July 98Freedom in Jesus
Hebrews 10:2, 102 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.How does freedom effect our lives? When we think about those who have made sacrifices, we must remember, just offering a sacrifice is not enough to make that which is imperfect, perfect. As Gods children, we know the only power that has allowed us to move into a state of perfection is as a gift from God. The continual sacrifice under the law could not remove the sin, it could not make perfect. If our noble sacrifices cannot make anything perfect, then can any of the labors of the law do so?
Lets first look at the Mosaic law, which within there are regulations given for us to follow. Through this law God had offered a way to approach Him. Those with clean hands, clean bodies, clean minds, and clean spirits were acceptable in Gods presence. Therefore, if one were able to perform the whole law, he would be able to approach God and not be afraid. Nevertheless, as it were, no man was pure enough to fulfill the task enabling them to enter Gods presence. Everyone was cursed in their bodies, cursed in their minds, and their spirits were dead (separated from the life of God). So then, by that law, no man was able to approach God. For that reason God allowed for sacrifices within the law. Those sacrifices were about the shedding of blood so that there would be remission of sin.
There are other laws that work in our members. There are laws of conscience. There are laws concerning the desires of the flesh, as well as the laws of sin and death. There are even internal laws that cause us to want our minds to be in a state of perfection; attempting to be unashamed before God. This pride of lifeand pride of the eyes can be the most dominating of all the laws within our members.
There are laws of the mind and of the body. The law of the mind includes those things which we retain in the mind that have caused us to be the individual we are now. This law causes us to live from our memories responding to circumstances as we always have. The law of the body consists of nurturing and exercising our bodies to keep them healthy, and doing things to try to keep our flesh satisfied. These are areas people try to make progress in, hoping for gain These are real laws and you cant live in this world unless these laws are working in your life. In attempting to obey these laws we realize that every area of our mind, our body, and our spirit are cursed. No matter what we do, we cant make ourselves perfect. Failure in body is where addiction and lusts find their home. So then, how can we stand before God? How do we know we are pleasing to the Lord?
We have to know that God made a way to approach him. We have to know its about Jesus and not about us. Every time you obey a law of your mind, your body, or your spirit, it means sacrifice. Its about something that hurts when taken away because you simply want it. Everyone wants to be satisfied. So, when the law says, "No, thats not good for you, you shouldnt eat this, you shouldnt feel this way, you shouldnt worship God that way," its painful and hard to dislodge those highly valued desires. The sacrifice can be more than an individual can bear, thus rendering him helplessly enslaved to that particular law in his failure to perform it.
The unnoticed blessing in Christ is you dont feel the sacrifice, because there was something else that fulfilled your perfect. It wasnt the fact that you gave things up, or that you walked away from something wrong. It was the fact that you had found a complete freedom through the sacrifice at the cross of Christ. The Word of God is the power that sets us free. In Christ there is no more consciousness of failure, as its gone now . When we are released in our minds, bodies, and our spirits from the recognition of our failures, we have found the perfect sacrifice. This perfect tool is called salvation which means, "You Are Free." It works perfectly.
The power to be made perfect comes when we can say we have no more consciousness of sin or failure of the law, because we believe in the power of salvation. There is great freedom upon receiving the cure for the laws that worked in our lives, whether the Law of Moses, the law of the mind, or the law of the body.
We have no more consciousness of sickness because the Word of God says that we are healed. That doesnt mean that our bodies never get sick but what it does mean is were not bound and enslaved to sickness.
Jesus is the one sacrifice that has released us from our consciousness of sin. If we have a conscious-ness of sin then there is no remission of sin, there is no perfect work done. A perfect work does not mean Im a perfect person, its that Im not conscious of my shortcomings and therefore bound to shame. Therein is the power of salvation! Thus the consciousness of sin would be the failure of salvation. When you standbefore God and continue to have a consciousness of your failure (not believing in the cross of Christ), then you will always be ashamed. You will always be intimidated and afraid of God. The truth of the gospel is Jesus became who we are, spiritually dead. Yet, the Holy Spirit raised him from the dead and put him in the presence of God. He was not ashamed, rather, He was cleansed. Jesus had no more consciousness of the sin Hed become for us. His mind was saved. He believed in the power of the Spirit. You have that same Spirit.
That same spirit will also let you know that you are accepted, approved in Christ, and established in the word of God.
Jesus body was prepared. The word of God that was sent to Mary, and became flesh. God created that body in this earth. The Spirit of the living God then dwelt in that body. Jesus Christ was endowed with power and given the authority of God. He didnt submit His mind to the things of this world but he submitted it to Gods will. What is Gods will for you? Is it sickness, pain, poverty, or being afraid? No! To do His will is to submit your body for His Spirit to dwell in.
