The Unrealized Reality
Dr. Richard C. Halverson, former Chaplain of the United States Senate, talked
with Marshall Shelley, Associate Editor of Leadership, in their tape series,
Preaching Today. Marshall Shelley asked:
''Dr. Halverson. Share some thoughts with us on the topic of preaching, and
some of the lessons that you have learned.''
Dr. Halverson replied:
''In the three and a half years I have been in the Senate, I have realized that
there are two themes that are so important for the church that I tend to touch
on either or both of them in all of my preaching.''
''One is the sheer necessity of intercessory prayer. When I came here I sensed
that what men and women in public life--those in authority--needed, more than
anything else, was for the Church to pray for them.''
''And the second is the Christ-in-you theme. I believe that this theme is the
great unrealized reality in the body of Christ. It is not taken seriously at
all. Every Christian mouths the words, 'Christ in you, the hope of glory,'
'I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in
me.' These phrases are even memorized by many believers. Though Christians think
that Christ-in-you is a nice thing to believe, they still think they have to DO
something. Christ-in-you is a fundamental theme in the Bible that is just not
disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough
for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord.
If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they
call them of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing
covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I
tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that
preach ye upon the housetops. (Matthew 10:24-27)
We, having been given the Spirit of God, in no fractured measure, for God cannot
be divided, and being in Christ, are as much Anointed as Jesus was Anointed
Himself. The Anointing IS FATHER'S LIFE.
LOVE. What is it? We all say that we LOVE. IF we LOVE, then we are
what Father said, in Genesis. "And God created MAN in HIS IMAGE", we
ARE LOVE, because GOD IS LOVE.
We have been waiting for all that HE IS, to manifest. While waiting, SOME are
missing what they REALLY ARE. Just as, in Jesus' day. They were WAITING for a
King that would free them from slavery. And while WAITING, they missed Him. We
have been doing the same as those folks.
We think of the sweetie sweet, cuddly, soft, passionate, fuzzy feeling, blood
raising, feeling of the natural, when we think of LOVE. But, try this. This is
what Father is showing me.
Draw a large heart. Now, take a ruler and mark off small little squares ALL over
the heart. Then start naming each and every square: EX; compassion,
caring, desiring, giving, equality, splendour, pouring out of self, willing to
give life for or to, enjoyment, touching, lifting up, all you can think of. You will find that there are SO MANY squares STILL untitled. Let me help you
fill in some more.
correction, pain, confusion of the Word, hate of (self), horrible experiences,
emptiness, loneliness, abuse, lose of life natural), being disliked, being
rejected, being despised, sickness, lowliness, unsettled, doing without,
letting go, giving up.
Then ask yourself, have you experienced all of this? If not, you haven't
experienced LOVE. For you see, we have to experience all of both, the sweetie
sweet and the other side of the coin, to come to the place where we DO truly KNOW and BE LOVE. Because you see, when you come to the true fact that YOU don't
exist as YOU and all there is, is Father, THEN we can say, "I LOVE".
Not only, "I LOVE", but " I AM LOVE". When we can say this,
we have come to realize that God is all there is, so what does that make you?
When we can see LOVE in EVERYONE we see, then we can say,
"I AM LOVE". When we can TRULY say "I forgive", and mean
it, no thoughts of what was done or said, THEN, we can say, "I AM
When we can give and expect NOTHING in return, THEN, we can say, "I AM
LOVE". When we have NO NEED, but, just think of what OTHERS NEED, THEN, we
can say, "I AM LOVE". Can you look at what's happening NOW, no matter
how much it hurts, and see LOVE in the finality of that thing? THEN we can say,
"I AM LOVE".
NOW, all this is said to say this, YOU ARE ALREADY LOVE, IF you will allow it to
come forth. For, "As HE is in this present arrangement, so are WE".
Father's love, Linda