To be at the beckon call of the Holy Spirit is true freedom. He is always there to guide us into good things, and He knows of Goodness that we cannot even fathom.
I am here to discover myself and serve others, according to the Holy Spirit's desires, through the salvation of Jesus Christ to the glory of God The Father. My God has remembered me in his Kindness and he helps me remember to take care of myself and He even wakes me up when it's time to get up. My God is always there to walk before me and prepare my path. He makes my path sure and strongly founded by the palm of His hand. Everywhere I go I am reminded of his everlasting Power. His holy ones have taught me all about our God. I treasure this Knowledge and Wisdom. So many times I remember the instructions given to me, and it is pleasing to my mind.
We are all children, and thus, heirs, of the Kingdom of God, through the Holy Spirit of God that has been made available: "everyone who calls upon the name of The LORD will be saved." (Joel 2:32 NLT). This special salvation has been available for thousands of years to those whom it is given. Jesus came and offered the door to the Kingdom by his death on the cross. Once he said, "It is finished" (John 19:30 NLT) , and gave up His Holy Spirit, the power of the devil was shattered like glass. The Kingdom of God could now be accessed by all who were saved before and after Christ's death. Abraham, Issac, Israel (Jacob), Moses, Aaron, David, the good thief, etc, now joined Jesus in his Glorious resurrection "early on Sunday morning"(John 20:1 NLT). Furthermore, the gates would remain open to all who "are born again"(John 3:3 NLT).
I became born again many times, and the LORD had much patience with me until I finally asked Jesus into my heart and was thus was saved. "Here I am! I stand at the door [of my heart] and knock. If anyone hears my voice [the Holy Spirit] and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me" (Revelation 3:20 NIV). Here we see more clarity into the majestic order of salvation. One must not only be born again, but one must "open the door" by actually saying the words: "Jesus, come in[to my heart]!
Baptism, then, should be the next course of action and goal to "fulfill all righteousness"(Matthew 3:15 NIV). It is even commanded to all Christians, discounting anyone who dies without the opportunity, at the end of the Gospel according to Matthew: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"(Matthew 28:19 NIV). So it is separable from the salvation process as being the born again experience and honest plea for the adoption through Jesus Christ that comes by being saved. Baptism, however, stands as a command to all Christians who are able to get baptized and also a command to those carrying on the quest to receive others into God's Glory.
The Resurrection, or Easter Sunday, is a celebration of those fortunate souls that accepted their position as co-heirs to the Kingdom of God along with Jesus Christ, who was made King of kings and Lord of lords. It also bequeaths a future glory that is promised to us who are made righteous in the eyes of God by the born again, reception of Jesus, and baptism experiences.
Once a person is baptized, they complete the salvation process and become ministers: Definition of MINISTER
a: one officiating or assisting the officiant in church worship
b: a clergyman especially of a Protestant communion
a: the superior of one of several religious orders —called also minister-general
b: the assistant to the rector or the bursar of a Jesuit house
: a high officer of state entrusted with the management of a division of governmental activities
a: a diplomatic representative (as an ambassador) accredited to the court or seat of government of a foreign state
b: a diplomatic representative ranking below an ambassador ( http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minister ).
We become agents, ambassadors or even clergyman 'entrusted with the management of a division of governmental activities' concerning the government of God. From that point on, we "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he [God] will give you everything you need" (Matthew 6:33 NLT). We become God's children according to the Holy Spirit's desires, through the salvation of Jesus Christ to the glory of God The Father. Because of this, we, in our day-to-day activities, develop the "Fruit of the Spirit [which] is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, [and] self-control. Against such things there is no law"(Galatians 5:22-23 NIV). As ministers, we simply develop and put to work these Fruits in conjunction with the Gifts of the Spirit which God gave us at birth: "To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues"(1 Corinthians 12:8-10 NIV). Christ has an order to this as "Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers...[so] we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in the deceitful scheming"(Ephesians 4:11, 14 NIV). Therefore, "speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work" (Ephesians 4:15-16 NIV).
To establish the work that will build the 'body' or 'Kingdom' of Christ, "We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully" (Romans 12:6-8 NIV). So we cannot say that we do not have a part in maintaining and growing the 'body of Christ.' We just need to work our part of the 'body of Christ.' That is the easy part. The hard part is all the inbetween time where we conduct ourselves in daily living since, as Jesus said, "They are not of the world, even as I am not of it" (John 17:16). So how are we to survive in a world we don't belong to?
Jesus explains this result: "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves," and he instructs us to "be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves" (Matthew 10:16). Jesus offers this encouragement in the very heat of his betrayal, knowing his fate: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). And we, too, as members of the 'body of Christ,' overcome the world in our own ways. We are unique, miraculous and beautiful. And there is no reason to ever be lonely or discouraged, for Jesus said: "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:20 NIV).
What a joy it is to be a Christian. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to be anyone else, anywhere else. I am who God made me, what God made me, when God made me, where God made me, why God made me, and how God made me. And that sure is a big deal. We are all a big deal. Who else can claim God to be their father and brother? Who else is assured eternal life by God Himself? Amidst all the problems in the world with natural disasters and talks of wars and conspiracies, I will fear the LORD, "who can destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28), and I will love my God, who has given me everything I need and more. I will persevere for God as "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT). Come join me and build up treasure in heaven. My heart is already there, for "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21 NIV). Hallelujah!
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