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

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The Living-Dead

The living dead are those who are alive in Christ and dead to this world. Every true follower of Christ, who is part of His kingdom, must enter into this kingdom through death. This is a death to self but a new life in Christ. We are water baptized, this represents a watery grave, but many refuse to die to self, they love themselves more than Christ.
Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light
When we submit our will to God’s ways, the Holy Spirit comes in to transform our dead life into the image of Jesus, and we become children of God. Prior to the Spirit of God coming to live in us, we had no power over sin. Now the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us to transform our lives into the love of God. A true follower of Christ manifests changes that reflect this new life. If there is no transformation there is no newness of life and the power of the Holy Spirit is not at work.
Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
In the Old Testament the Spirit of God would come upon men for a time and would then leave. The Spirit of God did not dwell in people then. But now the Holy Spirit is given to believers of Christ. He dwells in us and will never leave us nor forsake us. The blood of Jesus was shed so that we could live this new life.
Romans 8: 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
We are alive in Christ; living to display the love of God on the earth, though we are dead to our flesh and self-interests, we live so others may see and experience the love of God. We also live so that we too may be among the firstborn of many brothers in Christ, so our family members and friends will see the truth and the love of God in us.
Luke 9:23-24 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
God wants a relationship not a religion and empty rituals. God’s purpose is to transform us into the image of His Son, Jesus and He is our example. What we see in the life of Jesus, the world should see in us and move toward that end. The cross of Jesus was no pretty sight nor was it easy, but it was necessary to bring life to those who would believe in Him. This is how our lives must be to those around us, to die to self so others may live.
John 12:24-25 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Jesus tells us it is definite, if we refuse to die to self, we will remain alone. If we choose to die to our selfishness and our self-focus, the love of Christ in us will produce a more godly life for others to see. If people love the life of this world more than the kingdom life of Christ, then they will eventually lose all. Those who are willing to die to the things of this world will gain not only peace in this world but eternal life.
2 Corinthians 5: 17, 20 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. NKJV
Mankind lost its identity in God and being the love of God’s in the fall. Mankind became like God’s enemy- Satan, selfish and self-seeking. Jesus came to bring us back to our created purpose, to be the love of God and to look like Him, Who is love. We are born again as a new creation so the old things that we were born into and taught by this world would die. We are now ambassadors and representatives of God’s kingdom on earth reconciling people to God through love.
Remember, the true followers of Christ are dead to egotistical things of this world but live as the love of Jesus. In Jesus we are dead to self-gratification but alive to the life and the love of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
If anyone is a follower of Christ they will deny themselves and follow the example of Christ, who died that others may live and see the Hope of His glory. .

The Walking Dead

The walking dead are those who are alive to the things of this world but dead to Christ and the Kingdom of God. People are born in a fallen state, alive to the things of the flesh and are unable to discern the things of the Spirit. This is why Jesus told the young man to let the dead bury their dead. When there is a choice to be made between the dead things of this world and the things of the Kingdom of God, we should always follow the Spirit of life.

Luke 9:60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”

1 Corinthians 15:34 34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. NKJV

Those who are dead to the things of God cannot hear His voice but His sheep hear His voice and a stranger they will not follow. We get to know the voice of the ones we love by listening to them and hearing them speak to us. The more they speak and the more we listen, the better we become acquainted with them and the things that are important to them and we get to know the things they like, dislike and what pleases them. So it is when we take time to listen to God’s voice, His words to us, which are in the Bible. When we read the letters written to us out of His love, we will begin to know His heart and hear his voice. When strange voices come, we will not follow them because we know God’s voice, His word and His ways.

John 10:26-27   But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. NKJV

God has called us. We have a prearranged fate for us to be conformed into the image of Jesus. Jesus was sent to live a life that made God visible and plain to the people on earth. That is our reason for becoming the children of God. Jesus was not sent just to save us from hell, though we were redeemed from hell, but were saved to manifest, to show and to live the life of Christ in our mortal bodies to make plain the God of heaven to the people on earth.

