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The Brightness of Shining

January 9, 2010

The Brightness of Shining (14Jun09)

Some thoughts on Isaiah 60

Bill Johnson did a teaching on 31 May 2009 (www.iBethel.tv or www.iBethel.org )  re: the 1st 5 verses of this passage, and how almost exactly 30 years ago, to the very month, he had been reading this scripture while walking around Bethel Church during worship, which he had just become the pastor of some 6 months before, and the Lord used that particular passage to transform his outlook on what the Church is and how he was called to speak that into existence.

Barnes comments:

Verse 1. [Arise] This is evidently addressed to the church….She is now called on to arise from the dust, and to impart to others the rich privileges which were conferred on her….

[Shine] ….Vitringa regards the expression as equivalent to this, ‘pass into a state of light. That is, enjoy light thyself, and impart it freely to others, Gesenius renders it, ‘Shine, be bright; that is, be surrounded and resplendent with light.’ The idea probably is this, ‘rise now from a state of obscurity and darkness. Enter into light; enter into times of prosperity.’ It is not so much a command to impart light to others as it is to be encompassed with light and glory. It is the language of prophecy rather than of command; a call rather to participate in the light that was shining than to impart it to others.

Isaiah 60:2 …. [But the LORD shall arise upon thee…be seen upon thee] There is more emphatic meaning in the original here than is conveyed in our translation. The Hebrew word…does not mean merely that that glory would be visible, but that it would be conspicuous. It would be so bright and luminous that it would be seen afar-like a cloud or column of glory standing over Jerusalem that would be conspicuous to far distant people.

(from Barnes’ Notes, Electronic Database Copyright © 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

We are called to become “conspicuous” in our “shining.” We are to transform the world, but in order to do so, we must ourselves be “shined upon” with waves of glory so intense that we ourselves are transformed first. This is the draw of superhero movies and stories, that we so desire to become that agent of change that we bring glory and goodness and salvation into the world. Deep inside, each of us desires to become a Superman, Zorro, Batman, William Wallace, or William Wilberforce. That is our calling, and if we are willing to learn and participate, it is our destiny.

How do we get there? Because we come from a culture that pushes performance, our immediate response would be, “What do I DO?” That is the wrong question. It is primarily a matter of BECOMING, not of DOING. Light shines OUT from us, RADIATES out from us, and it is a function, a by-product, not a focus. If we reach for results, we have a mentality of measuring, not of mirroring. We REFLECT glory that is poured out on us, given into us, transferred and conferred onto us. We are change AGENTS, not changers. It is as though we were called to be catalysts, unaffected by the change we cause (though in fact we ourselves will also be transformed in the process of transforming).

We must ready ourselves. It is more a matter of positioning ourselves, as T.D. Jakes says in the title of his book, “RE-Position Yourself!” We are called to get ourselves into alignment, much as a laser does, in order to so organize and focus the light coming into us that it cuts, heals, melts and molds into usable, profitable, beneficial , life-giving products and services.

We must not focus on ourselves or the results we think we are supposed to bring. The one who appears to get no results may in fact be over the long haul the most significant change-agent (as with Boris Cornfeld leading Solzhenitzen to salvation, or the little monk dying in the gladiator fights but in so doing, beginning their demise—2 stories told by Chuck Colson in Loving God). We must listen to the love-song of our Daddy singing over us, as the father did his young son who was fretting while the mother was shopping: “I love you. You’re my most wonderful son. You have been the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I love you so dearly…” and on and on with made-up words and tune, and the son, when then dad puts him into the carseat and stops singing, looks up and says, “Sing it again to me, Daddy!” (a story told by Richard Foster in the intro to the book Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home). We must be so in tune with our heavenly Father that, like Jesus, we do only what we see him doing, say only what we hear him saying, act only when we know he is directing, and wait otherwise.

