He is much more than you know, still?

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, 3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” 4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Mark (1: 1-5)
 
The minute we are only focused on Jesus’ second part of His incarnation as the son of man; we humiliate Him and insult Him and belittle Him, it is easy to do when we get stuck and caught up in the routine of our Faith and the demands of our ministry.. It is easy to just focus on Jesus as a person and the main character of the New Testament.
 
John the Baptist was called to prepare the way to the King of Kings, Jesus is a lot more than just Jesus Christ of Nazareth! He is Emmanuel and Lord of Lords who took the hit square on and full blow in our behalf He is our intercessor who filled the gap between us and our God.
Every time I visit the river Jordan it hits me how badly we fail in recognizing who Jesus truly is, and vividly we worship His one character not His full attribute as a God and Man, we forget His Holiness, I remember His gentle and humble heart and His mightiest as a God the creator of this universe, I remember to gather myself and worship Jesus much more than just a Human..But more as a merciful and redeemer God.
 
Who does your heart hard pursues, the son of God or the son of man or both?
He is much more than you know, still?
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“The Lord’s Prayer” Against the god of this earth

The enemy is not worried about religion rather it worries him greatly whenever a Christian bows down and takes a knee to earnestly prays to the Father in the name of Jesus, and whenever a true worshiper worships the Father in Spirit and Truth.

Never pray against people because we are NOT wrestling against flesh and blood; “Human beings” are NOT the enemies..we are wrestling against beings without bodies..the ones that patrol the earth also known as the enemy’s “Estate”, he is called the god of this world 2 Corinthians 4:4, the prince of the earth, he has been ruling this earth for centuries.

We should never take this enemy lightly, he hates and attacks -these two books more than any of the other 66 books of the Holy Bible- the book of Genesis because it shows his devices and the book of revelation because it shows his doom..

That’s why Jesus asked that we should be praying everyday against this common enemy like this..

Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)

9 “This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, [Who God as a Father]

10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. [God as a King of everything, come quickly]

11 Give us today our daily bread. [We need Your Word daily]

12 And forgive us our debts, [We need You to forgive us]

as we also have forgiven our debtors. [We need You to teach us to forgive other people]

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. [We need You to lead us Father back to You & Protect us from this common enemy]

Amen “So be it”

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Fear that leads to the “Ultimate Love”

(Psalm 34:9) “Oh, Fear The LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him HAVE NO LACK!” (have everything)

It’s true that the Bible repeatedly tells us to fear God: “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him” (Psalm 33:8)

The Word of God the “Bible” Defines fear of the Lord in (Proverbs 9:10) “10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” and it isn’t until we understand this fear we can measure the level of our daily commitment to our fellowship and constant clinging to His Holy Spirit.

It isn’t until we know the Fear of the LORD;
we gain wisdom and find His love, mercy and grace and then from there..
Worship Him,
We Praise Him,
We obey Him and submit to Him,
and live by Faith in Him to honor Him for who He is..

And we move, and we run,
and keep on running to pursue hard His heart,

Then we lead others to the same level of fear to be transformed to be renewed into a new image, the image of “Christlike”.

Many nations found it and many tribes ignored it,
This is the Love of fear that generates the ultimate Love itself.

 

(Proverbs 3:6-8) 

6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bone.

Identity In Christ

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

“I live who I believe that I am, then it becomes my REALITY that defiles my Identity”.

If our Identity does not identify, edify and glorify God, then it is the evidence work of the commonwealth of the enemy.

Our identity is our “EVERYTHING” which keeps us focused on God’s face, without it we are lost with no guidance no sense of direction like a vessel sailing in the middle of the ocean without a compass lost and tossed wavering alone against the storms and is what the enemy the “thief” is relentlessly after, to steal and kill and destroy.

Who is God?

Who are you to God?

What did God created you to pursue?

Who did God equipped you with, to be always fruitful branch in His vine?

Therefore Protect your true identity with your life through the daily ups and downs -every second of everyday- for this life depends on it. Protect your true identity, sustain it, nourish it and it will keep you fully alive and strong and courageous in Christ.

The enemy has NO use for your health and wealth, no use for even your solid identity in Christ, all of this has no value to him, he does NOT care and has ZERO good motives and intentions for your life and “True” Identity in Christ.

