Prayer a response to desire

Prayer cannot exist without desire, and desire is a normal response to something which exists. When a desire wells up in us to pray for something it is because this something already exists.

The temporal material world always works as an parable on how things are in the spiritual.

For example, I cannot desire or want the newest model of a cell phone before someone has invented it, manufactured it and now offers it for purchase. I can, however, begin to desire it immediately the knowledge reaches me that it is in the planning stages.

Prayer is thus not us beseeching God to do something for us. No, we are desiring something which already exists – something God has done – it is finished. We cannot yet see it with our physical eyes. It is only seen with the eyes of faith. If it didn’t exist we wouldn’t be praying, and desiring it.

When we are holding the new cell phone in our hands it cannot deny itself. How much more can God not deny Himself?

When we enter this level and understanding of prayer we soar high above like the eagle praying for nations, persons and the world. From this position we see that our needs are being taken care of. The One who loves us has us covered while we express His desires for others.

How you are led to pray is none of my business. I only know my desires and prayers.

“Before they call, I will answer…..”

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The Parable of a Manger

It was during a Christmas service while I was pondering the birth of Jesus that the veil was lifted and I saw that this is far more than a feel good story – it is also a parable. Where I play a part.

For many years I was the inn where there is no room for Christ. To me God, or more precisely, the idea of a God whose only door to Himself is a person, was an enemy to me. Little did I know that when running my personal inn Christ had already died for me, even though we were still enemies.

When reflecting on the inn that day in church it struck me that it represents all those who are full of themselves; their morals, ethics, good deeds, humanism and respectability. The inn is full.

Christ is born in mangers. In a foul-smelling atmosphere of dirt and excrements the child is born. The day I said yes to Jesus I had no idea that I now had become the right environment for a childbirth. I only knew that something was missing and that I no longer could resist the love pulls from God – the God and His followers I had so intensely despised.

The inn which was my abode was in reality a manger. A day many years ago when I came honest about myself I could sense the smell before Christ went to work and cleansed the temple, something which evaded me for many years while trying to be good and obedient disciple. Needless to say perhaps that I failed miserably in trying to build a new inn.

We learn the hard way that it actually is finished – “It is finished!”. In a now shorter than what anyone can imagine a manger is transformed into a temple by a simple yes.


Death Lost its Sting

As I have grown older death has become more prominent in my mind and thinking. I readily admit that I at times have feared death, full well knowing that there is no escape from it. We will all one day leave this world.

One late evening last fall I was going over these things in my mind again and fear was a part of the emotions that my thoughts stirred up. What next took place is one of those small miracles, one of those moments of enlightenment from above when it suddenly stood so clearly before me that the only death that matters is the spiritual death that took place when I received Christ.

It is funny really. A death I didn’t experience or feel, but yet it took place and only faith can deal with the things that are outside and beyond the temporal realm. However, there is an experience in all this. Whatever we take in faith will one day come back and take hold of us. This thing that some call inner knowing. Deep inside of us we just know and that is a knowing that is an unshakable foundation upon we walk, move and have our being.

After I that evening received this gift of faith and insight my fear of death is no longer an issue. It is replaced by a peace which is beyond words.


Cleansing Ears

This sensation of always falling short of God’s expectations to me was more or less prevalent in everything I undertook during the first ten years of my Christian walk. It actually wore me down to a point of exhaustion and despair. I would be hard pressed to admit that these first years were particularly joyful, generally speaking.

I am tempted to call this a phase of ear cleansing because it was from here everything changed – I began to hear……hear faith. I am not talking about that first faith which convinced me about the invincible being of God and how vital it was for my eternal destiny to accept Christ as my savior. As many of you know I had been totally immersed in New Age thinking until God convinced me about the futility of walking that path.

Through my before clogged up ears it now more or less effortlessly flowed many of the things Jesus had said about Himself, about being one with God, about not being able to do anything of my own accord, about God always being pleased with me and so on. The Spirit is a clever and patient teacher, so these things seeped in a little by little of which some I actually discarded as impossible from the outset of this new period of hearing.

