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Making Christ Our Life Not Our Living

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The fact that this coming Sunday and every Sunday crowds will flock to "If-you-ain't-giving-you-ain't -getting"  hot-spots all over Christendom is to me at least proof positive that the church is in the grip of Amos's famine [Amos 8:11-12].   Even now, many have gone out to gather herbs and these dear ones are oblivious to the fact that there is death in the pot are unwittingly poisoning themselves on the offal of legalism.   
Now whilst you and I may have left the institution we must be careful not mistake our cynicism for discernment any more than these dear ones mustn't mistake gullibility for openness to God.   If we're tracking with the Lord or rather if the Lord's tracks  (tracks not tracts) are in us then we know that if we're not part of the solution we're part of the problem.  The truth is that there is indeed a "true Pentecost" to be experienced but we must know how to see through the satanic counterfeit [2 Cor. 11:14]  to the authentic and the now thing of God.
Hence the need for the establishment of  Spiritual Communities: Cities of Refuge or Caves of Adullum, safe places where people can reframe their faith and find hope, kindness, compassion, wholeness and spiritual food and rediscover the optimism of Christianity.  These communities require Spiritual Directors, men and women (and yes I did say women) who are intent on making Christ their life instead of making Him their living and doing so until Kingdom come not refusing to unless the income come.  
As we saw in the 'Be the Difference' article there are (at least) six strands to Spiritual Directing.  We're called to: feed the sheep; strengthen the weak; heal the sick;  bind up the injured; bring back the strayed and seek the lost .  
I think that we can helpfully think of the pastoral life in terms of feeding and leading.  The question now becomes: feed them what and lead them where?     
It is interesting to note that the Greek word poimen which we have translated pastor is used 18 times in the NT and on 17 of those 18 occasions the word literally means a shepherd, one who tends flocks.   Now that's a big clue.  Let us reflect for a moment on life under the spiritual direction of The Good Shepherd.   I want if I may presume to invite you into the world of praying the word.   Here's what I've got in mind.  Read and reflect the Twenty-third Psalm  and read it from the prospective that The Lord is teaching you how to shepherd his flock.   
As you allow yourself to be contemplative - silent- think of one person or a group of persons whom you could apply what you hear and then apply it. 
Now one more thing please please share with us all on FB what the Lord provokes in you.  
It's time my friends for some of us to hasten to the business end of grace and put and end or atlas offer a viable alternative to the disgrace that is so much of what is being portrayed as Christianity. 
Go on - be the difference 

1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. 
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness 
for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, [3]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely [4] goodness and mercy [5] shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell [6] in the house of the Lord
forever. [7]


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