Wise Men Still Seek Him

December 24, 2017

I am always challenged at this time of the year to know what is HIS heart during this season when we supposedly are to be putting “Christ back into ‘Christmas’”.  In order to “do” just that it pre-supposes that we have a true grasp of what Christmas is (and isn’t) AND that we have a revelation of Christ. All the wise men knew was that they saw a sign in the heavens which the prophecies reportedly indicated that a new king had been born. They sought for a king. They wanted to witness for themselves whether the sign was true and be the first to pay homage to the King. They followed the sign, paid the cost, and in seeking Him out, they obtained what they were looking for. Their efforts were not in vain, but did they have a revelation of Who Jesus really was and His full reason for coming?

We are urged to seek HIM also, and it is promised that, if we DO seek for Him, with all of our heart, He WILL be found. And, in finding HIM, we will have found the greatest treasure in heaven and in earth. Like the kings of old, if we are wise, we too will seek hard after Him!

But there is much more to seeking Him than looking for, and celebrating the birth of a historical Jesus, as great as it was that He came to earth. May I reminds us all that HE never once asks us to celebrate or even remember His birth. Christians the world over make such a huge deal about “Christmas” and go to great lengths to make sure we cannot be accused of being a “scrooge”; someone who selfishly avoids or criticizes the idea of giving during the festive season of “Christmas”. The scripture says the Lord loves a cheerful (happy, spontaneous) giver…  one who gives WITHOUT OBLIGATION. The moment we enter into giving because an obligation to give is placed upon us, it is no longer giving “from the heart”, and God, Who is the biggest and best giver of us all, is no longer blessed by our “giving”.

Wise men still seek Him and in finding Him they receive (are given) Him… The King of kings! He comes and lives and abides within. HE becomes the giver of Life…  to us, in us and through us to others. He IS a Life-GIVING Spirit and if we have truly sought Him out and have found Him, and have received Him into our hearts, we have received the GIVER OF LIFE, right within US! What greater gift can we possibly give one another, but HIS LIFE! …To literally give HIM to someone else, so that they too can receive the greatest gift ever given, is to give of ourselves, as He exemplified.

To truly seek HIM is to seek His kingdom (His rule in our hearts) and His righteousness (His right way of doing things), FIRST and CONTINUALLY in ALL situations and circumstances where we have the ability to do so. This seeking, however, is costly! It will cost us our pride, our self-determination, our desire to “do-it-MY-way”….  Ultimately it will cost us our all, even our very lives. But that is precisely what He is after….   OUR LIFE! It is a divine exchange….  Our life for His

He takes our life…  ALL of our hopes, ALL of our fears, ALL of our wants and desires, ALL of our issues and problems, ALL of our worries, illness and pain, ALL of the things of this world…  and in exchange…  He gives us Himself!

He gives us freedom…  from the power of the law of sin and death!
He gives us Joy, which becomes our strength to endure life’s hardships.
He gives us His divine provision so we will never go hungry or unclothed.
He gives us a knowledge of the Truth in everything we see and hear allowing us to sort out the many confusing voices in the world.
He gives us peace because the Prince of Peace dwells within and because…
He has given us His forgiveness we can fellowship with Him ALWAYS, even when we have committed the “worst” sin….
He never pushes us from His presence, or withdraws Himself from us.
He gives us His love… for us, AND His love through us for others, even for those who are not easily loved.
He gives us His Spirit of Wisdom that we can navigate life’s decisions and issues.
He gives us talents and creativity with which we can be an inspiration and blessing to others.
He gives us power over our own propensity to sin (miss the mark).
And, as was mentioned already, He gives us His divine LIFE!

WOW!…   hardly a fair exchange wouldn’t you say?

So, if we truly are going to put Christ back into “Christmas”, we will commit to living HIS life, and seeking HIS kingdom and HIS righteousness EVERY day of the year. AND, that we put aside, in our hearts, this obligatory holiday of “Christmas” and in it’s place we ought to celebrate, appropriate and experience (the TRUE meaning of ) the feasts He does desire…

Passover

Pentecost

and Tabernacles

namely….   Christ IN us (mas), our hope of glory

I pray you will be blessed with His life through this season and throughout the coming year/s, and that we will all have the grace to seek HIM and HIS kingdom knowing that as we do, ALL these things are added unto us.

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What is the TRUE Gospel?

April 10, 2008

The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, descended from the realm of God the Father to become the Word made flesh, was crucified, buried, resurrected, ascended and was glorified. By so doing He became the offering for sin, overcame sin, death, hell and the grave to become the indwelling Life for, to and in all those who believe in Him and thus, by grace through faith, they receive the forgiveness of sins having their debt to the law of sin and death forever cancelled.

(John 3:16; 1:14; Phil. 2:6-8; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4; Rev. 1:18; Eph. 2:8; 1:7)


It is the good news of Jesus Christ
because HE became the Way, the Truth , the Life and the Light having reversed the curse of death and decay placed upon the whole creation by one man’s (Adam’s) disobedience, and has brought us out of darkness into His glorious Light!

(John 14:6; Rom. 5:17; Col. 1:13)


It is the good news of the Kingdom
because the kingdoms of the world (“self” being the foundation) are becoming the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords beginning within those who have bowed their knee to His rule in their lives. We know that eventually EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ!

(Rev. 11:15; 19:16; Rom. 14:11 [Isaiah 45:23]; Phil. 2:9-11)


It is the good news of Grace
because while we (all who receive the gift of His grace by faith) were yet spiritually dead in sin and alienated from God, not deserving of His gift of grace, Christ justified us, clothed us with righteousness, raised us up, and by grace we now have power to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.

(Eph. 4:18; 2:6-8; 1 John 5:4)


It is the good news of Hope
because the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now dwells in us to give life and immortality to our mortal bodies thus giving us the hope of the resurrection also.

(Rom. 8:11; 15:13; 1 Peter 1:3)

It is the good news of Peace because He has made peace through the blood of His cross, and by this single, solitary act of supreme sacrifice fulfilled all righteousness (doing the right thing) which is the only basis of true peace between a holy God and sinful man, between man and man or even right within each of our hearts and minds individually.

(Col. 1:20; Matt. 3:15; Eph. 2:14) (Possibly 2 Thess. 3:16)

It is the good news of Mercy because we have ALL sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but He has not judged us according to our sins, but according to the supreme act of mercy by the One who became the propitiation (Mercy Seat) for us ALL.

(Rom. 3:23; 1 John 2:2; 4:10)

It is the good news of Freedom because whom the Son sets free is free INDEED! Prior to regeneration we were enslaved to the ever-present and binding law of sin and death, which is naturally at work in our members, the very power of which is God’s Law. Now that we are IN HIM we are no longer under obligation to either adhere to the Law of God (to keep His commandments in our own strength), nor to the power of guilt and condemnation when we fail to uphold it. We are free to live in the perfect law of liberty wherein the Life of Christ (the only One in the universe Who CAN and DOES uphold the Law) now fulfills the Law of God in and through us perfectly! WOW! The revelation of this point alone is forever life-changing!

(Rom. 3:19-31; 5:1-2; 5:13-18; 6:1-23; 7:1-25; 8:1-4; Gal. 2:19 – 21; Gal. 3:23-27; Gal. 5:1-18)


It is good news of Love
because God so loved the whole world that He demonstrated the greatest love of all, that one lays his life down for another, and gave Himself as a ransom for ALL. Further to this, his unconditional love extends to ALL of mankind in that He is the redeemer of ALL through the power of His shed blood bringing the reality of salvation and ultimate reconciliation to the whole of creation, each in His own order. The promise of salvation is not exclusive, but all inclusive, available to ALL because as in Adam ALL die so also in Christ ALL shall be made alive!

(John 3:16,17; Rom 8:19-21; 1 Tim. 2:6; Gal. 1:4; 2 Cor. 5:19; 1 Cor. 15:22)

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The full gospel, is the foundation upon which the New Covenant is established, Jesus Christ being the cornerstone. It begins with the glorious plan of redemption, then goes on to include the regeneration and transformation of the individual disciple, and ends in the outcome of infinite love, mercy and grace which is the ultimate restoration of His entire creation back unto Himself.

(Col. 1:16-20; Rom 8:19-21; Rom. 11:36; Eph. 1:10; 1 Cor. 15:19-28)

It is proven throughout the history of the church that when any of these aspects are emphasized over and above, or at the exclusion of the others, it quickly erodes into what Paul called “another” gospel. The message quickly gets contorted into a religious menagerie of methods and dead works. We begin to think that there is something we (of ourselves) can do, apart from the divine work of God, to bring about the transformation into His likeness that we desire and seek. The good news is that there is absolutely nothing we can do in and of ourselves to take away from, or add to, the work of the cross or the work of the Holy Spirit within to fulfill what was begun in Jesus Christ and will find its completion in Him. The outcome is sure! And THAT is GOOD NEWS!

It is hard not to share it with others.

“…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of (our) faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)