Simplicity for Sin Sick Souls
Luke 6:47-49. “I will show you what he is like who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them: He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid his foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the torrent crashed against that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears My words and does not act on them is like a man who built his house on ground without a foundation. The torrent crashed against that house, and immediately it fell—and great was its destruction!”
Passively being a member of a religion cannot bring healing to a sin “sick” soul. What He reveals to us must be acted upon.
Why does anyone call Him Lord, but not seek to know and to live by Christ Jesus’ teachings - He to Whom ALL authority is given in Heaven and on Earth? Following His Way is the sure way to wholeness, to becoming “fully Human.” It is the foundation which is the Rock - the revelation of Christ in me, Who is the obedient One doing the works of the Father.
One can have all the “high church religion” possible - with its beautiful forms, vestments, music, architecture, ceremonies, sacraments, observance of days, fasts and foods - yet, rather than enhancing and advancing the Way of Christ in its simplicity, these things often seem to get in the way of the simplicity of the “school of Christ” - to know, honor, and obey Jesus Christ personally in day to day life.
As far as this writer is concerned, the Holy Bible is the clearest “map” one can have, which compliments the “HGPS” - an indwelling of the “Holy Ghost Positioning System.” They can and must work together to heal the sin sick soul, as it is guided along through life. Forms of religion are a language that describes this. But these are often vague, unexplained and very, very confusing. Especially when one is burdened with sin that is hard to articulate, confess, and forsake - yet which continually oppresses.
Religiosity is also traditionally something one can hide in while piously attending to external forms, allowing for great hypocrisy. What follows is a disconnect inwardly that results in a divided heart and mind uncentered and without devotion (personally, daily, continually) to the living God in Christ Jesus. There are no moorings, whether it’s the West’s Scholasticism or the East’s Traditionalism, both can be equally deadly - where one is ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the Truth Himself, Whose Presence delivers and heals - and can be tapped through asking, seeking, and knocking. He is omnipresent!
Jesus is the cure for so called “mental illness,” a fragmentation of both heart and mind which has no Center in Jesus, and finds itself enveloped in chaos. The Spirit must “brood” over such a one, just as He did in the beginning,
Could it be that we forget, or maybe never actually considered it, that sin is the condition we’re born in and what that indicates as far as the deliverance we need? Fragmentation. Chaos. No Foundation. No moorings. Life for the Christian is about the healing of this. We need to know our purpose in Christ, what it means, and where it ought to take us.
“Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.” Psalm 86:11. In other words, “Give me an undivided heart; heal my innate deep state of fragmentation of my innermost being!” What a fabulous prayer, for it targets the source of he problem, a fragmentation of the heart.
Or should we say deliverance from sin must be first, so that healing may take place and life restored to wholeness once that mountain is removed? Once the heart is united in purpose, by the power of the Holy Spirit, body and life healing can follow. Lord, show us how to pray for this!
Sin is deeply infested and imbedded in our spiritual being - the core of us, the heart. Our very DNA, afflictions of the body, and a plethora of other maladies and traps of the soul are the evidence. Our minds and hearts are not “ill”; they are full of sin, and separated from God, fragmented, in their natural state. Truth be told, we’re in a state of rebellion.
We must surrender!
Until we get rid of the 1970s idea of attaching a medical illness “code” (created by Atheists for the most part) in some diagnostic manual to a desperate malady of the soul, we will get nowhere, except into greater darkness. The soul needs, in a very real way, in spirit and in truth, to be delivered of its darkness through initially and continually surrendering to Jesus Christ, intimately relating to Him personally each day, and an understanding especially of God’s love in Jesus Christ found only in the proclamation of the Gospel.
Where are the teachers who can give guidance to souls who have lost their way?
Unless one is experientially born again, beginning a right comprehension of and a life long commitment to the Gospel’s implications - both what God offers and what His expectations are of us - no well oiled religious machine is going to do anything more than allow one to live in his or her delusions and dysfunctions. No such bandaid will heal the sin cancer and put it into remission.
The experience of the living Christ is imperative.
The importance of coming to a personal understanding, a comprehension, a “revelation” of what this is about is paramount, and a willingness to live within that revelation is what must take place.
The first question Jesus often asked was, “Do you want to be healed?” And this must be answered earnestly and honestly.
There must also be in place a clear comprehension of the Gospel:
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:4-10.
Let’s show up for the Good God has for us, and be made whole, complete, and lacking in no good thing!
Soli Deo Gloria.