil 3:10-11 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
And the Apostle John said: 1 John 2:3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.
1 John 2:4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
1 John 2:14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
Note: In the measure that we have been brought to know, we are enabled to believe (“We have known and believed the love God has for us”). “Knowing this that our old man was crucified with Christ… reckon yourselves to be dead indeed…”. Reckon, count, consider, take inventory of, seems to be a Pauline metaphor for faith. I reckon (count on) what I know by revelation to be true. Better to wait until you know before you try to believe.
With thanks to – John Gavazzoni.
The KEY’s to KNOWING HIM.
John 14:30-31 “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me; but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me.
For the prince of this world cometh (see John 12:31) – cometh with hostile intent, cometh for a last grand attack. Foiled in his first deadly assault, he had “departed” – but “till a season” only (see the note at Luke 4:13). That season is now all but come, and his whole energies are to be once more put forth-with what effect the next words sublimely express.
And hath nothing in me – nothing of his own in Me, nothing of sin on which to fasten as a righteous cause of condemnation: ‘As the Prince of this world he wields his sceptre over willing subjects; but in Me he shall find no sympathy with his objects, no acknowledgment of his sovereignty, no subjection to his demand.’ Glorious saying! The truth of it is the life of the world. (Heb 9:14; 1 John 3:5; 2 Cor 5:21.) (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1997 by Biblesoft)
1 John 5:18-21 We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the one Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him]
We know [positively] that we are of God, and the whole world [around us] is under the power of the evil one.
And we [have seen and] know [positively] that the Son of God has [actually] come to this world and has given us understanding and insight [progressively] to perceive (recognize) and come to know better and more clearly Him Who is true; and we are in Him Who is true – in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah). This [Man] is the true God and Life eternal.
Little children, keep yourselves from idols (false gods) – [from anything and everything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God, from any sort of substitute for Him that would take first place in your life]. Amen (so let it be).AMP
2 Cor. 5:14-6:2 For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us, because we are of the opinion and conviction that [if] one died for all, then all died;
And He died for all, so that all those who live might live no longer to and for themselves, but to and for Him Who died and was raised again for their sake.
Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh].
Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].
It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but canceling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor)
So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.
For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].
6:1 LABORING TOGETHER [as God’s fellow workers] with Him then, we beg of you not to receive the grace of God in vain [that merciful kindness by which God exerts His holy influence on souls and turns them to Christ, keeping and strengthening them–do not receive it to no purpose].
For He says, In the time of favor (of an assured welcome) I have listened to and heeded your call, and I have helped you on the day of deliverance (the day of salvation). Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation! [Isa 49:8.] AMP
Col 1:22 Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father’s] presence. AMP
Col 1:23 [And this He will do] provided that you continue to stay with and in the faith [in Christ], well-grounded and settled and steadfast, not shifting or moving away from the hope [which rests on and is inspired by] the glad tidings (the Gospel), which you heard and which has been preached [as being designed for and offered without restrictions] to every person under heaven, and of which [Gospel] I, Paul, became a minister. AMP
How do we stay with and have faith in Christ, well-grounded and settled and steadfast, not shifting or moving away from the hope [which rests on and is inspired by] the glad tidings (the Gospel)?
Here we go right back to the meaning of the word BELIEVE: To adhere to, to trust in and to rely upon the good news about and Him Whom it sets forth.
THE POWER OF THE WORD
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us,
John 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
John 8:31-32 “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
John 17:20-21 I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
Rom 10:8-17 “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART“–that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME ( nature) OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”
To truly believe in Him, to come to KNOW Him and the power of His resurrection then you have to come to he point of total surrender to His Divine will and become ONE with Him.
There is an old chorus that goes like this:
It’s no longer I that liveth but Christ that liveth in me.
It’s no longer I that liveth but Christ that liveth in me.
He lives, He lives, Jesus is alive in me.
It’s no longer I that liveth but Christ that liveth in me.
That old chorus had a lot of truth in it but needs to be expanded in the light of progressive revelation.
Rom 6:6-7 “knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. NASU
Gal 2:19-21 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. NASU
Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me. AMP
It is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in (AS) me.
Here we see that WE has been substituted (I self) for Christ as our new source or self.
In Christ it is no longer I (SELF) that lives but Christ who lives AS ME.
When He died (was crucified) I, SELF, OLD MAN, DIED.
When He was buried I, SELF, OLD MAN, was buried.
When He rose from the dead I NEW SELF, NEW CREATION MAN, IN HIM, rose from the dead.
Therefore: It is no longer I Old self that lives but Christ (The fullness of the Godhead bodily) who now lives AS ME.
