Thursday, December 3, 2009

High Calling, High Destiny, High Stakes

High calling, high destiny, high stakes, life and death, ultimate. Do not settle for less than fullness. Do not cut the blood of Jesus short. Do not cut yourself short. Refuse that lie and call it what it is: Unbelief, Faithlessness. To lessen the high call of God is to call the blood shed for us insufficient. To settle for a gospel only of forgiveness and to sell the true word, proclamation and good news of God over the earth short is not the Gospel. It is faithlessness. It is unbelief. To lower the standard to a place where human flesh alone can reach it is faithlessness and leads to the lie of pride which says, "See, I can do it." But it's a lie because you did not do IT. You invented a new goal and reached it, selling yourself short of the true goal, the Gospel of God. A Gospel of full redemption, healing, holiness, consecration, and sanctification. A Gospel which established and consummates the kingdom of God in our tangible, literal reality here on earth. Instead of selling yourself short, look to Truth, the Truth which says:

"12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:12-14 NKJV)."

"2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (1 John 3:2-4 NKJV)."

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work (2 Cor. 9:8 NKJV)."

"being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; (Phil. 1:6 NKJV)"

His grace is not a "grace" which leads to lawlessness and more sin. It is not a grace that allows one to pray a prayer of salvation one time and to never WALK with God. It is grace for a journey and pilgrimage to fullness. It is a grace to at every moment, no matter what you have done, decide in your spirit that you will not remember what lies behind, but will press on to what's ahead toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of Jesus. It's a grace that looks to Jesus expectantly to purify us as He is pure.

It is the grace which says, ""If you love me, you will obey what I command (John 14:15 NKJV).", and also says, "1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world [no exceptions] (1 Jn. 2:1-2)". It is a grace which moment-by-moment says "I will not sin because I love him" and also says, "But if I do sin, I do not dare reproach or condemn myself, because that sells the blood of Jesus short in forgiving me. I dare not spurn the command of God through inner rationale or the forgiveness of God when I transgress the command.

" Be warned, God knows your inner thoughts and says through the apostle Paul, "But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.) 6 Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world? 7 For if the truth of God has increased through my life to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? 8 And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just [no exception] (Romans 3:5-8)."

The result of the hidden rationale that says, "I will sin because God will forgive me anyway" spurns the command of God and results in condemnation. God's mercy and forgiveness is for those that esteem His command, love His command, keep His command and fear Him. But if you transgress His command, do not spurn His forgiveness and give up. Pick up! Run the race! Keep the faith! Forget what lies behind and press on to what's ahead in the upward call of Jesus!

High Calling, High Destiny, High Stakes! Do not be content with less than fullness! God is waiting, the earth is waiting, literally, the whole cosmos is waiting, even the rocks and plants and animals are waiting for the revealing of the sons of God! Become, through grace by faith alone, a revealed son of God through the adoption God has commanded through His Son, Yeshua, the simple Jewish Messiah. Now, and not later! Come all who are weary! He will give you rest. His yoke is easy and His burden is light! He is a Father! He is a Bridegroom! Come!