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“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 12, 2012

Disconcerting consternation and aloneness

“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” (Gen. 2:18). The animal kingdom reveals the innermost thoughts and feelings of its Creator. Sociability, companionship, identification, union and communion describe the binding element that gives each creature peace and health and power.

“Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” (Isa. 49:15). The animal kingdom has the need for trusting relationship, but even it has its limitations. To the extent that brain power and programming can produce that need, the animals do imitate the character of God; yet, in this the human far exceeds them.

The human has faculties that barely waken in the beast. Spirituality, communion with God, the soul that longs for His acceptance and the acceptance of other humans are the special gift of God that separates man from the animal kingdom. Their need for togetherness is somewhat hardwired into their instincts, but man’s need is wireless, linked with, and controlled by, heaven.

“God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Rom. 12:3). Categorically, across the board, man is created to love and trust. It’s in our design. We are much more than a soup of amino acids and electrical current. We were designed to love, to return love to our Maker who loves us.

But God has an adversary, and hence we have an adversary. That enemy so wretchedly fumes at the beauty of God’s creation that he must continually destroy it. Love must cease to exist. Trust must go. Peace cannot pervade the land or permeate families and other groups that bind man together for various purposes. Governments of liberty must be transformed into governments of tyranny and enslavement of the masses. Body, mind, and soul must be straight-jacketed into the torment of a living death.

“Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matt. 24:12). Disobedience to God and His will is the only way Satan can control us and waste our beautiful communion between hearts. The temptation to please self, though so vastly inferior to the love to please others and God, has an appeal which the devil amplifies and fills the minds that are empty of the concept of righteousness. Though unhealthy and unwholesome, the cheap thrill of iniquity has an attraction for our already weakened tendency. And Satan is quick and prepared to woo the soul away from its blessed rest in its Creator.

But what is the result? Separation from God. The enemy of the soul conjures up a state of happiness, excitement, and future glory, and convinces the mind of his prey that his method of existence is superior, but the reality is aloneness. The loss of God cannot be masked completely by the glitz and trinkets attending self-indulgence. The God of peace no longer presides and the disconcertedness cannot be denied forever. Soon it grows into anxiety, worry, paranoia, enervation, disease, and finally, death.

“Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen. 2:17). This process devised by Satan has had amazing success. “And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.” (Dan. 8:24). “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” (Rev. 17:6).

Disobedience to God lands us right into Satan’s possession and to the degree that we disobey God, to that degree we are under Satan’s control. He has no holy love to offer and keeps his captives in a graceless, unloved state that bottles up stress and magnifies the call of self-pleasure. The wretchedness already residing in our fallen natures had no access to the redemption of Christ’s sacrifice and that wretchedness builds up in the mind. The out-of-spec concentration of sin exponentially accumulates, and so does the stress levels. The loathing of sin, the misery attending aloneness from God, and the resulting lovelessness cannot remain undealt with.

“Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.” (Jer. 23:15). “Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the LORD, the rebuke of thy God. Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine.” (Isa. 51:20,21).

“Thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.” (Deut. 28:34). Now that the soul is separated from God and the devil has laid his trap for total perdition that unenviable one has to make a big decision. Will he sell his soul, relinquishing any remnant hope in God for relief, and accept substances the devil lays before it which offer an intoxication to silence the nagging vexation of aloneness? Or will he fear total separation from God and hold on until God spares him the vanity and vexation of spirit?

“Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;
And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst.” (Deut. 29:18,19).

Let us escape this living death of loneliness and separation from our Father and Creator. Let us accept His Spirit that provides that access to our Father’s love. We must abide in Him and His words must abide in us. Then He can wash our minds and bring us to peace and health and life in abundance.

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Thess. 5:23).

“Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for Mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
And I will sanctify My great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” (Eze. 36:22-26).

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