13 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV
We as Christians have a profound responsibility to carry the word and the truth forward. As we humble ourselves in the Lord, we are able to glorify Him and bring His doctrine and His word to our brothers and sisters.
The fundamental aspect of believing is so transparent to those who understand and recognize their Master’s voice and words. We, are all one in the Body of Christ. For those of us who accepted Him as our Lord and Savior…we are nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments. We GROW with the increase that is from God. As we in fact, decrease, so He can INCREASE in us. How is that again?
Well, in order for us to grow more and more into the reflection of Christ, we need to DECREASE
in order to INCREASE
. HE the Lord, our God has to increase in us. As God increases, our flesh will be pushed aside and we will become more aware of our spiritual sense and purpose… thereby walking in the spirit, not after the flesh. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
Romans 8:1 NKJV
When we grow spiritually and become mature in the word of God, we see things in different ways. We recognize that which we didn’t before the word. Any time we rethink a situation, and pause, reflect and wait on the Lord, we are working together…KNIT together with the Lord.
Our thoughts become more like His, our actions, more like His. And, eventually all of our rough edges are smooth. We are continuously learning. We will struggle at times when our flesh takes over. The Lord knows we fall short, only ONE being perfect. However, it’s the way we respond and redirect our pattern of thoughts that matters.
The Lord know our hearts, and He expects each momentary lapse in judgment. Nothing can or will surprise our Lord. In fact, He knows what we will do or say before we do or say it! He knows our heartbeat, our thought process, and our desires. He knows it all. And, so- He knows when we are sincere in our desire to know Him, and to please Him…and how much we love Him.
He nourishes us. Holds us together in all kinds of issues. Good times, meager times, valley times, trials, tribulations…all of it. When we “lay our burden down at His feet” we are free from anxiety. When we know He is in control, and learn more and more about His love, His character, His ways, and our purpose in life, which we all have…things become easier and clearer.
Getting into the Word can be overwhelming to some, at first. It’s like opening a box, or a puzzle. We’re greeted with hundreds of pieces, large and small. Each one different from the other, but all have a connection to the “big picture” so to speak. As we take one piece at a time, it becomes bigger and bigger. The loose pieces become less and less….until eventually the connection presents a clear picture. That is how the word is. Eventually all of the loose pieces will gather together into your mind, and the Lord will bring clarity to those who persevere, and seek His face. Suddenly it will be like, “Oh, so that is what you are trying to tell me Lord!” And, the light shines on the puzzle bringing together the unity, the connection…knitting us into one body of Christ, as He nourishes our soul.
This season of our Savior, Jesus Christ…concentrate on Him longer than a Sunday visit in church. Realize that He is 24/7 with us, and He sacrificed so much for us. Isn’t He worth more than a couple of hours a week?
Increase in God by allowing God to increase in us…We need to decrease so we can feel the uplifting peace and love that will pulsate in us, affording us incredible freedom and confidence that no matter what we do, no matter what is going on in the world…we can rest assured knowing He is nourishing us and providing all that we need in all that we do. We are joyous knowing we are knit together in the Lord, and Almighty God. Amen~
Jesus Christ is the center point, the starting point, and the ending point of the glory of God. We behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, not somewhere else or through something else…Roy Lessin “From The Meadow” series~
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NKJV