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 August, 2017

Prayer Is Getting to Know God –Getting to Know the Love of God

Prayer is a conversation with God. The purpose of prayer is to commune with Him so that we may get to know Him and thereby get to know our true self. Prayer is the process that changes who we are by changing the way we think. In fellowship with God we learn of His character and His love for us, which will change the way we think about ourselves and others. When we live in community with God it changes how we view ourselves and causes a change in the way we act and live our lives and how we respond to the things around us.

When we converse with God it alters the way we perceive things and in that it alters our reality. A person’s perspective, the way they think and believe, is their reality. Whether it is rooted in truth or a lie, because their mind believes, it is their reality. In this world system, we are trained to believe certain things about ourselves and others and though they may be lies, it is all we know. We were taught to value ourselves more and to devalue others. But when we are in fellowship with God we see His love for us and for all mankind. With the love of God in us, it will begin to change our reality to His truth and the love of God can be expressed through us.

Romans 5:8-10 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Many people want to serve God to receive favour from God: for a better day, a better life, or better finances and what He can do for them. When life does not reflect those expectations of what people believed they should receive then they get discouraged and disappointed with God. In their perspective or in their reality, God has let them down. They become hurt or even angry with God for not blessing or protecting them, but truth is they do not know Him.

In God’s reality and truth, we are called to be like Christ; to die to self and to live a life to become like Jesus, the image of God on the earth. God sees us through the life of Jesus. We are to show love even when we are not loved, to be a blessing when we are being reviled; to show favour and forgiveness to those who do not deserve it. This we can only do when the love of God rests on us because we have spent time with God and know His heart for the lost. Out of love for God who loved us, we will live our life for His glory, His kingdom and the people created in His image.

When we stay in fellowship with God through prayer and communion we get to know His heart and the love He has for us. In this close communion we come to realize nothing can separate us from the love of God. It is in this assurance of His love that we can face life’s challenges without dread. Because we know Him and His love for us is so great, we know He would not leave us but will be with us in all things. God will bring us into victory.

Romans 8:35-38 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 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.

Many people read their Bibles just to know about God and to see His works. But we should read our Bible to know Him, really know Him through His word. We should ask God to reveal Himself to us so that we may know Him, the One True and Living God. When we know and understand Him we will know the love He has for us and this love will move us into a deeper, richer knowledge, love and greater understanding for Him and others.

God’s People From Fear to Faith!

Fear is the root cause of people failing to become victorious in this life and is a hindrance to them from being transformed into the image of God. It is fear that causes people to give up on their hope, dreams and purpose. Fear is the seed this world system plants in the lives of all cultures and people from the time they are born. Fear was the first reaction to mankind’s fall in the beginning. When God called to Adam, his response was, he was afraid and hid himself. Fear is a natural consequence in a fallen world.

God gave mankind dominion and authority over the things in this world but temporarily lost this authority until Jesus came and restored the kingdom of God on the earth. The world system cultivates fear in the hearts of the people who were created to be the image of God. People are vulnerable to what they fear, because they cannot have dominion or authority over the things they fear. Fear shows itself in many different forms; fear of lack, not having enough, and fear of things or people who are unlike us. It is because of fear that we allow the pressure of this world system to reign over us to do whatever it takes to get ahead. Faith in God and his kingdom allows us to take authority and have dominion over our situation.

Genesis 3: 9-11a Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked?

A lifestyle of fear is being encouraged in every area of life through culture, media and even the games children and people play. Fear like faith can be cultivated to be the primary thought pattern of a person in which they will operate in. This world system wants people to develop a spirit of fear rather than a spirit of faith. Without knowing it, many people plant fear in themselves and their children by the things they watch, say and do. We sometimes look at movies and go places which promote a spirit of fear that can be rooted in their consciousness and unconsciousness. This is like faith which also comes by hearing and operating in the word of God.

Faith and fear are currency or an exchange that brings into reality the things that we have expectation for. Whether it is a positive act of faith or a negative response to fear, we must be discerning. To have faith and not be afraid is a constant command throughout the Bible. Faith is a deliberate choice to believe God and His promises. Fear is confirmation of unbelief in God and His ability to provide, protect and perform His word. Living in fear is a direct insult to God and His Character. Fear paralyzes people and keeps them from obeying God, which is our true call and purpose.

