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Your Most Important RelationshipStop missing out. We all need a deeper relationship with Jesus.
Don't major in the minors. Compared to Jesus it's all minor. Why should you miss out on any of the glory that Jesus has to offer you?
Relationships are important.
Relationships are important, but there's one relationship that's more important than any other. That's your relationship with God. Without this vital relationship, none of your other relationships can ever be truly correct. All of life is about this relationship. The meaning of life is encompassed in this one relationship.
In fact, all of the Bible is about this one relationship. God's overriding concern is with this relationship, because He knows that we can never be fulfilled until this essential relationship is fulfilled. He knows that, when this relationship is fulfilled, everything else will fall into place.
The relationship that's all-important is your relationship with God. God made man and woman knowing that they would break the relationship through disobedience. When they broke their relationship with God, He told them about His plan to re-establish that relationship. He didn't push them. God doesn't force Himself on anyone, but the door is open.
The fact that God is wholly devoted to building a relationship with you and with me cannot be emphasized enough. He created us for a purpose, and that purpose is to have fellowship with us on a very deep level. In our present state, we aren't able to comprehend what that will be. All through the Bible, the message is that God seeks a relationship with man and man rejects God.
Here's a brief account of how the human race separated itself from God, how God bridged the gap, and what you must do to receive the benefit of the work that God has done for you.
In the natural, there are laws such as the law of Gravity or the laws of thermodynamics. In the Spirit, there's a law that says, "Whoever you yield yourself as a slave to obey, that's whose slave you are." (Romans 6:16) Adam and Eve became slave to Satan through obedience to him. Adam went from being the son of God to being the son of Satan. He switched families through obedience to Satan. (Luke 8:33-44) That same Slavery passed to all of Adam's and Eve's descendants. All have obeyed Satan, so all were sold under sin. (Romans 5:12)
God gave the law on Mt. Sinai to create a way for the Children of Israel to maintain a relationship. When He began speaking to them, they became uncomfortable. They asked Moses to talk to God. (Exodus 20:19) They didn't want that relationship.
So God gave the law through Moses, knowing that, because of the weakness of their flesh, they wouldn't be able to maintain it. (Isaiah 49:26 -50:1) He always gave them a way to return. But they turned the law into a kind of substitute for God (Jeremiah 2:13), and changed the parts of the law they didn't like. (Mark 7:7) Their disobedience broke the relationship. God didn't push Himself on them. God doesn't force Himself on anyone, but the door is open. Whoever will may come.
God sent His Prophets as a way for the Children of Israel, and anyone else who would listen, to establish and maintain a relationship. (Luke 13:34) When they rebelled against God and did hurtful things to each other, they brought ruin on themselves. God always provided a way for them to return, but He didn't push them. When they continued to hate God and those around them, this separated them from God. (Isaiah 59:2) God doesn't force Himself on anyone, but the door is open. To everyone who knocks, He opens.
In our natural state, we all were born as children of Satan, who is our natural father. We were born as part of Satan's family with all his nasty family traits.
What we needed was a way out. We needed someone to pay the price for our sins. We needed a way to have power to do what is right and avoid the things that separate us from God. We needed to be freed from sin. We needed to be released from Satan's family and to be born into God's family. We needed someone who would be obedient to God and open the door for us. This would have to be one of our own, a human being just like us.
God had to pay the ultimate price to win back the human race. That's why Jesus died on the cross. Were there any other way, God would have taken it, but there's no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) This isn't an arbitrary command. This is reality. As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:22)
So God sent Jesus, His only Son. (John 3:16) Jesus was totally obedient to His Father. He came to earth and became a human with a body that was just like yours and mine. Only He never obeyed Satan, not even once. He obeyed His Father in everything and He was even obedient to the point of dying on the cross with the load of the sins of the entire world on Himself. (Philippians 2:8)
God sent His Son, Jesus, to bridge the gap and establish a relationship. Whatever you or I have done, God can forgive. It doesn't matter if you are caught in terrible sin and bondage to some habit. God can forgive that. If you are addicted to drugs, God will forgive you, if you ask Him. If you have committed sexual sin, God will forgive you. If you are a slave to greed or driven by envy or laboring in hate, God will forgive you. It's the free gift of God.
God receives us where we are, because we have no power to become holy as He is. He drops His faith into our hearts, because we have no faith of our own. If we don't reject His faith, we realize that Christ has died for our sins. If we hear the voice of God correctly, He's treating us as if we had lived the holy life that Jesus came and led. He not only forgives us, but He rewards us for what Jesus did.
