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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; My Security

The darkness of death must pass over the Christian. This is a fearful undertaking, but not without security. "Do not fear, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great." 'Clouds and darkness' are commonplace avenues of communion with God; God cannot come near to us without 'clouds and darkness', He never appears in a clear shining moment because the nature of 'clouds and darkness' removes us from what is familiar and places us where our discomfort beckons us to listen. When we are in the shadow of God's hand we will be still and listen " ... and behold terror, horror and great darkness fell upon him.' ... and all self-sufficiency is destroyed. Isaiah 50:10-11, "Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God. Look, all you who kindle a fire, who encircle yourselves with sparks: Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled -- this you shall have from My hand: You shall lie down in torment."

The one thing for which we are all disciplined to learn; the one thing that the love of God is to show; is for all men to know that God is real and there exists no possiblity of relying upon common-sense ways.

God wishes through the darkness of 'dying to self' to unlearn all that life has imposed upon me to learn of 'self; the 'I, myself', and to simplify my belief to that of a child -- a relationship of only God and my soul. This strange avenue 'dying to self' through which God chooses to work is part of His providential plan for the sanctification of the Christian because it allows us to look fully at the darkest and blackest facts of life without degradation or damage to God's character.

As the soul is moved to relinquish life it is drawn closer to God, Who " ... shall hide (you) in the secret place of (His) presence from the plots of man; (Who) shall keep (you) secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues." Ezra 9:8, " And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage."

2 Cor. 4:7-12, "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, ..."

'Dying to self' is the means to the gift of humility by which the heart is softened and will become a devote listener to the Spirit of God as it communicates to the soul and places all confidence in God, not in His blessings.

Jesus said, "The words that I speak (not I have spoken) to you, they are spirit, and they are life." Words become spirit and life when they are placed in context with life's conditions.

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