When the Lord enters your life it is done spiritually, and in your spirit. Which means if you choose to, you can ignore Him after you accept Him. Since all of his dealings with you will be by way of His Spirit thru your spirit, and are unseen in this physical realm, you must choose to believe Him every day of your life. You do not still believe Him now because you believed in Him once, in your past. That is nothing more than presumption, which is a type of Pride. In the Biblical sense it means to assume because of your Pride. Believing is something that, in the very grammatical tense of the word, is a present tense continuum. Which means it is something you have to keep doing because it is ongoing.
It is nothing more than my pride that makes me think that since I chose to believe in Him once that there is no need to choose to believe Him now. As though it is Automatic. Many things are automatic for fallen men in a fallen world. But they are automatic to the fallen position of the fallen nature, not to the daily faith that God demands. Faith is required, and it is required to be constant. Like all living things for it to be constant, it has to be fed. The Bible tells us how to get it, and how to keep getting it. If we are not getting it, we don’t have it. Without faith we won’t depart from the things of this fallen world. We’ll just incorporate them into our christianity, which of course isn’t Christianity at all. It’s just Presumption.
After coming into your life God will start to deal with you about things in your life. Many of them will have to go. If you are going to belong to Him. He does this by way of His Spirit, His Word and His Ministers. That’s His part. When He does start to deal with you, you can let your heart look back with desire on what He is leading you away from. When you look back with longing, you’re acting like the thing you’re leaving is better than the place God is taking you. It is reluctance which is unwillingness, but it’s also a form of unbelief. Both of them are Sins. Unbelief is not non belief, it’s not neutral like that. Unbelief is believing something other than what God has to say about it. Unbelief angers God, it angered Jesus. We are far too democratically minded when standing before the King, and it will cost everyone of us if we don’t fix it now. We have to be clear on what we believe, and how far we are willing to go to follow God.
The Bible is the infallible and unerring Word of God, but it does not contain the whole counsel of God. Everything in the Bible is true, but everything in it isn’t right. Because it is a collection of historical records, it is filled with many horrible and bad things brought about by man’s own unbelief and disobedience. Many of which are warnings to us, not examples for us to follow. As great as the Bible is, it was never intended to contain the whole counsel of God. It does not replace the Holy Spirit, though the Holy Spirit always leads us in line with His Word. In the exact same way, the Holy Spirit does not replace the 5 different kinds of Ministers that make up the 5 fold ministry, though no true Ministry can operate without the power of the Holy Spirit. And all preaching and teaching must line up with the Word. If it doesn’t, it’s not Christian Ministry – it’s some other kind of ministry. It is only with all 3 working together as the Lord intended, the Word, the Spirit, and the Ministry, that we come into the whole counsel of God. I didn’t say these things – they’re all in the Bible. You cannot be a Christian and not Believe the Bible.
Abraham is called the father of faith, because Abraham departed. God told him to go and he did. He could have stayed where he was and held on to what he had, but he didn’t. He believed God and stepped out on that belief, and learned to trust God all along the way. That is Faith. Acting on what you believe without seeing it. Abraham did this for years. He was a Prophet. If you are called to be an Apostle or Prophet chances are the Lord will call you to leave everything, and go to a place that He will show you. But even if you don’t have to leave your home or your city, there are some things you will have to leave. Everyone has to. All of us should be like Abraham and live in a tent, at least in our hearts. I mean even if you had a twenty room mansion and lived there all of your life, in your heart you should live in a tent. Ready to strike the tent and break camp, to follow the Lord whenever and wherever He commands you. Here’s something you have to know about faith; faith departs.
If you choose to follow the Lord with all of your heart and live a life for Him when others do not, then there will be some relationships you have to sever, some places you can no longer go, some things you have to quit doing. It’s called Separation and is where the process of Holiness begins and ends. You begin separating until finally you are separate. It is not an Option it is a Commandment, and without it you cannot see God. Holiness is not an adjective for God, it is a synonym. Holiness is Christlikeness. The way to become like Christ is through His Word. Don’t forget it is called the Holy Bible, and it is filled with His Words. God created the entire universe with His Words. What He created with His Words is affected by His Words. His Words are Holy. These holy words along with the Holy Spirit separate you, they holy you. As you obey them a little more each time you deposit them in your spirit. Your job is to sow. That’s what the devil doesn’t want you to know, or to do. Your part. Life on this earth is your time of Separation, many have failed to see that. His Word will separate you from your sin.
