Today’s “God Calling” message is about how our growth in the Lord, makes us aware of our shortcomings, our imperfections, our “failures”-perceived failures- when it comes to our faith and our walk with Him. This is because as we grow in Him, there is more light in us, and that light illuminates the darkness-the imperfections. It’s much like dark spots on certain x-rays show illness and disease. The closer we get to Jesus, the more we become aware of His righteousness and of our unrighteousness.
I was reading about death once in one of the so-called “lost texts.” There was reference made to a pure spirit being invisible to the demons and tormentors in the place between here and heaven. I asked the Lord, how would one be invisible to them? If you were pure, you’d be light. He said that they can only see darkness, sin, evil. When you’re a pure spirit, you are light; you become part of the light. I don’t know how many of those “lost texts” are authentic, but that certainly would explain how whoever believes in Him has crossed from death to life, and it sheds new light on the story of the rich man and Lazarus. For non-believers, nothing would change because Christ’s salvation is for believers only. It is by faith that we are saved.
Simon Peter said, “Go away from me Lord, for I’m a sinful man” when He became aware of who Jesus was. The woman with the issue of blood, who had made her way through the crowd, when she was face to face with Jesus, fell at his feet. She had to be pretty aggressive to get through that crowd. The woman who wept and washed His feet had to have heard of Him before she entered the house of the Pharisee. The account of the event indicates that she headed straight for Jesus. She wasn’t weeping when she entered the house. Once she got close to Jesus, she became aware of who He was (He is The Lord) and she became aware of who and what she was in the light of His presence. ..And the tears began to flow as she worshipped.
Satan will try to use this illumination to condemn us, to get us to give up our walk with the Lord. He came to kill, steal, and destroy. Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus. He was overcome with guilt and shame when he realized what he’d done. He hanged himself. That’s what Satan wants us to do. He wants us to give up our spiritual life. Peter did exactly the same thing to the Lord that Judas did; he betrayed Him-denying Jesus, not once, but three times. He repented and turned back to the Lord. Jesus forgave him, and Peter became one of the founding fathers of the church. People were healed by his shadow. I have to wonder what Judas might have done for the Lord, had he turned back and gone to Jesus asking for forgiveness. The Bible tells us that Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us when we confess our sins. Jesus said that he would cast no one out or away who came to Him seeking forgiveness.
But in Jesus our imperfections are illuminated, not to condemn us,”-for there is now no condemnation in Christ Jesus”- but to bring us even closer to the Lord. Jesus said that He’s the vine and we’re the branches and apart from Him we can’t do anything. We need to abide in Him, in His spirit and truth. In Him all the fullness of the deity of God exists. Everything in Him is in us. Think what that means. In Him, the deity, the power, the majesty-the immenseness of God exists.
When we’re fighting for sobriety, we’re trying to overcome depression, we’re trying to get back on our feet after a setback, a fall-down, or even a “knockout”, we are fighting that battle in the immenseness of God Himself -as long as we are fighting it in Jesus’ Name. That’s why Jesus said we only need a mustard seed sized faith. When we move in Christ Jesus, when we abide in Him, and He in us, our tiny mustard seed faith becomes one with His immense faith. David went to Goliath in the name of the LORD. Goliath was nine feet tall, clothed in armor, and armed with weapons. David had a slingshot and five smooth stones. One stone took Goliath out-forever. It killed him.
John 15:7 Jesus said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s Glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. The word “disciple” also means someone who is learning; in this case, to live according to the Word-Jesus is the Word of God. He said, “I’m the truth, the life, and the way.” As disciples, we are learning how to live according to His way.