WHAT IS PURE? WHAT IS UNPURE?
BY: LINDA KEITH
JULY 2, 2007
What a wonderfully, beautiful lesson is this one! When it comes to rest in our consciousness, what peace it brings with it. Love floods over this rest.
As we are receiving our true Identity manifestation, the more we see, the more we need to look at things, the way they really are. Not the way that the natural eyes see things, but, the way they really are. And did you know that in many scriptures where the word “things” are used, it means “people”? I AM is so good to show truths and bring back to us, memories of these truths.
I remember, about 2 years ago (I think it was), when two people that I love dearly, got married. I won’t go into all the details about their wedding, but I do want to go into details of my reaction to the wedding. There were places in maturity that I had not reached, at that time (and apparently had not reached until just here lately, BUT, I AM IS FAITHFUL to show us the FINISHED WORK IN US). Anyway, this wedding troubled me for 3 days and 3 nights. I couldn’t sleep for thinking about it. I went within to try to get some understanding to it. I went inside JUDGING!! I thought I had left judgment behind, a long time ago, but apparently it still needed to be realized BY ME, ABOUT ME! All the judging that I was doing, as I NOW know, wasn’t anything to do with the wedding; it was about facing something within myself that I thought I had left behind. I did receive understanding regarding the wedding, AND I did “repent” and sent apologies. So, things were pretty well straightened out, within me. I THOUGHT!!
Recently, one very close to me started “slipping” from the place I AM had raised her to. Yep, you got it, that thing jumped right back up and hit me right between the eyes!! (That wanting to judge) BUT, this time I heard the words, “remember the wedding”!! You will never know how THANKFUL I was to hear those words, AND to look back at my reaction of the wedding!! I know that that wedding was/is all for a reason and a lesson to be learned. I thank both in the “wedding party”, and I thank I AM for the hearing that I have heard.
This last weekend I was talking on the phone to a good friend of mine. She is going through some hard things with her daughter, and we were discussing some of it. After I hung up, I knew I had to help others face what I had to face, in order for I AM to manifest more clearly in us. I will tell you right now; THIS IS NOT AN EASY THING TO ACCEPT UNLESS the focus of I AM is kept near and dear to us. What is pure and what is unpure? It is so sweet when we see it through the eyes of I AM.
STRONGHOLDS!!! Remember them? Oh, how well I remember them. I was taught to FIGHT those strongholds!! Then a little later, I was taught, “we’re not talking about random thoughts and occasional set-backs, but, strongholds that affect us most … are those which are so hidden in our thinking processes that we do not recognize them or identify them as strongholds”. And this is so true, UNTIL we start recognizing our true Identity. Strongholds were a hard one for me. I so wanted and desired the perfect church, the perfect pastor, the perfect Christians friends, and most of all, THE PERFECT ME!! The more I desired these things, the more I found “wrong”. What a sorrowful place to be. And I do mean this with my whole heart. I know what some are going through, it is rough.
But then, thank God, “the wedding happened”!! What a turning point in my thinking. Painful, but well worthwhile. So, as my friend and I were talking, I started hearing the words that are RIGHT NOW being written.
Romans 14:14, “I know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.”
Notice WHO Paul was persuaded by, to this reasoning. Jesus! Paul was not always of this thinking. Remember when Paul use to kill the Christians? It was on the road when He became acquainted with Jesus. And it has been the same with us. Some of us have been or are being persuaded to raise our thinking, out of the carnal mind, into that glorious Mind of Christ. What a relief! We have to realize the situation here with Paul. Paul was preaching to the Corinthians. The Corinthians were a people who were sort of sitting on the fence. They were use to the Law of Moses; and yet Jesus’ words were so comforting and touched something within them. So, in many places in the bible, Paul had to use the Law to truly bring forth the understanding of Jesus’ truths.
But, notice here, NOTHING IS UNCLEAN!! Hard to grab a hold of this, huh? Well, when we judge with the natural eyes and the natural mind, we could never grasp this truth. Paul says, the ONLY TIME SOMETHING IS UNCLEAN IS WHEN WE THINK SOMETHING IS UNCLEAN. We have all done this, and still do if we are not careful with our focus. But, there is more.
Titus 1:15-16, “Unto the pure ALL THINGS ARE PURE; but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is NOTHING PURE. but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but, in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”
WOW!! This stings!! Doesn’t it? But, this stinging is part of the RENEWING OF THE MIND. No one said it was going to be easy!! But, what we learn is this; the more we REST IN HIS TRUTH, the less we feel the sting. When we see ALL THINGS AS PURE, THEN WE ARE MANIFESTING THAT PURITY. BUT, when we see things as unclean WE ARE DEFILED AND UNBELIEVING!! Oh, my goodness. Will we ever change? Even our conscience is defiled. We profess to KNOW GOD, but we deny Him; we are disobedient, and even our good work isn’t worth a plugged nickel. BUT DEAR ONES, THERE IS GOOD NEWS!
