Jesus Our Lord: Lord In His Humanity (Part 2)

In this year of Knowing God and Knowing Others, we have focused on knowing God Our Father. Now, we are focusing on knowing Jesus Our Lord. Our God is one God in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is so important that we understand the person and work of each member of the Godhead—and in understanding, that we embrace and engage in knowing each member particularly and powerfully.

Jesus, the Man, our Lord, Savior and King must me known, loved and imitated in every way if we are to influence and impact the world the way He did. The divine Christ that is high and lifted up, seated at the right hand of the Father, is the one we bow to and yield to as our life-example and our life-giver to represent Him well and in a worthy manner in our world. The Apostle Paul tells us that we are called to fellowship with and be joined to Him in His life, death, resurrection, ascension and glorification (Phil. 3:7-11; I Tim. 2:4; Rom. 5:14-15).

For a second week, we are talking about our Lord In His Humanity. Jesus was fully God and fully man. As such, He gives us a pattern to follow and a path to walk. He calls and compels us to observe His way of life and obey His walk in life. Knowing Jesus in His humanity is an exercise and expression of imitation, instruction and impartation. In His life, Jesus left us a pattern to be followed fully and faithfully.

The Man As Messiah Jesus was the Messiah and the Christ—the anointed one and appointed one who came from God to man. He came to earth to execute God the Father’s perfect plan for redemption and restoration. He was sent from God to save, sanctify, strengthen and secure all people for all time. Thus, as the anointed and appointed of Christ, we are called to go out into the world as wise and worthy witnesses of His grace and glory. Pray that we would go out everyday in the appointing and anointing of Christ, representing our Messiah well in the world.

The Man As Mediator A mediator is a person who mediates, especially between parties at variance. We had no way to have peace with God—our sins produced a space that could not be spanned. Only Jesus our Lord, by the price of His own blood—poured out and put forth, could secure for us so great a salvation. The Man, Christ, brought us back to God at His own expense and His own expression of divine life. He brought God to men and men to God—this is what we are called to do everyday and at all times. Pray that as ministers of mediation, that we would bring God to man and man to God in every life we touch.

The Man As Model Jesus our Lord modeled manhood and ministry like no one else. He gave us a path to walk and a pattern to follow. If we are to truly know Jesus, we must live the life that He modeled for us and molded for us. He is the way, the truth and the life—we must walk His way, speak His truth and live His life. What He modeled, must be our mission, message and ministry. Pray that as we follow the path and pattern of Jesus, all men would see the way of God in everything we say and do.

Remember: In Christ’s humanity, He lived the life that we can now live by the vision He reveals and the grace He supplies through His example in life, as His expression of life by the word and the Spirit.

Jesus Our Lord: Lord In His Humanity

In this year of Knowing God and Knowing Others, we have focused on knowing God Our Father. Now, we are focusing on knowing Jesus Our Lord. Our God is one God in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is so important that we understand the person and work of each member of the Godhead—and in understanding, that we embrace and engage in knowing each member particularly and powerfully.

Jesus, the man, our Lord, Savior and King must be known, loved and imitated in every way if we are to influence and impact the world the way He did. The divine Christ that is high and lifted up, seated at the right hand of the Father, is the One we bow to and yield to as our example and our life-giver to represent Him well in a worthy manner in our world. The Apostle Paul tells us that we must know Him in His humanity, divinity and royalty. He says that we are called to fellowship with and be joined to Him in His life, death, resurrection, ascension and glorification (Phil. 3:7-11; 2:5-11).

This week, we are talking about our Lord In His Humanity. Jesus was fully God and fully man. As such, He gives us a pattern to follow and a path to walk. He calls and compels us to observe His way of life and obey His walk in life. Knowing Jesus in His humanity is an exercise in and expression of imitation, instruction and impartation. In His life, Jesus left us a path and pattern that is to be followed fully and faithfully.

Our Lord Lived A Life Of Submission Jesus our Lord submitted to the will of God our Father in everything at all times. He came to earth, according to the will of the Father, to become the sinless sacrifice for the sins of fallen mankind. He did whatever the Father was doing—He said whatever the Father was saying—He submitted Himself to divine authority as the divinely anointed One. In order to know the submitted Lord, we must submit to His lordship in every detail of life. He, and He alone understands the purpose of submission to divine authority and the power it produces. Pray that we would clearly discern what it looks like to live a life of total submission to the absolute authority of Jesus our Lord.