Foundations were carefully laid in my inner being, and those things I took in faith without having any outer evidences for their validity became as time passed strong and vital in me despite that they from the outset appeared flimsy and volatile. Kudos to God for being a great carpenter.

The most difficult part has not been taking these truths of God in faith which are against sight and emotions – it has been reconciling myself with the I am that I am with all its weaknesses and perceived imperfections. That has been my major inner battle field and to a degree still is. Yet, my only option is to agree with God, that the I am that I am is once and for all perfected.

I still so vividly remember an episode from a few months back where I felt so ineffective and couldn’t see that my life in any major way was the positive influence in this world I wanted it to be. The inner voice was pretty straightforward in its reply to me: “Stress down. What do you know about your influence and your impact in this world when these things are hidden in the invisible? Much more is going on around you than what you have eyes to see. Relax, I have everything under control.” Everything said in a calming and reassuring tone.


An Example

I would be hard pressed to say that my father was a great example to me or my three brothers. He struggled with alcohol and pills. He was very difficult to talk with. He didn’t show much affection or love towards us kids. He loved money and was stingy. My mom and he divorced when I was 19. The night before he left our home for good I had to fight him because he wanted to beat up my mom charging her with having taken some money. He was drunk and I was fit so it wasn’t too difficult putting him down and then get him to bed.

Our relationship wasn’t very good after this. At the worst we didn’t have any contact for many years. However, things warmed up a bit when we got our kids even though visiting him was an ordeal. It also helped that I some years prior had decided to forgive my father.

He got cancer the last year of his life. It slowly ate him up. Once at the hospital I begged him to receive Christ, but seemingly to no avail.

The night before he died a nurse and a priest visited him in his apartment (he wanted to die in his own bed), and according to the testimonies which were passed on to me my father received Christ that night. They said it was as if the atmosphere in the room completely changed.

My father had nothing to show for himself. No good deeds. No righteous acts. No donating of money. Nada. But, yet, he was now Christ’s. A righteous man. Justified. Jesus once said: “Without me you can do nothing.” God was more than satisfied to find Himself in my father – a now cleansed temple. And by having no works but yet being fully justified my father was turned into the greatest example there is. What a miracle!


Faith and Works

“Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” – “Faith is the evidence of things hoped for, the substance of things not seen” – “Before you call I will answer.” A thing is done in heaven, and not surprisingly God wants that thing to be done on earth, but He wants us to be the agents who bring it into visibility. And therefore the faith for this thing lands in our individual laps which is the evidence that this thing actually is done and only awaits our recognition. This faith is the substance of what is yet not seen, but nevertheless exists. No wonder God can say this what sounds so silly to our ears: “Before you call I will answer”.

I have been marveling at this fact that of the twelve disciples in the boat only one walked on water. I do wonder if not the eleven remaining disciples cried out warnings to Peter: “Be careful, you might get disappointed, don’t have too big expectations, that water looks treacherous, you may get wet, it blows hard winds outside the boat, you may drown, what if you are wrong about this, this is so selfish of you, you are only out for attention!” And they may also have developed a lot of theories about faith – what it is and how it works, but Peter did it – He lived it.

Peter hadn’t a lot of theories about faith – he had walked on water. Hence he confidently could make the following observations: “Folks, don’t be surprised if your faith is tested in various trials and you face afflictions due to it. I assume you are just like me, often overcome by doubt and therefore wondering: “Perhaps this only is me….” The point is, these trials aren’t to prove that you are wrong. On the contrary, they are to prove that your faith is of God because this faith is more precious than gold. Got it?” (1 Peter 1:7).

