So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. Romans 14:19
Our real growth in Christ is not how tall we grow but how deep we grow.
Lord’s investments (gifts, talents, calling) in our lives are never for ourselves but to equip others in the Church – those whom He has kept around us.
Often times the purpose of God in our lives is not what we are interested to do but what we are needed to do as we look around us.
By building people on what they lack we allow God to build us. In other words because we commit ourselves to teach, train and equip others they become our core team to go and accomplish much more than what we possibly could do all alone.
Secret to build is to achieve that harmony – equipping and delegating, trusting and entrusting, dying and reproducing!
We build when we desire others to be blessed more, when we rejoice in their success, when we celebrate their salvation and when we honor their testimony.
So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience. Romans 13:5
Paul here writing about submitting to those in authority.
Imagine a life where there are no authorities – as much as we may like to love that idea, we very well know it will end up in a reckless, purposeless and useless life.
An airplane pilot no matter how many hours of flying experience he has and how expert he is in handling that aircraft, he cannot reach the destination safe without someone controlling the airspace for him.
The important truth of our flesh that we need to know is – it doesn’t like being under an authority. Adam and Eve loved God’s authority in the beginning as long as they were unaware of the choice they had to rebel. They rebelled on the very first opportunity presented to them. That speaks in itself how our flesh is no matter how righteous and loyal we may think of ourselves.
Being under authority is not people-pleasing, being a yes man or a door-mat but it is all about keeping our conscience right all the time.
That inner voice is simply the conscience that whispers right away when we are wrong no matter how loud, how long we argue or shout it down.
Our flesh wants power, ego, pride, control… our spirit simply wants peace, humility, God-pleasing and maintain that clear conscience.
Can we support that still small voice in midst of the raging storms and those roaring waves?
If you do, you just entered the port authority of blessings!
“Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15
It takes real wisdom to pick our battles and fight it. But it takes God’s grace and humility to know certain battles aren’t ours to fight, but God’s!
God is excited to conquer our lives and give us a peaceful rest from all our enemies and their threatenings.
When our lives are devoted to Him and we exhibit the fear of the Lord like this king Jehoshaphat, then we will be opposed by the enemy – there is no need to panic, but simply let God fight that battle. God is thrilled to do it, because He do this only in those lives in which He is well pleased.
If you going thru’ lot of battles learn to chose which one to fight, then learn to humble/submit certain battles to the Lord – you’re not called to fight them all.
Let God be God in our lives.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3
When all the surrounding kingdoms heard that the Lord himself had fought against the enemies of Israel, the fear of God came over them. So Jehoshaphat’s kingdom was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side. 2 Chronicles 20:29-30
For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God. Romans 10:4
Christ is the end of the law! What a powerful statement it is to think about and apply in ones life.
Once we have Christ in our lives – believing in His finished work on the Cross, there is no use of the law anymore with which we could strive to keep ourselves right before God.
The moment Christ finished on the Cross, the laws spontaneously lost their purpose and all those who still follow it are considered same as those who’re superstitious and cults.
All that we use to do to bring peace, contentment and hope won’t work anymore. All we need are now found only in Christ Jesus. Everything else has lost its meaning, value and purpose they can no longer bring us any blessings.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6
So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it. Romans 8:16
When David sinned in spirit against God by taking census, he opted to fall into the hands of God trusting in His mercy! (1 Chronicles 21:12-13)
God is just, the righteous, the perfect, the holy and the almighty – yet, He is the only fortress we can run to even when we were against Him and sinned against Him. His mercies are unbelievable (that’s why it is called mercy!).
God’s mercy and forgiveness are the only reason we survive. Because of His mercy we get back up again, we have a tomorrow and expect to be rescued!
Let’s wait upon Him to show us mercy, for He is good!
We keep looking to the Lord our God for his mercy, just as servants keep their eyes on their master, as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal. Psalm 123:2
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? Romans 8:35
The only true strength of a believer is that the Lord loves him/her. No matter what he/she has to go thru’ the truth that God loves him/her gives the joy in that suffering.
The enemy’s only objective of persecution is to make us believe that God doesn’t love us. To put that thought in us he brings sickness, kill the loved one, takes the job away and make our friends & neighbors to hate us.
The enemy can only attack the perishable things in our lives and the flesh, he has no power over God’s spiritual blessing on us – the anointing, calling, faith, purpose, joy, zealous and the vision.
These spiritual blessings are the ones that quenches every fiery darts from the devil!
You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies; you save me from violent opponents. Psalm 18:48
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. Romans 8:12
As a born again believer, as a child of God we have God’s own Spirit living in us all the while the sinful nature is still present in us.
It is not conflictive but God’s Spirit in us is the reason we are more than a conqueror!
Obligation directly refers to binding, indebtedness and slavery.
A God’s child will have the same temptation but will no more obligated (slavery/addiction/bondage/compulsion) to sin.
The obligation to sin is gone the moment we belong to Christ. God’s Spirit in us is the evidence that we now belong to Christ!
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. Romans 8:14
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:11
Jesus had conquered, by receiving His Spirit you are now more than a conqueror!