Sunday, April 19, 2015

(Spitting Out) The Devil's Milk

"Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

Many prefer to gloss over this critical, profound, foundational message.  The collections of all the world's (false) religions are based in the opposite of this message.

The lost--the damnably depraved thinks he or she has something to bring to the table of spiritual enlightenment.  He thinks he has worked to develop some important spiritual attributes and is achieving God by a degree of his own merit.  She thinks she is naturally gifted in some ways and innately progressive--advanced spiritually.

And these are the delusions of a raving maniac, lock, stock and barrel.

Pride is the killer.  Subtle, sneaking spiritual pride . . . the most insidious of poisons.  It is the devil's milk upon which all in the world are suckled and weaned.

The fool, in his heart imagines there is no God and thinks he has achieved things of his own self-generated power and talents.  The deceived in her heart demands that she is due and owed something.

But the only way to approach God and be able to see and hear Him . . . is to approach utterly broken and empty, bringing nothing, for you have nothing whatsoever to bring except a defeated, surrendered heart, open, repentant and beseeching.

I remember ex-NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg's astounding (delusional) prideful proclamation:  "Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: 'I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.'” 

 Here was some arrogant hutzpah that even the worldly noted was megalomaniacally vainglorious and over-the-top!

For me, it brought to mind another famous (and equally delusional) chest-pounding boast:  "I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet. . . . "  --Joseph Smith (And praise God for those that DO run away!)

Ahh . . . but here's the catch.  While it is easy to spot these obvious, pompous blowhards . . . and fling quick aspersions . . . ANY person who imagines in the slightest sense that they bring some self-generated quality of value or deserving to the Lord, expecting spiritual reward IS JUST AS DELUSIONAL!

And how very many are there of these! . . . Who sit in the pews, who perform "good deeds", who take on great causes, becoming subtly puffed up in their own works and self-image!  Here is but another shade of Michael Bloomberg or Joe Smith. . . .

"But aren't we going to be rewarded for the good works we do in this life?" someone asks, still fighting to hold their subtle ground (and hidden idol).

Indeed.  But what can YOU do that is pleasing to God?  Nothing.  Filthy, disgusting rags are all your so-called "good deeds" and righteous causes.  As the heart of man and woman is "deceitful above all things and desperately wicked" . . . what comes of it is tainted through and through, however much it is painted bright, powdered and perfumed.

The good you will be rewarded for (should there be any) will be that good which you allowed God to do through you.  And even that . . . you will not be able to claim!  For HE GIVES grace to the humble.  HE BLESSES the poor in spirit. 

There is no where to turn.  There is no little corner you can find where you will be able to claim deservedness and just rewards for YOUR efforts.  God GRANTS repentance.  Jesus Christ ALONE saves!  There is nothing you have done, do, or will ever do . . . in the slightest degree . . . that will warrant ANY of your spiritual salvation and growth.  It is ALL a gift of God, unmerited . . . and ALL redounding to His glory ALONE!

Ahh . . . but we fight for a piece of it, don't we?  Just a little scrap and plot here and there where we can secretly form a little idol of self . . . to put in between us and the honor that is SOLELY due to the Creator and Savior and His Holy Spirit.  How crafty we are!  How long do we hold out in the hidden recesses of our hearts and minds, where tiny Bloomberg's and Smiths still hold court and garner and horde the attention and accolades that should be solely and gratefully sent on to The Most High. . . .

Pray for a broken heart!  Pray for desolation of self and an end to all secreted idols!  Glory to GOD ALONE!  Pray to be defeated, taken out, demolished . . . that His righteousness, which is pure, can work through you as is His will, which will be done.  And then . . . you enter that great mystery . . . where . . . the more you realize and actually live out . . . that YOU can do nothing of yourself in His service . . . the MORE He will actually use you IN His service!  It is no wonder that the mystery, so profound, incomprehensible and wonderful . . . will take up the store of eternity to play out, in all of it's (presently) unimaginable and glorious permutations!

Praise God!  He alone is worshipful and praise-worthy!  Amen?  Amen!

1 comment:

Mark said...

Thow art a stiffnecked(willful) people(Bloomburgs&Smiths).These willhave to put off their ornaments(personal glory).It's explained right here.

Exodus33 And the Lord said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it:

2 And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:

3 Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.

4 And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.

5 For the Lord had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.

6 And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.

7 And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the Lord went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.

8 And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.

9 And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.

10 And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.

11 And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

12 And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.

13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.

16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.

17 And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

21 And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

Call this a teaching for the church leaders and teachers.They cannot teach properly without the simplest teaching themselves.The glory goes to the church leaders heads.

Kinda like a doctor gets a "God complex" and think they are the savior.

Hey Moses finally figured this out.

Brother Thomas ©2015

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