Our Lord Lived A Life Of Selflessness The essence of divine love is selflessness—a complete commitment to sacrifice anything and everything for the sake of another. This is what Jesus has done for us, is doing for us and will continue to do for us forever. This is what we must do, by His love and grace, for everyone who is in our lives. A life poured out in selflessness is a life put forth in sacrificial service to others—this is our call—this is our cause—this is our commission. Selfishness only produces harm—selflessness produces help, healing and health for everyone it touches. Pray that every area of selfishness would be exposed that every area of selflessness could be expressed.

Our Lord Lived A Life Of Suffering Jesus came to earth to engage, embrace and enter into the suffering of those He created. He suffered every indignity, infirmity and injustice to fully identify with the human condition. He suffered, not merely as a martyr, but as the Messiah who would show that suffering for the sake of righteousness was the path to purpose, purity and power. The sufferings of the Lord present to us a model for living and a method for liberation—the realization that suffering for what is right will produce a glorious freedom that nothing else can produce. Simply put—suffering is not suffocation—it is sanctification of the highest order. Pray that we would have a fresh revelation of what it means to fellowship with Jesus our Lord in His sufferings, and the grace and growth that it brings.

Remember: The life that our Lord lived while on earth is a path and a pattern to be followed fully and faithfully. To know Him is to imitate His way of life and His walk in life, always in full submission to His divine authority and dependence on His divine anointing.

Jesus Our Lord

In this year of Knowing God and Knowing Others, we have focused on knowing God Our Father. Now, we are putting our focus on knowing Jesus Our Lord. Our God is one God in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is so important that we understand the person and work of each member of the Godhead—and in understanding, that we embrace and engage in knowing each member particularly and powerfully.

Jesus, the man, our Lord, Savior and King must be known, loved and imitated in every way if we are to influence and impact the world the way He did. The divine Christ that is high and lifted up, seated at the right hand of the Father, is the One we bow to and yield to as our life-example and our life-giver to represent Him well and in a worthy manner in our world. The Apostle Paul tells us that we must know Him in His humanity, divinity and royalty (Phil. 3:7-11). He says that we are called to fellowship and be joined to Him in His life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and glorification. The Apostle John saw Jesus revealed as the resplendent and glorious Sovereign Savior of all—this is the one we must see revealed in our lives and revealed in the world around us (Rev. 1:1-11).

Knowing Jesus is an exercise in and experience of growing more deeply and dynamically into the one who is our loving Lord, Savior and King—a joyous journey towards deeper devotion to who His is, who He is in us, who we are in Him and who He is in the lives of fellow believers around us.

Lord In His Humanity Jesus modeled how every man or woman born of God should live and express the love, life and light of God in the world. He lived a life without sin or compromise. He lived fully and forcefully for the purposes and plans of God for His life on this earth. He served—He sacrificed—He suffered—He surrendered. The Apostle Paul clearly states that if we are to know Jesus our Lord, we must engage in and embrace His way of life—a life laid down and put forth according to the will of God the Father. Pray that we would model in our lives the life that our Lord lived in complete submission to the will of the Father.

Lord In His Divinity God became man in Jesus Christ—He was indeed the God-man. Because we are in Christ Jesus, we have become partakers of His divine nature. Everything He is and has, we are and have. He was both human and divine—so in a certain sense we are both human and divine. Experiencing Christ’s love and life means that we can express Christ’s love and life to everyone, everywhere. Pray that we would embrace, embody and express the divine nature of the new man we are in Jesus our Lord.

Lord In His Royalty Jesus is the King of Kings. He was born both of the seed of David and the seed of God. He is the regent and ruler of a kingdom that knows no bounds and has no end. As such, those who are in Him of Him are co-regents and rulers, exercising, extending and expanding His kingdom rule over the world, the flesh and the devil. We truly are called to know Jesus the Lord and King and to make Him known in the earth as anointed ambassadors of His kingdom agenda. Pray that we would advance the agenda of the King and glorious kingdom in the earth.

Remember: Truly knowing Jesus our Lord requires us to know him and to imitate Him in His humanity, divinity and royalty. By the truth of the word of God and power of the Spirit of God, we are called to submit to Christ’s kingdom authority and to express, extend and expand that authority in the earth. and in control.

Faith Not Fretting (Recap)

As we finish our series on Faith Not Fretting, we are going to review and recap what we have learned, as well as pray into the precious promises we have as the people of God—committed to righteousness and richly rewarded as a result of that commitment (Psalm 37).

Don’t fret—trust; rest peacefully and focus your faith on God’s greatness. We can be calm and confident because the God we serve is well able to deal with anything and everything that concerns us. Whatever is going on around us can be dealt with by the God who is above us, in us and among us. God truly is great, and greatly to be praised.

Pray this prayer: “Father God, I thank You that through Your great and limitless power and strength, I can overcome every obstacle and seize every opportunity that is before me. There is no end to what You can do, so there is no end to what can be accomplished by Your greatness. I am resolved and I am at rest.”

 Don’t fret—dwell; wait patiently and focus your faith on God’s goodness. As we have stated—God is not only willing, He is able—He is not only able, He is willing. Our God is good and His goodness is expressed and extended to His beloved children. Don’t despair; instead depend on the goodness of God to be ministered and manifested at the exact right time. Stay connected and committed to the heart and hand of God.

Pray this prayer: “Father God, I thank You that Your plans for me are always for Your glory, my good and the good of everyone around me. I choose to stay connected to Your loving heart and hand. I am serenely confident that Your greatness and goodness will be fully manifested in the fullness of time.”

 Don’t fret—delight; hope expectantly and focus your faith on God’s grace. King David spoke of the promise that those who love what God loves get what God gives. When we delight ourselves in the word, will and ways of God, we position ourselves for the fullness of God’s grace being poured into the lives of a hopeful and expectant people. God is great, good and gracious to all who trust Him.

Pray this prayer: “Father God, I choose to be delighted in who You are and what You are committed to. I believe that Your ways and work will satisfy the deepest desires of my heart. I am delighted in You and devoted to everything that You say is right and richly satisfying.”

Don’t fret—commit; receive abundantly as you focus your faith on God’s goodwill. David testifies to and prophesies concerning the abundant inheritance that the righteous would receive in due time. Ultimately, we are called to inherit the earth. Until then, we are called to receive an abundant inheritance of spiritual and material blessings because of God’s goodwill toward those who love Him. When we commit our every cause and concern to God, we put our future in His great, good and gracious hands.

Pray this prayer: “Father God, I commit my every cause and concern to You. I believe that I can trust You with everything I treasure and hold dear. I thank You that Your plans for me are to bless me abundantly with Your provision of peace and prosperity. I love You and joyfully commit my way into Your great, good and gracious hands.”

Remember: Faith not fretting is the answer and antidote for everything we face in our lives and the world around us. We can be calm and confident that our great, good and gracious God is always concerned and in control.

Faith Not Fretting (Part 4)

We have been is a series of messages entitled Faith Not Fretting, learning more about what it means to be a people who trust God to deal with all injustices and inequities that we see around us or experience personally. We are learning to avoid the futility of fretting. In Hebrew, the word fret means to be eaten up with a burning indignation about sinful behavior, as well as the personal impact of that sinful behavior.

In Psalm 37, a senior and seasoned King David offers an answer and an antidote to people, young and old alike, that will free them from fretting and focus them on faith—faith in the God who has everything within His grasp and His grace—the God who is willing and able to come through for His children who commit their way to Him. David declares that faith not fretting is the redemptive remedy for every sinful and stressful situation.

This week, we will put our attention on focusing our faith on God’s greatness, God’s goodness and God’s grace. Faith always requires an object—something or someone that can be counted on and trusted in without question. The ultimate focus of our faith is God Almighty—the One who never forgets, never forsakes and never fails His beloved people. Every time we choose faith over fretting, we position ourselves for God’s dynamic deliverance and rich rewards.

Focus Your Faith On God’s Greatness Throughout David’s life, he discovered over and over that God was able to defend and deliver His people. In II Samuel 22 and Psalm 18, David shares his testimony concerning a great God who has aided and anointed him powerfully for all he was called to face. In Psalm 37, David declares in a passionate and pointed manner that God’s greatness would overshadow and overwhelm any enemy of His purposes in the lives of His people. Pray that we would see clearly God’s infinite and unlimited capacity to do what’s right and meet our deepest need.

