Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Psalm 116 A Near Death Experience

During our darkest times (snares of death, pangs of Sheol), we can always turn to that still small voice within for answers. Death is merely the belief that we are separate from God. If that thought is anywhere in our consciousness, we are dead in spirit. We cannot achieve our full potential without knowing that we are one with God and that in that relationship we live, move and have our being. When we trust in God’s steadfast love and faithfulness (call on the name of the Lord), we are delivered.

Spirit’s objective is to create and maintain harmony (righteous). The Lord preserves the simple. We must be humble and open (brought low) in order to create an environment for Spirit to do its work.

The only thing that is asked of us is that we lift the cup of salvation. This, of course, is a very difficult thing to do because it effectively means that we must surrender the personality (or ego), so that an understanding of God can be attained.

If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 
Once the ego has been diminished, we can turn to doing God’s works. This is the cost of discipleship: the promise of fulfilling God’s plan for us. Our thoughts must be single-mindedly focused on paying our vows to the Lord. In denying ourselves, we experience the death that leads to new life. The result is a peace that passes all understanding (Jerusalem).

And so it is! Amen