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 Christ In You Is the Hope of God’s Glory

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

Get Understanding

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.

Knowledge is Knowing God the Father Through Jesus Christ

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.

Engaging Everyday Life is Our Purpose!

God has given purpose to His creation. Everything that exists has the purpose to live the life it has been given in the place in which it stands. Plants grow where they are planted and they produce after its kind, it provides and meet the needs of the things around it. While living plants can provide oxygen, produce food and display beauty in its everyday existence. When we look at nature we see God’s handy work and can get an understanding of His natural and spiritual principles that are pleasing to Him.

Genesis 1:12 And the earth brought froth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. NKJ

A firefly has a short existence its adult life may extend one to two months and yet in this short life span it lives, reproduces after its kind, brings light to dark places and beauty to those who admire them. There is nothing spectacular done in this short life but it lived and impacted the things around it. It expressed God’s created purpose for its life by simply being and doing what it does naturally, to be a light in darkness and to reproduce after its kind. 

Each one of us can fulfill God’s created purpose for us by simply living the life God has placed in us, reflecting His imageand letting those around us see God’s life and His light in our lives.  Thereby we are reproducing after our own kind in the image of God. Every person has the ability to reproduce after its kind, though everyone may not give natural birth to children we all can reproduce in others the life and light God has placed in us to those around us. 

Isaiah 54:1, 13 “Sing, O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman,” says the LORD. NKJ

All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. NKJ

As we live a life that honors God, one that shows His love in our relationships, this will be light in a dark and perverse world. Jesus tells us to take His yoke upon us, which is to learn of Him and His way is easy and His burdens are light. But the fallen mindset and ill-religious people will try to place heavy burdens on humanity to make us live a life according to their expectations but they are not of God.

Matthew11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. NKJ

Matthew 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. NKJ

Mankind in Adam and Eve were created in a time when aperfect world system existed and their purpose was to live and engage life around them according to God’s word. They haddominion over the earth and reflected the glory of God’s image to the things around them. Then as a fallen and marred humanity, they no longer reflected their creator but lost their created form and became subservient to a fallen world and the attacks of Satan. 

We have heard many people say, “God gave us common sense,” but it is a lie and you cannot find that in His word. God gave us His perfect wisdom and the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us but common sense was a result of the fall. It is humanity trying to bring reason and sense of function to their life apart from God.   When people say, God gave us common sense to do… we should ask, “where it that in His word?” Some people are quick to say what they think and say what they have experienced or heard others say but these are all results of a fallen, sin infested world system.  Only by God’s word we can validate what is true, wise and right and we are to build on these truths as God reveals them to us.  

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.” For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, To whom He said, “This is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest,” and, “This is the refreshing”; Yet they would not hear. NKJ

The things we hear often are the things we tend to remember and believe. Again, we have heard the saying, “God gave uscommon sense,” and many people believe this saying is true. They believe they are operating correctly when they do things according to their common sense and yet they refuse to obey God’s word. They listen to their own desires and those things that are common in their lives and society. God’s wordconstantly tells us that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are far above what we are thinking. The only way we will know the truth of God’s ways is to study and listen to His words. When we have the Holy Spirit in us He will guide us in truth and the ways of God.

Isaiah 58:7-8 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: Let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” ways the LORD. NKJ

After the fall, the Holy Spirit; the wisdom of God, no longer resided in mankind. People are now subjected to distorted and fallen views that are influenced by Satan that can blind their eyes to the truth of God’s word. Mankind began operating in “common sense,” which is a deformed logic and distorted way of thinking that is common to fallen humanity. It is a trick of the enemy to have people believe if everyone is doing it, then it must be oaky. Thus, they believe in their common sense and influence others to make poor judgements because most people are doing the same thing.

A quote by William Penn put it simply, “Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.”

We are to look at the life of Jesus, who is the example of mankind living on the earth in fulfilling our purpose and reflecting the glory of God. In Jesus’ everyday walk He engaged the people that were around Him. He met the needs of those who came to Him, interceded and prayed for those who were with Him and was in a continuous relationship and constant communication with God, His Father. This is what we are to learn of Him; how to be meek and lowly in heart, how to acknowledge God in all we do and let Him direct our path. 

Proverbs 3: 5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all you ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. NKJ

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