Wasting our lives and glorifying God

Wasting our lives and glorifying God
Notice God's unutterable waste of saints, according to the judgment of the world. God plants His saints in the most useless places. We say - God intends me to be here because I am so useful. Jesus never estimated His life along the line of the greatest use. God puts His saints where they will glorify Him, and we are no judges at all of where that is. ~Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, August 10

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Reality Check

So, someone wrote the following on Pastor Bill Johnson's Facebook page:

"What's the difference between Truth and facts? Truth and reality? I'm not an optimist or a pessimist, I'm more of a realist. So explain to me what the difference is you beautiful people of God. And please, no lameness, I don't need "preaching" I need answers."

What was Bill's answer?

"You're a realist? Everyone is. Some are anchored in an inferior reality - one they can explain and in some measure control. Those who live by faith are also realists. They are just anchored in a world you cannot see, but is superior in every way to the natural. The Spiritual world is real. More so than the natural. Why? The unseen world is eternal. The physical world is temporal."

As Kris Vallotton would say, "That's a good word right there."


Lady Dorothy said...

As Dad says, "We are not physical beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a physical experience."

Gombojav Tribe said...

YEP! Amen, Daddy!

Anonymous said...

I see God in every single solitary bit of nature around me. I believe this earth is the only "reality" we living breathing humans have at this point in our existence... but it doesn't mean that we aren't living in the spiritual world nor, to me, does it mean that we are living in an inferior world. We are living in the only world that the Lord has given us living breathing humans to live in... and it is as spiritual and superior and God-filled as we need. That's my truth in this earthly dwelling, which is my reality. <3 <3

Gombojav Tribe said...

Where does the doctrine of the communion of saints fit in? Certainly not in the natural world--although the effects of the prayers and communion of the saints can certainly be seen and felt in our lives. But, we cannot see the intercession of the saints. We cannot prove the intercession of the saints. It is something that has to be taken by faith. The communion of saints is one of those things that is anchored in a world more eternal than the one we see at the moment. It is that invisible sustaining spiritual force that carries us through our natural experience.

Anyone who relies on (anchors their life on) the invisible and spiritual help of heaven is by default stating that the spiritual is superior to the natural. Because no one would knowingly anchor their life on the inferior.

Jesus said as much when He said, "Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4

Karen Joy said...

LOVE this. Hopefully, I will have the presence of mind to remember this forever, and reply similarly, when given the opportunity.

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