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25. You are righteous, holy and blameless

Last week we learned that we are as Jesus in this world. He lives in His fullness within us. We are His Body here on earth, His hands and feet. We are His representatives in all fullness. We need to reach out as He did and help as He did. He has given us the authority to do so and it is expected of us to use it. Last week we saw how John commanded us to walk as Jesus walked. It is not an option, or if you feel like it. If we believe in Him we must walk like He walked. We are His church and we are there to lure people in. Therefore He has recreated our spirit to be like Him, holy and righteous. Let us look at a couple of Scriptures confirming this statement:

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish." Ephesians 5:25-27

"...and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness." Ephesians 4:24

"And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, blameless, and above reproach in His sight." Colossians 1:21, 22

You are already holy, without blemish, blameless, above reproach and righteous. You already are. 'But how is that possible?' You might ask. 'I still sin, I still get angry, I still yell, I still get jealous etc. How can I be righteous and holy then?' You see it is because you are holy and righteous in your new creation, your new spirit. Your soul where all your emotions lie just need to align with what is true of you in the spirit. There we are back again to the mind renewal process that needs to take place. You need to renew your mind (your soul), to think of yourself as you are in the spirit. The more you align your thoughts towards the spirit, the more you will become who you truly are in the spirit.

Jesus took all the punishment for your sins, and imparted a new nature to you. This new nature, your new spirit, can now enter into the Father's presence, because it is without sin, righteous and holy. Without this new nature you would never have been able to pray to our Father. Do you realise that? Only holiness and righteousness can come into His presence.

So what is it to be holy and righteous exactly? Synonyms for holy are sacred and blessed. And the definition for righteousness is 'the quality of being morally right'. Therefore it would seem that we are blessed in the sacred presence of God doing the morally right thing. We have been created to be perfect, as He is perfect. The right order has been restored. We have once again been created in His image, morally upright as He is. And therefore we can come boldly to the throne room of grace. We are His dearly loved children and He rejoices in us.

Therefore make it your life's mission to change into who you really are in the spirit. Make mind renewal your top priority. Once you renew your mind to think as He does, and once you become mind, soul and body who you truly are in the spirit, the world will be your oyster. God's Spirit will flow mightily through you and use you to change this world into a better place. What a wonderful prospect. One we should all aspire to. Jesus came to open the way, we have no excuses anymore. Come on, what are you waiting for?

Thank you Father for creating such a wonderful new person on the inside of me. Thank you that I am truly holy, righteous and blameless in Your sight. Please help me to manifest this in reality, help me to grow in my mind into the fullness that I am in You. Thank you for this privilege. Thank you Jesus. Amen

24. You are as Jesus is in this world (1)

Last week we saw that we can live without fear. We don't need to walk through this life afraid that something might happen to us. That is not what God wants for us; He wants us to live without fear and to walk with Him in His ways. In His ways is protection for us from all fronts. He wants us to walk with joy through this life. His plan is not that we hide away afraid of what might come our way. No, He wants us out there, sharing His Word and sharing His Gospel.

His Spirit lives in His fullness within us. And He operates through us in this world. 1 Corinthians 6:17 tells us that we are one Spirit with Him. Jesus in His fullness lives within us and therefore we can understand 1 John 4:17 better:

"Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world."

We are like Jesus in this world. As He is so are we. He is full of wisdom, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control and so are we. We are as He is. And notice the wording, 'in this world'. Not one day, but now already. We are His body here on earth:

"And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all." Ephesians 1:22, 23

He is the head of His body. And that is us. We are the body of Christ that has the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Do you realise what this one sentence means? The fullness of Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, is within you. Other synonyms for 'fullness' is richness, completeness and inclusiveness. In other words the richness of all that Jesus is, is within us. He is within us completely, no part of Him is withheld. And all His power, might, love and wisdom is all inclusive within us. He fills everything, all in all, and He lives within us. Isn't that amazing? Isn't that just the Good News? We can walk as Jesus did on this earth. Not because we are wonderful or did something great, no, because He lives within us and permeates through our beings into this world. It is still Him doing the miracles, it is still Him loving others, it is still Him caring for the broken-hearted, it is still Him, but He wants to flow through you. You simply need to be willing. You need to walk as He walked:

"He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked." 1 John 2:6

The Bible is quite clear about this. John is actually giving us a command here, we should walk as Jesus walked. And how did Jesus walk? He walked with compassion and love. He walked with dearness, but also with authority. He walked with power and the ability to change people's circumstances. He walked as a King. No one could touch Him without Him giving the permission for them to do so. He offered Himself willingly, not because He couldn't protect Himself. He offered Himself to save us.

And today we can also walk in a similar way. We are sons of the Most High God and the King of kings lives within us. We are the kings that He is King over. Start acting like one. Reach out and help where you can, drive out darkness with the authority given to you and love those around you, all the while knowing who you are in Christ. You don't have any excuses. You have the ability to help and the power of God residing within you. Be the body of Christ that this world so desperately need. Reach out and make a difference right there where you are.

Father we love and adore You. You are the Most High God. Thank you for all the privileges that You have given us. Thank you for the gift of Your Spirit. We rejoice and honour You. You are our God and King. Amen


23. Live without fear

Last week we spoke about the most precious gift in the whole world that we received, namely the Holy Spirit. We learned that we are sealed with Him and that He abides within us. And because He does, we can walk in Kingdom living here on earth already. His amazing love dwells within us and gives us the ability to do exactly what He wants us to do. It is only when we grieve Him by persisting in sin and sinful practices that we hinder Him to move through us. His main aim is to flow through us and influence others positively for His Kingdom, but if you do not allow Him to, Kingdom living will not manifest for you. As we have seen these couple of weeks, the ultimate decision lies with you. Jesus gave you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, are you going to use it for His glory, or are you still going to live for this world? The choice is yours. For in His Kingdom is everything you need, every blessing to be bestowed and in His Kingdom is also protection. Let us read a couple of verses where God promises to protect those in His Kingdom:

"Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge, His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways." Psalm 91:3-7, 10, and 11

What wonderful promises of deliverance and protection! And what is the condition? Well verse one tells us that these promises are for those who dwell and abide with the Lord. In other words these promises are for those who live within the Kingdom of God, who make their house there and who abide with the Lord in everything that they do, not only on a Sunday morning or on a random basis. No these promises are for those who remain with Him and allow His Spirit to move through them.

Okay, but I have heard a lot of people ask me what about the apostles then? If this is true what I am saying, why did they suffer so much? Almost all of them died a gruesome death. Good question. Let me begin to explain. Jesus Himself said the following:

"And you will be hated by all for My Name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved." Matthew 10:22

"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely for My sake." Matthew 5:11

Do you notice one theme? The only persecution that can come against you is persecution for His Name sake. The only persecution that God will allow is for the furtherance of His Kingdom. If you die a death for the glory of His Kingdom, then you are blessed. A martyr for God, receiving a special crown. So what I am saying is that God will protect you, you can live within His protection, except in certain instances where you will receive honour and glory for suffering for His Kingdom.

Now, when someone steals your cell phone, is that suffering for His Name? No. If someone attacks you due to racial tension/ xenophobia, is that suffering for His Name? No. If someone wants to kill you because you have more than them, is that suffering for His Name? No. I hope you get the point. God is in the protection business. Walk with confidence that He is with you. Do not be afraid. God is not the God of fear. He never wants you to be afraid of what might happen to you. He is your Fortress, your Deliverer, and your Knight in shining armour. He was like a wall of protection around Israel when they followed His law. No enemy could put their hands on them as long as they followed God. And the same is true of us today. No weapon formed against you can prosper, if you abide in His presence, if you make the Most High your dwelling place. Live in the freedom that that brings. It is liberating. Without fear the sky is the limit for you. Without fear you can accomplish His Will so much easier. Without fear, you will represent Him on several levels. Go out and be fearless. God is with you, the Mighty One of Israel.