DEMONSTRATING CHRIST IN GOD
Col 3:3-4 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
What are we looking for? Is it Christ that we are looking for?
Or are we looking for some thing from Christ in God?
The very moment that we are looking for a home, a car, or money or a better job, or any such thing, we are looking in the wrong place for the wrong things.
God is SPIRIT. Christ is the Anointed One and His Anointing is Spirit.
Man is a spirit, who has a soul and lives in a body.
When Christ enters our life He joins together with our spirit and we become One in Him and the Father through the indwelling power of the Spirit.
When we look God for material things we are looking in the wrong place for the wrong things.
Until we have Christ we have nothing; but the very moment we have Christ, we have all there is in the world. There is no such thing as God and, or Christ and!
To look for money, cars, homes, jobs or companionship is an impossibility Spiritually, because Spiritually, there are no such things. Spiritually there is only God; but when we receive Christ into our lives we receive all that God is.
Nothing is more important than this point: Are we looking for a manifestation of Christ in our lives, or are we trying to reach through to God in order to get some material thing from God?
When we first come to learn about God, we nearly always look for some good for ourselves. It may be a healing – physical, mental, moral, financial – or it may be peace of mind, but whatever it is, as a rule, we are looking for it to benefit our self. Very quickly, however, we discover that as the presence of Christ begins to come into our lives, it not to benefit ourselves alone but also the rest of the world.
The person who is learning to Practice the Presence of Christ soon has no real problems, no real needs, and no real desires. Those things which are necessary for our health and supply have a way of taking care of themselves.
Christ is working out His Life as our life. Through our death, burial and resurrection that we experience through His death, burial and resurrection, we find that it is no longer I (old self) with selfish carnal wants and desires, but I (New man in Christ) who has arisen from the dead with a far more broader and spiritual vision.
Luke 12:22-31 Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.
Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.
Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?
And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?
“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.
But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
You may well ask at this point: How is it possible to say “Do not worry about it” when I have no money to pay my bills etc.
How can I trust God when year in and year out I all have these financial problems confronting me all the time, and it really was no fault of my own?
I see here in Luke that I am not supposed to worry about things. Well I am looking to God as my source of supply, I’m naming it and claiming it and I’m still coming up short every month?
I need money, food, clothing, and a good car etc. and I don’t know what’s the matter with it all? I am exercising my faith, I’m only speaking positive things, I’m rebuking the devil, I am giving 10% to the church and I’m still coming up short.
Can someone help me to understand? Well my friend the answer lies in this: God is our source of supply, BUT (money, food, clothing, a car etc) are not supply they are the result or effect of supply. There is no such thing as a supply of money, food, clothing, or automobiles. All these things constitute the effect of supply, and if this Divine supply were not present within you, there never would be “the added things” in your experience. The added things of course are those practical things like money, food and clothing that are so necessary at this stage of our spiritual walk.
Since money, food, clothing, and automobiles are not supply, what is?
Around where I live in the golden horseshoe of Southern Ontario Canada, we have many orchards of different kinds of fruit.
We have Apples, Pears, Plums, Peaches, Cherries, as well as Grapes, Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, and do you know what, I have never seen a fruit farmer wringing his hands in dismay at the end of a good season.
Those fruit trees, with a little care, will produce fruit year, after year, after year.
As the last apple falls or is picked off the tree the farmer knows that the though the apples are gone for the season the supply remains for the next season, because within that tree, there is a law of supply in operation.
Call it a law of God or a law of nature the name of the law is not too important, but the recognition of the presence of the law in, through, or as, the tree is important.
The law operates to draw in – through the roots – the minerals, substances, elements of air water, and sunshine which it then transforms into sap that is drawn up through the trunk of the tree and distributed through branches and finally sent into expression or manifestation as leaves and blossoms. In due time, this law transforms the blossoms into little green buds and they become full grown apples, pears, peaches, cherries plums, all according to the type of tree we are talking about. The principle is the same for all.
As long as this law is present we will have fruit. So we see that the law is the supply and the apples etc, are the fruit, the result or the effect of the tree.
Within you and me, there is a law in operation – the law of life – and our awareness of the presence of the law is our supply.
Money and things necessary for our daily living are the effects of the awareness of the activity of the law within. This understanding enables us to take our thoughts off of the things of the outer world and abide in the awareness of the law.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
What is the law which is our supply? This is the Christ consciousness within you and I that tells us that:
Matt 21:22 “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Heb 13:5-6 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
James 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
As we keep our mind stayed upon Christ and absorb His precious promises, keep His commandment to love God our neighbor as our selves, will He not freely give us all things!
How long does it take you may well ask?
