When did seeking after status in the eyes of man become more important than seeking after the anointing?…#thinkonthesethings
There is a distinct difference between us having dominion over the creation of God and our domination of the creation of God. The Bible teaches us that, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein…” (Ps. 24:1). To have dominion in the economy of God is to understand that we were given the responsibility of being stewards over that which belongs to God alone. To dominate something or someone means ‘to rule or exercise control over’ that person or thing.
In the beginning, God gave us the responsibility of being stewards over His creation, not to rule or exercise control over it…and most definitely not over one another. ‘To rule or exercise control’ means “to assert authority or power through the exertion of force.” Although we know that “…there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God…” (Rom. 13:1), this is not a license to dominate and subdue one another…especially within the church. Those in church leadership were not ordained by God to exercise domination over the people of God, but to be stewards over them and to care for them under God’s authority and government (Mt. 11:28-30).
As a result of being in covenant with God, we all have been designated to be “a kingdom of priests unto God” (Ex. 19:6; Rev. 1:6), not just a select few. In understanding the role of priests in the Old Testament and in understanding Christ’s role as being the “Apostle and High Priest of our profession” (Heb. 3:1), they were ministers unto God for the people of God. The basic understanding of what entails being a minister is understanding that to minister means ‘to serve.’
In other words, all believers have been designated to be a kingdom of servants unto God on behalf of, not only the people of God, but the entire world. As the Body of Christ, we serve as extensions of Christ throughout the world in a mediatorial role between God and humanity. Therefore, our main function in life is to redirect others to Christ, Who in turn, represents them before God as the Great High Priest upon accepting Him as their Lord and Savior.
We all are servants of righteousness unto God…nothing more (Rom. 12:3-16)…#thinkonthesethings
There will be times in our lives wherein what we have within us is not enough to carry us through whatever station of life we are in. This is why God called us to be a community…a family…the Body of Christ. Each member has its particular gift(s) and functions in conjunction with the rest of the members of the Body (1 Cor. 12). We were not designed to function independently, but interdependently.
Of course, we rely upon God, for He is the Source from Whom we draw our strength. But we also rely upon one another. Paul teaches us to “bear ye one another’s burdens…” (Gal. 6:2), and “…we then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves…” (Rom. 15:1). In other words, we should be so interconnected that if you hurt, I should feel your pain and do whatever is possible to alleviate your pain. Conversely, if I am in need, then you should be able to assist me in my hour of need. However, this can only be done when we are truly one in the Spirit (Jn. 17:11, 22).
The more we practice unity, the more we will become unified. The more we ‘walk in the Spirit’ of Christ, the more we will become unified. The more we surrender ourselves to Christ, the more we will become unified. Self must die in order for us to truly live. There will never be any unity unless there is first a denial of ourselves for the greater good of the entire Body of Christ…#thinkonthesethings
One of the pursuits in life we should be more than passionate about is our pursuit of God. Our passion for both God and the things of God should consume us “…for the zeal of Thine (God’s) house hath eaten me up…” (Ps. 69:9). We should not only pursue God for the supernatural provision and limit Him in blessing us with our everyday natural provision. In other words, our pursuit of passion for God cannot be one-sided. If our pursuit of God becomes one-sided, then our lives will continue to be unbalanced and we will be greatly ineffective in advancing God’s Kingdom agenda and Its Gospel. Run after God with everything you have…and when He is found of you…continue to follow after Him wholeheartedly everyday thereafter. Remember…how you pursue God will determine how effective you will become in your pursuit of life…#thinkonthesethings
Do we view worship as something that is done when we gather together with other believers? Do we view worship as something that we do whenever we are going through a wilderness experience? Do we view worship as something to do when life is “going our way”? If so, we have the wrong idea of what worship is…
Worship is a lifestyle. It is how we conduct ourselves whether we are alone or in the presence of others. It is how we “relate” to others. It is how we “relate” to ourselves. It is how we approach our study and prayer time. It is how we approach our jobs. It is how we approach our area of ministry. It is our approach to the culture surrounding us. The Bible teaches us that as “servants of the Lord,” we are to “do the will of the Lord from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men…” (Eph. 6:6,7). In everything that we do, we are to do it unto God because we were created to bring glory to Him. In other words, worship is a reflection of our attitude toward God and Who we believe Him to be in our lives and it is outwardly manifested through our everyday actions. So, in examining ourselves, have we really been worshipping God?…#thinkonthesethings