Jesus cursed the fig tree and it died from the roots up. Jesus came to the tree that had leaves giving the appearance of having fruit, but in truth it was barren and without fruit. When a person is living in this world, created in the image of God, but living in selfishness he is dead to the things of God though he may have the appearance of life. When this person has no connection with God, they are the walking dead because they are not rooted and grounded in the life giving Spirit of God. When Jesus spoke to the tree it died that moment though the appearance of life was still in the tree but the evidence of its death was seen the next day. So it is with those that live without the spirit of God in their lives, they have the appearance of life in the outer shell as they go about their natural life but their spirit is dead to the things of God.

What we put before our eyes and focus on is what we become. If our eyes are constantly on the things of this world and we focus on the cares of the world, then we become like the things we internalize. When we change our perspectives and beliefs we change our outcomes and our actions. We are told to either make the tree good and the fruit will be good or make the tree corrupt and the fruit will be corrupt. We have been taught to focus on the fruit, looking at it, rather than the tree being good and focusing on that.

We should identify a good tree as one rooted in the Spirit of God and then we will know that tree and its fruit will be good. God is transforming us into a good vine as we have been grafted into the True Vine of Life, Jesus. If we focus on the old vine and old fruit we will only see the negative and corrupt things of our past. If we make the tree good by the relationship and righteousness of Christ, and not our works, then the tree is good and will produce good fruit. The world would have us focus on the fruit of our failures and not the tree of Righteousness that God has planted within us. We are that tree planted by the rivers of waters in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by his fruit. KJV

When we focus on the dead and dark things of this world, they can be easily reproduced in our lives. If we seek the kingdom of God and become intimate with Jesus, His seed of righteousness is planted in us and lives in us to give birth and produce after His Own kind.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. NKJV

We are living in Christ because we have been crucified with Christ. We are no longer the walking dead and enslaved to sin. We can choose to live for Christ and let the Spirit of God live in our bodies through faith in Jesus’ love. This delivers us from being dead to the things of God. Remember, no matter how hard the circumstances, we can submit our will to God and say “Father I delight to obey You in this matter, let the power of the Holy Spirit rise in me and You be glorified in this situation.”

To Know Him is to Love

When we become intimate with someone we get to know them as they are and that intimacy tends to breed similarities in traits and conduct. This is why we are told not to stay in the company of angry people because they can corrupt good character. The same is true with staying in the presence of God; we learn to love others and become more like Him, because God is the true essence of love. His essence of love flows from our spirit as living water.

God loves us in spite of all we have done or have not done. God’s love is everlasting, eternal and it is selfless. God’s love is so great that He has given us free will to choose our destiny and He will let us go even though it may grieve Him. God saw us before the foundation of the world and knew we would reject Him and all the wrong that we would do and yet He did not lose sight of our created purpose. We were created to be God’s expression of love to a lost world, in this present time and place. God’s Sovereign purpose and destiny for us is to be like Jesus in our homes and communities.

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. NKJV

When we come to know His great love we cannot help but to express our love for Him in this life in the way we live and to show His love to those who are lost. This is the measure of our knowing God, to have His love shown abroad to others through our hearts, hands, feet and our very substance. We cannot say we love God and not show His expression of love to those around us, be it friend or foe. Whether people are the same nationality, culture or religion or not, God’s love is toward all mankind.

1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. NKJV

So many have been schooled in the teachings of this world to be self-centered, self-motivated and self-consumed, forsaking all others clinging only to oneself. They have been home schooled on how to get over, get ahead, climb the corporate ladder, crushing all others if need be, so they can be on top. To ensure they have all they could ever need and even more to stockpile in their storehouses but it will all come to no good end. The flesh is never satisfied, it is insatiable and no matter how big, how much better, or how much wealth a person may have, without Christ, they will always want more.

The desire and drive to get more to some people is relentless. They may lose sight of family, friends and even God in their pursuits to acquire more. Being self-center and self-focus can become a greed that can become all-consuming and with it lays self-destruction. The lies that life experiences have taught us is that every person will look out for their own self and the good guy never wins. But God has demonstrated His love by sending Jesus Christ His Son into the world to save the lost so that they might live through Him. Jesus came into the world as a man to be the ultimate expression of God’s love to His children. As His children we are sent into this world as an expression of God’s love to this lost generation so they too may live.

