Humankind though science continually funds outrageously expensive science projects to understand the underlying substance of the universe to only find they know even less with every discovery. We built a large hadron collider for $4.75 billion to find out the substructure of the universe. The sad part is that the human mind is not capable of understanding anything beyond space and time, yet we have an irresistible urge to find something more permanent and truer. Not only are we bound to the limits of this physical universe we also have sin clouding our thoughts. A spirit filled Christian does have access into some of the secrets of the spiritual world clothed in eternal splendor. This why these writings are so confusing and valueless to the normal person. Only a humble person who spends time in prayer will receive the most insights into the Kingdom. Just try to buy some of the true wealth of the Kingdom. You cannot buy peace, love or the gift of the Holy Spirit for even $4.5 billion. The fruit of the Spirit are gifts from God that were paid in full by the one sacrifice of Jesus Christ. There is one truth: Jesus is the source of life and light without which we are nothing.
“Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God. He has always been alive and is himself God. He created everything there is—nothing exists that he didn’t make. Eternal life is in him, and this life gives light to all mankind.” John 1:1-4 TLB
“Christ himself is the Creator who made everything in heaven and earth, the things we can see and the things we can’t; the spirit world with its kings and kingdoms, its rulers and authorities; all were made by Christ for his own use and glory. He was before all else began and it is his power that holds everything together.” Colossians 1:16-17 TLB
and embroidered cloth; you ate fine flour and honey and oil.
You grew exceedingly beautiful, and came to regal estate.
And your renown went forth among the nations
because of your beauty, for it was perfect
through the splendor which
I had bestowed upon you,
says the Lord God”
Ezekiel 16:13-14 RSV
No matter how you dress up the human body, even with gold and silver, it is still vanity in the long run. Unfortunately, even the most exceedingly beautiful body will deteriorate and die. In this world we can only see a glimpse of physical beauty and then it is gone in a wisp. Ezekiel prophesied of a more perfect eternal beauty that started with a plan between our Father and His Son where they would go into a faraway land to find a bride. And build a relationship of love between the Son and His bride that He would bestow wealth upon. This scripture is speaking of a new life born in resurrection power decked in true eternal gold and silver. Washed in the blood and adorned in embroidered fine linen and silk that will not fade, because they adorn a new immortal bride. In this new position of wealth, we can partake of the bread of life made only with the finest flour, honey and oil. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit we are sustained by manna that will not decay. We can drink from a fountain so pure that we will never thirst again. Reminding us of that day when Jesus found us by the well asking for a drink and we learned to ask of Him for water that would finally quench our thirst forever. Partake of the bread of His flesh and drink the wine of His blood so you will be bonded into holy matrimony with our Lord. Now we grow beautiful in the Spirit as our soul changes into His image. Our new beauty that He has bestowed upon us will shine forth not only in this short life, but for eternity says the Lord. We the bride of Christ the fulfillment of God’s plan shown to Abraham in the covenant and prophesied by the prophet Ezekiel thousands of years ago. Sadly, this spiritual beauty is not visible to the worldly eye, so the saints are not recognized as a beautiful bride. In fact, many of the humblest are persecuted, just like Jesus, especially by religious zealots. Through faith we now live a new life bestowed with heavenly gifts by the earnest of the Holy Spirit. Our hope is a relationship with the Father through the Son and we are blessed with immeasurable wealth that can never be earned or bought.
In Christ we are free to love others with this newfound blessing of reconciliation. You can learn all about this gift of reconciliation in II Corinthians 5:18. Now that we have been reconciled to Christ, we have been given the ministry of reconciliation to share with others. Talk about a valuable gift: the gift to love others and show them the source of the true love. We are unable to genuinely love others without the love of God living within us. It is only by the power of the resurrection and the Holy Spirit that we have this gift of reconciliation. We need to spend time in prayer waiting before God, so He can transform us into His loving image. He will purge our attitudes, wrong motives and incorrect judgment of others freeing us to clear thinking with the mind of Christ. Remember that in our flesh with all its selfishness we are not able to love others, but when we die to our self, the we are free to love purely. When we see the wealth endowed upon us by Christ, then we will be generous with others. Not only with our earthly wealth, but most importantly with the gift of reconciliation. We have greater love because we have been forgiven greatly. Thankfully in times of prayer our heart and mind are changed through the resurrection power. As new creations in Christ Jesus we have a new spiritual perspective. With us nothing is possible that has eternal value, but with God our Father nothing is impossible for the sons of God. I pray that each one of us will be consumed by this new relationship with God, by spending time in His presence. And the wonderful part is that God makes all this change in our lives by pouring out His love on us. In Christ we can make choices today that will impact not only the rest of our lives, but for eternity.
