“Becoming Christ-like…a living sacrifice”
IT IS OUR SPIRITUAL ACT OF WORSHIP
The Apostle Paul points this out to us in Romans 12: 1 and 2. That we are to present our bodies a “living” (alive) “sacrifice” (dead) holy and pleasing to God. This is our spiritual act of worship (obedient service). Since we’ve accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, we have been bought with a price…the shedding of our Lord’s blood on the Cross, and we are NO LONGER our own to do as we please (though we have free will to act as such) as in the past, but to honor God with our servitude and continue the work our Lord commissioned us to do. Bearing our Cross daily (the act of humility) is one act of becoming like our Lord. crucifying this flesh is the part of being “dead” to the things in this world that we formally participated in before being called by God for works of service and “alive” in spirit that we may now focus on things above (a new creation in Christ) and the tasks set before us to complete. Amen. He goes on to state; “do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of you mind.” This is a process that takes place within the believer by the power of the Holy Spirit and the washing of the mind through God’s word, so don’t get discouraged if you may slip and fall from time to time, it happens with everyone, because the mind, which has been an enemy toward God tries to understand this process that is taking place with new information (spiritual things of God) and discipline it once never had. Many of God’s children grow to believe that “sufferings” of sickness, mental disorders, anything pertaining to lack of, is the will of God for their lives and have been preached as such, is a bold face lie of the enemy! The Word of God states; “ John 10:10. The suffering that we go through is that of denying the body (crucifying the flesh) of those things it once formally participated in and is common to us that we tend to still desire at times. The flesh is alive and is an enemy within itself along with its passions, so don’t be fooled. Amen. Though we may look the same as before, and have our personalities, we are in fact not the same individuals that once lived in this body.” I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20, (my baptism speech). In order for us to become more “Christ-like” we must prayerfully ask the Lord to give us sight, to see as he sees this world and the things that go on around us. Without this divine intervention we are a people blind trying to lead the blind and therefore leaning on our own understanding and blinded by our perception. At times I believe that we are a people more confused (not everyone) than those living in “the world”, because at lease the world knows what it wants and goes for it no matter who is hurt, destroyed, deceived or crushed, when we as Believers struggle with sin trying to have our “heaven on earth” so to speak, which leaves us more confused, gossiping and destroying one another without thought that this is not how the Body of our Lord Jesus functions in this world…it becomes very sad to see and breaks my heart often, because we’re not understanding “who” or our identity in Christ really is. TRUE EXPERIENCE: I stood one day watching people running around, being about their daily activity and I ask God silently; “Lord, show me how you see these people.” As God is my witness, in that moment, the Spirit of God came upon me and I felt as if my heart was going to explode. I began to cry uncontrollably and tremble and my friend that was with me asked; “Are you ok, what’s wrong?” I responded; “Look at all those people, Christ is knocking at their hearts and they won’t let him in.” Of course my friend thought I was crazy and said; “Okay…may I should go and come back and we’ll talk later.” And the Spirit lifted off me. It was incredible. It is about the people and nothing more for our Lord; that all should repent and receive salvation. What did Jesus say in reference to paying taxes? “Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites9 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” And what is it that is of God’s? Those captive by the enemy, that are in bondage and in spiritual chains…the people. Amen. Let the world chase after the world, but give to God what is due. Also pray for the “gift of discernment”, for the enemy is crafty and the Word of God states; “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:1; that we may test all spirits and things that rises itself up against the knowledge of the Word of God. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, let us move forward becoming one in spirit, in heart and in mind as we continue to grow up in Christ and become more like our Lord, “who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped.” Philippians 2:6. Allowing us to put on this same humility and walk in obedience underneath the hand of God who will lift us up in our due time. Amen. God bless each and every one of you and your love ones and again…Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.