THE GOD CENTERED MAN

THE GOD CENTERED MAN

In Romans 11, Paul seems to be overwhelmed with the goodness and greatness of God. “Oh the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!” Vs33. For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen. Vs.36.

The heavenly man becomes a God centered man. Our interests in Him have gone far beyond what He can and will do for us in this life. We have been captured by His greatness. We have been stunned by His beauty. We have been humbled by His grace. We have been awed by His wisdom. Paul is describing the God centered life that flows from a God encounter. Paul’s spiritual life began from his encounter with the Lord on the Damascus Road. He saw a light that was brighter than the noon day sun. This light opened his blind spiritual eyes, and the same light, closed his natural eyes for three days. I will never forget the day I was visited by the Lord on a Tuesday afternoon in Dallas, Texas. Hands were laid upon my head in a prayer line, unexpectedly I found myself caught up in His wonderful love. I was overcome by His Presence and a whole new world opened up for me. That day, I got a touch of what Paul describes in Acts 9. From Him and through Him and to Him are all things!!!! From that day, Christ became the center of my world. Drinking in His Goodness became my passion in life. Have you experienced Christ for yourself? Are you experiencing Him in your life? I beseech you, I beg you, be transformed, become that heavenly man, leaving behind earthly things. Start today! Spend some time reading His Word . Spend some time listening to worship and entering in to worship yourself. Pray in the Spirit. The Lord has a heavenly plan and I think you have a part to play in it. That plan begins to unfold in you as you step over into His Presence. From that time, Christ becomes the center of your world.

CHOSEN

Chosen

14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”* 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth”.
Rom 9:14-17

Remember what Paul is saying, “I beseech you therefore brothers, in view of the mercies of God, present your bodies as a living sacrifice. Be transformed….he continues in Chapter 9 to describe for us the matchless mercies of our God. In this chapter Paul talks about the blessing and mystery of God’s sovereignty and His election of Sons and Daughters. Remember the words of Jesus, “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.” Paul spoke about this in Romans 9:15,16. “For He says to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God who has mercy.” This teaching can bring great change into our lives. He has a plan for my life. This plan is surpernatural and eternal. His plan is sure, perfect, and will come to pass. As I let go of my plans and yield to God’s eternal plan, I am changed. The heavenly man rejoices in the sovereignty of God. This is the place of safety and humility. Trusting in His goodness , wisdom, and power brings great peace into our lives. We spend our lives yielding rather than striving. Today, in view of the SOVEREIGN PLAN of God, yield yourself to Him. His plans for you are good and you will never be disappointed as those plans begin to come to pass. Instead of worrying, striving, and doubting; you can enter a time of spiritual rest and enjoyment.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your path
Prov 3:5,6

PUTTING TO DEATH THE OLD LIFE

PUTTING TO DEATH THE OLD LIFE

“For I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man; But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”(Romans 7 vs.21-23)

We should not be discouraged by the natural tendencies that still try to dominate our lives. Rather, this struggle pushes us to the Lord. Transformation does not come from human will power, human wisdom or determination. Transformation into the heavenly man comes by the Holy Spirit. Paul talks about this ability to overcome the natural man in Romans 8. In verse 12 and 13 he gives us some important revelation. “So then brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, (the natural man), to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Did you get that? We can put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit or by the anointing. Practically, we yield to the anointing several ways to cooperate with this work of God in our lives. We pray in tongues regularly, putting to death the natural tendencies. We saturate ourselves in worship, drinking in the heavenly presence that produces change. Finally, we spend time in Holy Ghost services, this brings destruction to the sinful tendencies. The anointing is the manifest presence of the Lord. The natural man does not want to live in the anointing, he wants to watch football and eat chips. The new man, loves the anointing. Spend time in His presence, especially if you are struggling with temptation. Start your journey now, destroy the natural man by walking in the Spirit.