James words on faith and works or actions have given me not few moments of condemnation until I a few days ago finally understood he is speaking about how a thing works. If there is faith there will always be a some sort of action or works. You have faith in that apple, that it will nourish you so you speak your word of faith: “I will eat it” and this faith is followed up by an action: You eat the apple. Likewise concerning the things that are outside our powers to make happen: We have faith for a thing and speak the word: “I want this or that, or I want this or that to happen” but now the Spirit brings it to pass. Again, faith and works. Pretty simple, really. This pattern was engraved into eternity when God exercised His faith and said: “Let there be…”

Faith as applied in the daily things of life, like for instance eating an apple, is a parable of how it works in what we may call the realm of the impossible or miraculous – the experience doesn’t come before after the faith commitment.

Speaking a word of faith concerning something (you shall decree a thing, and it shall be established for you – Job 22:28) is truly to walk on water. The faith that caused us to speak that word is the evidence of that the thing is done no matter how hard it may blow out there and no matter how high the waves might go. And just like Peter we will go under a few times, but the Spirit is faithful and grabs hold of us – every time.

Faith starts in desire. Jesus said: “Whatsoever you desire….” We are one with God so that His will is our will – His desires are our desires – so why not let it be as simple as that without adding all these human amendments in order to have a some sort of way out when the going gets tough?

And yes, we may receive beatings and be whipped due to our word, but as Harriet Wearren wrote me: “It is from the being beaten up and our reaffirmation of our word, that gives it strength!”


Stones to Bread

In 2007 The Showdown published the song “Temptation come my way” which is a raw demonstration of Southern Metal at its best. I have never been much of a lyrics person; it is the music that catches me, but for some reason this song’s title has stuck with me.

I was reminded about the song this morning when reading one of Fred Pruitt’s writings. When the going gets tough, I always return to Fred. I don’t know of anyone who can explain the deep things of God better than him and his words always find resonance within me providing the wisdom, comfort, faith and redirection I need in that moment. Not an outer redirection, but an inner redirection and quickening of faith.

As I read two sentences were in particular highlighted of which the keywords were: “Increase” and “Stones to bread”.

What is the increase we so often find in the scriptures? In that moment I understood it as the increase of ourselves as we emerge out of a false consciousness about ourselves. And this can perhaps be best understood in the context of Jesus temptation in the desert where His sonship was questioned: “If you are the son of God turn these stones into bread”.

Having emptied Himself of His divinity Jesus was like one of us walking in weakness facing the same temptations and doubts we do. In the instant I read “turn stones into bread” it struck me that Jesus actually was tempted to enroll into some kind of behaviour modification program, which basically would have been a reversal of the faith in which He stood – a reversal to flesh walking instead of faith walking (walking in the Spirit).

Implicit in the increase is the discovery that I cannot turn stones into bread – only God can. And further, that I am not meant to, and even further, my sonship isn’t contingent on me, but is a fact because God has said it is so – that I am a son.

I could give any of you a very complex math problem and I would assert that the answer is one (one = oneness). Would you believe me based on who I am? Or wouldn’t you believe me before you had some kind of demonstration or experience? Which of these two are faith? You can answer that question for yourself based on Jesus’ temptation.

I could pose the math problem to my son, followed by “If you are not able to solve this math riddle you are not my son.” To him this would be rather ridiculous because he just know that he is my son and that his sonship isn’t dependent on whether or not he can solve complex math problems, but he trusts that I can do it. In this regard, he has a very mature consciousness which is not easily tossed to fro by the waves carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

But, assume there came someone along – a person who would sound extremely convincing as he tempts my son to prove his sonship by solving the math problem. My son would soon find out that it is far beyond his capabilities and he would fail repeatedly. Hopefully he at last would exclaim: “No good math thing dwells in me, only in my father.”

Coming out from that false consciousness of that we can turn stones into bread is an increase of who we are. Every increase is meant to take us closer to “the Father who dwells in me does the works” consciousness. Which is the truth but a truth veiled by this false consciousness of independence (that I can turn stones into bread).

