Giving your broken life to God

Becoming born again is a term that is widely used in the world of christianity. What Jesus said in the book of John is the reason why this principle is often used to describe the main event in a believer’s life.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. – John 3:3

In this passage there are two terms used that have been discussed for centuries. The Kingdom of God and the principle of being born again have everything to do with the mystery of Christ in you, the hope of glory along with the main message that we proclaim:

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:5

..to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: – Colossians 1:27

While I was hitchhiking back to my home in the Netherlands I got picked up by a Dutch truck driver. He was a very gentle man and he was quite open for what I had to share with him about God. He honoured me with a listening ear for about one and a half hour. He had been going to a Dutch reformed church for over five years and it really made him loose his faith. I thank God that I was  brought  into his life in order to share some of the true gospel of peace. What is, in fact, good news.

While telling this man about the mystery of being ‘saved’ I realized that there is a very distinct place in our life where we can actually realize if we really are saved. It is sometimes hard for me to understand how people who do not have the Holy Spirit, struggle to see and experience God. In the following couple paragraphs I will try to explain what dawned on me while sharing the gospel with this truck driver. Here it comes:

While many cultures have all kinds of ways to ‘please God’ the only way we can truly please Him is by giving Him all that we are, so that He will be able to form us into whatever He likes. But in order for us to give ourselves over, we need to have a deep assurance that we are completely safe in His hands.

Imagine being harshly condemned after opening your heart to somebody! Imagine that you are being put into a place where you will be, as to say, turned ‘inside out’. This will surely lead to severe fear, because you’re not as perfect as you actually think you are. You are broken and hopeless, but afraid to face it because even your own heart does not accept yourself as you now are.

This is evident in every human being. There is no exception. We all need somebody to work on us and give us a pure assurance of forgiveness. This will make us actually free to face ourselves with the confidence that whatever imperfection we find in ourselves is in fact ‘work in progress’.

Actually, now we know that there is somebody who can deal with it and make it ‘glorious’, or: ‘having eternal quality’, because He has been through all of this himself.

If you have read the above, you can understand now what it means to know ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’. This knowledge actually gives you the complete freedom to stand in a place of light, where you really can be turned inside out without being ashamed. To make it more clear, think about this: If you want to really know if somebody is trustworthy, and see if he does what he says, won’t you first give him a little bit of what is yours to see what he does with it? Now imagine that person making what you give to him into something that is perfect, won’t you give more and more of what is yours to him, knowing increasingly that whatever that person does you can’t copy?

This, in fact, is the message of God being light, having no darkness in Him at all. When you give your broken life into His hands, He will start to work on it and bring that to perfection. While He fixing your life, you will see and experience deeply, how mighty and loving He truly is. This is what Jesus meant with ‘seeing the Kingdom of God’.

To experience the Kingdom of God, and to really know God as He is, you will have to give Him your broken life. Only after you did so, your understanding about Him will be enlightened and you’ll get a personal testimony of His special work in your life. I hope you also understand that doing merely ‘good deeds’ will never ever, get you to know who God truly is. That is what secular religion tries to teach us, but it simply won’t work! In order to do ‘good’ you first have to get to know the one that is truly good. This goodness is only fathomable by letting Him enter into the deepest areas of your precious life. From there on, you’ll do His goodness that is revealed in you. – this is truly GOOD!

By knowing, believing, and doing the words of Jesus, we now can know for sure that our Creator is still a loving God who accepts us as we are, having the ability to solve everything we can’t solve by ourselves and afterwards even having the capability to lift us up to rule with Him. This he proved by dying on the cross, not only to us but also to every other power that misuses our broken hearts. Let’s begin to surrender our lives more and more to this wonderful Lord we have. Let’s start a new life that is rooted in His work and not in our own goodness. Let’s be truly born again.

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A miraculous bottle of Fanta

Today I wanted to visit the revival fellowship in Almere, but when I came there I remembered that they were gone on some kind of a retreat. A bit discouraged I walked to the malls in Almere, which was quite a long walk and I used the opportunity to pray (in tongues).

After spending some time shoppFantaing and looking for a birthday present for my mom, I went home and while buying the train ticket a man walked to me and asked me if I could buy him a Fanta. ‘yeah, why not’ and we walked to a nearby shop where I could buy a meal and a fanta for him. We sat down and started to talk about Jesus. Surprisingly, he was already telling me that the bible is in his head, and told me a story about Jesus hiding in a cave, with a spider web protecting him from unbelievers.

Anyway, I opened up my English bible and we continued talking about repentance and baptism. Eventually he told me that he was living on the streets because of huge debt and he was just about to get an apartment. He really had childlike faith, and when he was telling me about his asthma problems I told him I could pray and he will be healed, and he agreed on that one. We went outside the shop and I layed my hands on his shoulder, starting to pray: Commanding spirits to leave and restoration on lungs etc.

