Being As He Is

Posted on 02/22/2015 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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GLORY

Great is the Lord God Almighty
Great is the Lord on High
The train of His robe fills the temple
And we cry out highest praise

Glory to the risen King
Glory to the Son, glorious Son

Lift up your heads, open the doors
Let the King of Glory come in
And forever be our God

Holy is the Lord God Almighty
Holy is the Lord on high
Let all the earth bow before You
And crown You Lord of all


JESUS

Jesus, Jesus
Holy and Anointed One
Jesus

Your name is like honey
on my lips
Your spirit like water
to my soul
Your Word is a lamp
unto my feet
Jesus I love you
I love you

Jesus, Jesus
Risen and Exalted One
Jesus


I EXALT THEE

For thou O Lord art high
above all the earth
Thou art exalted
far above all gods

I exalt thee
I exalt thee
I exalt thee
O Lord


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Today, let's start by reading from the book of 1st John, chapter three, verses 1 through 3.

1 John 3:1-3 (NASB)

1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.


Okay. So this starts with Love.
"See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us." Is that love the feeling
that a good earthly father
has for his beloved child?
That's certainly a good
picture of it. But it goes
far beyond any
human example.

And I don't mean
it's just stronger,
or more intense.

I mean it transcends
any human emotion.

Or any emotion at all.

True Love,
timeless Love,
perfect Love,
CAUSES emotion,
but that emotion
is only a result;
the feeling itself
is not Love.

So when we read
about the great Love
our Father God
has bestowed upon us,
or has poured out
upon us,
this ultimately is not
the expression of
a feeling we call "love,"
any more than
God Himself
is a feeling,
or God Himself
is an emotion.
For God IS Love.

So we could read this like so:

"See how fully God has
poured out Himself upon us,
how completely
He has surrounded us,
how deeply
He has immersed us,
how intimately
He is embracing us."

"That we would be called children of God."

When a child looks like an adult,
people assume that adult
is the child's parent.

When we are dwelling
in the Presence, the Love,
and thus the Nature
of God,
we automatically
point others to Him.

We look like Him.
Just like a child
resembles his parents.

"For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him."

The mind of the world,
attached to things
that are passing away,
unaware of God,
foreign to true Love,
blind to true Life,
does not and can never
know God.

So when we look like God,
the mind of the world
can not know us either.
And when the mind
does not know and
can not understand,
is seen at least
as weird and stupid or wrong,
or as an enemy
that must be destroyed.

And that's okay.
The world cannot touch you.
It can torture and kill your body,
but it cannot touch you.

The real You and the world
are on two separate planes.
Two separate dimension.

The world cannot touch
the Spirit, no matter
how hard it tries.

The foolish carnal mind
thinks it has abolished
yet another enemy,
whether through arguments
or through physical force.

But the earthly mind
is lost in severe delusion.
It is like someone who
builds himself a dark
wooden box, and then
boasts that he has
destroyed the sun.

When we ourselves
are lost in the worldly mind,
we fear that some human
or force of nature
might hurt or destroy us.

But when we are dwelling
in the timeless, eternal
Presence of God,
that delusion fades
into the distance;
it loses its importance;
we stop taking it seriously.

"For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him."


Verse 2:

"Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is."

So when we see Him,
we will be like Him.

In what way?

Will we look like Him physically?

"Hey there Mary,
what a nice beard
you suddenly have."

Maybe we'll be like Him
in the clothes we wear.
Like... the same type
of robe and sandals.

Maybe in His
mode of transportation.

"Have you seen Joe's
new donkey? I want
one like that, except
I want mine red
instead of green."

Or maybe we'll be like Him
in the human languages
we speak.

"This silly job application
doesn't have a checkbox
in languages for
Aramaic, Hebrew, OR Greek."


Okay, so how about this:
maybe we'll be like Him
because of what we do.

That's a bit closer,
wouldn't you agree?

