Sunday, April 29, 2012

Grace: The Power That Sustains

The dying self . . . and the dying world . . . .

When you live through the self--the fallen self, your ego . . . who you were born as, to, and what with etc. in this world . . . which includes ie., social standing, genetics, looks, personality . . . and then the world's education and its society's work on you and which molds you and you respond to in various ways etc.--you will receive a certain power and energy from the total of all of that . . .a form of "sustenance" . . . .

If you "succeed" in the world . . . you get more power and "you" expand and start taking over territory.  First, you may influence and control friends, family . . . then co-workers--your "borders" enlarge . . . and you "move up the chain" to greater influence and power and can make others bend to your will, your wishes and desires . . .which . . . feeds the ego . . . and adds to the sense of power and is "energizing".

And there is real, physical . . . transmission of energy going on.  "YOU" will get "stronger", more powerful, more "influential" . . . .  The quintessential example being people like celebrities . . . "stars" . . . political and social leaders . . . and, of course, even "religious" leaders . . . .

The person who exists in this state (one who has NOT "died to self" and been "crucified with Christ" . . . "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me" Gal. 2:20) . . . receives their power and energy and "growth" . . . from the god of this world, Satan.   (see 2 Cor. 4:4)

And this ought to be a terrifying, jaw-dropping, stultifying realization . . . .

[Stultifying: def--  To render useless or ineffectual; cripple.]

It is a good thing to be suddenly crippled in proceeding further along that road, upon realizing the gravity of the situation.  Some people at this point, who were flamingly "successful" in the world--powerful, influential, renowned etc.--oftentimes come to a screeching halt when it is Revealed to them . . . that . . . so far they have only been living by and for self and feeding off the energy of the dying, fallen world . . . being rewarded in their self/world love . . . by the current (albeit temporary) "god" of this world . . . Satan.

The devil has a certain amount of energy . . . power . . . yet to wield . . . and he most definitely rewards, in his own way, those who help in his war against the God of all.

So, one should not be surprised . . . when "the wicked prosper" and seem to live at ease and appear to be happy . . . in and with the current state of affairs . . . .

There IS . . . for a time . . . an allotment of power . . . and energy . . . that the "god of this world" is able to bestow upon people . . . and many of them actually believe they are being "blessed by God" . . . where their love of self has deluded them into believing that they "deserve" it and are entitled to the extra bounty.

So they stay in their blindness, believing "all is well in Zion" . . . because they do not discern that the devil also "blesses" people in his own way, with what he has to work with, while he can.  And because they love their selves and love this world, they assume that "advancement" and power and status in this world must always be from God.

And from the "on high" Sovereign point of view, it is true that Satan can only bestow what God allows . . . but for the unrepentant, unsaved sinner . . . the blessings of the devil . . . are ultimately curses and doom.

The energy . . . the power . . . that comes from the fallen world--while still in effect--is in an entropic death spiral . . . and will only and finally end in death and destruction, and the worshipers thereof in hell.

But for a time, indeed, the lover of self and the world, can and does tap into that (doomed) reserve of energy and gets sustenance from it.  You can witness it in people whose egos are "huge" . . . who exhibit a distinct kind of "shine" . . . "charisma" . . . "energy" . . . .

However, this energy will . . . eventually . . . die out, wither . . . fade . . . . Many of them go mad--insane and psychotic . . . when they begin to realize it is all starting to leave them . . . and they have nothing else to replace it.  DEATH . . . is staring them in the face, and worse than that, JUDGMENT . . . for the self/world-centered life they have lived . . . having ignored and possibly even mocked and blasphemed the very Creator and Sustainer of their existence.

The soul blessed by God--who rejects the blessings of Satan, the god of this world, by dying to self and to this world, accepting Jesus instead--then gets access to the power and energy of GRACE . . . which is endless and will not perish with the fallen world!

Grace is a power, and when you accept His grace . . . you will begin to be fed and sustained by living water, which is able to fill and change and work on you regardless of your power, influence, standing in the world.   

His grace . . . is SUFFICIENT.

Whether you are there yet or not, as a Believer . . . you will understand that statement as more than just a saying or vague platitude.  His grace does begin to be sufficient . . . in all things, in every situation, whether you are "blessed" materially or not . . . .

One way or another . . . we need and crave energy to survive and thrive.  Some, take it from their self and the world and live on that . . . for as long as it lasts.  But that "energy" has a time limit on it.  It is finite.  It will die off . . . as part of the winding down entropy of a dying, fallen world.  It is like the magnificent, well appointed Titanic . . . yet, going down to obliteration.  Some . . . continue to party on the golden railed deck, dressed in tuxedos, drinking champagne, enjoying the last vestiges of a richly man-made vessel.

Others, recognize the ultimate doom in that situation . . . and opt for what may look, in comparison, from the vantage of the deck, to be a shabby . . . but sufficient lifeboat . . . that will get them to safety and ongoing life.

Though, as grace unfolds, steadily . . . in the life of the refugee (fleeing from the Titanic--the fallen self/world) Godly energy and power increases . . . and increases . . . transforms . . . protects . . . sustains . . . where the very Source of all power and all energy . . . and of an infinite and eternal kind . . . replaces, then fills the old, Satan-blessed, self and world deluded vessel.

God loves to save AND THEN glorify . . . weak . . . pathetic . . . wretched . . . broken . . . poor . . . sick . . . sinners who've chosen to leap into the lifeboat of repentance and faith in Christ Jesus.

Battered, beaten, desperate, lost, drifting, "penniless"  . . . refugees . . . who've turned from the temporary energy and power ("blessings") offered by the god of this world, Satan . . . GOD restores . . . with grace upon grace upon grace . . . and HE bestows a richness and treasure . . . BEYOND measure . . . and you will begin to live off of His direct energy and power, through grace, unfiltered and not through the dirty hands of the devil . . . and you increasingly BECOME empowered to discern and know the difference, rejecting the one, but relishing The Other (from Him.)

Time is short . . . and the enemy pressing hard . . . .
In these days . . . do not let a day go by where you do not make effort at connection with The Lord, with His Spirit, whether through His Word or hearing or reading His servants preaching, teaching and exhorting.

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