Then He gives us His power, His grace, so that He can do His work through us. Day by day, in small ways, He overcomes our fleshly nature. Each time we yield to Him and allow Him to do His will in us, He rewards us with a greater measure of His essence, as if we had done something. The fact is that He has done it. This is what many do not understand: The reward is a deeper relationship with Him.
He has a plan to eventually completely overcome our bodies, our flesh that causes all this death and sin in us. He plans to have a people who come to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, just like Ephesians 4 says. How will they get there? From Glory to Glory, as 2 Corinthians says, "As we all with open face beholding as in a glass, the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
God loves everyone. While I was yet in sin, He saved me. He knows the plans He has for us. Plans for good and not for evil. (Jeremiah 29:11) He loves those who haven't yet been born, who don't trust Jesus. He loves them, even though they aren't yet part of His family. He loves those who have been born and are merely babes in Christ. He loves those who think they are mature but are really still infants. He loves the ones who are more mature and urges them to grow to His fullness.
We are coming to the time of fruit. The wheat and tares have been growing together. We are coming to a time when it will be very easy to tell the wheat from the tares. The difference will be in the fruit. Fruit is a product of maturity.
Many people have received Jesus and accepted the work He did for us to reconcile us and bring us back to God. Many rejected Him. Many didn't want the relationship, but they wanted something, so they established a relationship with an organization. Others, who didn't want a relationship with God, established a relationship with some great man of God, or a creed, or a part of the truth, or a set of rules, or something else. They choose to have a relationship with these other things rather than have a relationship with God. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) He wants each of us to have a relationship with Him, not some evil spirit, or other thing that He created. He knows that, if we have a relationship with Him, then He will guide us in understanding everything, including the Bible. He knows that He will give us the power both to will and to do His good pleasure. In reality, it is Him, working in us, both to will to do and to do His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)
In fact, if we do anything according to His will, it's because He has established a relationship with us to some degree. (Colossians 1:29) If you haven't received Jesus as your savior, then you haven't been born into the family of God, but God still loves you. You do have a relationship. Jesus is the Light who lights every person who comes into the world. If you do anything that's right and good, it's because you saw a measure of that light and responded to it. (John 1:9)
God is love, and our most important relationship is with love. (1 John 4:8) No matter what wonderful things we may do, if we don't have love, if God isn't in it, it won't amount to anything. (1 Corinthians 13:1) We can even get busy trying to serve others and actually become disconnected from the power of Jesus. (Colossians 2:18-19) Without Jesus, the source of all life, all that work becomes unfruitful and vain. The fact is that Love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:10) It's always about this relationship with God, and this relationship cannot be separated from love, because God is love.
Often people don't respond to God's light, and they do things that are neither according to faith nor according to love. I used to mistakenly think that faith was blind belief without any evidence. One day, I realized that spiritual faith is a substance that comes into being when God speaks to us, and faith becomes life to us when we respond in obedience. (Romans 10:17, Hebrews 11:1, James 2:20)
Remember that God's speaking is not as human speech. At His word, the worlds sprang forth. (Hebrews 11:23) When He speaks, if we hear and respond, we are never the same again. So the faith of God is very different from the blind faith of fleshly persons. He leads us from faith to ever greater faith. (Romans 1:17)
Those who won't respond to the love of God practice things such as sexual sin, hateful speech, not caring about others, not respecting God, practicing the occult, arguing, being angry, not respecting their parents, speculative rationalizing, killing, drunkenness, wild partying, and things like that. (Galatians 5:19-21)
When they do these things, they hurt others and they hurt themselves. Then, they rationalize a justification for their hurtful actions. God's always there, but He allows people to reject Him. God doesn't force Himself on anyone, but His door is always open. Everyone who keeps seeking Him, finds Him. If anyone asks for a fish (Christ), He won't give them a serpent. If they ask for bread (the body of Christ), He won't give them a stone. (Luke 11:11)
John 3:3 says that except you be born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.
So how can you be born again? First Peter 1:23) says that you must be born of incorruptible seed by the word of God. John 1:1 says that Jesus is the Word. You need to be born of Jesus, the incorruptible seed, who is the Word of God.
Romans 10:9 says that if you confess the Lord Jesus with your mouth, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Will you, just now, confess with your mouth? Will you tell Jesus that you will receive Him right now?
If you have received Him, would you be willing to commit to receiving Him in a deeper, more fulfilling way?
Ephesians 2:8 says that you are saved by grace and through faith; and that this salvation isn't of yourself: it's the gift of God. Grace is the free gift of God, and through it we are saved from slavery to Satan. It is a powerful, multi-faceted gift meant to free us from slavery to sin and death.