However, the veil is torn apart so we are already there – we have that consciousness (even though the opposite might seem true) because it is God’s own consciousness with which we are one. The veil between the two consciousnesses are done away with. Hence, it is His faith that springs forth in us and which is the substance – the evidence of things hoped for. And this faith is contrary to any outer “evidences”, “experiences” etc which are not substance.

“The earth shook and the rocks were split apart” is an image of what takes place in us as we increasingly learn the truth. Yes, it hurts – it sometimes hurts bad to learn. Having our rocks of beliefs split apart involves pain and suffering. Jesus learned the obedience of faith through suffering – and so do we. The Scriptures say we go from faith to faith in glory – which is our increase.

We also face the same temptation to make things happen in regards to some strong desire we have. “If you were a son of God you could make this happen”. Resorting to the world’s way of doing things and judging things instead of remaining in faith is again walking in the flesh and will only result in frustration and defeat. But, by learning how to not do a thing we learn how to do it, that is, we do it by faith. It is all a part of the vital learning process we face here on earth – we go from competence to competence (increase).

Faith will always be: I am already there, God has done it, He does the works, the thing is done. Period!


Deciphering Lanyon

Introduction: I quite often find Walter Lanyon’s writings difficult to wrap my mind around. Some say his prose is not meant to be read with the mind, but with the spirit. However, for me that approach isn’t satisfying. What does it benefit me if I merely understand a thing with my spirit? While reading Lanyon’s “Conception” again (have read it several times before) three paragraphs stood out and I asked some of my friends to help me decipher the text.

After having read Fred Pruitt and DeeDee Winter’s responses the Spirit in earnest began His teaching within me and took me on a journey into the deep things of God and He challenged me concerning many things. While He was working in me it occurred to me that it was not a coincidence that those three paragraphs were highlighted for me and that I was to ask others help me interpret them. Beforehand, I had basically told the Spirit: “I am dumb as a lamb so you have to explain what Lanyon writes here in such a way that it makes sense to me.”

The following is an extract from the exchanges with Fred and DeeDee, respectively.


Ole Henrik: I am reading old Union Life Mags. Lanyon is given a lot of room. I have to be honest and admit that I do not always understand much of what he is saying. I know Norman spoke highly of him and I know you and I have made some exchanges on Lanyon before. But, if you have time, what on earth is he saying here:

No two men having a given desire will bring out an identical manifestation. If you desired substance, the measure you bring forth would be different from the measure of every other man who desired the same thing. Each one brings out the degree they are able at that time to accept. What is wealth to one might be poverty to another,-and yet it is all one substance. No limitation is put on the measure except the degree of acceptance.

“In my Father’s house are many mansions” – many stages and stages of manifestation. As soon as you have finished with one “mansion”, you enlarge the borders of your tent and move on to another. The degree of acceptance is wholly up to you and it is not determined by your human desires – but by your ability to accept this wonderful revelation of Christ Jesus.

“Who did hinder you, that you should not obey the Truth?” You have blamed everything from birth on to the people and conditions about you – and will continue to do this until you discover that YOU hindered yourself. No one holds you back,-no one stops the flow of Light through your body-temple. At first this is not easy to accept. It is bitter to the taste,-but sweet to the digestion As a good surgeon cuts deep with the first incision instead of cutting away the difficulty bit by bit, so you rid yourself of the hateful habit of blaming everything in the world for your present plight.

Fred: I don’t see anything unclear in this, Ole Henrik. I think it is more straightforward than most of Lanyon. We don’t necessarily have to agree with it all, but what he is saying seems plain enough to me. What is unclear to you?

Ole Henrik: I am trying to articulate myself, but I can’t. I believe I understand the second paragraph pretty clearly. And I think I have a grasp on the third….there are not few who blame their present condition on their past….seemingly unable to get over it and hence look forward and obey the truth; that Christ is that person’s life now.

Is the first paragraph another way of saying: According to your faith be it unto you?

