World Message Page 4 Personal relationship with God and Sanctification, walk true by the spirit.
A Personal Relationship With God.
Read: "Believers must still obey, (1 Jn. 2:4-6)."
In most religious communities the believer knows that a personal relationship with God is necessary. First: The believer must read the Word of God often for himself so that he knows what God requires of him. Second: The believer must above all things will or desire to do the Will of God from his heart. Third: The believer must get understanding of what is the Will of God? Not the will of oneself or the will of other men, (Is. 55:8). Only the Spirit of God will give a believer true understanding of the Will of God. Read: "Get understanding; the Spirit teach you" 1 Cor. 2:11, Prov. 17:9, 4:7, Col. 2:22, 1 Jn. 14:26, 1 Cor. 2:13).
Understanding comes over time. As the believer live true, as he put off sinful nature, he come to understand the truth, how to live or surrender his will to the Will of God. (Jn. 8:31, 32). The believer can follow the Will of God according to his particular religious order. Nonetheless, the believer still has a personal obligation to maintain a personal relationship with God, whereby the believer allows the Spirit of God to show him his faults (Sanctification). See Pure Gold.
Read: "It's your choice, (Rom. 8:13)."
Sub Key: The believer himself must choose to correct his faults or misdoings and voluntarily renounce the causes of disobedience in his nature, (With the help of the Spirit). The Spirit of God will lead him to bring his life into line with the Will of God. The true Christian thereby, separates himself from the ways of the world. Otherwise, he will die, fade, or continue without true spiritual understanding.
Read: "Something you must do (Col. 3:5, 8, 12, 14)."
In these verses (you) are to mortify, put off and (you) are to put on. Note: In the English language (you) is understood although it is not written. The believer fight is not with the world. It is with oneself, the believer must be obedient to God's command to love, fore give and show mercy from the heart. The believer has a free will even if he chooses to live according to the Will of God. The believer is going to fight and struggle with the earthly lust, wild passions, sinful desires, unjust judgments, and condemnation of others within him. To love from the heart, Self, earthly nature must die. (col. 3:9, 10).
Read: "Death to self (Matt. 16:24). Follow Jesus (1 Pet. 2:21)."
If a believer follows Jesus where was Jesus going? Jesus went to His death on the cross. He was our example. So likewise the earthly nature, Self in the believer must be crucified, (Gal. 5:24). Since the believer has a free will he must choose to lay down his life style, put to death his earthly nature just as Jesus chose to lay down his to do the Will of God.
Read: "Power of the cross, (John 1:12, Rom. 1:16)."
Jesus death on the cross was necessary because all men who believe on his name in their heart, receives a free gift of righteousness, (not earned), justification, and power in their spirit (the comforter) to overcome the causes of sin in his earthly nature. But again it is the believer who must choose to lay aside, surrender, put off or let Self die. He must put on love or let love grow in his heart. With full consent of his will, the believer must surrender all the flaws in his nature that causes disobedience.
Read: No window dressing, (Outward appearance) Clean the inside know the weightier matters of the law, "(Matt. 23:23, 26, 5:17-20, Rom. 3:31, Gal. 6:2)." " weightier matters justice, mercy and faith the law of the Spirit." What does the believer choose to surrender or put off? Lust, pride, passions, jealousy, selfishness, (partiality/prejudices, bias attitudes, me/self, mine, our), anger, passing judgment, condemning others and many other imperfections in his nature. These are the obstacles that prevent the believer from loving from the heart. It is not true that because the blood of Jesus has covered the believer he is as pure in heart as he will ever be. The believer must bear his own cross. All the rottenness on the inside must be voluntarily handed over to the Spirit of God. That is the Christian's fight to PUT OFF THE OLD MAN and LET THE CHRIST LIKE MAN GROW IN HIS HEART. With the power in his spirit the believer must overcome struggle, trials and tribulation that occur within him, (Jm. 1:14). He must desire with all his heart to do the Will of God, and abide, put on the love that Christ showed to man. As the love of Christ begin to grow in the believer's heart he will begin to understand that faith in the Word of God (Prov. 30:5) and his obedience to the command of God to love, forgive and show mercy is the way to overcome the inner struggles.
Read: "Deny self (1 Pet. 4:1, 2)."
It is spiritual understanding of the Father's Love through Christ Jesus that helps a believer overcome the earthly nature. Sanctification of the heart and spirit is the result.
Note: Humble speech and refined social graces is not necessarily true love from the heart, (It's not fruit), Human modesty (Matt. 7:15, 16, 17).
To accomplish this victory over the flesh, the body, the believer must maintain a personal relationship with God. The believer's service and worship in the church is not a personal relationship with God. A personal relationship with God is prayer or talking to God, reading and meditating on the Word of God. Spending a lot of time alone with God.
Read: "Meditation (Ps. 119:97, Is. 26:9)."
Only an individual believer himself knows how he stands with God. The believer who through the Spirit of God acquire spiritual understanding of the Father's Love will put on, let love grow in his heart he would then exhibit true love toward all men.
Read: "Love all men, work for peace (1 Jn. 4:20, 21, Gal. 6:10)."
A believer has to live in the world among men of all walks of life. He is a member, citizen of this earthly society. Does the believer now become passive, whimsy, because he seeks love toward all men?
Read: "Avoid trouble if possible (Rom. 12:18)."
Men live in the world under the rule of law. God has instituted all governing authorities. If a fellowman press a believer into a life threatening situation. By earthly rule of law as a citizen the believer has the right to take action. The believer must see this fellowman, brother, who has strayed from the rule of law, earthly authority, as a person of violence. Therefore the fellowman, brother, must suffer the consequences of his misguided deeds. The believer is saddened by this situation, Yes! However, if the believer is on duty in law enforcement, military or just a private citizen caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The believer should not be hampered by guilt, non-aggression. Because it is not a dishonor to act appropriately under earthly authority. Earthly authority has the right to afflict retribution on wrong doers, just as spiritual authority exact retribution for disobedience. Many people think God is just waiting to whack man for his wrong doings. God has told man obstacles are out there, (Spiritual Authority). Everyone should know that God relegated authority to spiritual and also earthly entities. Men choose their own path. Therefore under spiritual law or earthly law, all men must pay a price for disobedience.
Read: "You are still in the world, obey the law." (Rom. 13:1, 13:7, 13:2-7, Matt. 22:21).
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