Part 2

               In Genesis when God created Adam, Genesis 1:26-27,  ” Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”  If God is Spirit as it tells us in John 4:24 then one our likeness is that we have a spirit.   Genesis 2: 7 says, “And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

               In 1 Corinthians 15:42-49 Paul give us some greater insight in how this process works.  “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”  We are a living soul, that is the essence of who we are; our mind, will and emotions.  It is housed in an earthly corruptible body.  Within our soul is contained our spirit.  It is not so unlike the Tabernacle of Moses which consisted of the outer court, holy place and Holy of Holies.  It is our spirit where the Spirit of God comes into dwell when our soul invites Christ to come into us by faith.  Our spirit is then renewed in the image of Him and it begins a process of salvation from the inside out as we are being changed and transformed spirit, soul and body.  Now Paul shows us a mystery.  He reveals to us that the outer corruptible body can’t inherit the kingdom of God.  1 Corinthians 15:50-55 goes on to say, ” Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

               If our body dies, our souls sleeps and our spirit goes on to be with the Lord, because it does not cease, but if we remain at the Lord’s coming then our body has to be transformed, almost turned inside out if you will because where before our soul wore the body of the corruptible natural man, now it puts on the body of the spirit man which is incorruptible and cannot die.  This is our spiritual man in the image of Christ.  The outer corruptible man is taken and the Spirit man is left.

               In verse 51 Paul says we shall not all sleep.  What is that sleep, but the dormancy of the soul because the natural body has died and the spirit or breath of God has left.  Just like when Jesus told his disciples that Lazarus was asleep, he finally had to clarify it to them that this meant he was dead.

Again Paul addresses this issue 2 Corinthians 5:1-6, “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 3because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

6Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7We live by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”

               Our soul needs a dwelling place and while we realize that this earthly body is temporal, our true desire is to not be found naked, without a dwelling, but to be clothed upon by our spiritual dwelling place.  When Paul goes on to say that, “Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7We live by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” So while the soul may sleep the spirit goes on to be with the Lord in His presence.  This is why we need a resurrection.  Referring back again to 1 Corinthians 15:52-53, “52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”  Christ comes back to reunite spirit and soul in a resurrected, incorruptible body. 

               1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 reaffirms this. “13Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage each other with these words.”                This will be a day when the foundations of man’s earth, his soul, will unite with the heavens of his spirit and they will stand up together in Christ Jesus in His image and likeness at the Lord’s command.  We will be the spiritual incorruptible man that God has purposed us to be.

Blessings,

#kent

Part 1

Isaiah 48:13

My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens;

when I summon them, they all stand up together.

Heaven and Earth Shall Stand up Together

Part 1

                The earth speaks of the natural things of creation and the heavens speak of the spiritual dimensions.  God has created them all; each one in its own order and preeminence.  John 1:1-4 says,  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”  Christ stands as the right Hand of God and the Word of faith spoken from His mouth that brings all things into existence.  What God has established will ultimately stand and all else will with time pass away.  The mystery here is that God is bringing about a time when He will summon heaven and earth together and they will stand up together as one. 

               The earthly man is a time piece designed to carry the components of spirit and soul.  The essence of man is not in the body, but the inward man.  We are spiritual beings in earthly habitations.  We are the earth and heavens together, but not one.  The Word implies that we a tricotomy, a three part being consisting of spirit, soul and body.  1 Thessalonians 5:23 speaks to that, ” May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

               Hebrews 12:22-28 tells us, “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

25See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 26At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

28Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29for our “God is a consuming fire.””  What we see here in Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem and the city of God is spirits of righteous men made perfect.  Where are the souls of these righteous men?  Do they not await the quickening day when heaven and earth shall stand up as one?  Spirit united with soul in a new creation man that is imperishable.  The spirit never dies, but returns to God who gave it. 

Blessings,

#kent

Arise, My Darling , and Come with Me

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.  For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over [and] gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing [of birds] is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines [with] the tender grape give a [good] smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

               Do you know the lover in your Lord Jesus?  The one who is passionately in love with you?  He watches you and longs after you.  His affections are ever toward you.  He would know your heart.  Do you love Him?  Are you passionately inflamed with love and desire toward Him?  Do you treasure those quiet times in His presence where the world around you fades away and it is only you and your beloved?  If you haven’t come to know Jesus as your lover you are missing the richest experience of love in your life.  So many of us know about Jesus, we know him in an outward sense.  We may go to church and worship him and occasionally read the Bible, and of course we do pray now and then. 

“To Know” in the biblical sense is to know in intimacy as a husband knows his wife.  Jesus wants us to intimately know Him in the secret place of our spirit.  He desires such union with us that the product of that union is divine life and nature within us.  As His life is alive and flowing through us it will in turn impregnate others with His divine life, love and grace. 

               Some of us have loved our Lord.  We have longed after Him, but He has seemed illusive as He did to the Shulamite maid in the Song of Songs.  She would not be dissuaded but continued to pursue her lover till she would lay hold of Him.  Are we that passionately in love with our Lord where nothing will turn our eye or heart from pursuing Him?  Perhaps these have been the winter seasons of your life.  Spiritually you are languishing as you have gone through the stormy trials of life and have so longed for that closeness with Christ. 

               His word to us today is “Rise up, my love, my fair one and come away”; it is springtime in the spirit and a time of renewal, refreshing and blossoming in His love and presence.  It is a time for fruitfulness and spiritual life to spring forth.  It is a time when He will meet with you in the intimacy of the chambers of your heart.  He will draw close to you as you draw near to Him.  His desire is for those that love Him just for Him.  Even though He is the source of rich blessing and provision our heart is not on what He can do for us or what He can give us.  Our heart is passionately in love with who He is.  There is nothing richer than our fellowship in His presence.  This is why we never cease to praise and adore Him, because He is so worthy, lovely and our heart beats for Him. 

               Christ is coming for a Bride that is passionately in love with Him.  She is the one that will know the deep places in the treasures of His love.  If you are that lover be encouraged that He is coming to take you away in Him.  He will be your all in all and He will meet the needs that no earthly person can.  If you have not known the Lord in this way, you are missing out on the greatest love relationship of your lives.  Come fall in love with Jesus in a way you never have.  Come to know Him as your dearest friend, companion and lover.  Your life will be so much richer than you have ever known.  “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”

Blessings,

#kent

Freedom of Spirit

July 29, 2021

Freedom of Spirit

The free man in the Spirit is the one who has lost His desire for the things we call sin.  Romans 6:22 says, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”

Romans 8:2 declares, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” True freedom in the Spirit lives and breathes out of the Word and promises of God.  It is the place where in liberty we find responsibility.  It is much like growing up into adulthood.  While we experience freedoms that we never had as a child we also accept the responsibilities that go with those freedoms.  The ironic thing about freedom is that the more free we are of old selfish ways the more we become servants out freedom to give our life in service to God and others.  Are we living in our freedom?

Blessings,

#kent

2 Timothy 1:7-10

God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control. 8Don’t be ashamed to speak for our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, just because I am in jail for serving him. Use the power that comes from God and join with me in suffering for telling the good news. 9God saved us and chose us to be his holy people.  We did nothing to deserve this, but God planned it because he is so kind.

Even before time began God planned for Christ Jesus to show kindness to us. 10Now Christ Jesus has come

to show us the kindness of God. Christ our Savior defeated death and brought us the good news. It shines like a light and offers life that never ends.

               Who is this Looking Back at Me?

Looking in the mirror,

Who is this looking back at me?

Is it the person of just here and now,

Or is it the person of eternal destiny? 

Am I really just this person of faults and blems?

Am I just a person that exists, grows old and dies,

Or am I a being fashioned in the image of Him,

Fulfilling the divine destiny that before me lies?

Condemnation, fear and doubt would cloud that view.

When I survey my land the giants seem quite a few.

But look at that fruit in the land of milk and honey,

My life is so much more than houses, lands and money.

God has deposited a part of heaven in me.

Christ shed His blood, gave me His Spirit to set me free.