After praying he was all fired up and told me (‘WOW I FELT HEAT, ALL OVER MY LUNGS!!!’) that he felt warmth in his body, pointing on my body where it was burning. For me this was really a big thing, because it’s been a while ago that I experienced this on the streets. We went into the train station and I could bless him with some money. The funny thing is, that afterwards I could see him walking around, loudly singing songs to Jesus! And even telling others about what happened to him!! God is so good, and the lesson I learned is that God will send you opportunities, just pray for it, and be ready to act as a soldier, not counting giving as loss!

Praise be unto God! And the Lord Jesus Christ! This day I also had a prayer with a catholic man, who was in my opinion under heavy spiritual bondage, having some sickness in his lungs and blood. After prayer he felt things going on in his body. I believe he’s touched by GOD!

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

Sugar fire

Sight clears up,
new districts of thought
not far to manifest.

How external bodily adjustment,
can give the weary their zeal.
Mysteries unfold while you’re in rent
to the dip which is part of the deal.

Where can I find the secrets
to eternal fountains of purpose,
free from blurry regrets
and fleshly grasps of empty hope?

Those are the words spoken
which are Spirit and Life.
In whom my soul, when hardness envokes,
takes a deep and softening dive.

Humility

Humility is seeing yourself the way God sees you and saying about yourself what He says about you, because only then are you submitting to authority. When you humble yourself, bow your knee to your king and His authority over you – you won’t insist on saying things how YOU see them or saying how you think things are if that is different from what He says. To refuse to say good things about yourself – who you are in Christ – that you have been given authority is actually pride and/or rebellion. You either think you know better (pride) or you know God’s Word is true but simply refuse to do it (rebellion).

Regeneration and the Spirit

The concept of regeneration as found in the Bible speaks of the process of passing out of death into life. A man’s spirit before regeneration is far away from God and is considered dead, for death is dissociation from life and from God Who is the fountain of life. Death is hence separation from God. Man’s spirit is dead and therefore unable to commune with Him. Either his soul controls him and plunges him into a life of ideas and imaginations, or the lusts and habits of his body stimulate him and reduce his soul to servitude.

Man’s spirit needs to be quickened because it is born dead. The new birth which the Lord Jesus spoke about to Nicodemus is the new birth of the spirit. It certainly is not a physical birth as Nicodemus suspected, nor is it a soulical one. We must note carefully that new birth imparts God’s life to the spirit of man. Inasmuch as Christ has atoned for our soul. and destroyed the principle of the flesh, so we who are joined to Him participate in His resurrection life. We have been united with Him in His death; consequently it is in our spirit that we first reap the realization of His resurrection life. New birth is something which happens entirely within the spirit; it has no relation to soul or body.

What makes man unique in God’s creation is not that he possesses a soul but that he has a spirit which, joined to the soul, constitutes the man. Such union marks out man as extraordinary in the universe. Man’s soul is not related directly to God; according to the Bible, it is his spirit that relates itself to God. God is Spirit; all who worship Him, therefore, must worship in spirit. It alone can commune with God. Only spirit can worship Spirit. We thus find in the Bible such statements as: “serving with my spirit” (Rom. 1.9, 7.6, 12.11); “knowing through the spirit” (I Cor. 2.9-12); “worshiping in spirit 11 (John 4.23-24; Phil. 3.3); “receiving in spirit the revelation of God” (Rev. 1.10; 1 Cor. 2.10).

In view of this fact, let us remember that God has ordained He will deal with man through his spirit alone and that by man’s spirit His counsels are to be realized. If such be the case, how necessary for the spirit of man to continue in constant and living union with God, without for a moment being affected into disobeying divine laws by following the feelings, desires, and ideals of the outward soul. Otherwise, death shall set in immediately; the spirit will be denied its union with God’s life. This does not signify that man would no longer have a spirit. It simply means, as we have discussed previously, that the spirit would abdicate its lofty position to the soul. Whenever a person’s inner man heeds the dictates of the outer man, he loses contact with God and is rendered dead spiritually. “You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once walked” by “following the desires of body and mind” (Eph. 2.1-3).

