Deliverance Follows Obedience

Deliverance Follows Obedience
Prepare your heart to seek God for obedience that you may observe and do all that Christ has commanded through His holy apostles.
"For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent." (Zephaniah 3:9)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Christ forms the basis for our spiritual growth in Him

I was thinking of how Christ being our foundation goes beyond the doctrine that forms the foundation layer. The laying of the foundation of Christ in our hearts by instruction in the apostles doctrine levels the ground, stakes out the boundaries, and makes every necessary preparation to convert a plot of wasted land into a building site fit for major construction.

But, the foundation of Christ does not not remain on the ground floor. The base upon which we stand by faith rises as we build with it by faith. Like each floor of a sky scraper. Truth teaches us how to build, prepares us for building, teaches us how to use the necessary tools... The anointing speaks to our labor of faith with grace and truth. We cannot experience the anointing without our faith raising up from the ashes. (I will give you beauty for ashes.) The beauty of holiness is seen in the anointing of truth but if faith simply continues to examine the building site without ever rising up, what was the value of receiving the doctrine? The purpose of the seed is not to fill the soil with seeds. The purpose of the seed is to produce a tree with branches bearing fruit season after season... grace upon grace. 

I experienced a cycle of growth where I felt like glancing over the edge and being paralyzed by fear. Then I stopped and reflected. I'm rooted in Christ and He is the basis of my confidence. This foundation and building is sure. This was met with a surged of faith rising up in my heart. Our refuge draws from the experience we gain in laboring with faith to increase. With each cycle of growth we build upon previous cycles. Just as a tree does not revert to its first form each night and start over. Each day brings new growth from the basis of previous growth cycles.

Confidence increasing as opposed to standing in doubt of the progression of our faith and worrying about the ability of the first foundation to sustain so much building. While the buildings of men topple due to faulty foundations, the building of Christ cannot fail for we are building on the foundation from which everything came into being. Of course... there is also a temptation to take ownership of our growth and set this confidence within ourselves and outside of this necessary process... but we have given ourselves over to Christ... and He will also give Himself over us in the 10th week and 7th part... the final rest for the Lord upon the completion of all His labor.