How By Keeping Our Focus On The Contents Of Our Hearts, We Gain Knowledge Of The Contents Of The Mind. By Timothy Baugh.

“Phillip said to him, “Lord, show us THE FATHER (the Most High GOD) and it is enough for us. Jesus said to him, “HAVE I BEEN WITH YOU SO LONG, AND YOU STILL (GOD was with Phillip since he first came to love Jesus of Nazareth) DO NOT (return or acknowledge my LOVE) “KNOW” (Comprehend) “ME”, Philip? WHOSOEVER has “seen” (come into this bonding, loving relationship with “ME”) has seen the Father. How can you say, (EVEN CONTMPLATE!) ‘Show us the Father?” John 14:8-9. (English Standard Version. With my own emphasis and insights added).       The Man who comes to know of Jesus Christ as Lord/Messiah will surrender the contents of his heart’s love to God, as also EVERYTHING else! It is not possible for anyone to be in GOD’S PRESENCE AND NOT “KNOW OF HIS LOVE. Such is “IRRESISTABLE!” When we can willingly give ‘attention’ or ‘acknowledgement’ to how we are focusing on God as right before us, within us, and the very source of our being; then will we find true JOY and HAPPINESS enfold in our beings.   Life IS GOD! Jesus had said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man comes to the Father except through me.” Just as important, IF NOT “MORE” SO, GOD IS LOVE INCARNATE IN JESUS OF NAZARETH! God does not ask of you that you doubt His LOVE, and therefore ACTUALLY refuse and “REJECT”, in any sense, HIS LOVE. TRUE LOVE IS NEVER DEMANDING!   Many are the thoughts (infinitely so) that “GOD ALONE” will bring to us to occupy our minds. The “TRUE SOURCE” of where these thoughts are actually coming from are a continual and complete mystery to us all. BUT, if Man doesn’t know of his own ‘heart content’ or ‘mind content’ GOD IS THERE to help us.  



Do You See Jesus in Your Clouds?

Behold, He is coming with clouds…  Revelation 1:7

In the Bible clouds are always associated with God. Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God. Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith. “The clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nahum 1:3). They are a sign that God is there. What a revelation it is to know that sorrow, bereavement, and suffering are actually the clouds that come along with God! God cannot come near us without clouds— He does not come in clear-shining brightness.

It is not true to say that God wants to teach us something in our trials. Through every cloud He brings our way, He wants us to unlearn something. His purpose in using the cloud is to simplify our beliefs until our relationship with Him is exactly like that of a child— a relationship simply between God and our own souls, and where other people are but shadows. Until other people become shadows to us, clouds and darkness will be ours every once in a while. Is our relationship with God becoming more simple than it has ever been?

There is a connection between the strange providential circumstances allowed by God and what we know of Him, and we have to learn to interpret the mysteries of life in the light of our knowledge of God. Until we can come face to face with the deepest, darkest fact of life without damaging our view of God’s character, we do not yet know Him.

“…they were fearful as they entered the cloud” (Luke 9:34). Is there anyone except Jesus in your cloud? If so, it will only get darker until you get to the place where there is “no one anymore, but only Jesus …” (Mark 9:8; also see Mark 2:7). From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

Bible in One Year: Psalms 49-50; Romans 1