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

Archive for September, 2018

What Do You Believe?

Believe that Jesus is the Son of God. This belief is not just a cognitive saying of mental reasoning or thought it is intentional ongoing dependence on all that is true in Christ. Belief is a set and un-moveable dependence on and obedience to the love of God for us that is displayed in the gift of Jesus Christ.

God works within the confines of our times and through the hearts, souls and the culture of fallen man. God’s plan for man was what He created, a perfect world and He gave mankind dominion over it all but because of sin mankind forfeited all they had and gave dominion over to Satan. Mankind has been battling this fallen world system ever since.

Even though we rebelled and gave our authority and dominion over to Satan. God would not leave us in our fallen state without hope He sent Jesus to restore God’s kingdom on the earth. Every person is given the opportunity to choose life or death, to choose Christ or stay in this fallen world system of destruction. God made it so simple that anyone can be saved, just believe.

Romans 10:9 Confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Romans 10:10 with the heart a man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

When we believe right we will act right – out of the heart the mouth speaks. When we continue to speak the word of God our heart will believe it and the saving power of God will transform our lives. God has given us Grace which is His divine influence upon our hearts, favour and joy.

God has given us His Peace which is quietness, a rest in our lives, minds and spirit. This happens when our minds are occupied with God our Father and Jesus as our Lord and Provider. Some people want to speak of Jesus as a Saviour but they want to reject Him as being their Lord. They will call on Him to save them but they do not want Him as Lord over their lives, to tell them what they should do, say and how to act. Some people will try and live in both camps, this fallen world system part time and then want to be in the kingdom of God when it is convenient

If Jesus is Lord of our life then we must die to self. The one person that stands in the way of Jesus as Lord is self. We want to be saved but we want to do what we want to do and continue living the life we had before we knew Jesus. It cannot be done.
Revelation 12: 11 And they overcame him (Satan) by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony and they did not love their lives to the death.

We are able to overcome self, this world system, the attacks of the enemy and persecution from the world but it is done in the power of the Holy Spirit which is given when we accept the Blood of Jesus as payment for our sins and He becomes Lord over our lives. The words and testimonies we hear and say gives us hope and increases our faith and this is how we grow in faith. Many people want to stop but there is a third part to the overcoming process, to not love their lives more than Christ. It is when we put self to death and all our selfish, self-centeredness away that we can truly live for Christ. Jesus becomes Lord and our life is not our own.

We can be full of Joy when we are in fellowship with God and know His word. The good news is that God has brought His kingdom back to the earth and we are part of that kingdom. God has given us a circle of people, friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to pray for and display God’s image before them. They are not always the nicest or kindest of people but God has allowed us the opportunity to represent Him in their lives.

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.

It is when we love and pray for those that do persecute us that we are acting like children of God, it is then when we start looking like and acting like our Father. Paul says in Philippians that he is confident that God who begun a good work in them will perform it until Jesus Christ returns. Paul says he is confident that God will perform the good work He begun in us that we will be transformed into the image of God in Christ Jesus. It is God who will be working in us to transform us.

We were born with a fallen nature and trained in this fallen world system to hate, lie, and to be concerned only with our selves. We are told to be transformed from this old way by renewing our minds to God’s way of living and thinking. When we give our lives to Christ He becomes our Lord and we are re-born into a different kingdom, the kingdom of heaven on earth. Though our spirit is saved our minds and habits haven’t been changed and this is done by reading the word of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit living in us and guiding us in the things of God.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (This is how you do that…)
Romans 12:2 Be not conformed to this world; but be transformed by renewing your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

We are to understand what really matters are God’s priorities, the love of God flowing through us and that we live pure and blameless by doing what we know is right. Just do what God has shown you to be right no matter the hurt or the cost. We may suffer people’s slander and insults but we will show grace and forbearance. Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered.

Jesus showed grace to the sinner but walked in truth. We too should have a high standard for our own lives and give much grace, mercy and love to others for their failures. This proves our belief in God and He is able to perform the good, acceptable and perfect will in our lives.

Are You Being Destroyed Or Are You Fulfilling Your Purpose?

God said, His people, are destroyed for lack of knowledge. They lack the knowledge of who they were created to be. It is not the world or Satan that destroys God’s people but, they are destroyed because they do not know who they are, or their purpose. Many do not understand that once their souls are saved they must change the way they think. Our thoughts and actions were trained up in the ways of this fallen world and in things that seem right but leads only to death. We also have an enemy who wants to destroy us because we are created in the image of God to be and act like Him.