Jesus came to deliver us from fear which was the result of sin. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection purchased our righteousness and placed us in right standing with God. God is calling everyone even those still living in fear, to become right with God by accepting the work of Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. His children may come boldly to His throne of Grace and not be afraid. Jesus has paid the debt we owed and has given us His Righteousness. Many who are followers of Christ still are afraid to approach the Holy God Jehovah, because of fear of their past sins or fear of their present failures. They lack the knowledge or faith in God’s word that says Jesus was made sin so we are made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 4;15-16 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Faith is rooted in the knowledge of God’s love for us. When we know and understand that God loves us more than we could imagine, then we can believe God and have faith in His love. God’s love is not based on our efforts, our successes or our failures but in the completed work of Christ. Jesus’ death and resurrection is a testament of God’s love for us because He would not leave us in our fallen state without Hope. This love is cultivated in our hearts by the Holy Spirit and we show our gratitude and love for God by our obedience to His word.

The more we know and commune with God, the more we will know and understand His love for us. Then our desire is to be more like Him and to show His love to this world and the people He created. A true belief in God is evident by a change in behavior. God meets us where we are. He does not require us to get right and cleanse ourselves before coming to Him. Once we have His Holy Spirit living in us, then our lives should demonstrate a change. If there is no change in our character or life, then we must question the earnestness of our conversion and the Holy Spirit in us.

Many people want to question why people go through trials and hardships in life and why God allows this. It was not so in the beginning. Mankind has brought to the earth a fallen broken world system but God has provided a way back into His kingdom through faith. Faith is always tried and tested to demonstrate our love for God and we have hope to become a sweet fragrance for God in the world. Just as a diamond is tested to prove it is genuine and not glass, so is our faith in God is confirmed as evidence of our commitment to Him by our obedience. Faith can only be seen, proven and tested in adverse situations. When we are faced with troubles, how we respond speaks to our beliefs. We will respond in faith, believing God will provide and protect, or in fear, doing things our own way for self-preservation

Remember, both faith and fear are choices we will make. Everyone will decide which currency or exchange that we will operate in. Thereby everyone will purchase spiritually, the things they will receive based on their choice of fear or faith. This is the reality of this life and life eternal.

World Religion or Relationship With God

World religion has become a distortion of reality which people use as a means of displaying a false goodness in an effort to get blessing from God or look good in the eyes of people. Work is done and duties are performed to appear important and to be connected to a worldly system of religion created to keep people busy laboring. This busyness can keep one from a close relationship with God and from the knowledge and understanding that is needed for their true purpose and true identity.

With the fall of mankind he was removed from the presence and family of God; mankind lost their awareness of who they were and how to commune with God. Jesus came to take away the sin that distorted who we had become and showed us the path to follow to the true life God has designed for us.

We have been taught by society and our culture that we are to stay busy and work hard to get ahead in this world system. Priority is placed on earthly and temporal things of the world rather than the eternal things of God. Jesus tells us to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be given to us.

Many people feel hopeless once they hear we are to be righteous, because they do not believe they can live up to God’s standard of righteousness. So they do things their own way. Jesus is our righteousness; He paid the price for us so that we can live in a right position with God as forgiven children. That is what righteousness means- we are now in a right relationship with God and He no longer sees our failures but Jesus’ Righteousness. This is done by a simple act of our will, submitting to God’s way by faith in the completed work of Jesus. We cannot work our way into righteousness, we receive it as a gift and then we work to renew our minds to the kingdom ways and God’s love.

Matthews 6:31-34a Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow

People are trained from a young age to be consumed with getting money, a bigger car, bigger house and bigger bank account. They are so obsessed with satisfying self and getting ahead, they fail to learn how to trust God and to rest on His promises that develops faith. When people do not realize there is a greater purpose, they lose sight of the most important eternal plan of God which is a relationship with God and the people who are created in His image.

Jesus came to show us the Father and to give us a new life, a new family and a new identity. Identity defines purpose and purpose changes behavior. This fallen world wants people to believe in the theory of evolution; that their identity came from animals. If their identity is distorted and they think they come from an animal, then their purpose is to be like an animal and then their behavior will reflect behavior of an animal. Jesus came to show us our true identity so we may understand our created purpose to reflect the image of God. Then our behavior will line up with God’s created purpose, to look like and act like His children with everyone we meet.

When we seek God’s kingdom, we learn that we are to operate through the Sovereign Grace of God which is in Christ Jesus. Many people struggle with religion because it is hard to give up old ways of thinking and old ways of doing things. We all understand the difficult process of breaking old habits in the natural. God has given us His Grace through Jesus to give us the desire and the ability to do His good pleasure. Yet still, so many people fail to ask God to give them the power to be set free of old habits and mindsets through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we seek God while we are still in our mess, God will give us the aspiration and strength to do His will.

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure

The pride of mankind is the root of world religion to lift up self and the rejection of God’s Grace. The pride of religion says, “I can do things to please God in my own strength” and the pride of rejecting God says, “I do not need God, I can do it in my own way.” Though it is God’s Sovereign will that all men should come to repentance, His Love for us allows everyone their ability to choose, by the act of their will; God’s life eternal or their own way which is pride and destruction. True love never forces anyone to love them, though they may desire, encourage and pursue. Love always leaves the choice to their beloved to receive or reject their love. Although, God loves us and desires fellowship with us, God will never force anyone to come to Him.

