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God’s Call and Prevailing Purpose

23 Jun

God’s Call and Prevailing Purpose
By  Jonathan Doctor, Ph.D.

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Proverbs 19:21 says that many are a man’s plans, but the Lord’s Purpose will Prevail.
 
1 John 5:4 says that whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world; our faith.
 
Romans 11:29 says that the gifts and callings of God are without changing…
 
Always remember that God does not change His mind about the calling He has given you

    Before we were born God had a plan for our life. According to the Word of God in Acts 17:26 He planned what we were called to do, the time, the place and boundaries where we are to do it. Our God, in His awesome Wisdom chose us to live in this day, He did not choose St. Paul not St. Peter but you and I to be the last generation before the Coming of the Lord, He has Graced us to bring in the Harvest.

    To me that is an awesome thought, and it is a sobering responsibility, but at the same time it is a relief to know that we do not have to trust in our own human, natural strength to do it but by His Grace. God’s Grace, His abilities and gifts will empower us as we go and step out into that Calling that He has Graced and anointed us to do.

    God ‘s Calling on our life will never be taken away, God does not change His mind (Romans 11:29Amp), what He spoke will come to pass, He declared the end from the beginning. He declared that we would be His Glorious Church to show this world the Love of God. Jesus has declared that He is building His Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against His church.

    This is good news to know, that as adversity and adversaries show up on our way to the destination God has for us that the adversities or mountains ahead are temporal, they are temporary, they are changeable and movable. With this attitude and spirit of faith we know that we are overcomers because God does not change His Word, Name or Mind about us or our calling.

    This is Good news to those who might have had or are having  small beginnings, knowing that adversity and circumstances cannot change God’s mind, knowing this creates a NO QUIT attitude. God’s plans Will come to pass.

    God had orchestrated our lives, He has ordained our steps and works according to Ephesians 2:10 and Psalms 37:23. Just like Jesus knew where He came from and where He was going (John 8:14), we too can and should know where we are going. By knowing where we came from, we can look back and see God ordaining our steps in life, getting us to this day and the days ahead.

    Once someone has spent quality time with God, intimate time in prayer, praying in the Spirit and continues to read His Word and  listen to the Voice of the Lord. They can develop this knowing in their heart to the Call of God and to where they are going. Jesus said that His sheep hear His voice and His sheep follow Him, so as someone hears the Lord they must do what He says. We as sheep do not want to get out from under our Shepherd’s Care.

    This excites me about the days ahead, because in knowing God’s call on my life and knowing in what direction He is leading me, I have assurance that my Shepherd will not lead me astray as I obey His voice.

    We must stay faithful to the Call of God in the small beginnings and in the adversities in our lives, as we do the Lord will increase us and we will be given more, because we have proven our faithfulness in the small things.

    Dr. Jerry Savelle says “Faithfulness is the #1 quality that God looks for in those He calls.”
 
God is looking for some people who are willing to fulfill His prevailing purpose and Call on their lives.
 
I think we ought to Praise and Thank God for calling us, for giving us His Purpose. Knowing that His Purpose will prevail, we can be safe as we abide in the calling and purpose that He has chosen for us. Lets have confidence that God is working things out according to His good Purpose (Eph. 1:11, Rom. 8:28, Jer. 29:11, Eph. 2:10)
 
As we continue to run the race that God has set before us we can be sure that we have Prevailing Purpose!
 
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Developing Character: Patience and Gentleness

5 Aug

by Jonathan Doctor

The Fruit of Patience (Longsuffering)

Definition of Patience. Patience is a quality of self-restraint in the face of provocation which doesn’t hastily retaliate or is revengeful. Patience is a quality that does not surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial. Long suffering = patience with a purpose. Those that hear the Word with a good heart and keep the Word will bring forth the Fruit of Patience. (Luke 8:15)

Developing the Fruit of Patience The testing of your faith will put patience to work. (James 1:4) Prayer will produce Patience. (Colossians 1:9-11) Staying connected to the Vine – Jesus (John 15) Patience is vital to receiving Patience will cause you to bare fruit. (Luke 8:15) Patience is the power of perseverance. (2 Thessalonians 1:4) Quote from Gloria Copeland – Patience is the force that keeps you from fainting under pressure. Faith and Patience work together, they are called the Power twins. (Hebrews 6:11-15)

The Fruit of Gentleness

Gentleness is power under perfect control. Quote from Donald Gee – “it takes part of the rugged strength of manhood and part of the controlled tenderness of womanhood to make the very finest gentleness. It is kindness in the very best way and fullest sense of the Word,” Gentleness must never be confused with weakness. God is All powerful and Strong but He is also gentle. (Isaiah 40:10-12)

The need for the Fruit of Gentleness.

