a unified person,

Have you ever looked at someone’s house and the surrounding landscape and thought wow! That’s beautiful! What a flow, a unity. The house looks like it was made for the landscape and the landscape looks like it was designed for the house. Or conversely, looked at another and thought something’s not right. The proportions are wrong, they disagree with each other, everything seems separated and nothing looks unified. I think because God is a God of order and balance and beauty that we, created in His image, have something within us that longs to see and experience the same in the world around us. Throughout the old testament there are illustrations of God instructing His artisans how to produce beautiful things according to His specific pattern so it brings a unified whole. He wants to do the same within us for we are a house, a temple. And I believe we long for that beauty and unity within ourselves as much as outside around us. I know it’s been on my mind and heart as He is soon coming for a beautiful bride, without spot, blemish or wrinkle.

I found a little pamphlet the other day that I had had for some time but felt to re-read. It was by a beautiful Christian lady, Sister Ruth Catalano, who was a missionary to the American Indians in Oklahoma and who visited and traveled with our church, many times and gave many wonderful teachings and prophetic words.

What I want to share with you from this pamphlet called ‘The Wedding at Cana’ is that in order for there to be a ‘bride’ for the Bridegroom Christ there first has to be a wedding, a union. And Sister Ruth says that He wants this union in each person who receives Him. It is not a natural union, it is a union of the soul and spirit. She says “until this happens within us a person is divided: the soul which consists of the will, the intellect and the emotions is the undying personality in each of us. The spirit of the man is the candle of the Lord (Prov 20:27). For thou wilt light my candle; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness (Ps 18:28). As the Spirit of Christ lights the candle of man’s spirit, there needs to be a uniting of the Spirit, the male realm with the soul, the female realm that the soul may become spiritual.” My thought is that we may say or think we are spiritual but factually, unless this uniting has occurred, we are not. Let me quote again: “He would shed His blood on the cross of Calvary so that man’s vessel, filled with natural fallen nature might by His transforming power become a vessel carrying the Divine Life and nature. He died to bring about a union of man’s undying soul and his spirit lighted with the Spirit of Christ even the clothing upon of the soul with the Divine Life so that one could become an undivided and whole person, complete in Him.”
In another one of her teaching tapes she tells us that God is wanting to manifest His Son’s life in us but it only happens when the self-life is ‘completely given up and we are wholly given unto Him, the King of Kings.’

That’s the cost, the price for us to really be an undivided whole person…a unified person, a ‘real’ person who knows who we are. Not three personalities, not Ms Ego as Sara commented about in one of the blogs on “A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away.” A person who is focused. One who bears the fruit we struggle so to bring forth. One whose house and landscape is unified with trees that have leaves for the healing of the nations (Rev 22:2).

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About Debi

I live in Leesburg, Virginia where I teach high school students in the Agriculture Department. Additionaly, I am self-employed as a horticultural consultant and landscape designer. "Beefriend the Bees!" and "Neither Here Nor There" are children's books I wrote and illustrated available from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=Deborah Chaves&x=12&y=25. Other interests include singing and playing my guitar (also have a CD for sale on Amazon called "Gardening Therapy"); walking my American Bulldog, Cloud and Olde English Bulldogge, Sky; staying active in my local church, and blogging on the www.thedailylily.com.

26 thoughts on “a unified person,

  1. Thank you Debi, for sharing the prophetic insights of that grand saint Sister Ruth Catalano. She did have a WHOLE-HEARTED demeanor and attitude toward her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
    I found these passages in the Psalms to this similar effect. David says in Ps. 86:11-12, “Teach me Your way O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth. Direct and UNITE MY HEART to fear and honor Your Name. I will confess and praise You O Lord my God with my WHOLE UNITED HEART and I will glorify You forevermore.”
    James says in 1:4-8, (paraphrasing)…” that steadfastness…determination of stand in faith…must have full play in the believer. Ask of God and He will give to you, liberally, ungrudingly, wisdom. But your Heart must be undivided. It must be united, without doubt of fear, not hesitatingly going forth and then pulling back. Your heart must be resolute…. not of double mindedness but of an united heart. If not, let that person know becuase the heart is divided and not united within itself with the Spirit of the living God….that person will get NOTHING from the Lord.

  2. MG your comments about the heart reminded me that Sister Ruth taught an important principle about the heart also on her same teaching tape. She read this scripture “”For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal (or perfect)to Him. She then said that David was such a man and was after God’s own heart. He was not perfect but he was repentant and that was what God was looking for.
    I thought about this quite a bit. His repentant heart sought after God.
    A definition of repentance I found: ‘a change of mind and purpose and life;
    a persistent endeavour after a holy life in a walking with God in the way of his commandments’. David lived the change God was looking for.