Just as long as it takes for you to keep your mind stayed upon Him.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.
Col. 2: 27 “Christ in and among you all the manifested Glory.”
For years I read this scripture this way.
“Christ in you the hope of Glory.” Then after much study I read it as: “Christ in and among you all the hope of Glory.”
Now I read it this way: “Christ in and among you all the manifested Glory.” Christ is manifesting Himself in and through His saints as Manifested Glory.
We are seeing the manifestation of the glory of God within the saints.
We are either (waiting for something to happen) to reveal the glory, or we are participating in the revealing of the manifestation of the glory within the saints.
I believe that God by His Spirit is being revealed within and through the saints.
God is appearing in a glorious church. The church has always been glorious. The church has never lost the glory. It’s only man’s concept of the church that has made it seem less than glorious that has filled God’s people full of defeat, failure, depression and hopelessness. The church in God’s eyes has never lost her glory because the church is simply Christ. Christ has never lost His glory. Christ in you, Paul says, is the hope of glory. When you have Christ revealed within you then His glory is revealed in you.
The hope of the church is not that someday we will be good enough, or we will be holy enough, or we will be righteous enough that God might favor us. No! The gospel is Jesus Christ in you, and He is your hope of glory. If all you have is the hope of glory then you have not yet seen in reality that Christ is in you. Christ in you is the glory of God. When God looks at you, He sees the Christ within you. He looks past your failures and He sees Christ in His glory.
For the most part we have had a very poor concept of Father God, even by religious leaders. What we know today as Christianity, is so full of mixture, that it is not much different than Buddhism, or Hinduism, or any of the religions of the world.
Buddhism and Hinduism will teach you to be a good moral upright person. They teach you not to commit adultery; and not to do all the bad things. Religion will teach you many good moral basic teachings. But, that’s not what Christianity is all about. Christianity goes a step further than just cleaning up your life. True Christianity is God in Christ through the spirit living His life within you. Anything less than Christ, through the Spirit living in you, is religion. No matter how good you are, no matter how righteous you may think you are, unless Christ is living in you, you are just being religious.
When you realize what being born again is all about, it changes your life. Jesus came to give us another life. Not our old life made over, but a brand new creation. That’s why Bible tells us that Christ is the head of the body, the true church, the new creation. He is the head of a brand new species of beings.
The scripture in Romans 8 is becoming reality vs. 19 “For all nature/creation is expectantly waiting for the unveiling/manifestation of the sons of God.”
As we travel out to the mission field, near and far, we see evidence of man’s destruction of God’s creation all around us.
Christians have to be taught to be role models of righteousness, wisdom, sanctification, maturity, in fact all the traits that caused the early church to “Turn the world upside down.”
Acts 17:6 “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;” KJV
Man was first told to replenish and restore creation in Gen 1:28 “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
But, before man can do this he has to rule, tend for, replenish, provide for, his own household well and the place where he lives.
Man has to be all that Christ wants him to be first.
The old creation man with all his hang ups, habits and ways has to die on the cross and be buried in the pit, never to rise again.
The new creation man must be fed, nurtured and allowed to preside in man’s life and replace the self nature of every son of God.
Gal 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Gal 6:14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
These are the priorities for married members of the Church.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and love your neighbor as yourself. Who is your closest neighbor? Your wife! Love and support your wife. She is not beneath you but an equal. Treat her as you would a fine instrument of great value. A man that has a good wife HAS A TREASURE FAR GREATER THAN THE FINEST JEWELS, GOLD OR SILVER. She is like a delicate flower that must be handled with care and appreciation. She is not your servant, nor is she your personal slave. You cannot demand attention from your wife when she is engaged in looking after the children.
You are to see that your wife receives pleasure first before you satisfy our own desires. Never force yourself upon her, remember that the more you love and show her respect the more she will respond.
NEXT COMES YOUR CHILDREN
Treat them with respect and care also. They are your heritage in the Lord. Make sure they are provided for and they learn to respect authority. Bring them up to love the Lord, you do this by example.
NEXT COMES YOUR JOB
Every Christian man that is married is to provide for his wife and children and see that their needs are met. This includes shelter, clothes, food, and all the necessities of life. If a man cannot look after his own family how can he possibly look after the people of God.
NEXT COMES THE MINISTRY
You need to find your place in the church family and diligently pursue Christ and all His attributes and character. You need to remember that Christ is the head of the church and loved it so much he gave himself up for her.
So must a man love his wife and family.
1 Cor 7:3-4 The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
Eph 5:21-33 Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. Wives be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.
