Understanding the Times: Part 3- Knowing our Purpose
“Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” 2 Cor 2:16
We have been given the ability to walk in His thoughts, feel what He feels and abide in His perfect peace and joy. In order to do this we must understand our purpose.
“Without prophetic vision, the people shall perish, but he that keeps the law is blessed.” Prov 29:18
Let me take a moment to express the heart of God here as God expresses Himself throughout Scripture. “Prophetic vision” is simply to understand the heart, mind and intent of our Father in Heaven. “Law” refers not to rules, but to His heart and nature. “The law” was given to reveal our need for the the Holy Spirit to empower us to live in His nature. That empowerment is given when the Holy Spirit enters us. The Holy Spirit enters us and gives us life and reconciliation when we recognize our condition before the eyes of a loving and perfect and holy Creator… and receive that gift. (eph 2:8-9, John 3:16, Eph 1:13, 2 Cor 1:22)
If a nation does not know this, that nation will perish. If the body of Christ (those who have once accepted this) begin to turn from this truth, that body will be chastened.. in His love.
We are living in troubling times.
This is not the first that America has endured difficulties. To understand what is truly going on though requires the church of God to walk in the mind of Christ.
“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” Gal 1:10
“Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” 1 Peter 1:13
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 5:20
As I type this… and as you read this, those who profess Jesus Christ, that out of His love to rescue His children from sin and death, paid for our sins on the cross, are being tortured and killed. This is a hard reality. We are not yet seeing this in America. Additionally, and by in large, the body of Christ has been content to go on her 10 day missionary trips to rather friendly countries.
I have not yet heard of too many trips being planned that send born-agains to countries such as Nigeria, Tunisia, Syria, Iran…. the list goes on and on.
This is not about condemnation or superficial judgement. This is about Christians in America beginning to stand up, so that we might get back down on our knees.. and repent of our own distractions, so that we may live a life truly grounded in the love and power that comes from a relationship that is resting in Jesus.
This is NOT about “works”.
The bible doesn’t state we are not to enjoy this life. In fact quite the opposite. Life was meant to be lived, enjoyed, and our interests expressed… with Him.
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” Phil 2:3-5
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” Eph 2:10
This last verse is NOT talking about self-righteousness. “Doing” good deeds is, well… good, but this is not in fact our calling. This is our ordained bi-product. Please recognize this:
We are called to Himself. We are called to walk in intimate friendship with Him. In doing so, we will reflect His love, walk as He walked and by default, be children that show and express His good works through us.
This is true life. This is what we are called to. This is the meaning of the verse that states,
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” Acts 17:28
Living a life In Christ, means enjoying all the expressions of His divine nature.. through you. Living a life in Christ is simple. It means to walk in a state of open invitation. Whatever it is you enjoy, invite Him in.
Before we can do this however, we, as the Church, need to repent of living for ourselves. We are meant to live a life as His son and daughter concerned about the things He is concerned about.
I believe right now He is concerned about how His church is going to rescue His lost sons and daughters; those who have not yet received Christ’s forgiveness, from death. This has always been His heart the Word says. This is why He died! We are to call “good” what He calls “good.” We are to love those who do not yet know Him as Savior and bring them to Him. This is accomplished in so many different expressions… we are all different. He moves through us all differently. but we are all meant to be a light.
We were not created to live for ourselves. The body of Christ needs to repent of this fallen mindset and “put on” the mind of Christ.
“Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” Romans 5:20
God word is not a rule book. It is diary, written to His beloved children showing them the way back home.
Jesus is meant to be our standard. His nature, His love, His precepts determine what is right and wrong. This country is forsaking the Word of God as our standard of right and wrong more than at any other time in the history of this great nation.
“When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.” Prov 28:2
Right now, the god of selfishness, the god of perversion, the god of lust, power, greed, fear and hatred rule the minds and hearts of many in America. Jesus Christ is no longer the head of the United States. We have rejected Him as our One Ruler. The church has allowed this. The church is also guilty of this herself.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold.” Matt 24:12
The love of His beloved church is growing increasingly cold. More than ever in my life I am seeing, reading and hearing first-hand those who profess to be born-again Christians speak of tolerance toward sin. Where is our passion for Truth? For holiness? For righteousness, or for the lost to be saved?
We are meant to love only the sinner. We are not to tolerate the sin.
We love the sinner. It is demonstrating God’s love toward all His children that brings them to Christ (Rom 2:4, Matt 5:16, 1 John 4:10, john 8:7) but we are to hate the sin.
“Save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear–hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” Jude 23
We were never meant to ignore sin. We were never meant to tolerate it in our mindsets,.. We were meant to identify it, call it out as such, and then show the people the need for their Savior.
This is why Christ died for us.
Jesus died so that we can show the person a way out of their sin. This is love. The torture of the cross is love.
Stating that “God is Love” and therefore He sees no sin.. is blasphemy. There… I said it. This is the great deception of this Age. This is the spirit of antichrist. And it is a predominant mindset in our pulpits, pews, congregations, worship, thinking and living rooms.
“When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong.” Eccl 8:11
“Therefore the law is slacked, and justice does never go forth: for the wicked does surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.” Habb 1:4
Be honest. When was the last time you sat in a fellowship meeting and heard the words “sin“, “repentance”, “holiness”, or “righteous judgement”?
Now, I will admit many have spoken on this without any clue whatsoever on how these topics are in reality, an aspect of His love. That does not give us an excuse to ignore the heart of the gospel.
The body of Christ here in America needs to begin aligning ourselves with the mind of Christ. We need to get back into the Word and recall our purpose. We have lost our way. We need to get back to the vision of what this nation was called to be.
We were given the mind of Christ when we accepted Him as our personal Savior. We were then given an invitation to enter into the most intimate and powerful union ever created. The union of true fellowship with the God of… everything.
Think on this: The God that created Super Novas… and flowering trees; the Master who made Pleiades… and honeybees… wants to talk with you and enjoy you. In order to do this, we must begin to place Him first in our hearts.
The persecution and death that is all around us… is coming to America.
But there is still time. In love, we have been extended time, but the time is short. We can still turn America around. The body of Christ must:
1. Repent- stop living for ourselves only. We have begun to embrace and excel in doctrines that make God out to be a personal vending machine for whatever our heart fancies. Prosperity is meant to be a bi-product of our life in Him, Not the purpose.
2. Seek his Face– begin asking Him what is on his heart. What does he care about? What is this life journey, that is meant to be filled with joy and peace and fullness… actually look like when we walk it out In Him? Still in the process of learning how to recognize the way he speaks to your spirit ( we are all growing in that), it’s OK, we have his written word. It’s all in there, and is a safe place to start.
3. Intercede for our Country- we need to begin praying for those who do not know good from evil. We have the spirit of God in us.. the “lost” do not. Stop holding them to a standard. They need the Spirit of God in order to understand the nature of God and be empowered to live a life that is in alignment with His nature.
We must return to His heart and His mind. America can still fulfill her call to be a light to the world. We can be a nation that proclaims God’s goodness and enjoy His protection against the rising evil that is speeding us to the fulfillment of end times prophecy, and Jesus’ return. We can still enter these Days as His salt and His light, walking in His power to heal and love and reconcile the world to Himself.
Please, the time is come…
“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” Romans 13:12