Posted by: dailywordofdestiny | May 31, 2013

Still Waters Run Deep

Usually we associate these words with a person’s nature; someone who is quiet and causes little disturbance, often thought to be a deep thinker; someone who has profound thoughts or great wisdom. Basically, “there is a lot more to the individual than meets the eye”. The underlying truth of this “word association” is that a river, or stream has areas where the water is rough and noisy and appears to be moving rapidly and other areas where the water appears to be calm, quiet, and still. The still or clam areas of the river are usually much deeper than rapidly flowing water.

I have reviewed the literal meanings of these words in the Oxford Dictionary:

Still: without motion or sound, calm or tranquil; silence; without moving.
Can you “feel” this? For me it represents the purity of complete “peace” (John 14:27; Romans 5:1; 8:6; Colossians 3:15-17; 1Peter 3: 8-12).

Run: to go at a pace faster than walking, never having both of a pair of feet on the ground at once; travel hurriedly, briefly, etc.; advance smoothly or easily, be in action or operation; be current or operative; have course, or order, or tendency; compete in race, finish race in specified position; seek election; flow; spread rapidly or beyond proper place; traverse or make one’s way through or over(course, race, distance); etc., etc.
Does this not sound like what each of our spiritual lives (sanctification) are to model according to God’s Word (2 Timothy 4: 4-8). We are called to STAY FOCUSED and to EMBRACE the call He has on our individual and corporate lives (Hebrews 6: 9-11).

Deep: extending far down or in from top or surface or edge; extending to or lying at specified depth; situated far down, or back, or in; intense, vivid, extreme; heartfelt, absorbing; fully absorbed or overwhelmed; profound, penetration, difficult to understand; deep place or state, etc.
This speaks to me about our personal “relationship” with Jesus Christ. He is calling each of us to become deeply entwined in our relationship with Him so we will be able to draw from His strength and wisdom in touching the lives of those He places about us each day (Psalm 42:7, 8; Luke 5:4-7; 1Corinthians 2:6- 13).

The only way we (as born again in JESUS CHRIST) can be sure that we know God in the right way is to keep His commandments. If someone claims, “I know Him well!” but doesn’t keep His commandments, he’s obviously a liar. His life doesn’t match his words. Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived. Antichrist is anyone who denies that JESUS is the DIVINE CHRIST. No one who denies the Son has any part with the Father, but affirming the Son is an embrace of the Father as well. Stay with what you heard from the beginning, the original Gospel message. Let it SINK INTO your life. If what you heard from the beginning LIVES DEEPLY in you, you will LIVES DEEPLY in both Son and Father. This is exactly what Christ promised: eternal life, real life!

Still Waters Run Deep I’ve written to warn you about those who are trying to deceive you. But they’re no match for what is embedded DEEPLY WITHIN you – Christ’s anointing, no less! You don’t need any of their so-called teaching. Christ’s anointing teaches you the TRUTH on everything you need to know about yourself and Him, uncontaminated by a single lie. LIVE DEEPLY in what you were taught. Stay with Christ and LIVE DEEPLY in Him. Then you will be ready for Him when He appears, ready to receive Him with open arms, with no cause for red-faced guilt or lame excuses when He arrives. Once you’re CONVINCED that He is right and righteous, you’ll recognize that all who practice righteousness are God’s true children.

What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it – we’re called CHILDREN OF GOD! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea WHO HE IS or WHAT HE’S UP TO – all of us who look forward to His COMING stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own. So, don’t let anyone divert you from the truth. It’s the person who acts right who is right, just as we see it lived out in our righteous Messiah. Those who make a practice of sin are straight from the Devil, the pioneer in the practice of sin. The Son of God entered the scene to abolish the Devil’s ways. People conceived and brought into life by God don’t make a practice of sin. How could they? God’s seed is DEEP WITHIN them, making them who they are. It’s not in the nature of the God-begotten to practice and parade sin. Here’s how you can tell the difference between God’s children and the Devil’s children: the one who won’t practice righteous ways isn’t from God, nor is the one who won’t love brother or sister… a simple test.

Brothers and sisters, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice REAL LOVE. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the ONLY WAY to shut down DEBILITATING SELF-CRITICISM, even when there is something to it! For GOD IS GREATER than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. Once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re then bold and free before God! We’re able to stretch our hands out AND RECEIVE what we asked for because we’re doing what He said, doing what pleases Him. Again, this is God’s command: To BELIEVE in His personally named Son, JESUS CHRIST. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep His commands, we LIVE DEEPLY and surely in Him, and He lives in us. And this is how we experience His DEEP and abiding presence in us: by the SPIRIT He gave us.

Friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a “relationship with God”. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because GOD IS LOVE – so you can’t know Him if you don’t love. This is how God showed His love for us: God sent His only SON into the world so we might LIVE THROUGH HIM. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a Sacrifice to clear away our sins and the DAMAGE they have done to our RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD!

So, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God DWELLS DEEPLY WITHIN US, and His love becomes COMPLETE in us – PERFECT LOVE! This is how we KNOW we’re living steadily and DEEPLY IN HIM and HE IN US: He’s given us LIFE from His LIFE, from His very own SPIRIT. Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to STATE OPENLY that the FATHER SENT HIS SON AS SAVIOROF THE WORLD. Everyone who confesses that JESUS is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God! We KNOW it so well, we’ve EMBRACED it heart and soul, this LOVE that comes from God. (1 John 2-4).

Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus WILL BE PERSECUTED, while evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. BUT as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and from infancy you have KNOWN the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. ALL SCRIPTURE IS GOD-BREATHED and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

“In the presence of God and of Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: PREACH the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and ENCOURAGE—with great patience and careful instruction. For, the time will come when men will NOT put up with SOUND DOCTRINE. Instead; to suit their own desires, they WILL gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They WILL turn their ears away from the TRUTH and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of the ministry that God has personally called you to! Amen.” (2 Timothy 4: 1-8)

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