Friday, June 17, 2005
Who Do You Think You Are?
God is looking to use us, but we must have hearts of humility. We must understand that without Christ, we are nothing! It's very funny to me how so many "people of God" get "big-headed" and lose focus when God begins to bless them. Pride comes before the fall, so we must be VERY CAREFUL to stay focused on the Lord. HE, alone, will exalt us in due season.
At the same time, we must not focus on our faults to the point that we become disobedient. Often times, we try so hard to be humble that we simply get frightened away from what God tells us. We focus so much on staying in the background and avoiding offense, that we quench the Spirit, and thereby shut the mouth of God.
My God! Who do you think you are? We can't think more of ourselves than we ought, but we can't think too little of ourselves either. The key is CHRIST. We are who He says we are, and we must do what He says to do. We are nothing, but the anointing is everything!!! The Holy Spirit knows all things and will direct us right into God's perfect will for our lives.
Galatians 6 . . .
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Isn't it funny how we put down one another when there is a fault? The word of God clearly says that we must restore, or help that person with a spirit of meekness. What does that mean? We must humbly strengthen our brothers and sisters. We must pray for them and support them until they are restored in the spirit of God. Love is the attitude we must have. The Word says we should consider ourselves, as we can be tempted just as our brothers and sisters are. We must be sober minded and careful not to judge the other individual. It could just as easily be us in the same position.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
God is not pleased with a spirit of pride. If we think we're "all that," we are simply deceived. We have believed a lie! The word says we must PROVE our own work. We can't get high and mighty over a title or accomplishment. Instead, we prove the spirit by the spirit. Where is the faith? Where is the love? Where is the OBEDIENCE? That's how we prove our work. Dead works are not the will of God. Only what we do for Him will last!
5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
My God! Why do we think we can live messy lives, then preach the Word of God? Why do we think we can lie, steal and cheat, but still profess the name of Jesus? God does not lie! He will judge every action, thought and idle word. Why do we believe the people of God won't be blessed? Why do we not believe that our tithes and giving will bring forth increase. On the reciprocal, if you are living a holy and sanctified life, YOU WILL SEE RESULTS! That seed WILL bud, according to the Word of God.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
The true test of the child of God is perseverance. When we have faith, we are able to endure. Faith does not operate in time, just as God doesn't operate in time. If you truly believe something to be true, time is not a factor. If you're blessed, you're just blessed! When a seed is planted, the season, rather than the time, determines the harvest. Whether winter is 3 months or 6 months, the plants will not yield fruit until Spring. My God! Hallelujah! The seasons are changes, saints. Can you feel the shift? God's people are moving into a new realm in Him!!!
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
When we really know who we are, we can treat people right. The largest motivation for the maltreatment of another individual is insecurity. Even if a person drags your name through the mud and slaps you in the mouth, if you know the rumors are not true and you're convinced you didn't deserve the slap, you can still walk with your head high. If we know who we are in Christ and remain sober minded, what can man do to us? We should be able to treat everybody right - with LOVE, especially those who are the children of God.
11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.
12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Yes, yes, yes! We only glory is Christ. Without Him, we have not victory. But through Him, nothing can harm us. No backbiting, no rumors, no witches...NOTHING!
15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
O God, we come against the spirit of RELIGION. Saints, it doesn't matter what we do or how "saved" we appear to be. Are you transformed? Are you born again? Have you been made new? Jesus!!! We do so much for the sake of religion, but are our hearts right? That's the only thing that will avail.
16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
This scripture expounds on so much! I am just meditating on it. A sermon could literally be preaced from every single verse. Ahhh. Who do you think you are?