Posted by: tscottmorton | October 24, 2014

Balance

Balance

Pr 29:18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint…

Ecc 7:15-20 I have seen everything in my days of vanity: There is a just man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs life in his wickedness. Do not be overly righteous, nor be overly wise: Why should you destroy yourself? Do not be overly wicked, nor be foolish: Why should you die before your time? It is good that you grasp this, and also not remove your hand from the other; for he who fears God will escape them all (all extremes). Wisdom strengthens the wise more than ten rulers of the city. For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin.

Where there are no restraints, there are extremes.

Balance as man thinks of balance has no bearing in the Kingdom of God. It is meaningless and foolishness. The church is right to reject moral relativism. But we cannot throw out the baby with the bath water.

In the Kingdom of God, there is one pont of truth to every segment of knowledge. It exists in the Kingdom of God. But here on earth, we have no idea what that point of truth is. We must be revealed to it. This is why Jesus did not leave us as orphans! He died for our salvation and that we would receive the Holy Spirit, the Advocate who leads us into all truth.

Therefore all truth of any value is “up there”. It is NOT here. It then becomes the pathway to wisdom, knowledge and understanding that we gain the Manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit in all that we do on earth. When He comes, we gain God’s perspective on all things. We gain His knowledge and His wisdom.

The wisdom, knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom of God is almost always contrary to the “wisdom, knowledge and understanding of this world”. Thus, the only way to these truths is in submitted and deep humility. Eyes to see and ears to hear are given to us. Our natural eyes and ears can not even comprehend His wisdom, nor can we understand it. Paul understood this clearly:

1 Cor 2: 4-14 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

But as it is written:

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Truth is given, it is not conceived. Truth is revealed, it is not concluded.

With no Holy Spirit to bring the truth, we are as dart throwers in a contest to hit the bull’s-eye of a dartboard blindfolded. We pridefully throw our darts and hit everything but the dartboard, damaging everything we hit. But then comes the Holy Spirit in times of Revival. He lovingly removes our blindfolds, comes along side us, and takes our arm in His. Together, we throw the dart. We hit the dartboard easily and very close to the center point of truth…

In the gaining of Kingdom wisdom, knowledge and understanding, suddenly we all start to think alike! Because One Truth is revealed…

Balance

Balance as God sees balance is radical truth revealed, it is the Kingdom of God revealed on earth as it is in Heaven. When we stand on the radical Kingdom point of truth that God has shown us, we are in His balance. It is the right way. And it is the only way, to seek the truths of God by revelation rather than conclusion. It is right to receive of the Holy Spirit the revealed will of God on any given issue; to gain what God thinks on any given matter.

The writer of Ecclesiastes sought wisdom and found little of it in the world. But we have an advantage over this wise man of God. We have the completed work of the cross. We have the promise of the Holy Spirit by whom we gain the mind of Christ and the will of the Father. With much respect, it is much easier for us than it was for him! Now, we all have direct access to the inner-court depths of God’s deep deep heart.

Coming to the end of ourselves opens the door to all things of the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven. Humility and brokenness leads to a reaching outside of ourselves. Humility leads to thankfullness, thankfullness to intimacy and then intimacy to understanding. This, forever, is the process by which we gain understanding! In this entire process resides the manifestations of the Holy Spirit.

For the church to be operating in truth as God defines truth, knowledge as God defines knowledge, and wisdom as God defines wisdom, we MUST be filled with the Holy Spirit!

I have seen how the enemy of God works so hard to keep the church in a place of extremes. In most cases the problem is an out of balance to the left in which we live in a state of sin. However, in the other case, we find ourselves in a place of out of balance to the right in which we are legalistic against every little thing.

Eccl 7:16-18 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise — why destroy yourself? Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool — why die before your time? It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all extremes.

I have seen a vision of a floor standing “granfather clock”. With a long pendulum arm swinging back and forth. I focus on the pendulum and see it swing to the far right and then to the far left and then back and forth unending. Imagine that God’s point of truth in any matter exists at the very centerpoint of the swing of this pendulum. Now then we can see that there is a left of truth and a right of truth on any given subject.

Let’s use the concept of “Grace” for a moment.