Gentleness is essentially in dealing with the souls of men.
1. Must be gentle to all men. (2 Timothy 2:24)
2. Gentleness is an essential requirement for a minister of the Gospel.
3. A minister should not drive the sheep, but gently lead them.

Practical areas where gentleness should be employed.
1. Gentleness with our words (Proverbs 15:1,4)
2. Church discipline (Galatians 6:1 Amp)
3. Relationships (Marital) (Colossians 3:19)

Gentleness equips the Minister of God with skillfulness and sensitivity.

The servant of the Lord must not strive, but must be gentle unto all men. (2 Timothy 2:24)
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Uprooting the blessing blocker of unforgiveness

5 Aug

When we refuse to forgive others, we are unable to receive forgiveness and answered prayers from God. But when we set our will to forgive, God forgives us and cleanses us from unrighteousness so that we can escape the guilt, condemnation and fear associated with sin. God forgives, loves and accepts us based on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (Ephesians 1:6-7).

Condemnation is an emotion associated with guilt and fear that makes us feel unworthy and undeserving of God’s blessings.

Sin robs us of the boldness and confidence we need to believe that God’s Word will work in our lives.

Sin often stops people from praying, believing and attending church.
God blots out our transgressions so that He can bless us (Isaiah 43:25, AMP).  God cleanses us from unrighteousness when we confess our sins (1 John 1:9).  God erases our sins and promises never to remember them again.  Just as God forgets our sins, we should also forget them. 

Remembering past sins opens the door for condemnation, guilt and lack of confidence toward God.  If you remember your sin and meditate on it, you will eventually repeat it.  God instructed us to remind Him of our merits (Isaiah 43:26, AMP).  Boldly remind God that you are in right-standing with Him through Jesus Christ and that you expect to receive His blessings and favor.  Jesus nailed our sins to the cross and wiped them out forever (Colossians 2:12-14). God requires that Christians forgive those who sin against them (Mark 11:25-26).

If we refuse to forgive others, we will not be forgiven.
Prayers are hindered when unforgiveness operates in our lives.
Unforgiveness is a fear-based stronghold that hinders the blessings of God.

Deliverance, promotion, healing and increase are directly linked to forgiveness.

Forgiveness is an act of faith, given in spite of another person’s actions.

Jesus instructed us to declare our forgiveness for others each time we pray (Matthew 6:12).

God has forgiven our sin debt, so we must forgive each other of all debts, regardless of the severity or frequency (Matthew 18:21-35).  Jesus told Peter that there is no limit to the number of times we must forgive (v. 21-22).  Those who refuse to forgive others are considered wicked (v. 32).  Unforgiveness opens the door to torment (v. 34).

Forgiveness is an act of the will and a decision to walk in the love of God.  Loving others involves forgiving them just as readily as Jesus forgives us (Colossians 3:13, AMP).  Married couples should be mindful to forgive each other instantly so that their prayers will not be hindered (1 Peter 3:7).

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The Holy Spirit as Teacher

3 Jul

The Holy Spirit as Teacher by Dr. Jonathan Doctor

And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2 (nlt)

No one can learn unless the Holy Spirit helps him or her to learn and helps the teacher to teach. Nothing can be done without the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel cannot be preached without the Holy Spirit. The sinner cannot be saved and born again without the work of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus tells us:

But when the Father sends the Advocate as My representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

The Holy Spirit is at work in our lives as a teacher, revealer, guider, counselor, instructor, and advocate. An advocate is one who defends you in times of trial and trouble. An advocate will fight on your behalf so you will be victorious and win the battle.

The Holy Spirit is our helper; He is called alongside us to help us on our work for the Lord. Being a Christian is not a walk in the park; there will be difficulty and times of pressure and impossibility. The Holy Spirit brings possibility to the impossibility, and when we call Him alongside of us and ask for His Help, we can be sure that He will answer our call and help us to accomplish the task.

But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send Him to you. John 16:7 (nlt)

Here, Jesus was actually saying that it is to our advantage that He was going to the Father, so the Holy Spirit can come and assist us. The Holy Spirit was sent to replace Jesus on the earth. In another verse, Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as another, not another that is different but another that is just like Jesus.

