We must move into being limitless. God is leading by detaching us from things that we are not to be connected to.
He is leading us and cutting away the sucker shoots; a severing away with no way or desire to recover what was behind. You have wondered why you have felt so disconnected.
You have felt like you are only going through the motions and wondered where you fit. You have had doubts and wondered why it feels like you are so alone even among people you know and love.
While going through this process of death have you “felt silence?” Have you ever felt spiritual silence? As we die to self we will emerge when God knows we are ready.
Isn’t it amazing how God is making his will known to each of us! We each have been given the gift of choice and God CANNOT take it back!
It is impossible for God to lie, and once it is spoken and written, it is the gospel truth. God will not go against our free will and choice. He cannot!
We serve a triune God; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We are made in His image and we are triune as well. We are Body, Soul and Spirit.
When we received Jesus Christ as our Lord, there was a powerful exchange. Jesus died so we could live eternally by becoming our perfect sacrifice on that cross! He paid it ALL once and for all!
A favorite hymn, “Jesus paid it All, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain he washed it white as snow.”
He took all our sin, guilt and shame, making us righteous; just like we never sinned! At one moment the SON of man became our total sacrifice for eternity!
He became poor that we become rich. He became a man to identify with man and take the place of sinful man.
Being totally man yet perfect, authored once and for all, marking each believers heart their own story and destiny!
We received the mark of redemption and He paid our purchased price with His own blood. He bought and paid for each believer who says yes to His call.
The Son of man took our place on that cross and exchanged his perfect sacrifice, paying our redemption making us righteous according to his mighty power.
We became covered by that sacrifice so when the Father looks at us, he sees the Son; the Son of the living God! We are seated with Him in heavenly places! Isn’t it amazing!
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood,” Acts 20:28 KJV.
We are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling day by day. Many people struggle with this scripture.
When we received salvation, our spirit was exchanged for His Holy Spirit and is perfect in us. However the misunderstanding comes from not understanding that we are triune as God is.
Our soul is comprised of our mind, will, intellect and personality; it is what makes us different and unique.
As we renew our mind through God’s word day by day, it brings our body into subjection to the Spirit of perfection in us.
Our outer body will die one day to this earth as our body is comprised of earth, unless the Lord comes and catches us away first!
This is the place where free will and choices are made and determine where our body takes us. Do we take the rudder of our ship or yield to Jesus to take command of our ship? (See James 3:2-4).
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” Philippians 2:7-11 KJV.
In these two battlefields of body and soul, is where we change. Once a person is truly saved, their spirit is changed, once and for all. God is not schizophrenic, His Spirit doesn’t jump in and out of us due to our behaviors.
Our soul (mind, will, intellect and personality) and our body, is the location where we face battles.
When we see the revelation of triune God and understand that we are made in his image as triune, this will forever revolutionize our lives!
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” Philippians 2:12 KJV
Working out our own salvation seems to be a contradiction of terms. However it shows us the distinction between all three parts of man. Spiritually the believer is forever sealed by the Holy Spirit.
There is some confusion on this topic of spirit, soul and body. Once we received the Lord Jesus we died in Him so HE could live in us!
By working out our own salvation speaks of our soul (mind, will, intellect and personality) that forever changes day by day, as does our body. As long as we are living on this earth, we shall ever be moving and changing.
As we mature in Christ, we learn to be led of the Spirit within us day by day. Our soul (mind, will, intellect and personality) is truly the battlefield and what directs our feet to where we go.
As long as we live we will ever be contending with our soul and flesh. Our soul is where all decisions are made. Our flesh is our body and we are to bring it under subjection to Christ by our free choice.
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us,” 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 KJV
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work,” 2 Timothy 2:20-21 KJV
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do,” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 KJV.
What makes us believers? It is our choice when we heard the knock to open that door and and let Him in. That means you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!
The Holy Spirit within us enveloped us, sealed us and stamped us with the destiny of heaven! Holy Spirit came to us and to those whose spirit has been regenerated and changed.
Making us brand new through the price totally paid by our Lord and precious Savior Jesus Christ.
Let us walk in this new freedom, understanding our triune God has made us in His image and like Him, may we all become filled with all the fruits of His Spirit!
Living in His incredible love, joy, peace is so amazing! To our incredible Savior and life he gave us, may we forever give Him praise! To the glory of the Father!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law,” Galatians 5:22-23 KJV.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey