Tuesday, March 6, 2018
"In whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit." Ephesians 2:22 NKJV
This is the last verse of Ephesians 2. The Apostle Paul has honed in on a very important point in this chapter. We are all the same in Christ before God. The Jew who believes in Jesus as Savior has no place above any other believer.
This was a foreign notion to the Jews. Faith in the One True God gave them superiority over all other people in God's eyes. Those who knew that Jesus WAS the Messiah and were looking for him probably didn't have a problem with this.
Those who might have been looking at themselves would not want anything to do with such thoughts. Claiming that God lived within you by His Spirit would have been considered a crime. The old testament scriptures upheld everything that Jesus said and did.
What is the problem? Self.
Isn't it always our own flesh that holds us back from believing for the miracle? Isn't it self that puts a hole in the middle of our faith? What causes you the most harm spiritually? Is it fear, or unbelief, or sickness? I remember saying to myself,"If I wasn't sick God would be pleased with me.What kind of theology is this? It doesn't come from the Bible.
God is pleased with those who love him, and are called by his
name. Struggle is a normal part of life, no matter what we believe.The difference is that he accompanies us through the trials, and makes us better in the long run.
No Father wants to see their children struggle. Certainly God is the best Father of all. He looks at our strengthened trust, obedience or healing rather than the trial. His desire is first of all to make us pure like Him. This is how we touch a lost and very hurting world.
The body of believers in America need to come together in the Spirit. Without agendas, or plans. God will dwell in those who yield to him. Isn't the will of God what we are here for?