August 13, 2009

“Peculiarly Equipped”

Blessings Folk!

We are not of this world.

John 18:36
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

We are a peculiar people.

1 Peter 2:9-10
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

We are not “equipped” in the manner of the world.

If (and I do use that word purposefully...not all who profess to be believers unto salvation are truly saved&hellipWinking you are saved, then the Holy Spirit dwells within you.

Jesus told us that the Father would send through the Son another (of the same kind) that would do some specific things.

The country in which most of us live is in turmoil...ever increasing turmoil.

There is debate. There is discussion.

The bottom line is this...there is truth and there is lie.

We, believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, are not of the world.

We are not limited to debate, discussion and the processes of man to determine truth.

We are equipped by the Most High God to discern truth from error/lie.

The Body of Christ has been given the very Presence of God, the Holy Spirit.
He will give us discernment in all things.

This does not mean that each individual believer will have knowledge and understanding in all things. The Holy Spirit gives “spirituals” to the Body for the upbuilding and edifying of the Body. The word of wisdom and word of knowledge are two such. The Spirit gives when and to whom the Lord desires for the Body.

In the midst of our current situation, we would do well to function within the Spirit rather than within the natural. Take just a moment and read what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit...

John 14:12-17
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

John 14:26-27
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 15:26-27
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

John 16:7-15
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

I know how you feel with the issues of the day.
I experience the same.

I see/hear the thoughts of many and want to respond. I have it all laid out...logical, perhaps even a stumbling into coherence...yet, my mind is jumbled and fragmented. Then, I realize that I’m responding more in the flesh...though what I’m saying is true… the response is not lead and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

We must speak the truth in the Spirit.

Remember, our weapons are not as the worlds…

2 Cor 10:3-4
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,
4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

Lastly, we are to live in the following manner...

2 Cor 6:1-10
1 Working together with Him, we also appeal to you: "Don't receive God's grace in vain."
2 For He says: In an acceptable time, I heard you, and in the day of salvation, I helped you. Look, now is the acceptable time; look, now is the day of salvation.
3 We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed.
4 But in everything, as God's ministers, we commend ourselves: by great endurance, by afflictions, by hardship, by pressures,
5 by beatings, by imprisonments, by riots, by labors, by sleepless nights, by times of hunger,
6 by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,
7 by the message of truth, by the power of God; through weapons of righteousness on the right hand and the left,
8 through glory and dishonor, through slander and good report; as deceivers yet true;
9 as unknown yet recognized; as dying and look—we live; as being chastened yet not killed;
10 as grieving yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing yet possessing everything.

(from Holman Christian Standard Bible® Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 by Holman Bible Publishers.)

Speak forth the truth empowered by the Spirit.

Trust God.

Lean not on your own understanding.

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