The Reverend
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The Reverend

     A person who has not been born again by the Spirit of God will tell you that the teachings of Jesus are simple.  But when he is baptized by the Holy Spirit, he finds that ;"clouds and darkness surround Him..." (Psalm 97:2).  When we come into close contact with the teachings of Jesus Christ we have our first realization of this.  The only possible way to have full understanding of the teachings of Jesus is through the light of the Spirit of God shining inside us.  If we have never had the experience of taking our casual, religious shoes off our casual, religious feet--getting rid of all the excessive informality with which we approach God--it is questionable whether we have ever stood in His presence.  The people who are flippant and disrespectful in their approach to God are those who have never been introduced to Jesus Christ.  Only after the amazing delight and liberty of realizing what Jesus Christ does, comes the impenetrable "darkness" of realizing who He is.
     Jesus said, "The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63).  Once, the Bible was just so many words to us--"clouds and darkness"--then, suddenly, the words become spirit and life because Jesus re-speaks them to us when our circumstances make the words new.  That is the way God speaks to us.  And when our relationship becomes more in harmony with the Spirt of Christ we soon realize that He can also speak to us through dreams and visions.  "..., I will pour out my Spirit on all people.  Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams" (Acts 2:17).

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