Phantom or One Spirit With the Lord?

Humans go about like shadows, merely a puff of wind, until we come to ourselves, becoming one spirit with the Lord.

The sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart.

Ps 19:14 – Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer! (YLT)

What do the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart reveal about who you think you are? Are they in agreement with the words of the Lord God and the meditation of his heart?

Read the words of Scripture slowly and reflectively. Let them settle deep in your soul and take root.

Joined.

1 Cor 6:17 – But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. (ESV)

He who is joined: to glue, to stick, to keep company.1

Who or what are you joined to and keeping company with? Have you carefully examined what motivates your regular patterns of thinking and feeling and acting and reacting?

Have you asked the One who sees into and understands the human heart to make yours known to you? Has this become a regular pattern?

Examine me, test me, see, lead me.

Ps 139:23-24 – Examine me, God, and know my heart; test me, and know my thoughts. See if there is in me any hurtful way, and lead me along the eternal way. (CJB)

Give me what my actions and conduct deserve.

Jer 17:9-10 – “The heart is more deceitful than anything else and mortally sick. Who can fathom it? I, Adonai [Jehovah, the LORD], search the heart; I test inner motivations; in order to give to everyone what his actions and conduct deserve.” (CJB)

Is there any hurtful way in me, Lord?
What are my inner motivations, Lord?

As you develop a pattern of waiting patiently, quietly in the presence of the Lord, he may reveal things like the following:

Pride and self-exaltation and rebellion.

Ex 10:3 – So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble [subdue] yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me. (ESV)

How long will you refuse to subdue yourself before me? How long?
Wait quietly before the Lord for him to expose areas where you refuse to subdue yourself before him.

Faithless. Pursuing false gods.

2 Chron 28:22-23 – In the time of his distress he became yet more faithless to the Lord—this same King Ahaz. For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus that had defeated him and said, “Because the gods of the kings of Syria helped them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me.” But they were the ruin of him and of all Israel. (ESV)

In the time of his distress he became yet more faithless to the Lord.
Faithless: to cover up, act covertly, treacherously; transgress, to go beyond a limit or boundary.2
Are you familiar with how distress makes you more faithless? Wait quietly before the Lord for him to reveal your heart.

Deceit.

Jer 8:4-7 – “You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord: When men fall, do they not rise again? If one turns away, does he not return? Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return. I have paid attention and listened, but they have not spoken rightly; no man relents of his evil, saying, ‘What have I done?’ Everyone turns to his own course, like a horse plunging headlong into battle. Even the stork in the heavens knows her times, and the turtledove, swallow, and crane keep the time of their coming, but my people know not the rules of the Lord. (ESV)

They refuse to return. My people know not the judgments of the Lord. They don’t keep their appointments.

Her appointed times: an appointment, i.e. a fixed time or season; specifically, a festival; an assembly, the place of meeting; a signal as appointed beforehand. To fix upon by agreement or appointment; to meet; to summon to trial; to engage (for marriage); betroth; gather selves together.3

Rules/judgment: a verdict; a sentence or formal decree; divine law; to govern; to litigate; needs, plead, reason, rule.4

Does this condition describe you? Do you have an appointed time and place of meeting with the Lord to have your deceitful heart examined and reasoned with regularly?
“What have I done? I know not the governing, the reasoning, the pleading, the verdict of the Lord.”

Wait quietly before the Lord for him to bring out into the open even the very subtle deceptions hidden in your heart.

Excess.

Luke 15:11-24 – And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired [joined] himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”‘ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. (ESV)

This my son was dead.
He squandered his property in reckless living. Reckless: unrestrained, corrupt, riotous, overindulgence.5

Prov 29:3 – He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes [idolaters] squanders his wealth. (ESV)

Wisdom: wise in mind, word, or act. Good judgment. Informed. Prudent.6
Prostitutes: highly fed and therefore wanton; to commit idolatry.7

Has the Lord God given you wealth, substance, ability, goods, strength that you have squandered in being joined to someone or something, philosophies, treasures other than him, living in excess, unsavedness, illness, unwholesomeness, and brokenness?

