Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. Psalm 42:7We have all heard that call. We want to answer. It's a hard thing to do. I may mean life as we used to know it will be upset, maybe put into a cauldron the dregs of which will be very ugly.
Yet, it's a call of the Spirit of God that persists.
Waves, Roars, Noise and Breakers will crash over and around you. You will come to the realization that the only thing that matters, the only thing that's stable in your life is JESUS. Everything else is smoke and mirrors.
It's a scary place. Yet, once you go there, once you see what is going on thru his eyes, it's a wonderful place to be.
That place is not at all like the places we enjoy each other in celebration in the Spirit. I love the celebration. But there is a circumcision of the heart, a burning away of the flesh and a tearing down of strongholds that most people will never enter.
It's not that they are headed for hell. NO. They are secure in Jesus. Life will go on and one day you will die. You will see Jesus. It will be great.
You can see him now. You can experience Him now. BUT you have to die. Crucify your flesh. Go to the place where Paul describes this:
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Romans 7:24Only then can we discover what this means. Really means. Going deeper means pain. It means the need to be delivered from the Body of Death you live in. It's a wrenching most don't enter into easily.
From time to time I have offered people the chance to go there. Very few do. Some that I am in communication with on Facebook have.
In our American Chruchianity Culture we believe that going deeper is reading another book, going to a great conference, joining the right church, hearing the right speakers, watching the "Good" Evangelists on Christian TV, getting a tape series or connecting with the right people. THEY will help you get "There". Wherever THAT is.
I wish it were that simple. I wish you could just read a book or listen to a tape series, DVD or conference and get it. You can't. It's so much more. It's a process. It's even more than a good deliverance meeting. It's more than a great prophetic word. It's more than the Apostle laying hands on you and praying in tongues over you for a few minutes. It's much much more.
Yes, there ARE right places to go, books to read. There are people to connect with. There are ways to find this but it's not what you think and it will be very uncomfortable. It isn't meant to be comfortable. It's meant to mold you into a new person. You can't be molded without changing radically.
I apologise to those who I have tried to bring to that place. I can't force feed you. You must reach for it. If you don't, you'll still go to heaven. It's just that you can have some of that here.
To others who have actually REJECTED this as too radical, too "over the top", too something you don't understand. You won't. You can't, (where did you ever get the idea you would understand this in advance?); I actually feel pity for you.
In a soft way I actually envy you kinda. You are living in your own little sheltered world with no threats to your Christianized life. It's safe. It's harmless. It's not too hot, not too cold. Goldilocks would like it a lot. Life is simple. Without challenge except for that hour on Sunday.
AND here we are, waves crashing, roaring water, breakers over us, following the call of the Spirit. We look a bit NUTS to you. I guess to those who see us by the world perspective we are.
At this point Festus interrupted Paul's defense. "You are out of your mind, Paul!" he shouted. "Your great learning is driving you insane." "I am not insane, most excellent Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable. Acts 26:24-25Paul was trying to explain to the world an unworldly thing. It doesn't work. If you ever choose to go there, they will think you insane. If they don't...maybe you didn't get there.
Deeper. Deeper still.
I know where I'm going. Wait, no I don't.