1 Tim 3:2-7 (A Married man, who is or desires to go on in the Lord,) must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Isa 45:6b “I am the LORD, and there is no other,”
I am the Lord, there is no other. Zeph 3:17 I, The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; I in the midst of Moses made the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, I in the midst of Jesus multiplied the loaves and the fishes and healed the multitudes.
I AM is the Lord; I AM is the Savior; I AM is God; I AM is Christ. This I is not the personal sense of self which walks the earth calling itself Bill, Mary, John, or Charles, and saying arrogantly “I am God.” Or, “I am Christ.” No. it comes as a gentle whisper in your inner man and mine that say’s: “Don’t you know that: “I am in you and you are in Me, that we are one. I in the midst of you am mighty.” When we hear that still small voice, when that divine awareness within us tells us of His presence, we know that the I is the Christ; “closer… than your closest friend, closer than your heart beating, closer than your breath or your hands or feet.”
The I which is Christ has made us in His own image and likeness, and has given us His name and character. He is the Divine Presence that will never leave us nor forsake us. Even if we go through the fiery furnace, His Presence, the Christ will bring us safely through, so that there will not even be the smell of smoke upon us. Whatever our experience is in life: “Even in the valley of the shadow of death… I AM with you and in you.” We find our good in our oneness with the presence of Christ in God, and our consciousness or awareness of His presence appears outwardly in the area of supply, as our opportunities, as our clothing, transportation, food, and as every expression of harmony and beauty in life. (Dan. 3: 15 – 27; Psalm 23.)
I used to play in a brass band and let me tell you, when the instruments were being tuned up there was much discord and clamor until each instrument was tuned to the G Trombone.( Let us always be in tune to the source of all harmony in our lives, The indwelling Presence of Christ in God..)
I have found that the discords and all the clamor for attention in this life comes from the personal sense of “I” – from the sense that “I” am the source, or “I” am the doer, or “I” am something or other. But “I” am nothing of myself; the Father is that which I am. and “I” am but the instrument of the Father’s life, the lamp through which His light may shine.
Rejoice that your names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Rejoice that you have found your identity as a child of God. Rejoice that you have awakened unto your Spiritual awareness. If the Spirit takes hold of your hands and you begin to type, if the Spirit takes hold of your voice and makes it sing, then follow the leading of the Spirit. Until that time, live your normal life, but from morning to night, remember to acknowledge that it is the indwelling Presence of Christ in God that is producing the harmony, the joy, the peace, and the prosperity of His Divine Oneness. John 17:22-23 “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one,”
As you continue to Practice His Manifested Presence you will make a conscious transition to a place where you will actually feel and know that:
Isa 46:9 “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me,” I am not living by bread alone. There is no other power acting in me or against me. Something other than I is doing the work; I did not consciously plan it; I am not consciously doing it; I did not consciously think of it, a power greater than I is responsible for this,
“I have meat to eat that you know not of…” I have bread to eat, water to drink… I am walking in the power of the resurrection. All the power of healing, redemption, regeneration, reconciliation is within me.”
Always remember this; That which flows out is never from ourselves: It is from the Father flowing through us as the indwelling Presence of Christ, and the greater the demands that are made upon Him, the greater the flow. We find that illustrated in the cruse or flask of oil which never ran dry; merely by lifting it up and beginning to pour, the flow of oil was continuous.(1 Kings 17:12, 14, 16.) We find the same thing in the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. (Matthew 14:15-20)
By taking that which we have and using it, more keeps flowing and flowing. In acknowledging God’s wisdom, understanding, presence and divinity within us, the flow begins. We block our own realization of this by claiming insufficiency under the cloak of false humility. It is not our truth or the truth we know, but the truth that Christ IS. (John 14:6 6] Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”)
If we agree with the Word, (Luke 15:31 “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours”) and that we are joint heirs with Christ to all His heavenly riches, we shall soon realize that nothing we have in the world is ours by reason of our own strength or wisdom, but by virtue of sonship, by virtue of divinity, by virtue of being a child of God. In our divine sonship, we must realize that “Christ is our source, and there is no other.” So let us go into the world, wherever He leads us and “Practice His Manifest Presence.”
“STARTING THE FLOW”
John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”
Luke 15:31-32 “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.”
James 1:17-18 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. All that the Father has is mine
Let these words sink into your consciousness.
“I and the Father are ONE, and all that the Father has is mine.”
“Father God is the ONLY source of POWER and GOOD, All Good things come from the Father who is in us in Christ.
Once these words become reality to us we begin to find ways for that “good” to flow out from us.
