>> Thursday, March 11, 2010
Funny title? It is when we think of the physical, however what about the spiritual?
Eph 4:1 says that we are to walk worthy of the calling with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in LOVE :). The following verses encourage you for the work of the ministry, know what you believe and why because there are men that will deceive you. No matter what speak the truth in love.
In 4:17 Paul tells that we should not walk as the other Gentiles in the vanity of their minds. If we have been taught of Christ we will put off those things. The rest of this chapter talks about those being alienated from the life of God through their own ignorance, being past feeling and given themselves over to sin. Paul says, put off this old man and be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on the new man which is after God created in righteousness and true holiness. Speak truth, give not place to the devil, let your speech be edifying and minister grace to your hearers and grieve not the holy spirit of God.
Let us walk in love, being kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God for Christs sake has forgiven us.
When we walk out love, it supernaturally illuminates the Lordship of Jesus in us. It reveals that there is a God and He does transform lives! Left to ourselves we tend to do the opposite and walk like the Gentiles in the vanity of our minds. Praise God for the work of the Holy Spirit in us and the scriptures that lead us into everlasting truth.
But speaking the truth in love, Eph 4:15
obey the truth through the Spirit unto unfeign love 1 Peter 1:22
let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth 1 john 3:18
grace be unto you, mercy, peace from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love 2 john 1:3
No matter what is set before us, no matter what cause we feel the need to join, if we are led by the Spirit it will be in love with the truth behind it!
This week seems to be awareness of the sign of the times. If we as a nation recruit, equip, and train our military with a "Boot Camp" a crash course on survival skills and how to properly defend and take over the enemy, how much more should we as Christians prepare for the spiritual battle? What would or should a boot camp for those going into battle look like? This is totally my personal opinion but it starts in the Word of God.
We need to be girded up and prepared. We need our full amour on and equipped with understanding how our enemy thinks. It is important to be two steps ahead! We must trust that God goes before us when He calls us to move out. Here is what I believe God has told me. We must study what we know, and know it well. The enemy will counterfeit and build lies into what we already know. We must be able to detect deception immediately. We must know what it smells like, looks like, an feels like with our eyes close.
Pray, pray, and pray more. Pray for wisdom, discernment, revelation from God and the Spirit of Truth to teach you in all things. (Eph1)
Like the military in boot camp we need to get in shape to train for the assignment ahead of us.
Sign Ups for Christian boot camp is now. We must learn how to defend the faith, deliver those in trouble, care for the wounded, and rehabilitate to a healthy state. But how, how do we learn these essentials?
In the Word of God! As we study and train in the Word we will develop all the necessary elements for battle. Like for starters, we will learn LOVE- living .out. virtue. eternally. We have HOPE having. opportunities. promoting. ELOHEIM. We will learn that we have promises, that in obedience brings blessings and forgiveness releases you first and foremost along with your offender. We would learn we wrestle not with flesh and blood so understanding we have one enemy narrows down what or who we are looking for.
The training is strenuous, its hard on the body and it can be a mental challenge. However it will be for each individual we must move forward. Let us keep in mind this; it has everlasting consequences and rewards.
Let us all be serious about the assignment that lays ahead of us, let us gird up and prepare no less than our military prepares for physical battle, as we are in a spiritual one. Let us take our freedom and life seriously. It begins today with a decision what are we willing to personally invest?
In today's era of so many distractions of the faith, My Lord has brought this conclusion to me:
As for me and my house we will serve our Lord Jesus, that we will seek those things which are above and not of this earth. Did you know it wasn't our job to "save" the world and its problems? Don't get me wrong we can certainly add to the list and also take away but our main goal should be something entirely different according to the scriptures. These things must come to pass (Matt 24) remember we live in time God is in eternity.
We are to proclaim the gospel, invest in others to raise up disciples and be a living sacrifice to live out the power of the Lord Jesus so the world "see"s witnesses that He is real. It was Jesus' job to save the Lost, the Father's job to draw all men unto himself we are just to be the ambassadors that deliver a message that has nothing to do with us. We do nothing but obey, the Holy Spirit awakens a man to understand He is in need of a savior. So lets just be faithful to the Word of God! Mark 16:20
When we have men coming up with "new" ideas, "new" plans to attract the unsaved or the wounded we are saying that the simplicity of the GOSPEL is no longer affective, are we not? In fact, Paul says I speak not with the wisdom of men's words but in POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT. (1Cor2:4-5) and that our faith should NOT stand in the wisdom of men but in the POWER OF GOD.
If, I would contend for the truth according to Paul, (and I am) and suggesting if we aren't seeing results, I would reckon something is missing alright, but it isn't a new plan or idea. Its the Power of the Holy Spirit and men moving out to do men things and not God things. Love is missing, the authority of Jesus Christ is missing and the Power of His resurrection is missing.
Who am I, I am NO ONE but the Lord of all the Earth cares to know MY name, would care to feel my hurts, it is He that lights the way from our ever wandering heart as the song goes. He cares to know our names does He not care about the plan?
We ALL need to STOP "thinking" and start "studying" the scriptures, all of it. ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God (it belongs to God He wrote it, we should know it and dare not add or take away from it!) it is for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction for righteousness.
If we do not believe it, study it, take it in its entirety and use it for righteousness (what is right vs what is wrong) We have missed the boat! He says He gave it to us that we would be finished perfectly for His good works in us. He gave us Absolute Truth, as a matter of fact he wrote on our hearts to know that there is a God 1. and between good and evil was revealed in the garden.2. It is to encourage us to Preach the Word; be instant in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine because....because..... because....
BECAUSE! the time will come when they will not, they will NOT, they WILL NOT, THEY WILL NOT endure sound doctrine but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears and shall turn away their ears from the TRUTH and shall be turned unto fables. So watch in ALL things, endure afflictions, do the work of an EVANGELIST, make FULL proof of the ministry. (this verse has been striped of is authority and there are men preaching stories that Jesus was a fable and He doesn't have authority, He was just a prophet, they teach from the gospels and leave out the most important part for the church and that is the epistles that clearly show the troubles of the church an how to handle them. How to live out the Spirit filled life in Christ Jesus with grace, mercy, peace, and love for the Savior.
It doesn't give suggestions to come up with new plans and ideas to recreate the wheel of the gospel to attract or even to attempt to heal the broken hearted or those wounded by the church any other way than to cast your eyes on Jesus not on man because man WILL fail you. We need to stop suggesting people get connected with programs an outreaches until they have been connected with the Lord Jesus and He will direct their steps from there. The answer is JESUS, not, let's have pity parties that tear down Jesus and the people because we have been wounded. We lack great understanding and wisdom and should not trust men to teach it to us but seek the Savior in prayer and scriptures.
Prayer is a communication of the heart to God. Us lifting up praises and concerns to our Daddy and asking for His will to be done and giving us grace to accept what He as in store. But be specific and ask with faith, Jesus did in the garden.
Ps. the holy scriptures are able to make thee wise unto salvation THROUGH the Faith which is in CHRIST JESUS.
My cry and plea to our sisters is this: SEEK JESUS, HIDE IN JESUS, GET INTO THE WORD AND KNOW HIM. He will fulfil, heal, deliver and love on you. Careful little eyes what you see, careful little ears what you hear for the Father up above is looking down in love careful what you take in.
Take life seriously, there will be plenty of time for pleasure in eternity with Jesus. Now is the time to be aware and on guard in love.
2Timothy 1:12-14 For which cause also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that HE is ABLE to keep that which I have committed unto HIM against that day. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Romans 10:11 For the scripture says: Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.