It has long been in my heart, to share enlightenment that God’s mercy and grace has allowed me to experience, I do find that elucidating His truth is not as easy as putting keyboard to email (ahh the days of pen to paper, how simple life was back then! ).
I find that as God’s truth is revealed, my tongue cleaves to the roof of my mouth and I cannot utter words that are suitable - albeit, the Spirit chooses for me to savor the experience with days, weeks even months of prayer and meditation, both in natural and systematical theology - before I have any semblance of relating God’s truth. Now I do understand why A.W.Tozer said, “listen to no man who first does not listen to God.”
There is a joy unspeakable that comes with God’s revelations. I often wondered is this what C.S. Lewis experienced with his senschuct, his deep longing for joy.
I trust many of you have experienced this, experiences that augment your spiritual development, whereby you are being led by the Holy Spirit and not by your carnal understanding (1 Cor 2:14). I have wrestled this in conjunction with society’s standards of having credentials by attaining degrees (2 Tim 2:15), but does the world really need me to have a sharper mind?
First, I do advocate getting as much education as possible, I myself am finishing a master’s degree in Theology, yet, I am well aware that my goal is not in attaining a sharper mind/degree but in having the heart of Christ since it is the heart where our actions should flow, not our mind.
There is an intrinsic problem here however, and after decades of study, prayer, mediation, falling on my face, going in the wrong direction I find: What lies in the heart must first pass through the mind, but what lies in the mind, rarely passes to the heart.
For example, it is very easy to emulate Christianity from the outside - our actions - especially with much knowledge, where we act look like Christ without the heart of Christ and in so doing we are not being led by The Holy Spirit.
A few thoughts: I believe the mind is the starting place, not the finishing place. I teach a bible study course to the senior men of my church and the philosophy of the courses rest on the following premise: There are basically 4 stages of Christian Maturity :
Little or no knowledge of bible/scripture
Spirit Led (Compassion[love]) - this is where we should be Rom 8:14
If I teach a course and all you get out of it is knowledge without wisdom, and if you have wisdom but not love, then I am failing to comprehend the depths of God’s riches for you!
We are all familiar with the basic problem: we need a new heart Ezk 11:19, and without it, we can do nothing (John 15:5)
So, here is the secondary problem: How to be led by the Holy Spirit, moving from knowledge to wisdom, wisdom to Compassion[love] by The Holy Spirit. Note: I use the word Compassion as ultimately it is Agape Love, but our society conjures up so many wrong thoughts when you read the word love, but compassion aptly conveys our deep care and concern especially for others.
I look forward to hearing your insights, feedback and perspectives as well as adding Part I - Renewing Your Mind.
Keeping all of you on this site in my prayers for peace, mercy and grace that all should know the joy of The Lord, even in the midst of extreme stressful situations.
God bless my friends,