I was thinking this morning the non-ending chase this has all become. And it hit me this is the same chase the false prophets and apostles and revivalists put on their followers. With all that symbolism – the dreams, the visions, the numerology, the storms – that well passed around belief which tells them whatever happens in the flesh (or on the earth) also happens in the spirit realm. Every thing is a reason…and so it goes with them. Spinning and whirling from here and there looking for that hidden meaning of exactly what it is that God is trying to say to them.
No wonder so many are looking for a breakthrough or are in need of that next great prophetic word. No wonder they claim to feel spiritually stuck. They have been sent on some sickened treasure hunt for themes and meanings based on “this is that”. They are in need of the next great word from God so that they can make that decision they have been agonizing over. And so they go in search of a prophet, any prophet will do, anyone who has the ability to hear and speak for God on their behalf. And so they are always learning, never coming to the truth.
In Christ we are free. It is in admitting we are sinners before a righteous and Holy God, and asking for forgiveness. It is giving that same forgiveness to others who have hurt us, in the past as well as those who will hurt us in the future. It is in learning who He is by way of reading His word because this is the place in which God speaks. It is in being changed by His power through the indwelling of Him – the Holy Spirit. It is laying aside our hopes and dreams to take up the cross for the cause of Christ. For whoever loses his life for Him will find it. It is finally finding freedom from that spinning, dizzying chase to find that one meaning just out of reach, so cleverly hidden and authored by satan himself, and simply letting go of what we have held on to so tightly for so long…ourselves.
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?