Free from Sin

Free From Sin

1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:1-4

In Romans 6 Paul talks about the death of our old life. He talks about us being crucified with Christ. He also says that if our old life is dead, consider ourselves as dead men. We no longer have to live as natural men, our old life is finished. If this is true, change is possible. The Lord not only dealt with sin, He dealt with the sinner. He crucified him. If you have been crucified with Christ, you are dead to sin. Consider yourselves dead. How do I consider myself dead to sin? Of course by reflecting on the “mercies”of God. The Word of God becomes our place of refuge. As we soak ourselves in scripture, this precious truth comes alive. I am dead to sin. I am alive to God. That person I used to be is gone. There is a new man living inside of me. Who is that new man? Of course it is the Heavenly Man, Jesus Christ. Christ’s death not only dealt with sin, He dealt with the sinner. I was crucified with Christ. The natural man was put to death so the Heavenly Man could be revealed. As we identify with Christ by faith, these truths are awakened. As we are awakened, we begin to walk in the power of this new life.
Why spend another day living that miserable old life, wallowing in the fears, temptations, and depression of this dark world? Start living, really living today. I beseech you therefore brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice.

JUSTICE AND MERCY

JUSTICE AND MERCY

21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed
Romans 3:21-25

In Romans 3:25, Paul presents the solution for our sin. He introduces a word called propitiation. This is a very powerful and very important Bible word. Propitiation describes the joining together of the two diverse qualities found in our Lord, justice and mercy. Our God is a Holy and Just God. Sin cannot enter His presence and sin cannot go unpunished. At the same time the Lord is incredibly merciful, “the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever.” At the cross, sin was judged. Christ became the representative of the human race. The Lord did not overlook sin, He judged it. Man’s sin, my sin, was judged by God. Because of the judgment of sin at Calvary, mercy becomes available. Because Christ suffered in my place, mercy has triumphed over judgment. Christ has forgiven me. I have been declared righteous. By faith I can now live. This is one of the great truths Paul proclaimed. Sin has been judged, the sacrifice has been accepted. We have been declared righteous because our representative took our judgement on Himself.
Several times, in the ministry of Jesus, He would say, “Go in peace, your sins are forgiven.” The Lord never made light of sin because of the horrible fruit sin produces. He was saying ” I am taking full responsibility for your sin”. He could say “Your sins are forgiven ” because of what was about to happen at the cross. At Calvary, My sins received full judgement because God is just and holy. At the cross my sins were forgiven because God is merciful. Christ Himself, has fulfilled the righteous demands of God. In view of the mercies of God , offer yourself to Him.

CHANGED

CHANGED

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:1,2

The first glimpse of these “mercies” we find in Romans 1:16 “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to him that believes.” The gospel, the word of God, is the power of God. God’s words have the ability to change our lives. God’s word is filled with life. Drinking in God’s word will begin this beautiful work of transformation in you.

In the very next verse comes the scripture that birthed the Protestant Reformation, “the just shall live by faith”. This verse of scripture transformed Martin Luther from the natural, confused, monk into a spiritual man who effected his generation and every generation that followed him. By meditating on this scripture, he realized that the righteousness of God is ascribed to those who have faith in the work of Christ at the cross. He saw that his works could never produce righteousness in his life. He concluded that righteousness is a gift. It is received, not earned. Righteousness, or right standing with God, is given by grace through faith. This revelation is where life begins, this is where the transformation begins, and this is where you become the heavenly man.
As you reflect on Christ’s death for you at Calvary, the mercy of God becomes personal. This is the place where our faith comes alive, this is the beginning of that change into the Heavenly Man.

TRANSFORMED

Transformed

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:1,2

Transformed is a powerful word. It is the Greek word “metamorphoo” and it means to change into another form. Paul is describing a spiritual transformation. We see the same word describing Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration. Jesus changed into another form before the disiples eyes, He began to radiate with the Glory of God. He was transfigured by the manifestation of the cloud of God’s Presence. Paul uses the same terminology describing the transformation of a Christian. He says to be changed, or transformed, from the natural man to the spiritual man. This is the great need in our lives, to hunger after this change. An urgency, a hunger, a desire to become that spiritual man.

