Liberating Dependence

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  1. We are told in Deuteronomy 8 to “remember all the way which the Lord thy God led these forty years”; and their journey’s, according to their goings out, are written by Moses (Num 33). They pitched as last by the Jordan (vs 49); all the dealings of the way whether bright or dark, or both, go to teach the one great lesson, namely, dependence on God. “Man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the lord doth man live” (Deu 8:3). This was the word quoted by our Lord when tempted by Satan. He knew nothing but dependence—dependence according to the will of God expressed in His Word.

    But if dependence on God be learned by the vicissitudes of the way, when dependence is learned, Jordon is reached; so that while my heart rests in dependence upon my Father, I am crossing the last barrier between the wilderness and Canaan. I am not only dependent upon the Father for His Word and mind about everything; but the old man, that which hinders me and bars my entrance into the scene of light and joy in His presence, is at the same time reckoned dead. Jordon is properly my death with Christ.

    The dealings of God in the wilderness have taught me dependence upon Him according to His Word; but as soon as I have reached the sure and blessed way to go through the wilderness, I find I am in spirit so over Jordan that I am not in the wilderness but in Canaan; that is, when I am fully qualified to walk in the wilderness, because of dependence on God, I am out of the wilderness, I am not sensibly there, but in spirit across the Jordan and in heaven.

    We are not morally prepared to cross the Jordan until we are fully fit to walk in the wilderness. I am not able to reckon myself dead until I have learned full and entire confidence in my Father. One may try to get into Canaan, but the way is through the Jordan; and though one might try to die to everything here, it would be a poor thing, even if it could be accomplished, without unqualified confidence in the Father. When I am most fit to stay here I am most fit to go there, and the barrier which the old man rears up disappears. The water of Jordan is but touched, and all the barriers disappears. For we have died with Christ, but it must be accepted in faith.

    The new life is planted within us and it is surrounded by a hard shell—the “old man.” Now there are two forces at work to liberate the new creation from the dense obdurate shell—the one within, and the other without. The one without, is the circumstances through which we are passing; the one within, is the hunger and effort of the new being, the inner man, to be liberated and to grow. The outer things cause the inner man to turn to the Father and to wait only on Him; and when this turning to him is complete, deliverance is known—the shell is broken.

    We all, in some way or another, suffer from the shell; but once we know that it is the shell that hampers us, we seek the power that will enable us to break through. In this tabernacle we groan, being burdened, and the Lord tries us in one way and another; but there is no bitterness in the trial, once we see that He is only doing from without what is in cooperation with His Spirit within, namely, to free us from the bondage of the shell. Dependence upon the Father enables us to break it from within like the young bird. May we accept with thankfulness His mercy in breaking it from without; which is really only helping the desires of His own Spirit within us.

    - J B Stoney
  2. I enjoyed immensely your posting

    I believe that this life provides a most natural antagonism to our purposeful action, and that the natural resistance in this life causes the corporeal many challenges.

    Our corporeal bodies with natural upward mobility are merely rudimentary units in a temporary traverse to accomplish our goals on earth; they simply animate and degrade as we negotiate our purpose with laws of physics standing up steadfast to resist it. Our flesh and blood bodies engage this volatile life, which then gives our mind and spirit opportunity to "depend on Him." The mind also in our decisions as well unto consequence provides more opportunity to overcome, not to mention the satanic attacks of despotism that will cause many nations a tumultuous challenge unto violence.

    I find my successes often dainty at times, yet I am encouraged by my family who will also confirm the process that leads to spiritual liberation; the process that depends on the immaculate power of His Spirit that proceeds from God's throne. You are that family that promotes my faith and am encouraged by it.

    God bless you
  3. Hi GF - Thank you for the sincere reply and for displaying your hunger for the Word and fellowship in the saints.

    We can retain great encouragement in the knowledge that the believer is never in trouble with God and never goes backwards--seemingly static but always forward, even if it be at an unnoticeable increment.

    Our care of God involves only love and chastisement, no longer anger or punishment (as in the prior dispensation with Israel, for man was on trial until Christ but no longer when concerning the believer), for He causes us to desire His pleasure (Phl 2:13) and therefore our ways are not a disappointment to Him--only lessons of love to Him; for what saint could there be that would willfully displease God considering His work "in you?"

    I would like to recommend this link (guaranteed you'll not be disappointed) which is a daily devotional that I've been studying for about 20 years (which is from the same sources I use in my posts). Let me know what you think, and below is a brief excerpt.

    God's blessing to your Family!

    “If we make morality our standard, we will be sure to fall below what we purpose. Whatever we put before us as our criterion, there will be always a falling short. If we have the Lord Jesus Christ risen and in heaven as our Object, we shall prove the power of His resurrection, not only in lifting us up when we are conscious of our exceeding short-comings, but in strengthening us to 'press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus’ ". MJS
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