Fred: Yes to your last question. But Lanyon does introduce another matter, the matter of “substance.” When he says it is all the same substance, that forms itself into different things according to the desire of the speaker or maker, according to its ability at that time to bring forth. The “substance” we might say is unformed spirit which is brought into form by our word. It is always working in both the natural and the spiritual, bringing forth everything that comes forth. Same thing in physics more or less. Mark 11:24. It is why the children of Israel could not go into the land the first time but they could go across the Jordan the second time. Where they were in their faith prevented it, they could not, and that was the point of the attempt, to show them themselves, as men of flesh, afraid of the giants and great walled cities. Though they were under the command of God, as was Paul when told “You must not covet,” and though they tried, they could not do it. You see it.


Ole Henrik: Can you shed some light on what Lanyon is saying here?

DeeDee: It speaks of our individual uniqueness and how we move into the desires God gives…one person one way and another, another way. He challenges in the last paragraph that no one but ourself is responsible for what our lives hold today.

Ole Henrik: Do you agree with Lanyon’s last paragraph? Is it another way of saying: According to your faith be it unto you?

I believe I have seen something today which I haven’t seen before. A part of this dying so that others may have life or this giving up our lives is to turn every negative into something positive in our consciousnesses.

DeeDee: Yes, I do. He is simply stating that we, and only we, are responsible for our lives. A good example is infant baptism in the Catholic Church. They believe that a parent taking a child to be baptized and the priest who performs the rite are responsible for that infant having eternal life. I do not believe Scripture supports this nor does my personal experience. Only I can choose or reject God’s call to me.

This is the same with everything that comes my way. That is why we see two with similar life-events and one goes one way and the other another way. The events are the same, but our response to them is ours alone.

Yes, we can speak life or death…


Endnote: I was by the Spirit challenged chiefly concerning two things. With a clarity never given me before I saw the difference between works and rest. God rested when creating everything visible by only speaking the word: “Let there be…..” Then on the seventh day He created rest for what He had created. From our position of being in the seventh day of rest we also speak spirit substance into visibility by our words of faith. God’s Word was made flesh. Likewise, by faith our words are made flesh. Again, I so clearly saw how spirit takes form, not by works, but by faith and that includes speaking spirit substance into manifestation.

Next, I was reminded about something the Lord said to Jeremiah: “……you shall be as my mouth” (Jer 15:19). I have to tell you that there was a huge wrestle or fight in me before I could take that in faith and say that this is true about me, and then from that position speak out the things that was pressing on me in that moment.

“If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth.” Like DeeDee said: “Yes, we can speak life or death….” Personally, I prefer to fulfill that “if” by saying that I utter what is precious.

This year I have a class in math where it on the surface seems like an impossible task to bring every pupil in the class through the curriculum with a grade that will make them pass. Confronted with this I have two options: Agree with how things look or speak what is precious. I chose to say that every student will pass and that I have the wisdom and creativity to make that happen. Norman Grubb said: “Faith costs”. There is a sort of death in stating the opposite of what a thing looks on the surface.

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Does the Union-Life perspective encourage license?

By Dan Stone (Union Life Magazine March 1978)

We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7

Does the union-life emphasis upon” Spirit as ultimate reality” encourage license? Directly or indirectly this question is asked of me more than any other.

My first response is the same as Paul’s: “Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!” (Rom. 6:15). My second response is that I prefer to label as “growing pains” that which others call license. Some might prefer to say that what looks like license is God’s unique way of working His truth into our inner consciousness. At any rate, this subject certainly needs further clarification, for to many observers union-life teaching appears at times to encourage license.


When people first hear union-life or spirit teaching, they tend to express the only point of view available to them. Because they are entrenched in a dualistic outlook, they just naturally translate what they hear as an encouragement to sin. Society trains us to be objective persons (see-aters) who distrust the unseen, the spiritual, or the metaphysical. We are the products of the educational system in which we grew up. Unfortunately, that system has taught us to judge by outer appearances, even though Jesus expressly warned against it. “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24).

