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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Death; Freedom

A philosopher said whatever is received comes to him that receives it after the manner of the recipient.The natural faculties of love, which are human and base, can not contain the purity or strength to receive that which is Divinely supernatural.
The soul must be weaned, purged and annihilated which is impossible unless the old man dies first. Paul says very eloquently,"For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain ... what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.

"It is "... better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men; and the living will take it to heart." Bereavement may be the "... easiest and least perilous of the ways in which men lose the happiness of youthful love. ... every merely natural love has to be crucified before it can achieve resurrection ..."

Death to self is the means God uses to free me from myself and provides for the taking of the matter, my life, into His hands. Death to self removes the power of the captivity of this life creating spiritual liberty, correcting the wrongs done to my soul and removing the hazards to my eternal well-being. For this life in it's natural, sensual state cannot contain the spiritual God-life. This life is too small for God. It is the nature of life and natural love to enslave; it is the nature of truth to set free. "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." Free to be loved, without conditions, without worthiness, as an act of grace and free to love without regard for consequences.

Only through death can there be re-birth, but there are many ways of dying. Some forms of dying create an 'eternally unbridgeable chasm'.

This 'death to self' is not physical, it is mystical, puzzling, meaning without full knowledge or understanding, an enigma, an inexplicable action by which faith in the love of God overrides the natural instincts for survival and throws itself upon God, trusting in love, God's love, irregardless. Matthew 16:24-26, "Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Romans 12:1-2, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. It is the communication of God's love into the soul. God only communicates through love, He knows no other language. God's love is clear ... it is sighted, targeted benevolence and full of trust with regard to its objects, because God Himself, and the energy and motivation of His grace, are in that love. The strength of the Christian is in feeling the power of this truth in his soul. "That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death." It is only through love that the death of this life can attain the resurrection of the new life in Christ. It is the being, risen, which manifests the love of God. It is my faith and hope, for " ... now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

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