How does that change take place? Paul used another powerful word in this verse. “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” Renewal is the word “anakainosis”. This word means a complete change for the better. Again to be changed from the natural man to the heavenly man. How does this renewal take place? First it takes place as we begin to saturate in the truth clearly presented by the Apostle Paul in Romans 1-11. In light of what you have heard, let your mind be renewed that you might change. Today spend some time in God’s Word. As you do, that Heavenly Man begins to come alive, renewal is taking place. You are being conformed to the image of Christ.

THE HEAVENLY MAN

THE HEAVENLY MAN

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Many Christians today are bored, bored with life and definitely bored with spiritual things. There is a belief in the Bible and basic Christian tenets but an uninterested apathy when it comes to the things of God. Apathy is the opposite of what we hear coming from the pen of the apostle Paul. “I beseech you therefore brothers and sisters”. There is a passion, an urgency, and yes, a desperation in his cry. In view of the mercies of God, in light of what he had taught in the first eleven chapters of Romans, be transformed, be changed, into the heavenly man. That change can begin or continue in your life today. How can that happen? Simply offer yourself to the Lord. As Paul said, offer yourself as a living sacrifice. In this place of yielding, the transformation begins. Your change into the Heavenly man begins as you yield to the Lord. How does this yielding “look” ?
It appears as you simply spend time with Him. Time in His Presence is precious and priceless . Draw near today as you read His Word. Draw near as you spend time in prayer and worship. As you draw near to God, He draws near to you. This is the place of transformation.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

19 the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled,* for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Peter was embarassed and afraid. He had denied the Lord in the time of crisis. He felt like his ministry and leadership were over. That first Easter night Jesus came and met with Peter and the apostles, behind closed doors. Instead of a rebuke Peter received forgiveness, acceptance , love, and a new commission. He also received the Holy Spirit. What a day!!! That day Peter’s life started all over again. Jesus was alive!!! Peter was forgiven!!! He had to let everyone know about this gracious Savior. Peter had a testimony and wanted to tell the world. Have you had a private meeting with Jesus. He wants to come to you behind closed doors. One moment alone with Jesus will change everything. You may feel empty, lonely, afraid, or may be struggling with depression. You are not alone. Every man or woman of God before you has faced the same feelings. The only difference between you and them, Jesus walked into the room. Go ahead, close the door. I think Jesus is coming your way.

Swallowed Up In God

Swallowed Up In God

Jonathan Edwards spoke often of the change that began in his life after Christ revealed Himself to him as he was reading the Word of God. Now remember, Jonathan’s dad was a Puritan pastor and Jonathan had been taught the scriptures all of his life. Reading the Bible was part of his routine since he was a child. One day, as a young man, a normal time reading the scripture turned into anything but normal. Listen to what Edwards says in his own words.
​“The first instance, that I remember, of that sort of inward, sweet delight in God and divine things, that I have lived much in since, was on reading those words, 1 Tim. 1:17. “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen”. As I read the words, there came into my soul, and was as it were diffused through it, a sense of the glory of the Divine Being; a new sense, quite different from any thing I ever experienced before. Never any words of Scripture seemed to me as these words did. I thought within myself, how excellent a Being that was, and how happy I should be, if I might enjoy that God, and be rapt up to him in heaven; and be as it were swallowed up in him for ever!” “Swallowed up?” have you been swallowed up by God? Reading the Bible can be just routine or it can be life changing. Maybe today this invisible, eternal, immortal King will reveal Himself to you. Open your Bible and search for the Living Word who reveals Himself in scripture. You just might be surprised, He lives and speaks in His Word. He is waiting to meet with you.