YCCM PT 4 DETAILS
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
My Brothers and Sisters,
God is forever moving things around inside of me and rearranging things, as if He’s putting together a jigsaw puzzle. But, before He lays down the right piece, He has to clean up the space it’s going to occupy.
I asked God, does this mean, I am incomplete? Not whole?
No, you became WHOLE when we became One. I am keeping you from sin. It is a puzzlement to you because you do not understand the process.
Later, I asked, does this mean you are perfecting me? He answered…
I still didn’t quite understand. If He was perfecting me, then I must be unfinished. Not meaning to sound rude or untrusting, I asked…
How and why are You able to do this? He answered…
You have surrendered your will to me. You are made perfect in my Son–abiding in Him.
Am I a work in progress? He answered…
It is finished! I share my knowledge and wisdom with those whom I call ‘friend’.
Yet, in this flesh you are tempted. I will not leave you to stand alone. Those who walk in my Light no longer walk in the Darkness of the world and must trust in My power to keep them. Obey MY will and walk in completion!
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
My Brothers and Sisters, it is a good thing to be called a friend of God. Let us fill ourselves with the goodness and mercy that this friendship offers us.
James 2:23 (NIV)
And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.
Proverbs 3:32 (NLT)
Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord, but he offers his friendship to the godly.
Romans 5:10 (NLT)
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.
Yes, Jesus restored our friendship with our Father and His sacrifice gave us even more. Through the sacrifice of Jesus, we were perfected, so that when we are reborn, God creates in us a new man and a new mind.
This has been compared to the Potter making a new vessel. If the vessel is perfect, the Potter has no need to make it over again unless it is broken. The Potter makes the vessel according to its purpose, protects the vessel from harm and takes care of it.
Each time self rises up or the world tries to come in, God takes care of you by rearranging the pieces inside of you. His Holy Spirit brings things into remembrance and shows you the things you are feeling, thinking or doing that can cause you to sin.
For instance, God speaks and His Word is Truth, without doubt. He doesn’t think, well, if I say this, is everyone going to like what I say? Am I going to lose friends or followers? No, that would be self and pride talking. Truth is pure and to question itself would be contradictory and fruitless.
I, on the other hand, still exist in the flesh. Be it as it may, the mind may be willing to follow, but sometimes, the flesh is weak. The Darkness that surrounds us is always mimicking God, trying to expand it’s territory, so it presses hard upon us. Yet, in God, through Jesus, we have a fortress. Although, we may sometimes be bombarded by the arrows of the enemy, we have a Saviour to help us lift up our shield.
If we have not surrendered our will to God and invited His Trinity to rest, rule and abide within us, then, yes, we are a work in progress. Then, the Potter has not made us over again into a new vessel, that is purposed to follow Christ, walking in the Light of God.
Many people believe that their conscience is God’s Holy Spirit, but we must learn the difference between the two. One’s conscience can instill fear, guilt and shame. It can even encourage us to sin. Fear, guilt and shame are not of God. He will not lead us into sin.
The conscience of self or self-conscience may deter or detour us from sin, but it cannot keep us from sin, which means to change our heart, so that we no longer desire sin. Only Rebirth, Transformation to the Mind of Christ through the endowment of God’s Holy Spirit connecting us with Jesus and our Father can take away the desire to sin.
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
I questioned, my Lord, further…
So, when I abide in Christ and You are the Head of my life, the puzzle pieces are replacing any thinking that is not of the Mind of Christ, that I allow to get in the way? He answered…
Yes, they are there within you, because HE is within you. It is finished, my child. Do not allow the world to put doubt into your mind. My Word is Truth. I will not lead you astray. Trust and obey.
So, Father, when I STAND FAST, rooted and grounded upon The Rock, I am pressing toward the Mark? He answered…
Yes, My Child, STAND! That is the process!
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
FINALLY, it clicked! God had already answered and given me everything I needed to know. We are made perfect through Christ. All the shuffling and moving around is like a train being rerouted, switching tracks to be routed in the right direction. That’s why He put the image of the train changing tracks in my mind. It explains why most people just bypass the station and keep going in the wrong direction. They never allow the conductor to switch tracks, so, they continue in their wrong thinking.
When self rises up, we must be willing to surrender, die to self and receive directions through the Mind of Christ, in other words, switching to the right track to get to where we need to go. By navigating our thought processes through Christ, we are kept from sin. The Body of Christ must always surrender to the Will and Way of God. It cannot work against itself. I am a member of the body, therefore, my thoughts must agree with the Mind of Christ within me, which MUST rule over me.
God NEVER forcefully takes our freewill away, nor does He ask us to relinquish it. Even after Adam and Eve sinned, He did not take away their freewill. He will not make us obey by taking away our freewill. He asks us to willingly surrender, so that He may use us. When His Holy Spirit fills us or brings things to our attention, He will not act without our permission. Therefore, we cannot simply expect God to do everything in our lives independently, without any effort on our part.
When we joined with God, we formed a relationship and a partnership, in which we have duties to fulfill and accountability. In our relationship with Him, we prove our love for Him by obeying. Each time we say yes, use me, Lord, we are choosing to trust and obey Him.
The process of Standing in the Will and Way of God is like the process of being Still and waiting on the Lord. It is not just a motion, but a notion–a BELIEF and thought process which gravitates toward Holiness and Righteousness in WHATEVER we think, say or do–pressing until it has reached the Mark.
At this point, I am wondering…
Father, how do we miss these kind of details that are so vital to healing us, leading us to Rebirth and sustaining us? He answered…
It is the poison of the world to keep my children sick unto death and to keep them blind and unknowingly in bondage. The world has no profit in healing them; for it seeks the wages of its master to keep them ill.
Father, I pray that this message shall break the shackles of millions, empower them and lead them to eternal life. I pray that it will break through misconceptions, wrong teaching, hardened hearts and the influence of Darkness. Let it illuminate and penetrate, leading others out of Darkness. In Jesus’ most precious and Holy name. Amen
SELF REFLECTION: A Look in the Mirror
Once again, when we look at Jesus’ parables, He is challenging us to examine where our heart lies. Closely examining your heart, answer the questions below.
DISCUSS your answers with a mature Believer who can guide you in your spiritual relationship with Jesus and our Father, and/or have group discussions to learn from those who have different experiences and perspectives.
QUESTIONS: Write down your questions and discuss them with a mature Believer or submit them to this blog.
1. Think of a sin you use to commit that brought you fear, guilt and/or shame. When God took away the desire to sin, how did you feel about that sin?
2. When God takes something away, He replaces it with something to make us more productive and fruitful. When God took away your desire to sin, what area(s) of your life became more fruitful?
3. Are there times when you are aware of self or pride rising up within you when confronted with adversity or temptation?
4. What do you do in these situations?
5. Do you first try to deal with your feelings by yourself?
6. Do you believe that united as One with God, you are WHOLE?
7. Does becoming ONE in Holy Matrimony (marriage) make us WHOLE and complete?
8. Can one be WHOLE and be single (unmarried)?
9. What does being PERFECT mean to you?
10. Do you believe that you are made perfect in Christ? In what ways are we perfect? What do empowering, equipping and preparing mean to you?
11. Are these words synonymous with completing?
12. Can we be complete or whole, but still be in need of training, instruction and power to serve God and one another?
13. How will being WHOLE affect our ability to receive training, instruction and be empowered?
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Hebrews 10 (KJV)
10 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Colossians 2:6-15 (KJV)
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.