An incredibly difficult thing to do—waiting—but it is our HIGH CALLING! Waiting not simply as “killing” time, but rather as redeeming. Waiting as the best waiter in the highest-class restaurant waits—looking at the customer to see the slightest indication that something is amiss, that something is needed, that something is wanted. Looking at the Father’s eyes as in Psalm 32:8, looking to see where his eyes are directed, where he wants something done, where his heart is. Listening to his heartbeat and knowing the connection with his eyes, seeing the longing of his heart radiating out through his burning eyes. Being so penetrated that we melt into oneness, unable to move—and so is he, ravished by one look into our expectant eyes (S.Sol.4:9 ?), and we melt together in an embrace of love that rocks eternity.

And we have to be so changed that in the humdrum everydayness of life, we don’t even have to think about our boredom or inactivity. We are not focused on results, and so we do not have to measure our lack of “doing something.” Rather, we are available, a witness who may never get called to the stand, but nonetheless ready. And believing that exactly where we are is where we are supposed to be (as Neo was told in Matrix) for that given moment, nothing more, nothing less. “Locked and loaded,” even if never used.

Waiting.

Ready. Aim….

GOD’S THOUGHTS TOWARD ME

January 1, 2010

Father, I commit this day to you. Cause me to know your will and your ways. Is there anything specific you wish to say to me right now? (25Jun2008)

Are you really ready to listen? You know where you are right now, and you so often put Me on the back burner or out of the picture altogether.

What is the solution to that, Father?

You have to train yourself to listen more. I AM trying to relate to you. The things that happen in a day are not the important things. What is important is that you see Me in the things that happen. I AM directing your life in a thousand million ways each day that you never see. All of life is sustained by My energy, by My Holy Spirit, and you would not exist without My holding all of life together. Do you not think I have every little thing in your life mapped out? That is why pride is so wrong. When you think you are in control of your life and your destiny, you downgrade me to a mechanical cause and try to manipulate life, instead of appreciating what I am sending into it. I AM so into you—you have no idea.

How do I change my thinking on that?

Renew your mind. Transform your thinking. Metanoia. Reverse osmosis—let My nature soak into you and the old nature be replaced by me. It’s the natural process of meditating on My Word, of allowing Me to be in everything, of being thankful in everything.

Is there anything I can do to speed the process?

Speed is not the issue. I AM eternal—I don’t change. Neither does the intensity of My purpose in you, the “intentionality,” as Graham Cooke calls it. I am so fiercely intentional toward you, toward making you what you were designed to be, that the amount of energy focused on you as an individual, or any other individual, is enough to shatter the earth into individual molecules and send every one to the furthest possible distance from every other one. How is that for how great My “lovingkindnesses,” My “intentionality,” is toward you??? Remember the Psalmist said, “How great are your thoughts toward me! How vast is the sum of them!” That was his way of expressing this concept. Every person on earth now and every person ever created could come up with as many unique ways of expressing My love for one particular individual, and it still would be only a drop in the bucket compared with how vast that love is. I AM so incredibly vast, so limitless, that there is literally no end to My thoughts toward you! They were in me before time began, before anything was created, and if all creation stopped existing, they would still be in Me! Walt Whitman was feeling that immensity as part of his being when he said, “I am large. I contain multitudes.” He had no idea how close he was to My thoughts toward him, let alone all mankind. This is why the angels stand in awe of you and My relationship toward you.

Father, I am speechless.

As well you should be. Only in the silence can you begin to enter into the fullness of the Godhead. “The fullness of the Godhead bodily dwells in my Lord, and we are complete in Him.” Real completeness and fulfillment are waiting, more than you can ever know—and yet you can enter into it enough to satisfy every longing, while creating a thousand more of greater intensity! Come and be satisfied! Come and be filled! Come and enter into the greatest longing ever known! Come and abide in Me!

GROWTH IN GOD

January 1, 2010

Father God speaking to me: (26Jun2008)

I have unlimited resources. All of life is all about training, about growing you into the fullness of a mature Son. It takes time; it takes mistakes; it takes learning to listen. You do not listen to Me enough, but you have to learn that. I AM patient; I AM not in a hurry. When you are in a hurry, you are most likely to miss Me. I see the heart; I see the intent, and I AM satisfied with incomplete actions when your heart is right. I will bring you to the level where there are completed, perfected actions with right heart, but the only way to learn how to do it right is by having done it wrong as well. There is no other way.

