Monthly Archives: October 2017

30. You have the wisdom of God (1)

Last time we learned that God has forgiven all our sins, past, present and future. All our sins have been forgiven. We don't need to beg God to forgive us; neither do we need to fear that God will punish us. God has punished His Son in our stead, all His wrath towards sin fell on Jesus, instead of coming to us. All glory be to Him! And because all sin was punished, His Spirit could come and live within us and guide us. His Spirit is now our Leader and Guide and helps us on our daily path. He teaches us about God and gives us all the wisdom we need to succeed. He increases our knowledge about God everyday and this leads us on the right path. His Word confirms this:

"...the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places." Ephesians 3:10

"...in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Colossians 2:3 (And Christ lives in us - Colossians 1:27)

"Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man and his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him." Colossians 3:10

"Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge..." Romans 15:14

The new man within us is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him. In other words, our new born spirit within is filled with all knowledge. The manifold wisdom of God in Jesus (with all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge) is available to our spirit. Our spirit is united with God's and therefore all His wisdom is ours to use. The most intelligent of human beings should come to us to learn, if we truly untap this amazing resource available to us. James 3:17 tells us more about the wisdom of God that we have access to:

"The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy."

This is a bit different from the wisdom of this world isn't it? This world's wisdom is more self-seeking, self-gratifying, not willing to budge and definitely sides with those that thinks the same as they do. But God says no. His wisdom is pure, it brings peace and it is willing to yield. His wisdom has compassion and yields good fruit wherever it goes. His wisdom doesn't show favouritism and is never double minded. His wisdom is like a pure fountain sprouting from the ground, giving life wherever it flow. And that wisdom is within you.

Are you willing to flow with God's wisdom? Are you willing to stand by it, when the world ridicules you? Are the words that sprout from your mouth gentle and full of mercy? Or do you seek self-gratification, prestige and honour?

God's wisdom seems ridiculous by the world, but it is only because they do not understand it. Only spirit can understand Spirit and if they are not born again, it would seem simple to them. But the fact is God's wisdom is elevated above it all. God's wisdom is the pinnacle of all knowledge. And it is available to you. In Isaiah 55:8, 9 God states that His thoughts are above our thoughts and His ways above our ways, but now in the New Testament He lives within us and we can know His thoughts, because we have the mind of Christ 1 Corinthians 2:16.

Walk in His Kingdom and utilise the wisdom available to you. It is priceless. Succumb your own thoughts and reasoning's to His. Allow the wisdom of His Spirit to flow, do not stifle Him with your own earthly 'wisdom'. That would be foolish. Only in His wisdom lies true peace and there life's secrets will be unveiled. Come and walk in it. Kingdom living awaits.

Thank you Father for giving us Your priceless wisdom free of charge. Thank you for the awesome privilege of walking with You. You are the King of all kings and we rejoice in You. Today we want to utilise Your wisdom and bring Your glory to lost souls. Walk in front Lord, we will follow. Amen

 

 

89. Make a difference in South Africa (1)

I have been earnestly praying for our country for decades now and so have many thousands of Christians. I have become excited as I see God move and then I became despondent again when I see the dismal state of our country. Everyone was so excited when 400 000 men attended the mighty men conference and everyone thought, this is it, South Africa is going to just get better from here. But it didn't. Then Loftus and many stadiums were filled around the country and again everyone thought that South Africa is just going to rise from here, but sadly our country only got worse. Then there were 22 April 2017 when 1 000 000 people got together and prayed, and everyone was excited to see the change in South Africa, but things still worsened. Weekly I get prayer requests, I get forwarded messages that we should plead God's forgiveness and plead that He must help us like He helped the Israelites. Times are set to pray, time and time again and yet no difference can be seen on the surface. What is happening? Why is this so?

Then God spoke clearly to me, and the answer was so simple. We need to realise that we live under a new covenant. We shouldn't beg God for forgiveness. We shouldn't go down on our knees and beg Him to heal our land. We shouldn't beg Him to intervene.

No, we are under a new covenant. We HAVE been forgiven already. Our sins have been cleansed by Jesus' blood (please read my devotion of last week with all the Scripture references). We needn't beg God for it. We shouldn't beg God to heal our land and to intervene either. Why? Because He lives within us already. Do you realise the significance of that? The mighty, awesome, almighty God lives WITHIN us and wants to work through us! Let me give you a few Scripture references for you to go and read:

Christ lives in me - Colossians 1:27, 3:11

I live through Christ - 1 John 4:9

God abides in me and I in Him - 1 John 4:15, John 6:56

I am in Christ Jesus  - 1 Corinthians 1:30, Galatians 3:28, 1 John 2:5

Christ dwells in my heart - Ephesians 3:17

Israel had to beg God to heal their land and to work on their behalf, because He wasn't living in them. Once they repented, He could work on their behalf. But that is not how the New Covenant works. We need to realise who we are in Christ. We need to stand up in the authority that we've been given from above and walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6). We need to act and talk like Him, because He lives within us.