But this does not say
that we will DO like Him,
but that we will BE like Him.

And if we BE like Him,
we will DO like Him.

Doing that flows out of
will power is weak.

But Doing that flows out of
Being is full of power.

Now don't get me wrong.
"What would Jesus do"
is a good question to ask
if you find yourself lost
in the mind.

If you find yourself
inwardly beating your neighbor
in the head because
he's being way too loud,
then you are lost
in the earthly mind,
and you can either
ask what Jesus would do,
and then choose to do that,
or you can step out of mind
and into Presence,
and your DOING will then
flow out of that BEING.


"When we see Him,
we will BE like Him."


Complaining.
Gossiping.
Talking bad about someone.
Worrying.
Fearing.
Doubting.
Envying.
Holding unforgiveness.
Holding resentment.

Whenever you realize
you are DOING any
of these things,
you can know that
you are lost in the mind.

And while you can
think ABOUT Him
with the mind,
you can truly SEE Him
only with the spirit,
with the Life,
with the Being,
with the Presence
that you are.

And when you SEE Him,
you will BE like Him.

You will BE
like HE is.

You will BE Present
like HE is Present.

And dwelling in that place
where Jesus is,
that Time
when Jesus is,
where we sit with Him
in that heavenly realm
that is far above and
not caught up in
earthly stories and
temporary forms,
we will SEE Him.

Not just a form
like the one in that painting
that's hanging on your wall.

But the Life,
the Love,
the One God
He IS.

And not with your
physical eyes,
but with
your Presence.


You know, most people
don't know what Life is.

Most people are
riding the roller coaster
of the earthly mind.

Their ups are happy.
Their downs are tragic.
Their twists and turns
are stressful, and
perhaps addictive.

But they do not dwell in Peace.

Do you dwell in Peace?

Peace that does not diminish
when you lose your job?

Or when the doctor
says you have such-and-such
a condition or disease?

Or when your only vehicle
gets totalled or the engine
is destroyed, and
you don't know how
you're going to get
to where you think
you need to go?

Are you still in peace?

The world doesn't have it.

You won't find it
in the mind.

You won't find it
by thinking about it.

You won't find it
by solving your
so-called problems.

In John 14:27, Jesus says this:

27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

As long as you are
lost in thinking,
lost in the mind,
you are not
dwelling in Peace.

When you feel resentment
or unforgiveness,
that's a sign post that says,
"You are in the flesh;
you are lost in the mind."

When you feel impatience,
that's just an indicator
that you are being
of the world.

When you are fearful,
anxious,
worried,
afraid;
that's just a symptom
that is telling you
that you are identified
with the mind,
instead of
with Life.


Try this some time:

Stand in front of a mirror.
Look at your face,
at your physical form.

Do you see yourself?

Is that who you are?

Maybe as you look
into the reflection
of your eyes, or
your expressions,
you might be able
to see or sense
your personality.

Do you see yourself?

Is that who you are?

Perhaps as you stand there,
you'll remember your history,
the story of your past.

Or you might think about
your imagined future,
where you want to go,
or what you want to become.

Do you see yourself?

Is that who you are?


Most people never have a clue
who or what they really are.

As long as you are seeing everything
through the mind,
you cannot see yourself.
And as long as you are lost
in thinking about
who you are,
"Well, I'm a spirit, and
I am not these outer things,"
then you still
cannot see yourself.

And if you cannot see yourself
while standing in front of a mirror,
do you think you can see God?


And if you cannot see Him,
how can you BE like Him?
You can ACT like Him
the best the mind can mimic,
but you can not BE like Him
until you can SEE Him.


Well here's some wonderful news
for everyone who calls upon
the name of the Lord and
puts their trust in Him:

"Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is."

This is worded in the future tense.
EVERYONE who puts their trust
in Jesus, WILL see Him some day,
and when they see Him,
they WILL be like Him.

It's all going to be wonderful in the end.

