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Dangers along the Contemplative Path

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It makes a big difference who we believe God is.

And how we approach Him.

This should go without saying; especially when speaking with Christians. Because those who know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior possess clear instructions on who He is and how they must come to Him.

The Christian understands that the Bible is the instruction guide for both those questions. 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. No more; no less.

Veer away from that written collection and you introduce problems. Grave problems.

Establishing the certainty of truth and authority is answered simply. Truth is known by those who find it.

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31,32)

God promises to manifest Himself to those who believe His words. As the sheep know the shepherd’s voice, those in whom the Spirit dwells, know His voice from all others.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)

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It Waits in the Darkness

 

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When discussing meditation and prayer, it is important to remember that there isn’t some formula or technique to be used. Because the Bible doesn’t specify any such thing.

We must remember that this is all about a relationship with the Lord. It’s about how we communicate with the Lord Jesus Christ.

He is a Person; not a force or idea or a consciousness we must tap into. We are talking about the One God that knows us at an infinitely intimate level. And He desires to have close fellowship with us on a moment-by-moment basis.

That being said, it follows, that whenever we desire to know God or even to know what is happening in our own souls, we are not entering into some vacant, neutral territory.

Because, this world is not neutral. There is no place that is spiritually neutral.

As in great stories of ancient kingdoms, lost worlds, great heroes and epic battles, people have found themselves subject to some higher authority. Everyone has had to live in a realm governed by some lord or king.

Whether or not they wanted to follow a particular lord or king, they were forced into subjection by those with greater power.

And, it is the same today. All men upon this earth are subject to some principality or power — both seen and unseen.

In a similar way, in the spiritual realm, we each must choose which Master to serve.

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My apologies for a couple weeks absence.

I was off on vacation to California to see family and to explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Hope to share some pictures of those places with you in the months ahead.

In the next couple days, I’ll be back with the next installment on the Contemplative Prayer movement.

Thanks for your patience!

Seeking after the Stillness

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“Be still, and know that I am God:” (Psalm 46:10)

I recently finished one of the most important Christian books I’ve ever read.

It’s called, A Time of Departing, by Ray Yungen. You can find this book on the LighthouseTrails.com website. Check out that site for a host of research on important Christian topics.

Mr. Yungen’s book deals with the Contemplative Prayer movement. If you are not familiar with this growing practice, you should be. We all should be.

In the next few posts I’ll deal with some extremely valuable aspects of this book that I hope will help you to make sense of this new movement. Since we all, as Christians, are strangers and pilgrims in this world. This very strange world.

In a nutshell, he makes a very solid case regarding the dangers of a practice that is spreading like wildfire throughout the religious world — including within Evangelical circles. This practice is being promoted by some very well-know leaders not normally associated with unbiblical practices. In the book you’ll discover the chilling details.

Contemplative Prayer is a spiritual technique that is, for all practical purposes, an Eastern mystical discipline re-packaged for the undiscerning Christian. It is wrapped in all the language and lingo that would attract the seeker of a deeper relationship with God. But it is nothing more than New Age and Eastern occultism masquerading as Christian meditation.

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Choose Your Reality

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“They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” (Job 2:8)

That seems pretty straight forward. We choose the mercy of God or we choose His wrath.

In the current cultural and political firestorm, it is becoming very apparent to me that each person chooses how he views the world.

Each person chooses what he listens to. Each chooses what he views. Each chooses what he reads.

But even more specifically, it is the narrative that he chooses. The overall idea or slant.

The bias.

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Finding the Rest of God

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“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any manĀ  fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Hebrews 4:9-11)

I’m convinced that most Christians reading this verse believe it is talking about heaven. About the rest waiting for us after we die.

This passage begins with recounting how Moses led the people through the wilderness for 40 years. And how they failed to enter into the promised land.

Only after the death of Moses and the death of all the original Israelites, except Joshua and Caleb, did the people finally cross the Jordan River and enter Canaan. All because they did not believe God would fight for them and protect them in what was, without doubt, a very dangerous place.

From that reference, we are told there is another rest that is ready for Christians to “enter into”. Something that has been provided right now for the believer. Not just something down the road after 70 or 80 years of life.

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Self Deception

 

Kendall Ledge Moss

Two things here.

One: Sin has powerful emotions attached to it.

Two: These emotions or motions are both spiritual and physical.

Which makes our struggle against sin such a terribly fierce battle.

In Hebrews, it tells us to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…” (Hebrews 12:1). That word, “beset“, is an interesting one. It sounds like a commonplace or simple word. As if our sin was nothing more than a simple fly or gnat that irritates us. Something we could just easily swat away.

However, beset actually means to combat on every side or to lay under siege. This is like a vast, terrible army surrounding people in a castle. As an enemy bringing all the machines of war against them — seeking their total annihilation.

Yet, that verse in Hebrews tells us to “lay aside” the sin that so easily defeats us.

So how does that work? How does one just “lay aside” something that so violently and overwhelmingly seeks to destroy us?

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The Lord of Division

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Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid. (John 14: 27)

The peace that Christ speaks of is not of this world.

It is a peace that this world does not understand.

Quite literally, the Lord Himself is our Peace. He is even called, the Prince of Peace, in Isaiah. And He has made peace for us through the blood of His cross.

And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:20)

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The Fallacy of Biblical Criticism

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In relation to Bible version selection, the popular wisdom that Christians follow is based on readability, understandability, style and preference. Accuracy seems to be an afterthought.

If it’s given any thought at all.

It is just assumed by most Christians that, if a version exists, it has gone through some form of rigorous testing and approval by the scholarly powers that be. Because, how could any version be accepted without an extreme and exhaustive level of scrutiny?

After all, why would the Christian magazines carry ads selling a version.? Why would Christian universities and seminaries push a version? Why would famous authors, professors, preachers, evangelists and pastors push a version that they have not investigated in depth?

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