Father thank you that we can be safe with You. Thank you that You are a wall of protection all around us. We praise Your Name and honour You as our God, the Almighty One. Amen

22. You are sealed with His Spirit

Last week we learned that we have the keys to Heaven. And the determining factor whether we can release the goodness of Heaven on earth lies with us. If we are spiritually minded life and peace will flow, if we are carnally minded, we lock up all of Heaven's goodness. It is as simple as that. We hold the keys and we need to decide on a daily basis how we are going to use these keys. Are we going to open up God's Word and walk in what He declares is true for us? Or are we going to read the newspaper, tablets, articles, magazines and then decide what is true for us? What you believe, you become (Proverbs 23:7). You decide, it is really within your hands. God has done His part, He really has. That is why Jesus cried, "It is finished!" Everything was done. He accomplished all for us on the cross and once the Holy Spirit had been poured out on us at Pentecost, all was done. We have received  the ultimate gift, Himself in all His fullness. We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise:

"Now He Who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, Who has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee." 2 Corinthians 1:21, 22

" were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise," Ephesians 1:13

"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption." Ephesians 4:30

We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit. We are intertwined with Him. We have the most precious gift that this world has ever seen. What are you doing with this gift? Are you grieving Him with your actions? Are you grieving Him with the words that come out of your mouth? Are you hindering His work, because you choose to believe the newspaper above what He says about your life? Are you stifling Him by the type of entertainment you watch? Or are you growing in your knowledge of Him? Are you studying His Word and allowing your mind to believe His Word above all else? If you do, you are bringing Heaven to earth.

His Kingdom is real, more real than the device you are reading this devotion on. His Kingdom will last forever even when this earth is only a distant memory! His promises are real and there for the taking.

"For all the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him amen, to the glory of God through us." 2 Corinthians 1:20

Study God's promises and claim them for yourself. Claim them for a lost world. All the promises have been accomplished by Jesus and His Spirit lives within us, therefore it is ours. Next week we will look at God's promises concerning protection. But all His promises are for you today. His Kingdom is where His glory manifests. Walk in His Kingdom. Walk in it. Our feet so easily go astray. Do not allow that. That is why Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. He washed their feet to free them from the filth of this world and to prepare them to rather walk on Kingdom pathways. And today we need to wash one another' s feet too, in order to remind ourselves of the fact that we should not be walking on the dirt of this life, but rather on streets of gold. In the Spirit we can do that and as we have learned, if our soul agrees with our Spirit, Kingdom living will be the result. We will unlock the benefits of His Kingdom and live in the freedom that comes with living in the Spirit. True freedom is being free from this world, walking as He would have walked.

Thank you Father for all Your wonderful promises. Thank you that we can claim it all for ourselves. Thank you for the wonderful gift of Your Spirit. We rejoice in the privilege. We welcome You in our lives. You must become more and more. That is ultimate living! Amen


21. Open the keys to Heaven

Last week we learned about the abundance of blessings available to us due to His Spirit working His wonderful ways in us. His Spirit is brimming with goodness and grace, ready to be unleashed within us; all we need to do is to be open to His Spirit and His leading. We need to grow in the fullness of all that we are in Him. We are one Spirit with Him already, but our soul needs to align with everything that is true of us in the Spirit. Once our soul believes what is true of us in the Spirit, then everything God has to offer us will flow into the physical world. Our soul is like the door between the spiritual and the physical. What your soul believes manifests in the physical. I would like to once again quote Romans 8:6:

"For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."