Wait quietly before the Lord for him to pronounce his judgment, his decision, his verdict, his grace and mercy.

This my son was dead and is alive again.

Luke 9:24-25 – For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? (ESV)

Read the texts again. Chew upon the words. Turn them over and over in your mind. Ask the Lord God what he wants you to receive from them and how he wants you to respond to them.

What thoughts and questions and emotions arise?

Does a word satisfy? Encourage? Convict? Prod? Instruct? Empower? Give hope?

He came to himself. He came to his senses.

Ps 73:20-22 – Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms. When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you. (ESV)

Phantoms: image; to shade, illusion, resemblance, a representative figure, especially an idol.8

Phantom.
When my soul was embittered, pungent in taste, sour, fermented; figuratively, harsh.9
When I was pricked in heart, to pierce, teach diligently, whet, to impress upon the mind by frequent repetition or persistent urging.10
I was brutish and ignorant. Full of evil.

Eccl 9:3 – This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that the same event happens to all. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. (ESV)

I am not alone. There is an evil in all. The hearts of the children of man are full of evil.
Evil: natural or moral; adversity, affliction, calamity, displeasure, distress, grief, harm, mischief, misery, trouble, wretchedness, naught.11

There is madness in the hearts of the children of man while they live.
Madness: folly; to make a show, to boast, to be clamorously foolish, to rave.12

We cannot know the deceit in our hearts unless the Lord God reveals it to us. Madness is in their hearts while they live. After that they go to the dead.

Rom 6:7 – For one who has died has been set free from sin. (ESV)

This my son was dead and is alive again.
He came to himself. Disciplined. Bore his disgrace. Turned. Kept his appointment as summoned to trial. To engage for marriage. Gather selves together.

Have you come to yourself yet?

Jer 31:18-20 – I have heard Ephraim grieving, ‘You have disciplined me, and I was disciplined, like an untrained calf; bring me back that I may be restored, for you are the Lord my God. For after I had turned away, I relented, and after I was instructed, I slapped my thigh; I was ashamed, and I was confounded, because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’ Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he my darling child? For as often as I speak against him, I do remember him still. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, declares the Lord. (ESV)

Remember: to mark so as to be recognized.13

Ps 74:2 – Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old, which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage! Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt. (ESV)

Luke 1:72 – to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, (ESV)

Heb 8:12 – For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” (ESV)

Bring me back that I may be restored, for you are the Lord my God.

Have you come to yourself yet?

Wait quietly before the Lord for him to speak his word of unwavering, steadfast love to you. You, [your name] are my dear child. You, [your name] are my darling child. For as often as I speak against you, I do remember you still. My heart yearns for you, [your name]. I will surely have mercy on you, [your name]. This the Lord declares to you.

Eph 5:13-14 – But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (ESV)

This my son was dead and is alive again.

He came to himself. Hold fast to what is good.

Rom 12:9 – Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast [join, cleave] to what is good. (ESV)

Hold fast, join, cleave to what is good.

Mark 10:18 – And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. (ESV)

Hold fast, join, cleave to God alone.
This my son [my daughter] was dead and is alive again.
He came to himself. You, Lord, are my only hope.

Ps 39:6-13 – Humans go about like shadows; their turmoil is all for nothing. They accumulate wealth, not knowing who will enjoy its benefits. Now, Adonai [LORD], what am I waiting for? You are my only hope. Rescue me from all my transgressions; don’t make me the butt of fools. I am silent, I keep my mouth shut, because it is you who have done it.

Stop raining blows on me; the pounding of your fist is wearing me down. With rebukes you discipline people for their guilt; like a moth, you destroy what makes them attractive; yes, everyone is merely a puff of wind. (Selah)

Hear my prayer, Adonai [LORD], listen to my cry, don’t be deaf to my weeping; for with you, I am just a traveler passing through, like all my ancestors. Turn your gaze from me, so I can smile again before I depart and cease to exist. (CJB)

Read the texts again. Chew upon the words. Turn them over and over in your mind.

Set aside your own thoughts, perceptions, judgments, your own agenda to allow response from your inner depths to surface. What do you discover?

He came to himself. He responded.

Ps 39:7 – “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you. (ESV)

For what do I wait? Appointed time. To fix upon by agreement or appointment; to meet; to summon to trial; to engage (for marriage); betroth; gather selves together.

Wait: to bind together. Gather together, look, patiently, tarry, wait for, on, upon. Expect.14
My hope is in you, O Lord.
Hope: Expectation; to wait, to be patient; stay, tarry, trust.15

Phanton? Or one spirit with the Lord?

Have you come to yourself yet?

1 Cor 6:17 – But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. (ESV)

 

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (Job 32:8 ESV)

Breath by breath. Become conscious of the presence of the Almighty in you. Seek his strength. Seek his presence. Surrender to the influence of the breath of the Almighty.

Inhale.
Exhale.

You must rely on the breath of the Almighty, the Spirit of God who lives inside you, to make you understand Gods words, to discern the thoughts and intentions of your heart, to seek the interests of Jesus Christ and not your own.

With your inhalation draw the words of the Lord God deep within you.

With your exhalation empty yourself of all your own ideas, plans, thoughts, imaginations and words to make room for the words of God to take possession. Open yourself completely to what the Lord God wants to reveal to you about yourself and about him.

1 Cor 6:17 – But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. (ESV)

Inhale: (draw the words of the Lord God deep within you)
“But he who is joined to the Lord”

Exhale. (empty yourself of self to allow the words of God to take possession)
“Becomes one spirit with him.”

As you receive the Word of God into that deepest place of your being, the Lord God is rescuing you, he is loosening your bonds to your old nature. Through Jesus, our Messiah the Lord God is delivering you from your illusions and foolish boasting. He is gradually transforming you from within, revealing who you really are, not a phantom, but one who is joined to the Lord, becoming one spirit with him.

Inhale.
Exhale.
Breathe the Lord God’s words all day every day.

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)

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Resources/For deeper study:

1He who is joined: NT:2853 <START GREEK>kolla/w<END GREEK> kollao (kol-lah’-o); from kolla (“glue”); to glue, i.e. (passively or reflexively) to stick (figuratively): KJV – cleave, join (self), keep company. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

2Faithless: OT:4603 <START HEBREW>lu^m*<END HEBREW> ma`al (maw-al’); a primitive root; properly, to cover up; used only figuratively, to act covertly, i.e. treacherously: KJV – transgress, (commit, do a) trespass (-ing). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

3Her appointed times: OT:4150 <START HEBREW>du@om<END HEBREW> mowed` (mo-ade’); or moed` (mo-ade’); or (feminine) mow`adah (2 Chron 8:13) (mo-aw-daw’); from OT:3259; properly, an appointment, i.e. a fixed time or season; specifically, a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand): KJV – appointed (sign, time), (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast, (appointed, due) season, solemn (-ity), synogogue, (set) time (appointed).

OT:3259 <START HEBREW>du^y*<END HEBREW> ya`ad (yaw-ad’); a primitive root; to fix upon (by agreement or appointment); by implication, to meet (at a stated time), to summon (to trial), to direct (in a certain quarter or position), to engage (for marriage): -agree, maxke an) appoint (-ment, a time), assemble (selves), betroth, gather (selves, together), meet (together), set (a time).

4Judgment: OT:4941 <START HEBREW>fP*v=m!<END HEBREW> mishpat (mish-pawt’); from OT:8199; properly, a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or [participant’s] divine law, individual or collective), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly, justice, including a participant’s right or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style: KJV –  adversary, ceremony, charge,  crime, custom, desert, determination, discretion, disposing, due, fashion, form, to be judged, judgment, just (-ice, -ly), (manner of) law (-ful), manner, measure, (due) order, ordinance, right, sentence, usest,  worthy,  wrong.

OT:8199 <START HEBREW>fp^v*<END HEBREW> shaphat (shaw-fat’); a primitive root; to judge, i.e. pronounce sentence (for or against); by implication, to vindicate or punish; by extension, to govern; passively, to litigate (literally or figuratively): KJV –  avenge,  that condemn, contend, defend, execute (judgment), (be a) judge (-ment),  needs, plead, reason, rule. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

5Reckless: NT:811 <START GREEK>a)sw/tw$ <END GREEK> asotos (as-o’-toce); adverb from the same as NT:810; dissolutely: KJV – riotous.

