Deliverance Follows Obedience

Deliverance Follows Obedience
Prepare your heart to seek God for obedience that you may observe and do all that Christ has commanded through His holy apostles.
"For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent." (Zephaniah 3:9)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Overcoming Evil with Good through the Simplicity of Christ

God took the form of flesh to set the record for our faith within Himself that we, who are also in the form of flesh, could follow after Him by faith in Christ. This means that God restricted the power of His own divinity while in the form of flesh beginning with His baptism in the Jordan to His crucifixion on the cross. We follow this same record through our function as priests.

We receive grace daily, we reflect upon the doctrine of Christ and our covenant experience with His manifold graces, and we abide within the framework of His truth by using only those tools which He has sanctified for our contact with Him. This is perfect faith which bears witness to record and resurrection power of Christ. (Acts 1:22) For as we exercise our faith with these things, our faith is indeed sustained by God as we receive His witness from above. (1 John 5:9-10)

As we seek first His kingdom and righteousness through our labor of faith with the doctrine of Christ (12 elements of His gospel) and sanctified tools of His Spirit (Prayer, preaching, prophecy; gifts, callings, graces of God; government, truth, and Spirit), we are opening the gates of our souls to His Light and Life that He may perform His work of cleansing, purging, scourging, and healing within our hearts. There is both a cutting away and a filling taking place as the Lord is applying His healing balm to our hearts through our sanctified contact with Him.

As we are daily giving ourselves over to the use of His tools, we are daily being washed by Him and we are keeping our vessels full of faith. By these things we keep ourselves unspotted by the world even as we live out our daily lives and meet the responsibilities we have in this world. So the key here is that we are daily fulfilling our responsibilities at the altar of Christ through the study of His knowledge and the use of His tools with faith in our hearts.

God does not burden us with a heavy yoke and sustains our faith in Christ. When we allow the cares of the world to overshadow our responsibilities at the altar of Christ, then we have a problem. This happens through neglecting our duties. When we are daily getting into prayer in tongues, studying or hearing the doctrine of Christ, and offering spiritual sacrifices of prophecy we are serving God with perfect faith.

We don't have to try to perform our earthly duties while also functioning in the priesthood of Christ. With some time management, we can get in some prayer and study in the morning, perhaps jot down notes on index cards for reflection throughout the day while taking breaks, we can take a prayer walk at lunch, we can pray and listen to assembly recordings during our daily commute, we can get in more prayer and study after work... we have many options.

If we neglect Christ, the cares of this world will be all we see. If we daily worship Him in Spirit and in truth, we can face the cares of this world without distraction. Know that Christ (knowledge and tools) was given for our function of faith in the Kingdom of God. We don't have to multitask... but we do have to get in our daily labor of faith. (Romans 12:21)

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