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Have you heard the song out of Bethel Music called Spirit Move? Written by Kalley Heiligenthal, Amanda Cook, and Brian Johnson, its words caught my attention.

The chorus goes like this.

We are fixed on this one thing

To know Your goodness and see Your glory

We’re transformed by this one thing

To know Your presence and see Your beauty

I found my spirit in love with this song, but my mind resisting it.

Do you know what I mean?

My spirit told my mind, it’s OK, but my mind kept saying, but… but… but…

You see, my mind went to Romans 12:2, a verse that took hold of me about a decade ago, and has not yet let go.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. - Romans 12:2 NASB

God spoke to me directly about this verse. He taught me that if did not look like Jesus it was because my mind needed to be enlightened. And more than that, if I wanted to be transformed into the likeness of Jesus, I would need to stop believing some lies. He showed me that, to the extent that I was not like Jesus, I would have to change what I believed and thought. That was the path to true transformation.

So my mind tripped over the second couplet in this chorus.

We’re transformed by this one thing

To know Your presence and see Your beauty

It kept shouting - we’re not transformed by the presence, we’re transformed by the renewing of our minds.

You see, my mind wanted control of all transformational activity. Ben, it told me, if you are going to be transformed, you’ll have to study and learn, and feed ME! I want INFORMATION and I’ll get you looking just like Jesus.

For the record, that is not how the revelation came a decade back. It was not a food fest for my brain. It was a sweet revelation that I didn’t—couldn’t be walking with perfect theology, because I didn’t look much like Christ.

Tonight I was reminded of a revelation that God blessed me with nearly three decades ago. I still remember it, because I was in the back yard raking leaves. God started to speak to me about this very well know passage in 1 John.

Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him because we will see Him just as He is. - 1 John 3:2 NASB

The revelation that struck amidst the fall leaves was simple.

When we see Jesus, we become like Him.

There it is again. Transformation. But this time it’s not mind, it’s vision.

God spoke to my heart that day if you can see Me you’ll be transformed into my image.

Today, on my ride home from work, God spoke once again. These are not two separate means of growth. It the same thing.

Think again of Isaiah and his encounter in the throne room. (Isaiah 6) His mind was renewed as he saw the beauty and magnificence of the Lord. His vision of holiness completely renewed his mind. When He heard the voice of the Lord, his will was conformed to the Lord’s. When he pressed into the presence of the Father, he found himself acutely aware of his shortcomings and in complete agreement with His will.

He was transformed by this one thing - knowing His presence and seeing His beauty.

So my spirit was right, and my mind has relaxed, and now I can fully embrace this wonderful worship song.

With no further ado,

Spirit Move

Written by Kalley Heiligenthal, Amanda Cook, and Brian Johnson

Verse 1
I feel it in my bones You’re about to move
I feel it in the wind You’re about to ride in
You said that You would pour Your Spirit out
You said that You would fall on sons and daughters

Pre-Chorus
So like the rain come drench us in love
Let Your glory rush in like a flood

Chorus
We are fixed on this one thing
To know Your goodness and see Your glory
We’re transformed by this one thing
To know Your presence and see Your beauty

Verse 2
I can see it now Your kingdom come
I can hear it now the sounds of Heaven
You said that if we ask we’ll receive
We are asking for the greater measure

Pre-Chorus 2
So like the rain come drench us in love
Let Your power rush in like a flood

Bridge
So come and blow on through
Spirit move, we’re ready for You
To come and blow on through
Come and do what only You can do


Thanks to Bethel Music for these lyrics.

Thank you for stopping in today.

Shine where you're screwed in,

Ben

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In Isaiah 6, the prophet tells of His day in the throne room of the Most High God. He gives us a description of his fearful and wonderful surroundings. He saw the Lord seated on this throne. He saw the Seraphim calling out with voices that shook the temple, “Holy, holy, holy.”

At first, all he can hear is the warnings of the Seraphim, Then the realization of the Lord's intense holiness breaks through to his spirit and he sees himself as God sees him.

Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts." - Isaiah 6:5 NASB

Immediately upon his repentance his ability to hear the voice of the Lord opened up. And repentance it was. One glimpse of the Lord’s holiness cut him to the core and he had to be rid of it. It reminds me of Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost. Under the anointed preaching of Peter, the veil was lifted for three thousand souls. They saw the Lord through the preaching of Peter and repented, turning to Jesus for salvation.

Once Isaiah could hear what’s going on he picks up on a conversation.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" - Isaiah 6:8 NASB

It strikes me that this is not a one-time conversation in the halls of heaven. I believe, not unlike the Seraphim crying out, “Holy,” day and night, the call for workers in the field is continually going out.

“Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”

I’ve heard that call. Have you?

But someone else heard that call. Jesus, in that throne room, hears the unrelenting call of the Father, “who will go for Us.”

Sometimes I wonder if those of use who hear this age-old call to the lost, aren’t hearing an echo of the call that put Jesus in a manger two thousand years ago. Was Isaiah simply reiterating Jesus’ own answer to that call?

Here am I, Father, send me.”

Jesus answered His Father's call to rescue his sons and daughters.

Jesus answered His Father's call to set aside His splendor and put on swaddling clothes.

Jesus answered His Father's call to face temptation like a man.

Jesus answered His Father's call to torture and death at the hands of the ones he came to save.

What a wonderful Savior we have in Jesus Christ the Lord.

Glory to God in the Highest.

I'm so glad, as we celebrate the incarnation, we are still able to give Him glory with our praise, our love, and our obedience. Aren't you?

Thanks for stopping by.

Merry Christmas.

Ben

Wild Flowers in a field

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44 NASB)

Here is a parable that I have heard told two ways and I see great value in both.

I know there are people who will pick one interpretation and fight for it, but that’s not me.

As I have said in my SoS Saturday’s series, when you are talking in word pictures, there is often more than one right answer.

So today I ask the rhetorical question what is the treasure and who is the finder?

You Treasure You!

First let’s look at it from God’s point of view.

As in the last parable (the Parable of the Wheat and Tares) God is the one looking for harvest, in this case hunting for buried treasure.

Also as we have seen before in the last parable, the field is the world.

In this case you are treasure hidden among the billions, hidden by your pride, lust, greed, drunkenness, despair.

Our limitless God checks His wallet, and finds what He has on hand is not enough to pay the price required to excavate this treasure from the deep dark hole of sin. And besides, the owner of the hole will not give up the finder’s rights, he demands payment for the entire site.

What does God do? He calls a conference with the 2 other members of His treasure hunting team. You can hear the council meeting in Isaiah 6:8

“Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”

In the end it is decided God will sell the most valuable thing in heaven, His only begotten Son. [Tweet This]

Jesus is traded into sin’s slavery to pay the price for this magnificent treasure the Father had found in the field.

The life of Jesus, His blood is so precious, it not only bought redemption for you, but for the whole world.

Sadly though:

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. (John 1:10-11 NASB)

However:

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13)

BenTomorrow we will flip this parable over, and look at it from the bottom up.

See you then

Ben