“All that the Father has is mine.” is the correct word of Truth, but to merely have head knowledge of this will not change our LACK into SUPPLY. This statement of TRUTH provides the basis with which to meet every limitation in our lives, but one day we will no longer say it; we will feel it, and in that moment, it becomes the law unto our experience. From then on, we no longer have to take thought for what we shall eat or drink or how we shall be clothed, because the law of divine inheritance has taken over.
Acts 20:31-35 Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. “And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes.” You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. “In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”
NOTE: The inheritance is a joint one, of which each saint has his ‘portion.’ ‘Light’ (including knowledge, purity, love, and joy) begins in the believer here, descending from “the Father of lights” by Jesus, “the true light,” and is perfected in the kingdom of light: in antithesis to “darkness” (Col 1:13). It contrasts with the “darkness” of the unconverted state (Col 1:13: cf. 1 Peter 2:9). (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1997 by Biblesoft)
Our GOOD comes to us at the right time without any human scheming. It does not mean that we do not give serious, conscious thought to our work, but from now on we do this for the sake of the work and not for the purpose of making a living. Very soon we find that we are not in the type of work that satisfies our Soul, and we find ourselves being lifted out of what we are doing into something else. This will never happen, however, as long as we believe that our work is the source of our supply.
Once we realize “HAVE,” and that “I and my Father are one, and all that the Father has is mine,” from that moment on we find ways for that good to flow out from us.
My wife and I have practiced this divine principle for years now and know that God causes a way to open up, so that ALL our needs, hopes and desires are met, in and through our acknowledgement of the indwelling presence of Christ Jesus our Lord… Even to opening up a parking space close to the store where we shop.
We cannot get love; we cannot get supply; we cannot get truth; we cannot get a home; we cannot get a new car; we cannot get companionship. BUT, the potential for all these things is within us. This may sound like a very bold statement and one that is “right off of the wall” but bare with me on this and let me explain.
Remember the story in part four about the little widow and the jar of oil?
1 Kings 17:9-16 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup that I may drink.” And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”
So she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”
And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.'” So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah.
Or the account of the loaves and fishes!
Mark 6:37-44 But He answered them, “You give them something to eat!” And they said to Him, “Shall we go and spend two hundred denarii on bread and give them something to eat?” And He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go look!” And when they found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” And He commanded them all to sit down by groups on the green grass… And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food and broke the loaves and He kept giving them to the disciples to set before them; and He divided up the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up twelve full baskets of the broken pieces, and also of the fish. There were five thousand men who ate the loaves.
What have you got to give to start the flow? We may think we only have enough for us four and no more but the words says:
“Please, bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” “Please, bring me a little water in a cup.” AND “You, give them something to eat.” When we cannot get the things we desire or need, we have to remember that: “All these things are resident within us.” What we have to do is lift up our jar and pour. We need to bless the bread and fishes and give them out. We can begin to pour; we can begin to multiply.
We MUST make a beginning. Just the recognition of this principal may open the way for us to experience all good, but on the other hand, it may be necessary for us to consciously open up to specific ways for the ALL GOOD to flow. If we need supply, we must begin expressing it, and there are many ways of doing this. People may give part of what they have to some ministry or charitable enterprise, or they may even make some unnecessary expenditure just to prove that they have.
Money is not the only way to start the flow. We can begin spending love, forgiveness, reconciliation, co-operation, and service. Anything given that is meant for God or God’s children is a giving of oneself. And a service to Christ Jesus our Lord.
Matt 25:34-46 “Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ … ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.”
This is an application of the principle that no good can come to us: good must flow out from us.
Is it not clear by now that the expectation of receiving good from any source outside of our own being would be the very attitude which would separate us from that good, and that a constant seeking within for greater opportunities to release the good already established in us, to let it flow, to express it, to share it, would open up the windows of heaven?
We should give because we have – give because we have an abundance, give because we have love and gratitude to overflowing. Gratitude is the sharing or expressing of joy for the good already received. It is giving without a single sign, without a single trace or desire for return. Any form of giving, whether it is the giving of the things such as money, food, or clothing, or the giving of forgiveness, understanding, consideration, kindness, generosity, love, peace, or harmony, should be because we have an abundance. Then comes the transformation in consciousness which reveals our Christhood. Christhood is akin to the old English practice of chivalry and knighthood. Christhood never seeks to receive. There is no record in the entire New Testament of our Precious Lord seeking health, wealth, recognition, reward, fame payment, or gratitude.