EVERYONE who is
in Christ will be
fully awake,
fully present,
fully enlightened,
some day.

But this is a call,
a challenge,
an invitation,
to not wait for the
"Sweet By and By"
to See Him and
to Be like Him.

If you aren't trusting Jesus,
put your trust in Him now.

Who else can
save you from your sin?

Who else can
deliver you from evil?

There is no genuinely good
reason to not trust Him.
All the reasons you might have
are completely foolish
and aren't worth
being taken seriously.

Trust Him Now.

There's no other time
you can trust Him.

And if you have
put your trust
in Jesus,
then you know
that His Spirit
lives inside of you.

HE provides for your needs,
not you.

HE leads you into truth,
not your mind.

HE saves you from sin,
not your own efforts.

HE makes you righteous,
not your own good deeds.

And so you already know inside,
that you can stop putting your trust
in the mind.
In the never-ending,
highly-repetative,
dim and delusional
earthly mind.

Thoughts can't save you.
Thoughts can't meet any real need.
Thoughts cannot bring you Peace.
Thoughts cannot see God.

The past and the future
are not where God is.

"Wait a minute,"
the mind objects,
"I've always been taught
and I've always heard
and believed that
God has already been
in my future."

Sorry, mind.
Just as a small child
cannot understand
the details required
to build and operate
a nuclear power plant,
so the human mind
can understand
oh so little,
while thinking
it can understand
everything, and
ignorantly boasting
that true understanding
is impossible
without its help.

It has its uses.
But those are
extremely limited.

If you are trusting in Jesus,
you have nothing to fear.

So it's okay
for you to let go.

And to see
what would happen
if you let go of worry.

Or to see
what would happen
if you let go of fear.

Perhaps you could see
what would happen
if you let go
of your attachments.

Or you might find out
what would happen
if you let go
of your past.

Or of the mind's
imaginary need
for a future.


It's quite interesting
to be sitting in a room
full of people,
and to be
fully present.

Chances are,
no one else is.

They're totally lost
in the mind.

They're talking about the past.
They're talking about the future.
They're talking about
things that are not here
and are not now.

And that's perfectly fine.

Remembering stories can be
a wonderful thing to do.

Planning for a possible future
can be both fun and
sometimes necessary.

Talking about things that
are not here and now,
is fine too, and
can, on rare occasions
even be useful.

But sitting there in that room,
being fully Present,
you will hear the silence
that makes the chatter possible.

You will feel the stillness
that enables all the
physical movement.

It just might feel as it would
if one were standing under
an evening sky in which
a sunset unlike any other
that has ever been seen
or even imagined
is blazing across the sky
with breath-taking
glory and splendor,
while everyone around you
is staring at their smart phones
reading Facebook posts or
playing Candy Crush.

And they aren't even aware
of what is taking place
in the sky above them,
or in the world around them.

Perhaps their friends are
talking about what
they heard was going on
up above.

But all any of them see
is their imaginations.

They do not even know how
to look away from their phone
and lift their faces to the sky
and behold the glory of Life
that is all around them.

That's how it is in that busy room.

And you want to point to the sky
and say, "Look! See the splendor!
Bask in the unspeakable Glory!"

And that is what I'm saying to you.

Put down your phone!

Step out of your mental prison!

There is no true Peace there.

And where there is no true Peace,
there is no true Joy.

Joy is not happiness.
Happiness comes and goes.
It comes with a happy thought,
and goes with a sad one.

But Joy does not depend
on circumstances or thoughts.
Instead, it comes effortlessly
out of the deep sea of Peace.

And Peace comes
all on its own
when you step out of time
and form
and the things of this earth,
and the forms of thought,
and the control of the human mind,
and the need to change everything,
or control everything,
or fight against Life;

and instead,

you just breathe.

Life is beautiful.

Whatever you see that looks ugly,
that is not Life.

It might be thoughts about
what the mind THINKS is Life.

