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Going to church, reading the bible, listening to Christian music will not advance your spiritual life. These activities may give you more understanding but until you are ready to lay down your life and take up your cross this leads nowhere.

What I am talking about is the sacrifice of self to advance the cause of Jesus Christ in the world. There is a destiny that God had for each of us that only we can personally discover. We can discover it only by detaching from the world and making ourselves available for the Holy Spirit. By detaching from the world--now you have time--the commodity that most Christians are not willing to give.

Jesus said, "Self-help is not help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, to finding yourself, your true self. (Matthew 16:25)

"God has planted eternity in the human heart." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

"Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62)

"The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me." (Acts 20:24)

"We have been sent to speak for Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:20)

"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)

Albert Finch
www.thekeys2kingdom.com
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Walking With Confidence In Christ

Posted 07-11-2021 at 09:09 PM by Albert Finch


"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened to a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it." - Matthew 7:24-27

We break out of the mold of past insecurities (our house built upon the sand), and an entering into the security of being seated with Jesus in His Throne, at the right hand of all power and authority (our house built upon a rock). Here He lifts us from our place of discouragement and vacillation into an overcoming victory in His presence. Get ready for God to move you out of the confines and limitations of what you have experienced in the past.

Knowing that we are to seek first His Kingdom, we enter His presence with joy and expectation. We seek His presence with a mindset of advancing His Kingdom.

LET THE EYES OF YOUR UNDERSTANDING BE ENLIGHTENED

"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power." - Ephesians 1:18-19

If we will ask, knock, and seek (Matthew 7:7) revelation of the CALLING in Christ that rests within us in simple child-like trust and wait upon Him in anticipation, we will be released from the limitations that we have placed upon ourselves so we also can enter into all that the Lord has made available for us. Now, we can walk in confidence with Him.

We expect to go from glory to glory as God opens impossible doors for the advancement of His Kingdom and glory.

We become aware that there is a far greater potential within us than we had realized. The Lord greatly desires to open this buried treasure and fill it with His PURPOSE for our life.

HIGHER DIMENSION OF COMMUNION

There is a "deep" within the Lord that is crying out to a "deep" within us, that He might find the satisfaction which He anticipated when He created us. Thus, "Deep calls to deep," as there is a higher dimension of communion with our Lord that He seeks to bring us into.

"Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of Thy waterspouts: all Thy waves and Thy billows are gone over me." - Psalm 42:7

"All [Your] waves and [Your] billows are gone over me": The Lord not only deals with our sin nature, but also with our willingness to settle for less – the seemingly "good things", which distract our focus, that can rob us of the highest to which He is calling us.


THREE AREAS WHICH WE ARE TO MOVE INTO SPIRITUAL STABILITY


"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death..." - Philippians 3:8-10

First, "That I might know Him."

We must move beyond being satisfied with information about the Lord, into an active, personal relationship with Him. We are to experientially enter into the recognition, not only of His presence and power, but also of His person and feelings, and respond to Him accordingly.

Second, that we might experience the "power of His resurrection."

We cannot experience resurrection unless we first have died to our self-life. "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple." - Luke 14:27

The true Christian life, which is to be a disciple of Christ, is a life of sacrifice. This "taking up of our cross" means that we 'die' to the right to do as we please, and surrender 'unconditionally' to the Lordship of Jesus.

Third, are those who enter into the "fellowship of His sufferings."

This is not the fellowship of our sufferings, but our fellowship with Jesus in His sufferings. Examples of this are the sufferings of the Lord over lost humanity, and over our spiritual dullness or lack of spiritual desire. He has so much to give, and so few who are willing and sensitive enough to receive. He desires our fellowship and longs that we come to Him. He has a PURPOSE for each of our lives.

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10
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