The reason that I can think of why Jesus said it was better for the Holy Spirit to come than He ( Jesus) stay was because when Jesus was walking the earth, He (the Holy Spirit) was limited to dwelling in fullness to just Jesus’s body. On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in fullness in 120, and spread to more and more.

Today the Holy Spirit dwells in fullness (after baptism in the Holy Spirit) in millions all around the world at the same time. It is better that the Holy Spirit be in fullness in millions all around the world—doing the works of Jesus ( John 14:12–14)—than be limited to one body of Jesus.

The body of Christ would be limited to Jesus’s physical body if the Holy Spirit had not come. The church was birthed the day the Holy Spirit came. The body of Christ is growing, and the Gospel is spreading because of the Holy Spirit.

Asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. Ephesians 1:18–19

I encourage people to pray this prayer for themselves, to personalize it. In verse 19, I believe that the “incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe” is the same mighty power that raised Jesus from the dead. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus; it is the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within us.

If you have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, then you have the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John chapter 14, verses 12 through 14 that the works that Jesus did, believers shall do them, and even greater works will be done.

Paul prayed that they would understand this Great Resurrection within them. We should also pray for understanding as well as for others this way. The Holy Spirit will teach us these truths and bring us to understanding.

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Colossians 1:9 (nlt)

The Holy Spirit will teach us and help us teach people in order that they come to the full, complete knowledge of His Will as well as give us spiritual wisdom and understanding. One of the most important roles of the Holy Spirit is to bring wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to the people. The vehicles that the Holy Spirit uses are the Word of God, as well as the born-again believer that is Spirit-filled and teaching the Word of God.

Listen now to [me]; I will counsel you, and God will be with you. You shall represent the people before God, bringing their cases and causes to Him, teaching them the decrees and laws, showing them the way they must walk and the work they must do. Moreover, you shall choose able men from all the people—God fearing men of truth who hate unjust gain—and place them over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, to be their rulers.

Exodus 18:19–21 (amp)

Jethro, Moses’s father-in-law, was a man of wisdom. He received this wisdom from God and by His Spirit. It is wisdom like this that will solve problems and answer questions. This is an example of the wisdom of God that you will have when you receive the filling of the Holy Spirit.

Now for a long time Israel was without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law.

2 Chronicles 15:3 (amp)

It is very important for God’s people to be teaching the Word of God. God has commissioned us in the Great Commission to go into all the world and make disciples. A disciple is a “learned one” or a “student” or “taught one.” How can we make disciples without teaching them?

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 28:19–20

The Greek word for disciples is Strong’s Concordance number G3100, and it is pronounced mathēteuō. It is defined in the Thayer Greek Dictionary as to: (1) to be a disciple of one; (1a) to follow his precepts and instructions; (2) to make a disciple; (2a) to teach, instruct.

The Strong’s Greek Dictionary defines it this way: intransitively to become a pupil; transitively to disciple, that is, enroll as scholar: be a disciple, instruct, teach.

We are commanded to teach in the Great Commission in evangelizing the world and proclaiming the good news we are to teach. Teaching is needed in the church as well, and God gifts people and anoints them to do this. Even though every Christian should teach in order to fulfill the Great Commission, there are some that have the fivefold ministry gift to teach. The fivefold ministry gift to teach is a supernatural grace from God.

The Holy Spirit has many gifts and graces, and when He gifts a Christian to stand in the office of a teacher, you will definitely notice. You will notice that the Holy Spirit really brings understanding to you, as you hear the teacher teach the Word of God.

And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers. His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church), [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him. So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.

Ephesians 4:11–14 (amp)

God has given the body of Christ these offices and people to minister in a way that brings understanding, maturity, and that the believers come to the knowledge of the truth in a way that they cannot be erred away.

These ministry gifts are also to equip the believer for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Every believer should be involved in “the work of the ministry.” Notice I did not say that every believer should quit their job and work in the ministry. God calls us all to the “work of the ministry, but He doesn’t call us all to work full time in the ministry.

The work of the ministry should be done by every believer; wherever he or she works, he or she can do the work of the ministry. Every Christian lawyer, doctor, and policeman can do the work of the ministry by being a witness and sharing and teaching the Word as they get the opportunity.

