With all this discussion lately about “smoking” as a “sin,” and the issue of “whatsoever is not of faith is sin,” etc., what keeps coming to me is that all this back & forth is consummated in a faith “place” that has come like lava flow to me lately, namely: “I always do those things that please Him.” (John 8:29)

I first said it in my own hearing in my talk last fall in the tent, and I sensed then that it was a great word from heaven. (I’ve heard and read it hundreds of times of course, but that was the moment it “clicked.”)

As I’ve considered it off and on, the enormity and absurdity of such a thing being true in my own life has taken me more than once. How could this be?

But it takes the “right vs. wrong,” “should I or shouldn’t I?” debate off the table. The answer is never, ever, there.

For me, when, “I always do those things that please Him,” rises as a consciousness in me, a whole new realm of no impossibility comes in, and I understand how I could be tossed into a fiery furnace and emerge without a single thread singed on my clothing. The Living God is no more a concept, nor is life a concept. Instead it is flow of living which is love at the beginning, at the headwaters, and even greater love at the delta, at the mouth. And I am at both ends. From the unseen Father to the visible Son, who I am, is nothing but a love flow that is continuous and certain and always pure.

This is not to be confused with confidence in the flesh, which by inner violence some can grasp and become lords over others. This is faith, unseen, grasped not at all, but lived in poorness of spirit, “not I, but Christ.”

“I always do those things, which please Him,” was Jesus’ confession, and it was surely no less by faith for Him than it is for us. “The just shall live by faith,” rather than being unnecessary for Jesus because we think he was already “perfect” (and what need would he have then for faith?), we find is SUPREMELY necessary for Jesus to walk the road He walked. He was tempted in all points like as we. In other words, he felt all the same crap! “And what is it that overcometh the world: even our faith?”

“I always do those things, which please Him” takes in everything. It’s the whole ballgame. Mary’s word: “Let it be unto me according to thy word” is fulfilled in us. (Lk 1:38)





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