How do you, a sinner, imperfect fellow, dare to say you have the right to be the thing where everything moves about? How can you claim this position of importance, a standing in the middle of the wheel, as if creation itself will find it’s worth through you?
How can this thing that perishes, the one dependent thing, rely on your unstable intentions? How dare you judge without being of eternal quality, and say that all can’t be without you?
Listen, if you want to live forever you’ll need to have eternal quality – having no fault. Thus being able to withstand the process of being judged about your worth of standing in the place of courtship, being part of the Perfect Standard.
Only one Man has the right to claim this position, the One who was proved of being of Eternal quality, the One who was perfectly stable and now is praised for His trustfulness. Listen to Him, for only His judgment is righteous. Make Him your standard and you’ll see that you will grow in importance by denying yours.
Symptoms you may be suffering from a religious behavior management disorder:
- You feel spiritual pressure to be a good Christian, rather than confidence that you are able to live from your new and supernaturally-strong heart.
- The message you’re hearing from church leadership is chiefly about avoiding sin, rather than indulging the goodness of your new heart.
- Fear of not living up to God’s or others’ expectations is stronger than your sense of God’s delight in you.
- Spiritual heaviness.
- You’re constantly being asked by leadership to be more committed.
- Every message is about getting you to do something, or to stop doing something.
- The leadership is more concerned with managing people’s sin, than releasing a new life that is now within them.
~ Ted Nelson
It is of the utmost importance that we never try to analyze ourselves. Upon reading such a treatise as this, we may quite unconsciously become over-active in self-analysis. In observing the condition of our inward life we tend to over-analyze our thoughts and feelings and the movements of the inner man. This may result in much apparent progress, yet actually it renders treatment of the self life that much more difficult.
If we persistently turn within ourselves we shall lose our peace completely, for we shall soon discover the discrepancy which exists between our expectation and our actual condition. We expect to be filled with holiness but we are found wanting in holiness. This makes us uncomfortable. God never asks us to be so introspective. To do so constitutes one of the main reasons for spiritual stagnation. Our rest lies in looking to the Lord, not to ourselves. In the degree that we look off unto Him to that degree are we delivered from self.
We rest on the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, not on our own shifting experience. True spiritual life depends not on probing our feelings and thoughts from dawn to dusk but on “looking off” to the Savior!
From: The Spiritual man – Watchman Nee
[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 has been a long time ago that I decided to hitchhike, and since then it’s hard for me to extinguish the lust to travel in foreign countries. God gave me answers on my prayers and revealed me a lot about the Way. It has been a year ago that I started to hitchhike and since then my understanding of scripture grew amazingly. The Bible now has more authority in my life and I get more and more insight on how to properly desire the Word of God in my life. I’m learning to be contend in all situations and to live my whole life in thankfulness to God. He gave His Son so that we may trust in Him and abide in His Love.
At the moment I need to know if I’m graduated, just one more day and I know if I can go traveling next season. I need to change some of my motivations though, that is my prayer for now. It’s not good to start my journey with the wrong intentions, I need to have the zeal to share the amazing gospel and to somehow help others. – and not to just waste my time visiting monuments and museums. I’m very convinced that this trip will make my faith grow and I definitely will heal a lot of people on the way. For the Kingdom of God is for those who earnestly seek it! I do not worry about material aspects of the journey, God will provide in everything I need. He did it on each trip I went so far!
The things I leave behind make me trouble a little bit. I’m not sure if it’s Gods will to leave my family though my faith is an encouragement for them, still my mother will be worrying about me when I’m gone. That may be a good thing because she will bend more to God I suppose. Another thing is that I will need to find a way to store all my possessions, it won’t be that hard considering the fact that I have not much to leave behind anyway.
I’ve checked for more information on where and how to travel, and I came to these nice websites/organisations:
- Help Exchange
It’s a nice thing to help others, and that completely fits my plan! I like the fact that they offer a place to sleep and food to eat for the exchange of my help. It will bring me to more experience in working and connecting to different people.
This group gives people the opportunity to life on organic farms for a while. It’s more secure and administrative than Help Exchange but offers a nice play to stay. I’m not sure if I will apply to their offers, because it makes me dependent on their schemes and rules.
But for now I will wait for the study results I receive tomorrow and then I’ll be sure about this plan to hitchhike the world 🙂