Only when we accept Jesus’ one sacrifice are, we absolutely free spiritually becoming the wealthiest people in the universe. Freedom is a big word throughout the world today. Many men have been proud of dying to protect freedom or their families are proud now that they are gone. Why do covet freedom so much? What is deep down in the human psyche that longs for this ideal? I pray that I will not offend you, but the only freedom worth dying for is what Jesus provided on the cross. All other freedom is vain and temporary compared to the riches found in Christ Jesus. We finally achieve total freedom when recognize we died to ourselves on that cross with Jesus. Absolute freedom from this worldly prison is to see that it no longer has any value nor effect on our soul. When we believe this principle, we are worthy vessels for the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit to lead us into a new way of thinking.
“Finding one that is flawless, he immediately sells everything and buys it. Or, God’s kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls.” -Matthew 13:45-46 MSG
Now I pray that you will recognize the value of this new freedom you have in your relationship with a risen Jesus Christ. I must laugh when I hear Christians say, “I have given my tithes and offerings, so now I am expecting God to bless me with earthly wealth.” If all we seek is earthy wealth, we have missed the boat and walk away sad like the rich young man in the gospels. Or what about the throngs going to revivals for physical healing but neglecting the most valuable gift: forgiveness and freedom resulting in a new life. Come on church wake up and seek those things above where your Lord and Savoir is seated in the heavenlies. Recognize that you are now free to not choose sin and you are born again to a new life in resurrection power. When you get this revelation, you will change you will love the Lord with all your heart and love others. We are eternally rich, but this is a wealth the world and many Christians will never recognize or value. Father I ask you to reveal the vast value of a new place in Christ Jesus righteousness. Drop the scales from our eyes so we can see! Now that you have mixed the mud of the cross on our eyes, let us go to the River of Life and wash, so we can see. We were once blind and now we see which all is completed by our Lord Jesus Christ whom we will praise from now on for eternity.
Throughout the ages men have prophesied of Mt. Zion and looked forward to the day they would be able to go up into the holy place. In the Old Testament Jerusalem is referred to as Zion. This old city committed such abominations that they lost their protection and went into captivity. In the New Testament the captives are set free in Jesus name and can enter into this new Mt. Zion. On top of this mount we will find the great and wonderful city of our King, the New Jerusalem. The new city is holy and only those who are holy can enter. The enemies of God cannot even approach this place to defile it. Empowered by the promises of the New Testament we have access to the holy city. This spiritual Mt. Zion is more real than any city on this earth.
Father, I repent that I have allowed my mind to judge others through a limited perspective and brought judgment on myself. I know you have taught me in the scriptures that only God has a perfect judgment and you listen to that judgment, so all your judgments are true. But I still judge the people around me putting them preconceived boxes. I pray now for forgiveness and ask that I will see others clearly from God’s perspective. When I pray, I hear God say I have judged all the people I know wrongly. He is warning me the best practice is to not judge at all but pray with an open mind for others. If I see what I determine is a defect, then stop lay that at Jesus’ feet in prayer and ask Him what He sees.
I have judged others because of their weight and deemed that person not acceptable per my guidelines.I repent and ask God to forgive me and please take away this perspective and judgment.The real question is how God judges this person.
First and foremost, He is concerned for the person’s soul and if they have accepted salvation.Let us always get to the basics that have eternal results in others’ lives.Many people save their bodies but lose their souls failing to achieve eternal life.So, the basis of sound judgment is an eternal perspective through the Holy Spirit.Once a person has accepted Jesus as their personal savior would the next step for them to change the shape of their body?Would that be God’s priority?No first and foremost God cares that they grow in the loving relationship with their Father making that their priority.My job is to remove stumbling blocks through prayer that would keep anyone from this holy path.You cannot make anyone else hungry for a relationship with God, but through prayer, the Holy Spirit is able to do the job.Just pray constantly for a move of God’s Holy Spirit in a person’s life and wait to see the work of God.Give Him all the glory and never tell the person the change happened because you prayed for them.You could do nothing but wrongly judge that person before, so now that God has changed your thinking are you going to try and take credit.Just praise God and encourage the person in the blessings of God, so they will recognize God working in their life.So, what is more important:helping someone correct bad health choices or bad eternal spiritual choices.We should not waste one-moment judging others on the superficial issues, but prayerfully get to the business of loving them and showing them how to build their relationship with the Father.So, we have understood that when we judge others, we do not help them and only bring judgment on ourselves.We now see that only God can change another person in an eternal way, so all we can do is recognize that and pray for wisdom to see the miracles He is doing in others’ lives each day.It is a paradigm shift:we cannot change others, because we can only change ourselves.We can pray for others and watch God make the changes, then give Him all the glory.