NT:810 <START GREEK>a)swti/a <END GREEK> asotia (as-o-tee’-ah); from a compound of NT:1 (as a negative particle) and a presumed derivative of NT:4982; properly, unsavedness, i.e. (by implication) profligacy: KJV – excess, riot. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

Wealth: enough, to pant, to exert oneself, usually in vain; to come to nothing. Ability, power, effort.5

6Wisdom: OT:2451 <START HEBREW>hm*k=j*<END HEBREW> chokmah (khok-maw’); from OT:2449; wisdom (in a good sense):

OT:2449 <START HEBREW><k^j*<END HEBREW> chakam (khaw-kam’); a primitive root, to be wise (in mind, word or act): KJV –  exceeding, teach wisdom, be (makeself, shewself) wise, deal (never so) wisely, make wiser. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

7Prostitutes: OT:2181 <START HEBREW>hn*z*<END HEBREW> zanah (zaw-naw’); a primitive root [highly-fed and therefore wanton]; to commit adultery (usually of the female, and less often of simple fornication, rarely of involuntary ravishment); figuratively, to commit idolatry (the Jewish people being regarded as the spouse of Jehovah): (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

8Phantom/image: OT:6754 <START HEBREW><l#x# <END HEBREW> tselem (tseh’-lem); from an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, i.e. (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence, a representative figure, especially an idol: KJV – image, vain shew. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

9Embittered/grieved: OT:2556 <START HEBREW>Jm@j*<END HEBREW> chamets (khaw-mates’); a primitive root; to be pungent; i.e. in taste (sour, i.e. literally fermented, or figuratively, harsh), in color (dazzling): KJV – cruel (man), dyed, be grieved, leavened.  (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

10Pricked: OT:8150 <START HEBREW>/n^v*<END HEBREW> shanan (shaw-nan’); a primitive root; to point (transitive or intransitive); intensively, to pierce; figuratively, to inculcate: KJV – prick, sharp (-en), teach diligently, whet. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

11Evil: OT:7451 <START HEBREW>ur^<END HEBREW> ra` (rah); from OT:7489; bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral): KJV – adversity, affliction, bad, calamity,  displease (-ure), distress, evil ([-favouredness], man, thing),  exceedingly,  great, grief (-vous), harm, heavy, hurt (-ful), ill (favoured),  mark, mischief (-vous), misery, naught (-ty), noisome,  not please, sad (-ly), sore, sorrow, trouble, vex, wicked (-ly, -ness, one), worse (-st), wretchedness, wrong. [Incl. feminine ra`ah; as adjective or noun.]. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

12Madness: OT:1947 <START HEBREW>hl*l@oh<END HEBREW> howlelah (ho-lay-law’); feminine active participle of OT:1984; folly: KJV – madness.

OT:1984clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate; also to stultify: KJV – (make) boast (self), celebrate, commend, (deal, make), fool (-ish, -ly), glory, give [light], be (make, feignself) mad (against), give in marriage, [sing, be worthy of] praise, rage, renowned, shine. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

13Remember him: OT:2142 <START HEBREW>rk^z* <END HEBREW> zakar (zaw-kar’); a primitive root; properly, to mark (so as to be recognized), i.e. to remember; by implication, to mention; also (as denominative from OT:2145) to be male: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

14Wait: OT:6960 <START HEBREW>hw*q*<END HEBREW> qavah (kaw-vaw’); a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect: KJV – gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

15Hope: OT:8431 <START HEBREW>tl#j#oT<END HEBREW> towcheleth (to-kheh’-leth); from OT:3176; expectation: KJV – hope.

OT:3176 <START HEBREW>lj^y*<END HEBREW> yachal (yaw-chal’); a primitive root; to wait; by implication, to be patient, hope: KJV – (cause to, have, make to) hope, be pained, stay, tarry, trust, wait. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

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