The Sanctifying Power
How are we sanctified? It happens upon salvation. You cannot sanctify yourself. Only God can sanctify you. Once God looks at your willingness to be saved and your honesty before Him, which allows His hand to move upon you, He removes the consciousness of sin. Thats sanctification. Sanctification is when you have no more consciousness of failure, sin; death, sickness; or poverty. Until God does that you will forever be bound and controled by those things. God is so big and so absolute that His very breath changes your life. The very movement of His Spirit in your heart changes your life and separates you from your fears and your pain. God doesnt remember our sin anymore. Therefore, we are open to receive the blessing of God.
Once you are saved there is no chance of being resaved, because if that were possible then there was never a perfect work done in your life. How can you get rid of sin if you are bound to sin again? You cant. If Jesus Christ was not a perfect work that sanctified you by the will of God, then you were never sanctified, for the Word of God truly states, "there is no more sin." You either have to believe it or not. If you dont believe it, then possibly you were never saved. Perhaps you never received the sanctifying power of God.
There are many who think they are saved, but the fact of the matter is that they dont understand what salvation is and that God doesnt remember sin. They think its all about there being no more offering for sin, so now they cant sin anymore at the risk of losing their salvation. This is the greatest bondage in the world, to have known freedom in the gospel of salvation and then to be put in the hopeless place of no more forgiveness for sin. The scripture means exactly what it says, "there is no more offering for sin." If your sin is an issue then you might never have been saved and set free from your sin. Our sin was taken care of through the cross of Christ. You have to believe that if you asked Jesus to come into your heart, knowing that He was going to remove all your sin, you are saved, set free, and there is no record of sin, despite what anyone may say.
You have to be bold and confident just as Christ was in His work. He was so confident that it says 12, "after he had offered one sacrifice for sin, He sat at the right hand of the Father." Jesus has consecrated a way that is perfect. All we need to do is sincerely believe it, and allow this freedom to reign in our minds and bodies through Christ Jesus our Lord.Gods Man . . .
Within the many roles I play in my life; Pastors wife, mother, childrens minister and so on, I have found that a virtuous womans price may be far above rubies. However, a godly husband and father is the most priceless gift of all.
As a child, I grew up fatherless. I paid the price dearly through my confused teen years until age 18, when I gave my heart to Jesus. For the first time in my life I cried, "Abba, Father". I have a very close relationship with my Daddy God, which prepared me to be the heart of my home and church as well as the helpmeet to my husband at home and in the Ministry. The importance of a godly father has been downplayed so much in our society. We can look around and see the chaos this has brought upon us. I once heard that if a father takes his family to church, the children, as they grow and have families of their own, would follow his example. Yet if only the mother attends, statistics show the children are less likely to remain as faithful. We all need to follow the lead of the godly men we have been blessed with.
In this article, I would like to make three points that I have found to bring me freedom and hope in my feminine role.
I. The Curse
The Fall of Man
Genesis 3:1-61 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 ¶ And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
In understanding the ending of verse 5, we can see that Eve was deceived because she believed a lie. This is the same untruth that led Satan to his destruction. As he felt he was equal to God, so Eve desired to be equal to Adam in his divine fellowship with God. She wanted to be as Adam, instead of allowing herself to be under his authority. Understanding your position as a woman means to know that God speaks to man first (Headship), then to woman.
Genesis 3:15-1915 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 16 ¶ Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. God now speaks the Curse:17 ¶ And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
They see themselves naked for the manifested glorious presence of His fellowship is gone.
The Curse to woman is pain in childbearing. Any woman who has had a baby knows why it is called labor. But the blessing that supercedes the curse is the promise given to Eve that her Seed would produce the Redeemer, who would crush the serpents head. Adam names her Eve which means the mother of all living. In this we see the prophecy of the Church. We, the Bride of Christ, reproduce after our own kind, as God brings about the lifecycle of spiritual birth by the Holy Spirit, using us to speak of His love and forgiveness. Also in the curse it states, "In desiring to rule she shall be ruled over." Women are naturally bossy. I see it in the smallest of girls, even then they begin to tell boys what to do. They do this until they become women and find out that a man does not think this is a desirable quality! A woman will never be a head. When people say John and I pastor, I say, "No, John is the Pastor and I am his wife. That is enough for me, thank you!"