28 For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law. nrsv
A person is made righteous by faith. That is, they can make consistent right choices because they have been justified. Justification is done by repentance and the faith in the shed blood of Jesus. Until someone has been justified, they cannot dwell in the presence of God–therefore they cannot see things from His perspective. Right choices are made from a gift of faith, understanding and wisdom and we are not to take credit for our new found ability. We do not earn salvation by just making right choices. We gain salvation by accepting the call of God upon our life and receiving the gift of grace. We must always give God the glory for all our victory, because without Jesus we could not be righteous. All men have fallen and gone astray–not one man has made any right choices on his own. We do not gain position in the kingdom by works (acting on choices), we only gain position from the gift of salvation completely by grace. Now that we are saved and continue in this path of faith and righteousness, we can make decisions that will bring eternal reward. It is a miracle of God that mere man could make a decision that would have an impact in the eternities in other words it all God.
5 But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness. nrsv
The key is to trust the Lord to justify our lives by His shed blood, not our works. When we trust God, this means we consistently believe in Him and act like it naturally. This is faith and when we operate our decision making this way, then we are making right choices consistently and are therefore righteous.
Righteousness is having God’s perspective, so that you make continual right choices. This perspective and ability comes through a relationship of believing in Jesus Christ. This is a close and real relationship, because you know Him so well that you spontaneously act according to your knowledge. You can only act this way when the motivator of your life is down inside your heart as actual belief. With this relationship of revelation trust is developed that only friends can have and portrayed in confidence. When we have God’s perspective we have a new found confidence that no one can take away.
24 [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus, 25 Whom God put forward [before the eyes of all] as a mercy seat and propitiation by His blood [the cleansing and life-giving sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation, to be received] through faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over and ignored former sins without punishment. 26 Is was to demonstrate and prove at the present time (in the now season) that He Himself is righteous and that He justifies and accepts as righteous him who has [true] faith in Jesus. tab
A Crown of Righteousness for my Auntie Gin (Photo credit: prayerfriends)
Romans 1 32 Though they are fully aware of God‘s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them themselves but approve and applaud others who practice them. tab
Real sinners are those who have a God given choice–that is they know who Jesus is as a personal savior and they still choose wickedness. A born again person finally has the ability to make a choice. You only have a choice when there are results from your choice that make an eternal difference. If you could make a choice, but the end result would be the same, then what would that choice be? We must choose to obey God, which is righteousness, because this is the only way to be forgiven and receive eternal life.
We Attain True Freedom When We See Our Life From God’s Perspective
Go From The Midst Of Babylon
Isaiah 52 11 Depart, depart, go out from there [the land of exile]! Touch no unclean thing! Go out of the midst of her [Babylon]; cleanse yourselves and be clean, you who bear the vessels of the Lord [on your journey from there]. 12 For you will not go out with haste, nor will you go in flight [as was necessary when Israel left Egypt]; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. tab
Father, please continue to lead your people out of Babylon. Lead us out into the open plain ahead in the battle. Now that we are set free let us be appreciative and obedient. Father, we pray for discernment, so that we will not touch the unclean thing as we walk out of the captivity of the enemy. FREEDOM!!! We love your blessings, your love and your complete deliverance. Hallelujah!!! The victory is the churches–guaranteed!
Baptism of Christ. Jesus is baptized in the Jordan River by John. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Father we ask for wisdom in this last days to have understanding as to what is pure and holy. Then, Father, we pray that we will have the grace and strength to obey your will as we know it. We see the challenges of the end time coming down the pike and what choices we make will be critical. Father thank you for the confidence that you give us in the Holy Spirit, so that we do not leave Babylon and its sin in fear. We leave freely and confident in our new found place in Christ Jesus. We don’t have to run or fear the enemy will come after us to take us back into captivity–because we are truly free in Christ. We love you Lord!