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The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

                                     SABAOTH WINTER 2021                                                                FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose

The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart

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The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

 In the series The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart, we have looked at Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law. Where we saw that just as insufficient power from a dead battery to the starter motor of a vehicle renders it unable to start itself; as no food can in any way provide energy for a dead man; although it is the function food to give energy: Spiritual truth cannot provide Spiritual liveliness to a mind that is dead to righteousness; as such the mind is unable to capture the essence of the truth and similarly, Spiritual truth cannot make an unregenerate will to believe.

We have also looked at Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real. Where we looked at the first part of the Conversion Process which follows regeneration (at point of quickening); these being Faith (Saving Faith) and Repentance working hand in hand in an indivisible process. We saw that saving faith is trust in Jesus Christ as a living person for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life with God: That it is faith that propels one to take the next step past simply having knowledge of Christ and believing in the facts presented.

We then examined Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God. Where we saw that Repentance is an act by which we realise we have offended an Holy and righteous God; this act is characterised by a deliberate turn away from the sinful act(s) in question, begging for God’s forgiveness and turning to him and his ways

We will now have a look at The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience in:

Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law.

Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real.

Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God.

The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

Confession – Its Power to Remove The Sting of Sin

Circumcision of The Regenerated Heart.

Dead To Sin – Empowerment to overcome indwelling sin

Alive To Christ, Jesus – Empowerment to live a righteous and Godly life.

The Consecration, Quickening (or Awakening), Faith and Repentance Needed For Revival

God’s Way of Restoration & The Cleansing That Leads To Joy.

 

The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

Dictionary Definition of conscience

1a: the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good e.g. She had a guilty conscience.

b: a faculty, power, or principle enjoining good acts guided by conscience

2: conformity to what one considers to be correct, right, or morally good : CONSCIENTIOUSNESS

3: sensitive regard for fairness or justice : SCRUPLE e.g. a wealthy man with no conscience

“A knowledge or sense of right and wrong, with a compulsion to do right; moral judgement that opposes the violation of a previously recognized ethical principle and that leads to feelings of guilt.”

The conscience is for us to discern right from wrong, to justify or to condemn. Knowledge shows what is right or wrong but our conscience is that part of us that approves of what is right and disapproves of what is contrary to it. The conscience is a part of our spirit:

I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 9:1)

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Romans 8:16)

The conscience is part of the spirit

In the unregenerate man, the conscience as a part of the heart is devoid of guidance from the Spirit of God; but restricted within limits by the grace of God. But at salvation the conscience is restored to perform it’s full functions as part of the spirit of man.

And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. (Deuteronomy 30:6)

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

It is possible for us to defile our conscience.

By maltreating it we can lessen its acuteness or sensitivity.

If we persist in disobeying it and if we persist in aligning our life and our thoughts with things that are condemned by the conscience, it can be influenced and then go on to be defiled.

The hot iron KILLS THE NERVES and renders the part i.e. the conscience insensitive

Our conscience is like a moral nerve for our soul. Imagine a sensitive surface with nerves and nerve endings sensitive to the slightest touch and able to feel the sensation of pain. Then you bring this hot iron and you place it on it to seal off all the nerve routes. It will surely become hard and callous; so that even if you pinch it or stick a pin into it, you will feel nothing. You have just caused the kind of hardness and callousness that renders it insensitive and sometimes dead.

It is possible for man to do this to his/her conscience and the be rendered capable of doing the most terrible things and are not aware of the fact that they are doing it any longer. THE CONSIENCE IS SEARED. This can go on until THERE IS NO MORE HUMAN FEELING.

In this end-time period we are in, a believer is expected to strictly follow in the steps of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by laying down the lower form of life that man develops through his own fleshly activities (Psuche); So as to be able to live by the Spirit and share with God in His eternal life (Zoe).

The overdevelopment in the capacity of the soul of man to the detriment of life of Jesus Christ through spirit has to be checked. The ‘old man’ has to go so that the new can come to be, which is where the Cross comes in. At rebirth (born-again), When we get saved, which is our ‘passport’ to partake of the FINISHED work of Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary this processes

When it comes to purification, our faith plays out in a two-fold movement: downward, We cease to trust in our ability to improve ourselves; upward, we put our trust in Jesus for the transformation of our life. Trust is a firm reliance on the character or integrity of another; it is also a measure of the spiritual authority God puts at our disposal, which is also commensurate with the level of our spiritual maturity. Worldly maturity connotes the level of being independent of anyone; but spiritual maturity is the: LEVEL OF OUR TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE DEPENDENCE ON GOD

The soul being saved, should reflect the purity of the heart; meaning that the effect of the functions of a liberated conscience, intuition and communion with God is demonstrated by the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of our righteousness and sanctification and redemption (that we cannot physically see) and the conviction of the reality (perceiving as real what is not revealed to the senses) of this fact being made real to us by our seeing ourselves hidden in Christ Jesus who became for us wisdom from God.

Then, at this point of being saved and having a regenerated heart, the soul

[(Functions of Will, Intellect & Emotions now being controlled by the spirit (Functions of a liberated conscience, intuition and communion with God ) that is in turn now also under the control of the Holy Spirit] should be committed solely to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and enabled to comprehend the solid biblical and historical facts that Christianity is built on.

Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. (Hebrews 13:18)

A good conscience is a conscience sanctified by the Spirit of God, and sprinkled by the blood of Jesus. We must be in all things, be willing to live honestly; not only as men, but as ministers; faithfully dispensing the word of truth, without any regard to the favour or frowns of men, as good stewards of the mysteries of God

For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. (2 Corinthians 1:12)

And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men. (Acts 24:16)

A good conscience is where a man is not condemned or found guilty by his conscience; where he is acting in agreement with his conscience; so he gets no trouble from his conscience. This then is subject to the values he holds. If the values are underpinned by the Word of God then this ‘no condemnation’ verdict of the conscience is deemed valid.

Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. (Hebrews 13:18)

This could be taken to the extreme sometimes as in the case of a ‘Delicate Conscience’. An individual judges correctly and with careful attention concerning the acts about to be performed. Always the intention is to please God and does not want to offend him in the slightest degree.

I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 9:1)

A good conscience is what bears us “witness in The Holy Ghost”. When we think our conscience may say yes; and at other times the same conscience may say No. Knowledge shows what is right or wrong but:  It is the CONSCIENCE that APPROVES WHAT IS RIGHT and DISAPPROVES what is CONTRARY TO THAT WHICH IS RIGHT; Subject to The Word of God

Our conscience is the greatest safeguard possible against mere theoretical opinion about truth or mere intellectual interest in truth. In our 21st century society that is under the firm grip of media manipulation, maintaining a clear conscience and being on guard not to be a theoretical or intellectual Christian at the expense of the wholeness of the Christian life is of paramount importance.

Next, we will be looking at

Confession .

Prayers:

 AND WE CONTINUALLY PRAY:

  1. Lord, that You will give us the grace wisdom and power to recognise that the object and purpose of your instruction and charges to us is Love, which springs from a pure heart and a good and clear conscience and sincere, unfeigned faith.
  2. Heavenly Father, that as we plead the blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in Jesus’ name upon the conscience of each and everyone of us that our consciences may be healed and prevented from being seared by the wiles of the enemy, sin, or any other way the searing may, or may have occurred.
  3. Lord, that we will be able by your grace, express faith through love, and overcome the ploy of the enemy to subject us to the passivity of conscience, which means that we could in this condition close our mind to all arguments, and statements upon which we have come to settled conclusions, and all effort to give us further truth and light is regarded as interference, and the person attempting it as ignorant, or intrusive.
  4. Lord, and bind each and everyone of us to the work of the cross of Calvary where the power, the authority, the love, the forgiveness, the mercy and the grace would flow into our lives.
  5. Lord, and we bind the inner man of each and every one of us to a loving relationship with the Holy Spirit. Give us the grace to know that, ‘to seek you through knowledge about you without seeking a relationship with the Holy Spirit ends up in confusion and unbalance in our perception of You.
  6. Heavenly Father, for the grace to come to that point where we realise the true place of the Holy Spirit, that His entire work is to lead our souls into union with the our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, and the knowledge of you our Father in heaven whilst He Himself directs, and works in the background.
  7. Heavenly Father, that You will empower us to seek to be connected to the Holy Spirit that we may be surrendered to your Revealer, that we may be totally consumed by the revelation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. His life, His death, His resurrection, His position, His authority, His power, His compassion, His mind, His conscience, His desire – all that He is.
  8. Give us the grace to confess our sins, forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness for you are faithful and just. By the cleansing power of the Blood of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, bring the spirit of each and every one of us into union with Christ, For he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in the Spirit. Let each and everyone’s spirit actively dominate him / her in full co-operation with the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God

                                            SABAOTH WINTER 2021                                                         FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose

The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart

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Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God

 

In the series The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart, we have looked at Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law. Where we saw that just as insufficient power from a dead battery to the starter motor of a vehicle renders it unable to start itself; as no food can in any way provide energy for a dead man; although it is the function food to give energy: Spiritual truth cannot provide Spiritual liveliness to a mind that is dead to righteousness; as such the mind is unable to capture the essence of the truth and similarly, Spiritual truth cannot make an unregenerate will to believe.

We have also looked at Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real. Where we looked at the first part of the Conversion Process which follows regeneration (at point of quickening); these being Faith (Saving Faith) and Repentance working hand in hand in an indivisible process. We saw that saving faith is trust in Jesus Christ as a living person for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life with God: That it is faith that propels one to take the next step past simply having knowledge of Christ and believing in the facts presented.

We will now have a look at repentance in:

Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law.

Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real.

Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God.

The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

Confession – Its Power to Remove The Sting of Sin

Circumcision of The Regenerated Heart.

Dead To Sin – Empowerment to overcome indwelling sin

Alive To Christ, Jesus – Empowerment to live a righteous and Godly life.

The Consecration, Quickening (or Awakening), Faith and Repentance Needed For Revival

God’s Way of Restoration & The Cleansing That Leads To Joy.

Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God.

Sin is not doing the good you know. We sin knowingly or unknowingly, intentionally or unintentionally and that is our nature (sin nature) as Adam’s descendants thus we need to live in Jesus Christ; repenting for the washing our sins. It (sin) can also come in the form of transgression which is rebellion against God’s authority and law; to violate God’s law or command.

There is also iniquity, which is being wicked or immoral in nature or character. Primarily, it indicates “not an action, but the character of an action”, and is so distinguished from “sin”. Therefore, we have the phrase “the iniquity of my sin” (Psalms 32:5). Iniquity can be described as the core of wrongdoing or evil, while sin is this quality actually enacted in the world. It is the essence of the ‘old man’

The word repentance expresses a radical change of mind toward sin and implies a conscious moral separation from sin and a decision to forsake it and agree with God.

While faith is our receiving of the grace “offered us in Christ.” and repentance is availing ourselves of this grace and utilizing the power of it to turn to God. It is paramount we realise that faith will always precede repentance as it impossible for one to utilise what he/she does not have an understanding of – we need first to understand this mercy of God as provided for us in the finished work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ before we can now say we will go to God in repentance: it is this LEVEL OF OUR TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE DEPENDENCE ON GOD (from which faith is derived) that is a launch pad for our willingness to repent.

Repentance is an act by which we realise we have offended an Holy and righteous God; this act is characterised by a deliberate turn away from the sinful act(s) in question, begging for God’s forgiveness and turning to him and his ways. Repentance is also that window that opens for us to see what we are called to; this being that, we are to represent God’s living and working in human life; how the effects of sin’s offensive attack on God defeats this purpose and how it can be remedied by means of the lordship of God’s Spirit over man’s spirit, soul and body.

REPENTANCE IS THE REAL TURNING OF OUR LIFE TO GOD THAT STEMS FROM OUR LOVE FOR HIM WHICH LEADS TO A RIGHTEOUS FEAR OF HIM. THAT LOVE COMES FROM A PURITY OF HEART, GOOD CONSCIENCE AND SINCERE FAITH.

Prayers:

We continually pray:

  1. Lord, that as we are convicted of our own sins; the Holy Spirit of conviction and Holy Spirit inspired repentance will flow through us to others in our surroundings and beyond.
  2. Lord, that The Holy Spirit will open the eye of our heart in order that we may see the true state and condition of our heart.
  3. Lord, that You will work in us to replace our heart of stone that is cold and unyielding with a heart of flesh that is alive and responsive to You.
  4. Lord, that The Holy Spirit will show us our condemnation; that we may be able to SEE OUR SINS; FEEL, REALISE AND ACKNOWLEDGE OUR GUILT AND CONDEMNATION IN A GODLY SENSE.
  5. Lord, for there is ONLY ONE WAY; ONE WAY ALONE and You are The Way; The Truth and The Life and no one comes to The Father except through You. Reveal Yourself to unbelievers deep down in their heart that they may see You and be relived of their burden of sin.
  6. Holy Spirit, in times of evil guilt from an evil conscience that seeks to block our access to God, imprint in the inner recesses of our being that the Blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ wholly satisfies God.
  7. That deeply in our inner being, Holy Spirit, will constantly convict us of our sins by the Blood of Jesus, in the Name of Jesus
  8. Lord, that You will circumcise our hearts, that we may be able to enter the covenant of being Your people, who are fully joined to You and fully submissive to You.

 

Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law.

                                                          SABAOTH WINTER 2021                                        FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose

The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart

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Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law.

Welcome back again,

I remember a few years back when I used to join a group of Christian sisters, who had come from different parts of the world to study at the Bible College at Notting Hill; and they decided to set up a shop kitchen outreach in central London; where people could just walk in and fellowship and dine with them. When they had been there for sometime and discovered that the cases of people who walked in were getting worse by the day, be they rich or poor; they decide to indefinitely go on a fast and prayer regime on Thursdays. So I used to just join them for the prayer sessions.

So, one faithful Thursday when I walked into the shop, the sister who was the coordinating Pastor came up to me and said “you are going to do the preaching today”. I was like “huuh”. She was literarily saying I had to get up within 5 minutes and give a message. So as soon as I stood up to start, I decided to use some time for us to just worship the Lord while I pray (inwardly) at the same time for a word from the Lord. While doing this, a sex worker (prostitute) walk in, bloodied on the face and being followed in be the guy who in his own evil way controlled her on the street (her pimp).

Seeing this, the thought of what message to give I guess took back stage, as the lady (sex work) let’s call her Sister Jane started to insist on sharing her own song; the sight of her and her insistence on sharing her own song had already made me to be crying on the inside, while on the outside I was giving the pimp a bad look that told him not to try going near her. So I coincided and let her have her way.

As soon as she opened her mouth to sing her song “One day at a time sweet Jesus” none of us in the room could hold back our tears as we sang along in a supportive way. Then the Holy Spirit took over

When she finished her ’cry-singing’, I took over the ‘cry-singing’ and the rest of the people joined in the ‘cry-worship’ then all of a sudden people just started walking in from the street and confessing their sins. One or two I had to ask to speak quietly but confess deep inside to God as what they were revealing to me could surely get them in trouble, but they couldn’t hold back even in their tailor made expensive designer suits. All they could say is “how do we know this Jesus”. The ‘sister Jane’s singing had spontaneously brought down the Holy Spirit of conviction and Holy Spirit inspired repentance to bare upon the whole environment of the shop which made people to just keep walking in and start confessing their sins.

In the series The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart we will be looking at:

Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law.

Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real.

Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God.

The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

Confession – Its Power to Remove The Sting of Sin

Circumcision of The Regenerated Heart.

Dead To Sin – Empowerment to overcome indwelling sin

Alive To Christ, Jesus – Empowerment to live a righteous and Godly life.

The Consecration, Quickening (or Awakening), Faith and Repentance Needed For Revival

God’s Way of Restoration & The Cleansing That Leads To Joy.

Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law.

.Just as insufficient power from a dead battery to the starter motor of a vehicle renders it unable to start itself; as no food can in any way provide energy for a dead man; although it is the function food to give energy;

Spiritual truth cannot provide Spiritual liveliness to a mind that is dead to righteousness; as such the mind is unable to capture the essence of the truth and similarly, Spiritual truth cannot make an unregenerate will to believe.

So that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.’”

And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word.  And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” (Mark 4:12-19)

Prayers:

We continually pray:

  1. O Lord, that as we are convicted of our own sins; the Holy Spirit of conviction and Holy Spirit inspired  repentance will flow through us to others in our surroundings and beyond.
  2. O Lord, that The Holy Spirit will open the eye of our heart in order that we may see the true state and condition of our heart.
  3. O Lord, that The Holy Spirit will show us our condemnation; that we may be able to SEE OUR SINS; FEEL, REALISE AND ACKNOWLEDGE OUR GUILT AND CONDEMNATION IN A GODLY SENSE.
  4. O Lord, that The Holy Spirit will stamp the Word of God deep into our inner being so as to strike at any fortress of fear or ‘evil boldness’ and convert it to HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRED BOLDNESS.
  5. That deeply in our inner being, Holy Spirit, will constantly convict us of our sins by the Blood of Jesus, in the Name of Jesus

One Day at a Time by Lynda Randle

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One day at a time, sweet Jesus
Thats all I’m asking of You

Just give me the strength to do everyday
What I have to do

Yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
God help me today
Show me the way
One day at a time

I’m only human
I’m just a woman
Help me believe in what I could be
And all that I am
Oh, show me the stairway
That I have to climb
Lord, for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time

One day at a time, sweet Jesus
That’s all I’m asking of You
Just give me the strength to do everyday
What I have to do
Yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Lord help me today
Show me the way
One day at a time

Oh, do you remember
When You walked among men
Well, Jesus, You know
If You’re looking below
That it’s worse now than then
Oh, there’s pushing and shoving
And it’s crowding my mind

So, Lord, for my sake
Teach me to take
One day at a time

One day at a time, sweet Jesus

That’s all I’m asking of You

Just give me the strength to do everyday
What I have to do
Oh, yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Lord jelp me today
Show me the way
One day at a time

Lord, help me today
Show me the way
One day at a time

One day at a time

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SABAOTH 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR

In these trying times, the only hope of survival of any entity operating as “A Church” of Jesus Christ is to lay herself at the feet of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ so that He can totally and absolutely wipe out of her, the tendency to want to show to the world how much we can do for Him (In our own capacity) and He in turn will fill us with the contentment to demonstrate to the world how much He can do through us.

Any other route only leads to serious judgement.