What your soul believes manifests in the physical. If you believe the carnal, what you can see, feel, hear and taste, the physical world, then you will reap death. And we have seen in previous devotions that death here is all the effects of sin, for example death in relationships, death of your dreams and ideals, death of certain parts of your body etcetera. But when your soul decides to rather believe what the Spirit and the Word says about certain situations, then there is life and peace. The choice is yours. What are you going to choose? God came to give you everything. You have literally everything at your disposal. What are you going to do with it? And if you choose to be carnal, that is fine, but do not blame God when things go wrong. Do not lash out at Him because things are turning south. Remember the decision you made. Of course it is never too late to choose to be spiritually minded. God's Spirit is always eager and ready to flow mightily through you, always. Walk in the fullness of it.

Another verse I would like to share with you today, may make a bit more sense to you now:

"Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Matthew 18:18

"And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:19

This correlates with what we have been discussing just now. Heaven is filled to the brim with all goodness and now it is at your disposal. You have the 'key' as Jesus put it. Now you can decide what you want to do with this key. Whatever you lock on earth, will be locked in heaven. Whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. In other words, if you are spiritually minded, heaven will be opened for you. If you are not, all the goodness will be bound in heaven. You have the choice now. Jesus came to give you the key. It is literally your choice whether you want God's blessings to be unleashed in certain situations or not. If you believe the slowdown of the economy, the doctor's report, the crime statistics, the high divorce rates, the abduction rates more than you believe God's promises concerning all these matters then you are locking in all of God's goodness. But if you decide to look away from what the world is telling you and if you decide to believe what God's Word says is true, then you are letting all the blessings in heaven loose. What do you believe?

Sit still somewhere during this week and decide for yourself what is true. You see the more you grow to be like Christ, the more you find your identity in Him, the more you will start to see things like He does. And once you do, you will find yourself unlocking all the secrets that heaven has to offer you. All of creation is groaning and waiting for the sons of God to manifest and unlock all that is good from heaven. Stand up and be the son God wants you to be. Stop being a complainer, a whiner and someone that wallows in self-pity. That is not what God expects of a son. He expects His sons to walk with dignity and with all the resources available to them from heaven. He expects His sons to represent Him fully. He expects His son to be able to conduct His matters on earth, as if He was physically doing it Himself. In effect He is the One doing it through you as a son, but He wants to work through you and use you for the glory of His Kingdom. What an honour and privilege. You are destined for great things. You simply need to show up and allow Him full access to work through you. You need to die in yourself and allow Him to take over. You will stand amazed, I promise you that. The time has come.

Father, we want to make You proud as Your beloved sons. You have given us the keys to Heaven. We will use it in the best way we possibly can. We declare that we will renew our minds, to think like You. We have the mind of Christ, Your Word declares it and we take it. We take Your life and peace. Thank you dear Father. Amen


20. God's abundance of blessings

Last week we've seen that God's Spirit lives in His fullness within us. He gives us life and life in abundance. And our 'job' is not to stifle His workings. Our main aim in life is not to grieve the Holy Spirit, but to allow Him to move mightily within us by being spiritually minded. We should focus all our thoughts on Him and His Kingdom, we should read His Word and become who His Word says we are. We should grow into the fullness of Christ, then we have true Kingdom living. Then all the blessings of Heaven are ours. In the light of this the following text verses makes a lot more sense:

"Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways." Psalm 128:1

"Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they will still be praising You. Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage." Psalm 84:4, 5

"Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." John 20:29

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ." Ephesians 1:3

If we dwell with God and believe in God, we are surely blessed. There is no other way to interpret these Scriptures. We are blessed indeed. The word 'blessed' in Ephesians 1:3 is the Greek word 'Eulogeo' which means 'to cause to prosper, to make happy, to bestow blessings on, favoured by God'. Isn't it wonderful to know that we are favoured by God? What a promise!

God wants the best for us, just like a loving earthly father wants the best for his children. I don't know why it is so difficult for Christians to accept this fact. I have met Christians who thinks that God is punishing them and angry with them. My friend, God is not angry with you. All His anger against sin came against His Son, so that it will never come against you. God wants you close to Him, He wants to nurture you and care for you. Don't be like a rebellious teenager resisting the advice and embrace of his father. Do not be like that. Rather run to Him and experience His love and everything that He wants to bless you with.

