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by Margery Wolfe
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God is the first and the last and beside Him there is no other God. His righteousness endures forever. Peter said one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. God is faithful to us. He is with us and will keep us wherever we go if we want to be kept by Him. The Lord God is merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in all goodness and truth. Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations. God is faithful. How do we say He is Faithful? We know in all of our hearts and souls that not one thing has God failed to do of all the good things he spoke concerning us. Everything he speaks to us comes to pass and if it doesnít itís not of Godís doing but ours. God has declared his faithfulness and his salvation and has not concealed his loving kindness and truth from us.

He will not turn away from us when we are in obedience to Godís Will. We are children of the Lord God and shall not cut ourselves off from Him. Godís mercy is on us when we fear God and keep His Commandments. He gives us knowledge of salvation by the remission of our sins. We are to be merciful one to another just as God is merciful to us. We are to be that living example of Godís holiness in the image we portray to the world. We are to uphold Godís standard and Commandments in how we live each day that the sinner may see and glorify God also. Hebrews 8:12 I will be merciful to their unrighteousness; and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. I John 1:9 if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

How is God able to do this? He is omnipotent, almighty, having virtually unlimited power, authority or influence. Genesis 17:1 I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. Genesis 18:14 is anything too hard for the Lord? Job said in Job 42:2 I know that thou canst do everything. With God all things are possible. For with Him nothing shall be impossible. Revelation 19:6 the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

How do we know God is there when we call, when we donít call or even in our presence? We know because he is omnipresent; present in all places at all times. God is the radio transmitter that can reach far and beyond our imagination or thoughts. He is in the air, on the ground, over the clouds, and underground also; for He orders our steps and directs manís footsteps. God is with us when we canít feel that He is there. When Issac called Jacob and blessed him and charged him to go to Padanaram and take a wife from the house of Bethuel his motherís father from the daughters of Laban his motherís brother, Jacob proceeded to go. On the way there he fell asleep and dreamed a dream that a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven and behold the Lord stood above it and made himself known to Jacob. He stated what He would do and for what purpose God had for him. Do we know when the Lord has visited us? Jacob awaked out of sleep in Genesis 28:16 and said surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not. We cannot contain all of God. We cannot flee His presence. Jeremiah 23:23-24 am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide him-self in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord. Itís time we seek the Lord until we feel after Him and find Him for He is not far from any of us; for in Him we live, and move, and have our being.

We are to walk in the perfection of God; freedom from fault or defect, flawlessness. We are to walk in Godís perfection to maturity, a state of being saintly, an exemplification of supreme excellence and an unsurpassable degree of accuracy or excellence. We are perfect in God through Christ Jesus. We are whole because Christ died for our sins. We are perfect and entire because Christ Crucifixion on the Cross at Calvary put us intact again that we are not lacking or faulty in any particular area of life. Jesus was perfect in the earth and God is perfect in heaven and now we too have a right to be perfect in the earth that we can go to heaven and have life eternally. Every part or element of us can be sound and excellent and of quality. We have been given the opportunity to be whole and can seek Godís perfection. We are to maintain our integrity, soundness and completeness in God. We first must be perfect here in the earth in Christ before we can be perfect in heaven. Matthew 5:48 Jesus said be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Paul said in Romans 12:2 and be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Why do we want to be perfect in Christ? We can only come into the providence of God if we are whole and entire. We come under His divine guidance or care. God have to be conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny. God has made provision for our future in a heavenly realm for eternity if we allow him to be our foresight. It is God that gave us herbs that bear seed, trees that bear fruit, clothes that hardly ever wax worn on us, air to breathe, medicine for sickness, and shelter from the rain. We see Godís promise of further provision here in Genesis 8:22 while the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. God promises that He will give us rain in due season that the land will continue to yield her increase and the trees her fruit. His people went through the wilderness forty years and their clothes didnít rot nor their shoes. God promises to make our way prosperous and not only that but He desires that we should have good success. All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. James 4:15 for that ye ought to say, if the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that.