The Mind of The Flesh is Death: The Mind of The Spirit is Life And Peace & A LAYMAN’S ANALOGY OF CELL DEATH DURING A VIRAL INFECTION

Sabaoth Spring 2020

AND BY HIS STRIPES: WE ARE HEALED
THE BLOOD OF JESUS: THE BLOOD OF THE ETERNAL COVENANT
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AND BY HIS STRIPES, WE ARE HEALED – The Mind of The Flesh is Death: The Mind of The Spirit is Life And Peace & A LAYMAN’S ANALOGY OF CELL DEATH DURING A VIRAL INFECTION

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Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

In this series we will be looking at:

  1. Grace To Believe
  2. Repentance
  3. The Mind of The Flesh is Death: The Mind of The Spirit is Life And Peace.
  4. Intuition
  5. Fellowship
  6. Conscience
  7. The Pursuit of The Perfection of Christ Jesus

In times like this when people are looking for answers to calamities we see around us; it is very pertinent that we have a grasp of the fact that:

THE SALVATION OF MAN IS FROM THE GIFT OF CHRIST AND ALL GIFTS OF CHRIST ARE COMMUNICATED TO US AND GIVEN TO US BY THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST – THE HOLY SPIRIT.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HEART OF MANKIND BASED ON THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY & ITS BENEFITS FOR MANKIND

Two Major Aspects of The Redemption of Mankind:

FIRSTLY, THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS

The aspect of the work of our Lord Jesus which is represented by ‘the Blood’ shed for our justification through “the remission of sins”.

AND SECONDLY OUR DELIVERANCE FROM SIN

The aspect of His work represented by ‘the Cross’: That is to say, by our union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. We have been “crucified” with Christ.

THE BLOOD DEALS WITH WHAT WE HAVE DONE AS IT DISPOSES OF OUR SINS while THE CROSS DEALS WITH WHAT WE ARE, AS IT STRIKES AT THE ROOT OF OUR CAPACITY FOR SIN

THE ANALOGY OF CELL DEATH DURING A VIRAL INFECTION

The regulation of cell death during a viral infection is an important determinant in the struggle between virus and host for survival. Two forms of cell death feature prominently, one is necrosis, defined as a passive and non‐physiological type of death caused by accidental and acute damage to the cell, and the other is apoptosis, defined as an active and genetically regulated process of cell suicide by which an organism eliminates senescent, abnormal and potentially harmful cells. These two forms of cell death are distinguishable by their morphological and biochemical effects on the cell. However, recent studies have shown that necrosis is also highly regulated and can play essential roles in maintaining homeostasis in healthy cells as well as in the elimination of infectious pathogens

Necrosis (from Ancient Greek νέκρωσις, nékrōsis, “death”)

Is a form of cell injury which results in the premature death of cells in living tissue by autolysis.[1] Necrosis is caused by factors external to the cell or tissue, such as infection, toxins, or trauma which result in the unregulated digestion of cell components.

Apoptosis (from Ancient Greek ἀπόπτωσις “falling off”)

In contrast, apoptosis is a naturally occurring programmed and targeted cause of cellular death. While apoptosis often provides beneficial effects to the organism, necrosis is almost always detrimental and can be fatal

Because just as:

The Mind of The Flesh Is Death can be likened to Necrosis & The Mind of The Spirit Is Life And Peace to Apoptosis

The Word of God tells us that –

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. FOR THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS HATH MADE ME FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4)

Jesus is the answer to our every need. I Him is “the fruit of the Spirit” as one (Gal. 5:22) and not of `fruits’ as separate items. God has given us His Holy Spirit, and when love is needed the fruit of the Spirit is love; when self control is needed the fruit of the Spirit is joy. It is always true. It does not matter what your personal deficiency, or whether it is a hundred and one different things, God has one sufficient answer — His Son Jesus Christ, and He is the answer to every human need.

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (Romans 3:21-26)

Please see the presentation or watch the video here and pray through the designated bits.

May the grace of God continue to uphold us all.  Amen

Repentance

Sabaoth Spring 2020

AND BY HIS STRIPES: WE ARE HEALED
THE BLOOD OF JESUS: THE BLOOD OF THE ETERNAL COVENANT
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AND BY HIS STRIPES, WE ARE HEALEDRepentance

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Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

In this series we will be looking at:

  1. Grace To Believe
  2. Repentance
  3. The Mind of The Flesh is Death: The Mind of The Spirit is Life And Peace.
  4. Intuition
  5. Fellowship
  6. Conscience
  7. The Pursuit of The Perfection of Christ Jesus

In times like this when people are looking for answers to calamities we see around us; it is very pertinent that we have a grasp of the fact that:

THE SALVATION OF MAN IS FROM THE GIFT OF CHRIST AND ALL GIFTS OF CHRIST ARE COMMUNICATED TO US AND GIVEN TO US BY THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST – THE HOLY SPIRIT.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HEART OF MANKIND BASED ON THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY & ITS BENEFITS FOR MANKIND

Two Major Aspects of The Redemption of Mankind:

FIRSTLY, THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS

The aspect of the work of our Lord Jesus which is represented by ‘the Blood’ shed for our justification through “the remission of sins”.

AND SECONDLY OUR DELIVERANCE FROM SIN

The aspect of His work represented by ‘the Cross’: That is to say, by our union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. We have been “crucified” with Christ.

THE BLOOD DEALS WITH WHAT WE HAVE DONE AS IT DISPOSES OF OUR SINS while THE CROSS DEALS WITH WHAT WE ARE, AS IT STRIKES AT THE ROOT OF OUR CAPACITY FOR SIN

While faith is our receiving of the grace “offered us in Christ.” and repentance is availing ourselves of this grace and utilizing the power of it to turn to God. It is paramount we realise that faith will always precede repentance as it impossible for one to utilise what he/she does not have an understanding of – we need first to understand this mercy of God as provided for us in the finished work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ before we can now say we will go to God in repentance: it is this LEVEL OF OUR TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE DEPENDENCE ON GOD (from which faith is derived) that is a launch pad for our willingness to repent.

Repentance is an act by which we realise we have offended an Holy and righteous God; this act is characterised by a deliberate turn away from the sinful act(s) in question, begging for God’s forgiveness and turning to him and his ways. Repentance is also that window that opens for us to see what we are called to; this being that, we are to represent God’s living and working in human life; how the effects of sin’s offensive attack on God defeats this purpose and how it can be remedied by means of the lordship of God’s Spirit over man’s spirit, soul and body.

REPENTANCE IS THE REAL TURNING OF OUR LIFE TO GOD THAT STEMS FROM OUR LOVE FOR HIM WHICH LEADS TO A RIGHTEOUS FEAR OF HIM. THAT LOVE COMES FROM A PURITY OF HEART, GOOD CONSCIENCE AND SINCERE FAITH.

Please see the presentation or watch the video here and pray through the designated bits.

May the grace of God continue to uphold us all.  Amen

The Battle For The Soul of Man: Passivity, Credulity and Faith

Sabaoth SUMMER 2019
FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose
PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God

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Our Freedom From Sin Section E – The Battle For The Soul of Man: Passivity, Credulity and Faith

The Law of Sin And Death & The Battle For The Soul of Man

Law of Sin and death

Passivity, The Will of Man And The Will of God

Faith For Everyday Christian Living

Credulity Interfering With Faith In Sanctification

Passivity & Credulity As Ready Vehicles For Oppression

Credulity Interfering With Faith In Sanctification

As we continue our look at sanctification (The Law of Sin and Death & The Battle For The Soul of Man) taking into consideration that the main oppressor of man is sin in the heart, for hearts tainted by sin will not only oppress their owners, but will inevitably lead to oppressive systems as well. It will be apt to take a quick look at one other major way oppression may be facilitated; as in how relationships between the ‘leaders’ and the ‘led’ are defined in the quest for sanctification and some factors around it – this being passivity and the level of de-humanization it can lead to. We will in this presentation look at the need for the believer to take responsibility for what our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has left in us through His finished work at Calvary.

Now these people were more noble and open-minded than those in Thessalonica, so they received the message [of salvation through faith in the Christ] with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. (Acts 17:11 Amp.)

Up to these point through this series, we have been addressing the inner spiritual oppression of sin, which is the fount of all other types of oppression a believer encounters. Now we will briefly have a look at passivity, a vehicle through which evil forces takeover a believer’s urge to act instead of him/her and examine actions that necessitate the credulity that in most cases trigger it. We will be looking at the horizontal aspect of the believer that being the one between the five-fold ministries and the believer at the receiving end of their work.

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates (works against) his [Christian] brother he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. (1 John 4:20 Amp).

The overdevelopment in the capacity of the soul of man to the detriment of life of Jesus Christ through spirit has to be checked. The ‘old man’ has to go so that the new can come to be, which is where the Cross comes in. At rebirth (born-again), When we get saved, which is our ‘passport’ to partake of the FINISHED work of Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary this processes start and must be carefully followed through as we are being brought to the place where we live by the life of Christ Jesus. Each and every day we have to strive towards this.

God is doing a direct work in our hearts to get rid of the overdevelopment in the capacity of our soul. Each and every day we have to confine and hand over this bloated power of the soul to death.

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (Luke 9:23-24)

The soul of a believer, being saved should reflect the purity of the heart; meaning that the effect of the functions of a liberated conscience, intuition and communion with God is demonstrated by the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of our righteousness and sanctification and redemption (that we cannot physically see) and the conviction of the reality (perceiving as real what is not revealed to the senses) of this fact being made real to us by our seeing ourselves hidden in Christ Jesus who became for us wisdom from God.