Ephesians 1:3 also says that He wants to bless us with 'spiritual' blessings. And I discovered an exciting thing when I looked up the meaning of this word. In Greek it is 'pneumatikos', which means 'emanating from the Divine Spirit'. In other words all of His blessings emanates from His Divine Spirit into our lives. This agrees with everything we have learned thus far. His Spirit lives within us in all His fullness. His Spirit gives us life and if we do not stifle Him or grieve Him, He will flow in all glory through us and all His blessings will manifest. The key therefore is not that God doesn't want to bless us; the key is if you allow His blessings to flow through or not. You will notice that Ephesians 1:3 is written in past tense. He has blessed you, it is a done deal. The question is whether you flow with His Spirit, whether you will allow Him to work mightily in your life.

You see a lot of Christians never really change when they are born again. They have everything at their fingertips and yet they choose to rather stay as they are. They continue on their sinful path, they don't read the Word, they don't make an effort to grow, they don't spend time with God and they don't renew their minds to think as God would prefer them to think. And then they cry out to God and ask Him to bless them. My friend, it doesn't work that way. God has blessed you; you now need to grow in the spirit and in the fullness of all that you are in Him. You need to imitate Christ and follow Him with your whole heart. Your spirit needs to be so intertwined with His that no one can tell where you stop and where He starts. You are one with Him and therefore everything He has, you have too. Do you believe that? That is the starting point. And the more you believe it, the more it will become true for you. The more you will grow and the more His abundance of blessings will manifest in your life. Come, He is waiting for you. Grow towards Him in love, fellowship with Him. Your life will never be the same.

Thank you Father for the opportunity to grow close to You. Thank you for all the wonderful blessings that You have bestowed upon us. We love You dearly and want to walk in Your blessings and love. Amen

19. God's Spirit gives us life

Last week we learned that we should not quench the workings of the Spirit. We should not hinder Him to move mightily in our lives. We should grow in our knowledge of God and allow Him to move mightily through us. He wants to. He is full of life, in fact He gives life as we see in 2 Corinthians 3:6. Without Him we are as good as dead, with no hope and no future. We need Him, more than we realise. He is full of life and miraculous power; let us have a look at a couple of Scriptures:

"He, Who supplies the Spirit to you, works miracles among you." Galatians 3:5

"It is the Spirit Who gives life; the flesh profits nothing." John 6:63

"But if the Spirit of Him Who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He Who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you." Romans 8:11

The life-giving, miracle working Spirit lives within us. Isn't that just wonderful to know? And notice in Romans 8:11, His Spirit gives life to our mortal bodies, not our bodies one day, but the bodies that we have here and now. He gives life to us. His life flows in torrents in our veins and makes us truly alive! Then why do we feel so tired and run down? Why do we feel as if the opposite is true? The Bible tells us the reason for that as well:

"For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." Romans 8:6

Now to be 'carnally minded' is to be more persuaded by what this world tells you than what God's Spirit tells you. You believe what your five senses tell you instead of believing what His Spirit tells you. And the Bible clearly tells us that this results in death. Death here is the Greek Word 'Thanatos', which can be translated as 'death comprises all the miseries resulting from sin'. Notice, all the miseries resulting from sin. Therefore it is not only physical death, but also the misery of a broken marriage, the misery of stress, the misery of alcoholism, the misery of losing friends due to gossiping, the misery of rushing and achieving little, the misery of illness due to stress etcetera. If you are carnally minded you will feel run down, tired, lacking joy and fulfilment and be stressed out. And yes, a Christian can be carnally minded. Unfortunately most are...

But on the other hand, if you are spiritually minded, if you believe what the Word tells you, then you have life and peace. 'Life' in Greek means 'Zoe', 'a happy life active and vigorous, devoted to God, with every kind of blessing, the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, but after the resurrection to be consummated by new accessions (among them a more perfect body), and to last forever'. Isn't that good news? If we are spiritually minded we will have life here on earth, and not only life, a happy life with every kind of blessing. And we will have peace. That is good news; that is news worth sharing with unbelievers.

