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Stigmatic Spirituality

April 29

"And who is sufficient for these things?"  2 Corinthians 2:16

"... committee rooms now replace mourners benches."






The first waypoint toward victory is the admission that we, of ourselves, are incapable of making it.  "... these things" comprise a life hidden in CHRIST with GOD; "For in HIM we live, and move, and have our being; ..." they make up the heart and soul of our Christian lives.    The disciples who ate, slept, walked with, and ministered alongside the LORD for three plus years; were informed by HIM, just prior to the crucifixion, that: "... without ME ye can do nothing."  Taking HIS assessment at face value, our self-sufficient paradigm, so prevalent in Christendom today, seems mighty presumptuous of us.  The self help stigma of the world has been adopted in large by the Church; and committee rooms now replace mourners benches.  Our clever ingenuity born in padded chairs, is dying for what can only be gained by a call from our knees: "And this is the confidence that we have in HIM, that, if we ask any thing according to HIS will, HE heareth us:"  We are given to be those who: "... worship GOD in the spirit, and rejoice in CHRIST JESUS, and have no confidence in the flesh." ... thus any resort to self, is tantamount to being unequally yoked with our old man of unbelief.  "For the flesh lusteth against the SPIRIT, and the SPIRIT against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other ..."  And there it is where many find themselves mired in the quandary Paul described to the believers of Galatia. 

"JESUS stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto ME, and drink.  He that believeth on ME, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."    The internal drilling we see on such a grand scale among believers, is producing gas wells of pride; but bone dry regarding any semblance of living water.  The key to sufficiency is the source of it!  "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of GOD"  The great apostle tapped into the SOURCE, and determined to be an aqueduct of HIS saving grace to others: "I have planted, Apollos watered; but GOD gave the increase." ... in doing so, he found HIS sufficiency to suffice unto death.

"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith"

For Love of Country
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
(3rd President of the United States)
"I have sworn upon the altar of GOD eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

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