In other words, we cannot pray and wait for God to act like Israel did. No, we need to pray, stand up and ALLOW God to work through us. We need to ALLOW Him to flow through and perform miracles THROUGH us. But when we pray and simply wait for Him to act, we are going to wait forever.

The time is now like never before to DO something. Pray and ask God to show you how and where you can make a difference. Even if it is just to be friendly to a passersby or to stop talking along racial divides and criticising the government which is contrary to God's Word. Jesus will never speak that way and He lives within you. Don't you think the time has come to speak only what He would have spoken? To act like He would have acted? You have the strength and ability to do that, because you have Holy Spirit to help you, your Paracletos, your Helper.

Realise who you are. You are not some helpless sinner who is doomed. NO, you are a son of the Almighty God with the power to change the world. He has given you the ability, now go out and use it.  Stop begging Him for forgiveness and waiting for Him to act and go out and actually do something!

We as Christians are part of God's Nation, His holy people, set apart for Him. You must realise that you are a citizen of Heaven merely living in South Africa. You were placed here with a purpose - to make a difference for His Kingdom, to exalt His Name and to draw others closer to Him. Stand up as the holy nation that you are. Stand up with God's mighty power and BE the difference everyone so desperately seeks. Please read again the vision I received on 22 April 2017 (/2017/4/24/87-vision-received-on-22-april.aspx) , in hindsight you will understand it better, as did I. All Christians are part of Jesus' Bride, walking as one with Him. And He is within us, giving us the strength and the power to be the difference this country and the world needs.

Father thank you very much for Your amazing love. Thank you that You have already forgiven us through the blood of Jesus. Thank you that Jesus lives within us now and that we can be part of Your Kingdom now already. Thank you for all the power and might that is flowing through our veins. Thank you for new DNA, thank you for the power to make a difference. Thank you for Your Spirit that assists us in making a difference in South Africa. We boldly take a stand for You and proclaim Your Word over all situations. We glorify Your Name. We speak life over the areas in our country where death reigned. We proclaim the Name of Jesus over all farms, schools, houses, businesses and over the government. We proclaim Jesus as King over all. Please grant us the wisdom on how to handle different situations that may arise and thank you for the courage that You have given us to stand strong. We praise Your Name. Amen

Also have a look at the message I received from God in April too. It correlates beautifully with this. May God bless you all - /2017/4/20/86-message-for-south-africa-2017.aspx

 

29. All our sins have been forgiven

Last week we learned that we are the temple of God. We are the residing place of the Lord Almighty. He lives within us and we need to radiate His love to all we meet. We need to lure people closer to God. Because we are His temple, we can talk to God at anytime. We can fellowship with Him, because Jesus was our ultimate sacrifice. And because Jesus was our ultimate sacrifice we have forgiveness of sins if we accept Him into our lives. Let us have a look at a couple of Scriptures confirming this:

"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." Ephesians 1:7

"He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:13, 14

"And you, being dead in your trespass and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses." Colossians 2:13

"I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His Name's sake." 1 John 2:12

Isn't this wonderful news? Our sins have been forgiven us. All our trespasses have been forgiven, past tense. It is not something that must happen on a regular basis, but something that HAS happened already. Jesus took all the penalty of our sins on Him. He took it all. All the curses and all the wrath of God. Read Deuteronomy 28:15-68 of what would happen to you if you do not follow the Law. It is really a scary passage to read, it is horrific what would happen. But Jesus came and freed us from it all. He took it all upon Himself that we do not have to bear it. That is grace, that is unearned, unmerited favour that He has bestowed upon us and all we need to do is to believe on Him. Wow.

We needn't ask for forgiveness anymore, we needn't plead with Him to please please forgive us. He has already. Our new born spirit is perfect in every way as we have seen in past weeks. Our new born spirit is like God in every way, holy and sinless. That is why John says that God's children cannot sin anymore:

"Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God." 1 John 3:6, 9

God's Spirit united with ours cannot sin. And God wants us to live in the spirit. He wants us to live in the new creation. He wants us united with Him, abiding with Him and walking this earth as His sons, representing Him in every way. If a Christian continues to relish in sin, he doesn't fully understand who he is in Christ. He doesn't embrace the new creation that he is. It is when you come to the full realisation of who you are in Christ that you start walking in it. Day by day, as you focus on Christ and use the Bible as a mirror to learn who you truly are, you will feel all inclination to sin fade away. You will start to walk more and more as you truly are in the spirit, you will start to walk as God sees you, His beloved son. There will come a day where you truly can walk away from all sin. Impossible you say? That is not what the Bible says. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:1:

"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ."

