Written by His Grace,

Kevin K. OíConnor 

July 22, 2004

 

Main thought: to explore the contrasts between the Holy Spirit and the spirit of man

 

Fullness through emptiness

 

1 Corinthians 1:27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. (Whole Chapter: 1 Corinthians 1 In context: 1 Corinthians 1:26-28)

 

1 Corinthians 3:18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise. (Whole Chapter: 1 Corinthians 3 In context: 1 Corinthians 3:17-19)

 

1 Corinthians 1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. (Whole Chapter: 1 Corinthians 1 In context: 1 Corinthians 1:24-26)

2 Corinthians 12:10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (Whole Chapter: 2 Corinthians 12 In context: 2 Corinthians 12:9-11)

 

Matthew 9:11-13 11When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?" 12On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'[1] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

 

Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (Whole Chapter: Philippians 2 In context: Philippians 2:2-4)

 

Strength through weakness, Knowledge through ignorance, Wholeness through brokenness, Health through sickness, Esteeming others more highly than ourselves, no wonder God Himself tells us in Matthew 7:13&14 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. The way of Life is not of us at all. Isaiah 55:9 As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Whole Chapter: Isaiah 55 In context: Isaiah 55:8-10) And another good verse which depicts our state of sin is here in Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? (Whole Chapter: Jeremiah 17 In context: Jeremiah 17:8-10) Every person who enters heaven will have absolutely nothing to boast about due to the fact that the nature of Christ is not the nature of sinful man and to enter glory, His nature must be in us. Colossians 1:27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Whole Chapter: Colossians 1 In context: Colossians 1:26-28) Itís amazing how weíll deny ourselves many comforts if there is physical wealth to be had through much effort and discipline and yet weíll fail to realize that the riches of Glory in Christ far surpass all the riches of this world. Oh how we need to take time to listen to His Word, which is able to shed light into the dark places of our understanding. Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. (Whole Chapter: Romans 10 In context: Romans 10:16-18) It is not the quantity of our words or the mightiness of our activities that determine our greatness in eternity. It is the position of our hearts before Christ and then others. 1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (Whole Chapter: 1 Samuel 16 In context: 1 Samuel 16:6-8) The happiest, most content people of all eternity will be those who continue to grow in their understanding of Who He is for these are the ones who say as John the Baptist said here in John 3:30 He must become greater; I must become less. (Whole Chapter: John 3 In context: John 3:29-31) Those who have experienced the joy of loving someone else in this world can remember when their heart raced and how their every thought was how to fulfill and thrill the person they loved. Heaven will be such a place, where each personís focus will be for each other and not ourselves. There will be absolutely no concern for life or limb for the One Who is Life will fill each one and fulfill our every need. For the time being, sin must run its course but there is coming a day when the pride, arrogance, and selfishness of sin will be of the past. Praise God for that day! Itís through the trials that we presently have to go through that the trueness of our character is revealed. Are we people who desire life through the death of our own pride and arrogance or are we like the character of satan who became so consumed with himself that he couldnít see beyond himself anymore? It seems that all pain is bearable IF we can see what is beyond the pain; Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Whole Chapter: Romans 8 In context: Romans 8:17-19) Here again, we can see the importance of listening to His Word for itís only in the hearing of His Word that Light is revealed into our understanding. And, itís only in the discipline of prayer that the understanding He reveals to us keeps its proper place within our hearts. For we are so wicked that weíll go from taking pride in our sin to taking pride in the revelations He brings to us. It seems that satan loves to take those things that were meant for our good to bring us to destruction. He caused the Jews to make the law their god and they totally missed the God of Creation when He appeared to purchase their salvation. Satan even causes us today who have come into the revelation of Christ to make the knowledge of His Word our ambition rather than Knowledge of Him. Oh how very very sad to have a form and technique of righteousness down to perfection and yet the fire and passion of our hearts to be dead and gone. God help us to learn the art of Loving Him Daily, of bending our hearts before Him to hear His voice and wisdom so that we may live. May He ever teach us how to press deeper and deeper into His presence and to apply every Word He speaks into our being; James 1:22-25 22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does. For we are not struggling for those things that are here and gone, but for an eternal inheritance that will never ever diminish in beauty and wonder. Heavenly Father, ever be the Fire and Desire of our Hearts to daily rise and seek Your Heart and to do your Will with all of the Faith, Hope and Love You give us. In Jesus Glorious, Matchless, Beautiful Name, Amen.

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