“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Friday, October 10, 2008

"Desire...that ye may prophesy." (1Cor. 14:1)

“And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!” (Num 11:29).

When Moses had learned all the lessons he needed to learn, and “stumbled” onto the burning bush, God made something of him that set him apart. He put His Spirit upon him. From then on, so long as Moses remained in communion with Jesus, he could be assured that his words would be divinely inspired and safe to be given to the people of God.

“The law of the Lord God of Israel,” (2Ki. 10:31) became known as “the law of Moses.” (Ezra 7:6). The principles Moses promoted came by revelation; yet he expressed them as his own thoughts. He had so internalized God’s character that only the varied aspects of truth came from his mouth.

Paul, likewise, had so crowded himself into Jesus’ presence, that much of Jesus rubbed off on him. Paul breathed the spirit of Jesus. Thus, he would refer to the gospel as “my gospel.” (Rom. 2:16;16:25).

I first read that at a prayer meeting, and one of the ladies there took offense to it, as if Paul had invented the gospel or was taking the glory for it. But Paul didn’t mean it that way. It wasn’t about him; rather, Paul had taken ownership of the good news and full responsibility for its spread around the known world. So much of his life’s experiences were bound up in the gospel. It had become a part of him. “My gospel.” If only all the people of God would take such ownership!

Similarly, David, when speaking of “the Lord,” called Jesus “my Lord.” (Ps. 110:1). He had taken possession of the Lord Jesus in his heart. You better not take Jesus away from David! Jesus belonged to David! David clung to “the Lord his God.” (1Sam. 30:6). Mary Magdalene mourned over the same thing. “They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him.” (Jn. 20:13).

How can we come into such a union of heart and soul? Faith? Obedience? Hope? All of the above? Hoping in Him; yearning for more and more of His grace, and more of His faith to metabolize and appropriate His gracious merits. Obedience in the things that make us available to His converting power, which are, Bible study, prayer, witnessing of His loving grace, and Christian service.

Then we will receive the sanctified vision, without which the people perish. Our discernment of the devil’s tactics will become clearer and clearer. “Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not,” “who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Mal. 3:18;Heb. 5:14).

Finally, the Lord will have servants who are resting fully upon His promises and ready to speak His will, and are ready for Him to lead them to their own burning bush.

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.” (Joel 2:28).


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