Paul told the Corinthian church to imitate him. In other words, he was like Christ, imitating Him in every way. And Paul is no better than you and I, he said it himself. He had the same Spirit within that you and I have. He had the same newly born spirit that you and I have. If Paul can grow and ultimately walk a sinless life so can we. The more we enter into God's Kingdom, the more we focus all our thoughts on what goes on in Heaven, the more we will be inclined to act like Him. The more we renew our minds to think like His Word, the less we will sin. It is a fact. What you think about you become. Christians and non Christians agree on that. Your thought life, as we have discussed, is vitally important.

Christ has forgiven all our sins. When we ask forgiveness today, it is not to obtain forgiveness from Him (as we have it already), it is more to acknowledge that what we have done is wrong and to move in our mind renewal process towards Kingdom living. It is all about standing up in who we truly are. And if acknowledging our sins and moving away from them helps us, then you must do it. But I prefer thanking God for His forgiveness, to say that I know what I have done is wrong and to ask Him to help me in living closer to Him and not to do it again. I find the less I focus on sin, the less I do it. I rather choose to focus on Him and His ways, His goodness and His grace, because then, before I know it, I am living His Godly way.

Thank you Father for forgiving all our sins, past, present and future. Thank you so much for pouring out Your judgment of all sin upon Your Son and not upon us. Thank you Jesus, thank you Father and thank you Holy Spirit. You are the most wonderful Most High God. We adore You and praise Your Name! Thank you that You are never angry with us and that You will never punish us. We glorify You! Amen

 

28. You are God's Temple

Last time we saw in Scripture that we are called to be saints and to fellowship with Jesus. And because we are we come short in no gift. God will provide His gifts for us as we need them whilst advancing His Kingdom. All Christians are therefore called. Not just pastors and missionaries, but all Christians. No matter your occupation, you are called by God to represent Him and to spend time in His presence. You are His Temple here on earth. You are the one where people can go to in order to find God. Let us have a look at the Scriptures stating that we are His Temple:

"Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" 1 Corinthians 3:16

"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20

"And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people." 2 Corinthians 6:16

We are the temple of God. And God dwells in us. God makes His home in us. We need to get a revelation of that. Everywhere we go, the temple of God goes. Everything we touch, the temple of God touches. Everything we say, is as a representative of the temple of God.

The Jews would have had a better appreciation of what it meant to be the temple of God. They physically saw the temple and they knew all the laws and regulations concerning it. It is actually a very interesting study, one that I might do with you one day. But in short for now, the temple was a symbol that God's presence was with them, it was a place where one could talk to God and it was a place where one could get forgiveness of sins. It was also a place of celebration with the many feasts that they had. With this in mind, being the temple of God takes on new meaning.

If you are the temple, God's presence is with you. People should be attracted to you, you should glow with the presence of God coming from within. You can talk to God any time and any place, because His temple is wherever you are. You also have obtained forgiveness of sins through Jesus' death, and non believers can come to you and you can lead them in prayer to have their sins forgiven too. Plus being with God is a celebration of life. He is life and in His presence it can be celebrated and lived to the fullest.

God has always looked after His Temple and He would look after you too. Be a polished, shimmering temple, in other words, look after yourself. Be proud of your appearance, not in a prideful manner, but in a manner honouring God. Do not look neglected, untidy and disorganised. That doesn't lure people closer to God. Rather look your best, comb your hair, wear neat clean clothing and look the part that you are, a blessed son of God.

When we were in Israel we went to the Western wall. And as I sat there I looked up to where the temple would have been and in an instance I felt the presence of God so strongly, it totally consumed me. I had a glimmer of what it might have been like in Solomon's day when the Shekinah glory of God came down on the temple. It is breathtaking, it truly is. But I realised that it must be that way every day for a Christian, because God resides within us every single day. Not on occasional moments, but always.

Sit somewhere this week and think about what it means to you that you are the temple of God. Write down the impact this mere statement can have on your life and thank God that He chose you to live in. It is an honour and a privilege, not one to be taken lightly. Be the best temple you can be.

