KNOCKED to the Ground ? … Meditations for the Preparation for the Passover Season

KNOCKED to earth

Introduction to the Passover Season Meditations: 
These meditations will take less than 5 minutes to read, even slowly.  They are to guide our reflection upon The Word, unto Our Passover LAMB+, and produce conviction in the inner man.   
This conviction is to draw us closer to Our SAVIOR, Who+ freely cleanses, not condemning the confessor. 
 His+ only admonishment is : "Go... and sin no more."  
 May the LORD add His+ blessing to His+ words. 

Meditations

to Prepare our Hearts for The Passover Season

 Christian Calendar: The Lenten Season, 2016

Liturgical Color: dark purple

Spiritual Focus: Deep Repentance

 Special Worship Features for this somber season: 

 Avoid using “glory” and “Hallelujah” until worshipping on Resurrection Day.

 Replace with “Worthy is the LAMB+” or “Blessed be GOD: FATHER, SON+, and HOLY SPIRIT.”

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 Now is My+ soul troubled;

and what shall I+ say …

FATHER,

save ME+ from this hour ?

 but for this cause

came I+ unto this hour.

FATHER,

Glorify Thy Name.

Then came there a Voice from Heaven, saying,

I have both glorified It,

and will glorify It again.

John 12:27-28

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 Meditation Verse

Ephesians 1:1

 Paul, Apostle of JESUS CHRIST through GOD’S Will, to the holy ones, the ones being in Ephesus and faithful in CHRIST JESUS.

From the literal Greek, Byzantine textform

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 MEDITATION

 Through GOD’S Will — not man’s, not some seminary’s, not some religious system —  Paul became an Apostle of JESUS CHRIST.

 He responded to The LORD when he was called. He was found to be faithful.

 However, let us remember the FORCEFULNESS of that calling which was put upon “Saul” at the point of his, Saul-who-became-Paul, conversion.

 Though a meticulously righteous man according to the Law of Moses,  Saul was such a devoted  enemy of CHRIST JESUS that The LORD called him in a special way. Saul received an over-powering vision which made him fall to the earth, trembling and astonished, Acts 9.

 Are we as righteous as Saul ? 

 Do we ALSO need

to be knocked to the earth

in order to respond to the Living LORD

… totally and with all that is within us ? 

A few months ago we finished remembering the entrance of Our LORD JESUS coming in the flesh, the long-promised EMMANUEL — GOD-Who+-is-Alive With us —  coming to dwell among man as one of us.

 The LORD JESUS took on human flesh, becoming INCARNATE for one purpose: for the human suffering of death.

 Undoubtedly HE+ could have vanquished the satan WITHOUT becoming incarnate. But HE+ could not have suffered human death like we do without becoming incarnate. 

 And being found in fashion as a man,

HE+ humbled HIMSELF+,

and became obedient unto death,

even the death of the Cross.

Philippians 2  

 

 Again… are we as righteous as that righteous man, Saul, before his conversion to MESSIAH JESUS ? 

 Do we ALSO need to be knocked to the earth in order to respond to the Living LORD … totally…  and with all that is within us ? 

 Are we keeping ANYTHING back from our LORD JESUS ? 

Is HE+ The LORD of our time… our thoughts… our spirit … our activities… and yes, EVEN OF OUR EMOTIONS?  Have we taken those roller-coaster emotions of our old man, our Adamic man, our fleshly man and  put them to death  as part of our Old Nature ? 

Do we renounce with VIGOR in the Name of JESUS CHRIST our LORD, our Self-pity ? Our Self-Indulgence ?  Do we renounce with VIGOR our desire to please our Self with a treat when something goes awry ? 

 We  SAY  we  are faithful and we WANT to be numbered with the “holy ones” like the Followers of JESUS in Ephesus.  But, are we wallowing in fears, Self-Pity, Self-Indulgence … nursing these wayward emotions ? Are we then being FAITHFUL to the Word of GOD ?

 Let us NOW amend these errors and learn to FORSAKE OUR FEARS … instead of forsaking The Word which tells us HE+ is the Great SHEPHERD+ and BISHOP+ of our souls, a trust-worthy SHEPHERD+ WHO+ tells us we are to cast ALL our cares… EVERY ONE  OF THEM … on HIM+ for HE+ careth for us ! 

Let us LEARN to RENOUNCE these wayward emotions of SELF  that agitate us and ruin our peace. Let us vigorously embark on a new and DETERMINED PATH to TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE unto the Obedience of CHRIST, as found in HIS+ Word.  

Our LORD purchased our freedom from the slavery of our Old Adamic Nature.  Are we being faithful to WALK in that BLOOD-BOUGHT freedom  from our wayward and contrary emotions?

In JESUS’ Name, let us bring them into line with the Word of GOD and make our fleshly man submit to the TRUTH found in His+ Promises. 

LET US PRAY:

 Dear Heavenly FATHER, the GOD and FATHER of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST and His+ faithful followers…

 Once again, I find myself in need of Divine Help to empty life of SELF ruling and reigning, in order  for THEE+ to rule and reign in this temple of my flesh.  I am covered and BOUGHT with a PRICE+,  so in The Name of  JESUS CHRIST: 

 I renounce my Self’s indulgence.

 I renounce my  satisfaction with my own spiritual growth. 

 I renounce ignoring the call to come to Quietness with THEE+.

 Place in me the will to STRIVE to GO DEEPER with THEE+, O CHRIST.

 Fearful as I am, grant me an over-whelming vision also… and knock me to the ground, if so required.  Pull me to THYSELF+, O HOLY ONE+ of Israel.

 Remove from me luke-warmness of heart and languishing zeal. Send the lightening of conviction into my self-satisfied soul; I renounce my Self, in the Name of The LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Help me to embrace death to Self in every aspect of my being,  like Thy+ Apostle Paul, so that I may expend  the rest of my allotted time on earth for THEE+, O CHRIST.

 In Whose+ Name I pray, and by Whose+ Merits I am not destroyed in the face of Thy HOLINESS, O Gracious FATHER.  Amen.

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Worthy is the LAMB+.

 Worthy is The LAMB+ that was slain.

 Worthy is the LAMB+,

slain from the foundation

of the earth.

Revelation 13:8

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Praise and thanksgiving

be to The FATHER,

and to His Beloved SON+

JESUS CHRIST,

and to the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT.

ONE GOD:

FATHER,

SON+,

and HOLY SPIRIT,

both now and forever,

world without end.

Amen.

 

 MONASTIC-AT-HEART

 

 

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2 thoughts on “KNOCKED to the Ground ? … Meditations for the Preparation for the Passover Season

  1. Amen! So many times in life I have been “knocked” down to look up. I finally prayed your will not mine empty me of me and fill me with you. At times we forget this. Thank you so much for this. Worthy is the Lamb of God!

    • O, dear sister C.J…. haven’t we ALL had to be “knocked” down in one way or another before we received that life-changing message: “My+ thoughts are NOT your thoughts, neither are your ways MY+ ways, ” saith The LORD.

      That is the starting point and a place we need to return to, something we need to reflect upon in the prayer closet when our Walk becomes dry and “life-less” to us.

      These things I am sharing are really a reflection of my own past ( and hopefully they will stay there ) battles. Thank you so much for responding to this post. May the LORD bless you for that.

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