And therefore we are back again to what goes on in our thought life. It is vitally important that our thought life be focused on Him and on His Word and that we give His Spirit free reign within us to move as He pleases. True success is found in thinking like He thinks. And it is possible; the Word tells us that in several places, amongst others 1 Corinthians 2:16 that tell us that we have the mind of Christ.

Change your thoughts and allow His Spirit to give you life. You will be so glad that you did. Life, peace and joy will be your constant companions. Rejoice, the Kingdom of God has come and the King lives within you. He is your compass, your GPS. Follow Him and you will never get lost.

Thank you Father for the life that You came to give us. Help us to focus our minds rather on You than on the carnal. Being carnally minded brings only death to us and we know that is not what You want for us. We want to focus on You and You alone. You are our God and King. Amen

18. Do not quench the Holy Spirit

Last time we focused on the fruit of the Spirit and we saw that it was His fruit to be displayed through us, not our fruit that we need to try and display. He is the One living within us, our job is mainly to provide Him the access to work through us. Our problem most of the time is that we are trying so hard on our own and making so many mistakes that we grieve Him and do not give Him the chance to work. That is why Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:19:

"Do not quench the Spirit."

Quench in Greek means to extinguish. So Paul is asking us here, please do not live in a manner that will extinguish the workings of the Spirit in your life. His Spirit wants to work mightily through you, He wants to change your life as well as the lives of those around you, but you need to allow Him to and live a life open to His workings. Paul describes this in Ephesians 4:30-5:1:

"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God as dear children."

Be imitators of God, copycat God, and be like Him in every aspect. As we have discussed it is possible and it is what God wants us to do. It grieves the Holy Spirit when we lie, it grieves Him when we watch movies that do not please Him, and it grieves Him when we say we are Christians but we deceive our fellow brothers. He is sad when we rush after money like a god. It really makes it difficult to work through us. You see we are His representatives and when He works through us in mighty ways, He wants us to display His characteristics too. Imagine He works with healing powers through us, but we yell at others, we cheat and we get upset if we do not get our own way. Will that honour Him? Will people start to think that that type of behaviour is okay, because they see how God works through you with healing power?

I believe God can and does use anyone, no matter where they are on their spiritual journey. But I truly believe that God's main aim is that everyone grow in maturity and represent Him in a mighty way. I believe that He wants people to be open and to allow Him to just flow through. He wants mature sons of God, representing Him. Then we will start to see unprecedented miracles. Then we will see His Spirit performing mighty deeds. The main reason that we haven't seen much of it in the past decades is not because God hasn't been moving, it is because people haven't been open to His leading. God wants revival, He wants people on fire for Him. Please open yourself up and allow Him to move. Stop extinguishing the fire that can change the world. This world is in desperate need of a Saviour. Allow Him to make an impact on this world through you.

Father I want to make You proud. I want to be an open vessel for You to use. Mould me and shape me as the perfect one for Your plan. Thank you for the opportunity to present You to this world. Amen

17. The fruit of the Spirit

We are part of God's Kingdom. We have been discussing everything that is true of us because we are part of it. And today I would like us to focus on the fruit of His Kingdom. What will flow out of our lives if we are part of His Kingdom? The Scriptures tell us clearly:

"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God." Galatians 6:15, 16

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galatians 5:22, 23

"These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15:11

In His Kingdom is everything that is good. All things wonderful are in His Kingdom and you are part of it already as we have seen. His new creation is what matters now, and if you walk in this new creation, peace and mercy will be yours. If you remain in Him and focus your thoughts on Him, His fruit will manifest and start to flow. His joy will be your constant companion.

