Friday, August 28, 2009
The Good Shepard (7-13-09)
Psalms 23 is a celebrated text quoted in every feel good book, promise box, or even secular literature. It was penned in great hope and a mature experience. Yet I find it no accident it follows Psalm 22. Here is the mind of Christ, and my defense against all my critics. Faith we know sees things that are not as though they are. Faith and prophecy are hand in glove relationally. All prophecy is of the Lord for Christ is the spirit of prophesy. Prophecy liberates while simultaneously restrains. Once the vision of faith sees what will become in the spirit of Christ it restrains the will to choices consistent and yet liberates the spirit from reasonable predictions. It is an easy thing to predict that a powerful government bent on the destruction of Dorean, Scott and Kurt will prevail. Who can resist their machinations? Their system is a well designed meat grinder and once in there is no exit. Prediction is reasonable but it is not faith. Who could argue with the reason of my critics prediction? They are sound. But I have never tried to argue reason only express the vision of faith. Faith is not guided by reason but by Christ. Here in the Psalms is a great example. Christ had the maturity to see Psalms 23 while hanging on the cross of Psalm 22. No reasonable man could predict the cross a victory, only faith saw this. I have shied away from predictions in this trial. They have very reasonable advantage over me. Somethings were obvious to know and others came by surprise but could reasonable be understood in hindsight. What many have failed to understand of Scott and I is that a very mature Christ within us was expressing the peace of Psalm 23 in the midst of our Psalm 22 trial. It is my prayer that this spirit of faith will overtake you so you can experience the Joy of Psalm 23 prophetically with your faith before it appears reasonably. Much has tried to robe me of this joy but just a little praise will bring you back to green pastures and still waters. I don’t predict our ultimate victory Psalms 23 declared it long before Alsup showed up. I see it with faith, a gift Christ has given me. A gift He used Himself on His cross.