Jesus said, “…Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.” “How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?” Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.
“So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.” (John 3:3)
It’s a prerequisite that we can’t avoid to keep. X
He (Jesus) told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people:
“Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: ‘Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.’
“Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, ‘God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.’” Jesus commented, “This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God.”
“If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.” (Luke 18:9)
So many of us have become ‘sin blind’ and forgotten just how hopeless our lives were before Jesus came into our lives and set us free!
Lord I remember that nothing I did – no self-help books or programmes ever helped me get out of the hole I’d fallen into. Jesus help me not to forget how ugly and toxic life was without You. Keep my heart fresh for You and Your Purposes and aware of other people’s needs. X
God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public—to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured. This is not only clear, but it’s now —this is current history! God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness. (Rom 3:25)
Living as we do in such a competitive society it really does take a lot of humility to walk the Christian life. For a start all the Supernatural gifts we enjoy centre on Love and Mercy ‘from’ The Throne of God to us and thereafter should flow ‘through’ our lives to others.
The risk is always to believe that these Gifts have somehow materialised in us through ‘our’ own efforts. As if they somehow enhancing a prior gifting we already had, when actually God’s Word explains it quite differently.
“Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.” 1 Cor 1:26
(Jesus speaking) “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you. “But remember the root command: Love one another.” (John 15:16). X
Don’t imagine us leaders to be something we aren’t. We are servants of Christ, not his masters. We are guides into God’s most sublime secrets, not security guards posted to protect them.
The requirements for a good guide are reliability and accurate knowledge. It matters very little to me what you think of me, even less where I rank in popular opinion. I don’t even rank myself. Comparisons in these matters are pointless. I’m not aware of anything that would disqualify me from being a good guide for you, but that doesn’t mean much. The Master makes that judgment.
So don’t get ahead of the Master and jump to conclusions with your judgments before all the evidence is in. When he comes, he will bring out in the open and place in evidence all kinds of things we never even dreamed of—inner motives and purposes and prayers. Only then will any one of us get to hear the “Well done!” of God.” (1 Cor 4:1)
We learn true leadership from what we know of Jesus, through his humility and love and the witness in our hearts. I’ve been around some leaders who expected everyone to ‘honour the anointing’ and carry their Bibles into church. I’ve also seen some who’s hearts broke for the needs of the congregation and stayed praying for them long after the service had officially ended.
Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. (Rev 3:6). X
“Everything he (God) does is right, and he does it the right way. He knows how to turn a proud person into a humble man or woman.” (Daniel 4:37).
Papà understands why we clothe ourselves in pride and anger and … He know that we use these things to protect ourselves. The blessing is that He loves us too much to leave us to their destructive capacity …!
Turn Child of God and be free. X
Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice. (Psa 51:16).
Papà says: “I will never leave you, never forsake you, come to me and taste my Grace.” X
Love God, all you saints; God takes care of all who stay close to him, But he pays back in full those arrogant enough to go it alone. Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon. (Psa 31:23).
Papà says: “I have never left you, or forsaken you. Feel the weight of my love on you right now …!” X