The life of an unregenerated person almost entirely is governed by the soul. He may be living in fear, curiosity, joy, pride, pity, pleasure, delight, wonder, shame, love, remorse, elation. Or he may be full of ideals, imaginations, superstitions, doubts, suppositions, inquiries, inductions, deductions, analyses, introspections. Or he may be moved-by the desire for power, wealth, social recognition, freedom, position, fame, praise, knowledge-into making many daring decisions, into personally arbitrating, into voicing stubborn opinions or even into undergoing patient endurance. All these and other like things are merely manifestations of the soul’s three main functions of emotion, mind and will. Is not life composed pre-eminently of these matters? But regeneration can never arise out of these. To be penitent, to feel sorry for sin, to shed tears, to even make decisions does not bring in salvation. Confession, decision, and many other religious acts can never be and are not to be construed as new birth. Rational judgment, intelligent understanding, mental acceptance, or the pursuit of the good, the beautiful, and the true are merely soulical activities if the spirit is not reached and stirred. Although they may serve well as servants, man’s ideas, feelings and choices cannot serve as masters and are consequently secondary in this matter of salvation. The Bible hence never regards new birth as being severity to the body, impulsive feeling, the demand of the will, or reform through mental understanding. The Biblical new birth occurs in an area far deeper than human body and soul, yea, even in man’s spirit, where he receives God’s life through the Holy Spirit.

From: The Spiritual man – Watchman Nee

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You’re in grace, do not sin.

[The messy structure in this article is put there for a purpose]

All of those who do not repent, and prepare their hearts for his return, see him return at their death. Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: [the Jews and Romans] and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Rev 1:7 2000 years ago, to the Jewish High Priest and the Pharisees at his trial, Jesus said.. you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven. Mark 14:62

Those not purified, to see Jesus’ return before death, see him as they die, as all peoples, all nations, all generations do. This is not a particular generation. Each generation has thought they were the special one to see a physical return.

This will not be a pleasant experience, particularly for those who thought that He would know them. At judgment, Jesus said he would reject many who called him Lord and had even performed miracles in his name by telling them plainly: ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers [they still sin]! Mat 7:21-23 Until we hear his voice, obey his voice, abide in his Him, and are purified by him; we still sin and he doesn’t know us. The foolish virgins without oil in their lamps, said: Lord, Lord, open to us. (without abiding in Him, his Light and Living Word, voice) Replying, Jesus said: Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Without abiding in Him, he doesn’t know us. Jesus knows listeners: My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27

If you abide in My  word, [Voice of the Lord], you are truly My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:31-32

I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. John 8:34
You cannot continue to be a slave to sin and serve God, or even expect his approval. Rom 8:8

It is within us!

Thus through the righteous law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus,” he says, “I was and am made free from the body of sin and death; andthrough these great tribulations, my garments are washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb, who has led me into the new Jerusalem,where no one enters that works abomination or speaks a lie, but those whose name is written in the Lamb’s book of life. Here my soul nowfeeds upon the tree of life, which I had so long hungered and thirsted after, that stands in the paradise of God. Here there is no more curse nor night; but the Lord God and the Lamb are my light and life forever and ever! And I witness that I am regenerated and born again of the immortal seed, and having partaken of the first resurrection, over such the second death has no power.

From the writings of another early Quaker, William Dewsbury.

Thus through the righteous law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus,” he says, “I was and am made free from the body of sin and death; andthrough these great tribulations, my garments are washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb, who has led me into the new Jerusalem,where no one enters that works abomination or speaks a lie, but those whose name is written in the Lamb’s book of life. Here my soul nowfeeds upon the tree of life, which I had so long hungered and thirsted after, that stands in the paradise of God. Here there is no more curse nor night; but the Lord God and the Lamb are my light and life forever and ever! And I witness that I am regenerated and born again of the immortal seed, and having partaken of the first resurrection, over such the second death has no power.

From the writings of another early Quaker, William Dewsbury.

Striving not to work.

“The works we do, to try to earn right standing with God is what the Bible calls ‘dead works’.”
The striving is not the working, it’s trying not to work your way to God.

It’s interesting what the author of Hebrews tells us in chapter 6 verse 1. The foundation of the doctrine of salvation is the repentance from dead works, faith towards God, baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection from the dead, and eternal judgement, (Verse 2) and moving on to perfection.  Dead works refers to anything that tries to gain Gods favor and blessing. This is the very first thing that has to be taught, why? It has to do with grace. This right here literally says, that every church that is doing things to cause revival is contrary to this and are doing dead works. (“Lets sing until the power falls, or miracles happen”) They have religion, because of the wrong motivation of their works. 

So if you feel that you’ve sinned, or if you have a revelation on how bad you actually are, you cannot gain Gods favor then by doing works. You get right in the eyes of God by trusting that He forgave you in Christ Jesus. That position of faith is a position of rest and is simply acquired by believing. We are therefore victorious in Christ and can do good deeds out of thankfulness to God and we may claim every blessing through the fact that we believe in the sacrifice of Jesus.