The Light of Christ shines: It’s complete activity is that of shining. That is why Christ is often referred to as the Light of the World. That is why we are also called the Light of the World. That is why our Father is named the “Father of Lights” Light cannot receive anything: Light is flowing; light is an expression; light is an outpouring. So is Christhood. It never has any desire to receive anything; it is the INFINITY OF GOD in individual expression. The moment an individual gives thought to seeking a return, he is in humanhood or selfhood again; he is not in Christhood, because Christhood is the fullness of the Godhead bodily, made individually manifest, “Christ in and among you all the manifest glory.”
NOTE: From the New Advent Fathers.
He who is the Friend of man has crushed with the foot of His divinity him who is the enemy of man, and has borne up the man with the hand of His Christhood, and has made the trackless ether to be trodden by the feet of man. Then the angels were ascending and descending; but now the Angel of the great counsel neither ascendeth nor descendeth: for whence or where shall He change His position, who is present everywhere, and filleth all things, and holds in His hand the ends. of the world? Once, indeed, He descended, and once He ascended,–not, however, through any change of nature, but only in the condescension of His philanthropic Christhood; and He is seated as the Word with the Father, and as the Word He dwells in the womb, and as the Word He is found everywhere, and is never separated from the God of the universe.
From: The Puritons and Pastoral Care
A model of pastoral care drawn from the rhetoric of the Puritans, pushes beyond the “priesthood of all believers”- which is still based on the institution of “priesthood.” The Puritans identified a model of “Christhood” ormicro-christus, according to which every believer “hath a Church in himself.” The Puritans held that “union with Christ is not the end but the beginning of Christian life.”Christian life, in any form, was an “application of Christ,” not a contemplative retreat in contemptus mundi.The terms of the application varied from one person to another, but all Christians shared the same plight, all had the same calling. According to New England’s Richard Mather, “by much beholding the glory of the Lord in the glass of the Gospel”- and acting out these perceptions – “we are changed into the same Image”
Col 3:1-4 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”
Col 3:10-11 …and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him – a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.”
Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure–pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
2 Cor 9:6-13 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; as it is written,
“HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.”
Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.
MINISTRY UNTO THE LORD
Our first and foremost ministry is unto the Lord.
Ezekial 44:15-18 –“But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer to Me the fat and the blood,” says the Lord GOD.
“They shall enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near My table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge.
“And it shall be, whenever they enter the gates of the inner court, that they shall put on linen garments; no wool shall come upon them while they minister within the gates of the inner court or within the house.
“They shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen trousers on their bodies; they shall not clothe themselves with anything that causes sweat.
John 4: The father is seeking WORSHIPPERS; Jesus said they that worship the Father MUST worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
As Doug Fortune puts it, “As we recognize the Christ in ourselves we then look for Him in others.” I told a friend this week: “We do not minister to people in the Body as much as we minister to Christ the Lord of the Body in each other.”
Paul said this: 2 Cor 5:16-17 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
We are only vessels of clay housing the Spirit of the Living God. We start with a visitation from God, then we become the habitation of God, soon we will be glorified in God.
Luke 1:68; Acts 15:14; Luke 1:78; Luke 7:16;
John 6:56; Rom. 8: 9, 11; Eph. 3: 17; 2 Tim. 1: 14; 1 Jn. 4: 12, 15; Rev 21: 3.
John 17:4; John 17:10; Rom 8:17, Gal 1:24; II Th 1:10; II Th 1:12,
David first ministered to the Lord on the harp, and later he ministered to Saul on the harp. The believers in Antioch ministered to the Lord in prayer and fasting, and afterward they ministered to one another. Let us recognize that our first ministry is to the Lord, not to the people.
Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where the people come first, and the work becomes so big and the needs so great that we neglect to minister to the Lord. Before long we find ourselves deflated and empty inside. This happens when we are reaching out to the people, but not reaching out to the Lord.
When Jesus selected His disciples, the reason given on why He selected them was;
Mark 3:14 Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach. Their being sent forth was contingent upon their having been with the Lord.
Preaching was only optional, but being with Him was the primary objective. If we will only be with the Lord then we will have something to say when we do go forth. Is your focus on the Lord or the problems that so easily beset you. Whatever you focus your attention upon becomes truth to you,.
Jesus said “I AM the TRUTH, the LIFE and the WAY.”
If our ministry is led of the Spirit it will bring forth Life. “My Words are Spirit, and they are Life.” How can we tell if we are being led of the Spirit? We need only observe if Life is coming forth, for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. The Life flows out from our innermost being.
I once heard a friend of mine in McKeesport, PA say. Our job is to put people on the Life Cycle, it is up to them whether they peddle it or not. I think that as a good therapist continually checks up on his clients we should make sure that the people we point to the Life Cycle stay on until they know HOW to peddle for themselves. The effort they put into it is then up to them.