Titus 3:5 says that it's not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Acts 16:31 says that if you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, you shall be saved, and your household.
If you believe this, it's because the Holy Spirit is working faith in your heart. If not, it's because you are resisting Him. If you believe this, you can accept Jesus into your heart right now. Whoever believes in Jesus is born again. Being born again is the first step to a new life in Christ Jesus. It's the first step in drawing near to God.
God has made one way by which mankind may approach to Him. Acts 4:12 says, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there's none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Satan is offering every other way in hopes that foolish people will obey him once again and, so, come into greater slavery. God has offered you and me a way to be free from that slavery to Satan. The name of that Way is Jesus Christ. He is a person, not a religion.
The relationship in which God is interested is an ongoing and increasingly more intimate relationship. If you aren't experiencing that, then you have stopped listening to His voice. He always calls you to a closer walk with Him. Romans 10:13 says that whoever will call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Do you feel that you can call upon the name of the Lord? You can. Why not call on Him right now? Ask Him to come and abide in your heart. Ask Him to lead you and guide you in your life. Ask Him to bless your life. You will never be the same. You can go from glory to glory and from faith to faith.
Don't miss out now.
It's a wonderful thing to be born again.
And it's even more wonderful to be growing in Christ. Growing in Christ is a far greater experience than learning some denominational doctrine.
If you have received Jesus, this is only because God dropped the necessary faith into your heart. It's not a cause for pride nor does it indicate that you're better than anyone else. It simply means that God has been able to bridge the gap even further, and you are in a family relationship with Him. You have been born again by the water of the Spirit of God.
Things have changed. Not only does His light shine on you, but His light lives within you. You are a baby in Christ Jesus having the Master of the Universe, Jesus Christ, the Almighty Creator, living in you. God never pushes anyone into this relationship. God doesn't force Himself on anyone, but the door is open. It takes very little faith to be born.
Christ in you, the hope of glory, now works within you if you will let Him. Christians in an immature state, being babies in Christ, lack the fruit of the Spirit. Hopefully, they grow up. Unfortunately, there are some who are trying to stay as far away from God as they can and only hope that they may miss out on hell.
I used to think that grace was simply forgiveness. Then, God showed me that faith comes by hearing a word of God, and grace is the very power of God that allows us to act on that Word. Yet, I sense that God's grace is much more than I now can comprehend. God's grace is what allows us to stop being an enemy of God and to do God's will (Hebrews 12:28, 2 Corinthians 9:8, Romans 5:2, 17, 21, 1 Corinthians 15:10, 2 Corinthians 1:12, 2 Corinthians 6:1, 2 Timothy 2:1 ), to grow up, be built up in God (Acts 20:32 Ephesians 4:7-14). This is so evident in Scripture, it's a wonder that I could have been so blind. This ability to do God's will is a free gift from God and is part of what we receive in salvation.
Salvation's not about missing out on hell. Salvation's about relationship. Salvation is being reconciled to God. It's the bond of peace. It's about love and being joined to love.
The flesh is still part of Satan's kingdom. We all have the flesh. Our fight is largely against our own flesh, our natural nature. If, however, we are moving toward more and more obedience to the flesh, we are moving away from our relationship to God. Whoever you yield yourself as a servant to obey, that's whose servant you are.
On the other hand, many born-again Christians are living fruitful lives. They are yielding increasingly to the Christ who is within them. There's no room for pride, though, because any good works that are done are simply the manifestation of the Christ within. He's the one who actually does the works. (1 Corinthians 15:10)
God's desire is for an ultimate relationship with every man and woman, a promise so wonderful, some churches are afraid to teach about it. In the Bible, this relationship is called "the manifestation of the sons of God." (Romans 8:19) It's also referred to as "the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." (Ephesians 4:13) It's also called "the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our bodies." (Romans 8:23) The best is yet to come. But, God won't push you into it. God doesn't force Himself on anyone, but the door is open. Whoever seeks the kingdom of God will find it.
In fact, God is orchestrating everything in the entire world so that everything is working together to bring about God's good purpose, which is that you and I would be conformed to the image of Jesus. (Romans 8:28-29)
Christ is our head in heaven and He's also His Body on earth. "As the (human) body is one and has many members, so also is Christ." And each member of His Body has and is a ministry. (1 Corinthians 12) The ministry that's in each person who has been born-again is the manifestation of Christ within, having nothing at all to do with the flesh that each of us also has.