The curse to man was that he would have to toil all of his days for others. When a man operates in the curse he feels that all of his hard work is not for his own pleasure but for others, so he becomes selfish and withholds his headship blessing. Yet, when he allows God to be his source of strength, his power of covering, protection and resources all become one in Gods will. He realizes that God will be the ultimate provider and he will be the vessel of honor used for his glory. We pray daily for our men to become the strength and husbands to us that Jesus is to them.
Now, as God provides the promise of a Redeemer, He does what Adam could
not do. He saved His bride. He redeemed her. As Jesus is our protector, so our husband
puts a covering of love over us to care for us. We women need to see the necessity of
staying under his authority. He is our head and he covers us with his umbrella. Mans
natural instinct is to protect, walk on the outside and be gallant. Lets take our
role as the woman God called us to be and let our husband be the godly head of our home.
God is the head of Christ
Christ is the head of Man
Man is the head of Woman
1 Corinthians 11:3-163 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
Verse 3 - God gives to man glory and headship through Jesus Christ. He needs no covering as he was made in the image and glory of God.
Verses 4-7 Praying or prophesying is operating in the spiritual authority of God. A man naturally flows in these gifts because he is second in the chain of command under Jesus. God is his covering. So when a woman prays or prophesies, she does so by the covering of her husband, who is her head, or the Pastor, who is the male authority if she has no spiritual head as her husband.
Verses 8-9 Woman was created by God from man and for man, not man for the woman.
Verse 10 This speaks of showing respect to the angels, for even the angels would not think about going beyond Gods authority or design, and so for a woman to do so is to disrupt even the angelic realm.
Verses 11-12 There is equality in the flesh because every man after Adam was born of a woman, but we operate in the blessing by submission. Through His Word, we obediently follow His design of order because all things are of God being done decently and in order.
Verses 13-16 Our Covering-its natural for a woman to grow her hair long and cover her head, for even the Bible calls her hair her crowning glory. For a woman to uncover her head or shave it, is saying she is equal to man. Women who usually have trouble with men have trouble trusting God as their head.
Submission is a gift, youre not born with it. Just as a man submits his life to God, which is not natural, so must a woman, by faith, submit herself to a man. This is not natural for women, either, as part of our curse is the desire to rule yet be ruledover. A man does not cover his head because that shows he trusts God as his head and covering. As my husband reminds me so well, "I may be the head, honey, but you are the heart!" This makes my role as a helpmeet a sweet one as I understand the things of the heart because God made woman to be endearing in her feminine qualities.
I have found what a husband is to a wife is Jesus in a touchable form.
What is Jesus to you?
Song of Solomon 3:1-41 By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.2 I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.3 The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?4 It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mothers house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.
These verses are very special because they reveal the love and respect the Church has for her Husband, Jesus.
Jesus is our:
Provider - Builds a house for you to dwell in and to care for.
Protector - To be safe in his keeping as he is your protector.
Leader - Easily walking in his direction for he is the Head.
Lover - And Anchor of your soul.
Friend - Your very best friend.
Comparatively, Jesus and our husband are one. In the way we treat our mates, we reveal our level of love and desire for our Savior. As a woman, you desire your husband above all other men, to revere and embrace him, to prefer him. To let him know that above all other men in the world, as he came seeking for you, you were desiring to be found of him As he pursued you, you found in him the beauty of the one you live for. He became a hiding place; a covering of love. To be a woman is the greatest gift because thats what you are to him. As his gift, be enjoyable, pleasurable and endearing. The world is a hard place to be. Can you two find fellowship in each other as God designed? Come together in agreement for when the whole world thinks youre crazy you can cling to each other as you hide in the cleft of the rock. We are adorned with the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Husband. We are the Virtuous Woman who sits at the gate and tells everyone of her love. We are the Bride of Christ. A godly, made in heaven, till death do you part,
God-joined marriage is a picture to the whole world of what the love of Jesus can do. Our ministry as married couples, walking in the righteous beauty of togetherness, is what this world needs to see.
In conclusion, I would like to share a poem I wrote when Pastor John and I first met. The Lord was preparing my heart then and this has been a secure promise to us both as we continue to do the work of the Ministry God has called us to.Sweet Submission
My heart has been anointed with the oil of
And freedom possesses my soul,
As I am in sweet submission to your love.
Never before had I thought that becoming
One in your will would give me
Broader wings with which to fly.
Perfect love flows from the depth of your stillness
And arouses the waters in me to spring forth in Joy.
I am yours, totally consumed within the fire of your heart,
Such love can only bring a blending of lives meant to be,
In constant sweet submission to each other And His divine love.
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