I can live out of what I see and touch and feel,

Or I can live out of the Word that I know to be real.

What report will I believe, as I stare, looking back at me?

Will I identify with my Lord and who He says I will be,

Or will I see only the doubts, unbelief and fears,

Allowing them to rob me of my destiny and years?

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Blessings,

#kent

Stepping Up

July 27, 2021

Stepping Up

Ephesians 4:15

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:

            Our walk in Christ is a progressive one; it is a journey that each day should bring us a little more into His character and likeness.  If we charted it on a graph I doubt that for very many of us it would look like this smooth sloped line starting at zero and going up.  The truth is we would probably see dips and rises.  Sometimes it is like we go two steps back to take one forward.  Some days we can be so discouraged with life or ourselves that we just want to give up and sometimes we may even do that for a time.  Life is a series of ups and downs and we all know that on the surface it is easier to live a sweet Christian life when things are going well. When we are caught up in the Spirit and we are feeling and experiencing the Lord’s presence and blessing in our lives it can be like we have heaven on earth.  The reality is, we know that we can experience hell on earth as well.  There can be those times in life when all that we know and held dear is pulled out from under us.  Our world can be turned upside down in a heartbeat.  One thing you can count on in life is that nothing stays the same.  It is these experiences in our lives that are the testing and proving grounds of our faith.  The adversities in life are what exercise our muscles of faith and sound the depths of our character and integrity.  Often it is when we feel the least spiritual, that we grow the most.  Our Father always sees the big picture where we can only see the next hundred feet.  The one thing we have to be committed too is, that come heaven or hell, our lives are wholly His.  We are His garden, to prune, to dig around, to water or however He decides to deal with us individually.  What we can hold fast too are the facts and truths that ‘He loves us with an everlasting love’, ‘He is able to complete the good work He began in us’, ‘He will never leave us of forsake us’ and ‘all things work together for the good of them that are called according to His purpose.’ 

            The important thing for all of us in Christ is that we maintain a focus and vision of continual faithfulness toward the Lord.  The enemy of our souls has continual roadblocks, diversions, disasters, and snares to discourage, get us off track and get us back into that mindset of the flesh and the world.  We must maintain a continual vigilance of our souls and we need one another to help us see the things that we often don’t see in ourselves.  Our spiritual transformation and progression is not something we accomplish in and of ourselves.  Romans 8:3-4 tells us, “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.”  That is why our walking in the Spirit is so important.  Walking in the Spirit is where we experience His righteousness, His freedom, His strength and power through us to overcome sin and temptation and deliverance from evil.  It is where we walk in the company of the Strong One, the Wise One, and the Faithful One.  It is in Him and our continual union and fellowship with Him that we experience growth from glory to glory as 2 Corinthians 3:18 puts it, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

            Every day should be a progressive walk in the Spirit, regardless of what life circumstances are.  Each day should be a stepping stone of faith and trust that brings us up higher and transforms us into His likeness.  Keep your eyes upon Him and your walk in the Spirit.  Let each day be another step up into the glory that is before us.

Blessings,

#kent

Riches with a Purpose

July 26, 2021

Riches with a Purpose

1Timothy 6:6-10

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Money means the most to him that desires and covets it, but though he may possess it the promises that it brought are barren of the joy and fulfillment that he sought.  The joy of money is in the giving and not in the getting.  It is a tool and a means, but not an end in itself.  Many would sell their souls for riches, but in their riches they only find spiritual poverty and want.  God blesses us and prospers us so that we might be a blessing and in being that faithful steward and blessing, we are blessed.  May God give us the vision and the hearts that will take the seed that He has provided us and plant it into His kingdom that it might bring forth a great harvest in the earth. 

Our treasures are not of this world, but God gives us worldly treasure that we might invest it into an eternal inheritance.  No, we can’t buy our way into heaven, but with the heart of a good and faithful servant we can be a channel for earthly resources and we can channel those resources to heavenly purposes. 

