It's June 22, 1968..... very early (2 am) Saturday....I am in a hotel room in New York City having just been wined and dined by a company that wanted us to buy their hoist equipment....I was 3 sheets to the wind and getting ready to go to bed....the phone rang.....and nothing has ever been the same since.
The more personal we get with the Lord, the better. So many people push Him way out there somewhere, too busy to have time for us, so remote, who am I anyway, why would God want to talk to little old me.....He has so many important things to do....Me?
I was thinking about what I said last time....you know....the more I love Him, the more I experience His love for me and how that just keeps growing and growing from day to day. There is absolutely nothing that happens in my life any more that I do not see directly from His loving hand to bring me to that next place in His plan and purpose for my life.
I've mentioned before, how the Lord uses Oswald Chambers to jerk my chain from time to time.
I read his daily devotional every day, love it, recommend it - My Utmost for His Highest - simple to get to online at http://www.rbc.org/utmost/index.php
The more I pondered what he was trying to say, the more I began to tie it together with other things and knew it was time for me to try to express my musing
He used this scripture from Exodus 20.....
I hope you did that word study I suggested yesterday. I did one too. I don't know what scripture you looked at but would love to hear from you on what you saw. I looked at John 17. What I saw has prompted me to do something kind of really different.....surprise! :)
I have written below, Philip's Paraphrase of John 17: 16-23 based on the understanding I shared yesterday. It sure sounds awesome to me! :)
Can I go in another direction? Well, not really another direction....just turning the diamond so we can explore another facet of how Satan has deceived us. I would like you to literally throw out what these words presently mean to you......the words sacred, holy, saint, sanctify and sanctification. I believe Satan has done a real number on us through every religious system by sending a religious spirit into every renewal or move of God, that has twisted and distorted the true meaning of these words into some saccharine sweet portrait of Jesus with a painted on smile that is supposed to portray holiness and a saint looks just like that only with a glowing halo over their heads.
This is not a word study or a bible study, although I would encourage you to go do one on these words while throwing out every silly stereotype religious connotation along the way. This whole thing is so simple! Dare I touch this Sacred (in all the ugly meaning of the word) Cow?
You know I will anyway. :)
Paul (of paul's musings) is going to call me tomorrow and do that interview I referred to a couple days back.........
"He has asked me to do an interview about my making my dream happen to incorporate in one of his tools…….expressing it this way……..”My objective in creating this product is to encourage “would-be” entrepreneurs to venture out (as you have) and create work more in tune with their passion and purpose.”
Our words are very important....beyond showing what's really in our hearts, they create. God spoke a word....and it happened. What we speak not only shows that stuff which is deep down in our hearts but when we speak them they create....sometimes things for good, sometimes things for evil....as we sow our words, we reap the fruit of those words.
There was a man in my life a while back (my pastor at that time) who told me I had never ever had an original thought in my life........and that I had stolen everything I ever taught or preached from someone else. I was totally devastated. There were many terrible destructive things he told me but this one was up there at the top along with telling me that when I served the body, I always had to do it alone because I had no life to give anyone.....no wonder I was a spiritual wreck after 5 years of that.
Because I believe so strongly that God has placed special gifts in each one, and in such a variety, I also believe we will keep discovering those gifts for the rest of our lives. My strongest encouragement to everyone is to follow your heart and discover your gifts.