Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

The Path to Reality

Matthew 6: 10 “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

Since the fall of Adam, we have been a race in rebellion. Even when we are born again our wills can will against God’s will; and we can seek our own way.

So we must, as Christians, deal with our wills–to bring them into subjection to His Will.
And then to yield to the “way”, that will is to be brought to pass.

To understand this: let us define “Spiritual Reality”.
Our life of Faith is a journey, which takes every born again one–Christian– through this life and to Heaven.
Faith, as we spoke about in an earlier Blog, is that which makes the things of God “Real”. Spiritual Reality is the personal relationship with God; when He is King of your life (on the throne of your heart, is another way to say it) and you are His willing subject.
We have gotten so used to speaking of the love of God to us–and volumes could be written– that we forget He is Lord, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe.
That He has the right to demand that His people will obey Him and His Word to them.

Luke 17:20-21 “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
The kingdom of God is within you. As thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth.
In us.
The kingdom holds full sway when you are obedient to Christ Jesus.
Where the word of a King is, there is Power.

The question I ask is; Will you have Spiritual Reality?
Frankly, many people are afraid of a personal relationship with God–afraid of what He will ask, or call them to do. Afraid of what they will have to give up to have this relationship.
A set of rules; a routine of Church activities, and friends, is enough.
If this is true for you–then my message is not for you.
But if you want Spiritual Reality, then there is a path to it you need to follow:

As Christians we have the Holy Spirit within our spirits.
And we can yield to Christ through the new nature which the Holy Spirit gives us; or we can yield to our self life through the old nature.
You say, “OK, I get that; but how to, is the question?”

Here the cross comes into play–Not Christ’s cross–but ours.
Matthew 16: 24. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
Our cross is: Anything that cuts across your will, where God’s Will is concerned.
The cross we bear is different for each; for it is the situations, and circumstances that cut across our lives. And we are to deny ourselves–what we would want or choose–to follow Him in obedience.
Example: One of the first things I was shown I had to deny myself in was time: I had to take time I usually gave to something else, for prayer time and devotions.
Or stopping what I was doing to call someone and just ask how they were. It went up from there to denying myself in clothes, and books.
Again, for each it is different; But it comes down to the will–Jesus is asking, if you will follow Him in this.

In some respects you can think of it as training….for what is ahead. For He must reign in our hearts to be King.
And each time we will with Him; we are brought closer to Him.
And you do this until you come to the place in your relationship, where you no longer resist the Lord’s Will in anything.
This is not sinless perfection–on earth there is no such thing
Nor is this even, instant obedience;
But you find your will is not WANTING TO REBELL, like it once did.
Once you had to fight with yourself to do His Will–now that choice is made–you will to do His will.
Now that does not mean you will always like it, but you will always do it.
This is what I call: Final Obedience…you will do as He commands, and there is no real question about your obedience.

Matthew 16:25 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
This growing relationship with Jesus leads you to deny yourself where your inner life is concerned.
This is not things–though certain people, or things may come up to show you your attitude–but it is the working out of peace, joy, long suffering,…all the things of the Holy Spirit’s fruit that is so often cut off because of our attitudes. (And this is true whether people see them or not–we can be very good at hiding our feelings, if we want) {You will find these fruits named in Galatians 5:22-23}
You see, The Lord sees these attitudes–knows us– and wants to pull us out of ourselves–anger, resentment, indifference, impatience, misery, and worry. (These are just a few of our heart’s thoughts)
He offers a life of growth. We are to grow up into Him–Eph. 4:15 “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
We are to grow in grace–2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”

But–and there is a but–we must will with Him in this.
We can “save” our self-life–our thoughts, attitudes, and feelings; but we will lose our Christ life. This is not losing salvation, but it is a childish life, where “me” is always first.

Or, we can will to lose our self-life, and by effort (because, let’s face it, losing anything for us is hard) gain our Christ life. A life of the Spirit’s guidance, encouragement, peace, and grace.

This is a thing of the heart–you cannot have both. You lose your self-life, or you lose your Christ life.
And He leads us on until all our life–our past, present, and future is covered. Your dreams, your hopes, your desires. Everything that is uniquely you–and you are unique–says I am in Christ.
Paul explained it in Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Our personality is the most precious thing (and I believe it is our souls) to God.
He does not destroy our personalities, He creates a new nature within us. New motives (and the first is a growing love to Christ), new attitudes, new responses…All worked within by the Holy Spirit for us PERSONALLY.
For we must remember Spiritual Reality is that personal relationship with God; when He is King of your life and you are His willing subject.
This is between you and your Lord–not something others need intrude in. He is your God. He is your Lord. He is your Comforter.

As you go along in this Path to Reality: you will be better equipped to fight the good fight of faith–for you and the Lord, together–have removed a great deal of what our Adversary (the Devil) uses on you,  to trip you up, tempt you, or hurt you.

May God give understanding and Light upon this message.
Life is a journey–Who will you travel with?

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