One side of the argument says that grace covers all sins so that we can go on sinning without cost. It says that our sins have been covered in the blood if we have accepted Christ in our hearts. Thus, and here is the error, we can go on sinning without concequence and still attain Heaven. Out of balance to the left…

The other side of the argument says that we are all going to hell who continue to sin. There is no recoevery for those who accept Christ who have continued in sin. God is an angry God, full of wrath, just wainting to throw you into the pits of hell for your imperfections. Therefore you can only reley on good works that might change His mind. Out of balance to the right…

Do you see the two sides of out of balance? Only by the Holy Spirit can we ever gain the “point of truth” on the subject of Grace! Grace is lovingly unmerrited mercy filled Cross born power to overcome! Notice that the word “grace” appears only a couple times in the Old Testement, yet over 100 times in the New Testement. Grace is a concept brought to fruition at The Cross. The very purpose of the Cross was unmerited mercy!

No discussion of sin should ever be spoken of from any pulpit but from a voice of humility. No discussion of sin should ever be spoken of without expressing both the myserable wrath-filled cost of it, nor the mercy and grace of Christ Cross that overcomes it. No discussion of sin should ever be spoken of without the expression of the truth that mercy triumphs over judgment. Neither should there ever be a discussion of sin without an expression of the way out, made available to all (regenerated or not) by way of the lifestyle of repentance. This is God’s point of truth on this matter.

Satan is a master at minipulating the pendulum arm of truth left and/or right of the centerpoint of God’s truth. Whenever we gain the Holy Spirit in times of His manifesting Presence, satan knows that the church is about to be revealed to truth as God sees truth! And so, he goes to all he has right to in attendance, by way of an unsubmitted mind, and brings arguments against what people are newly perceiving. He is a master at pushing the pendulum arm to the left or to the right!

He comes right in to our minds, bringing “the leaven of falsity” which is the lie. Satan knows that if he can gain ground by falsifying what is being revealed, that he will render the church in something/anything lesser and lower than what Father wants! This is always his goal as to the expression of the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven. And we need to know it.

Conclusion

We incline ourselves to the Kingdom of God, in which are found all the riches of wisdom and knowledge. None is found on earth. This is what the writer of Ecclesiastes was getting at when he said, over and over again, “meaningless, meaningless, meaningless!” Meaningless are the things and the ways of this world, and everything that is in it!

We are not saying here that it is right to live with sin while living in righteousness. The concept of “yin-yang”, in which good does and should exist with evil, is the way of the world. Moral relativeism is not what we are speaking of here.

Nor am I bringing a message of balance as the world defines balance. “A little of this, plus a little of that, right in the middle we compromise… that is the point of truth in whatever way we choose truth to be”. Such is the balance of the world, and which has no bearing in the Kingdom of God. What we are saying is that God sets a point of truth in all things. Only by the Holy Spirit do we find and then live within that very point of being.

The progression of error is like this: When we find we are in error, we know that a change is necessary. So, we start to move in the change by making a turn… turning away from the error towards the right way. Without the Holy Spirit resident, the devil steps in to keep us going past the point of truth and once again away from God’s will, towards the other side of the out of balance. We find ourselves in another extreme. This cycle causes us to remain ineffective for God’s purpose, if for any other reason than we are out of God’s radical truth.

If we are living in the flesh we can only guess at what God’s point of truth might be. We hope to live close to His will but we can never know for sure. We are living in a state of “logos”. This is why it is said in Scripture that the Holy Spirit is the Counselor who leads us into all truth. We must be so lead of the Holy Spirit. When we do so, we find unity of the Body. We all start thinking alike. We all begin to see God’s point of truth in all things. We agree. We live in the radical of the Spirit… not in the extreme of the flesh.

The main point is this. Abide in the Presence of God. And if the Presence is not in residence with you, stop everything, humble yourself, and wait upon Him. In such ways, we will know what is right. In such a way, we go out… we find fruitfulness.

It comes down to this. We must give our reigns of control over into the hands of the Father, humble ourselves, and wait upon His Holy Spirit to come in times of intimacy with the Father. Then we will know.

Isa 30:18-21 Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry (your humility); when He hears it, He will answer you. And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, but your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.

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