John 10:10 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy [What is he relentlessly after?]; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

When our Faith is Formatted Backwards

A believer who is rooted in true Faith and already put his sleeves up and is down in the heart of the battlefield pouring his heart out, getting his hands dirty to reproduce God’s ministry has much deeper relationship and wider fellowship with the Father, than another double minded standing still on the sideline of this spiritual warfare thinking that he is praying for the Father’s revelation for him to GO, but in reality he is whining saying “Father this doesn’t seems right because it is not yet all about me, myself and I; please me Lord first then I will go and I will put my sleeves up and fight, preparing the way and the paths for Your kingdom to come and do what is pleasing to You.”
Double minded and self pleasing won’t cut it, rather will cut our Faith into pieces. One day we are happy with our spiritual life and fellowship with the Father and other believers and the second we are whining in dissatisfaction complaining that the message on Sunday was not sufficient.. believing that the leadership is watering down the inspired scriptures to please the congregation, the third day we are seeking another church and congregation; because we just cannot get enough, we just won’t stop and reformat our understanding to our Christian Faith. The Father calls us to keep on keeping on God centered, Jesus Christ empowered and Holy Spirit led life constantly not occasionally while focusing on His face.
It is not just the relationship what matters to God but the daily fellowship..Hard pursuing Him, living pure and selflessness pleasing to Him not self-pleasing, our goal as believers must be to “keep on the good fight, finish the race and keep the true Faith”… Surely some people will meet the Father as a Savior, others will meet Him as a Judge..Which one are you?
1 Timothy 4:16 (ESV)

16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is a person like us but very different, He is a Spirit not made out of matter like us, He is God,

The 3rd member of the Godhead (God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit),

We live by the Spirit and Faith not by sight,

He is within us,  

Always near,

Always ready to take away our sorrows and fears, And

Always ready to help us conquer,

Always on the standby to bring us peace, healing and comfort,

Always points us to Christ,

Always wondering why on earth we wander off away from this path?

Always points us to forgiveness not condemnation,

Always intentionally praying for us and for our salvation and sanctification,

Always seeks us, always waiting for us to do what is right, and let it out of our mouth, And

Say the word “Come, come, come to me my God, my helper and my healer, come and take over.. When we do not..

It grieves Him when resist His voice and doubt Him,

It really makes Him feel unhappy when we turn not to Him but on Him..

If we confess our sins..

He is faithful to us, waiting to forgive us all our trespasses, all our unrighteousness,

He protects us, only if we let Him and restores our hearts when we ask Him,

He gets sad and insulted when we deny Him and ignore Him..and

It breaks His heart when we do not pray and do not listen to His voice speaking to us.

He is shy, kind and mighty

He is God, He created all we know and what we do not know, and what we see and what we can not see, the book of Genesis tells us He was here from the beginning hovering over the earth and moving everywhere and we know that He is everywhere..He is in need of nothing and..Always in control of what is in control..

He gives us the gifts which are important but more important are the fruits, He cares about what He can do through us, for us and in us more than what we can do for Him (Good works/deeds). Truly, that we have been saved by His grace through faith never by our good works.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

A NEW ORDER OF LIFE

So What is Salvation? Is it just redemption and forgiveness OR more?
 
“SALVATION IS NOT JUST FORGIVENESS, BUT A NEW ORDER OF LIFE” Dallas Willard
 
We are the Fallen people and we will continue sinning, constantly fighting and doing what our rebellious flesh wants us to do even though we do not want to do it. No one is perfect no one is righteous “Not Even One” but Jesus, we will have to deal with the consequences of our sins but the Lord calls us to a daily life of confession and repentance and constant worship because we are already forgiven..Should we then keep on sinning?
 
“God’s grace is not a license to sin, instead, it is a reason to pursue righteousness (and hard pursue His heart) Bad attitude, thoughtless actions, and unkind speech do not fit who we are as children of light, we are new creatures in Christ, bought for a price and set free to live of His grace” Dr. Charles Stanley
 
Salvation is the beginning of a new order of life based on the foundation of a relationship with our Father not a religion. What Jesus resurrection did is provided us with a new life, a rebirth and more so a new second chance to live in Jesus’s life, even though He died for the full forgiveness of our sins He rose conquering death to bring us this free gift and there is nothing we need to do to earn it for we are already have it by His grace; our past sins are forgiven therefore through our doubtless and constant faith and daily repentance, fighting the good fight and finishing the good race; we can maintain this new order of life from any obstructions.