Our departure here from the world and it’s ways affects both our arrival in Heaven and our place there. Where and how we will spend eternity is being determined right now by the life we live here on earth. Your salvation is assured if you continue in it. But you determine your position and reward. They are two completely separate things. Whether sharing the actual throne with Jesus or just barely making it in by the skin of our teeth. Both are in the Bible. Which way we come in is entirely up to each one of us. Everyone who truly accepts Christ as their Savior will be saved, but we’ll find out who they are when He gets here. Salvation is something that belongs to the Lord and will be handed out by Him personally. It’s not something where merely claiming it brings it to you, as so many who call themselves believers do. Not everyone who says they’re saved is saved. Your obedience is the proof of your salvation.
Let me break down one of many Scriptures that state plainly we will not all have the same position. Paul tells Timothy in the second half of the second chapter of his second letter to the young Pastor, of two things. He speaks of a seal and foundation which are God’s, and of a great house with many vessels whose usefulness is for either good or not so good. A seal is a mark of ownership, and declares both the guarantee and security of what’s being said. There are 2 inscriptions on the seal. Like everything in the Bible this seal has God’s part and man’s part. God’s part is stated “The Lord knows those who are His,” with the second which is man’s part saying “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from sin.” The foundation that the seal is on represents how solid immovable and unchanging are the words of God.
After the seal and foundation, Paul speaks about the great house with many vessels. Which is both analogy and allegory. Meaning it is a comparison between two things and, it has a hidden meaning. All of creation could be construed as God’s great house, but since the Bible is written to and for men, we’ll restrict it to men. Including the places where men exist; Heaven, Hell and earth. Hell can be excluded since men have no choice there, and cannot separate themselves even if they wanted to. The only choice anyone has concerning Hell is not to go there. For which there is only One single way. Hell does have multiple levels and varying degrees of punishment, providing it with the many vessels in a negative context. Hell aside, the other two places of Heaven and earth meet both the criteria established in the Scripture itself.
First, there is an important distinction made between the materials of which the vessels are made of: Gold and silver, wood and baked clay. This of course speaks of quality not quantity. What kind not how many. What kind of Christian were you. God would rather have one person who acts just like Jesus, than a thousand who just call on His name. Christlikeness is a quality. Even in the natural there are places you go to purchase quality and places you go to purchase quantity. Most things that are made to be bought in large quantity are made at low cost. To really be His partner and be like Him, God wants the vessel you decide to be to cost you. It cost Him plenty. And with that cost He purchased you. If you will allow Him to turn you into a son, He will hold you in high regard and assign you a great value. If you live your life for your Self but truly believed at some point that Jesus saved you from your sin, then you’ll just barely make it in.
When we get to Heaven everyone there will be Blessed. But everyone will not have the same access to God, or the same closeness to Jesus. You will be as close there as you were here. The inequality of men here is highly incidental and filled with injustice. The inequality in Heaven is completely intentional, and based solely on the choice of the individual in this life. To believe and obey God’s Word, or not to. It is completely and totally Just. Your position in eternity is being determined right now. We don’t get to Separate ourselves in Heaven. As it is itself the Goal of all separation here. Heaven is the place where all separation ends, and on some level, we become one with Him and connected to each other in ways that were beyond imagining here. Discipline yourself. Look at where He’s taking you and stay focused on what lies ahead. Be quick to let go of what He’s already moved you away from. The Enemy wants you to think you’re missing out on something, it is one of his biggest lies. You are not missing out on anything when you give yourself to the One who has everything . .
“But the firm foundation of [laid by] God stands, sure and unshaken, bearing this seal [inscription]: The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names [himself by] the name of the Lord give up all iniquity and stand aloof from it.
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also [utensils] of wood and earthenware, and some for honorable and noble [use] and some for menial and ignoble [use].
So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work.”
II Timothy 2:19-21 [Amplified]
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