Go deep Part 2

choose wisely

In the previous discussion on this topic, we discussed going deeper, abiding in-Christ.  I referenced an analogy of a sphere of glass windows that I am dwelling in with Christ..  Each window is bombarded with a storm (thoughts) from the outside, and I can open a window if I choose to serve these things… serve the world.

I originally blogged about wisdom and choice a few years ago, but I have found that I was merely drinking milk when the Lord revealed some things for my growth. Some of the things mentioned have been updated quite a few times, and that post is too long to touch again, haha.

At any rate, a few verses really spoke to me today about this topic:

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear,but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him:for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD,choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

The word serve in both OT Hebrew examples is:

Strong’sHebrew Dictionary
5647. עָבַד `abad

עָבַד `abad aw-bad’

a primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication, to serve, till,(causatively) enslave, etc.:–X be, keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service,compel, do, dress, ear, execute, + husbandman, keep, labour(-ing man, bring to pass, (cause to, make to) serve(-ing, self), (be, become) servant(-s), do (use)service, till(-er), transgress (from margin), (set a) work, be wrought,worshipper,

The word serve that Jesus used in Greek is:

Strong’sGreek Dictionary
1398. δουλευω douleuo

δουλευω douleuo dool-yoo’-o

from 1401; to be a slave to (literal or figurative, involuntary orvoluntary):–be in bondage, (do) serve(-ice).

We start to get a picture here of being enslaved to whomever we serve. Either the world (darkness, storms, winds, floods, man, adam, flesh, etc.), which is pounding up against these windows.. or we are slaves to Christ.. (Light, peace, calmness, joy, contentment, etc), which is inside the sphere of windows we have talked about.

I’ll leave with these few verses:

Psalms 23:1-6 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalms 107:1-16 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

John 8:32-36 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

and wow, I can go on and on.. Rom 6:14, 8:2, 1Cor7:22, 2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. etc…etc….etc.

The Word (Christ) within this glass sphere of windows with us, which is in the world but not of it… that is going deep my brothers and sisters.. Almost all scripture lines up with this analogy..  I pray this is written on my heart, between my eyes, and bound around my neck.. I pray the same for you and yours.  God be with you. – joseph