In addition, society has dictated certain standards of conduct for each peer group. These standards are enforced by a reward system which we might call the Law of Rewards. Each peer group extends or withholds favors to its members based upon their conduct. The system is totally based upon performance, on outer actions. Since the system is the dispenser of approval and rewards, persons governed by that system are led to believe that the system is inherently sacred. From such a belief these persons naturally but erroneously conclude that spiritual maturity, begun in Grace, can somehow be completed in works. Of course, union-life teaching intrudes as an unwelcomed contradiction to the Law of Rewards.

An added error emerging from our compliance with the Law of Rewards is the ridiculous notion that we can somehow repay God for His redemptive work. We are led down the path of “commitment to Christ,” of “consecrated self,” and of a myriad of other designations for the same dead-end. We become enmeshed in the Romans Seven syndrome of attempting to do good, but we seldom attain the desired inner consciousness of satisfaction. Our attempts to discipline ourselves or refrain from doing “wrong” end with equally disappointing results. The only way our frustration can ever be appeased is by comparing our meager actions with someone else’s failure; or by excusing our failure in the light of another’s grosser wrong. We find comfort in measuring ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions. That approach gives us an outside possibility of overcoming the Romans Seven syndrome.


To those who hear union-life teaching and know they have, the “eyes of the heart” (Eph. 1:18) have been enlightened. They have taken the Spirit’s bait. They differ now in their inner consciousness, for they are becoming “see-through-ers” rather than “see-at-ers.”

Though the Spirit is beginning His work in the inner man, the new see through-er does not yet live from a fixed inner consciousness. He vacillates between a new awareness of his fixed union with God and an old consciousness of separation from God. But in the process his perspective on life is moving from the level of what is visible to the level of the invisible, which is spirit.

During this period of vacillation, some spectators will inevitably conclude that the believer has fallen into license if his conduct fails to conform to the acceptable pattern of the peer group. This license may take the form of smoking, social drinking, swearing, using make-up, being divorced, an unacceptable sexual practice, or a hundred other activities. The spectators are even more appalled when the believer now takes these deviations not as gross license, but as God’s intended path for him!

What is happening? The believer is moving into a fixed inner consciousness by personally experiencing and acknowledging the Spirit’s work in his humanity. I am the first to admit that many who hear union-life teaching initially interpret it as a green light for increased permissiveness. Some people need to experience a total overthrow of their old standards. But in time they will put aside promiscuous activities, for they will realize that those outer crutches offer nothing more than a new bondage.

This process will appear as license to those who only perceive reality on the performance level. However, what is needed at this juncture is not condemnation, but a patient awareness that God is at work producing a fixed inner consciousness in each believer.


As the inner consciousness becomes his fixed consciousness, the see-through-er discovers in himself the full identity of the One he contains – his ..not I but Christ” Spirit. Colossians 2:9,10 says, “For in Him (Christ) all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have come to fullness of life.” Since all the fullness of Deity dwells in Christ, and Christ dwells in the believer, the fullness of Deity (at least qualitatively)dwells in each believer.

Union-life trusts the Spirit to woo and illumine each individual to the awareness of his true position in Christ. We know that God uses alternatives in this matter-life to cause us to know him, to act, or to do whatever He desires from us at the moment. God means us to have the results of our actions. But these results have the purpose of leading us into a fixed inner consciousness of Oneness. Admittedly, some actions appear to plunge the person into further fires of purification .However, these experiences are personal and private, and we dare not judge by unrighteous judgment what God is doing in another’s life. To do so is to tread on holy ground. We must see that life’s actions are designed to purge a person from dualistic living -from separate seeing, from separated choices. These fires of purification drive him to see all outer conduct as the work of the Spirit.

The home-base for the see-througher is the awareness of his own life as an expression of God, the other-lover. This position knows no reward system for good conduct. This path results in a death for us, and in life for others. “So death works in us and life in you” (2 Cor.4:12). Paul also calls it a weakness (2 Cor. 12:5, 9, 10). No one seeks this type of “death”; it is thrust upon him. It is the life for which God has been preparing him. It is summed up in the statement, “a body have you prepared for me” (Heb. 10:15). Temporary excursions into what objective persons call license is but a chapter in the preparation for throne living.

