A POSSIBLE YOU
FINDING GOD’S DESTINY FOR YOUR LIFE
GOD SEES, GOD HEARS, GOD KNOWS
Hard, sculptured physical bodies do not just fall out of the sky…they are developed! Six-pack abs and the healthy glow from good nutrition and exercise takes much more than just browsing through a fitness magazine. The human body is unique yet generally the same when it comes to muscle, blood, digestion etc. and most people have all the same components (with certain exceptions), putting us on common ground when it comes to potential. That is a key word! All of us can “develop” whatever we focus on and even things we are not naturally gifted in we can definitely learn and improve. In the subject of physical condition, people that have no desire to take care of their bodies have made the choice to not put forth any effort! They may complain, but are not interested enough to do something about it and certainly have no vision to change. Without exercise and eating healthy, the body will naturally grow flabby; lose muscle tone, most likely become overweight and this enhances the deterioration of organ function, imbalanced hormones, sluggish blood flow, weak heart and so on until sickness and disease develops. Being lazy and lethargic is a result of our flesh being in control. Being filled with God’s Spirit is being controlled by HIS will. Many have been active throughout the centuries because everyday survival was associated with “manual labor” but as technology has progressed, our “automated” lifestyle has also in some ways been a set-back to our overall health. No matter how many reasons we can list about why we are out of shape, plump and ill, many times have no one to blame but our ourselves and the lazy choices we have willingly made. If we “sugar-coat” our excuses, we will never be inspired to transform our life.
Our new born-again spirit operates with very similar principals like that of the flesh except in a different realm. The flesh functions in a natural world of corruption and death where things break and everything has an expiration date. The spirit functions in the light of holiness, faith, love, humility and is eternally based and devoted to God and His Word. Our individual spirit does not care about the difficulty of labor, the cost of sacrifice or the limitations of time when it comes to serving God. The remnant has a new transformed spirit within them and is likewise designed to “exercise” and grow stronger every day in this higher dimension. Just as the body begins with five-pound weights and gradually increases endurance, our spirit also learns with knowledge and experience to grow more wise and sensitive each day. Unfortunately, the most devastating parallel between these two subjects is that most Christians do NOT have a passion to “work-out” and advance their own salvation either – just like the “couch potato” people. As some start out with a small amount of exercise and then refuse to go no further, the same is true with many Christians that choose NOT to read, study, witness or pray because it is uncomfortable, difficult and sacrificial. Many just want the security of knowing they have a seat in heaven because they need to make sure they have all their bases covered. The evidence of carnality is revealed when they do not want it to cost them anything! They do the same thing with house and auto insurance, pensions and retirement accounts, as again they just want the assurance of being protected.
Have you ever thought that maybe some people have a misconception about the divine plan of spiritual development that God offers? For His people to assume that just because you walk the aisle of a church you are approved for heaven, could possibly lead many to think the work is finished. When Jesus spoke from the cross and said, “It is finished”, He meant that His sacrifice was now sufficient to restore the spiritual relationship between God and humans to “whosoever” would choose to follow Him. He was not implying that becoming an heir to His Kingdom was ONLY based on a one time confession and “nothing” else. It is false teaching that has given the wrong impression about salvation because in order to convince people to join the churches and become tithe paying members, many times the concept of salvation is made to sound like a walk in the park. If you notice, the salvation message usually is focused on what Christ went through on the cross, but not much about what the Father requires from us! People love anything “free” and to imply that all we need to do is “believe” sounds very appealing for those who desire to secure their seat in the next life. When Jesus communicated His gospel, He was very direct and challenged people to sell their possessions and follow Him. This does not sound like a free-ride. This honest approach caused individuals to weigh the cost and make difficult choices that some accepted and others rejected. When Jesus spoke of abandoning our will and turning away from the love of this world, it was NOT a religious game, but rather a strong dose of divine reality. This is why many teachers do not reveal the big picture of salvation now – they do NOT want to scare people away before they even get started! However, isn’t it better to explain what God expects from us, rather than deceive someone into thinking they are saved with just an emotional experience?
Words without action are like buckets with holes in them. Most people only desire a very small portion of God and most already have all they want! It is not difficult to see why many so-called Christians embrace the new, popular religious lifestyle because it has the external “appearance” of holiness (without the internal transformation process.) People want GAIN with no PAIN! – but it will NOT happen!” Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like unto whited (painted) sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.” (Mathew 23:27) People may escape the sacrifice and suffering of true discipleship but the time will come when their “talk and no walk” will evaporate and be exposed. God is not impressed with this deceptive mockery and will judge this “all show and no substance circus parade” with swift and pure discipline. It is probable for those who seem to be first in this world of outward display – to be last in the eyes of God’s perfect justice. His will for our spiritual growth is seen in the type and shadow of the natural development of a baby, toddler, and pre-school and so on, all the way to becoming an adult. As the human mind and body grows mature in knowledge and experience, our spirit also has the heavenly blueprint to become seasoned in faith and the possibility to demonstrate all the spiritual fruits and attributes of Jesus Christ. The concept is for our lives to become a reflection of the one who made us in the image of Himself. We cannot “out smart” God or manipulate His Word to give us His blessings. Acting religious is not enough to persuade God to “squeeze” us into heaven! Yes, there is a holy covenant between God and those who are saved and this blood relationship is the strongest bond in the universe. However, it is not susceptible to fraud, bribery, deception, or foolish mockery! He gives everything He has to His children and in return they give Him all of their heart. The hidden secrets and questions are already answered…God sees, God hears, God knows.
“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass (mirror): For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (James 1:21-25)
One of the most popular political signs that people have held over the centuries is, “WE NEED CHANGE”. Those who put their hope in the governments of men actually believe that new programs and laws can create a better system without ever considering the condition of the world is measured according to how much Jesus dwells in the human soul. Selah. How can the masses be so blind to believe that government structure, global unity and human intelligence can bring peace on earth and fulfill their hearts desires? I am saying with all humility and reverence for God’s truth that the only thing that can change the world is to change our condition! It is very true, we do need change but it is the great need to change from the “inside out” that is the highest order of transformation. This type of spiritual, permanent change comes when an individual allows God to melt them and completely RE-CREATE them. A human being cannot change anyone else – and to be honest, a person has all they can possibly handle with surrendering their own will. God’s plan is based on the idea of allowing Him to do a deep work in us first – and then we will be so filled with His presence that others will reach out to the love of God that is in us! It seems those who cry the loudest about how everything needs to be changed, have never embraced the revelation of a personal evolution. Before we spend our energy and passion to change everyone and everything else, may we allow God to change us first! Actually, we may discover that signs are not effective or necessary because walking in HIS light speaks louder than words and can super-naturally open the spiritual eyes of those who cannot see.
There is a huge difference between “WE NEED CHANGE” and “I NEED TO CHANGE”! Selah. Instead of being discouraged, disappointed, sad and depressed because things are not changing, there is exciting great news! I am going to release the greatest secret of all time about how to see and experience change; PRAYER! Now brother, I thought you had some exciting mystery that had the power to alter circumstances and situations. Praise His Holy Name – I do! God “promised” in II Chronicles 7:14, that if anyone is really serious about change, they can fall on their knees in faith and see as much transformation as they are willing to pray for! Ask Him now to help you change…these are the words He has been waiting to hear.