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Susan @ 10:07 AM
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
When God speaks to us, He speaks to our spirit. But then the problem is the emotions and the reasonings like to get involved.
Our soul is all puffed up, all been leavened. They like to get involved and process. Then things get messy.
Although the emotions can make life colourful, some of the colours are not Godly colours.
It can be wild joy....all feeling pumped up and excited and wanting to hijack the spirit....When God first spoke to Abraham and showed him His vast grand promise, he must be feeling quite pumped.
But that feeling of overwhelmed joy and pumped is actually a result of puffed up leaven.
Then it can be pain....when God told Abraham to burn his beloved son as a sacrifice, it must be quite painful for him. Although the Bible didn't mention his emotional state.
The Bible only said that Abraham passed his test. I guess the test is a test of emotions. God wants to see if He speaks a word into the spirit, can that word go pass the emotions. Can we just listen, then simply obey and follow from the spirit, without getting the soul involved? The test is about whether the leavened bread has shrinked back to it's unleavened size so that the communications through the spirit can be delivered and carried out safely without being hijacked.
When you think about it, it's actually quite simple. Let the Spirit live and let the old self die. And when God says,"hmm....I smell death", that's the time when things can get a bit interesting.
I remember walking into houses where there's meat being roasted in the oven. Oh, that smell! To me(I'm a meat lover)that's the most irresistable smell.
When we put our old selves on the altar and offer it as a burning sacrifice, when we say to our emotions and reasonings, your dead now, stop reacting like a raging sea, just calm down...(LOL), we're actually creating a smell that's most irresistable to God.
Praises is good, worship is good, serving, doing things...etc they're all good. They all produce fragrant smells. But it's this smell of death that ultimately moves God as it's simply irresistable!
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