Then, at this point of being saved and having a regenerated heart, the soul [(Functions of Will, Intellect & Emotions now being controlled by the spirit (Functions of a liberated conscience, intuition and communion with God) that is in turn now also under the control of the Holy Spirit] should be committed solely to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and enabled to comprehend the solid biblical and historical facts that Christianity is built on.

We have so far been looking at the vertical aspect of the appropriation of the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary that being between the believer and God now we will have a look at the horizontal aspect which is between the believer and the influences around him/her that have a bearing on how the relationship is formed and maintained.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. FOR THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS hath made me FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4)

A Believers Need For Repentance In Sanctification

Sabaoth SUMMER 2019
FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose
PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God

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Our Freedom From Sin Section D – A Believers Need For Repentance In Sanctification

The Law, Faith and Repentance In Sanctification

Section D (3): REPENTANCE – A Believers Need For Repentance In Sanctification

In our last instalment (FAITH FOR SANCTIFICATION – Firstly Revealed To our Mind: Then Sealed Upon Our Hearts By The Holy Spirit) we saw that when it comes to sanctification, our faith plays out in a two-fold movement: downward, we cease to trust in our ability to improve ourselves; upward, we put our trust in Jesus for the transformation of our life. Trust is a firm reliance on the character or integrity of another; it is also a measure of the spiritual authority God puts at our disposal, which is also commensurate with the level of our spiritual maturity. Worldly maturity connotes the level of being independent of anyone; but spiritual maturity is the:

LEVEL OF OUR TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE DEPENDENCE ON GOD. It demands that we cease to trust in our ability to improve ourselves; and we put our trust in Jesus’ finished work for the transformation of our life.

While faith is our receiving of the grace “offered us in Christ.” and repentance is availing ourselves of this grace and utilizing the power of it to turn to God. It is paramount we realise that faith will always precede repentance as it impossible for one to utilise what he/she does not have an understanding of – we need first to understand this mercy of God as provided for us in the finished work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ before we can now say we will go to God in repentance: it is this LEVEL OF OUR TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE DEPENDENCE ON GOD (from which faith is derived) that is a launch pad for our willingness to repent.

Repentance is an act by which we realise we have offended an Holy and righteous God; this act is characterised by a deliberate turn away from the sinful act(s) in question, begging for God’s forgiveness and turning to him and his ways. Repentance is also that window that opens for us to see what we are called to; this being that, we are to represent God’s living and working in human life; how the effects of sin’s offensive attack on God defeats this purpose and how it can be remedied by means of the lordship of God’s Spirit over man’s spirit, soul and body.

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (Ephesians 3:16-19)

REPENTANCE IS THE REAL TURNING OF OUR LIFE TO GOD THAT STEMS FROM OUR LOVE FOR HIM WHICH LEADS TO A RIGHTEOUS FEAR OF HIM. THAT LOVE COMES FROM A PURITY OF HEART, GOOD CONSCIENCE AND SINCERE FAITH.

In this instalment, we look at the two extremes at which a believer might erroneously view sin at one end is the view that assumes that under the gospel dispensation of grace the moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary for salvation with the view that “I’ll go ahead and commit the sin because for grace, God will forgive me”

At the other extreme is tendency within the Christian life to favour legal assurances and practices in one’s journey of faith with the view that “I will TRY MY BEST to do what God wants by discipline and dedication of heart. I will use my WILL POWER”

But in-between this two extremes lies true freedom from sin:

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (Romans 6:17)

In this section on repentance we look at:

Man’s Sinful Nature

Unbeliever’s Sorrowful Turning From Sin

Believer’s Need For Consistent Repentance

The Function And Purpose of The Law

Guilt & Godly Sorrow

Sorrowful Turning From Sin & Hopeful Turning To God

Quickening ‘Awakening’ Leading to Repentance

Confession

Cleansing (Deliverance)

The Quickening (or Awakening), Faith and Repentance Needed For Revival

Faith For Sanctification

Sabaoth SUMMER 2019
FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose
PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God

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Our Freedom From Sin Section D – Faith For Sanctification

The Law, Faith and Repentance In Sanctification

FAITH FOR SANCTIFICATION – Firstly Revealed To our Mind: Then Sealed Upon Our Heart By The Holy Spirit.

When it comes to sanctification, our faith plays out in a two-fold movement: downward, we cease to trust in our ability to improve ourselves; upward, we put our trust in Jesus for the transformation of our life. Trust is a firm reliance on the character or integrity of another; it is also a measure of the spiritual authority God puts at our disposal, which is also commensurate with the level of our spiritual maturity. Worldly maturity connotes the level of being independent of anyone; but spiritual maturity is the:

LEVEL OF OUR TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE DEPENDENCE ON GOD

It demands that we cease to trust in our ability to improve ourselves; and we put our trust in Jesus’ finished work for the transformation of our life.

Faith is higher knowledge that goes beyond just what our intellect is able to comprehend or what any mental action, or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding – through thought, experience, and the senses (cognition) can provide for us. It is the persuasion that informs the general air of confidence; a firm conviction that something is the case and is reliably true. A persuasion that goes beyond our human ability or shrewdness to attain but is imparted to us by the Holy Spirit.

The foundation of faith pertaining to our sanctification is based on real, solid, tangible, realistic, true to life testimony that comes from personal knowledge of God’s compassion, goodwill or benevolence towards us; founded upon the truth of the freely given promise in Christ, both revealed to our minds and sealed upon our hearts through the Holy Spirit. This is not just about agreeing with historical facts about Jesus Christ, but knowledge we have that God will be compassionate towards us because of Him, Jesus Christ. This revealed to our minds and sealed upon our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

Righteousness is the result of believing in our heart, not our minds, and those who do not know the power of God only believe in Him in their minds. It is is not about ‘cognition’ but a genuine trust in God.

 

 

Our Freedom From Sin Section C – The Conflict of Two Natures

Sabaoth Winter 2018 / 2019
The Spirit of Holiness & The Sanctification of Man Part 2:

FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose
PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God

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Our Freedom From Sin Section C – The Conflict of Two Natures

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

In our world today, where new and more complicated problems of seem to emanate from mans dealings with others and even more disturbing, man’s dealing with himself. An age when man have now decided to create a culture of ‘managing his problems’ instead of seeking a solution; all kinds of ‘programmes’ are proffered to solve these problems but the real intensions of proffering this solution is the lust for money and fame – “For the love of money is the root of all evil”. Man keep going round and round in circles but ‘no solution’.
We can see in the scriptures that God, the Master Planner has already provided a solution right from the foundation of the world; that solution based on His plan to start a new tribe, a new race entirely. This solution does not involve tampering around with the old so that ‘it can be managed’. He goes deep down to the root and cuts us off ( He cuts us off from our connection to Adam) and then begins a new tribe, a new race. But the wonder and the glory of it is that he starts the tribe, the new race within the shell of the old.
Outwardly, we remain unchanged. Our bodies are still subject to decrepitude and decay and death. Yet, within, a new man has begun if we have exercised faith in Jesus Christ and repented. God’s solution is to end the curse of Adam and to release within us the power of a new life, the life of Jesus himself.
Not only are we freed from sin, as Paul points out, but we are freed from the Law as well. The Law does its work (condemns us), but we are no longer under Law if we are resting in Christ. Therefore, the Law does not serve any useful purpose in delivering us from sin apart from flashing the search light on it (sin) and drive us back to Christ Jesus.
The writer of this epistle, Apostle Paul, like many of us today, was protected and sheltered and kept from exposure to serious temptations. He was raised in the Jewish culture, where everyone around him was sheltered also. Here is a man like many any other believers have grown up in a home where you have been protected and sheltered, and you have run with a crowd of friends who, likewise, have been kept from exposure to various things. You haven’t fallen into evil.
WHEN A HOLY LAW IS APPLIED (JUST LIKE A SEARCHLIGHT) TO SINFUL MAN, THEN HIS SINFULNESS COMES OUT IN FULL DISPLAY.
Our salvation and Sanctification are from the gift of Christ and all gifts of Christ are communicated to us and given to us by the Spirit of Christ – The Holy Spirit.
IT IS ALL ABOUT THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HEART OF MANKIND BASED ON THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY & ITS BENEFITS FOR MANKIND
Part of the outworking of our regeneration by God through the acts of the Holy Spirit is our sanctification.
Regeneration means to be renewed, reformed, or reconstituted; to have a spiritual rebirth (be spiritually reborn) “Born Again”; to cause to be completely reformed or improved and to grow anew (a part to replace one hurt or lost).
Sanctification as had been set in motion from the foundation of the earth and FINISHED by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary, spans the entirety of our being: from the moment of our spiritual birth to the point of our entry into glory.
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:10-14).
At rebirth, Positional Sanctification is automatically made available to us (through an entirely work of God) as a result of justification; as a believer (at salvation) we are justified and declared righteous in conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Romans 10:4).
Then when ‘the rubber hits the road’, we discover that we have to deal with the negative pull from the corrupt world we live in; a world that is well set up to pull us back into its sinful fold – here is where the experiential phase of our sanctification plays out.
Experiential sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit works in us (believer) to set us apart from sin; it is a progressive work aimed at spiritual maturity, a progressive work of separating us from the world. Quite opposite to what obtains in the world where maturity means independence from anyone; but spiritual maturity means TOTAL DEPENDENCE ON GOD.

Our Freedom From Sin Section C – Romans 6 In  A Nutshell

Sabaoth Autumn 2018
The Spirit of Holiness & The Sanctification of Man Part 2:

FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose
PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God

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Our Freedom From Sin Section C – Romans 6 In  A Nutshell

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

Just as men transact our own business in money terms – GOD’S HARD CURRENCY IS THE STATE OF MAN’S HEART
GOD IS NOT FOOLED
 KNOWING AND RECKONING
KNOWING – REVEALED KNOWLEDGE OF  Old Man Crucified

KNOWING that our ‘old man’ (the loopholes that give evil forces that have gained control over the body, the power to exert influence over the soul) have been blocked  when our soul and spirit were crucified with Jesus Christ at Calvary – ‘IT IS FINISHED’

The believer must continue to be obedient to this truth so as to be continually consecrated.

Reckoning is more or less the same as faith, but while faith in Hebrews 11:1 looks up to “what is hoped for”; in this scenario we are looking at faith based on the assurance of what God has already done; it is based on what God has already settled – IT IS FINISHED”

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:11)

The assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of our righteousness and sanctification and redemption (that we cannot physically see) and the conviction of the reality (perceiving as real what is not revealed to the senses) of this fact being made real to us by our seeing ourselves hidden in Christ Jesus who became for us wisdom from God.

At this point the believer presents himself to God as alive from the dead. He sees that he has no more right over himself.

 

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Colossians 2:20)

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (Romans 6:12-13)

This (ideally) should herald the start of a wonderful Christian experience BUT THEN Sin, the old master, is still about, but the slave who served him has been put to death and so is out of reach and his members are unemployed. The looter’s hand is unemployed, the liar’s tongue is unemployed, and these members are now available to be used instead “as instruments of righteousness unto God” (Romans 6:13).

THEN: Temptation comes!!

Our salvation and Sanctification are from the gift of Christ and all gifts of Christ are communicated to us and given to us by the Spirit of Christ – The Holy Spirit.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HEART OF MANKIND BASED ON THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY & ITS BENEFITS FOR MANKIND

Part of the outworking of our regeneration by God through the acts of the Holy Spirit is our sanctification.

Regeneration means to be renewed, reformed, or reconstituted; to have a spiritual rebirth (be spiritually reborn) “Born Again”; to cause to be completely reformed or improved and to grow anew (a part to replace one hurt or lost).

Sanctification as had been set in motion from the foundation of the earth and FINISHED by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary, spans the entirety of our being: from the moment of our spiritual birth to the point of our entry into glory.

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:10-14).

At rebirth, Positional Sanctification is automatically made available to us (through an entirely work of God) as a result of justification; as a believer (at salvation) we are justified and declared righteous in conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Romans 10:4).

Then when ‘the rubber hits the road’, we discover that we have to deal with the negative pull from the corrupt world we live in; a world that is well set up to pull us back into its sinful fold – here is where the experiential phase of our sanctification plays out.

Experiential sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit works in us (believer) to set us apart from sin; it is a progressive work aimed at spiritual maturity, a progressive work of separating us from the world. Quite opposite to what obtains in the world where maturity means independence from anyone; but spiritual maturity means TOTAL DEPENDENCE ON GOD.

GOD’S WAY OF RESTORATION – Judgment That Leads To Cleansing

Sabaoth Winter 2020 / 2021      GOD’S WAY OF RESTORATION Part 1- Judgment that leads to cleansing

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Judgment That Leads To Cleansing

 

“If you destroy the foundations of anything, the structure will collapse. If you want to destroy any building, you are guaranteed early success if you destroy the foundations.” ― Ken Ham

Listen and pay close attention, do not be haughty and overconfident, For the Lord has spoken [says Jeremiah]. Give glory to the Lord your God, before He brings darkness and before your feet stumble on the dark and shadowy mountains, and while you are longing for light He turns it into the shadow of death, and makes it into thick darkness. But if you will not listen and obey, my soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and flow with tears, because the Lord’s flock has been taken captive. (Jeremiah 13:15-17)

When a man leaves the God that made him head over his subordinate to go and serve the god of his subordinate; he will surely end up being a subordinate to his subordinate. When a nation deviates from the fundamental tenets of what has brought it any degree of greatness in the first place and decide to embark on a journey based on false foundation, a journey that only attracts the wrath of God: The process by which God restores such a nation often starts with the Judgment of that which has been perceived to be true and a product of the false foundation, after which He then cleanses the people and prospers them again. But this has not been the case for some nations in history who have been made to go into the oblivion and there is no trace of them today.

For the Lord of hosts has said, “Cut down her trees And build a siege [mound] against Jerusalem. (like any other city in our 21st century world) This is the city which must be punished. There is nothing but oppression inside her [walls]. (Jeremiah 6:6 emphasis added)

Corvid 19 (whatever its source) has shown us all how (apart from God) everything man is counting on can be broken down; expectations shattered, dreams disappointed; a situation that has brought us all to the point where we have began to look at ourselves anew, to see how much we had been contributing to the problem, the point where cleansing comes in: BUT WE MUST COME TO THAT POINT WHERE WE, DEEP DOWN IN OUR HEARTS REALISE THAT Judgment IS NECESSARY FOR CLEASING. That way we are EMPOWERED to avoid a repeat.

This step of Judgment in the restoration process is what we can call GOD’S RESET IT IS WISDOM TO SEE IT AS INTENDED “RESET” AND NOT ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO PERPETUATE MORE WICKEDNESS

Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city! She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God. Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow. Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. The just Lord is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame. (Zephaniah 3:1-5)      

Our Freedom From Sin Section B – The Blood and The Cross.

Sabaoth Autumn 2018
The Spirit of Holiness & The Sanctification of Man Part 2:

FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose
PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God

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Our Freedom From Sin Section B – The Blood and The Cross.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

In the first section we saw that our salvation and sanctification are from the gift of Christ and all gifts of Christ are communicated to us and given to us by the Spirit of Christ – The Holy Spirit.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HEART OF MANKIND BASED ON THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY & ITS BENEFITS FOR MANKIND

Part of the outworking of our regeneration by God through the acts of the Holy Spirit is our salvation and sanctification.

Regeneration means to be renewed, reformed, or reconstituted; to have a spiritual rebirth (be spiritually reborn) “Born Again”; to cause to be completely reformed or improved and to grow anew (a part to replace one hurt or lost).

Two Major Aspects of Our Redemption

Firstly, the forgiveness of our sins

The aspect of the work of our Lord Jesus which is represented by ‘the Blood’ shed for our justification through “the remission of sins”.

And secondly our deliverance from Sin

The aspect of His work represented by ‘the Cross’: That is to say, by our union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. We have been “crucified” with Christ.

THE BLOOD DEALS WITH WHAT WE HAVE DONE AS IT DISPOSES OF OUR SINS while THE CROSS DEALS WITH WHAT WE ARE, AS IT STRIKES AT THE ROOT OF OUR CAPACITY FOR SIN

Please watch the video and pray through the the designated bits.

May the grace of God continue to uphold us all – Amen

The Spirit of Christ Jesus

FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER
PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God
The Spirit of Holiness & The Sanctification of Man Part 1:

The Spirit of Christ Jesus

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8)
And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)
Our salvation and Sanctification are from the gift of Christ and all gifts of Christ are communicated to us and given to us by the Spirit of Christ – The Holy Spirit.
IT IS ALL ABOUT THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HEART OF MANKIND BASED ON THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY & ITS BENEFITS FOR MANKIND
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5).
All communications of supplies and relief, in the beginnings, increases, actions of any grace whatsoever, from Jesus Christ, are by The Holy Spirit, by whom He alone works in and upon us (believers).
FROM HIM WE HAVE OUR SALVATION AND SANCTIFICATION
Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. (Acts 5:31)
Acts 2:33)

Christian Conversion – FAITH

Maintaining a Healthy Fear of God

 Trust and Obey – Part 7a

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Christian Conversion – FAITH

While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey.

In this series we have been looking at the first stanza of the hymn, Trust and Obey by John Henry Sammis as part of our mini-series “Maintaining a Healthy Fear of God” In previous posts we have looked at God’s good will, His original plan of His eternal purpose Ultimately being, PLAN A  – The Glory of God  –  We saw that it is safe to say that His good will, His eternal purpose, is a plan to ultimately, bring us to His Glory, with provision made for perceived blunders we will make along the way –

The Gospel of Christ Jesus.  

We then started on this Journey of Regeneration– God’s Provisions & Man’s Acts. We then looked at Propitiation – It Is Finished; before that, Redemption then   Justification as part of God’s Regeneration  of man.

We then stopped to have a look at the work of the Holy Spirit in this eternal purpose of God especially the work of the Holy Spirit in the salvation of man. We looked at this from the perspective of the specific activities of the Holy Spirit in the salvation of man – His activities in the eternal Purpose of God and His in bringing life to man’s deadened conscience through quickening of the human spirit.

The Holy Spirit & Regeneration of Man. How God, According To His Will By The Holy Spirit:

Part 1 – Confirms Man As A Sinner                                                                                                    The Components of Man (Body, Soul & Spirit); Heart of Man; SELF & The Heart of Man; Conviction in unregenerate Man; What is the law? (At Salvation); The law & Grace?

 Part 2a – Removes His Sins and Their Consequences                                                                     The purpose conviction of sin is CHANGE OF HEART; CHANGE OF HEART! in unregenerate man as a result of conviction?; Product of conviction in an un-regenerated man; The purpose of conviction of sin is to change the heart; Grace From Cross At Calvary; Regeneration of the spirit (Quickening); A Quickened Heart (At Salvation)

Then we looked at Repentance in Christian Conversion:

Knowing And Approving Does Not Equate To Salvation; The Assurance of Salvation; The Regeneration Before The Conversion Process – QUICKENING; The Conversion Process; Repentance and Heart of Man -A Free & Wholesome Conscience For Repentance

 We are now here:

Point of Quickening by the Holy Spirit; quickening being the direct and supernatural operation of the Holy Spirit to effect a newness of life in the heart of man, so that he is able to receive the things of God (e.g. Word, directions etc.) Newness of life being the ‘activation’ of the intuition and communion in the spirit of man.

Up to this point we have been dealing with the parts of salvation that do not involved man’s input; all have been done God, The Father; God, The Son –Jesus; and God, The Holy Spirit. At this point man is empowered to MAKE A CHOICE,

This choice is what determines or ‘kick starts’ the conversion process as it is at this point man decides to believe in The Gospel of Jesus Christ (by faith), and Repent towards God forsake everything else to follow Him no matter the cost. “Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” (Matthew 13:44-46)

we look at:

Knowing And Approving Does Not Equate To Salvation

The Assurance of Salvation

The Regeneration before The Conversion Process – QUICKENING

Regeneration THEN Conversion

The Conversion Process

By Grace Alone Through Faith

Grace for Salvation

Repentance & Faith Through Grace

Latent & Saving Faith

Most Importantly!!!!!

You might say – “Why do I have to know and experience this Jesus you are going on about?” Here is why, when and how you can get to know Him.

Admit your spiritual need.

We all are sinners: nobody likes that title “SINNER”, but the bible says in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

What is the result of sin?

In Romans 6:23 we read “The wages of sin is death…” in other words, every sin is another step towards death. One thing that we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell; one can send himself there by rejecting the truth.

Since we can never measure up to God’s standards by our own strength; God has reached out to mankind.

In Romans 5:8 we read, “God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. It is Jesus, after all, who is the source of life’s greatest high.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17).

What must a person do to accept this gift?

Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28 states –“come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me” Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into your life to give you peace, change you for the best. John 1:12 says: “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God”.

If you haven’t already received Christ as your Saviour, don’t put it off another day! Take time right now to reflect on the state of your life, how does Romans 3:23 apply to you? Ask God to empower you to see the true state of your heart – “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) then when enabled, invite Jesus into your life. Confess your sins. Receive His forgiveness and the gift of eternal life.

You might pray something like this:

Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner in need of a Saviour. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank You for giving me eternal life. Help me to live my life in a way that pleases You, for whatever time You give me here on earth. I look forward to living forever in Heaven with You. Amen.

Gospel of Christ Jesus

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Gospel of Christ Jesus

“God’s sovereignty is first painful, then slowly powerful, and over much time seen to be profitable. It is to be studied with great sensitivity for the experiences of others and deep reverence for the One who controls the outcomes of every matter in the universe.“ –
James MacDonald

God’s Plan In Creation – His Glory

“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, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Eph. 1:3-6 )

 

What is Zion

What is Zion

The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee; The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 60:14)

For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, …….. But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (Hebrews 12:18, 22-24)

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. (Revelation 14:1)

Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. (1 Peter 2:6)

“What is Zion? What is Mount Zion? What is the biblical meaning of Zion?”

Psalm 87:2-3 says, “The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God.” Occurring over 150 times in the Bible, the word “Zion” essentially means “fortification.” In the Bible, Zion is both the city of David and the city of God. As the Bible progresses, the word “Zion” transitions from referring primarily to a physical city to having a more spiritual meaning.
The first mention of the word “Zion” in the Bible is 2 Samuel 5:7:

“Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David.” “Zion,” therefore, was originally the name of the ancient Jebusite fortress in the city of Jerusalem. “Zion” came to stand not only for the fortress but also for city in which the fortress stood.

After David captured “the stronghold of Zion,” Zion was then called “the City of David” (1 Kings 8:1; 1 Chronicles 11:5; 2 Chronicles 5:2).
When Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem, “Zion” expanded in meaning to include the temple and the area surrounding it (Psalms 2:6; 48:2, 11-12; 132:13). “Zion” was eventually used as a name for the city of Jerusalem, the land of Judah, and the people of Israel as a whole (Isaiah 40:9; Jeremiah 31:12; Zechariah 9:13).
The most important use of the word “Zion” is in a theological sense. “Zion” is used figuratively of Israel as the people of God (Isaiah 60:14). The spiritual meaning of “Zion” is continued in the New Testament, where it is given the Christian meaning of God’s spiritual kingdom, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 14:1). Peter refers to Christ as the Cornerstone of Zion: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame” (1 Peter 2:6).

Coming to Mount Zion

by Ray Stedman

For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, …….. But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (Hebrews 12:18, 22-24)

The writer is here speaking of that which motivates us in the Christian life. We are not to be driven by fear. Not by the Law with its demands upon us, Do this, or else. Not by self-effort, not by the gritted teeth and the clenched fist and a determination that we are going to serve God. If we serve because we are afraid, as the Law frightened Israel in the terrible scene on Mt. Sinai, we will lose something from God.

It is not fear that is our motive; it is fullness, it is what God has given us.

You have come not to this Mount Sinai, but to Mount Zion, the place of grace; and to the new Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come under a new government. And to angels. Angels are ministering spirits, sent forth to minister to those who are to be the heirs of salvation, i.e., Christians. And to the church of the firstborn whose names are written in heaven.

This is those who are born in Christ, sharing his life with our names written in heaven. And to God, the judge of all, whether they are Christians or not. And to the spirits of the righteous made perfect.

These are the Old Testament saints, men and women of God who lived in the days when the promise was given before the cross, who looked forward by faith and who are waiting now for us. And to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. A mediator is not someone up in heaven somewhere, in some distant reach of space; he is an indwelling Christ. He is available to us. He is right here to be our strength, our righteousness, our wisdom, whatever we need.

When Abel’s blood was shed it cried out for vengeance, as the book of Genesis tells us, but Jesus’ blood did not speak of vengeance — it speaks of access, of vindication, of the fact there is no problem between us and God that is not settled by his blood. There is no longer any question of guilt. We can come completely accepted in the Beloved.

Thus, with all this on our side there is no need to fail, is there? That is the point he is making. Certainly it gets rough, certainly it gets discouraging, surely there are times when the pressures are intense, but have you reckoned on your resources? Have you forgotten them?

Have we entered Mt. Zion, where joy and freedom from fear is our spiritual heritage? Is our worship and our works motivated by God’s grace, and His love which casts out fear ?

Gracious Father, we are so grateful that by grace you have led us to Mount Zion. Now help us to stand strong, and to be yours in every circumstance of life.

Grace

 Grace

“Charis”, the new testament word for grace is translated to mean favour, benefit, gift, joy, pleasure and thanks. Grace comes from God as He grants favour and blessing on us – it is unmerited favour; a constant and unchangeable power; an embodiment of God’s transcendence, omnipotence and love in our lives – It reaches into eternity beyond our limits and boundaries.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. (Psalm 145:17)

But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. (Romans 5:15)

This grace is the free gift we need:

TO OBEY GOD’S WILL
By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name. (Romans 1:5)

FOR SALVATION OF OUR SOUL FROM ETERNAL DAMNATION
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:24)

TO COME BEFORE GOD
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

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This grace is readily available through the knowledge of God and His Son Jesus Christ:

“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Pet. 1:2-3, KJV, emphasis added).
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. (Ephesians 4:7)

To cut it all short, Grace is:

THE FAVOUR OF GOD THAT GIVES US ACCESS TO THE POWER OF GOD FOR EVERYTHING WE NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS.

GOD’S ABILITY WORKING IN US, TO HELP US DO WHAT WE CANNOT DO OURSELVES.

GOD’S PROVISION FOR OUR WEAK PLACES; HIS PROVISION FOR OUR  ‘Achilles heel’

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. (Philippians 3:10)

O lord teach us how to appropriately lay aside our human ability (or even, inability as the case may be), so that we may be able to experience Your power in our life; that power that is the GRACE OF GOD.

A Review of Foresight of The Master Planner So far

FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER

A Review of Foresight of The Master Planner So far

 

In our journey through the book of Romans We have overall looked at:

The Eternal purpose of God

PLAN A  (The Glory of God)Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

PLAN A1 (The Gospel of Christ)In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

These, in essence (to some extent) capture what Apostle Paul was saying in Romans 1:1-3

“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the Holy Scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.”

all we have done so far is deal with Romans 1:1-3, as it is important to establish the credentials of this Jesus that we will be referring to in our study of the book of Romans;

In our last 4 posts on this series FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER, we looked at the first of three questions asked to see if Jesus is the “Saviour” and “liberator” of mankind; we took a look at the question, IS JESUS MORE THAN MAN? we looked at Jesus as the Son of (M)man and also Jesus as the Son of God, where we looked at the essence or reality of His nature – the essential nature or reality of Jesus Christ, in which the divine and the human are believed to be combined – How it is possible for Him to be God and man at the same time?