Some people believe Jesus lived His life through His Own power as God, which is why He could do all that He did, but He did not. Jesus laid aside His right to operate as God Divine, to become a man. He limited Himself so He could show us how to live this life by the power of the Holy Spirit and to show us our true identity. He lived to show us how we should live now on earth with eternal life in the kingdom of God and not waiting until we die. Now in this life we should live by the power of Holy Spirit so people will know Him and seek His kingdom. Jesus died so we would be reinstated into the family of God while on earth to reflect the glory and love of God.

We have no excuse not to live the life Christ lived. Jesus lived and suffered as a person. He went through trials and hardships in life. Jesus prayed and cried out to God Who was able to save Him. Yet, Jesus submitted His will to God’s will and He obeyed God. This is the one thing every person who walks in victory must do, die to self and trust their life to God by submitting their will to God’s will. This is a simple act of the will but it is not necessarily easy. The greatest battle one will fight is the battle of one’s own will.

* When we understand the kingdom of God, then we will not be seduced to go after the things of this world, the world’s way.

* When we develop faith in God to supply all our needs, then we will not be fearful when we are faced with difficult situations.

* When we are identified with Christ as children of God, we can humble ourselves to serve others because we trust God and know we are of the royal family of God. We can die to our selfish, destructive lifestyle and live for the kingdom of God.

Remember, worldly religion teaches us to stay busy doing things and although they may be good things, they may not be the priority God has for us. God places His kingdom and our relationship with Jesus, which produces the righteousness of God, as the first priority.

Transformation- A Constant Loop of Dying To Self That We May Live Like Christ

Being born again is a onetime event that occurs when we die to this fallen world system and are reborn into the family of God in Christ Jesus. Our purpose is to look like and act like our Heavenly Father by being transformed from the old life into the character and personality of God. This transformation is represented as a cycle of life that is a constant loop of dying to self and being renewed to the likeness and the mindset of Christ.

It is a continuous process of being renewed in the things of the spirit while dying to the things of this fallen world. This is a cycle of descending into death to the life we live in this fallen world system and ascending to a new life in Christ. We must die to the things that promote an egotistical and self-absorbed life where the primary concern is with oneself.

When we are born again as followers of Christ, our spirits are reborn to the original purpose, to replenish this world with the image of God. Though our spirit man has been reborn, our mind and bodies remain trained to the customs and way of this fallen world. It is the process of renewing our old mindset to the things above and the things that impact eternity and the souls of men.

Colossians 3:2-3, 5a, 7, 8a, 9b, 10 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth:… 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. 8a But now you yourselves are to put off all these…. 9b, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

This process starts with dying to self-interest and living for the Kingdom of God. To tell oneself “no” is something that must be cultivated because this world system has trained us to be self-centered and not to deny ourselves. The word of God tells us to sacrifice ourselves for others and to go the extra mile when needed. Life is about the choices we make.

We can choose to continue in the same life style we were trained by this world system or choose to live a renewed life. The fallen nature of mankind is always looking for self-gratification even at the expense of others. But in the Kingdom system we give our lives so others may live. This is what Jesus did and as He is, so are we in this world.

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

When we are born again we are to renew our minds and understand the Kingdom of God has come. This Kingdom works on totally different principles, unlike this world system. We must begin to operate in the principles Jesus taught and live by God’s Kingdom system of seedtime and harvest. Recognizing the process of dying to oneself is the seed that is planted and then this death will produce a new life.

When we choose to die to ourselves then our lives and energy can be planted in the lives of others. Through this others may see and know the love and the life of God. This is eternal life, dying to self in the natural but living eternally in the spirit, which brings forth life and abundant fruit in our lives.

The principles of seedtime and harvest, consist of planting at the present time, with the hope and expectation of reaping later, but greater than we sowed. Farmers live by this principle all their lives; understanding to sow a seed means giving up something you have but with the full assurance that it will return in a greater amount than which was sown. A single seed, when it is planted dies to its original form but it produces abundance once the cycle of harvest is completed. We are well aware of the concept, you reap what you sow; what goes around comes around or karma. All these life sayings speaks of seedtime and harvest. When we sow we will reap later than what we sowed but it will be greater also.

Genesis 8:22 While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer And day and night Shall not cease.”

When we understand this universal principle of saying no to self, we will have the ability to transform our lives to be like Christ, so that we may bring life to others. When we learn how to operate in this spiritual principle of sowing and reaping, we become like Christ Who sowed His life as the spiritual seed to bring an abundant harvest in our lives for the Kingdom and the image of God.

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