We must learn how to walk in the righteousness of God. What is righteousness? Righteousness is acting in accord with divine or moral law, freedom from guilt, sin, or shame. We are walking morally right and justifiably so; our decisions are after Godís Word. God qualified himself and operates in a divine proper order that we must submit to that we can obtain his righteousness. His righteousness for man is given through the redemptive work of redemption by Jesus Christ. He came to give his life a ransom for us to purchase us back from the bottomless pit of sin. We are now delivered so we no longer have to walk Sin Boulevard. Righteousness is of necessity and always, the basis of the idea of righteousness is conformity to a standard of perfection. It is an attribute of God and it signifies holiness, justice, and right doing. When righteousness is applied to man it signifies that they are in possession of the Christian virtues, faith, hope, and charity; a life which conforms to the divine law. Matthew 6:33 but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. For the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith. We must submit to Godís righteousness or be like the Romans talked about by Paul in Romans 10:3-4 for they being ignorant of Godís righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God; for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth. I John 2:1 and if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

Godís righteousness is wrought through His Spirit. God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. How we worship God is important. Numbers 16:22 and they fell upon their faces and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh. Everything in the earth operates off of a spirit. Man was created a spirit, male and female created he them. The earliest sense of the words translated ďspiritĒ in both Hebrew and Greek, is that of ďwindĒ which suggests the comparison used by Jesus in St. John 3:8 the wind bloweth where it listeth and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Spirit is usually connected with a manifestation of a presence, power, influence, or wisdom. It is also referred to in the Holy Word as the third person of the trinity. It is expressed in such terms as Spirit of God, Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Itís also a word spirit that is used to describe powers of evil.

In the use of soul and spirit the former seems to be an independent separate personality, while spirit partakes more of a dependent relationship. It is through the Spirit that man was united to God in the creation and through Jesus Christ that union which was broken is remade through the New Covenant. The Spirit is in the inner man. Paul says we shall have a spiritual body in I Corinthians 15:44 it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. According to Paul he was speaking in I Corinthians 15: 45 what was already written of Adam the first man and Jesus the last Adam. The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. As we have born the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. No flesh and blood shall enter heaven; for it cannot inherit the kingdom of God.

The state of being spiritual, being of a spiritual character; spiritual-mindedness is called spirituality. It consists of spiritual, not of material, but incorporeal things. Thus the spiritual nature of man is distinguished from the physical. To be spiritual is to be refined from evil things; not sensual. It pertains to the spiritual state that brings purity of thought, mind, and heart, controlled and inspired by the Divine Spirit. Spirituality is the indwelling of the Spirit of God. The source of spiritual gifts is Godís grace, and the agency of operation He employs is the Holy Spirit. Spirituality insures one of the strength to overcome the corrupting influences of carnal-mindedness. Carnal-mindedness pertains to the flesh and is fleshly. When carnal-minded we are given to sensual indulgence; as carnal pleasure, lustful acts, and unregenerate conditions of humanity. We have not been reformed or reconstructed but obstinate and stubborn. We perversely adhere to an opinion, purpose, or course in spite of reason arguments, or persuasion of the written Word of God.

Spiritual-mindedness is that disposition and resolution implanted in the mind by the Holy Spirit, through which one willingly and gladly inclines to love, delight in, and to attend spiritual things. The spiritual-minded highly appreciate spiritual blessings; to pursue spiritual objectives; to be led by spiritual motives; and in all respects, to allow the temple of the purified heart to control and direct his life. The reward is spiritual joy and a life of good report. Spirituality belongs to the Holy Spirit, is determined or influenced by the Holy Spirit, and is described as the great and enduring good. Spiritual-mindedness means we love and have a great devotion for God. A person of such character is after peace, loves peace and brings peace to whatever situation and circumstance they find themselves in. They are indifferent to worldly good and thirst for heavenly blessings instead. Spirituality is produced by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost.

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