Spontaneity Or Taking Thought?
By Fred Pruitt
(This is a fresh revision and expansion of an article from 2011 titled, “Which of You By Taking Thought?”)
From a reader:
I want to come to peace about something that keeps my thoughts going back to it over and over. I hope I can explain it to you clearly and I also hope when I receive your responds it will satisfy my thoughts so I can stop thinking about it.
Norman mentioned in one of his books that “the Father is the thought, the Son is the words, and the Spirit is what takes place in the physical. (ALL in ALL)
What if we go against our thoughts when making a decision? Sort of like, making ourselves look good to others so our thoughts are one thing, (maybe ugly, or could look ugly to those around us, unloving) We go against that thought that gives the appearance of being unloving and we choose the choice that gives the appearance of being loving, maybe even a scriptural answer. Isn’t the non-scriptural ugly decision just as much love and just as much Christ as the perceived loving one?
Do our motives for anything really matter? Even if we go against our very selves?
All out comes are Christ, All in the All, Love. Did I just answer my own question? Must be Christ, the All in All, it must be love.
Fred please let me know what you have to say about this.
I’m glad to hear from you. Thank you for writing.
First, that statement of Norman’s you quoted, “Father-thought; Son-word; Spirit-deeds in physical,” we have to take in a “sort of like” sense. What the “Trinity” is in God, is the same in us. Which means He is in us in Himself as a continual oneness and wholeness, while at the same time these divine “processes” are felt and understood in our humanity.
I want to interject something about spontaneity at this point, since that touches the heart of the “take no thought” issue.
It came to me the other day to consider how my arms or legs or hands move. If I want to reach to my left and pick up my coffee cup for another sip, how does it happen? Sure, the “thought” comes into my head reminding me I still have hot coffee in the cup. That’s step one.
Step two is to think within me, “I want another sip before it gets too cold.” In our scenario that’s our “word.”
Then comes the activity – but how? I tried to find in myself how it is my “mind commands” my arm to extend but I could not discover the place or moment that happens. Steps one and two involve a bit of “reflection,” while step three, reaching out and picking up the cup, occurs without any further thought or conscious “willing” for my arm to extend and my hand to grab the cup. My arm and hand just …. move, and complete the trinity – thought, word and deed, but I could determine no moment of further reflection, nor find the pathway from the thoughts in my mind to the actions my arm and hand take.
Step three, “deed,” just spontaneously occurs after acknowledgement of the thought leads to the word of commitment.
In case I am not being clear, let me explain further. What I mean is, I can find no place in me where my mind is consciously saying to my arm or my hand, “Arm, raise yourself and extend to the cup. Then hand, it’s your turn. Wrap yourself around the cup, gripping it tightly, and both of you lift the cup to my lips.”
Likewise, there are no corresponding thoughts in the members. The hand or arm do not say, “I think we might be getting a message from the head. I wonder if it’s him or just me. But, I better yield and let him have his way, just in case.”
Of course it does not happen like that! It just does it! It’s automatic! Why is that? It is because it is the “will of the head.” It happens in our subconscious. When everything works as it should in our body, the body instantaneously serves the head “without taking thought.” If I want to walk, I don’t say to my legs, “Now we are going to walk. Left leg first, go.” No, I “just walk.” The “members” of my humanity simply spontaneously carry out the “words” of the head, without taking thought.
Now, we take that picture in the physical and realize it is like that in our walk in the Spirit. So that what comes out, without taking thought, is the love of God through Christ, and we just look past any human thought or self-analysis as being the primary way by which we got to that point, but rather to the Way which is the Lord. He is continually past our understanding or ability to think. God continuously moves us around from place to place (physically and/or spiritually) using our human reasoning and motivations to work His Infinitely Higher Plan. He “works all things after the counsel of His own will.” (Eph 1:11).
We do not “work” this life until we thoroughly know we do not work it. Then we just rest in His working, by whatever human process, motivations, attitudes, circumstances, etc., He walks us in and through. Period. Once we see that, by the Spirit, we can begin to understand how we “operate the Operator,” as NPG used to say.
So I do not “think it out” so much, but just simply accept it all as Him, and do not second guess myself very often. I just take it all as Him. What other answer could there be? Has He not promised to keep us, to walk in us, to be the Glorious Presence in the earthen vessels that we are? So we believe it, not just because the words are written in Scripture, but because His words of Spirit and Life have been engrafted into our hearts, and have become the “living human epistle” that we each are!
As we walk along we do understand it more, but even that greater understanding does not change the rock bottom reality, which is always, “It is no longer I, but Christ who lives in me,” but now “I” am living this life, but it’s He.
“He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Cor 12:9,10).
So to answer your question, of course you will always have the back and forth of “thought” and “feeling,” “intellect” and “revelation,” but what we learn as the Spirit teaches us, is that these are all part of our involvement in the reconciliation of the world unto God. This is His “using” of our body, i.e., our humanity, “To bear about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, THAT THE LIFE OF JESUS WOULD BE MAGNIFIED IN OUR BODY.” (2 Cor 4:10). (See also Heb 10:5; Rom 12:2)
Therefore through all that thought process, we trust that behind it all is He Who is All in all. And there we relax in the inward answer of God which manifests in our humanity as He determines.
It is ALL Him! Do not think He is separate from your human thought processes, nor your bodily functions, or anything else about you! He OWNS those thoughts and therefore we can trust our everyday working mind to be the house of the Lord, and then we can trust in His working as us.
Let us keep the simplicity of children while at the same time understanding some of the deepest mysteries that God has revealed in mankind.
I hope this helps. Let me know how you are doing!