I don’t call it trial and error; I call it trial and learning. You are trying; you are learning. I AM orchestrating the bigger picture so you will learn what you need to. What kind of father would I be if I didn’t bring you to maturity when I had the capability to do so? But maturity includes risk on My part—I have to allow you room to grow, to choose options beyond mere puppetry control. That requires “mistakes,” mis-steps, missed opportunities that can never be recovered. We don’t do “Ground Hog Day,” where you get to do exactly the same thing over and over with an increasing knowledge base until it is perfect. What I do is far more intricate and elaborate, far more amazing, giving the same test in different clothing, in different venues, in alternative situations, so you really learn the basics. And the basics are about character, about relationship with Me and others, about meaning and presence and purpose and direction, about life and love and healing and health, about living abundantly. You have no idea how My heart aches for you to come into the abundance I have for you.

You saw a good lesson while watering: “The one who has much will be given more.” The large hydrangea gets more watering from you b/c it is larger and needs it. The one who has much I give more to both b/c he needs it to sustain the level I’ve taken him to, and b/c he is able to use the more I give to expand to greater heights, depths, and breadths. He requires more to take more territory. It is the way I get the best ROI on investment. Small will grow in greater percentage, but large will grow in greater quantity: for 1 to become 2 is 100% growth, but for 1000 to become 1100 is only 10% growth, even though the quantity of growth is 100 times the growth of the small one.

So don’t envy what I give them, b/c I measure them differently than you. Be faithful in what I give you—enjoy it, develop it, be thankful for it, use it— and you will be happier, and you will bring Me greater joy. Grow where I plant you, in the ways I lead you, and know that I could have placed you in any one of millions of other situations, none of which were exactly right for you! Where you are is exactly where I want you to be! The more you fight, the less you can be what I really designed you to be. The more you listen, cooperate, learn, grow, the more you will find fulfillment, life, joy, fruitfulness, and meaningful relationship with Me and with those I have placed in your life!

HOW SPECIAL I AM

January 1, 2010

Father, what do you want to say to me this morning? (20April2008)

[from y’day:] Keep fighting the good fight. You are doing well at learning to be diligent yet flexible. I AM proud of you. You are learning to fight, to try to take territory, to extend the boundaries of my kingdom. B/c you are doing that, I am increasing your kingdom and boundaries, and you will begin to see growth that will be extremely satisfying to you. You enjoy productivity—I made you that way, and you glorify me when you are most productive in a holy way. You enjoy flowing in me, in motion with me, connected with me in an integral way, becoming one in the flow. And I am bringing that to pass in you, and teaching you how to flow in it more and more. Keep going. Keep pressing in. Keep loving me. I LOVE YOU!! And I am pleased with the path you’re on…

You are special to me. You don’t always feel it, but you are. Yes, every single person can be special in a unique way, and as you relate to each of your children differently, so I relate to each of you differently. That’s not news to you, but what is news is that I have always felt that way about you. That’s why I created you. That’s why I watch over you. That’s why you are where you are. If I didn’t leave the creation of the world to chance, if I didn’t leave the growth of the lilies to chance (and each one is  more beautifully arrayed than Solomon, just like the bearded iris you picked this morning, even though they are unnoticed and grow in abundance—I provide for each one uniquely. I know what each one is doing, what it is capable of, what I have planned for it. Do you think I would leave you to chance, to the devices of the world, to the “devil-may-care” attitudes of those who have no vested interest in your success? I HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN SEEING YOU SUCCEED! MY HONOR is at stake, just as in Ezek.36.

Don’t try to analyze it. It ‘s a matter of the heart, of spirit to spirit. I LOVE YOU! I HAVE GREAT PLANS FOR YOU, PLANS YOU COULD NOT BEGIN TO IMAGINE!!!!!!!

You have to believe it without feeling it. You have to trust me on this one. YOU HAVE NOT FAILED! YOU HAVE NOT MISSED ME! KEEP ON TRUSTING! KEEP ON PRESSING IN!