My thought today is that it would be wonderful if we could make it to a square two or three or four or actually make it to the finish line, wherever that is! Hebrews 6:1 speaks to this very issue: “Let us stop going over the basic teachings [square one] about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature [square 2, et al) in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again . . . .” Thank God, we can start again! But I am also delighted that we can go on . . . to the full inheritance that is ours in Christ.
In his testimony in Philippians 3:12-15, the Apostle Paul testifies: “ I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward — to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.” (The Message)
That is to say, we don’t have to take 3 steps forward and 2 back. We can go forward in our walk with Christ. I don’t have all the answers, but I do know a few things that make it possible for us to do so: A disciplined habit of prayer, daily scripture reading, regular fellowship with other believers. Paul practiced this in his personal life and urged his converts to do so.
So . . . why not give it a shot? We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
On the journey . . .
Pastor J K
A "Believer in Christ", always is looking up the beam of the cross pointing to heaven. It is there that Jesus hung between heaven and earth and stated "It is Finished!". The empty cross pointing up to heaven is our only marker as a sojourner on this earthly plane. It is our heavenly /spiritual post in this natural/evil world. All Believers in Christ "stand" and "take up" as stated in Ephesians chapter six.
We don't move on this earthly plane but stand. We take up the "Whole Armor of God" and stand in Christ. In the "take up" we are "lifting up" Christ just as He hung on that cross in the "Finished" work.
It is God's Mercy, Grace and His Justice as stated in His Word (Christ) that defeats all spiritual warfare. We can do nothing but all is done "in Christ".
The Father sees nothing but Christ in heaven at His powerful right hand of authority. In the work of Christ we, as Believers in Christ, have "His Fullness" in Justification, Sanctification, and Holiness by His precious blood
(Leviticus 17:11). We need to be full connection in spirit to get the blessing of 1 Thessalonians 5:23. The world works backwards in body, soul and then possibly never reaching in the "Fullness of Christ in His Holy Spirit" in spirit. But the soul is always in the middle regardless. We can never rely on our soulish desires. The blood can cover that in His works for His Fullness too.
When we, as Believers, lift God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit up, He has a "Book of Remembrance". Malachi 3:16 states, "Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; so the book of remembrance was written before Him".
The only time the word "Awesome" should be used at anytime is in the description of our Lord and Savior. He is the Great "I Am". I Am Savior. I Am Father. I Am Healer. I Am Mercy. I Am Grace. I Am Redeemer. I Am Provider. This statement should be used in "Square One" only. What is the need of the day? Only the "I Am_____". It is Finished in Christ.
Numbers 6:24-27 to all Believers in Christ.
Praise God and God be the Glory always.