You cannot attain these qualities by trying on your own. You cannot. In the carnal you cannot be patient, you cannot be gentle and walk with self-control. It is very very difficult. You see the answer is not working on yourself until you display these qualities, because even though you might display them outwardly, you might not experience them inwardly. You might be boiling on the inside, and faking a patient smile on the outside. The answer is to start living in His Kingdom. The answer is to focus on Him and to read the Bible and see who you truly are in Him. Once you start focusing on Him and all that He is, you will start to become more and more like Him. And the more you become like Him, the more of His qualities you will display.

Always remember that it is the fruit of the Spirit, not your own fruit. It is His fruit, and the more you focus on Him and become like Him, the more of His fruit you will bring forth. It will make your life a pleasure to live and it will also attract others to His Kingdom. And that pleases the Father. He sent His Son to give you all the tools and to make it possible for you to follow Him and to be like Him. You just need to allow Him to work through you, that is all. Be an open vessel, allow yourself to be 'serviced', give yourself the chance to run on a better engine, His engine. On your own you might be able to drive, but when His engine takes over you can run and not grow weary, you can fly.

Father, thank you so much for sending Your Spirit to come and live within us. Thank you that the true answer to life is that we must stop trying and that we should allow Your Spirit to move through us. Then we can accomplish so much more and then we can display Your fruit for all to see, not only to make our lives better, but to lure others into Your Kingdom as well. Amen

16. The power of God's Word

Last week we spoke about the will of God. And we saw that God's will is that we do good, that we pray without ceasing and that we should rejoice and give thanks in everything. His ultimate will is that all who believe in His Son should have eternal life and that all will come together in His Son, Jesus Christ and be like Him. That is God's will for us all. Then I spoke about reading God's Word in order for Him to give you specific direction in your life and individual situation. So today I would like us to have a look at what God's Word means to us today according to Scripture itself:

"For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the Word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe." 1 Thessalonians 2:13

"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are Spirit, and they are life." John 6:63

"Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever." 1 Peter 1:22, 23

You have been born again through the Word of God. The seed of the Word of God was planted within you and you were born again. The Word of God therefore physically lives within you. And the more of the Word you read, the more you grow. And then the Word will work effectively and it will minister Spirit and life to your body. It will really change you from within.

I have truthfully experienced this. The more of His Word I read, the more I feel the love and the joy of the Lord growing within me. If I read His Word with an open heart, I receive so much and He becomes more and more real to me. Curry Blake tells how the Word ministers to your brain and how life and more life flow in there. It actually keeps you healthy and young; it is the best medicine to take. That is why Proverbs 4:20-22 says:

"My son, give attention to My words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh."

Derrick Prince tells of how he contracted a disease during the second world war. (He did say what it was, but unfortunately I cannot remember now). You might imagine the type of health care that was present during that time, and he wasn't given much hope. Then he read these verses in Proverbs and he decided to take the Word of God as his medicine three times a day after meals. He diligently did that. He read the Word and purposely decided to believe what it says. He continued with his daily medicine of God's Word and he was totally healed from his disease and he went on to minister to hundreds of thousands during his lifetime. He testifies how the Word of God healed him.

And this is true of us today still. His Word has so much power; it has the ability to turn our lives around. And yet it is the one book we don't always make time for. Maybe 5 minutes before we go to bed at night and maybe 3 verses during church at Sunday. My friend, that is not enough. God tells us to keep His Words within sight, to keep it within our hearts, to give our attention to it and to listen to what it says. We have to look upon His Word and hear what He wants to say to us. And we need to believe His Word and to take what He says and apply it to our lives. That is when true change happen.

Decide today that His Word is living and breathing. It is the bread you cannot live without. Keep it close, keep it dear and follow its instructions. You will experience His life being ministered to you, you will feel His peace transcending deep within your soul and you will feel His joy lifting you up to new heights. Come and experience His Kingdom, manifesting through His Word.

Thank you Father that Your precious Word is so widely available to us. Thank you that we can read Your Word and experience Your life flowing through our veins. Thank you for the privilege of having Heavenly medicine for every problem we might have. We praise Your Name. Amen