The divine dialogue is real,
but it is only realized in us, as we begin to understand what God is saying to us.
Clearly, understanding what God is saying to us, recognizing His motion in our life, being able to interpret the language He uses to communicate with us is impossible for us to do on our own.
The burden to understand what God is saying to us does not lie with us;
it lies with Him.
The realization of everything God wants to do and be for us, depends on Him. And so,
He makes the provision, that makes it possible for us to do what would be impossible without Him.
- The provision of His Spirit, His mind in us, enabling us to hear and understand His words
- The provision of the divine dialogue spanning the distance to bring us from where we are to where we are meant-to-be
- The supernatural, ethereal provision of His blood that washes away the dark twisted confusion of “sin,” which is merciless in its destruction of our well-being and ruthless in its destruction of real relationship with Him.
By laying hold of us, so that we can lay hold of His provision for us . . . God makes it possible for us to experience, to realize, to come into the reality of what He has always been working for . . . a love relationship of communion and intimacy with us. This is not a one-sided effort. As in every love affair, there is a need for reciprocity, if the love from One is going to be realized in His union with the one He loves.
And so, our reciprocity . . . our ability to recognize and our willingness to respond to His initiatives . . . becomes all important to God accomplishing what He is after in us. But we are also helpless in this: more often then not too distracted and confused to respond to Him, misreading His intentions, alienated from Him by our carnal preferences. But He makes a provision for even this: repentance.
2 Tim 2:24-26
The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses . . .
Repentance is the marvelous work God does in us, that changes everything . . . making us capable of relationship with Him . . . making it possible for Him to achieve everything He has ever been working for in us. . . because the condition of our heart limits or releases His work in our spirit.
Repentance is a gift, it is His provision for us, it is His work in us.
Everything God wants to do and be in our life depends upon the condition of our heart allowing it. And so, He will shake our world and tax the farthest star to work repentance in our hearts — to bring that change of heart — so that when His fresh sweet initiative comes to us, our tendered heart will recognize it, yearning for the security and stability of the relationship He is working for.
The most important thing we can do is to stop resisting His motion in our souls moving us to repent of what is keeping us from Him.
- God is Summoning Us to a Journey: February 12, 2014
- Provision for the Journey: February 25, 2014
- The Ultimate Provision: March 7, 2014
- Finding the Place Where God’s Provision Flows: May 5, 2014