None of us planned on having eternal life. None of us expected to have our sins forgiven. None of us thought we would ever win anything. None of us cut ourselves loose, or set ourselves free. None of us can make one good deed flow out of our being without it being tainted in some way. None of us can forgive. None of us can count on ourselves for much of anything. These things are beyond our power to create, and out of our jurisdiction to grant. As such, this is all tremendously good news, but not so easy to receive.
A life that is free in the Spirit runs counter to our natural inclination to plan, control, and measure everything by our own yardstick. We want to be in charge. We want to hold on to our own idea of ourselves. We want to tell our own version of everything. We want to manage our image. None of us wants to let go, and yet, nothing lasting will ever come from our lives until we do.
Dark Horse is the story of one who has discovered that the answers he is seeking in life come as he propels himself forward, counting on Someone Else to guide him, show him what to do, and bring something worthy out of his life; not before he goes, but as he goes. In that, it shows us that life in the Spirit is the ultimate adventure. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
If you reach your goal – if you achieve what you set out to do – you have not done it in the Spirit. You have done it in what the Bible calls “the flesh,” or everything within the human realm of expectation. If you exceed your wildest imagination, and do what you know you could never do yourself in a hundred years, you may have discovered life in the Spirit.
You cannot experience life in the Spirit by standing still. In the controlled environment of the White Horse Ranch where everything is based on appearance and pretense, there are no surprises. We are working with what we know. Accordingly, we rely on strategy, scheming and manipulation of impressions and events to get the desired results.
Outside of that controlled environment, there is only faith and flying hooves. Faith and mud. Faith and forward. Faith and discovery. Faith and adventure. Faith and Oh my gosh, did I just do that? Faith and fire. Faith and pain. Faith and exhilaration. Faith and freedom. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1).
Faith is never a static thing.
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