1 John 4:9  In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. NKJV

If we know God in the essence of His love, then we know a love that surpasses all hindrances and barriers. God showed His love to us while we were at our worst; our lowest moment and still Jesus came and saved us. We should show this same compassion for those who are lost and at their worst. Jesus came and pulled us out of a pit of depravity, of despair and hopelessness and now we have the opportunity to do the same for others. God did not require us to clean ourselves up or to get right first before He sent Jesus. While we were sinners God loved us and showed compassion and sent Jesus as a ransom for our lives. He forgave us and then told us to come and follow Him.

1 John 4:10  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to. be the propitiation for our sins. NKJV

God loved us enough to send His Son to save us from our hopeless situation. We should love others the same way. God is transforming us into the image of His dear Son so that we may truly love others and this is pleasing to God. We are told to love and this love is being perfected in us by God.

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. NKJV

1 John 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this; that we may have boldness in the day of judgement; because as He is, so are we in this world.

To know Him is to love Him and those He loves. Love is a gift from God. We all have the ability to love in the natural since, by loving others who love us. But it is the supernatural power of God that gives us the ability to love the unlovable. Seeing Christ in us may be the only hope that a lost may have. It is the Christ in us that is the hope of the glory of God

Colossians 1:27 To whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you the hope of glory. KJV

This is Eternal Life- For Us To Know God

Many people believe they are going to heaven because they have spoken a confession of a belief in Jesus. This is what most of the people in America are taught, to confess the name of Jesus. There is another part of that process, we must believe in our hearts Jesus is Lord. This is where some people lose sight of the word of God. They think they can do a two or three step plan to salvation and have eternal life. The Bible gives us direction and examples of life being lived in the presence of God. Conflicts of  this world are uses so we may know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent.

God created us, redeemed us and delivered us from the snares of our enemy. His plans for us are that we will be His children and He will be our Father-God and we will be with Him for eternity. As any loving father, God wants the best for His children and wants them to know who He is. This is eternal life, having a relationship with God, knowing who He says He is, knowing His character and how He responds in various situations. Also, to know God’s word and what the Bible says about Him, His ways and how He acts in difficult times. Many of us know the God of our parents and church but we must get to know the true God in relationship for ourselves.

John 17:3         Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

As with any relationship that we want to cultivate and grow we must take time to learn more of the person’s character and personality and the things they like and are important to them. The same is true with God we must take time to know His character and attributes, His traits, features and the power of different aspects of His being. We can learn about Him through the studying of His word and knowing the Names of God. When we study a person we listen to what they say about themselves and what they call themselves and over time we will be able to see a clear picture of that person. Again, so it is with God, when we read His word and see what He says about Himself and learn the names He calls Himself, we will begin to know and understand Him better. God becomes a real person who we can talk to and commune with and not just the God our parents or family members told us about.

When we know and understand God, then we will begin to know and understand ourselves. We were created in the image of God, in His likeness by His love for the purpose of being agents of love on the earth. The more we learn of God and see His love, mercy and grace to us, the more we will reflect His image to those around us. Thus fulfilling our created purpose, this is to bring glory to the Eternal God our Father. Knowing the truth of who we are, will help dispel the lie of this world and society that tries to speak death and destruction into our lives.

Truth is what sets us free from our past failures, our current malfunctions, societies’ views and even our low self-esteem. By learning the truth of God’s character we will learn how to live successfully and understand the conflict we are engaged in and how to be victorious. These are things we all must deal with and conquer because these are the tactics of this fallen world. This fallen world is working under a strategy that is to hinder the people of God from knowing their God and who they are in Him. This is a system of lies to try and keep God’s people from knowing eternal life and the only true God.

God says His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. This is a lack of knowledge of God and who we are in Christ Jesus. Satan is a defeated foe; we are not in a battle with him. Jesus conquered our enemy at the cross and rose with all power and authority and has given this authority to His people – those who are part of His kingdom on the earth. So many are not living victoriously because they do not understand the kingdom or how to operate in the power and authority Jesus has purchased for us. To know God and His true attributes and character, leads to eternal life. It is not the knowing of the stories people have told about Him or the lies they have shared regarding Him. Eternal life is to know God our Abba Father for ourselves and trusting Him as a faithful and loving God.

