By Ron Ross ( 27th January, 2013)
We were driving to Beit Shemesh for important meetings with the new Mayor. Not far out of Jerusalem a red light started to show on the dash. The Bridges for Peace CEO Becky Brimmer was driving.
Jerusalem is famous for its hills. We were alarmed when the car protested at each one. It labored precariously and had no ‘oomph’, so to speak. We called the group following us and pulled into a service station. The attendant checked the water, oil and fuel and told us they were all OK. He recommended we take a small tour and visit a mechanic called Dudu.
Becky left in one of the other vehicles, while Peter Marais, the Bridges for Peace Food Bank Manager and I, set out to find Dudu. Down the end of a winding alley we found his workshop. Dudu’s son came out and brought a computer car gadget with him. He connected it and in a short time told us the problem was ‘dirty fuel.’
He said fuel standards had recently been lowered in Israel and this was now a regular problem. He adjusted the car ‘memory’ and applied a cleansing additive to the fuel tank. We drove away with plenty of time to make it to the municipality in Beit Shemesh and the meeting with the mayor.
I find this to be a significant story. If we allow anything but the pure fuel of the Holy Spirit to energize our lives we will experience less than satisfactory performance. We will loose our oomph when pressure comes! Paul makes an interesting statement. “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15) His phrasing indicates there is such a thing as: ‘the spirit of bondage.” It promotes ‘fear.’ Interesting that the ‘s’ in spirit of bondage is lower case and the ‘S’ in Spirit of adoption is the capital letter – that should give us a clue about what is being offered.
The Father longs to bring you comfort and complete assurance. We have His words spoken so clearly. “When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son. As they called them, So they went from them; They sacrificed to the Baals, And burned incense to carved images. I taught Ephraim to walk, Taking them by their arms; But they did not know that I healed them. I drew them with gentle cords, With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them.” (Hos 11: 1-4)
The Father drew Israel out of Egypt. He called them! He taught Ephraim to walk. Taking them in His arms! He drew them to Himself with ‘bands of love.’ He stooped down to them. “Come to Daddy!” He seems to say in these verses.
Look at that! He called them. He taught them! He took them in His arms! He drew close to them! He drew them close to Him! He stooped down to them. He meets us at our level! He is not aloof. He is not distracted or withdrawn. He is Abba!
Do you need that experience of His Presence today? Have things been rough for you? Is your mind restless, racing, fearful, uncertain, insecure? That sounds like an orphan spirit, the mind of a lonely unsure child
Dear Christian, that is not your true position. Don’t be deceived to stay there, not for an instant! Father said He formed your ‘inward parts.’ He covered you in your ‘mother’s womb.’ (Psalm 139:13) How tender, alert and sensitive He is? He is not about to leave you alone, now!
Jesus spoke of the Father’s love. “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.” (John 16:26.27) Be sure you take time to meditate on this amazing truth: “I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you.”
Wow! Yeshua is saying to the disciples all the love and wisdom and teaching you have seen in Me, comes from the Father for we are One. You will never hear the Father say – “Later, I’m too busy!” – “Not now, I’m reading the paper” or “I’m watching the football, don’t bother me!”
Can you embrace that? Are you ready for it? Do you expect it? Be seated with Christ in heavenly places. Rejoice in His love and provision for you. Be rid of the dirty fuel and rejoice in the Holy Spirit that empowers you. By the way Dudu in Hebrew means ‘David.’ The mechanic who fixed our dirty fuel was Dudu, The son of David!