My Utmost For His Highest
June 18, 2008
Keep Recognizing Jesus
. . . Peter . . . walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid . . . —Matthew 14:29-30
The wind really was boisterous and the waves really were high, but Peter didn’t see them at first. He didn’t consider them at all; he simply recognized his Lord, stepped out in recognition of Him, and “walked on the water.” Then he began to take those things around him into account, and instantly, down he went. Why couldn’t our Lord have enabled him to walk at the bottom of the waves, as well as on top of them? He could have, yet neither could be done without Peter’s continuing recognition of the Lord Jesus.
We step right out with recognition of God in some things, then self-consideration enters our lives and down we go. If you are truly recognizing your Lord, you have no business being concerned about how and where He engineers your circumstances. The things surrounding you are real, but when you look at them you are immediately overwhelmed, and even unable to recognize Jesus. Then comes His rebuke, “. . . why did you doubt?” ( Matthew 14:31 ). Let your actual circumstances be what they may, but keep recognizing Jesus, maintaining complete reliance upon Him.
If you debate for even one second when God has spoken, it is all over for you. Never start to say, “Well, I wonder if He really did speak to me?” Be reckless immediately— totally unrestrained and willing to risk everything— by casting your all upon Him. You do not know when His voice will come to you, but whenever the realization of God comes, even in the faintest way imaginable, be determined to recklessly abandon yourself, surrendering everything to Him. It is only through abandonment of yourself and your circumstances that you will recognize Him. You will only recognize His voice more clearly through recklessness— being willing to risk your all.
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Where is the discernment in the above? When Chambers states, “You will only recognize His voice more clearly through recklessness — being willing to risk your all,” where does discernment come into play to determine the “voice” that is speaking to you, calling out to you? How can a person be “reckless” and drive full bore ahead, without pausing to determine, to discern from whence does this “voice” come from? How can you be “reckless” on one hand, if you are to discern, search your heart, seek the Lord, and search the Scriptures, to determine what the will of the Lord is concerning this “voice” that is compelling you into this direction?
While I love much of Mr. Chambers’ writings, I find in these recent days, reason for caution, and reason, to put on the brakes to “everything” that I hear and see in the spirit realm, and to run to the Word of God, and search out what God “may be saying” to me. We are all open to various “voices,” some of which are of God, some of which is the flesh, and some of which appear as God, but are demonic, and the outright manifestation of the demonic. The only way to know the “voice” that is calling to us, is to know, to really know the Word of God. This is how we grow to know Christ, is by burying our lives in the Word, and allowing the Spirit to transform and renew us through the washing of Word from the inside out. Romans 12:1 and 2 give us God’s perspective on knowing Him, and knowing His voice. There is no “recklessness” involved, but determined and focused attention, and intentionality on our part, to come to Him and His Word, and ask for direction and discernment. The only valid plumb line to know the Truth, is in knowing the Word of God. May God have mercy upon us, if we rely solely on our impressions, visions, pictures, prophetic utterances, the words of supposed prophets, IF we do not look to God to confirm all these manifestations in the Word of God. Our standard of truth is the Truth found in the Scriptures. Soli Deo Gloria!
Romans 12 (The Message)
Place Your Life Before God
1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12 (New American Standard Bible)
1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Soli Deo Gloria! Amen.
Sam, laying his life before God and the Word.
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The above blog post was written at a time when I was eclectic in my theological & biblical views and understanding. As of 5 February 2017 I am a functional cessasionist, that is, I believe the spiritual gifts, in particular gift like the vocative, prophetic gifts as well as healing & miracles have ceased. This means that my understanding is that at the end of the apostolic era, when the last apostle died (that would be John who was at Patmos & Ephesus, the author of the Gospel of John, Epistles of John & the Revelation of Jesus Christ, with his passing, the need for these particular gifts, the oracles of God given to men through the Holy Spirit, were no longer required. With the forming of the Canon of Scripture, there came to be no need for revelatory gifts. In fact in Revelation, John himself records the words of Jesus, “18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, which are written about in this book.” [Revelation 22, CSB]
God is sovereign, still heals, still manifests in the miraculous, but not at the whim or the discretion of men. We pray and ask the Lord, and then we yield and surrender to His will, echoing the words and the spirit of Christ, “Not my will but your will be done.” [Luke 22:42].
I embrace and hold to a Reformed understanding of theology & Christian living in the world. I have abandoned my other views entirely. I would be more akin to a Reformed Baptist (1689 Confession) type of Reformed theology. I used to be a continuationist (akin to John Piper) but no longer.
God bless you as you seek to know Christ and the power of His resurrection [Philippians 3:10 CSB].
In the eternal grip of Jesus,
Samuel M. Buick
29 January 2018
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