Thank you Father that You reside within us. Thank you for the privilege of being Your temple. We are so grateful and we glorify Your Name. Help us to be the best representatives of You that we can be. In Jesus' Name. Amen

88. God's Grace

I am the God of Grace. Do you truly realize what that means? If you did, you will stop trying so hard and give over to Me. Grace flows when you stop trying. Grace is what I give to you, without you deserving it, it is My unmerited favour. None of you deserve by your own merit to enter into the Kingdom of God, but through grace I made it possible for you. Your sinful nature made it impossible for you to enter into My glorious Presence, but I made it all possible for you, through the death of My Son, Jesus Christ. That is why He is the only way, the truth and the life, without Him there is no access. Your sinful nature cannot make it on its own, but Jesus came and took the punishment for your sins, so that you can live in the newness of life that comes from Him and Him alone. And in that new life, there is plenty of grace and you can enter into My Presence without spot or blemish.

I have always been full of grace towards mankind. I could have wiped out the whole human race from the face of the earth with the flood, but in My grace I saved eight people and would have saved more if the others repented in the years that I gave them before the flood. By My grace I saved Lot and his family from the fire raining down on Sodom and Gomorrah, and I would have saved more if they had listened to Lot's plea. By My grace I didn't destroy the whole Jewish nation when they rebelled against Me in the wilderness, I continued to love them and care for them. By My grace I allowed a remnant to return to Jerusalem after their exile into captivity, I helped them to rebuild the Temple and I helped them to settle in their city once again. And My biggest act of grace was when I opened up the doors to heaven for all to enter in, through the death of My Son.

Grace is what I am blessing you with. I am giving you in abundance what you do not deserve, but I give it to you because I love you. Hold on to My grace. Stop trying to earn your way into heaven. Stop trying to do good deeds simply to get into 'My good books'. Stop thinking that I am punishing you for your sins, stop feeling guilty of sins you have done in the past. When you feel this way you do not understand how grace works. Grace loves all and forgives all. Grace flows in abundance and is there to overwhelm you. Grace is free and without prescribed actions. I am filled with grace.

Grace was My master plan for the human race filled with the tendency to sin. Without grace you would have been lost forever, doomed to die. Without grace there would have been no hope. Your sinful nature could never keep My Law, you couldn't even come close. My Law showed you how desperate your situation truly is. My Law showed how far away you have ventured from My perfect nature. No human being could ever keep My Law, inside and out. However, in My grace I provided a way for the Israelites, My people, to atone for their sins through sacrifices at the altar. I provided a way for them to be forgiven. I showed them the sacrifice of My Son; I showed them the way out of this sinful world. But even that provision My people threw back in My face. They became religious and never truly repented. My perfect Law therefore signed their death sentence, as no judge can let anyone free due to their trespasses of My Law. But the Judge of all judges came and He came to sign off on the Law and to free all who believe in Him. He came to rescue all trapped in sin and He gave them a new nature, a spirit connected with Mine, free from this world, belonging to Me.

Therefore live in this grace. Get up in the mornings and praise Me that I freed you from sin's death door. No matter what is going on in your life, be full of song and praise that you are free. You are free to live in grace, free to be part of a new world, where love and grace abides.

Stop trying, and get to the end of yourself. Because when you get to the end of yourself, you can finally let go and allow Me to take over. That is the point where true life starts. That is the point where you become who you truly are. That is the point where My Spirit takes over and leads you into everlasting life. Then you start transforming your mind, from being carnal to being Spiritual. And when you start living your life being controlled by the Spirit, you will find that you please Me in every way. You will find righteousness as your robe and My works in you become complete. Surrender My child and give Me your all. I want the fullness of who I am to flow through you and to touch a world, hungry for Me.

Extract from Ilze's latest book - God Breathes. To order please email info@ilzehenderson.co.za

27. You are called

Last week we learned that we are citizens of the Kingdom of God. We are citizens of the most wonderful, upright and glorious Kingdom that has ever been and that ever will be. And we have the privilege of sharing the benefits of this wonderful Kingdom. We just need to live in the reality of what is true of us. His Kingdom is our home and therefore we should focus our attention on our home and not on a world that is not our home anymore. We should focus on Him, the centre of His Kingdom and become more and more like Him every day. We are called to be saints, we are called into the fellowship with Jesus Christ:

"To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours." 1 Corinthians 1:2

"God is faithful, by Whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:9

We are called to be saints, to fellowship with Jesus. 'Saint' in this context is the Greek word 'Hagios' and according to Thayer Lexicon, it means 'likeness of nature with the Lord' and 'to be different from the world'. This passage therefore says that we are called to have the same likeness as the Lord and that we are different from the world. It corresponds exactly with what we have been discussing. We were recreated in the likeness of God and now God calls us to act in His likeness now. We need to act as though this is true. In other words our thoughts need to realign with what is true of us according to God's Word.

