Half-life Measures

by Andy Wood on March 21, 2009

in Consumers, Five LV Laws, LV Alter-egos, Principle of Increase, Tense Truths

resucitationFor thus says the high and lofty One — He Who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, but with him also who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the thoroughly penitent [bruised with sorrow for sin] (Isaiah 57:15, Amplified)

God is a life-giver.  A God of revival.  He revives the spirit of the contrite (literally “crushed”)  and the heart of the broken.  He is the God who raises from the dead.

But He can’t raise us if we aren’t dead.

My flesh, on the other hand, is content with half-life measures.

You were wearied with the length of your way [in trying to find rest and satisfaction in alliances apart from the true God], yet you did not say, There is no result or profit. You found quickened strength; therefore you were not faint or heartsick [or penitent] (Isaiah 57:10, Amplfied).

I don’t want the whole load, complete with lifestyle change and power.  Just grab the paddles and holler “Clear.”

My flesh won’t accept complete crucifixion, and death to my idols.  I will always find “quickened strength.”

A little church here.

A little devo time there.

Just enough to keep going in the pursuit of substitutes for God.

Half-life measures have a form of godliness, but lack the power.  They feel alive for a while, until I’m rocked back to sleep.

Back to the routine.

Back to being comfortable.

Back to the uneasy truce I’ve tried to work out between my flesh and the Spirit.

That’s why revival only comes to the crushed.  As long as I accept half-life measures as substitutes or down payments for the real deal, I will remain in the land of the walking dead.

I’ll be a spiritual zombie.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Mattie March 21, 2009 at 10:22 am

Andy, I can certainly relate to this one. I tend to live in constant bombardment from the Spirit vs. the Flesh (for they are at war, correct?!). It is a battle that continues on as I try to die daily. But, as a pastor once told me, even when we “kill” the flesh through Christ, in this life, we still drag the dead corpse around with us. And every once in a while, we want to resuscitate him. Faced with pure Light, pure Truth, pure ALL WE NEED, we turn around and choose the stuff of this world. As C.S. Lewis said, instead of a day at the beach, we’d rather stay in the muddy street making mud pies.

Matties last blog post..This is gross, I know, but bear with me…

Mama March 21, 2009 at 11:04 am

At times I feel like that myself. I am chastisied. I get comfortable and become like a zombie.

Wesley Holman March 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Having been a spiritual zombie and a chaser of Idols for the last 30 plus years I can tell you with great certainty there is nothing like the “real deal” No amount of drugs, money or other worldly things can compare to christ, although I do understand how easy it is to get sucked into wanting for ourselves.

carissa March 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm

i definitely feel this sometimes. i’ll be thinking about this post for the next few days, i’m sure.

carissas last blog post..Pat.

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post: