This is a Blog for those interested in following hard after His heart. Those willing to strive to live a moment by moment life as we go through the transformation process with Him. It is not an easy life but the Father expects each of us to become an offering for His pleasure. So, if this is you, then let’s journey together hand in hand. I am humbled that you have chosen to walk with me. Thanks!
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04 January, 2013
Choosing an Obedient Lifestyle!
magazine in by Pastor Charles Stanley September 2, 2008
is sovereign and omnipotent, many believers don’t trust Him to guide them. Instead
they think about obedience on a case-by-case basis, evaluating how the
consequences of various choices might affect their life. But the Lord desires
followers whose lifestyle is submissive—in other words, people who've made a
deliberate decision to surrender to His will in every circumstance.
with the idea of absolute submission, many of us are assaulted by anxious
thoughts: What if the Lord wants me to do something I can’t? Or, What
if I don’t want to do what He asks? We fear we wouldn't have the strength,
wisdom, or faith to carry out commands He might give. And we’d be
right—if we relied upon our own resources. But if we commit to obedience,
God equips us at the right moment to follow where He leads.”
If you noticed on
a few occasions in my blog I said to you guys “there is a different Christian
life other than the one most of us are accustomed to” The truth is even
though I know it is true, but whenever I said those words I always felt
uncomfortable because I was always afraid that some Christians would think that
I am referring to a different Gospel. My problem was that I could never find
the right words to describe what I am living in the Spirit and the life that I
come to know as my regular daily life with Him.
reading the Bible from Genesis 1 yesterday January 3. As I made it to chapter
3:6, it dawned on me, all of the sudden there was a burst of light and I said out
loud, “I got it” “this is what I have been trying to explain”. I
realized all the time that I have been saying to you there is a different kind
of Christianity in union with Him, the difference really lies in the life of
Adam & Eve before their eyes opened and they acquired
their own wisdom after their eyes opened. In Genesis 3:6 “the
woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye,
and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also
gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it”. The only
word that did it for me so vividly that I could grasp it with my spiritual eyes
is the word “wisdom” even as I am writing this, I am hoping God
would give my readers the spiritual understanding to see what I also saw.
Now I know it
is more than living a life in the Spirit, even though living in His divine life
is so awesome and so out of this world, so pure and so restful that man has not
created a word that could describe this life fully. The ingredient that makes the Christian life we live
through the eyes of God and through our own understanding, so different, is the
absence of the worldly wisdom that was acquired by Adam and Eve after they
disobeyed. The whole difference I have been trying to share with you in
just in that sentence and it is so powerful to my soul.
It is powerful
because this wisdom Eve was seeking after has brought us sin, blindness,
spiritual death, limitations, barriers and heaviness of the life in the flesh,
the bondage, the filth in our souls, the miseries etc. Imagine being able to let go of it?
It is funny
though that I have a whole chapter in my book “Apprehended & Apprehending”
dedicated to how the life we have in Christ, as we live in oneness with Him,
feels as if He is feeding us His life like a mother feeding the growing baby in
her womb. The baby is us, taking all that we need as we are fed spiritually by
Him. I also shared how essential it is to keep growing in this manner with Him.
Yet, I did not realize the discovery of this “different kind of Christianity”
that I have been sharing with you is simply the continuity and the growth that
I am experiencing with Him as I am being fed by Him.
On a side note
the feeding tube is His divine life we acquire only as we live in oneness with
Him. It is the abiding life. If you could only see the beauty of being
connected to Him, then you would fully understand what we are told in Romans
8:39 “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be
able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
It was only then God allowed me to claim this promise for myself.
still have such a long way to go. I am not sharing this with you to show off or
make you feel bad. I answer only to God, and if this was my aim, then He would
deal with me accordingly. But, understand that my blog is not to condemn, or
censure you, and even though my words can be so bold sometimes and I have no
shame of telling you bluntly what I see with the gifts of discernment and
wisdom given to me by God. Believe it or not, my heart is full of love and I am
hoping that God could touch few of you to teach you to live a better life in
There are three
paths for us Christians and we have covered them all in the Church with
Christians in the pews and in the pulpits. There is a group that fall in the
category pastor Charles Stanley referred to as having obedience on a case by
case basis. If you belong to that group then you are waking once in a while in
the Spirit and that is not good enough to live the abiding life and your growth
is slow and limited. There is a small group living deliberately the surrendered
life. The third path is for those sitting in the pews and in the pulpits
thinking they have truly made a decision for Christ, when in reality they never
believe but they are not wiser. Unfortunately, this group is really big, much
bigger than the other two combined, hence, my ministry.
Right here on
earth, we are expected to live the Christian life having acquired eternal life,
and theKingdomofGodwithin. If we do not have them here on
earth, then they are not ours for the taking when we die, it would be too late.
The diluted Gospel tells us that we are going to be missing out on some crowns,
yes that is true. But, that is only part of it. Before worrying about missing
out on a crown or two wouldn't you like to know that you have the
very basic? It is like fantasizing about a fancy wedding ball that you are
going to, yet you have never managed to secure the tickets you need for
admission. Furthermore, you have never been fitted by the groom, with the
proper attire. For some of you missing out on a few crowns is the last of your
problem. You need to re-prioritize!
I read a long
time ago that Andrew Murray was crossing the streets, before he got to the
other side, he stood there in the middle of the street quietly for a moment. Someone
when he reached the other side, a man asked him why he stopped in the middle of
the street. He replied young man I lost contact with the Holy Spirit for a
moment and I had to regain it before he continues crossing the street. I wish I
could say I am there. Often, I am aware that I lose contact with Him, but I
wait a few hours and even a day or two before I go back and reattached myself
to Him. I am indeed work in progress.
“The purpose of
redemption is Possession, and the purpose of Possession is likeness to Him who
is Redeemer and Owner, is Holiness.
between Redemption and Holiness is Obedience.
The life of
Christ is the holiness of Christ. The reason we so often fail in the pursuit of
holiness is that the old life, the flesh, in its own strength seeks for
holiness as a beautiful garment to wear and enter heaven with. It is the daily
death to self out of which the life of Christ rises up.”
Andrew Murray, Holy in Christ.