Giving Your All For Jesus Update –
It’s Not What Most People Think
By Fred Pruitt
A reader wrote:
So, since Jesus says plainly that there are those who are less, and even LEAST in the Kingdom, and that this is directly tied to the behavior that the life produces, it bears to reason, therefore, most especially, your rationalization away of being close to or far away from the Lord is most certainly in error. This, then, is the whole of it. If you walk by the Spirit, you will not obey the deeds of the flesh, but if you walk by the flesh, you will reap corruption. The choice is still ours, even as Paul indicated that “you must rid yourself”.
You speak of “life in the Spirit” and thus, not “fulfilling the lust of the flesh,” and certainly that is the heart of what I am giving. But the innermost real heart is a personal discovery, by the revelation of the Spirit, of “he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.” That is, one “spirit” with Him means one with Him in the way Jesus described it in many passages in John, some quoted below.
Everything I say is based on what I live and have lived for a long time, which is simply that “the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works,” and also, “I and my Father are one,” and also “What things soever the Son seeth the Father do, the same doeth the Son likewise.” My whole life, every moment of every day, is based upon the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer to the Father in John 17:
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”
And as the Son prayed we would be “one” with Him and the Father in the same way He is “one” with the Father, therefore His confession is ours, if we’ll take it, “I and my Father are one.”
Likewise, as Paul said and through many years’ walk I have seen and testify to the truth of it, that our “conversation” (state, office, manner of life, conduct) which originates in heaven in us. Meaning, to me, as I have inwardly discovered by the Spirit Who lives in me and testifies of Christ in me outward to the world, that I live based on the “life which came down from heaven,” the Life Jesus said that He was and “how” He lived, and know by experience that “he that believeth on me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
Many years ago I “apprehended” that idea, concept if you will, of this truth, and went one step beyond just thinking it was truth, to believing it and trusting God to produce the “truth” or “experience” of it. It was nearly three and a half decades ago that by the Spirit I took that by faith, and for years and years saw no “visible” evidence of its truth. Nevertheless it stayed in me intimately during all the time of wandering around. Just cast seed and water as the Spirit gives it to you. Believing one day there will be a crop. And now I am seeing an increase in the outer even as for years I only saw it inwardly. But during that time of apparent “no fruit,” the Spirit was teaching me Himself the Spirit life and the walk of faith. He is really the only One Who can teach it. Men help us, but only the Spirit brings it to life. Paul planted, Apollos watered, God gave the increase. I have seen that truth with my eyes.
Lest I go on with “testimony,” I’ll just finish with Jesus’ word on what a Spirit-led person is like, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
The key to understanding that scripture is the little word, “is.” So IS every one that is born of the Spirit.
Thank you for your efforts to help me out. I am not being facetious, I mean it. I know you come from a good heart and I liked the word, “fire” you used. Yep, I can tell you are one of God’s firebrands! Wonderful! I am all for that.
But I’ll just finish with this. I used to live pretty much by your understanding you have been trying to get across to me, so I completely understand it, as I said in my first to you. You might want to look further into what I am saying, because you haven’t really even reached the heart of it in your “arguments.” I believe there is something yet for you to see in this issue. For me, to take the “understanding” you are presenting, would be a denial of what the Father has shown me through the Spirit when He brought me out of that understanding into an inner knowing of being “one” with the Father. I “found” that when I lost my life. As long as I was “in charge” of myself ultimately, remembering to yield at the right moments, resisting at the right moments, self-judging my “progress” by how my life “looks” on the outside, with me trying to be the ultimately responsible party to figure out the devil’s voice from the Lord’s or “my own,” and to become a “hundred folder” and not wanting to be one of the “Least,” all of that I identify with, even down to the Hebrews 11 statement that they would not take deliverance because they desired a “better resurrection.” Yep, all that, that was me! Everything you have said.
But I didn’t know that all that was like Peter’s famous confession: “I’ll never betray you, Lord.” Like Peter, whose “I’ll follow you anywhere” consciousness was found in the test to be impotent and therefore insufficient for the job, in the same way “I” was weighed in the balances and found wanting. I could not see the falseness of “my” self-reliant and therefore capable-self-in-myself, with God’s help, of course, but I knew I could go no further. I had reached the brick wall.
