Man can fall and man can sin, but man cannot overthrow the perfect will of God! What a statement – though man has fallen and is in a free fall ever since, man can never chage God’s will or overthrow His purpose: God’s purpose will be fulfilled! God desires to have a corporate man in His image filled with all His riches expressing Him and representing Him to reign over Satan, sin, and death – and eventually reign with God over the whole earth and bring in God’s kingdom to the earth! This is why we are created, and this is our destiny! I really enjoyed this portion from the third message in the Crystallization Study of the Psalms(1), based on Psalm 8. Psalm 8 is an amazing psalm, filled with “the excellency of Christ” – here we see Christ being the excellent One, the second man who fulfills God’s purpose for man, and who eventually inherits the whole earth! God’s purpose for man never changes, and though the first man fell, Christ came as the second man and the last Adam and fulfilled God’s purpose in creating man. He brought God into man by visiting man(what is man that You may visit him?) and He is bringing man into God through His resurrection and through the processes He takes us through! After He became the life-giving Spirit, Christ comes into us and operates in us to organically save us – He brings God into us through regeneration, and brings us into God through transformation, renewing, and conformation, until we become God in life, nature, expression, and function, but not in the Godhead! He brings heavens to earth and joins heavens to earth by bringing God into man and He brings earth into heaven and unites earth to heaven by bringing man into God!
How does God do it practically, and how can we cooperate with Him in the accomplishing of His economy? I enjoyed this phrase, Out of the mouths of the babes and sucklings You have established strength(praise) – Psa. 8:2. We need to become just like the babes and sucklings – those open, ready to receive a new thought, not having opinions, but single and focused on the Lord. Unless we become like the little children, we cannot enter into the kingdom of the heavens. As babes and sucklings, we just praise the Lord for all that He is! Don’t be a “senior” who knows everything – be simple, like a babe or a suckling, and just praise the Lord! There’s no “old folks” in the kingdom of God – only those who are new, renewed, and fresh and living! When we praise the Lord, we kill the adversary within, the enemy without, and the avenger running to and fro! The enemy is both within, without, and running about, roaring like a lion to swallow us! But our story and our song is, “praising our Savior all the day long” – and the Lord is enthroned on our praises – He defeats the enemy! Just like Paul and Silas in Phillipi – chained in prison, they were singing to the Lord, and the other prisoners were listening… the jailer asked them, What do I have to do to be saved(Acts 16:30)? The first church in Europe began with praising babes and sucklings! The Lord moves with people who praise the Lord!
God’s process to bring heavens down to earth is by becoming a man in incarnation, human living, crucifixion, and resurrection – He came to visit us! The Lord visited us in His incarnation, and through His processes He became the zoe-giving Spirit to reach us and enter into us. Now Christ is in us as the Spirit to stay – not as in a motel, but our spirit is His home! Christ is here to stay! He visited us and He continually visits us – as we see in 1 Pet. 2:12, the day of God’s visitation, the day of His overseeing care. He visited our spirit, remains in our spirit, and daily He visits us in His overseeing care! He is the rising Sun visiting us from on high(Luke 1:78) and when He comes back He will be like the sun of righteousness with healing in His wings! Today, may we allow Him to visit us, “fly into us”, around us, and out of us, by spending personal, intimate, and constant time with Him! We are the babes and sucklings who need the Lord in everything – we are helpless, needy, poor in spirit and ready to receive a new thought, new revelations, new feelings, from the Lord… Stop your activities – just be like a child, depending on the Lord! The more we turn to Him, the more our natural activity is reduced and we will have a life of the Lord’s table – where we praise the Lord for all He is and has done for us! God has chosen the lowest things of the world, even the foolish things, the things that are not, so that He may bring to naught the things that are! Of Him we are in Christ Jesus(1 Cor. 11:30)! This is how His perfect will, His purpose, is accomplished – by us being the babes and the sucklings depending on the Lord and praising Him, praising the Lord with a perfected praise! [sharing inspired from message 3 of the Crystallization Study of the Psalms(1) – become a fan on facebook for more updates]
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