After the Worship Conference – Sept. 3

Posted on 03. Sep, 2010 by in The Body, The Purpose of God

Like I said in yesterday’s post, since attending the conference there is something stirring on the inside of me.  As stated, I haven’t fully processed all of it to know exactly where He is leading me or showing me.  What I do understand is that there is an even greater purpose than becoming like Christ.  We are certainly to grow into maturity in Christ, but as we do that, what changes?  Once we are matured in Christ, and have achieved the fulness of Him, what happens then?

I now more clearly understand that God has a purpose in the earth.  I have mentally assented this point for some time, and understood it in a limited fashion in my spirit for a shorter period of time.  Now, however, I more fully see that there is a grand plan.  On the cross Jesus secured His victory over the enemy.  The whole world legally belongs to Christ, but for whatever reason He has allowed Satan to maintain control.  I can not give chapter and verse at this point, but I believe He has done this, because he wants to work out that victory in the earth through us.  He has chosen to use us in His master plan, only we haven’t cooperated.  We’ve been too busy playing church to get busy with the work of the kingdom.  From Paul’s writing I believe he thought that the end of this age would come in his lifetime, or shortly after.  I do not think he anticipated it taking 2000 plus years, and I don’t think it needs to have taken this long.  Satan is cunning, however, and has consistently thwarted the plans of God, and we, God’s instrument on the earth, have let him.  I see through this how very patient God is.  He could’ve wrapped this thing up Himself, but he had chosen, from the foundation of the earth, to use us in His eternal purpose, to bring about the defeat of the enemy.  It is time for the church, the body of Christ, to get SERIOUS about our place in the kingdom.  It is time that we let the trappings of this life fall to the side, and focus our minds and hearts fully on Him.  2 Chronicles 16:9 says:

“For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”

Psalm 149 says:

1Praise the LORD!
Sing to the LORD a new song,
And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.
2Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King.
3Let them praise His name with dancing;
Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.
4For the LORD takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.
5Let the godly ones exult in glory;
Let them sing for joy on their beds.
6Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
7To execute vengeance on the nations
And punishment on the peoples,
8To bind their kings with chains
And their nobles with fetters of iron,
9To execute on them the judgment written;
This is an honor for all His godly ones.

Praise the LORD!

I do not believe that the nations mentioned in this Psalm are physical nations.  Ephesians 6:10-12 makes it clear who our enemies are.  I think we need to see this more as a war, and in Ephesians 6 Paul seems to treat it as such.

I am speaking to myself in this post.  There is so much in Him that we don’t understand, and I think part of the problem is that we don’t see the big picture.  We need to understand that God has a purpose in the earth, and the ultimate purpose is to supplant the kingdom of Satan with the Kingdom of God.  The more I see the truth of His ultimate purpose, the less this world means to me, and the more willing I am to forsake all and follow Him.  It really is THAT simple, if we can just see it!

So, here’s the summary of all my thoughts for these two posts.  We need to practice a model of mutual edification in the body, as we’ve discussed before.  We have to go beyond that, however, and commit ourselves fully to His purposes, being willing to give up all we have to see that purpose accomplished.  I am not implying that I have arrived in this respect, because I have not.  However, I believe that the more we die to ourselves, and allow His purposes to reign in our lives, the more we will accomplish towards His purposes, and the closer we will be to the end of the age.  As one brother said at the end of the conference, “Let’s get this thing wrapped up!”  We can’t do it apart from Christ, but Christ has chosen NOT to do it apart from us!  The ball is in our court, I believe.

As always, I welcome comments or criticisms of my thoughts here.  I do not claim to have it all figured out, and I find definite value in what the Lord is showing others.  Thanks to Alan and Dan for their active questioning, as these two posts mentioned previously sparked some of this in my heart.

Peace to all of you

Mark

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4 Responses to “After the Worship Conference – Sept. 3”

  1. arthur davis 4 September 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    Great turmoil brings great reward. So, the greater the number of True worshippers brings the greatest presence of Adonai, I believe. Sunday/Wednesday church has never been enough. Even the days of the week are named by pagans. Today being saturn-day. How sickening. Let us come out from among them. How? Obey Yeshua. By no means easy, but when He is being glorified, it’s cake. Really glorified, not postered and glossed. The popular way to live might not be the best, even as we follow Yeshua. His name is Yeshua. So, maybe I ranted a bit. That’s how I really feel. If you disagree, don’t be afraid to tell me. Iron shapens iron. Too many dull swords in the world. Pretty and shiny, but dull and worthless for cutting. Shalom.

    • Mark 4 September 2010 at 10:13 pm #

      Arthur,

      I am curious as to the reasoning behind the use of Hebrew names for Jesus. Certainly much has happened in your life since we last knew each other! I do agree that we live in a society where there are too few examples of believers who have given their all for Christ, and in reality none of us have given our all. I certainly strive to give Him more day by day. I do not believe, personally, that there is benefit in battling the pagan inroads into our society (like what we call the days of the week), although pagan inroads into my faith would be resisted with all diligence. I have also found that living in Christ often does make me unpopular, among some at least. And, indeed, iron does sharpen iron!

      Mark

      • arthur davis 8 September 2010 at 9:30 pm #

        Thanks for the well said response, Mark. I’m trying to follow the lunar-solar calendar and use the new moon to establish the sabbath day as in Gen. 1:14; Psalm 104:19; 81:3-6.I attended a Messianic Jewish Synagogue here in Phoenix, but I never felt like part of the mishpocah or family. That’s the way it goes sometimes, for whatever reason. I will catch up on your blogs so I can know your heart. I don’t wanna ramble on by not knowing you. Community, right? Shalom hermano.

        • Mark 9 September 2010 at 10:10 pm #

          Yes, community. I realize more and more all the time that Christ is central to all we do. I read a post recently where a brother basically said that the church, or ekklesia, can not exist without Christ, and Christ does not exist outside of His body or church. As His church, or His called out ones or His assembly, we must be seeking Him more and more, and striving, actively, to walk together in this endeavor. I believe we must be diligent about our expression of community, and this means sacrifice of our own wants and needs to fulfill the needs of others first. I am not so much writing this for your sake, but for mine, as the Lord has been stirring in my heart regarding this topic and I seek to understand more. The brother mentioned above, Neil Cole, gave this definition of church, and I thought it was fitting:

          “The presence of Jesus among His people, called out as a spiritual family to pursue His mission on this planet.”

          well, now I’m rambling. I look forward to learning more of what the Lord has done in your life, Arthur (do you still prefer Artie?). I appreciate your comments.

          Mark


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