As the people of God we don’t seek to find our contentment and fulfillment in riches.  If we do then our focus is on mammon and not on God.  It is God’s good pleasure, to often times, bless those who are faithful to His purposes, but with a covetous heart they would only stumble.  The riches of this world and what we possess are not the measure of God’s favor.  The riches I would covet are His presence and His fellowship, because at His right hand there is fullness of joy.  When God shows up in His manifest presence there is no amount of money that can buy that kind of experience and blessing. 

God’s Word exhorts us, that with our basic needs met, to be content.  So often the precious gift of life and loved ones passes us by in our pursuit for more of the world’s gain.  Like the adage says, “we can’t take it with us.”  May the Lord help us to keep our focus on the things that pertain to life and godliness, that is where we will find our contentment.  We need to treasure the riches we have in our family, friends and those who love us.  With a right fellowship with the Father and the love and fellowship of others in this life we have found the greatest riches of all.  Don’t be deceived by fool’s gold, but seek the gold that perishes not with the using.

Blessings,

#kent

Grief

July 23, 2021

Grief

Job 2:13

So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that [his] grief was very great.

               When grief strikes our life and pain and sorrow pierce our heart like a knife so sharp that it takes our breath away; what words can bring us comfort?  So many times when one suffers a loss we want so much to say or do something for them that can bring comfort, solace and somehow ease the pain that they are suffering.  At those times sometimes just our presence, our shoulder to cry on and our empathetic and sympathetic embrace are the comfort that speaks louder than words.  Grief and the death of one we have loved so much, is the wound that cuts into our heart and soul as it separates forever the physical bond we had, and counted so dear.  Our bleeding is with our tears and our pain is as real as any physical pain.  Sometimes we think we will never stop bleeding the tears of our anguish as each new memory and recollection reopens that wound.  Often it is hard to realize at the time that our grieving is actually a part of our healing process.  The multitude of our tears help to flush and cleanse the sorrow we feel in our hearts.  Will it ever be completely gone, probably not.  We will always carry the scar of that emotional wound and hurt and loss.  Through time we will heal and go on and hopefully come to the place where we are able to release that one that we loved so much into the hands of God and His keeping. 

               When Jesus was but a baby and brought to the temple for dedication, a devout man named Simeon held the baby, for the Lord had shown him who He was.  In Luke 2:33-34 Simeon speaks this word to Mary and Joseph, “And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, Behold, this Child is appointed and destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against–

35And a sword will pierce through your own soul also–that the secret thoughts and purposes of many hearts may be brought out and disclosed.”  We know that indeed Mary’s heart was pierced and that sword of sorrow and grief did pass through her soul, as she had to watch Jesus suffer and die an early and wretched death. What is more is that we could see even Father God Himself grieving through the darkness that covered the earth, the thundering and the earthquakes that shook as He sobs for His only begotten Son who was offering up His life in atonement for mankind.  Yet, perhaps that death and the hope that it brings all that put their faith in the name of Jesus, is the crowning hope, confidence and comfort that we have when death robs us of the ones we love.  In Christ it is as spoken of in 2 Corinthians 5:1-4, “1FOR WE know that if the tent which is our earthly home is destroyed (dissolved), we have from God a building, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2Here indeed, in this [present abode, body], we sigh and groan inwardly, because we yearn to be clothed over [we yearn to put on our celestial body like a garment, to be fitted out] with our heavenly dwelling, 3So that by putting it on we may not be found naked (without a body). 4For while we are still in this tent, we groan under the burden and sigh deeply (weighed down, depressed, oppressed)–not that we want to put off the body (the clothing of the spirit), but rather that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal (our dying body) may be swallowed up by life [after the resurrection].”  It is in the hope of this resurrection and eternal life that we gain comfort and peace.  We know that Jesus Himself was a man acquainted with sorrows and He came to bind up the broken hearted.  He is our greatest comfort and peace.  Isaiah 53 prophetically speaks of this when it tells us, “2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  There isn’t anyone that can bind up our wounds and our broken heart like Jesus.  There is a painful healing process that still takes place, but we can have the comfort of the Holy Spirit with us to mend and provide His assuring presence in our hour of grief.  

               Sometimes we just want to say why God?  Why did this have to happen?  We don’t always understand all of the why’s, what we must understand is that God is ever on the throne and He changes not.  Death will always be among us till such time as it is finally defeated.  Until that time it will bring with it suffering, grief, heartache and pain.  We do not often feel it is fair in its times and the lives it chooses to take, but it is not greater than the spirit of life that is ours in Christ Jesus.  It is in that resurrection life that we put our hope, faith and trust in. It is through our faith in the author of Life that death is defeated.

Blessings,

#kent

The Good Shepherd

July 22, 2021

Psalms 23:1

The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.

The Good Shepherd

               The Lord is sufficient for every need that we have.  One of the hardest things for us to do at times is to lie down in green pastures when in our perception all there is dead grass.  One of the most important things that the Lord wants to teach all of us is to rest in Him.  That is hard to process when the natural world around us is falling apart, bills need to be paid, physical afflictions are besetting us.  It is hard for us to rest when our children are in rebellion, our spouse is leaving us or that special someone is in critical condition. 

               God is not in our fears, He is in our faith and faith causes us to rest when everyone else is franticly trying to do something to solve the problem.  Some problems are out of our control.  They are bigger than we are and there is nothing else we can do except believe and trust in the Lord.  We can never put God in a box and say if I just do this, then He will do that.  Sometimes He doesn’t rescue us out of our disasters, but He will always be there with us as we go through them.  Sometimes God works through miracles and sometimes it is through our hard life experiences.  The important place for us to be is in the Shepherds arms.  The Psalmist David rested in the profound truth that the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.  He knew from the experience of being a shepherd that a good shepherd would always act in the best interest of His sheep.  Sometimes that meant rescuing them out of trouble and sometimes it might mean breaking their leg, so that they would learn not to stray.  Whatever was necessary the shepherd would act out of his love for the sheep.  They were an extension of him and his purpose, just as we are an extension of Christ and His purpose. 

               Today, the good Shepherd is watching over you.  If you truly believe and rest in Him, then you shall not want.  ‘He is able to meet all of your needs according to His riches in glory.’  “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)

Blessings,

#kent

The Peace of Christ

July 21, 2021

Colossians 3:15

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.

The Peace of Christ

               The peace of Christ is a gift that Jesus gave and left for His followers to have.  It is an attribute of the Spirit that we carry within us.  Remember when Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  Christ is the peace in the midst of all of life’s storms.  It is found in our spirits, not our mind, will or emotion.  His peace is that secure place of His rest wherein we abide under the shadow of the Almighty and under the wing of His protection.  In that place there is no fear or anxiety because it is the attribute of His presence and the storms of this world can not enter into that place.  This place and attribute of peace is what the Lord wants us to live out of.  It is what is to rule in our hearts, our decisions and is to guide our actions.  That place of peace is His salvation actively working in our lives.  

               Ephesians 2:17 says, “He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.”  That peace is His salvation that is we not given just to take us to heaven when we die, but to make us realize that are to be living out of heavenly places right now.  Colossians 3:1-4 says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”  If you died and your life is hid with Christ in God, then where do you live and where do you live out of?  When we know how to live in our position, then we will learn how to live in our peace, because “the kingdom of heaven is not meat or drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17).” 

               When we are living out of emotions, or our intellect or self-will, then we are living out of the realm of the soul and not the spirit.  If we have died and our life is in Christ then His Spirit and His peace must have dominion over every aspect of our soul and all aspects of our soul need to be in submission to the spirit, that is the temple and habitation of God’s Holy Spirit.  God is never moved, or upset or worried about the conditions and circumstances of this world.  He is always at peace and that is that place He has called us to live out of and be ruled from.  It is out of the peace of God that we move in the will of God.  That is the place of His rest and we abide there by our faith and confidence in Him.      

               Don’t make major decisions out of place of strong emotion, but subject all your soul to the peace of His Spirit and He will lead and direct you into right decisions and choices.  God is here to bring order to our lives through the sovereignty of His Being.  As we walk in the Spirit, guided by the peace of the Spirit, our hearts are ruled by that peace and in Him we live, move and have our being.

Blessings,

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