Lord God Almighty, You led me to a place of safety; You rescued me because You delight in me, Your child. Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; You will answer me from Your holy Heaven with the saving strength of Your right hand. Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but I will boast in the Name of the Lord, my God! [Ps 18:18 Ps 20:6-7]
Beloved…you are My Own dear child…a child of the Most High God…and have overcome the agents of evil in this world, because the Holy Spirit Who abides in you is infinitely more powerful than the devil, who is at work in the world. Every child born of God continually overcomes the world. Beloved…faith is the power that overcomes and conquers the world! [Father God…1 John 4:4; 5:4]
Agent of Worship: Holy Spirit
God has given the gift of the Holy Spirit, not only to dwell in me but also to be the Divine nature within me out of which I am to now live my life. I am no longer to live my life out of my natural, sin-enslaved, human nature. The indwelling Holy Spirit must:
1) BE ALL:
- a) Embracing the Life of Jesus:
1) Sacred Covenant Relationship.
2) Mirror of the Almighty.
- b) Embracing the death of Jesus:
1) Death to sin.
2) Death to self.
2) DO ALL:
- a) God’s workmanship.
- b) Works both to will and to do.
1) BE ALL: The Holy Spirit is to BE ALL in me…ALL I was created to be, ALL I was saved to be…a soul living faithfully in Sacred Covenant relationship with my God, for which purpose He created me; a soul living as a mirror of the Almighty, reflecting the Glory of the One in Whose image and likeness I was created; a soul that is dead to sin and dead to self, and alive to God.
You have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of righteousness. I use everyday language because of the weakness of your natural selves. Just as you used to surrender the parts of your body as slaves to impurity and to ever- increasing wickedness, so now surrender them as slaves of righteousness leading to holiness. Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation…but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our own spirit that we are indeed God’s children! [Rom 8:5, 9, 12, 14-16; 6:18-19]
a) Embracing the Life of Jesus: Jesus took upon Himself a human nature [except as to sin…He never sinned], being born into this world to live the life of a human being just as we do. The life He lived was exactly and perfectly what God had intended for Mankind to live when He created Adam. In the power of our sin-enslaved human nature, however, we are hopelessly helpless to live this life. It is the work of the Holy Spirit Who dwells in me to Personally live out the Life of my Lord Jesus in me; it is my place as a child of God to give Him free reign to do so.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ the Messiah lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Jesus assured me, “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name to act on My behalf, will teach you all things. He will cause you to recall and will bring to your remembrance everything I have told you.” [Gal 2:20; John 14:26]
a:1) Sacred Covenant Relationship: The life of my Lord Jesus being lived out in me by the Holy Spirit…to the extent I have given Him free reign to do so…is a life faithful to my Sacred Covenant relationship with God. Jesus Himself by His Own life was our example of how this life of relationship is to be lived. He spent much time alone in communion with the Father, waiting on God for His plans, purposes and will. Jesus’ will was totally surrendered to God; He did only the things the Father showed Him to do, and spoke only the words the Father gave Him to speak. He was totally obedient to the Father…the very point of Adam’s failure and sin…even unto death, a death on the cross! It was for this very reason that, in the character of His human nature as perfect Man, God exalted Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name that is above every name. It is my place as a child of God to wholeheartedly embrace this life of my Lord Jesus that the Holy Spirit Personally desires to live out in me…a life of waiting before God for His plans, purposes and will, and a child-like obedience to His direction for my life.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed. Other times, after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. Some of those days, Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray and spent the night in prayer to God. [Mark 1:35; Matt 14:23; Luke 6:12]
Jesus Himself emphatically stated, “The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me. My food,” said Jesus, “Is to do the will of Him Who sent Me, and to finish His work. I am able to do nothing independently, of My own accord, but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders. Even as I hear, I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision, for I did not speak on My own authority of My own accord, but the Father who sent Me commanded Me what to say and how to say it. I know that His command leads to eternal life. So whatever I speak, I am saying exactly what My Father has told Me to say, and in accordance with His instructions.” [John 14:31; 4:34-35 ; 5:30; 12:49-50]
a:2) Mirror of the Almighty: When I consciously and deliberately embrace the life of my Lord Jesus that the Spirit of God Personally desires to live out in me, my life will indeed be a mirror of the Almighty, reflecting His Glory to the created Universe. When souls come into contact with me…the things I think and say and do in my everyday life… they will see some manifestation of the character and nature of the Father in me. Jesus, in His human nature during His life upon this Earth, was a perfect mirror of the Almighty; I am to follow His example by giving the Holy Spirit free reign to do likewise in my life.
Then Jesus cried out, “When a man believes in Me, he does not believe in Me only, but also in the One Who sent Me. When he looks at Me, he sees the One Who sent Me.” Jesus answered Philip, “Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me?” [John 12:44-45; 14:9-10]
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light… for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth…so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; you are the light of the world! A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven! [Eph 5:8-9; Phil 2:15-16; Matt 5:14-16]
Friends, brothers and sisters…
There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell. You must be a born-again child of God. I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom. I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]
If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”
He walks with me and He talks with me: