Insights

Honor in the Open

Men see your actions but the Lord sees your heart. Indeed, all things are laid open and bare before Him.

It’s what you do in secret that matters to the Lord, and what you do in secret is what you do with your heart. When the Lord spoke of doing good in secret, to not let you left hand know what your right hand is doing, He spoke of the intentions and attitudes of your heart.

Do not do things for the praise of men, for then that will be your reward; instead, honor the Lord with your heart and He will honor you openly before men, as He sees fit. The man who honors himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself before the Lord will be honored by the Lord, and no man can remove this honor that the Lord has given. Indeed, the Lord’s praise is a treasure in heaven – the place where your heart is meant to make its home. Set your hearts on things above, not on earthly things.

Be holy, as He is holy. A holy heart begins with a desire to sincerely honor the Lord. Offer your body as a living sacrifice, for this is your spiritual act of worship. And the Father desires those true worshipers, who worship in spirit and truth.

On the last day, the Lord, who is the Judge of the living and the dead, will judge the secrets of men’s hearts. Each will receive from Him their recompense for their deeds done in the body. Some will receive honor and others dishonor. Allow the Lord to judge your heart today so that you may be fit to stand before Him on the last day. For if you judge yourself, you will not be judged.

Scriptures
Phil 2:3-13
John 7:17-18
1 Thes 2:4

(Exhortation received by inspiration of the Spirit – May 11, 2013)

Circumcision of the Heart

It is truly a miracle when the Spirit of the Living God performs a work within the heart. He uncovers the pattern of the world and of sin in the way we think and feel. He exposes our blind spots, the areas of our lives that we couldn’t see for ourselves. And He graciously reminds us of how this old pattern, this sinful, weak and condemned way has been circumcised, cut away by the Spirit of Jesus.

It is a deep reminder at the core of our consciousness that we have been brought into a new and living way. It is a mark within us that both symbolizes and actualizes the covenant of the regenerative life of Jesus within us. It is the Spirit of God operating and cutting away that which is dead in order that which is alive may grow and bloom within our hearts – to where the flame of God burns bright within our souls, His nature shines brilliantly in our face, His light pours forth from our eyes and mouths and our hands perform His works in the Name of Jesus!

Scriptures:
Col 2:12-13
John 15
Hebrews 4:12

Peace

Peace isn’t just the absence of worry or stress. Peace is the result of a right relationship with God. When we are aligned to His right way of doing, being, acting, thinking, we experience a peace that passes all understanding, a supernatural force of calm that comes from knowing that all is good between the Lord and I. Perhaps this is part of the reason why both Paul and Peter would always begin their letters with “Grace and peace from our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”.

Gold or Hay

In the end, the quality of what we have done will be determined by why we did it

– 1 Cor 4:5

Righteousness in the New Testament

The letters in the New Testament are divine instructions, instructing us to be who we are in Christ Jesus.

The NT letters are saying to us “you have been made righteous; therefore, act as righteous people. This is how righteous people act. This is how Kingdom people live”.

The NT letters are expressions and precepts of righteousness – righteousness as expressed through the lives of each NT writer, inspired by the Spirit of God.

There is only one commandment, because all righteousness is summed up in it. This commandment is summed up in the nature of the new creation in Christ Jesus. It is the nature of God’s own divine life – a life that cannot be confined or limited to rules and laws, but finds its expression in a righteous life