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No offence taken Butterfly.

If anything my intellectual bent has always been something of a distraction and can be a stumbling block in my spiritual life. However I do believe that our Father uses all the gifts He has given to us for His purposes. The apostle Paul was also an intellectual and he learned to consider all his previous head knowledge as "dung". There is however an intellectual function in the mind of the Spirit I believe which is used to discriminate and discern just as does the natural intellect.

The only way is "by faith' and that is given to us by God, it isn't anything we can "work up" ourselves. Studying and ruminating on His promises that He has sworn to fulfil is a fruitful exercise. Then again we can set our minds on things above and listen to the words, thoughts, from above, rather than from below, and follow them.

The assurance that I have about my position in Christ is summed up in the portion of scripture He gave to me 36 years ago when I was a very young believer (I was 36 years old but still very young in the faith).

"Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going. Thomas said to him, Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way? Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known Me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him." (John 14:1-7)"

In this scripture from the Gospel of John I read "my Father's house" as meaning the Body of Christ:

For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority." (Colossians 2:9-10)

So, just as He is preparing a place for us He is preparing us for that place. Remember that He did not permit the Israelites to conquer their Promised Land all at once. Nor does He allow us to conquer our Promised Land all at once. It is enough that He shows us from time to time the progress He is making in us or if you wish the progress we are making in Him. In between these times of revelation it is a work of hope and faith and as the apostle says:

"For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance. (Romans 8:24-25)

and further he says:

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see." (Hebrews 11:1)

PS. If you buy a copy of The Autobiography of Jeanne Guyon I believe you will find it helpful. She was a 17th. century Roman Catholic woman who had a very close relationship with the Lord. She has been called a mystic but I am somewhat suspicious of these labels. From my own reading of her work she simply loved the Lord and He was gracious to her revealing much of Himself to her. She reminds me of Mary of Bethany who had a similar relationship with Him. Reading what she has to say may encourage you also to seek a deeper relationship with Him.

You can "Look Inside" and read some pages of this book at Amazon and so gain an appreciation of who Jeanne Guyon is and how she has experienced the Love which is God. It is a constant refrain in all those who have received the grace of a close relationship with Him, a grace that seems to have been vouchsafed to relatively few.

This is why I personally left the organised church. Not simply because the teaching was so elementary but also because there were so few there with whom I could have true fellowship, who were hungry and thirsty for the bread and water of Life. After I left I eventually found teaching that fed my spirit. The Spirit of Truth is leading me into a deeper relationship with Himself. I discovered that the doctrines of the organised churches usually called "Statements of Faith" were actually statements that prevented the true seeker from knowing God.

Even now when I have discussions with Christians I often find them to be very closed to the things of God and unwilling to forsake the safety of the harbour of their denomination's doctrines and launch out into the deeps of God with only the Word and Spirit of God as their Guide. I have even been called a satanist. This does not offend me since our Saviour was Himself called beelzebub but even when I try to correct these misconceptions I am called a cultist.

I know that you are not such since I know that you left the political shoals to launch out into a search for the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. If ever you have any questions or wish to have some recommended reading let me know.

PPS Another Christian sister's writing that I found helpful were those of Barbara J. Strauser. I have read everything she wrote although it has not been published except at the Lighthouse Library. This link will take you to the home page for Lighthouse Library.

Look up Barbar J. Strauser in the Authors' Directory and that will take you to her page. Start I think with "A Portion of Manna" since that was her first testimony.

Barbara passed away in December 2010.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)