It is right in line with living in a distant country, for a distant country is the epitome of a life with great lack. A life that is absent of God’s riches and God’s energy.
Though I am only half way through this book I am well acquainted with the writings of my dear friend Dallas Willard. But The Holy Spirit has impressed upon me greatly what Dallas writes in Ch 4. “Why Such Lack and Evil? Why do we live so distant from God lacking all we need for life?
In this chapter Dallas unfolds the most detailed exposition of the work of Satan I have ever read. It is chilling and it is truth. Satan clearly is the source of all our lack.
Look at s this quote from the text and as Dallas would say THINK about them deeply.
In regard to injustice, broken relationships, oppression, perversity, selfishness, pride and apathy Dallas writes
” Many people believe that the source of these problems rests with humanity alone, but we must acknowledge the activity of Satan here. His presence in the world accountants for the seemingly unlimited extent of human wrongdoing that goes far beyond what humanity (made in the image of God) would generate on its own. He has humanity in his grasp through the ideas, beliefs, and bastions of wickedness he has developed throughout history, and he intends to keep them there. He works in the realm of the heart and ideas, in their individual as well as social forms to control the major structures and processes of human life upon the earth.”
So why is Satan so successful in keeping us in a distant country. In a nutshell it is because we let him.
Let’s look at how this occurs by using an example of our nasty flu outbreak we are currently experiencing. Where does this virus operate? In the air. Where does Satan operate? In the first heaven which is the air around us. When we are careless and do not wash our hands routinely, get the vaccine, go into areas at high risk for contaminants the odds we will get this virus are high. It will influence greatly our immune system. When we are naive about the proximity of Satan and his ways of persuasion, temptation and deception he takes over the desires we have in our flesh, our eyes and our pride (1 John 2:16). We are infected and moved away from the abundance God has for us through obedience to His commands. We choose to live in a distant country. The traps and snares are many that provide the vehicle for our transit to this distant country. The most devious I believe is the default position that he tells us we know better than God what is good for us driven by the fact that so few of us really stop to THINK about what he is up to and the consequences of our actions. Then the icing that finishes us off and comes on the cake of lust, desire and pride is fear. Fear is the catalyst for living a life of not trusting in God and His plan for our lives. We will never return from the distant country to loving protection and abundance of the Father if we are unable to deal with Fear. Satan knows this and continuously stokes the flames of fear in our lives.
So what is the battle plan to exit the distant country? It starts with where Satan starts in our mind and our heart. You see that is really what takes up residence in a distant country. Our thoughts feelings and actions. We physically never go anywhere or do we need to. All the action is right where we are at any given time in our mind and in our heart.
Dallas writes in “Life Without Lack.”
Deciding to fill our minds with God is how we keep our hearts. To listen to his Word and nourish our whole beings with it is not a nice thing we might do occasionally. Our very lives depend upon it.
THINK: Our very lives depend upon it!
“Life Without Lack is based upon Psalm 23. Contrary to popular believe this is a Psalm about living a life of abundance not about death.
Friend fill your mind and heart with this truth and stay in the loving presence and guidance of the Father. It would be wise to memorize these verses and keep the truth of God and His love for you ever before you.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord