It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

The words Christian or Christianity have been hijacked by this world system. They have redefined these terms to mean a political view, old wives’ tales or a loyalty to the traditions of men and they have placed these above the word of God. The word Christian or Christianity has lost its resemblance to its original context as terms pertaining to; believing in, belongingto or being obedient to Jesus Christ. 

Some people hear the word Christian now and they are confused as to what it really means to those who call themselves Christians and yet they do not obey or follow Christ’s teaching. The word Christian is now being used to get people to do what is popular, what gives them an advantage orto line up with the tales and lies that have been told. Some people are now offended by the word Christian, because people who have identified themselves as one have acted with hatred, entitlement and violence. None of which Christ displayed in His life.

2 timothy 4:3-4 ​For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 

Mark 7:13 ​making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 ​But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it! NKJ

Christian was not a term given by God, He called us children of God, sons and daughters of the Most-High King. The name Christian was given to the followers of Christ by the people in Antioch. God called us children, that in itself defines who we are and our relationship with God our Father. There should benothing ambiguous or confusing about our relationship as a child of God and being in the family and household of God. We are Beloved children and are taught and nurtured by our Father so that we may resemble His likeness. 

Acts 11:26b​ And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

Galatians 3:26-28 – ​or you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. NKJ

The Satan is subtle, shrewd, elusive and deceptive, he has caused many to believe his lies and cause them to put more trust and loyalty into their finances, nationality and ethnicity than they do in the word of God.  We all have been taught the same thing by a fallen world system that says we should contend and compete for high positions and influence. This is done through a process that systematically sets up the downfall of some while giving status and influence to others. Some men proclaim they are of God and speak with eloquent words and yet they speak lies and promote hate without showing the love and compassion God has for the people. 

2 Corinthians 11:3,13-15 ​​But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.  And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

Every person has been given a hand from which they must live and as a result of their choices and actions in life they willbecome the person they choose to be. Some people want to blame God for giving them a bad hand and placing them in poor circumstances. It may appear as though they have a bad life because they are hated for their ethnicity or social status but God has also given them the tools and the means to be successful in the kingdom of God on the earth. 

God has dealt each one of us the hand that we have, however dismal it may appear and He has also given us the ability to win with the hand that we have been given. God has given to every follower of Christ the Holy Spirit who will teach, instruct and lead us in all truth and God’s abundant life.

Jeremiah 29:11-12​​For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. NKJ

God’s truth is a rare commodity in that it has been hidden from the eyes of fallen humanity by the dark prince of this age, Satan, who has blinded their eyes to the light and the truth of God’s gospel. We all have been taught to believe these lies and were in darkness until God expose the lies and then we can examine them with the light of His truth through His word. 

2 Corinthians 4:3-4  ​but even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,  whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. NKJ

Few people take the time to question their own belief systems regarding their ethnicity or their socioeconomic status to see if what they believe line up with God’s truth. When followers of Christ receive the Holy Spirit, God begins to reveal truths in His word and then a decision must be made. This is where those who call themselves Christians and true followers of Christ will part ways. 

Those who call themselves Christians but still ignore God’s word to follow after their own self-interests to protect their social status and privilege are not true Christian and Christ isnot their Lord. Followers of Christ will allow the Holy Spirit to press in and crush their old ways and change their way of thinking so to be transformed into the image of Jesus, becoming true followers of Christ. 

Matthew 7:21​ Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. NKJ

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. NKJ

Can a man who has raped another man’s wife, had him killedand then take his wife, can such a person be saved? Not only can he be saved but he can be transformed into a person who walks uprightly and can become a person who seeks God’s heart. David was the king of Israel who took Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, and laid with her and had Uriah killed and thentook Bathsheba for his wife. Yet, God called David a man after His own heart, and some people would ask why?

David a man after God’s heart began as a shepherd who song praises and worshiped God while caring for the sheep. He wasoverlooked when the prophet Samuel came to his father’s houseand all of the sons were called to the feast but David. He was in the field with the sheep and yet his spirit was one that praised and worshiped God. A heart of worship and praise to God in private can catapult a person from obscurity into a state of influence, just as David went from being keeper of the sheep to being anointed the next king of Israel. 

1 Samuel 16:11,13 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not [a]sit down till he comes here.”  13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. NKJ

David was a man who believed God’s word to be true and sought God’s guidance in his battles. Though David was anointed to be the next king of Israel he did not take it upon himself to take the kingdom from Saul. Instead he hid himself from Saul, who was trying to kill him and continued to fightagainst the enemies of Israel. David waited on the Lord to give him the kingdom He had promised, though it took many years, David trusted God’s faithfulness.  

1 Samuel 26: 23  May the Lord repay every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered you into my hand today, but I would not stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed. NKJ

David was a man who trusted God to avenge him from wrongdoings. In the natural we would think David had every right to slay Saul because he was trying to kill him.  David had respect for the anointing of God that was once placed on Saul and would not kill him, though David had several chances to kill Saul, he refused. When David’s men spoke of stoning him because they were greatly distressed at the loss of their families, David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. 

1 Samuel 30:6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

When Nabal, who was a harsh man and evil in his doings,ridiculed David and his servant David went with the intent to slay Nabal and his household.  Godly counsel was given to David and he turned away from avenging himself, and God avenged David in that Nabal died days later. 

1 Samuel 25:33  And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand. NKJ

David was a man who humbled himself before God. He esteemed the word and the ark of God greater than his own reputation. When the ark of God was brought into the city of David he danced like a wild man before it in worship to God. He did not care what people would say about him, though he was the king, David did not restrain or hinder his praise and worship to God. David would rather appear to be made low in his own eyes for God’s glory. Some people are more concerned about their own status and reputation than they are the glory of God. David put God above his appearance and the perception other people had of him.

2 Samuel 6:21-22  So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord.  And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.” NKJ

David was a man who worshiped and praised God and acknowledged God for His goodness and faithfulness to him.David wrote most of the Psalms in the Bible which was the hymnbook of the Old Testament. The Psalms are songs of praise and worship to God as they recognize God’s love and provision for His people. God inhabits the praises of His people therefore He is always close by those who praise and worship Him. 

2 Samuel 7: 22   Therefore You are great, O Lord God. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears. NKJ

David sought God direct his steps in his battles, yet when it came to his personal life he acted or reacted out of selfishness, self-interest and greed. But when David was confronted with his sin against Bathsheba and Uriah he was quick to acknowledge his wrong doing and submitted himself to God’s judgement. 

God is more concerned about our present and our future than our past. Though David had done wrong, he turned and acknowledge his sins and committed himself to the Lord. 

2 Samuel 12:13 So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. NKJ

Acts 13:22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ NKJ

We too can be a person after God’s own heart:

We can be a person who believe God’s word is true and to be quick to turn and obey God. 

We can be a person who praises and worships God continuouslyand seek His direction. 

We can become a person of humility not seeking to be exalt or avenge ourselves.

We can trust God’s love for us and believe in His faithfulness toward us.

Christ came and died that we might have an abundant life, not just a mediocre life, one where we are barely getting by, but life that is overflowing with God’s goodness, grace and mercy. But our minds have been trained to think otherwise. This is not to say that we will not go through some trials, testing or hard times but God in His faithfulness and mercy will see us through it victoriously. It takes time and faith in the power of the Holy Spirit for us to accept that God will see us through every challenge and He wants us to live an abundant life to live out His promises in our lives.  

We should ask God to change our habits and redirect our thoughts to lineup with His word. That we may standfast in the midst of these challenges, trials that come to test our faith to see if we believe earnestly the truths we received. We must learn how to navigate these situations in such a manner that we trust God and His faithfulness and we will know that we are able to be victorious and more than conquerors in the trials and hardships that we go through.  

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.NKJ

God’s tender mercies and grace saw us in our ruin and debased state and sent Jesus, His only begotten Son, to rescue us. The love of God is at the beginning of every love story, every love song, every rag to riches story, in every low-class person being transformed into one of affluence.  Jesus coming to save and rescue us from the evil one is in every story that has been told of a person being liberated and rescued.  Some people have seen hard times in their life experiences, which have battered their conscious into a negative view of themselves and others. Their perception of life is negative and painful and because of their past hurts some refuse to receive the light of God’s truthand forgiveness. God has shown us His love through the majestic, beauty and abundance of His creations on the earthand in the heavens. We see the love, mercy and forgiveness of God in every love story where hearts learn to turn from hate and to love someone other than themselves.

Romans 1:20-22 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools, NKJ

It is Christ living in us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, that gives us the grace of God, which enables us to love others truly and deeply.  True followers of Christ will display a greater love than those who are selfish and who are in need of immediate gratification. Followers of Christ will put the salvation and the love for others first.   We have been enriched by Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in all utterance and knowledge that we may know how to speak a word of truth in love. 

1 Corinthians 1: 4-9  I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge,  even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,  so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,  who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. NKJ

Some people will hurt, wound or offend others with their words calling it truth to make a point or to show their knowledge. Truth without love is brutal and cruel. We have not been called to be vicious or callous for the sake of making a point. We were given a new command to love one another as Christ loved usand gave Himself for us. Prior to Christ, man could only love others to the level that they themselves have loved.  Mankind can be narcissistic with an inflated sense of self-importance, which limits their ability to love others well.   Love is to be above all other schemes, agendas or fixations. If we cannot speak a truth without love we should wait before God and ask the Holy Spirit to teach us and show us how to speak this truth with the love of God. 

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. NKJ

Some people may have the gift of speaking like an angel, or able to give a word of prophecy, or may have a great understanding and knowledge of the Bible. But if they speak or minister without a kind and loving heart it will not profit them anything.  Love is patient with other so that it may show kindness and considerations to others. We should be watchful of our words before speaking to ensure that our speech is from a position of love. We are not to speak to make our point or to show we were right in our knowledge of the word. God is more concerned for the souls of men than He is with people making a point or displaying their knowledge.  

1 Corinthians 13:1-4   Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body ]to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; NKJ 

Abundant life is in Christ and it is in Him that we live our everyday lives with changes, progress and development that creates in us a new nature which is the essence of our life in Christ. Through faith we become children of God in the familyof the Most-High King and our nature is being changed to be more like Christ. 

Act 17:28 For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ NKJ

This life will have its challenges, its trials and the testing of our faith but when we operate according to God’s kingdom principles we will be more than a conqueror.  A conqueror is one who goes to battle and defeat his foe, but we are more than a conqueror, because we did not even have to fight the battle,Christ died at the cross and yet we are more than victors. 

Romans 8:37-39 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. NKJ

God has always wanted to be in a relationship with mankind. In the beginning He created mankind to be like Himself, to rule, reign and have dominion over the world that He created so Hewould be in relationship and fellowship with them. Sin broke that relationship and destroyed man as he was created, causing the world to be in confusion and under the authority of Satan. But God gave a promise that a Savior would come and bruisethe serpent’s head and regain authority over God’s kingdom.

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between you seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.” NKJ

God is always looking to commune with mankind and He wantsto have a person on the earth to testify and speak of His truthand His way to world. Just as Abel, Noah, Israel and the followers of Christ have done and will continue to do.   Godkept His promise by sending Jesus, who through His life, death and resurrection restored humanity back into a relationship and family of God. Jesus also restored God’s kingdom here on earth. 

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. NKJ

Prior to Jesus’ birth people were living and walking in darkness not fully aware of their depraved and corrupt conditions. God has always had a person on the earth to show the world His light and He had given to Israel His word and a vision of Himself. God called them as a nation to be an example and testimony to His relationship with mankind on the earth. They were to show humanity how-to live-in fellowship and serve the true and living God as their Lord and King. While some people were converted in their time, the nation of Israel fell short and failed to display God’s majesty, love and compassion to a world who was in desperate need of God’s grace and mercy.

Exodus 19: 5-6 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” NKJ

The Kingdom of God is increasing with every person that enters into the family of God through the belief and confession of faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The knowledge of God’s word and the power of the Holy Spirit gives us the authority and understanding of how we should transact business and operate successfully in God’s kingdom. When weeffectively operate according to God’s principles and ways wedisplayed the power of God and become a living witness and testimony to the reality of who He is. 

Some people are doing evil because they are still in darkness and the light of God’s word has not entered into their lives.They only know what they have seen and heard in the depravedstate of destruction and death that they live in. God is sending His people into dark places to be the light of Christ that othersmay see and know a different way. We as followers of Christ may be the only Bible some people may ever witness. The world knows how to hate, how to kill, steal and destroy but we are to be witnesses to the love of God, the mercy of God and the forgiveness of God on the earth. This is done through the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, when we consciously and continuously ask God to give us the power to forgive and show His mercy. We are to trust in God to do justly and allow Him tovindicate us according to His perfect will and not out of our selfish desire for revenge. 

Luke 21:12-13 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. NKJ

Jesus is still calling His followers to be His witness on the earth. Jesus’ call is for us to be a witness at home first, as He told the disciples to be witnesses in Jerusalem. Then we are to be witness in our communities and nation as He told them to go to Judea and to Samaria and also to be witnesses throughout the world to the end of the earth. Some people would rather be a witness to their nation and to the world but because of hurt and pain done by their family they refuse to forgive and love at home.

According to the directive of Christ, charity begins at home and then spreads abroad.  One thing we must be witnesses to is the love of God that is shown through the mercy, grace and forgiveness we give to one another. 

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” NKJ

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 

John 13:35 By this all will know that you are My disciple, if you have love for one another.” NKJ

God is still making kings and priests of His people that they may be a witness and a testimony of His love. A king is one who protects their kingdom, increase the wealth and takes care of the poor by redistributing wealth as necessary.  A priest is one who comes before God to be a mediator and intercessor for the people. True followers of Christ are still advancing the kingdom of God, redistributing their wealth to others in need, praying to God for the salvation of others, while living a life that represents Him well as a witness on the earth.   

1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; NKJ

God wants us to love mercy, not just to be alright with it or just suggest that someone be shown mercy. We are told to have passion, devotion and tenderness toward mercy which is an act of showing forgiveness or clemency.  We are to be delighted when someone is shown forgiveness and is not disciplined or given the hardest reprimand allowed because of their error, as true followers of Christ we rejoice in God’s mercy. 

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? NKJ

We often see people who want to seek revenge or demand an eye for an eye when it comes to their injuries or injustices. Some people feel they are justified in wanting harsh penaltiesof others because of what they have experienced or seen in how others were treated differently.  They want just as much, if not more punishment to be given to the perpetrator or violator. Some people are punished harshly because of their class, culture or socioeconomic background and they somehow feel cheated.  This is all part of the pride of life, in that we want to be esteemed as great as others or at least vindicated to the same extent. But we are called to love mercy in whatever form it may arise, knowing God is the ultimate judge who judges justly. 

1 Peter2:23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously. NKJ

God has shown us His way, which is to do justly. That is, we are to give everyone impartial treatment as it pertains to usdoing the right thing for the right reasons, to walk truthfully and in integrity, without looking for it in return. That is the requirement that we are to set for ourselves. We are to love mercy; we should be devoted to showing forgiveness and celebrate it with passionate, open-hearted gladness when it is shown to others. We should not seek out punishment toward others, but should always look to show mercy and forgiveness no matter the situation, as God has forgiven us. 

Jesus showed us how-to walk-in mercy and forgiveness. On the night Jesus was betrayed He washed the feet of His disciples including the one who betrayed Him, to be put to death. Jesus gave broken bread to those who were with Him as a symbol of His body that would be broken for them and He poured the wine as a representation of His blood that would be poured outfor humanity.  We are told to remember Christ every time we take part in the act of communion, the one who gave His life for many. For this reason, God requires mercy of His children. 

1 Corinthians 11:24-25 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” NKJ

In this western culture most people are judged by the standards of those around them, also that which is popular is allowed to determine what is perceived to be right and socially acceptable. We are now seeing a constant clamoring for greater punishment and penalties for some of the more minor offences.  Most people find it hard to show God’s loving kindness and His tender mercies toward others. Forgiveness is paramount with God; it is a chief and dominant thing because it is an expression of His love. 

Matthew 6:14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  

To love mercy and forgiveness is a lifestyle, a way of life that we choose to live and it is a practiced skill. To constantly show mercy and forgiveness is something we learn and exercise over time until it becomes second nature to us. Just as any new skill or talent in which we want to become competent or good at, it takes time and the constant repetition until we becomeproficient. We must change the way we view and judge others so that we may line up with God’s kingdom principle of mercy and forgiveness. The world may give limited mercy and forgiveness but Jesus told Peter to forgive seven times seventy, (490) that is so many times that we will not be able to keep track of the number of times we offer forgiveness. 

Matthew 18:22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven time, but up to seventy times seven. NKJ

Matthew 18:32-35 Then the master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due him. “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.” NKJ

To love mercy is required by God of His Children. God’s love and mercy was shown to us at a great cost to God, the death of His Son Jesus on the cross. In comparison, it is a small thing for us to show mercy and love to those who have wronged us but ittakes dying to self and pride and also humbling of ourselves before God. 