BRING PEOPLE TO CHRIST
So we have talked about what Ministry unto the Lord is, What is the goal? The goal is to bring people to Christ.
Matt 19:13-15 Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.
When we hear the phrase, “bring people to Christ” we are apt to think in terms of tent revivals, evangelistic meetings, and missionary campaigns. The whole aim and purpose of God is to bring us to Christ – not once, but continually, daily, hour by hour, minute by minute.
Just as a compass eventually points to true north, so the Holy Spirit is arranging our lives and ordering our steps so that we are constantly being brought back to our “true north”, centered and focused on and into CHRIST, forever being made to see our sufficiency is of Him, that He is the Author and the Finisher of our faith, that we are complete in Him, and seated with Him in the heavenly places. As believers, we ought always to encourage and exhort one another, bringing the saint and the sinner alike BACK TO CHRIST (either for the first time or for the one thousandth time), back to their Source, back to their Life.
All attempts to gain a following unto ourselves must be stopped. There can be no place for glorying in our selves, or in the works of our hands. If our ministry, work, or service does not continually give Christ the preeminence, if it does not constantly point away from us and unto Him, then we cannot call what we are doing the Lord’s work. There is but one work, and that work is to bring people to Christ – from the most wicked pagan to the most holy saint – and away from man.
1 Cor 1:12-14 Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
1 Cor 3:4-11 For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
WHAT SHOULD MOTIVATE US?
2 Cor 5:14-6:2 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
NO ONE CAN BOAST OF HIS OWN ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
“…whatever a man sows, this he will also reap!” Gal 6:7-8
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life”
Matt 18:18 “Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”
Matt 7:1-2 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.” “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”
Isaac Newton stated clearly that “Every action has an equal, and opposite, reaction.”
And Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Every act rewards itself.” and “There is always some leveling circumstance that puts down the overbearing.”
Whatever you do to another, so it shall be done unto you; whatever you bind will bind you; but whatever you set free will set you free; All life flows out from the center of your being, and all outward circumstances are governed and controlled by this inner law, “whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”
The Law is very simple; “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
You may ask; What is meant by “Sowing to the flesh?” What is meant by: “Sowing to the Spirit?”
Let me answer by asking you another question: “Do you place power in the flesh or in the effect, or do you place power in the indwelling Christ?” For example, as you look at world conditions today, as reflected in the media reports of worldwide terrorism, global warming, rising gas prices, the U. S.A. on high alert, Troops fighting door to door, street by street in Iraq, sky marshals, armed guards at the major airports, ask yourself if you are fearing the power of men.
If you are fearing the power of men, you are sowing to the flesh and will reap corruption. On the other hand, if you are placing your faith or confidence in man, or if you have any belief that there is a man or a group of men who can save this world, you are likewise sowing to the flesh because putting faith in man has raised up in fact, the greatest betrayers of mankind. Remember that every man, who has ever betrayed anyone was able to do so only because he was placed in a position of power by the people themselves, the people whose confidence he had first gained. A person must first be given power before he can betray power.
Lord Acton, in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, 1887. ‘Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.’
Whether we are thinking in terms of national or international affairs or merely our own personal affairs, it all comes down to the fear of what mortal man can do to us, or what effect human circumstances or conditions can have upon us, or what faith we may have that there is a man or group of men or even a coalition of nations who can save us individually or save the world collectively. The effect in either case would be the effect of sowing to the flesh and thereby reaping corruption.
To begin to understand that there is an invisible Law operating – the divine Law of “whatever a man sows, this he will also reap” – and that that Law is operating in our consciousness would tend to stop one’s fears because it immediately gives assurance that evil, in and of itself, cannot stand. The very moment that we withdraw power from idols, demons and devils, the minute we withdraw power from men or organizations and place that power in Christ, we automatically and instantly release ourselves from any evil men or what conditions can do to us. This does not mean that we are able to release the world from evil immediately. No, first we release ourselves, and then, in proportion as we are released, do we bring release to those who come within range of out conscious thoughts.
THERE IS NO POWER IN THE VISIBLE.
The Bible tells us that ten righteous men can save a city, so too, a very small group of individuals who no longer place their confidence in a political party or in some political candidate can change the entire results of an election. That does not mean that they necessarily will elect the particular candidate of their chosen party, but it does mean that those candidates nearest to the level of spiritual integrity will be elected. This would come about only as those who are able to give up faith and confidence in any man or party and realize that there is no power in what they can see, hear, taste or touch, but only in Christ. Remember that God the Father has given all authority and power to Christ.
Matt 28:17-19 – And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
1 Cor 15:22-26 – In Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death.
Since everything that takes place in your life or mine has to take place first in our consciousness, it is within our own consciousness that we have to come into an agreement that the Law of: “whatever a man sows, this he will also reap” is operating, a Law that eventually puts down the overbearing. There is a Law – you cannot name it, you cannot see it, hear it, taste it, touch it, or smell it, but it exists – and it has in the end brought down every evil or tyrannical form of government that has ever been set up. It has torn down every person who has gotten out of hand, or who has become too big for his breeches, whose head has grown too big for his own hat. Every person has been brought down to earth, and as you have already seen, during the past generation, it does not take forever!
During my 68 years on planet earth I have seen people come and go, wars and rumors of wars, dictators rise up and fall, prices rise and plummet, and still the righteous have always prevailed.
Somewhere in this world a beginning will have to be made to bring about God’s government on earth. And many have witnessed that God’s government on earth has never been brought about by people merely praying about it.
Isa 59:15-19 – Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him That there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him. For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloak. According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, Fury to His adversaries, Recompense to His enemies; The coastlands He will fully repay. So shall they fear The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in, like a flood The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.
On this point of unitedness, do not forget that there have been combinations of states, combinations of countries, and none of them has survived. Every combination has ultimately fallen because, strength is not in union; strength is only in oneness; strength is only in the realization of One Being who is Christ, One Power who is God, One Law that is His.
I have seen Hitler’s thousand year Reich with it’s hoards of henchman marching throughout Europe, the rise and fall of Russia, the bringing down of the wall that separated the east and west of Berlin, the defeat of Imperial Japan’s Empire, the fate of the armies sent to try to defeat the hoards of North Vietnamese and Red Chinese, the unseen enemy in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, and the attempted rise of the so called New World Order and none of these have or will prevail.
NEW WORLD ORDER
“We are not going to achieve a new world order without paying for it in blood as well as in words and money.” Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., in Foreign Affairs (July/August 1995) THAT quotation – and many others like them – clearly demonstrate that the words “new world order” are deadly serious and furthermore, have been in use for decades. They did not originate with President George Bush in 1990. The “old world order” is one based on independent nation-states. The “new world order” involves the elimination of the sovereignty and independence of nation-states and some form of world government. This means the end of the United States of America, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights as we now know them. Most of the new world order proposals involve the conversion of the United Nations and its agencies to a world government, complete with a world army, a world parliament, a world court, global taxation, and numerous other agencies to control every aspect of human life (education, nutrition, health care, population, immigration, communications, transportation, commerce, agriculture, finance, the environment, etc.). The various notions of the “new world order” differ as to details and scale, but agree on the basic principle and substance.
In light of what is going on all around us it is imperative that each one who is illumined by the Christ becomes a light unto his family, unto his community, and if he wishes to dedicate himself to the spiritual life, he can become a light to an entire planet, because it takes only the dedication to a principle – not the dedication to man, but the dedication to a principle – to live inwardly in the continuous realization that:
“I need not fear man, and certainly I must have no faith in man, for I am convinced of the indwelling Presence of the invincible all powerful Christ, the unseen Life, an unseen Law, and an unseen Being.”
The famous orator Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “There is always some leveling circumstance that puts down the overbearing” Emerson does not define or explain it. he simply sates “There is always a leveling circumstance” – and there is! The leveling circumstance is Christ in God, His spiritual Law, and Emerson rightly concludes that “The dice of God are always loaded.”
To fear man, spirits, or conditions is to worship idols. So also to have faith in men is to make idols. But to understand that there is the indwelling Presence of Christ in God, a divine Law in operation, a Love, a Life, a Power, and then to enter into His Rest and just let Him function without the use of physical or mental force: this is the Grace that brings about the changes in our human experience; this is the power of God coming into expression.
We are approaching a age in this world to which evil will find no place for expression in people, thoughts and things. It will be crowded right off the earth, because the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord: Isa 11:9 9] “They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.”
That evil will have no channel through which to function. It will be cut off as fast as it shows its ugly head by the Divine Power of Christ that permeates the sons of God.
Nothing shall by any manner or means harm you, and not a thing in this world is going to do good for you. Being still will not do it, being noisy and clamoring and speaking loudly in tongues will not prevent it: it is matter of realization that: There is a God. There is a Christ, and His Divine plan and Law are inevitable. “Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap!” Then, let the evil doers do their sowing: for’ they will do their reaping, and some day they will awaken to the truth and be reconciled to God.
Rom 5:10-11 – For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
2 Cor 5:18-21 – Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19] namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
“Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself”: FDR’s First Inaugural Address
I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our people impel. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
“We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
PRACTICING the PRESENCE of CHRIST [Alan McSavage] 1