Know Jesus: Experience Life

You and I desire to have a good life, right?  That’s what a good father wants for his children.  It’s not any different with our Heavenly Father.

To find a good life, we have to go to the source of life…it only makes common sense, right.

Jesus told the Pharisees that they argued so much because they mistakenly thought that life was found in having a good grasp of correct theology and doctrine. I am convinced that Jesus would be saying the same thing to many Christians today…sincere Christians…that have learned to love their understanding of the Scriptures more than the actual God who inspired the Scriptures.

The Source of life (Jesus) is experienced, in His most basic essence by coming to Him as a child.  Once that is established, the Spirit of the Scriptures breaths life into the Scriptures.

The song by Don Moen, “I Just Want To Be Where You Are” describes the heart of a child, and it’s most basic pulsing.  That is how to approach the Father.

The child’s heart says, “Daddy, there you are.  I just want to sit next to you.  You don’t have to say anything unless you want to.  I just want to be next to you.”

A daily relationship with the Lord of our lives starts in that same way…that simply.  Imagine it for yourself, and you will learn to experience it for yourself.  That simple beginning sets the tone for the day.  As a child is enjoying his/her Father’s presence, He may choose to “speak” by His Spirit something to His child.

The Father’s “voice” will, most often, be a quiet impulse of desire in His child’s heart.  A scripture thought my alight.  An emotion may arise.  A curious hunch my about something may occur that isn’t simply a mental distraction but a curiosity that leads a person deeper into understanding the heart of God.  It may also come as an impulse desire to read a passage of scripture, and then study it more deeply.

When we set the ‘baseline’ of our day, for an amount of time you’ve pre-determined, it sets the course for a “good life day” whether or not all of the circumstances of that day are enjoyable. Usually, all things in anyone’s day are not without challenge.  However, with the ‘baseline’ established, wisdom that comes from God is more accessible.

The point is not a segmented life where we have our “devotions” for a time in the morning and then exit to live our ‘real’ lives.  The objective is to get used to experiencing the nuances of God’s presence and learn to carry that through our daily lives so that knowing His Presence (His Face) is always right there for the entrance.

I would love to hear your thoughts!  Feel free to comment!

Gary

 

 

False Barrier by Gary Ellis

“I don’t feel Him” <<<<That’s a false barrier.

In the pursuit of being awake to the presence of God on a moment by moment basis in our lives, there are a number of false barriers.
In other words, “mental limitations.”

I’d like to address one of the more common “false barriers” today.  The “I don’t feel Him” roadblock.

It is really cool to enjoy experiences with the Lord that touch our emotions.  And…the truth is…I strongly believe that the potential to do so is astronomically higher than may be expected by a lot of Christians.

But, here is a key that I’ve discovered…

It’s very important as we practice His presence to not “look at” how you are feeling at any given moment.  When a person does that, they are actually putting themselves in a position of being their own center of awareness.

How am I feeling?  What am I feeling? Am I sensing His presence? = Self Awareness

Since I’ve been on a more concentrated focus of continually being awake and aware of the Lord’s presence in my life, I’ve often had “flushes” of positive emotion.  The kind that’s deeper than the surface of things.  Those times are very encouraging, enjoyable <even if very brief>, and confidence building.

However, there are also times I “feel” flat, unaware, insensitive to much of anything but other things that might be going on in my body, or thoughts.  It’s at those times I make a choice to be awake and aware based on His reality Vs. what I’m feeling…or not feeling.

On one of those occasions I had purposely focused on “Him Awareness” and didn’t feel at all inspired.  The thought crossed my consciousness…

“…I’m here.  I’m always here. I’m not dependent on how you feel about things.  Even your doubts don’t drive me away.  They only insulate your awareness of me…”

So, in those moments of practicing awareness, I acknowledge I am just as awake to Him in the real me (spirit) as I am when the moments of chosen awakeness feel more radiant.  Shadows in my soul can’t extinguish the glories of His light….always with me.

Keep Practicing…Keep Practicing….Keep Practicing.

Gary



A Splendid Journey by Gary Ellis

I’m on a splendid journey. An expedition. An excursion. An adventure.

It’s not that it’s a new thing.  I’ve trundled down this path for some time;  But, I’m being inwardly drawn from an unseen place deep within myself.  It’s like a magnet pulling me forward in a fresh surge of desire.  Perhaps it would be best explained as a refinement on what has already long begun.

What is this developing mystery?

To practice a consistent life lived awareness and consciously aware of His Presence.

Does that sound mad and impractical…if not impossible?  I don’t think so.  Even if it is…even if I falter and fail…even as I miss the mark…I will develop sharper eyes to see, and keener ears to hear the One of Whom is the center of all joy, peace, love, and power.

But…here’s the thing…

I don’t believe this is a potential isolated and only to the experiences of a select few like, Brother Lawerence, J.-P. de Caussade, or the 20th Century contemporary missionary Frank Laubach.

Am I desiring to be more heavenly minded than earthly good?  Not at all!

In fact, if one reads the stories of men and women who’ve made their aim to practice His Presence, you’ll discover they were men and women with roots in the earth that have produced much practical fruit.

Does it make me more “spiritual?”

In the normal definition of that kind of charge, No.  Not at all!  As a matter of fact, it is my considered humble opinion that the more truly spiritual a person is, the more loving, practical, and powerful is he or she in life.  As Jesus put it in John 15:5, “Without me you can do nothing.”  That isn’t merely the description of a person who has the right belief about Him.  It’s a very earthy, organic, reality.

Will I reach my goal?

I’m actually not trying to reach a  final “goal,” as such.  According to the Scriptures, in this age we only see through a glass dimly.  Even in the age to come, I believe our experience will be an eternal opening of new doors into the vast inner chambers of God’s Person.

But, that “inner magnet” tells me that being aware of His “moment-ly” Presence is so much more possible  than we may have imagined.  If I’ve “deluded” myself with a fairy tale hope…then walk softly.  I don’t want to wake up. 🙂

My face is fixed like a flint for “the more.”  Anyone can join me, if they wish.

Gary