“But let him that glories, glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD which exercises lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth; for in these things I delight, says the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:24. We have a reason to be excited! Why? Because we know the Lord. We know He is a God of lovingkindness, judgment and righteousness! Or do we? The Lord wants us to know Him. You see, there are many people today that know a lot “about” God but they do not “know Him”.
“And when His disciples were come together to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said to them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” Mathew 16:5-6. After reasoning amongst themselves and a short discource between the disciples and the Master, Jesus finally gets through to them in verse 12. “Then understood they how he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” The Pharisees were sticklers for the Law in doctrine though they rarely practiced what they preached.
“Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89. Recently, I was having a conversation with a Christian who was seeking the Lord for healing. During our dialogue this person made the comment that it was their nature to be negative. The Holy Spirit struck a chord in my spirit that many saints of God like this precious one had not yet become God-inside-minded. This is one of the greatest facts of revelation, one of the most important to the believer.
“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:1. Paul’s instruction to Timothy, the pastor of the church at Ephesus, is one that must be heeded by every born-again Christian. “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” By definition, grace is God’s unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor. Grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense. Grace is the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace is God’s ability, God’s strength, and God’s might.
“ I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; being confident of this very thing, that He which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: even as it is meet for me to think of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of my grace.” Philippians 1:3-7.
I want to share with you a simple yet profound truth that many in the body of Christ have yet to realize. God’s intention from the beginning was to save us from three main things. They are sin (when I say sin I also mean the consequences of sin – sickness, poverty, death), the natural man (or soulish man) and the devil. I want to major in one of these, the one most neglected and that is the natural or soulish man. We hear people say all the time and quote Isaiah 55:8 “His thought are not our thoughts neither His ways our ways …” And my response to that is – then get saved!
Do you find yourself in a rut? Is your life so locked into a routine that there is just no joy? Are you bored with life and need a change? Do you lack the motivation to go on with God or are you satisfied where you are in Christ? Whenever several of these “symptoms” are apparent in a person’s life it usually means that they have become self-focused.
In the fourth chapter of Matthew’s gospel, beginning at verse 18, we have the calling of four fishermen: Simon, Andrew, John, and James as disciples. In verse 19 of Matthew chapter 4, Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Verse 20 says that “they immediately left their nets and followed him.” The same is said of John and James in verse 22. “And immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.” Most people are not willing to give up the life they have in order to live the life they could have.
“Submit your selves therefore unto God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7.Here is my interpretation of that scripture – Get serious – Let’s do our duty. “Christians” generally are the most gullible people in the world. They tend to live in their own little world, never talk to anyone but other Christians, and believe every wild doctrine that comes across their “Christian” TV programs. We are told that if we will just get in unity we will bring the anointing upon our lives.
The letter to the Galatians by the apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is one that strikes the core of the main problem in most churches today – a lack of understanding of the practical application of justification by faith. The letter gets to the heart of true spiritual warfare, which is Law vs. Grace. We know according to 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5, that the warfare, the only warfare, that Christians need to consider is in the mind.