  3. Well Sara you have a way of summing it up and putting it all in perspective with your quote and making me think. In order to be true to yourself you would have to know yourself, be honest about your self and the self that God created with its distinct gifts. And get to that place where He can come through you for His plans and purposes, which are also your plans and purposes. We were created to be ‘to the praise of His glory’ (Eph 1:11-12).

  4. In the still of knowing God, I find myself. I am created in His image. “Be still and Know that I Am God.” When I make this my focus I am focused. When I make His character my character, I have character. When I make His love my love I have love.

    When one wants to know themselves, it is wise to take time out and get to know God and oneself will develop like a photo into the pattern spoke of from Ruth Catalana’s book.

    Proverb 20:27 scripture in blog shows how God is watching us and examining us inside and out. His light gives light to our darkness. This can be said in so many ways and so often but one must pause and focus and know God to know this.

  5. John says in his Gospel, “In HIS light we have light” This Light is a great revealer and “exposer”. It exposes corruption and spots and wrinkles and any such thing within ourselves. Are we concerned that it might be a picture of our authentic self? That is…. one with spots & wrinkles & corruption ? Are we too lazy, too preoccupied with our OCCUPATION to give our meditative time to God’s Word…the time it takes to get to know God intimately, so that His character can be developed within us? Sara said the other day, ‘we have the light. But we must choose to walk in it.”

  6. Sara’s comment made me go get my guitar and sing this chorus we are probably familiar with…’in His presence, in His presence there is joy…I will linger, I will stay in His presence day by day ’til His likeness may be seen in me…’

  7. Sara has taught that when we are born we have the light….””And God created man in His own Image. In His own Image He created them…man and woman.” Abel CHOSE to walk in that light and he obeyed the commands of God. Cain chose to go his own way, like his mother. MAYBE he was trying to oneupsmanship his brother. We do that sometimes. We think we have a better way. It becomes a Religious ritual and we make it a law and demand that people follow it. We get angry when they don’t. That happened to our Lord, Jesus Christ. He didn’t seem to follow the man-made traditons of the “elders”. It is TRADITION, they said. Now tradition is fine but if it is not the WAY of the Lord…Jesus said…I AM THE WAY, THE GATE,,,then it is a false “way”, and a deceptive way.
    How do we CHOOSE to walk in the light? Ovedience to the Word is the ROCK-BOTTOM answer. Like Debi said in the song above….”day by day”.

  8. If we do these things sometimes then do we seem to have one foot in the light and one in the darkness? Sometimes obey, sometimes not? Do we keep some company with God and some company with darkness? If our attention is so divided between the two then it would seem we will be a very divided person.

  9. Sara your comment made me think of Genesis 1:26″ And God said. let us make man in our image, after our likeness…verse 27 So God created man in his ouwn image, in the image of God created he him. male and female created he them..” ( this helped me to understand just how vital and important it is if you truly want to know yourself the Authentic self…you Must take the time to get to know God or you will Never truly know yourself…..)…dj

  10. Debi,
    I think I am understanding this? God tells us in James 4:8, ” Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” Then over in 1John2:15& 16. “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.” The footnotes for the scriptures in 1John says: “Some people think that worldliness is limited to external behavior- the people we associate with, the places we go, the activities we enjoy. Worldliness is also internal because it begins in the heart and is characterized by three attitudes. 1) craving for physical pleasure-preoccupation with gratifying physical desires; 2) craving for everything we see- coveting and accumulating things, bowing to the god of materialism; and 3) pride in our achievements and possessions-obsession with one’s status or importance. When the serpent tempted Eve, he tempted her in these areas. Also, when the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, these were his three areas of attack. By contrast, God values self-control, a spirit of generosity, and a commitment to humble service. It is possible to give the impression of avoiding worldly pleasures while still harboring worldly attitudes in one’e heart. It is also possible, like Jesus, to love sinners and spend time with them while maintaining a commitment to the values of God’s Kingdom. What values are most important to you? Do your actions reflect the world’s values or God’s values?”

    So, if we lack self-control, generosity, commitment to humble service, purity of our hearts and minds, etc…..are we an ununified person?

  11. Debi,
    You said, “If our attention is so divided between the two then it would seem we will be a very divided person”. I believe God’s Word says somewhere? “We are in the world, but we are not of the world”? I’m not sure where that is, right now. Can anyone help me find it?

  12. Needles is the verse you are referring to from John 17:14-17?It is from Christ praying for His disciples:
    “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent them into the world, I also have sent them into the world…”

  13. Needles you ask “are we a ununified person” if we lack the things listed and I think our answer is in the chapter you were asking about above. Reading further down in John 17:
    “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.”
    Jesus modeled a unity with the Father which made Him a unified person and He wanted us to have this unity within ourselves too. He showed it came about as He abided (dwelled/lived in) in the Father and the Father abided in Him. Their ‘dwelling’ (house someone is living in) had no lack of ‘self-control, generosity, commitment to humble service, purity of our hearts and minds’.