God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge of who they are in Christ. We are the Beloved of God. We are the image bearers of God Almighty. Created in His image to walk like, talk like, love like and be like God our heavenly Father. This is who we are and who we were called to be in this earth. Also, we were to have dominion and to reflect the image of God, to look and reflect our Abba-Daddy God where ever we are.

God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge of the strategy of their enemy. God has given everyone a choice, a will and a mind so that we may choose our destiny. Satan, the enemy of God came and deceived mankind and planted seeds of doubt and rebellion in their minds causing doubt of God’s love and His perfect plan for our lives. Mankind in the beginning chose to obey Satan rather than God and then Satan became the master and lord over all that was given to mankind in the earth. God in His love and mercy toward us would not leave us in that fallen state.

God made us like Him, perfect and our purpose is to have dominion over our lives and to replenish the earth with people who look like God our Father and Creator. It was a man who lost dominion and it must be a man to restores it. Jesus came as a man, lived a righteous life before God and offered His life as payment for ours. Jesus who knew no sin became sin so that we could be made righteous before God.

It is because of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and ascension that the kingdom of God was restored on the earth. Now there are two world systems operating on the earth; this fallen world system that Satan is using to destroy people’s lives and the Kingdom of God. We were all born into this fallen world system but when we are born again by the power of the Holy Spirit we are born as children into God’s kingdom.

God’s people are destroyed because they do not take the time to know their Father God and His ways and they continue in the old mindset and practices of this world. They do not know the truth of God’s word. Just as Adam and Eve had a choice to obey God or Satan, we too must make a choice for our lives. We can believe the lies of this world that lure us into believing and behaving the same old way or we can renew our mind to know and trust the true and living Word of God. It is the word of God that transforms our old way of thinking and give us hope and a new life.

We all will choose the type of life we will live, either by conscious choice or by default as the results of the actions we take in life. We can stay and operate in this fallen world system full of pride, hate and destruction or we can choose to seek God’s Kingdom and learn of His way and His will for our lives.

Jesus gave us one new commandment, to love one another as He has loved us, and God has given us the power of the Holy Spirit to live in love and to walk it out in this earth. It is by the love we have that the world and we ourselves will know that we are disciples of Jesus. Love is the mark of a true believer of Christ not church attendance or flashy performances.

John 13:34-35 A new command I give you; Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” NIV

The one new thing Jesus gave us to do was to love one another as He has loved us. We must recognize the schemes and strategies the enemy uses against us. There are two weapons that the enemy uses against those created in God’s image. Pride and un-forgiveness are two sides of the same coin; both will lead to destruction.

Pride wants to lift itself up above the word of God it is rooted in the very act of rebellion making one believe they are better than others. Un-forgiveness refuses to forgive others and puts self above God’s word and denies the blood of Christ that was shed for all mankind. Both are an abomination before God and blasphemy against work of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. NIV

I Peter 5:5-7 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. NIV

Mankind was not made for themselves, to only satisfy and gratify oneself. God made mankind to display His love in this world. Jesus is our example. Christ, the perfect and just man, when He was hated, detested, insulted and abused, He did not return the hate and abuse. Jesus humbled Himself and committed the situation to God who sees all and vindicates all things. Even while He was on the cross, skin torn from His body, whipped, nails in His hands and feet with people laughing, taunting and teasing Him, He did not retaliate.

Jesus asked God to forgive them, because they did not know what they were doing or who they were doing it to. When people misuse us they do not know that we are children of God the Most High King. We too can pray, Father forgive them; heal them and save them for they do not know what they are doing.

This is our purpose to be the love of God in the earth and this is how we walk in love and in forgiveness. We humble ourselves before God and allow Him to vindicate us and lift us up in due time. This love walk is not something we can do in our own fallen nature. It is only done in the power of the Holy Spirit, God in us giving us the strength to forgive, to release our pride and love those who despitefully abuse us.

Love is shown and displayed in the form of respect. A respect for God as our Creator is displayed as respect for all who are the image bearers of God. This reveals the love God has for all people regardless of race or social status. God is not willing that any should perish. Our position in Christ is to show His love even when people are unlovely.

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