Isaiah 35:4 (KJV): 4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
John 12: 36 (NIV) Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.
A couple went to hear a talk about Peru. They saw a slide show of all those mystic places there. The husband said, “Gee, if I could only go there I would feel so close to God.”
Where would you have to go to be close to God?
Would it be India? It is for many people. They say that it would be the absolute epitome of life to follow a guru around, sit at his feet, and listen to him speak. Remember the Beatles? They did just that. They thought they would then feel close to God. It has been said that a guru contains within the his/her inner self, the truth of what life really is. If you would get a true guru, he or she would speak this truth to you — that you have within you all the potential of God’s spirituality. The spirituality is not in any locality, place, or person, but in God. Our Sunday messages are a signpost from God to all the glories you have with you this moment.
In religion, so much passes from the notebook of the preacher to the notebook of the bible student without ever passing through the spirituality of anyone. I ask you this morning to really feel these words.
There are actually two essences inside of us. Within each of us is the spiritual and the personal or secular human. Many of us feel we are simply alone, that we are a body and that’s all we are, but I tell you this morning – you are more – so much more.
In these two halves, the spiritual part of you is God’s child. The personal part of you is a woman or man child. Have you ever heard of Jesus referred to as the Son of Man? You might wonder what that is. And then you’ve heard Jesus referred to as the Son of God. And then Jesus tells us in Galatians 3:26 (KJV) that “26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
You are the son or daughter of a couple, and you are also the child of the living God. If you look at your hands, your hair, your physical make-up, you may look like your father or mother. And truly, you are the son or daughter of man. But you are more. You are also the son or daughter, the child, of God. This is on Jesus Christ’s authority. We each have a large spiritual part.
You have been told you must be born again. I agree. You must be born again in the awareness of God, of who you are, what you are, and what you can become as God’s child.
If you think you are just the son or daughter of humans, you’re going to be very limited in your perception. The child of humans has attached itself to belief about limitations. However, the child of God inside of you knows no boundaries, knows no failure, knows no sickness; knows no darkness.
Jesus Christ says, you must have new birth in your awareness. You must be born again to who you really are. You must have the awareness inside of you that there is also a spiritual distinctiveness within this human body that holds it up and gives it power. Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
The real element of growth is to grow inward and realize that we are NOT alone, to realize we have the power as a child of God that Jesus Christ said we had. Without some evidence of the nature of Christ inside of us, people just react to life. They want to fight with fists instead of words. They want to solve problems through force instead of through God’s wisdom and love.
In life there are two paths, the higher way, and the lower way.
Often when we are in a “holy” place, or a church, it is the energy we feel of other people that have prayed before us.
Where is Holy Ground? It is inside of you.
Exodus 3 tells of Moses’ awakening. “Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian; and He led his flock to the west side of the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and lo, the bush was burning, and yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, ‘I will turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.’”
Imagine walking down the street and seeing a house on fire, but it’s not being consumed. You look. You stare. You gawk at the strange mystery. In that moment you’ll probably have some spiritual awareness come to you because the ordinary and normal appearances of life are gone. Personal limitations and preconceived opinions of what life is no longer are real.
“When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And He said, ‘Here am I.’ Then He said, ‘Do not come near; put off your shoes from your feet, for the place upon which you are standing is Holy Ground.’ And He said, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.”
Many of us tend to hide our faces because we’re also afraid to look at God. I don’t know why, but we are. We think that if we look at God, God will know what is hidden deep inside us and require us to do something we don’t want to do. We are afraid. We fear God.
God’s will is to make our life better, not worse. God loves us more than we can even comprehend from where we stand at this present moment.
“The Lord God said, ‘I have seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters; I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring forth my people, the Sons of Israel, out of Egypt.’
“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Sons of Israel out of Egypt?’
“He said, ‘But I will be with you; and this shall be a sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought forth the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God upon this mountain.’”
There is a law of spiritual and mental growth that is constantly at work within our mind. It is the moving from sense-consciousness (or Egypt) to spiritual consciousness (or Canaan). The name Moses means to “draw out.” In Scripture it symbolically represents this progressive or drawing out process that works from within – moving out.
What is going on inside of us? Inside there are many thoughts of God’s truth coming up. But those thoughts are still out of touch. They are still oppressed by our own human thinking that acts as a block or a sifter. It’s like God’s truth is at the top of a mountain, so difficult if not impossible for us to reach and grasp.
This mountain is a spiritual mountain in a perceived and experienced spiritual consciousness; we are on a higher vantage point of life after a time in the wilderness. You might feel like Moses, that you have been in the wilderness for forty years. Forty means four square; a complete experience, multiplied by a zero for emphasis.
Here are all four corners of the Truth: a complete Truth. Then, if we want to multiply it inside of our mind, we talk about that Truth over and over and over and over again until it is enough. The Biblical way of describing this is to add a zero.
So, here we have a story of something that is happening right now inside of us, a wonderful wilderness story of thoughts waiting to be freed from human limitation, of a mountain waiting for us to climb. When these thoughts are freed, the awareness of God creates a new kingdom. That kingdom is Holy Ground. When we’re in this thought process or thought-kingdom, everyplace we step is Holy. We realize God IS with us, and we are not alone.
The angel of the Lord, the flame of the fire, and the bush are all within our spiritual consciousness. They become manifest through our focus on The Word. The bush inside of us is a nerve center through which faithful prayer flows like electricity through a wire. It is making an awe-inspiring light, but it is not ever consumed.
Yet when we consent to God working through us, we have that fire inside, an enthusiasm. This is that light that does not consume. It adds to; it benefits.
Then you realize, right where you are; you are on Holy Ground.
IT IS THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS.
We invite you visit our new chapel, our on-line live ministry; come often and join in the experience. Sit in the chapel and feel the light and love of God surround you.