Monday, April 18, 2016

"This Ocean!"

"This Ocean!"

     God dwells alone as the only being possessed of self existence.

    "I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me" (Isaiah 46:9).
    "God said unto Moses, I am that I am" (Exodus 3:14).

    All other persons and things derive their being from the Self Existent One.

    "In Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
    "By Him all things consist" (Colossians 1:17).

    The implications of this Truth of all truths are infinitely vast and eternal.  They also matter for this moment.  How we view ourselves, other people, life, blessings, difficulties, the responsibilities of this day, time, eternity, and whatever faces us in this moment - we experience all either from the sweetwater spring of seeing God as the sole I AM, or from the bitter, stagnant pond of blindness regarding the Self Existent One.  We will genuinely live in this day - and in this moment - as we realize and affirm the monotheistic truth of one God not only in our doctrinal beliefs, but also in our expectations and responses to the realities of our existence "in Him".  Any other means of seeking to navigate the course of this day casts us into the twilight and darkness of mere existence rather than vibrant living.  "To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace… To live is Christ" (Romans 8:6; Philippians 1:21).

    A film crew from WSEA TV interviewed Mr. Fish for a report to be aired on the evening news.  "Mr. Fish," asked the reporter, "What do you think of this vast ocean in which you live your life?"  Taken aback, Mr. Fish wrinkled his brow and threw up his fins in obvious confusion.  "Ocean?  What ocean?!"  Sadly, the vast majority of the human race lives and moves and has its being in God, but like Mr. Fish, has little or no idea of the spiritual and moral environment in which it exists.  Even the Lord's children miss much as we presently "see through a glass darkly" (I Corinthians 13:12).  We don't have to miss as much today, however, as we may have missed yesterday.  Through the Word of God and the Spirit of God, we can open our hearts and minds more fully to the reality of the Ocean in which we live.  The great I AM beckons us to remember Him as the Self Existent One from whom we derive "life and breath and all things" (Acts 17:25).  He calls us to believe, to trust, and to depend on His being and doing as the source and power of our journey through this moment, this day, and forevermore.  Any other or lesser view of life misses the Ocean, as it were, leading to frustration rather than fulfillment, and to mere existence rather than vibrant life.  What ocean?  This Ocean

"I am God, and there is none else."
(Isaiah 45:22)

Weekly Memory Verse
   He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."
(John 7:38)

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