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God? EVS

We spend so much time on things that are temporary, things that are passing away and will not last, as opposed to those things which are eternal. We are told to set our mind and affections on the things above, the things that are eternal and not just the things on this earth that will soon pass away. 

Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on the things above, not on things on the earth. KJV

Affections are produced in our emotions, our feelings and the disposition of our mind and they are the things we give our attention, thought and passions to. We are to work at placing our energy, time and thoughts on those things that will impact the eternal souls of mankind and where we will spend our eternity. 

Colossians 3:2-4 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. NKJ

To set our mind and affections on things above will take a conscious effort on our part.  To set; is to take time to establish a thing and to be determined with resolve that a thing will take place. Therefore, we must make the decision to take action, to set our affections, thoughts and emotions on the things above, God the Father, Jesus Christ and the eternal souls of humanity.   

We are to set our minds daily on the things that are important,which are the things that will last eternally.  Often time we go through the day and through life without putting much effort or time into where we will place our thoughts. Our thought patterns and the way we think becomes a habit and we keepthinking the same things the same way.  We can become so occupied with a thing that our thinking about it becomes an automatic response. We will ponder and meditate on those things without realizing how much of our time, thought and life is consumed on trivial things. 

Life is both temporary or seasonal and eternal, unending at the same time. If we are to live according to our purpose, we must engage both aspect of life in the natural body and with our soulwhich will live forever. The natural body is in a process of continuous change with passing moments which are finite that came from the earth and will come to an end. But the souls of mankind and our spirit are a never-ending, perpetual and an infinite part of our existence which comes from the eternal God, our creator which will never cease to exist.

A life submitted to God is not just about doing a service, though service may be a by-product of a submitted life. The goal and the ultimate accomplishment of a life submitted to God is to be the love of God by reflecting His love through personal relationships. We are to display the love of God the Father and Jesus Christ whom He sent. It is through our relationship with God that we understand the love God has for us and as we experience this love from God we can share it with others. 

Christ showed us how to live this earthly life through the love of God and we too should express God’s love to those around us. So that people may see and come to know the eternal God, receive and experience His salvation and His abundant love in our daily lives. The souls of mankind are eternal and will live forever but the question is where? We should be an example that people may see God and choose to spend their eternity withthe Father and Jesus Christ whom He sent to seek and to save humanity.

Life as we know it in the natural may change from season to season with fleeting interests and short-term focuses but the soul and spirit are eternal and will live forever.  Our spirit was created in the image of the eternal and everlasting God and our spirit was given an eternal purpose, to reflect the image of God. 

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, and the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You sent.

As followers of Christ we must change the way we view life and how we assess and evaluate the things that happen to us and around us. Some people have been taught an ideological teaching which says believers should not suffer or experience agony and grief. This is far from the truth, this fallen worldsystem is filled with challenges, pain and misery and we all may suffer in life at some point. It is going through these hardships that we learn to trust, respect and obey God’s word just as Jesus did. 

Hebrews 5:8 Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. NKJ

God sent His Son to redeem this world and to pay a debt we could not pay and it was the things He suffered that taught Him obedience and to trust God to navigate His life in this fallen world system.  We will encounter tests and trials that will challenge our faith just as Christ did and we too must choose to put our trust and respect in God our Father. 

1 Peter4:12-13 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trail which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. NKJ

God required obedience from the first Adam but he rebelled against God’s command. Jesus came as the second Adam and even though He was the Son of God, He was obedient in the things He suffered. Jesus was despised and rejected by men and He endured the shame of dying on a cross for our sins.  The servant is not greater than his master, the things Christ went through believers will go through also.   We too may experience persecution, rejection and some may experience a martyr’sdeath or live as an outcast, dead to family and friends.  

1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. NKJ 

Philippians 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. NKJ

Christ is our example in that He trusted God in every situation to judge justly, to orchestrate and navigate life situations in ways that would bring God glory and allow His light to shineinto dark places.  Some situations may appear as though we are lost and are without any hope of being vindicated in this life. Though it appeared, in the natural, that Christ was defeated when He died on the cross but His death was a victory for sinners saved by grace. Our limited minds can only see thingsin part, but the Almighty God can reach across the lines of life and death, rich and poor or soul and spirit to bring about a triumph that none could have imagined.  

