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The Lord will enlighten

“For as the rain comes down and the snow falls from heaven, and returns not again,
but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, and gives seed to the sower
and bread to the eater; so shall my Word be that goes forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto Me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I send it”
Isa 55: 10 –11

Without the foundation of God’s revelation, all the extraordinary philosophies of
men and even all their concepts of God, though anchored in excellent thoughts which
motivate to buildup and serve man in noble pursuits and works, shake out to be
nothing more than what Dietrich Bonheoffer defines as “Cheap Grace.”

“Cheap grace” is the transaction of forgiveness without requiring repentance, the
transaction of baptism without suffering discipline, the transaction of communion
without confession. “Cheap grace” is grace without discipleship, grace without the
cross, and grace without Jesus Christ. “Cheap grace” emphasizes the benefits of
Christianity without the costs involved. The distinctions and emphasis are on temporal
benefits rather than eternal; hence, the adjective cheap to describe it.

“Cheap grace” is like a coat which you can choose to put on or to take off so as to
insure that the prevailing protocol is properly observed and sentimentality is preserved.
“Cheap grace” often attempts to equate sentimentality with sentiment. However,
there is a difference between sentiment and sentimentality. Sentiment deals with one’s
intuitive perception while sentimentality deals with one’s empathic desires; following
interest which may be real, imagined, or preconceived in pursuit of welfare for self or
some other; frequently in quest of self-improvement and behavioral modification
through affirmation which focuses on personal benefits. Hence for all comers, it
promotes testimonies of positive results socially, economically and morally. Sine qua
non: consequently “Cheap grace” is benefit oriented; emphasizing good feelings.
It is critical to understand, no one can be eternally stirred by human motivation
emphasizing good feelings; trapped in our environmental and temporal circumstances,
feelings cannot be sustained. We can only be eternally stirred by a personal crisis with
God – a crisis in which our equilibrium is disturbed; a type of “spiritual vertigo.”
Once disturbed by a crisis with God, our subsequent conceptions of life must be
taken from the convictions stirred by the crisis; which if allowed will guide and sustain
our sentiment as we cry holy, holy, holy; thus giving glory to God (1Cor. 10:31).
God does not deal with us on the basis of sentimentality; rather He enlivens our
sentiments only on the basis of truth by the Holy Spirit (John 14:26, 15:26, 16:13).
Unlike the specialists seen parading throughout all other worldly pursuits, the
apostles Paul and John strips away the notion that there are specialists in Christian
thinking; they say, “No, the Holy Spirit is the One Teacher” (1 Cor. 12:8; 1 John 4:6).
As saints we recognize that to live in the world the Holy Spirit is a very real
necessity, who must operate in our lives. Yet we often fail to recognize the need to
draw upon the resources of the Holy Spirit for all areas of our thinking; from the
sublime to the mundane – yes and even to the ridiculous.

When the Holy Spirit is received and allowed to come in, He teaches a saint’s
disposition to initiate and respond by intuition (which operates in the same sphere as
natural intuition) though with the added constituent and providence of His active input
and stirring. The significance is an instant perception of truth or fallacy without
reasoning or analysis; this is His wisdom imputed from obedience to God’s Word.
The Holy Spirit curbs and checks both natural and spiritual intuition until He
brings a saint’s intuition into accord with what Jesus meant when He said, “My sheep
hear my voice” (John 10:27).

A saint must equally recognize that preaching is a snare; the snare is that which
at any moment it may cause the saint to “fallout” of touch with God. Preaching is
simply meant to rouse up the saints so they shall face the truths revealed in God’s
Word as witnessed to them by the Holy Spirit. Preaching delivered by the Holy Spirit is
not intended to be either impressive or to display a saint’s aptitude and proficiency.
Providentially the Lord offers us His direction and we are free to choose, ye or ne;
yet He never forgets us in our choices or abandons us in our labors whatsoever.
The extraordinary reality of God is that He never safeguards His own truth; He
conveys the revelations of His Word as it is intended; to accomplish His purpose to
prosper, and yet allows it to be easily misrepresented; His only test is the Holy Spirit
who anoints and leads the saint into all truth.

Only as the saint obeys the Spirit and keeps in the light does the anointing abide.
Our thinking and commonsense reasoning must be rigorously subordinated to the
Spirit. And if the saint abides in Him, He regenerates the character (and the damage
sin has done to conscience and mind) and keeps the thinking vital and true.
Paul declares, “I pummel my body and make it a slave and keep it under control,
least after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27).
The Holy Spirit imputes into the saint’s intuition the true stamp of the right
interpretation which is not fantastic or peculiar, nor does it twist the brain, but allows
the saint to know “How marvelously simple and beautiful truth is; as believed through
the revelation of God’s wisdom by the Holy Spirit” (Mark 13:11, John 14:26).
By the Word He has prepared, it will accomplish and prosper in grace, righteousness,
mercy and justice whereto He has sent it – independent of whatsoever choice
may be made.

Therefore, whatever the choice, all are without excuse! The only reality of
freedom’s foundation is by the Word He has prepared. God makes no defense for it;
and none of His creatures can avoid it, alter it, supplant it or supersede it by any
excuse or rational whatsoever.

By faith we know GOD is with us. Yet faith that is sure of itself is not faith. But
faith that is sure of God, is the only faith there is. This faith is not confirmed by works,
evidence of verification or anyone’s approval. It is an expression of the fruit of the
Spirit; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness
and self-restraint. Love is the Spirit fully alive in the heart, and self-restraint is the
heart fully alive in obedience to IMMANUEL. The other 7 are the expressions of the
resident of Christ in us the hope of glory.

It should be understood that these are only thoughts formed from the intuitive
experience of flawed creatures of God many of whom choose to be in His presence but
unfortunately many of whom are not; who boast in their inspiring philosophies that
undoubtedly have and continue to motivate but will not recreate the heart, soul and
spirit of man, unless the Spirit of Jesus Christ indwells the heart, soul and spirit.
“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom.

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