We then continued with our look at the first in our classifications of who Jesus Christ is with regards to His Nature, His Pre-Existence and how He fits into the eternal purpose of the Master Planner. Then we went on to look at the question – IS JESUS EQUAL WITH GOD?

In our look at the question – IS JESUS EQUAL WITH GOD? We examined how the Father rewarded his Son for His obedience even unto death;obedience unto death that was the end result of His emptying Himself in His deity, and then in humbling Himself in His humanity: We then compared this with The Difference Between Actual Suffering & Having A Mind To Suffer. We saw that:

One – All who serve God need to possess an additional characteristic – that of having a mind to suffer
Two – Yet, let it be clearly known here that being willing to suffer is not the same thing as suffering itself.
Three – Here we see the dilemma in the Lord’s service. Sometimes, for example, in the work which God has called us to do, we find ourselves in physical need because He seemingly has not provided sufficiently for us. What shall we do amidst such trial?
Four – How much of a mind to suffer must we posses? The demand of the Scripture is: “faithful unto death”

At this point, we had to take a pause in our dealing with the series FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER to have a look at a picture of the suffering of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the mini-series Maintaining a Healthy Fear of God – “While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey.”

In looking at the first stanza of the hymn, Trust and Obey by John Henry Sammis as part of this mini-series In the posts, we have looked at God’s good will, His original plan of His eternal purpose Ultimately being, PLAN A  (The Glory of God)– We saw that it is safe to say that His good will, His eternal purpose, is a plan to ultimately, bring us to His Glory, with provision made for perceived blunders we will make along the way – this provision being The Gospel of Christ Jesus. We then started on this Journey of Regeneration– God’s Provisions & Man’s Acts. We then looked at what God has received from the death of Jesus Christ irrespective of a sinner believing and trusting in Jesus or not PropitiationIt Is Finished; before that, Redemption then Justification – You Are Not Guilty!!!! Says God as part of God’s Regeneration of man.

We then had a look at the work of the Holy Spirit in this eternal purpose of God especially the work of the Holy Spirit in the salvation of man. We looked at this from the perspective of the specific activities of the Holy Spirit in the salvation of man – His activities in the eternal Purpose of God and in His bringing life to man’s deadened conscience through quickening of the human spirit.
The Holy Spirit & Regeneration of Man. How God, According To His Will By The Holy Spirit:

Part 1 – Confirms Man As A Sinner The Components of Man (Body, Soul & Spirit); Heart of Man; SELF & The Heart of Man; Conviction in unregenerate Man; What is the law? (At Salvation); The law & Grace?
Part 2 – Removes His Sins and Their Consequences The purpose conviction of sin is CHANGE OF HEART; CHANGE OF HEART! in unregenerate man as a result of conviction?; Product of conviction in an un-regenerated man; The purpose of conviction of sin is to change the heart; Grace From Cross At Calvary; Regeneration of the spirit (Quickening); A Quickened Heart (At Salvation).

We then looked at Christian conversion – Repentance In Christian Conversion; The importance of having a Good Conscience: Useful Heart and finally the place of Faith In Christian Conversion.

ALL PRESENTATIONS Gospel ofChrist JesusCLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE ALL PLAN A1 (The Gospel of Christ) PRESENTATIONS

So we have overall looked at PLAN A  (The Glory of God)  & PLAN A1 (The Gospel of Christ), we will now continue with PLAN A2 (Back on Track)

In PLAN A2 (Back on Track) we will  have a look at Christian Transformation; Glory and The proving of Faith; Freedom from the dominion of indwelling sin  (This involves: Freedom from Sin, Sanctification mainly dis-positional); growth in life;  building up and maturing.

 PLAN A2 (Back on Track)

 

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. (Eph. 1:3-12 emphasis added)

 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

 

Meanwhile, seek to be set free from God’s wrath today and seek the righteousness that really counts:

Most Importantly!!!!!

 You might say – “Why do I have to know and experience this Jesus you are going on about?” Here is why, when and how you can get to know Him.

Admit your spiritual need.

We all are sinners: nobody likes that title “SINNER”, but the bible says in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

What is the result of sin?

In Romans 6:23 we read “The wages of sin is death…” in other words, every sin is another step towards death. One thing that we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell; one can send himself there by rejecting the truth.

Since we can never measure up to God’s standards by our own strength; God has reached out to mankind.

In Romans 5:8 we read, “God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. It is Jesus, after all, who is the source of life’s greatest high.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17).

What must a person do to accept this gift?

Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28 states –“come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me” Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into your life to give you peace, change you for the best. John 1:12 says: “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God”.

If you haven’t already received Christ as your Saviour, don’t put it off another day! Take time right now to reflect on the state of your life, how does Romans 3:23 apply to you? Ask God to empower you to see the true state of your heart – “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) then when enabled, invite Jesus into your life. Confess your sins. Receive His forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. You could pray something like this:

Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner in need of a Saviour. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank You for giving me eternal life. Help me to live my life in a way that pleases You, for whatever time You give me here on earth. I look forward to living forever in Heaven with You. Amen.

 

 

 

 

First Begotten Son is God Part 1

FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER

First Begotten Son is God Part 1

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:1-7)So far in this series of examining the book of Romans (early part of chapter 1), we have been looking at the eternal purpose of God – “The glory of God” (Romans 3:23); and “The glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21). We have also looked at His plan for us and how we have (through Adam) “temporarily deviated” from the path of this plan. In our last post we looked at the consequences of Adam’s original sin (in Watchman Nee’s The Normal Christian Life).So, up to this point in our analogy of this eternal purpose, we have looked at PLAN A as described in Ephesians 1:3-6 (Please bare in mind that it was always Plan A from the beginning and so it will be for eternity); and the bridge to PLAN 1, We will now, in this post start taking a look at the “only Begotten Son” the “Tree of Life” through whom we have divine life. What a wonderful foresight the Master Planner has, to perceive that Adam’s choice could only count for disobedience and had a contingency:

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PLAN A1 – The Gospel of Christ – “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself”. (Ephesians 1:7-9)

“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:3-4)

Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws that govern our relationship with God. Man consists of 3 components: BODY (seat of our world-consciousness, and represents the functions of our senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, pain, balance, thirst, and hunger etc: SOUL (seat of our self-consciousness and represents the functions of our will, intellect and emotions: Lastly SPIRIT (seat of our God-consciousness and represents the functions of our conscience, intuition and communion).

Now, in our last post Called to God’s Kingdom – Part 2 ALL HAVE SINNED, Watchman Nee in his book The Normal Christian Life touched on Adam’s Choice The Reason For The Cross, where he said:

Adam chose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and thereby took up independent ground. In doing so he became (as man is now in his own eyes) a fully developed’ man. He could command a knowledge; he could decide for himself; he could go on or stop. From then on he was “wise” (Genesis 3:6). But the consequence for him was death rather than life, because the choice he had made involved complicity with Satan and brought him therefore under the judgment of God. That is why access to the tree of life had thereafter to be forbidden to him.

Complicity with Satan!! Someone would say!

Yes, complicity of soul and spirit, complicity that made his soul and it’s inherent power susceptible to manipulation by Satan; a complicity that set the soul at loggerheads with his spirit: In other words, a complicity that sets the functions of his will, intellect and emotions against the functions of his conscience, intuition and communion with God.

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”. (John 4:24)

The reason for this complicity Jessie Penn-Lewis articulates in chapter 7of  SOUL AND SPIRIT where she wrote:

Why can it be said that the world-conflict is becoming a question of “forces of psuche” (or soul) versus the “forces of pneuma” (or spirit). To get light on the causes underlying this, we must again go back to the Eden tragedy and see what the Fall of Adam meant, and the serpent’s objective, which is nearing its climax at the present hour. For we have not clearly understood how deep and tragic were the results of the Fall, nor what Adam carried with him into his fallen condition, nor realized that the God-given powers which Adam possessed in his sinless state lay open afterwards to the tempter.
The gilded bait held out to Eve in the temptation was “Ye shall be as God” (Genesis 3: 5). This was God’s very purpose for the sinless pair before they fell. It seems that the word ” likeness ” in Genesis 1:26 signifies to “become like”, indicating that the wonderful potentialities breathed into Adam constituting the image of God, were meant to be developed in a process which would ” end in man being like his Creator in dominion and rule over all things. How tragic, then, that God Who alone could rightly develop and guide the use of these powers, should be shut outside the wonderful being He had created, and more terrible still that the very potentialities inherent in Him should now lie open to the hand of His enemy.
Adam here (obviously not considering that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom Psalms 111:10) chose to align himself with God’s enemy by the decision he made to develop the functions of his will, intellect and emotions “APART FROM GOD” at the expense of developing the functions of his conscience, intuition and communion with God. Let us quickly look at what the dictionary tells us about these words compared with what the word of God says:

BODY

The physical structure and material substance of an animal or plant, living or dead: The trunk or main mass of a thing: the body of a tree: Anatomy, the physical structure of a human being or animal, not including the head, limbs, and tail; trunk; torso.

Flesh:
The body, esp. as distinguished from the spirit or soul: The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak: The physical or animal nature of humankind as distinguished from its moral or spiritual nature: the needs of the flesh: Humankind.