We are also called to fellowship with Jesus. Synonyms for this word 'fellowship' include companionship, camaraderie, association etc. In other words we are called to have companionship with Jesus, we are called to be His friends, His comrades. We are called to associate with Him and because we associate with Him, all that He has is ours too. He is like our Big Brother, always watching out for us. He is the One looking after us. And when we walk as saints, comrades of the Lord Jesus Christ, then we come short in no gift:

"I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift." 1 Corinthians 1:4-7

We come short in no gift. This word gift is 'charisma' in Greek and according to Thayer Lexicon it means 'extraordinary powers, distinguishing certain Christians and enabling them to serve the church of Christ, the reception of which is due to the power of Divine Grace operating in their souls by the Holy Spirit." Wow. In other words, in our walk with Christ, serving His church and expanding His Kingdom, we will come short in no extraordinary power operating within us by His Spirit. Once again this confirms with what we have been studying. God is within us, in His fullness and He wants to work through us. We should just be available and allow Him to move through us. Then the gifts we need in any given situation for His Kingdom, will be available to us. All glory to Him!

You are called to be a saint and to fellowship with Christ. You are called to make a difference in His Kingdom. He will be with you with might and power.

Thank you Father that You called us. We feel so privileged and special. Thank you for Your special grace and favour towards us. We really appreciate it and want to walk in the fullness of all that You came to bless us with. Amen

26. You are a citizen of Heaven

Last week we learned more about who we truly are in the spirit. Our spirit has been born again and this new creation is holy, righteous and blameless in God's sight. We are truly His children, made in His image. He is our Father and He expects us to behave like He would. We are therefore perfect in our spirit, in who He recreated us to be, now we need to start behaving like the real person that we are. Our soul needs to realign with what the Word says is true about us.

We are His children and therefore we can approach His throne with boldness and confidence, knowing that He would accept and welcome us. We are part of His Kingdom; we are citizens of His Kingdom. Let us look at two Scriptures confirming this:

"Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God." Ephesians 2:19

"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body." Philippians 3:20, 21

You are a citizen of heaven, a citizen of the household of God. Now what does this practically mean for you? To be a citizen means that you have legal rights such as the right of speech, the right to bear arms etc. It also means that you are part of a political community and that you can vote for your government. But even more than that, you are a representative of your country. Every country has its own cultural ideal. It has its own moral principles, values and it does things in a unique way. A lot of times when you travel overseas, you can guess from which country several tourists come from and you would mostly be right. Their mannerism, way of speaking, eating etc gives away where they are from. We truly live in a unique world.

And the same should be said about you as a citizen of Heaven. As a citizen of His Kingdom, certain mannerisms, way of speaking and acting should characterise you. If people look at you, they should immediately know that you are a Christian. They should see the characteristics of a loving God, Who is morally upright, Who is caring and just. They should see Him in you, because you are portraying His Kingdom. Are you a good representative? Just look at earthly representatives of products. Would you buy coughing medicine from someone who coughs all the time? Would you buy beauty products from someone who looks as if they haven't had a bath in ages? Would you listen to financial advice from someone who is constantly broke? Of course not! And yet we tell people about Christ, but we do not show Him to people, we don't live as He would have and that is sad. We should draw people closer to Him, not push them away.

We are citizens of His Kingdom and that also means that we live with the benefits of the Kingdom. For example if you are a US citizen, its army and police will protect you, you have access to schools, you have access to medical care, to roads and infrastructure. The same is true of His Kingdom. We have protection from His army, we have access to knowledge and wisdom, we have access to the best medical care in the universe and we have access to the roads and infrastructure that we should take. We have access to it all. Isn't it wonderful? It is really something worth celebrating!

We are all part of an anti-corruption Government that will never disappoint us, that will never deceive us, that will never steal our money. We are part of a Government that truly have our best interest in mind, a Government that will organise the whole universe to allow things to work out for our good. We have the best Government that anyone can ever ask for! The only question is, under whose government are you living? Sit back and truly think about this. You can be a Christian, but still be under a different day to day government. Maybe the time has come to change governments, you will never be sorry.

Thank you Father for Your wonderful Kingdom that we can be a part of. Thank you that we can be a citizen and that we can enjoy all the benefits of it. You are so wonderful. We look forward to moving as part of Your Kingdom. Amen

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