Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Know who you are in Christ Jesus Pt. 5 (Christ in us our hope of glory)

What does it mean Christ in us our hope of glory? It begins with our faith in Him. "That eyes will be opened and men will turn from the power of darkness to the Light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness and release from their sins and an inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me" (words spoken by Jesus Acts 26:18). Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6) and faith worketh by love (Gal. 5:6). There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love (1 Jn. 4:18). The Spirit of love will cast out the spirit of fear. If perfected in love Satan cannot touch you, you will not be deceived for you know who you are in Christ Jesus, you have been given a revelation of His love for you. You know who the true Shepherd is and He calls you by name and you follow Him and no one else. The hope you have in Christ is steadfast and unmovable and nothing will be able to shake your foundation which is built upon Christ Jesus! To live is Christ and to die is gain! To know Him and walk with Him while here in this earth is our zeal. To leave here and finally be with Him is our exceedingly great reward!

If we know who we are in Christ Jesus we will know that as servants of God we must not be quarrelsome (fighting and contending) and have nothing to do with unedifying, stupid controversies over ignorant questions, for they only foster strife (2 Timothy 2:23 amp. paraphrased). Instead the servant of the Lord must be kind, patient and forbearing and gentle (2 Timothy 2:25 amp. paraphrased). We clothe ourselves as God's own chosen ones, His own picked representatives, who are purified and holy and well-beloved by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of ourselves, gentle ways and patience which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper, we must be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference a grievance or complaint against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has freely forgiven us, so must we also forgive ( Colossians 3:12-13 amp.). That is how we must treat our brothers and sisters in Christ.

When it comes to evil conduct it must be addressed with Godly wisdom by those who know who they are in Christ/who are mature in the Lord and His Word. There must be correction brought forth, rebuke, warnings and urging, for the time is coming when people will not hear truth any longer but only encircle themselves with others that share in their error as to satisfy their liking. Are we in that time yet? It truly seems as though we are but we must continue to be calm, cool and steady. Just as Paul told Timothy to do in (2 Timothy 4) and continue to do the work of an evangelist. The great commission is to go. Know Him (Jesus) for He is the Word, He is the Way, He is the Truth and He is the Life and no man can come to the Father except through Him. We should show forth Jesus in our lives in love and with great joy and have hope and peace from God which passes all understanding! If you desire to know what it is really like to experience freedom and the absence of fear and anxiety and to know total rest, peace and joy despite circumstances then you must know who you are in Christ and walk in the power of the Spirit and not the flesh! In so doing, you will fear no man but only reverence God. He is with you always and He will never leave you or forsake you. To experience freedom and boldness like you have never known before will be when you know who you are in Christ and who God has created you to be. Pray and ask God to help you to not just know of Him but to truly know Him and who you are in Him, and that He would do this in you by the power of His Holy Spirit in Jesus Name! For it is Christ in us our hope of glory for those that know Him and know who they are in Him!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Know who you are in Christ Jesus Pt.4 (how the enemy entices the vulnerable and tries to silence the strong)

The enemy will preoccupy himself  with fantasies that focus on unlimited success, power and intelligence. He has a form of godliness which identifies with a haughtiness. The vulnerable will look to him as being strong because he seems to carry himself with confidence. This confidence he portrays is deceiving because it is not a confidence in God which is true humility, but a self-confidence conjured up in arrogance or a false humility. Those who do not know who they are in Christ because they are not in tune with His Holy Spirit, will put men like this upon pedestals and follow them, which plays right into the hand of the enemy, for it is this kind of people that the enemy encircles himself with. The ignorance of babes, those who are not clothed in Jesus (the armor of God), the insecure, and co-dependents he will use to his advantage for they are his enablers and his followers. Keeping the vulnerable under his control is a twisted mind game he plays as he continually misrepresents facts, even subtly twisting God's Word, or frequently shifting positions as the opportunities arise. Those who do not study God's Word and ask the Holy Spirit for understanding will continually be deceived by the enemy. Not looking to Jesus but man is their bondage, thus they begin to wonder and go astray. Living under the stronghold of obligation and in constant service to please man and not God is their bondage! Operating in the spirit of fear, because of not knowing the perfect love of Christ for them is their bondage. All of this to which the enemy uses to his advantage with his twisted teachings, which ultimately serves him and his purposes. To deny flesh/self and walk in the Spirit is not the mindset of the enemy, but catering to the flesh and making one feel good in the flesh (which ultimately keeps the vulnerable in a weak state) is his goal. For the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak! It's a twisted lie and a controlling strategy that the enemy plays. Being a master manipulator is his mission!

How does the enemy deal with those who know who they are in Christ? If he does not disregard them as an individual as well as their viewpoints, he will make it a point to belittle them and or jest about them and their viewpoints, or he will disregard them as if they never existed for his relation with them was only based upon their support of his authority and grandiosity, beyond that they are nameless, faceless and worthless. If the enemy is challenged by one who is strong in the Lord, and his control seems threatened, insanity will be unveiled, he will respond like a crazy person who thinks his survival is at stake, evil is seen! The enemy can be so twisted and manipulating that he can express himself as potentially violent or show forth socially unacceptable impulses in a modified socially acceptable manner which deceives the weak in faith but displays to those who are strong in the Lord a wolf in sheep clothing. We who know who we are in Christ are not going to be deceived and fall into such a snare of the enemy. Those who know who they are in Christ will not be silenced by such a one, for they have no fear of man and what man can do to them, and they care not of being bullied or made fun of. They need not recognition from man. They do not need to be acknowledged by man or rewarded by man for they know that their reward will be much greater when they finally meet their Jesus! They care not for the accolades of this world. They are secure in their relationship with Jesus. They have a peace that passes understanding and a joy that makes them strong in the Lord! They only reverence God! They don't need titles, nor do they want them. They are perfectly content with resting in Jesus and adoring Him in all that they do for His Glory alone!

As we continue in Pt. 5 "Know who you are in Christ Jesus" we will talk about "Jesus in us our hope of glory"