Compare with: Matt. 26:41; Luke 3:6; John 6:63; Acts 2:26; Rom. 6:19; Rom. 7:5; Rom. 7:18; Rom. 7:25; Rom. 8:1-5; 5-13; 8.23; Rom. 13:14; 1Cor. 1:29; 1Cor. 5:5; I Cor. 15.22, 23, 42-44, 51-56; 2Cor. 1:12; 2Cor. 3:3; 2Cor. 4:11; 2Cor. 7:1; 2Cor. 10:3; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 3.20-21; Col:2:13; 1 Thess. 4.14-18; 1Pet. 4:2; John 2:16.

SOUL

The principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.

Will:
The faculty of conscious and especially of deliberate action; the power of control the mind has over its own actions: The freedom of the will: Power of choosing one’s own actions: The act or process of using or asserting one’s choice: Wish or desire: Purpose or determination, often hearty or stubborn determination; wilfulness: Volition.

Compare with: Ps.27:12; Psa. 41:2; Ezek.16:27; Deut. 21:14; Psa. 35:25; Num. 30:2; I Chron. 22:19; Jer. 44:14; Job 6:7; Job 7:15.Intellect:
The power or faculty of the mind by which one knows or understands, as distinguished from that by which one feels and that by which one wills; The understanding: The faculty of thinking and acquiring knowledge: Capacity for thinking and acquiring knowledge, esp. of a high or complex order: Mental capacity: A particular mind or intelligence, esp. of a high order: A person possessing a great capacity for thought and knowledge: Minds collectively, as of a number of persons or the persons themselves.
Compare with: Ezek. 24:25; Prov. 19:2; Psa. 13:2; Psa. 139:14; Lam. 3:20; Prov. 2:10; Prov. 3:21-22; Prov. 24:14.Emotion: 
An affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like, is experienced, as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness: Any of the feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc: Any strong agitation of the feelings actuated by experiencing love, hate, fear, etc., and usually accompanied by certain physiological changes, as increased heartbeat or respiration, and often overt manifestation, as crying or shaking: An instance of this: Something that causes such a reaction: the powerful emotion of a great symphony.
Compare with:
Affection- Song 1:7; Luke 1:46; Job 33:20; 2 Sam. 5:8; Zech. 11:8; Deut. 6:5; Job 10:1; Psa. 107:18.
Desire – Deut. 14:26; 1 Sam. 20:4; Psa. 84:2; Psa. 42:1; Is. 26:9.
Feeling & Sensing- Luke 2:35; I Sam. 30:6; 2 Kings 4:27; Judges 10:16; Job 19:2; Is. 61:10; Psa. 86:4; Psa. 107:5; Psa. 116:7; Psa. 119:20; Prov. 16:24; Is. 55:2; Jonah 2:7; Matt, 26:38; John 12:27; 2 Peter 2:8.

SPIRIT

The principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul; Excellent disposition or attitude in terms of vigour, courage, firmness of intent, etc.; mettle: That’s the spirit; The incorporeal part of humans: present in spirit though absent in body.

Conscience:
The inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action: to follow the dictates of conscience: The complex of ethical and moral principles that controls or inhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual: An inhibiting sense of what is prudent: I’d eat another piece of pie but my conscience would bother me: Knowledge shows what is right or wrong, but it is the conscience that approves of what is right and disapproves of what is contrary to it.

Compare with: Deut. 2:30; Psa. 34:18; Psa. 51:10; John 13:21; Acts 17:16; Rom. 8:16; 1 Cor. 5:3; 2 Cor. 2:13; 2 Tim. 1:7Intuition:
Direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension: A fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way: A keen and quick insight: The quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight: An immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object; any object or truth so discerned; pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge: The ability of the native speaker to make linguistic judgments, as of the grammaticality, ambiguity, equivalence, or nonequivalence of sentences, deriving from the speaker’s native-language competence.
Compare with: Matt. 26:41; Mark 2:8; Mark 8:12; John 11:33; Acts 18:5; Acts 18:25; Acts 20:22; 1 Cor. 2:11; I Cor. 16:18; 2 Cor. 7:13Communion:
Interchange or sharing of thoughts or emotions; intimate communication: communion with nature: The act of sharing, or holding in common; participation: Worship
Compare with: Luke 1:47; John 4:23; Rom. 1:9; Rom. 7:6; Rom. 8:15; Rom. 8:16; I Cor. 6:17; 1 Cor. 14:15; I Cor. 14:16; Rev. 21:10.

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These three elements of man each have their own distinct level of supremacy; The spirit is highest in supremacy and the body is lowest, in other words, our SPIRIT, God-consciousness (as represented by the functions of our conscience, intuition and communion) should at all times, have supremacy over our BODY, world-consciousness (as represented by the functions of our senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, pain, balance, thirst, and hunger etc): and the balance between these two is facilitated by our SOUL, self-consciousness (as represented by the functions of our will, intellect and emotions)

Now at any point in time, the spirit being most supreme should also have control over the soul which acts more or less as the middleman between it (spirit) and body; it is the communicator of authority from the Holy Spirit from man’s spirit to His body.

So if at any point in time the soul is compromised, as in complicity that made Adams soul and it’s inherent power susceptible to manipulation by Satan; then the result is the abnormality of the soul being totally subjected to and being at ease with the dictates of the flesh (body).

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit”. (Galatians 5:16-25)

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting”. (Galatians 6:8).

After the fall, Adam only had the capacity to sow to the flesh, the functions of his will, intellect and emotions became totally subjected to and at the “beck and call” of his flesh – world-consciousness (as represented by the functions of his senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, pain, balance, thirst, and hunger etc) and this definitely meant he then has to “of the flesh reap corruption”; because he failed to heed the waning given to him by God in Genesis 2:17:

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”

The death spoken of here by God is not physical death, but death of the spirit; it refers to a spirit separated from God; a spirit in darkness that needs the light of God to be regenerated, to come alive again – less than an empty battery that needs to be recharged to be of any use but one that needs to be born afresh. It refers to a spirit that needs fresh Life from above breathed into it. King David gave us a clue in Psalms 36:9 about the source of this fresh Light and Life:

“For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light”.

John also points us in the same direction:

“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”. (John 1:9-12)

Yes!! Because, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”. (John 3:6) “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God” (born not of the intensions of the first Adam with ulterior motives characterised by the irregularity of the functions of his will, intellect and emotions; totally subjected to and at the “beck and call” of his flesh) but –

“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”. (John 1:13-14).

That’s right! “Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” Jesus, The Only Begotten Son of God came in the form of man to right the wrongs of Adam’s choice. Now this is the crux; there is always that lingering thought in the inner recess of the mind that questions this idea of Jesus being The Son of God.

Being brought up as a Muslim, this was one of the hurdles I had to cross; a great number of professing “Christians” have also passively bypassed their own personal opinions on the matter. Charles Spurgeon in GOD’S WORD NOT TO BE REFUSED touched on this:

But there are some who do hear, and have a very intelligent idea of what they hear, but who actually refuse to believe it. For divers reasons best known to themselves they reject the testimony of the incarnate God. They hear that God the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and he hath borne testimony that whosoever believeth in him is not condemned. They know but they will not believe in him. They will give you first one excuse, and then another, but all the excuses put together will never mitigate the fact that they do not believe the testimony of God concerning his Son, Jesus Christ, and so they “refuse him that speaketh.” How many, how many here are by their unbelief refusing the Christ that speaks out of heaven?
Some are even offended at the gospel, as in Christ’s day. When he came to a tender point in his preaching they went back and walked no more with him. Such there are to be found in our assemblies. The gospel galls them; there is some point that touches their prejudices, something that touches their favourite sin, and they are vexed and irritable. They ought to be angry–angry with their sin–but they are angry with Christ instead. They ought to denounce themselves, and patiently seek mercy, but this is not palatable to them; they would rather denounce the preacher, or denounce the preacher’s Master.
In our next post, we will continue our deliberation on this subject of Jesus being the only begotten Son of God.

Meanwhile:
Heavenly Father, in the light of Your countenance is life; and You favour is like the cloud of the latter rain (Prov. 16:15); we pray that You will let this rain of Your unadulterated Word and The Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; of grace and mercy through Him and Salvation by Him countinue to fall bountifully and mightily upon our world: And daily bring Holy spirit inspired conviction and repentance upon our heart – Amen
 Meanwhile, seek to be set free from God’s wrath today and seek the righteousness that really counts:

Most Importantly!!!!!

 You might say – “Why do I have to know and experience this Jesus you are going on about?” Here is why, when and how you can get to know Him.

Admit your spiritual need.

We all are sinners: nobody likes that title “SINNER”, but the bible says in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

What is the result of sin?

In Romans 6:23 we read “The wages of sin is death…” in other words, every sin is another step towards death. One thing that we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell; one can send himself there by rejecting the truth.

Since we can never measure up to God’s standards by our own strength; God has reached out to mankind.

In Romans 5:8 we read, “God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. It is Jesus, after all, who is the source of life’s greatest high.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17).

What must a person do to accept this gift?

Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28 states –“come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me” Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into your life to give you peace, change you for the best. John 1:12 says: “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God”.

If you haven’t already received Christ as your Saviour, don’t put it off another day! Take time right now to reflect on the state of your life, how does Romans 3:23 apply to you? Ask God to empower you to see the true state of your heart – “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) then when enabled, invite Jesus into your life. Confess your sins. Receive His forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. You could pray something like this:

Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner in need of a Saviour. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank You for giving me eternal life. Help me to live my life in a way that pleases You, for whatever time You give me here on earth. I look forward to living forever in Heaven with You. Amen.