I looked out our patio window and was shocked at what I saw! I saw nothing! No road, No open field beside the tree cluster as I had become accustomed to seeing each morning. No descending roadway to the west, No elementary school to the east, No river and skyline on its far shore, No hill, church spire, hospital and water towers! All I saw was greyness everywhere!
The fog was widespread this past Sunday morning. Elder Don, who lived some km to the east of us, also made mention of it as he shared God’s Word with us that morning. He had been driving in dense fog across the Princess Margaret Bridge from the north side of town to the south. As he neared the other side the fog abruptly dissipated.
His message to us emphasized a great truth from scripture, a “pearl” to his own walk, Don called it. A key which he graciously shared with us.
“I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.” (1 John 2:26-27].
Near the end of His earthly ministry Jesus told His disciples,
“Unless I go away, the Advocate [Holy Spirit] will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you…. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” (John 16:7, 13-15)
Later, Paul explained to the Corinthians,
“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things…” (1 Cor. 2:14-15a)
Without the Holy Spirit’s illumination the Truth of God is hidden from a man… like the dense fog which greeted us on Sunday morning. We just cant see the realities that are there. But Elder Don’s comment regarding Sunday’s fog was his amazement at just how quickly it all vanished upon nearing the end of the bridge.
Christ is our bridge to bring us to the Father. When we surrender to Him the Holy Spirit enters our being, He illumines our minds, transforms our hearts and enlivens our souls. The fog clears. We understand who we are, why we are here, and where we are going.
It’s amazing how quickly everything can change!
To hear Elder Don’s complete message, go to the NEW Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Sept. 22 message.