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. NKJ

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulations; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” NKJ

The difference between the world and the followers of Christ is how they will allow oppositions and life challenges to affect the love they show to others and their actions during times of hardship or suffering. The world will say, you deserve better oryou should not have to suffer through these hard times. However, God’s word tells us of a different way and that we will experience tribulations as Christ followers. Jesus was sent to seek and to save the lost, He came to be spent, depleted and used for us that we may be redeemed. Jesus came and died to His own ambition and laid aside those momentary life accomplishments done in this natural world to do the work of His Father. Now we might be saved, to have an eternal life and to be with Christ forever. 

John 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” NKJ

It is when an olive is crushed and the grape is pressed that the true essence of its inner life flows out. It is when a cup is rattledor shaken that what lies within spills out. The same goes for humanity, as life presses in on us, that which dominates withinwill spills out, be it the love of God or the hate and fear of the enemy. When life comes at us hard, when we are well spent and totally exhausted then we will see our true automatic response in those situations.  Rather than justifying our actions with theexcuses of this world, we should take note as to what has flowed out of our soul and ask God to create in us a clean heart and to let His love flow in and through us. 

Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. KJV

Life is about challenges and choices and through these challenges and choices we will display our faith and beliefs to both the natural and spiritual world around us. God is glorified when we obey His word and have faith to trust in His love for us. Satan constantly comes to try and create doubt and to challenge God’s word. He is seeking and looking for an opportunity to devour those who give him permission through their lack of knowledge and understanding of God’s word. 

Do we expect to receive the good and not the challenges of sonship? It has been the challenges in life that stretch us and grow us into the image of Christ. Though we enjoy and rejoice in God’s blessing and favor, we learn respect, submission and obedience through the things we suffer and the challenges we experience.  Paul too was ready to be broken bread and poured out wine that those who knew him might be believe in the risen Christ in his life. 

2 Timothy 4:5-6 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering and the time of my departure is at hand. NKJ

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. NKJ

The glory of God’s splendor, abundance and fullness was in the world He created and mankind was the crowning glory of all His creation. Mankind who once walked in the fullness of God’s majesty and marvel, was now enslaved to the wickednessand dreadfulness of Satan and sin. Humanity was created in His image and likeness and with God’s glory upon them. The enemy came and seduced mankind and lead them astray. Satan then supplanted and replaced God’s glory with his darkness, pride and lies. God did not leave us without the hope of His Glory returning and promised us a Redeemer, a Savior and a Deliverer who would bring us back into the family of God for His glory.   

Genesis 1:26a, Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle, over all the earth….NKJ

Genesis 28a Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it: have dominion…. NKJ

Mankind became accursed under the dominion of Satan who hates all who are created in God’s image and has set systems and snares to derail their purpose and has tried to twist them into his perverted image of pride and hate. This world system was hijacked by Satan and all humanity was ensnared, captured and enslaved when Satan seized dominion of this world from Adam. 

God did not create mankind depraved and they are born unsullied but many are taught wrong, touched wrong and live in a society full of hate. They become a product of the life they were born into and the things they experienced. Satan ruled in the age of darkness until the light of God came in the life of Christ, who came to set us free and to open our eyes to the light and the truth of God’s word.   

Some people question why would God hold a person accountable for their actions when Satan and the acts of hateful men have twisted their mind into thinking that way? Because God has always provided a way of escape from the schemes of the enemy and has given everyone a will and the ability to choose to take the way out or to stay in that fallen state of being. It is the natural state of fallen mankind to want to get revenge and live in unforgiveness toward those who wronged us. It is our pride that wants to vindicate itself but it is not God’s kingdom way. Christ is our example and we look to Him to show us the way and we must choose to live in humbleness and forgiveness. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able , but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. NKJ 

1 Peter2:23 and while being abusively insulted, He did not insult in return; while suffering, He did not threaten, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; NASB 

God has always had representatives in the earth to show His way, His word and His righteousness. From the beginning with Abel, to the Jewish nation and the prophets to Christ, God has always provided an example to the world and to show the way of salvation.  It has always been the choice of every person to choose whether they will remain in their fallen mind set or to let go and choose to obey the light of God’s word. 