But Life is beautiful.
Life is glorious.
Life is never-ending.
Life is timeless.
Life is forever.

And Life is always being breathed
from the mouth of God.

Nice thoughts.

But unspeakably glorious reality
that thoughts can never understand.

For the flesh,
the world,
the human mind,
cannot See Him as He is,
and Seeing Him as He is
is the only way to
Be like Him.


Some day we will
ALL wake up.

Some day we will
ALL see the sunset.

But today,

do you have worry?

Do you have stress?

Do you have tension?

Do you have resentment?

Do you have unforgiveness?

Do you have inner suffering?

Do you have anxiety?

Do you have confusion?

Do you have doubt?


It's because you are
identified with the mind.

You are lost in its stories.

You take its thoughts
too seriously.

You believe in its past
and in its future.

You are lost in
its fighting against
Life, which is
"what is"
right here and
right now.


Of course you can
hold on to worry,
fear, stress, doubt,
anxiety, and suffering
if you want to.

You cannot wake up
until you are ready
to wake up.

You cannot be free
until you are ready
to let go of the chains
that have you bound.

But if you want to see
what would happen
if you were to
step out of the
drama-drunk mind,
and come fully
into Life,
then you can.

You won't go crazy.

In fact, you will
finally experience
sanity.


How?


Breathe.


The mind panics and says,
"No way! It's New Age and
occult and satanic and
you'll get demon possessed
if you pay attention
to breathing!
Consciously breathing
is of the devil!
The Bible says
do not let your left lung
know what your right lung
is doing!"

Seriously though,
the mind doesn't
want you present.
It wants to remain
your provider,
your leader,
your captain,
your God.

That's okay.

Just feel your breath
going in,
pausing, and
going out.

Really,
it's okay with God
if you feel yourself
breathing.

What else could be
more simple?
More basic?
More spiritual?

In the physical,
God formed man
out of the dust of the earth.

In the spiritual,
God breathed into man
the breath of Life.

The Life in your body
isn't evil.
It's the breath of God.

When you can feel
someone's breath
on your cheek,
you know
you and they are close.

Feel God's breath
on your cheek,
in your lungs,
in your hands.

As the Scripture says, from your belly flows rivers of living water.

Life.

Only here and only now,
as if there is
any other time.

And from there,
you can hear the sounds
all around you.

Not thinking about them,
but just letting them be.

And you can see
the objects around you.

Not labeling them,
but just letting them be.

Don't worry,
I'm not giving you exercises
or some type of rituals
or spiritual techniques.

All of this originally
came quite naturally.

Feel life.

Be fully here right now.

Enjoy the glory and splendor
in which you are bathed.

Use the mind when needed,
which is not all that often.

That's how it was in the Garden.

I'm sure the Garden of Eden
was a beautiful place
by the mind's standards.

But when the inside
is full of peace,
from that inner silence
and inner stillness,
all things are bathed
in beauty.
All things radiate
the splendor of Love,
the glory of God.


Does any of this
resonate inside of you?

This isn't theory
that can be proven
or disproven
by the mind.

Instead, it is
first-hand knowledge
which can only
be experienced.

And I'm not telling you this
in an attempt to form
some sort of doctrine.

Instead, I want to share with you
the glorious sunset,
the brilliant colors,
the gentle breeze,
the sweet smell,
the vast peace,
the overflowing joy,
that is always
bursting forth
from Life.


And I'll wrap up
today's service
with this:

Put your full trust
in Jesus.

If you do, then
you WILL experience
these things I've
just described,
some day.

And if the rest of this
touches something
within you,
if you're ready
to wake up right now,
then go ahead
and put down
your symbolic phone,
your being lost in mind,
and look at the sky;
breathe in the sweet air;
feel the gentle breeze on your face;
experience the Life,
the Breath of God,
that fills your earthly form.

And See Him in that Life,
for He IS that Life,
and Be as He Is.