  14. Yes, Debi, I believe John 17:14-17 is the correct scripture, thanks!
    Ok, thanks for your insight on my question about the ununified person.
    If we abide with the Lord, as Jesus, then it is safe to say that self-control, generosity, commitment to humble service, purity of our hearts and minds, may become “second nature”, huh?

  15. correction of above “abide with the Lord, as Jesus did, (ie. spending time in His Word, praying, meditating on Him)

  16. I agree Needles with you. I would like to say that I think meditating is one of the most needful things in today’s busy world. I should say in our busy schedules. We seem to find time for many things but not meditation.

    PS. 4:4…Be angry but sin not, that way to do this is meditate in your heart. If you meditate you are going to have the Holy Spirit give you a recall button. Your memory will improve, your brain will enlarge according to research. Your emotions will be intact and the sum of all this is PEACE. The peace the world cannot give but a perfect peace that goes beyond one’s understanding.

  17. Isaiah asks us, “Whose report will you believe?” The believers asnswer, ‘we will believe the report fo the Lord’ His report says I am healed. His report says I am free. His report says victory.
    When we listen to the reports of the world over & over & over, it penetrates our inner gateway, our eargate and is absorbed into our being. Meditating on the news report of the world, hour after hour, day after day, week after week…well ,you get the picture. We are filled with worldly reports, ungodly accounts, commentaries and information and we shrink back, and it shrivels our brain, as Sara implied in her comments.
    To be informed is one thing…to be ensconced in the daily drivel, frivilous pursuits, etc. takes a toll on our minds and memory. Who can hear the report of the Lord over the din of the TV or barrage of Celebrity News on the internet?
    Let’s face it! Man will meditate one way or the other. Will we meditate on what God is saying to us or what the nightly news is telling us?
    Can we tell the diference?

  18. I think MG that we could tell the difference if we would diligently take the time to follow the prescription for meditation that Sara outlined above…for we would soon know the Father’s heart. They say that if one wants to be able to detect counterfit money, one must repeatedly and diligently study the real thing not the counterfit. So if we meditate on the Truth more and more than we should be better trained/attuned to hear the Holy Spirit. And He has perfect discernment.

  19. Neeles…look what I found on second nature in 2 Peter 1-10…read with me”…..Simon Peter a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior, Jesus Christ; Grace and peace be ultiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus, our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and gldliness, through the knoweledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue; by which are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promiseas, that bvy thises ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. and beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, selfcontrol; and to selfcontrol patience; and to patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ…But he that lacketh these things is blind and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherfore the rather, bretheren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall……(authorized King James Version Bible)…….dj

  20. What a great formula for active steps to wholeness and avoidance of a fall. A fall can do great damage and hinder being unified. It reminds me of what happened in this nursery rhyme to someone who sat inactive on the fence.
    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
    All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
    Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

  21. “They say that if one wants to be able to detect counterfit money, one must repeatedly and diligently study the real thing not the counterfit”.

    Debi, this statement made me remember something I learned in nursing school. We were studying about the different types of heart rhythms, on a heart monitor. My instructor told the class that we should know/learn the “normal rhythm” of the heart, or we would never be able to recognize, when the heart rhythm is abnormal.

  22. DJ,
    Thanks for the scripture in 2 Peter regarding “second nature”. The Life Application Study Bible states verse 10 like this: ” So,dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.

  23. Needles what a great nursing school lesson! It made me think that Jesus, His ways, His words, His life examples is the normal Life. Using that as a measurement, anything other is abnormal.

  24. In discussions with our counselors about the undivided heart, and the blog above, certain teachings and revelations came forth concerning the subtle line of demarcation within the human heart…that evasive, sly, foiling and veiled boundary line that separates the fleshly motives from the godly. How does one discern and ascertain whether one’s deeds and feats are motivated by the spirit within or by the flesh without? Is every good deed a godly deed? Did Holy Spirit lead in the execution of a certain act? Were we doing it to bring honor and glory to God, or did we do it because it made us look good, kind, generous , smart, wise or do it out of a sense of a Religious act…. doing something “good” because we were afraid NOT TO as in obeying a religious “law”?
    James tells us to look in the mirror and discern what we see there. Do we see a phony…acting one way in church or in front of our pastors and another way at the office or with our families? Yes, but EVERYONE does THAT!!!! you might complain. If so, those EVERYONES have a divided heart and James says a double minded person, acting one way in church and another way at home must be ready to receive NOTHING from the LORD.
    It really is imperative in these end times as we look for Jesus to return in clouds that we go back to the mirror of the Word, seek the Holy Spirit to see if we are phonies and fakers or if we are motivated by Holy Spirit.

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