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“This they said to try(test) Him, hoping they might find a charge on which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger.” Jn 8:6

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Amazing! Before the eyes of all present to accuse this woman of adultery, the active, living word of God was being written before them!  The very finger of God was being used again but in a way of grace never before experienced! The effect was to bring conviction and freedom. It was to bring life and cover over judgment.

Hebrews 4:12 tells us the word is alive and full of power… that it penetrates to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul), and the immortal spirit. This is what Jesus was doing there. As He wrote in the dirt, He was truly writing in the very hearts of all the dirt in the form of man present. They each then had the opportunity to agree or disagree; to align with, or turn away from that truth.

It is the very same thing today. We live our lives ruled by passion and desire, pleasures and delights… and yet we think we are saved. We call ourselves believers in fact. But we are often every bit like that crowd, or even the disciples … not knowing what spirit we are of.

At that time, if the crowd had really known the word of God (which in fact was not yet written for them – but is for you and me), they would have seen in Galations 5 that a contrast is presented between the spirit and flesh, between the life of the Spirit residing in us (against which there is no charge), and the life of our own flesh…

At some point you see, there is a distinction. Light does not just blend out into darkness. Darkness certainly does not “evolve” into light. There is a place were dark is dark and light is light – within us. The big question is… given that, what rules within you? Light, or dark? Light thinking or dark thinking?(Rom 6:16)

Imagine that light has a positive charge, and darkness a negative charge. Given a powerful magnet, there would actually be a shakedown of reality in you. Your true condition would be revealed. The prevailing rule of your heart would be seen in all its truth – either the preponderance of light or dark would draw or repel you from the magnet. You would see the truth of your condition – for as a man thinks in his heart so he is!

The problem is: many don’t know their true condition. They are deceived. In fact the cares of this world have choked the word (read life of God or light) in them – so that darkness and their own flesh really rule.

The most dangerous thing about deception is when you yourself are deceived. It is a terminal error! Thinking you stand, your actually are sliding down the slippery slope.

True salvation is to allow the word of God to deal with us. It is Living and Active. It does divide between soul (flesh) and spirit. It does free us from the dominion of our own flesh, and sin, and darkness. But is requires that you remain ever in a place of humility and submission before your God, and that He reigns in you!

Many who have lived divided lives are experiencing today the Lord’s drawing a line in the dirt. He is separating that which is for Him, and that which is not. Let this process show you where you stand!

Let the spirit of repentance have its way in you today, bringing conviction, bringing life, bringing freedom in its fullness to you. Let life and light have the victory!!! The Word is a light and a lamp unto our feet! See clearly today!

 

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Day Thirty-One

 

The Image That We Bear

 

“And just as we have borne the image [of man] of dust, so shall we and so let us also bear the image [of the Man] of heaven.”  Amplified 1Cor 15:49

 

          There is a game that I once played — a pseudo-intellectual social game, where you compare yourself to one of the four earthly elements: fire, water, wind, or earth.  You describe yourself by saying… “if I were one the elements I would be…” and you give the reasons why you are more “like” that element than another.  It’s a way of presenting yourself by a comparison – with some insight – but less threatening than doing it directly.  But in a very real sense – you testify to the elemental image that you bear resemblance to.

          Let’s take that notion a step further.  In Luke 20:24 Jesus is speaking to the chief priests and scribes who are once again seeking a way to trip Him up so they can arrest Him.  They flatter Him, “we know You speak and teach what is right, and You show no partiality to anyone…” (Lk 20:21).  Then they ask Him a question: “Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar or not?” (vs. 22)  Jesus defuses their attempt to entrap Him with directness:  “Show me a denarius (a coin)! Whose image and inscription does it have?”  When the crowd answers, “Caesar’s” – then Jesus instructs them to render under Caesar what is his, and to God what is God’s.  If we only assign this passage an understanding of coinage – we have lost its greater import!

          You and I bear an image – of whose we are.  According to 1Cor 15:45-50, we first bore the image of the first Adam – who was earthly minded and made of dust.  But our destiny and calling is to bear the image of the last Adam (Christ) – Who is a spiritual life, Who is heavenly minded and “of” heaven.

          You cannot separate here the image that is born from the quality of the mindedness.  If we are have an earthly minded focus – the image we bear is the first man Adam’s.  If we possess a heavenly-minded focus – we bear the image of the last Adam, Christ.  The image is directly tied to the mind-set.  One follows the other without deviation.

          Now if we assume we bear the image of Christ – but our mindset remains earthly – we MUST ASSUME WE ARE WRONG about Who’s we truly are.  Caesar’s coinage never bore another image – but his!  The MINDET WE HAVE WILL REVEAL THE IMAGE OF WHO’S WE ARE:  either the first Adam’s or the last Adam’s.

          The truth is:  we all have assuredly borne the image of Adam.  We have all had a true natural birth.  We have a real physical body of flesh.  Now we must begin to bear the image of the Man of heaven – the last Adam – if we are His by a second birth!  So examine your mindset.  Is it always preoccupied with earthly things:  your life, what you will eat and wear and earn and do here today?  Or has Christ been allowed to give you His mindset which is occupied with the things that occupy Christ?  As we are told in Colossians, we set our minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.  We are to aim and seek the eternal treasures which are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God (Col 3:1-2).

          Let us each now bear the image of Christ – His ownership of us!  Let Christ become to you the Life-giving Spirit that He is – restoring the dead to life.  Allow His life bring a new image to bear in you – that we all will reflect His glory, and His ownership of us – to the world who knows Him not!

          Bear His image – for His glory!  Be-loved!

         

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