Cosmic Cowboys

June 30, 2015

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In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength” (Isa. 30:15).

There is a great difference between sloth, and rest; between deadness, and quietness. There is also a vast difference between constant nervous busyness, and Spirit-controlled activity; between working for God, and having Him do His work through us. It is the infinite difference between self, and Christ,

“In God and man working together, there is nothing of the idea of a partnership between two partners who each contribute their share to a work. Rather, the true plan is that of co-operation founded on subordination. As the Lord Jesus was entirely dependent on the Father for all His words and all His works, so the believer can do nothing of himself.

What he can do of himself is altogether sinful. He must therefore cease entirely from his own doing, and wait for the working of God in him. As he ceases from self-effort, faith assures him that God does what He has undertaken, and works in him.

“And what God does is to renew, to sanctify, and waken all his energies to their most useful power. So that just in proportion as he yields himself a truly passive instrument in the hand of the Father, will he be wielded of Him as the active instrument of His will and power.

This is what will lead us to a deeper life. My use of the term Christian Mysticism seems to sometimes strike a strident note with some. While the term ‘deeper life’ seems to be more palatable to some. But even those of the Missouri Synod (Lutheran) are highly wary of those that seem to seek more. Concerned with the trend in to many of today’s churches wanting us to ‘have an experience’ I have to agree. The scriptures of God are closed, there are no new revelations, and only mastering the basics of the Scripture is what will assure us of not going astray.

That is why the study of such writings as the Westminster Catechism or the Augsburg Confessions, along with sound bible study will produce more fruit in your life than today’s books that promise to reveal a secret. Run like hell when some pastor states; “God has given me a special revelation just for you.”

The great problem we have is we get bored if we are not entertained. Well God is not a giant cosmic clown sent to be a spiritual Xbox.

2 Timothy 2:15King James Version (KJV)

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

It ain’t sexy but it is what’s expected of us.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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