Entering God’s Rest By Dan Stone

Daily Thoughts
Entering God’s Rest

By Dan Stone
“Entering God’s Rest” is the last chapter of Dan Stone’s book, “The Rest of the Gospel, When the Partial Gospel has Worn You Out” 
We are on a lifelong — no, eternal — pilgrimage of discovering and knowing God and His nature, His love, His ways. 
Along the way of that pilgrimage, we drop the outer things one by one. They lie strewn along the road behind us, no longer useful for the journey. They were all prefaced by the pronoun “my.” My wife, my husband, my children, my home, my job, my friends, my church. They gave us our identity. But we have shifted to a new source of identity. In the end, God can give us back many of the things we had to lose along the way, because we don’t need them anymore. They are no longer life to us. Christ is our life, and we will settle for nothing less. 
Now we are truly liberated. We are God’s free persons. We can have the world’s possessions and it’s OK. We can lack the world’s possessions and it’s OK. We can have status and it’s OK. We can lack status and it’s OK. We can be with people or with no one and it’s OK. We “have learned to be content in whatever circumstances” (Philippians 4:11). We reign with Him in life. – Dan Stone
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God’s Precious Assets By Dan Stone

Our humanity is God’s asset. If we are meant to function on the human level, which is how God made us, we can’t deny our humanity. We don’t like things we think and feel, so we want to reject our humanness. But our humanity has to be part of God’s plan; otherwise how can we express Him? He has designed us to express Him through our humanity. So denial of our humanity isn’t the answer. 

God joined to you, one spirit, is absolute, bedrock truth. But as God expresses Himself through you, He expresses Himself through you as spirit, soul, and body. Spirit, soul, and body is the means for the expression. You can’t even talk without a body. It’s impossible. The total you is involved in speaking your mind, your emotions, your will, your mouth, your vocal cords, etc. We are a total person. We express Him as total people. God says to us, “I’m going to live in you, and other people are going to see you, but you know it’s Me.” 
What this tells us is that we can stop seeing ourselves as a liability. We can cease thinking that something more needs to happen to us spiritually before we can be an asset to God. If we keep focusing on ourselves externally, we’ll keep thinking, “He can’t use me yet.” If we focus on Christ living in us, we can put ourselves on the shelf as a liability and begin to see ourselves as an asset. 
God takes those things that are fixations in us when we’re flesh-centered and turns them into blessings when we’re spirit-oriented. What I despised became a blessing in someone else’s life. Finally, we are able to say, “Lord, through my family tree and all of the circumstances I’ve come through, you’ve made me the outer person that I am. You live in that person and you set that person in the world in a way that’s going to attract some people to You. 
Thank God for your humanity. Thank God for your parents even for the difficult things that you inherited from them. God used them to help make you the perfect instrument you are. Thank God for your warts because He’s going to make them a blessing in someone else’s life. You come to a place of inner peace, knowing that the warts–the imperfections–that constitute your outer humanity are the very things that some brother, sister, boy or girl will be able to get a hold of. They’ll be able to relate to that wart. And as they do, they’ll receive the Life that lives in you. Take back your humanity as the dwelling place of the Most High God.
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Conduct? by Dan Stone

Conduct?

By Dan Stone
Paul says, “He died for all that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them and rose again” (II Cor. 5:15). We never live for self again. If we only look at self, we will often appear to be living for self. Likewise, when we were lost and self-oriented, we sometimes appeared as if we weren’t living for self. But the realm of appearance is not the place where the battle is fought-it is fought in the spirit realm. As a result of that battle, Paul says, “You were an expression of that person regardless of what the outcroppings were. But now you are an expression of another person, Christ.” We need to get that point home, and we need to know who we are, before we start worrying about conduct. 
For years we spent time dealing with our conduct, not knowing who we were, but this did not bring us to a consciousness that “Christ is my life.” Instead it brought confusion about who we are related to. This confusion fostered the big lie of two natures. Reasoning from actions back to truth is dangerous, for we may or may not reach truth. But if we start from truth, which is spirit-reality-from “He and I are one”-the conduct is His. Starting from conduct, we are not sure who is in control, and it never brings any of us the awareness of union with Christ. The blessed love of God is to let us worry about conduct until it kills us. It produces the “Oh, wretched man that I am” in a man who was anything but wretched. That is its glory. Paul says, “If there is a glory in the ministry of condemnation, there is a greater glory in this ministry of grace.” So let’s praise God for misery in the believer.
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