Focus Your Faith On God’s Goodness David declares that God is not only great, but He is good. Throughout the pages of the Scriptures we hear over and over the refrain, “Lord you are good, and your mercy endures forever.” As we have said, it would be one thing if God was willing but not able. And it would be another thing if God was able and not willing. But the glorious truth is that God is both willing and able to pour greatness and goodness into the lives of those who look to Him. David declares that when we stay doing good as we walk the path of worship and wisdom, God is delighted in us and will reward us richly with blessings from His good and gracious heart and hand. Pray that we would recognize and realize how good God is and how His plans and purposes are only for our blessing and benefit.

Focus Your Faith On God’s Grace Throughout his life, David declared time and again how gracious God had been to him. God’s grace—His divine ability and anointing had marked and molded David’s life in poignant and powerful ways. And so it is with us as well—when we look to and lean on God’s hand of grace, we become recipients of heaven’s provision to live above and beyond any earthly limitations. When we focus our faith on the fountain of God’s grace, we have a never-ending flow of divine capacity for our spirit, soul and body. God’s grace enables us to evaluate what we see around us and move with clarity, confidence and conviction into a certain future in Him. Pray that we would see God’s grace as the only trustworthy resource to give us all we need for all we face.

Remember: In the midst of tribulations, trials and testings, focusing our faith on God’s greatness, goodness and grace grants us peace that God will come through and we will come through.

Faith Not Fretting (Part 3)

We are bringing a series of messages entitled Faith Not Fretting, as we learn to be a people who trust in God’s total and complete capacity to deal with any and all injustices and inequities that we see around us, or experience personally. We are learning to avoid the futility of fretting. In Hebrew, the word fret means to be eaten up with burning indignation about sinful behavior, as well as the personal impact of that sinful behavior.

 In Psalm 37, a senior and seasoned King David offers an answer and an antidote to all people, young and old alike, that will free them from fretting and focus them on faith in the God who has all knowledge and ability to deal with anything and everything in truth and justice. David declares that faith not fretting is the redemptive remedy for every sinful situation.

Don’t Fret—Rest Peacefully.  The word rest in Hebrew means to silence the lips, hush the soul and be at peace. Having said everything that we need to say to be honest to God in what we are thinking and feeling, there comes a time when God says, “That’s enough. I have everything under control. I’ll take care of it. Be at peace.” There is a point where we need to stop talking and start trusting, providing a restful repose for our harried hearts. There used to be an old saying that went like this: “Let go and let God”.  This is a principle and practice that the modern believer must engage, regardless of the turbulent times we live in.

Don’t Fret—Wait Patiently.  The word wait in Hebrew has to do with waiting, watching and working. Sometimes this word is used to describe labor and delivery in humans and animals. It is not about inactivity, but focused and faith-filled activity. Often times we live in the tension of the already and the not yet. We are laboring in the Lord by His grace as we wait for the birthing of a better and brighter day. David tells us that our patient endurance in the Lord will be repaid and rewarded in the fullness of time. In the midst of tough and turbulent times, our faith, trust and endurance must be more resolute and resilient.

Don’t Fret—Hope Expectantly. In Psalm 37, David clearly articulates the future of the righteous and the future of those who engage in evil and wicked acts. The righteous will be rewarded and the wicked will be destroyed. He implores followers of the living God to consider His righteous and holy ways and follow them without fail. In the Scriptures, hope is a settled confidence in a sure and satisfying future in God. The word of God promises us that hope in a holy God and a heavenly vision for life will fill us with a deep expectancy for a divinely desired outcome.

Don’t Fret—Receive Abundantly.  God’s desire for His children has always been to pour out abundant blessings, flowing from His heart of goodness and grace. God wants to give us an abundance of peace, prosperity and place—an inheritance for us in this life and the life to come. God wants to give us an abundance of justice and righteousness. When we stand on the side of truth, God will render a positive verdict in our favor. Don’t fret about the injustice around you. Have faith in the integrity within you—by the word and the Spirit.

Remember: In the midst of tough and turbulent times, a people resting, waiting and hoping in the God who can be infinitely trusted will receive an abundance of rich rewards.