…the elusive setting sun

15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.
16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:15,16

We who are sanctified can see. We see the things of the world. We have the ability to discern all of the things that are fruitful to the world within an ungodly worldview. We are separate and “hidden” in Christ Jesus and can know through the power of our Lord the ways of man who is yet standing in plain site of his fellow man. Both agree to see within their rationalization and relative truth of the world but refuse to agree with God in all things of the Spirit. In darkness, without light, there is only darkness and in that darkness, we can only surmise a clarity. We can only try to concoct a clear path, groping and clumsily feeling our way through our life. With a Light in that darkness, all is clear as the darkness cannot exist.

It is not arrogance. It is truth. We can see the ways of ungodly man. We have experienced that method of a walk toward something of hope that keeps escaping our grasp over the horizon.  It is like try to walk into the setting sun. The aspect and sight of our hope is an illusion. This illusion eludes man. Then when he seemingly catches his hope, it falls through his fingers like grains of fine sand. We see these things.

We are of a solid hope and in the arms of God are secure and protected from illusion and eluding hope. We can see out but the ungodly spirit of man cannot see in.

So, we have compassion for this man. We can feel “with” him because we too have once felt his angst and hopelessness. Be the light that emanates in his hopeless darkness. The world cannot discern the things of the Spirit but we who are sanctified can discern the ways of worldly spirit. We should not be confounded when we see the outcome of what is produced in an ungodly world. Man’s god is as far as his own thoughts which are finite and fleeting. Dark and hopeless. Enthusiasm and philanthropy toward fellow man are good but not eternal and serve but for a moment.

Serve the things of the Spirit. Do not judge but see. It is understanding that we have from God who sent His only Son of virgin birth to die for us. There cannot be many paths. Only many rationalizations and justifications. Believe God.

If we are of the Lord as He abides in us, who may know the things of God. We, ourselves, learn daily new things for which He prepares for us. Those who are not of the Spirit chase illusion. It is hopeless. Be a beacon of hope and love the unloved. Give hope through your actions that are far greater than philanthropy. God’s hope waxes eternal, emanating joy and love. We project the image of God into the downcast gaze of the man who is lost. Be his hope as God is ours. We serve God for this purpose. It is the commandment of Jesus to love. So, Love. Love will not elude. The setting sun projects but an illusion.

Rick Stassi

December 5, 2011

…set apart in the Spirit of God

11 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.
12 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. 1 Corinthians 2:11,12 (NKJV)

Man has a spirit in him – a part of him – that he knows and is guided by. It is an experiential knowledge that manifests as our conscience, our intuition, and our emotion. It is a spirit that a man may discern as the leading and calling of things larger than himself. However, it is only of himself and may guide him through a feeling or an understanding of self-awareness, but it is still only himself. The vessel that is man envelops this spirit and regardless of how or what he perceives he is knowing, it is within himself.

There is a big mistake in the world that uses the spirit of man and confuses it with a universal spiritual energy. This new way of thinking in this age is deception. Man is not guided by the spirit of other man but is governed by his own spirit of experiential knowledge that  is separated unto each man. The mistake is believing this spirit is interchangeable and transferable between all man.

So this means? The spirit of man is for a man to know that which is within him: experience as a basis for his emotion and feeling. It is individual and I believe the verse means that the depth of knowledge is as deep a the individual man’s experience and wisdom.  Every man has this and it is a relative wisdom. We think therefore we are, we experience therefore we feel. This has an end for all man and he will reach his end and need to turn to an outside source. Man’s spirit and wisdom is finite.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,  But fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

If we believe the Bible then, we know we have lived in a finite spirit of wisdom prior to our relationship with God. We have never begun to know. Wisdom is the wisdom of the things of the Spirit. The wisdom of the Spirit and the wisdom of man’s spirit are separate. That is why when we submit our lives to Jesus, we receive the Spirit, the reverence for the Father, and it is then when our wisdom begins. The wisdom God  imparts. We are sanctified – set apart:

And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. John 17:19

Set apart is separation. Therefore the things of man are not the things of God. Man will run a futile race without God but with God, will run to a glorified finish in a majestic race. We have received the Spirit, our key to the things of God. His knowledge, His gifts, His love. All are separated from man of the world. We are freely set apart in God and now freely receive the things given to us by God.

Man has spirit to know himself as deep as his experience allows. The Spirit of God brings wisdom that eternal knowledge will confound the worldly spirit of man. The more we understand this, the more we can begin to have compassion – not tolerance – for a lost world. We have known the spirit and we know the Spirit now. Therefore we can feel with those still in the world and find love for them. We are set apart but we love not in arrogance of achievement, but in the growth into the Spirit who brings us the love and gifts of our Father.

Rick Stassi

November 30. 2011