Gen 2:2, “And on the seventh day GOD ENDED HIS WORK which he had made; and HE RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL THE WORK which he had made.”
John 17:4, “I have glorified thee on the earth; I HAVE FINISHED THE WORK which thou gavest me to do.”
THIS GOOD WORK IS US!!! We are finished, IF WE SEE IT AS HE SEES IT. Of course, this means that the natural way of looking at things just won’t work any longer. We have to see through the eyes of I AM. I AM PERFECT! YOU ARE PERFECT! This was the work that I AM finished. Even the way we look at thing; the earth, the trees, the men and women and children; the rocks, the sky, ALL OF IT IS PERFECT. This isn’t just naming and claiming it, IT IS TRUTH. The “trick” is, that we must choose, how are we going to look at things, HIS WAY or the natural, miserable way? You say, “people will think we are nuts”. Well, so what? We are a PECULIAR PEOPLE, AREN’T WE? All anyone can really say is, “Hey, look at those crazy, nutty cooks, walking around, happy as a lark, as if they don’t have a problem in the world”. But, guess what? They are right. We are happy. We don’t have a care in this world. Nutty? Yeah, but we are a happy nut.
Now, let’s look at some more of this glorious truth. How do we do our part in this “seeing pure”? FOCUS!
1Cor 6:12, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
The word “expedient means: appropriate to a given purpose; promoting narrow or selfish interest; a means to an end, especially the welfare of others. (Websters).
In Strong’s #4851, 4862. I want to look at 4862. denoting union; with or together, i.e. by association, conpanionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, . It has similar applications including completeness.
If our focus on others and helping them, loving them, assisting them in understanding, enjoying them, regardless of where they are, how they live, how they talk, whatever, THEN are we being seen as the reflection of I AM. And one most important thing is knowing WHERE I AM IS!!
We ARE brought forth IN HIS IMAGE. We HAVE RECEIVED His Fullness. We ARE ONE IN HIM. WE, ALL OF US. And we must now, SEE as He sees. He says, “Darkness and light are the same to me”. We know that “He IS ALL IN ALL”. So, if this be true, where do we get the idea that there is DARKNESS? Darkness was something that we did not see the Light in. Darkness was an instrument used to bring us to knowing of Who and What we are. If I AM sees us as PURPLE, then we are purple, no matter what our eyes see. IF ALL THINGS ARE PURE TO HIM, they should be pure to us. We are to KNOW that no matter what a situation looks like, HE IS IN IT. We have to call forth HIM, in the situation. We have to call forth the finished work to manifest. I do understand that some things that we see, we think, how can He possibly be in that? But, if we watch to the end of that situation, we will see Him progressively appear. What we thought was darkness or unclean, was just a way of bringing forth what has to be brought forth.
I heard a word within me that helped me to see more clearly. Remember in the Old Testament, that it was prophesied that David was to marry Bathsheba. And remember, Bathsheba HAD A HUSBAND. She was married. And on top of that, her husband was killed so that David could marry her. Now, think on this. WHO gave the prophesy? It came directly from God! Does not God know all that was to happen? Didn’t He know about Bathsheba’s husband? Yes, He knew all of this. And yet, HE gave the words of prophesy that David and Bathsheba was to marry!!
No, we don’t live under the Old Testament, but we do learn from it. Without David marrying Bathsheba, Solomon would not have been born. There are probably a million things that would not have come to pass if David had not married Bathsheba. And yet, if we had lived in that day, we probably would have judged that marriage by the natural thinking and the natural seeing. I thank I AM that I did not live in that day. I would not have had the time needed to come to see the purity in that marriage or the good that came from it. I would have called it unclean, and God has said to call NOTHING that He created, unclean. To see uncleanly, we are unclean, in our thinking and we are denying the perfect work of our Being.
Does this mean we condone everything? No. But, we do see Him in all of it. We don’t see anything unclean that He is in, and He is in all things! We call forth the light out of a situation, and we see EVERYONE in the situation, the way we are to see them, as ONE IN HIM. When we keep our focus on HIM, in everyone, we can see nothing but Him.
So, to end where I began, with the wedding; I see the wedding as a blessed union. I see I AM expressing Himself through two beautiful reflections of Him. I see the wedding as a blessing TO ME. I see the wedding as two strong and wonderful people showing the ONENESS OF US ALL. I am thankful that my friend said YES, to my other friend, when he ask her to marry him. Without that wedding, I would probably still be where I was, separating myself from Who I AM.
So, my desire is that all of us keep our focus on the perfection of all He has created. And that we see it the way He sees it, PURE.
It is understandable for a child to be afraid of the dark; but, why would an adult be afraid of the LIGHT?
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