Again, the principle is not life unto life, but death unto life for others. “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). Life for others comes spontaneously as the container (the person) becomes fixed in his real reason for being. Jesus said, “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it (Matt. 10:39).

Remember my earlier statement, “The work of the Holy Spirit for each person is private and personal.” The work of the Spirit is to transfer one’s perspective from temporary appearances to Spirit reality. He is transferring us into the fixed inner consciousness that the Spirit realm is the realm of Ultimate Reality. As a form of Christ, the see-through-er exists for others. The see-through-er has moved from seeing temporary, outer appearances as Reality to seeing permanent, inner Spirit Reality.

We need not be side-tracked by the seeming inconsistency of outer conduct, for in the spirit realm God has produced the finished product. Outer conduct is never the yardstick for Holy Spirit persons whose inner consciousness is fixed on the permanent reality. Jesus’ own outer conduct was a puzzle to the religious community of His day. Most of them rejected Him. Union-life persons know themselves to be available to God for His purposes, even in the apparent inconsistencies.

Union-life does not encourage license. However, it does see through the temporary outer events of our lives to the inner working of the Holy Spirit. This teaching accepts as the work of the Spirit what some may call license. It speaks the word of faith: “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His own good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).

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Thy Kingdom Come

Late last evening I found myself marveling at the word “heart” which we find several places in the Scriptures. My human flesh heart pumps blood which supplies my cells with oxygen. It struck me that my heart consists of two chambers which when the heart contracts or expands work as one unit. It is not so that one chamber suddenly begins to operate on its own as if it is not a part of the heart. While my thoughts were lingering on this physical fact it seemed not far fetched to me to assume that my flesh heart is a parable of what the Bible calls the heart. In other words the “heart” is the spirit/Spirit union – “two chambers” working as one.

I also thought it interesting that what comes into the heart goes out from the heart, or, perhaps: issues from the heart (Proverbs 4:23). So, when Jesus speaks about oneness or we speak about union our physical heart is an outer representation of a spiritual fact. It also seems pretty clear to me that when Jeremiah prophetically speaks about that God will give us a new heart it must mean that the chamber that is evil is circumcised and removed and replaced by a new chamber, that is, God’s Spirit. All this again points to that we humans have no nature of our own. A thought some of you are well familiar with.

This “what comes into the heart goes out from the heart” is Jesus’ main theme while discussing with the Pharisees as recounted in John 8. “You manifest and do the desires of your father” Jesus bluntly told them. “I, however, manifest and do the desires of my Father.” The heart beats with one rhythm. The heart’s other “chamber” decides which rhythm. Notice that Jesus said: “I only do what I see my Father is doing.” Not: “My Father is doing whatever He sees me doing.”

Next, my thoughts were occupied with what happened in Jericho when the walls came tumbling down. God said that He had given the Israelites the city, but what was done in His sight saw its manifestation in the temporal by faith. Everything is done in His sight, but what is done in heaven is only manifested on earth by faith. In heaven all have a new heart, but in the temporal not all have a new heart unless they receive it by faith. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” I am thinking right now based on what I have just penned down that this in many ways explains the uses of the word “all” in some verses in the NT, but in other verses there is a dividing line between those who are “in” and those who are “outside”. Both are true.

There is one thing in particular the Spirit has been pressing on me the last couple of weeks: “You must learn to have two thoughts in your head at the same time.” He Himself fulfills this “must” in me.  So, this is not another subtle law. Why is this so important? Firstly, because the Bible isn’t a book of doctrines. Whatever written must become flesh in us, that is, go from outer knowledge to inner knowing. Secondly, it will keep us from losing balance. I am not very fond of the word “balance”, but in the context of “both are true” it is crucial.

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