Finally, the tension in me created by “trying” to obey and “trying” to be led correctly, “trying” to discern good from evil, “trying” to take what God had given me and apply it, brought home the reality in me that finally put to death in my own particular consciousness that monster of self-reliance and self-focus. I “had to”* lay down and die, telling the Lord I could not do it anymore. I collapsed into a chair and simply QUIT, saying, “I can’t do it, if it’s going to get done [yield to the Spirit and resist the devil] YOU’LL have to do it, I can’t, I quit!”
*(By “had to” I don’t mean I was trying to follow a law or get to God through a technique I learned, but simply that there was nothing else left to do but to acknowledge my own full death – I didn’t yet know “what” had died but I didn’t need to know it at the time – and then just lay down and die by my acceptance of what the Scriptures say. Of course, I do not mean that literally as in physical death, in case someone reads me incorrectly. It is an inner “death,” and is something the Spirit makes real in us. No person can impart it to another. It comes from the Spirit alone. Those who know their “death” and resurrection in Christ know what I mean.) Anyone wanting to enter in are welcome, and the Spirit will take them along this same path out of the continual frustration of feeling like I am still caught in Romans 7, over the hump and land us flat and steady on Romans 8:2 which then becomes our living truth: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Blasphemy? No, Life came. It was already there but I had somewhat missed it in all my “busyness” trying to live a life worthy of heavenly rewards. “I AM your Life,” the Lord says, “Rest in me.” “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” “Be still, and know that I am God.” That was half a lifetime ago, and it has only gotten clearer and more certain to me over the years by experience.
This below is the reply from a good blog/Facebook friend, Dennis Rhodes of Australia, regarding the above. The “above” was written originally as a response to a comment on my blog regarding the article, “Shedding A Consciousness of Sin.”
THAT IS LIFE TO ME RIGHT THERE FRED!
Praise the Father that He has put me to death and raised me up with a new heart that needs no help from me.
Between about August 1 2015 and March 9th 2016 I was living in all that heavy yoke of bondage that you describe. Between November 2015 and March 2016 I was going full on down the path of finding every root and stone in my evil heart, the things that must be blocking the Spirit’s work in me. Oh I found many things, iniquities of the fathers going way back! I had dreams and words and whispers confirming everything. Man, I reckoned I had a ministry of inner healing coming up at the end of all the success I was having at healing my poor sick evil heart. Why! I was becoming more like Jesus with each new bout of repentance over my many sins that I was being reminded of every day by the “Lord.”
But then one day in March, the 9th, I realised that there would be no end to the new discoveries of evil lurking in the past.
I was also doing strategic warfare against principalities and powers. Yes brother! I was a super dude now that I was finally getting holy enough to use Jesus name as a weapon against the whore of Babylon. (Do you have your vomit bag on hand-be full by now yes?)
But amazingly, as far into it as I was, I pulled up, stopped and repented quietly.
I made a simple faith choice with no emotions attached to believe that when Jesus died he took all my old life and put it to death. All of it. He took the old man who was under the law and under obligation to the flesh to be good and put him to death.”
Postscript: I haven’t commented on the title I gave this piece, and realized it is not complete until I do. The only comment I am making about “Giving Your All for Jesus,” is that the only “ALL” thing we can “give” to Jesus is to realize our death, our emptiness, which is the only thing that fulfills Jesus’ Word said more than once in the Gospels, “Whoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, cannot even be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33).
“Forsaking all we have” ultimately leads to our individual self, itself, as being our most prized “possession.” Therefore the emptying or “death” in the self as mentioned in Romans 6 is a fulfillment of that word, along with the story of Lazarus, Jesus “emptying Himself of deity” in Philippians (a “mind” which Paul encourages us to “have”), or the “negative” revelation of Romans 7 – “I find that in my dwelleth no good thing,” or Paul’s word in Galatians, “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself,” as well as Jesus’ Word to the rich young ruler, “Why callest thou me good? There is none good, but God.” Let us walk in that “mind,” as Paul instructed us to do.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Phil 2:5-8).