There’s so much going on in different circles of modern Christianity that it’ll make your head spin trying to figure out what is and what isn’t of God. How is a person supposed to figure out what’s right, what isn’t, where do I go, where don’t I go? I use to be so beaten down in my spirit by everyone’s thoughts and opinions about church. It brought a lot of confusion and grief into my heart until one day as I was in prayer, I received a revelation from the Spirit of God that Jesus is my Lord AND my Shepherd and He said I can hear His voice (huge smile). I was so relieved when I realized that the voices of men are always leading this way and leading that way, but the voice of the true Shepherd will always lead me (us) into His truth. I entered amazing rest, knowing that I (we) are free in Christ to follow the Spirit of God in our lives and obey His voice. No man will stand and make an excuse or defense for us on the day when we all must give an account of ourselves to God. We’ll have one man there present with us to justify us in the Presence of a Holy God and one man only, our sweet savior Jesus! I am free, along with all of Gods born again children to live in and stay in step with the Spirit of God and follow Him wherever He goes. (Another huge smile). God does speak and teach us through people as well, but it’s none the less, His voice we should be listening for through them.
The sweetest joy comes from understanding that whatever we commit to Him, we can fully rest in; knowing that He will lead and guide us into all truth, as well as complete His work of sanctification in our life when we continue to yield our hearts to Him as Master and Lord. It’s not about a building or denomination, but about what He’s building within us. Christ in you, the hope of Glory.
The Kingdom of God is about righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t mean that we’ll never face times of sorrow, hardships, difficulties, trials, weaknesses, and persecutions, it simply mean’s that inside of us, where our God has chosen to dwell, we will by faith, access His attributes and grace. If we dwell there and seek that Kingdom instead of the outward kingdoms men desire to build with their own hands, we will enter into the joy of fellowship with our Savior and abide in His loving arms, His Spirit ever bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God and we will also enjoy the added bonus of sweet fellowship and unity with others who’s hearts are completely His.
Jesus made a distinction about His voice, and the voices of strangers. He said that His sheep, (those who know Him) will recognize His voice and He will speak to them and lead them, but the voice of strangers they will flee from, and quickly I might add. I’ve been serving the Lord for a long time by His grace, and in that time I’ve been privileged to find members of His household in many different places and environments. It’s such a delight to run into a follower of Jesus who is so kindred in spirit that you could take them home forever and shower His love over them, not because we agree on everything, but because we’re indwelt by the same God and live from the place where His Kingdom dwells. I’ve also heard the voices of strangers among professing believers, as they seek to seduce and lure away the heart of Gods people into abiding in this earthly realm, living in and from the carnal mind, where we are encouraged not to abide.
“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth, For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”
In the bible we see a plan of action issued from the heart of God the Father to mankind, to bring us into deep fellowship with Him. We see God giving us access through Christ, into an amazing grace that causes us to experience all of His fullness, not just His forgiveness. All of the riches of God are hidden in Christ, who we’ve been granted the privilege to know. The Apostle Paul stated it well in Philippians 3:12-16
“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.”
He was on a glorious journey of attaining Christ. A journey where He considered everything He’d ever learned under the law completely dung and worthless in light of the revelation of Jesus Christ in his inward man He received. His desire was to completely lay hold of this awesome God who’d laid hold of him so passionately through Christ. What a wonderful experience it must have been for others to watch such passion and determination at work, and what an amazing example of a sold out believer that has been left for us to FOLLOW! Paul says to others, “follow me as I follow Christ” AMEN!
The Word of God says for us to imitate those, who through faith and endurance, inherit the promises of God. Our life’s goal should be to gain Christ and fellowship with Him in deeper and more intimate ways, using the biblical examples of what genuine faith looks like in action. This can’t be done or attained within the confined place of the carnal mind, it must be by the seeking of the Kingdom of God which abides within the born again believer and renewing the mind with the washing of his Word. Jesus said that out of our innermost being will flow rivers of living water that would well up unto eternal life (that is God Himself). His Spirit’s been poured out within us to give us access to this amazing God who loved the world so much, that He sacrificed the precious in exchange for the vile, and for this, we owe Him our lives (unquestionably). We’ve been bought with a price and have no right to live as if we are our own. When you lay hold of just a little bit of the reality of Jesus, and taste His goodness, His love will move you like a river straight into the heart of your Father. We are privileged people and should not waste this privilege on the world, man’s ways, or the enemies attempt to seduce Gods people with doctrines that are not in agreement with heaven.
There is no possible way to walk in unity with others if they are not seeking the things above, and who’s minds and hearts are consumed with this world. How can oil and water mix? Or Christ and Belial fellowship? How can light and darkness find common ground? Or the natural mind and mind of the Spirit agree? We are commanded to love our brethren and abstain from being polluted by the world, (including worldly ways within) but we also are commanded to guard the freedom Jesus gave us to follow Him. We are free to love, but love doesn’t always mean that we can have deep and heartfelt, fellowship in the Spirit. God loved the world but He’s separated from many because they’ve not accepted His plan of action which is repentance from sin, belief in Jesus as the Son of God as well as following His ways. We must build our lives on a solid foundation if we desire to stand strong in the Lord. It’s not enough to say I believe, because true faith is marked by genuine passion. How can we as believers be passionately connected to our first love and feel comfortable with the lukewarm? We can love all who are His, but do we agree and join their luke warmness? or encourage them to repent and come out of that place of danger and be a beautiful, living example of believer’s who are passionately following Jesus Christ.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let is hold fast the profession of our faith (for He who promised is faithful).
I have found many voices out there with the Christian label attached to it, and many things being done in His name, but the only voice I’m interested in following is the one coming from the mouth of my Shepherd, because He is life. No amount of carnal mindedness, guilt or good idea’s will coax me into following ways that are not His ways, systems that He did not create nor is He present in. The early church, that is and was our example, let the Spirit of God lead them in everything they did concerning the gospel and the building of His Kingdom in the lives of the people and God was radically among them, approving their actions. I’ve found that in everything, I’m to be led by Him, and that is my trust and where Kingdom peace, not like this world gives can be found.
I pray that as the day of the Lord draws nearer and the clamoring gets louder and the noise of the voices become more confusing, that you will find within your own closet, within your own spirit, His sweet voice instructing you, guiding you and teaching you. There is no greater joy than when Jesus comforts your heart when you’ve made the choice to stand with Him, separated from worldliness, carnal mindedness and demonic doctrines. The reward far outweighs the cost.
Many in this day will depart from the true faith and give heed to seducing spirits, submitting their own spirits to doctrines of demons. In light of scripture, I encourage you to read the Words of Jesus Christ and let them fill you, comfort you and renew your mind so that you won’t be swayed by the winds that blow, or the rains that come to beat against your house. Jesus will always be with you when you hold fast to Him in faith. He’s faithful to lead those who desire to be led and those who are hungry. If you ask for bread, He’ll give you bread, not a stone. Hunger to grow is not isolated or restricted by spiritual maturity; it’s only restricted by our own desires coming from our own hearts. There is no end to His riches for us who are in Christ. It’s by this same hunger and the beautiful, precious fruit that is a result of nurturing it (fellowship with Jesus), that we will recognize our family in Christ. The Lord knows those who are His, this is our comfort, His Spirit bearing witness with us that we are children of God.
Go in peace, not in confusion, and may His Spirit fill you beyond your current experience, leaving you speechless by His powerful love. =)