Knowing God is learning His truth which transforms the way we think about ourselves and others. Therefore we will change the way we act and react to others and situations so we may show the love of God. Many people say they know God or they are in the family of God and yet they show no resemblance of God the Father. Again, nature shows us seed produces after its own kind. Many will say Lord, Lord to Jesus and He will in return say, I do not know you! If we are children of God we must live a life that reflects His character in our lives and our character. If we do not see God’s love reflected in us we may be living in self-deception.

Daniel 11:32b  … But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. KJV

God’s people who know Him, His word, His character and His attributes, will be strong. They will be able to stand in the face of adversity and do great deeds and mighty achievements because they know their God is a faithful and true God. This is eternal life when we know that God is our Father and our sustainer, He will never leave us or forsake us. We can then live with this hope and faith during life’s challenges in peace because of God loves us.

Father God, Abba Daddy

Every life is important to God because every life is part of God and comes from God. Every living soul is so important that God Himself came to die to redeem and place us into His family. God gave us family so in a small way, we could understand His love by knowing the love of family. God demonstrated His love for us in while we were enemies of God, He gave His Son to die for us and He brought us into fellowship with our Heavenly Father.

The love of God is displayed in the life of Jesus who took our punishment and paid for sin so we may take His Righteousness and become God’s family. God created us to have a relationship with us so His glory will be seen in this natural world, as it is seen in the spiritual realm. We were created in the likeness of God and we have three parts that make us a whole person. We have a body, soul and a spirit and in all areas we are to be in fellowship with God. This brings Him glory and magnifies Him so He is respected in the earth.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. NIV

When we see God as family we will begin to understand our purpose and relationship with Him. This world has painted God as being some far off distant dictator who only waits for us to mess up and then punishes us. This is the original lie from the enemy that God is holding back on us and does not want to see us happy. This is a lie from the father of lies. God created all that is in this world, the waters, trees, mountains, food and animals for us to enjoy. God gave us the ability to love and be loved, with emotions that can be expressed with happiness, joy and excitement as well as freedom of choice. God has given us a will and the ability to make right or wrong choices independent of Him. This is love in the greatest form to love someone enough to let them be true to whom they are, even if their choice is to be with us or leave us. This is the love God has shown toward us.

Family is about relationship, an association, connection, affiliation or a bond with another person. We see it in our own family relationships. Because we are part of the same family we are connected and affiliated with our family members. When we get together to fellowship at reunions or family events and we bond because of years of associated with one another and a lifetime of companionship. Personal knowledge of the family member’s character and integrity are seen and known through constant interaction and through good and hard times. This is the relationship God, our Father wants and seeks with His children. That His children will know Him, trust Him and have great fellowship with Him, one that will rise above all outside voices.

Ephesians 2:19, 22 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, And in him(Jesus) you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. NIV

The Bible says those who know their God will do exploits, feats and achievements and this is will be because they understand and know the character and attributes of their God. When we know a person and know that they are true and faithful we can trust them to fulfill their word to us no matter the circumstances. This is how we display faith and trust in our God, when situations and life comes at us with a hard blow we can stand firm and by doing this, it brings glory to God. When people see us navigate life with peace and a joy that the world cannot understand they will see the power of our God in our lives. God is revealed through His children, just as likenesses of parents are seen in their children, we will display God’s character and faithfulness through our actions. This is done only by knowing the character of God and being in a relationship with Him as our Father.

Daniel 11: 32b … but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits NKJV

Many of us may not have known our parents and others may have had negligent or even abusive parents and still we want to know and long to have a close loving relationship with our parents. Not in the sense of the neglected or abusive relationships but, if possible, in a perfect world that was right and just, we all long to have unspoiled relationships with our parents. This is the relationship God our Father longs to have with us and was willing to send His beloved Son, Jesus to die in our place that we may have a close relationship with Him.

Abba in the Bible was an Aramaic word for father; it was a term of tender endearment by a beloved child. We can now call God our Father, Abba, Daddy-God. We no longer have to wait or long for the negligent or abusive parent, we have been born into the family of God where we can say Abba, Daddy-God. I am no longer an orphan but a child of the King.

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