Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
“ For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
[ Ephesians 2:8-9 ]
“ His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
[ 2 Peter 1:3 ]
His divine power has given us everything we need for godliness to walk naturally in His nature by His spirit, ( never again to sinful nature ) and the power to live according to His blue print, His divine purpose for our lives.
God has given to all who comes to Him; the same measure of power in Christ Jesus to live for Him here and now. We only need access by coming to knowledge of His word ( Jesus ) as we know Him from Faith to Faith when we abide always in His presence. The presence of God is the power of God. How much, in the measure we invite His presence to our heart, to that measure we're given access to His power. That's what makes the difference.
Everyone is given the same power in Christ Jesus to live above sin never to falter, we only need to access the necessary power over, by knowing Jesus, when we in constancy, invite His presence with a free and open heart in intimacy
Not only must we have a heart of faith that believes in Jesus, but also a heart that walks in Love. The moment we believe and are delivered completely from sin and death, we have the indwelling presence of the holy spirit in our hearts ( the spirit of God ) to become more like Jesus in every sense.
Just as any other fruits of the spirit, we have the spirit of love in us as a fruit not yet fully nurtured to the fullness of God's love until we grow. However, not only must we have the spirit of Love, but rather a heart that walks in Love i.e. a heart that grows deeper in love with Jesus. Loving Jesus doesn't have anything to do with our emotions or the senses, it is “sacrifice,” a living sacrifice.
Not only must we have love as we're given freely, we must walk in Love. It is this relationship, “walking in love,” deep intimacy, that ushers us into finding, knowing and living our blueprint in God's master plan to carry out and to help Him bring to completion, His project. The completion of His kingdom building through His Life in men.
To have deep intimacy with God is to simply surrender our life time to God. Our heart remains the contact point through which God's presence is invited.
When we begin to walk deeper in love, we see God in everything and also learn to listen from the holy spirit, letting Him help us cast-off all worldly and fleshy restraints which restrains God from being fully manifested in and through us.
A heart that walks more in love is a heart of sacrifice, a heart that lives no longer for self, but only committed to the glory of God.
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.
[ I John 4:17 ]
We should not only have a heart of Faith that believes in the Lord's Jesus, but rather, a heart that walks in love as a complete reflection of the love of Jesus laying down His life in accordance to the will of the Father. Such selfless love, “a love of sacrifice” reflected in and through us, gives us boldness on the day of judgement, because we know as the spirit testifies in us that; in this world we lived our lives in sacrifice ( love ) just as Jesus did to fulfil the will of God for His glory of God unto all creation.
To what extent is your love as Jesus? This is true Christianity,
“ to love as Jesus as He was while on earth.”
Such it is for every man, to love in sacrifice with whatever good gifts and talents God has given. However, how great a love it is for a man to lay down his life to walk in what God has predestined him before the dawn of before creation, in accordance to His will for His glory.
“ Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;
whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
[ James 4:13-15 ]
Remember, Just as Jesus; Men have been working while it is day until night comes when they can no longer work. So Jesus said;
“ I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”
[ John 9:4 ].
Through grace, by Faith in Christ Jesus we're saved, not of course to live a wavering life on a shaky foundation of the word, but to walk steady in Christ Jesus.
Walking steady, is the life Jesus called and restored us into, that we have a firm foundation where He builds His house, because we are His building, we are rooms in the Father's House as He said;
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
[ John 14:2 ]
We are that building. Our lives lived in God, either in selfishness or in selflessness to God will determine our building, our restoration.
It's not God's will that we remain weak, falling and rising. When in reality, His will is to restore our fallen buildings ( our hearts ), that upon a strong foundation by being filled with the holy spirit becoming more like God, He'll build and restore us. Now Jesus wouldn't want to build upon a shaky foundation, He's so loving not to destroy us with the weight of His glory, because of how less of Him we are and more of flesh.
This foundation is built on the very nature of God being nurtured and overflowing in and through us naturally like breathing, not in struggle, but like breathing. God can only build and restore His glory on a strong foundation, not a foundation still less of Him and more of flesh.
The cause of faltering on this path of life is birthed from; doubt, the deception and denial of the delivery power of God's word to deliver a man completely from sin and death to live a life of holiness in God, naturally.
It is birthed also from our lack in love, selfishness to see Jesus only for what we can get from Him, or to escape hell, rather than loving Him in sacrifice, for that's what He restored us for, a relationship. It is this relationship that'll bring us back to our original place in God.
It's one thing to have the holy spirit when we received Christ, and another to become filled with the holy spirit and then, even greater to become baptized in the holy ghost.
Being filled with the holy spirit is; allowing the holy spirit dominate our heart by feeding on God's word, “His life,” to live naturally in the nature of God.
However, being baptized in the holy ghost isn't necessarily speaking in tongues as many believe, surely that's merely a sign. Being baptized in the holy ghost however, is an empowerment from on high to walk in God's project. Only a few enters into this, because it requires selflessness, a death to self.
Because men cease to follow, they end up being shaky.
“ 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.”
[ I John 3:9 ]
However, For this scripture to become true in our lives, We must have;
Faith, Repentance, Believing and then follow to become unwavering.
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.
I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.
Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him.
Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.
Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
In today’s devotion, I continue my discussion of the symbolism found in my book, “Finished: A Fictional Story With Heavenly Truth”. In the story, Jesus has constructed a small wooden cross, which he holds in the light of Joseph’s workshop window. Jesus speaks of the project he and Joseph have constructed by saying, “It is finished.” These words of Jesus are meant to remind us of much more than the completion of a project. Indeed, they tell of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus will one day perform on the cross of Calvary.
According to the Gospel writer John, one of Jesus’ real-life statements from the cross was “…’It is finished’…” (John 19:30, NIV). With this simple, yet powerful, phrase, Jesus was announcing that the work of forgiveness was complete. Everything that had once separated sinful people from a just and holy God had been forgiven.
Notice again the window in the illustration. This time the clouds are gone, and the sun is shining. The hope of a new day has come. Darkness has been dispelled by the light of Jesus’ accomplishment.
The finished work of Jesus means that we are no longer considered enemies of God. Neither are we condemned. Jesus did everything to restore our broken relationship with God. Salvation was a price we couldn’t pay, but it was paid in full by our Savior. We are forgiven! Heaven awaits!