When we're born again, this has nothing to do with our flesh; it's Christ who is born, in seed form, within. (John 3:6) He's the only anointed one. He's the only ministry. He's the only begotten (born) Son. (John 3:16) He's the only Spiritual man. It's impossible that He should sin, just as it's impossible for our flesh to be righteous. (1 John 3:8-11) When we see Him as He is, we'll look beyond the veil, that is to say, the flesh, and we will see the manifestation of the living Christ. We'll see Him as He is. How will we see Him? As He is, a many-membered body. When we see Him, then we'll be like Him.
God's purpose is that we should be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:29) His intent is that we should grow from faith to greater faith and from glory to greater glory. (2 Corinthian 3:18) As He unfolds revelation of Himself to us, we need to be careful that we stay connected to Him. (Colossians 2:19)
It's possible to become so amazed at some nugget of truth that we lose our relationship to the One who is Truth, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. We try to store God in a theological concept or creed. (Jeremiah 2:13) The intimate, loving relationship, which God is building, is the purpose of the Church and the purpose of life. (John 17:21-23) If we have this relationship, it will show itself in the fruit of the Spirit. (John 15:5)
Without that relationship, we are powerless to do any good for anyone. This is evident in the failure of humanistic social programs. Without Jesus, more harm than good is done. If there's no love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, quiet confidence, goodness, faithfulness, or self-control, it's a sure sign that the relationship to the living Christ has been dropped. (Galatians 5:18-25, John 15:21) If we love Him, we respond in obedience. (John 14:15 & 15:10)
Warning concerning false ways and imitation spiritual maturity
Once you are born again, Satan does everything in His power to get you going in the wrong direction. False maturity can take many forms, and here are four of them, briefly mentioned. 1. Speculative rationalizations, whether we are taught them or we dream them up ourselves, may seem like great wisdom, but they are destructive and divisive. (1 Timothy 1:4, Jeremiah 9:14, Jeremiah 17:9) 2. The accuser is Satan, and pointing the finger at others isn't maturity but rather is immaturity. (Isaiah 58:9) 3. While the moving of God's Spirit may cause a reaction from the emotional side of our flesh, that emotion isn't the moving of God's Spirit and emotion doesn't bring maturity. (John 3:6) 3. Standing on partial revelation stunts our growth and isn't a sign of maturity. (1 Corinthians 8:2)
We know in part. (1 Corinthians 13:12) If we live according to what God has already shown us, then He will show us more. (Philippians 3:15-16) We can have our spiritual senses exercised by reason of use. (Hebrews 5:14) On the other hand, we can sear our consciences so we go into deeper spiritual blindness. (1 Timothy 4:2)
Resisting God hurts our relationship with Him. Consciously yielding to the Spirit of God brings us into an ever greater maturity, an ever deeper relationship. (Romans 6:13) The human mind will only take us away from God. (Jeremiah 17:9, Numbers 15:39) If, on the other hand, we acknowledge Him, then He will direct our path. (Proverbs 3:6) We need to lean on Him, enhancing that relationship, rather than leaning on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) If we do this, we will all believe the same things. (2 Corinthians 13:11, Ephesians 4:3 & 13)
God has children at all levels of maturity, but God loves them all. The baby in Christ is no less loved than the mature member of the Body of Christ. God's purpose is to build a relationship with us to the point where we're totally in Him and He's totally in us. (John 17:21-23, Ephesians 4:13-16)
There are many things that God gives us that are needed for walking into His fullness. These are actually the only weapons that will let us be victorious in our battle against our own flesh and the powers of hell.
We must build on the foundation. (Ephesians 2:20) God will use the Church to do all of this. (Ephesians 3:10) If the church were simply a club or an organization, we could build it any old way. The Church, however, is actually the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27, , Ephesians 4:12, Romans 7:4). It's the holy temple of God (Ephesians 2:21). It must be put together God's way (Hebrews 8:5, 1 Kings 7:51-8:11, Haggai 2:9).
It's vital that we don't forsake the assembling of ourselves together, for when the temple was built according to the pattern, then God's glory filled that temple. (Hebrews 10:25) When the Church, the called out ministries, are assembled according to the pattern, then we'll see the full manifestation of the Sons of God and the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8)
That is to say, when we fully die to self and live to Him, we'll be transformed (transfigured) by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:2)
We really don't want to miss out on the coming blessing that's stored up for those who are focusing on their most important relationship. It's all there for you and for me . . . free. You must ask God to open your heart and to lead you into the fullness of His salvation. The best is yet to come.
Don't miss out now.
Seeking God's Kingdom, means seeking the King and all of the King's marvelous gifts to you. Lets allow God set us free from majoring in the minors of doctrinal bickering, leveraged logic theology, religious entertainment, social gospel, dead forms and rituals, and the traditions of men.