Pilgrim's Path Daily

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

We are as Deep, spiritually, as our Roots!
Deeper Life in Christ is not about great wisdom or massive humility or scholarly Bible-knowledge. The depth of a person's spirituality is about maturity in Jesus Christ. That is - not that you KNOW Him, but how WELL you Know Him - Really! It may be one thing to live next door to a celebrity - say a well known author. But it is quite another thing to know that person, personally (intimately). If they gave a party, and you were not invited - would you be welcomed 'crashing the door' -anyway? Many are convinced they know Jesus Christ because they read His Book. Try that on your famous neighbor! Yet Jesus tells us this is exactly what will happen in Heaven. There will be many who will attempt to 'storm heaven' and 'crash the gates'. Indeed, when met by Jesus Himself, they will claim they know Him (to His face!), even though He will make it clear - He never knew them! In Mt13:5,6 Jesus Says, "Some (seed) fell upon stony places, where they had **not much earth**: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no **deepness of earth**: And when the sun was up, they were **scorched**; and because they **had no root**, they **withered away**." - (see also "Plow your hearts!" Jer 4:3,4 Ezek 36:9 Hos10:12+) NO DEPTH means SPIRITUAL DEATH! That's what Jesus means by "scorched" and "withered away". Please understand, "dead" means "no Life". Every soul is dead to God because of sin, until Resurrected to Life in Christ. But then there is that "Abiding" thingee! If we are to Grow and Prosper spiritually - mature to the point of being Able to Bear Spiritually as BornAgain - then we must have Roots In The True Vine Himself. Col 2:7 "Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving." Eph 3:17-19 "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." Now THAT'S Deep!!


"The Spirit cannot Fill whom He cannot Sanctify!" --AWTozer
This statement is made in one of the two audio-devotional podcasts I have chosen for this date. Here we see one of the many reasons why the lukewarm have no Real Power - that is, that the Grace of Jesus Christ is wasted on them! Christ should not have shed His Blood in vain (for nothing). He was "MADE SIN FOR US" for only one Purpose - "That we might be MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD!". Either His Blood is ABLE to actually DO this - (and this is Literally taking place!) - or His Life was Given for no reason, His Grace is Powerless, God's Promise was a Lie from the Begining, and we are Forever doomed to remain sinners! But Jesus meant it when He said, "Go and STOP SINNING!". Either we CAN, Now because of the Resurrection Power of His Blood - or we make Him out to be a liar by claiming His Name in vain, and living a life dedicated to deceit! But God CAN Fill us with His Own Spirit. Christ CAN save us to the uttermost! And the Holy Spirit CAN Sanctify us and Make us Holy - even as our Heavenly Father Is Holy! If this is not all True, then the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a lie. But if we CAN be Sanctified, Filled and Saved - ARE we? Is this FACT, or merely fancy in our life? We can fool each other. We can even deceive ourselves! But no soul cons God! Ever! It is Written that God KNOWS His Own! (2Tim 2:19) "The Spirit cannot Fill whom He cannot Sanctify!" Will we HEAR this??

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