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; NKJ

Jesus came and lived a life, to not only set us free from sin, butto show us the way of the Father.  He also gave us the power to live a righteous life through faith in the power of the Holy Spirit.   We all had to grow up in an evil world and may have suffered as a person who was treated wrong, handled and touched wrong or was hated unjustly. But we all will come into an age of accountability and we will decide how we will handle those hurts, whether we will let our past affect our present and our future or to let go, forgive and trust God.  

We may choose to live in a way that allows our pastexperiences to dictate our present mindset or we can let the love and the forgiveness of God be our standard. Some people will let what has happened to them as a child or in their past speak louder into their life than the word of God and who they are now in the family of God. We should release the past hurts and live in the new life we have in Christ. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. NKJ

When we are born into the kingdom of God old things are passed away and we become a new creation. Now the responsibility is no longer of the depraved or demented person who harmed us, but now we must decide who will reign supreme in our lives, our past or Christ. When the love of God becomes our motive, we will no longer live for our selfish motives, for our rights or for the love of men, but we will live a life that will draw people to Christ and brings glory to God.  When we express the love God has shown to us through Christto others, this will give the hope of God’s love for them.  

Romans 8:17 and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. If indeed we suffer with him that we may also be glorified together. NKJ

The riches of God’s grace were sent in the person of Christ into the world that He would seek and save those who were lost. The mystery of God is that non-Hebrews could now be saved and become joint heirs in the household of God. God is still sending His people into the word today through the life of Christ that others may see the love of God in them and this can become the hope of His glory in their lives. The Christ in us is sent to save deliver and rescue those who are in bondage. We may suffer injustices like Christ, but it is the love of God that is shown through us and the love that is given unconditionally to others that gives hope to those who are lost. 

The love of Christ in us can bring redemption, salvation and deliverance to people from their past devastation, presentsituation or future demise and possible failures. 

Colossians 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. NKJ

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We are told that wisdom is the principle thing and we are to obtain knowledge of God through the life of Christ. Whileobtaining this knowledge we must get an understanding of God’s word that we may operate effectively in His spiritual kingdom. We are to get an understanding of the laws and principles of God and the spiritual warfare that we are in as well as how to use the spiritual weapons we are given so to bevictorious in battle.  

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principle thing; Therefore get wisdom, and in all your getting, get understanding. NKJ

Psalms 119:104 Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way. 

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were called, and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. NKJ 

Without an understanding of God’s word, people tend lean to their own inclinations, thoughts and ways. We are told not to be wise in our own eyes but we are to get an understanding of God’s truths and precepts that we may maneuver well in HIskingdom on earth.

Proverbs 3:7-8 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones.

The scriptures say wisdom is to hate evil, arrogance and the perverse speaking of prideful men.  While we obtain wisdom,we are to get an understanding of God’s kingdom ways so that we may know how to operate successfully as we face our daily challenges. God reveals His ways to us through our communion and fellowship with Him. 

Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.  

One of Satan’s greatest weapons against mankind is to keep them in darkness, not allowing them to see the spiritual principles that are in God’s word. While in darkness they will lack an understanding of how to navigate and be effective in the spiritual kingdom of God. 

People are constantly searching for happiness and a meaningful life. Some people invest most of their time and energy to obtain wealth and fame, they believe this will bring them a sense of accomplishment and delight. We have heard from many who took this path and at the end of their lives they concluded they went searching for life’s satisfaction in all the wrong places. Life’s purpose and fulfillment are not found in climbing the corporate ladder, accumulating wealth or fame but it is in God, the Creator and His design for us. We were created to be inrelationship and fellowship with God our Father through Jesus Christ whom He sent to display His likeness and His love that we may demonstrate this love to our family, community andthose around us. 

Psalms 37:3-4 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. NKN

We are to seek an understanding of how the kingdom of God operates and to trust in Him and believe in His faithfulness toward us. We are not fighting a war against flesh and blood,people who are created in His image they are just souls being held captive by Satan and his demonic forces. Our battle is a spiritual battle and our warfare is against principalities of evilness and wicked spiritual powers that comes to seduce, ensnare and entrap humanity and those who are in authority with their dreadful and atrocious schemes. 

Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places. NKJ

Because we are in the flesh, we tend to judge everything by itsnatural and fleshly appearance.  When we obtain knowledge of God’s kingdom principles and the spiritual battle that we face, we will understand that we are not to get angry or mad with people. When we see evildoers appearing to prosper in their wickedness we are not to allow anger to rest in our spirit, because it will only cause us harm. Anger and bitterness can become so deeply rooted that it will casus us to defile ourselves and spew that corruption on those we influence and those who are around us. 

Hebrew 12:13-15 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by this many become defiled; NKJ

We are instructed to pursue peace with all people and in the natural this is an impossible thing to do without God.  We are told to put on the whole armor that God has given to us to fight this spiritual battle. We are to know and understand our spiritual weaponry so that we may stand victorious against the methods of Satan.  Most people in the natural world would rather pick up a brick or cruse the person that is before them, rather than put on the armor of God and pray against the spirit of wickedness that is behind that person. No one is born cruel and every child is born innocent but it is the cruelty and evilness of the enemy who comes to steal the love of God and tries to overtake them in the hatred, ruthlessness and the vindictiveness of the rulers of darkness of this age. 

Ephesians 6: 13-18  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayers and supplication in the Spirit being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.  NKJ 

We are to understand the kingdom of God and the warfare that we are in, which is against principalities and the powers of darkness. We are to ask God to give us an understanding of our weaponry of warfare and how to use it the midst of our struggles. Then we will be able to judge justly according to the word and walk humbly before God. To understand God’s love for humanity will help gives us the ability to show His love, mercy and forgiveness to those who may have misused or abused us. 

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. NKJ

God displays His love for mankind as He waits patiently and tolerates the ungodly allowing them time for repentance. God’s desire is that all humanity will return to Him and that none shall perish but that choice is based on the will of every individual person.

Both true wisdom and knowledge begin with the fear of the Lord, which is to hate pride, arrogance and perverse speaking. In obtaining wisdom and knowledge we are able to live a life that is purposeful and has meaning. Those who live without the knowledge of their created purpose are swept up in the busyness and whirlwind of a false lifestyle that consumes their time and strength and leaves them drained and without hope.  

We are born into a life cycle that has been established by societies and men who are without Christ. They only know their own personal, selfish needs, desires and aspirations, which are rooted in control and power.  This fallen state of mankind is all we have been taught and is the reason we see such conceit, haughtiness and superiority in every walk of life. This breeds disunity, divisions and hatred among people, classes and nations.   There will not be a change until they obtain knowledge of God’s word and His created plan for their lives.

Proverb 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. NJV

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ. In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. NKJ

The knowledge of God and His kingdom principles arespiritually discerned. The nature of fallen mankind cannot understand or comprehend the ways of God because they appear to be foolishness in their sight. Satan comes to steal from the hearts of mankind the word of God that has gone forth to keep them in darkness so that they will not receive the light of God’s truth. Some people receive the word of God with joy but when persecution comes and the worries of this life comes at them hard, they wither in the heat of the battle, if the word which was sown has not taken root.  

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. NKJ

Mark 4:16 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. NKJ

Some people are just existing or living life that has no meaning or purpose, because they are living for the temporary existence of this world and not for the eternal life for which they were created. We see people being pushed to the margins of society as outcasts because they fail to meet some superficial materialistic ideas of their society.  They may have been born in a family, community or nation that revolves around a hierarchy of us and them, the haves and the have nots and those with wealth and power and those without.

Some who are in authority are been blinded by the enemy and can only see the fleeting riches of this world. They cannot discern the true meaning and true essence of life, which is the eternal soul of humanity and was created to esteem, honor and reflect the person of God as seen in the life of Jesus Christ.  

It is God who gives us understanding through the power of the Holy Spirit and Jesus who died that we may receive this revelation.  We are to pray and ask that our eyes be opened to see the wonders and the hidden mysteries of His word. 

Psalms 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may see wonderous things from Your law. 

Ephesians 1:17-18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, NKJ

We are here to live a transitional life as one who is passing through on earth understanding that this is only temporary.  We are here to engage, edify and encourage those around us as we display the love of God without hate and perverse speaking.God gave us all families, friends and communities to fulfill His purpose, to show His love and to bring Him glory in this passing life as we journey to our eternal destination. 

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You. The only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. NKJ

Eternal life is knowing the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent to give us His word and to show us His way. Knowing someone takes time and we must listen to their words to hear and understand their heart. God has given us His word that we may know Him. God has shown us His heart and His love for humanity, in the life of Jesus Christ.

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