Every believer has been given a gift, and he or she will be accountable to God at the Judgment Seat of Christ as to how they used it:

Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are signs and wonders [that are to take place] in Israel from the Lord of hosts, Who dwells on Mount Zion. And when the people [instead of putting their trust in God] shall say to you, Consult for direction mediums and wizards who chirp and mutter, should not a people seek and consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? [Direct such people] to the teaching and to the testimony! If their teachings are not in accord with this word, it is surely because there is no dawn and no morning for them.

Isaiah 8:18–20 (amp)

We should direct people to the teachings and the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. We should direct the world to the teachings of the Bible, to the way of salvation. We can teach sinners the way and explain to them the only way to salvation.

The power of the Holy Spirit in our ministry is a must in order for us to be successful. That is why the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a prerequisite to successful ministry. The teaching ministry is one of the most important ministries that the Holy Spirit will use us in. He gives us the ability added on to our learned ability to teach and bring understanding to the ones we teach.

Jesus is our model for ministry; let’s see how the Master did it.

Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good news about the Kingdom. And He healed every kind of disease and illness.

Matthew 9:35 (nlt)235 Born Anew

The first thing that Jesus did after He received the power of the Holy Spirit was not to heal but to teach. Teaching is just as supernatural as healing the sick. Jesus couldn’t heal the sick until He taught them. The Bible says that, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Faith comes by the Word, and faith for healing cannot come until the Word is heard and believed.

Finally, the scriptures are clear that teaching is the most manifested ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings conviction of sin to the ones who hear the Word of God taught. The Holy Spirit teaches the Word of God to the people in the counseling room, and as a result of the conviction, there is a change of heart and behavior:

When the crowds heard Him, they were astounded at His teaching. But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees with His reply, they met together to question Him again. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap Him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Matthew 22:33–36 (nlt)

Jesus was recognized as many things, but the thing that He did the most as far as ministry was to teach. He was mostly recognized as a teacher among the experts of the law. I encourage you to teach the Word of God and to continue to share the knowledge of the Lord in all the earth. The psalm tells us, “The Lord gave the Word, Great was the person who proclaims it.” The book of Romans tells us, “How beautiful are the feet of those who proclaim good news.”

Taken from Dr. Jonathan Doctor’s book “BORN ANEW – Living the New Life with God’s Prevailing Purpose” http://www.jonathandoctor.net

Three Keys to Enjoying the Fullness of the New Life

2 Jun

from “BORN ANEW – Living the New Life with God’s Prevailing Purpose by Dr. Jonathan Doctor

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A vast majority of Christians are living beneath their priv­ileges. What do I mean by that? I’m referring to the fact that as born-again believers, we have inherited enormous rights and privileges. We’re children of the King!

Yet far too many believers are content to trudge through life like lowly beggars, consoling themselves in the knowledge that they’ll go to heaven by and by.

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You don’t have to live that way. Jesus said He came to bring you abundant life. The following three keys will help you appropriate all the benefits the new birth brings.

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1.Unlocking God’s Promises

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God’s Word is literally filled with promises to you as a believer. However, those great and precious promises will not become a reality in your life automatically. You must unlock them with the key of faith.

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Yes, to receive the fullness of God’s promises in your life, you must have faith, and the only source of faith is the Word of God: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).

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When you focus your time and attention on God’s Word, faith is the result. I’m talking about the kind of faith that will bring God’s promises down from the realm of the spirit right into your life.

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We get a glimpse of how faith works in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for.”

When you first read a promise in God’s Word, it enters your mind as hope. This begins the process of faith. Then as you meditate on that promise and confess it over your situation (saying what God’s Word says about it), hope drops down into your heart and becomes faith.

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2.Understand the Enemy of Your Faith

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In discovering the wonderful truth about faith, don’t make the mistake of thinking all your problems will instantly vanish the moment you are born again. Many new Christians see God’s promises in the Bible and assume they can simply float around on a “faith cloud.”

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The Bible, however, makes it very clear that we have a real enemy to contend with in this life: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

Satan will try to come against you with sickness, oppres­sion, and poverty—the very things Jesus died to redeem

you from. But if you’ll refuse to listen to his lies and stand firm on God’s Word, you’ll rise above every circumstance.

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The most important thing a new believer needs to be aware of is that Satan’s favorite and most insidious tactic is to steal the Word from your heart. Jesus exposed this method in the parable of the sower and the seed: “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understand­eth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart” (Matthew 13:18, 19).

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It is vital that new believers recognize that they have an enemy who is out to steal the Word from their hearts.

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3.Be Built Up in God’s Word

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There is a reason Satan is so determined to steal the Word before it can take root in your heart. That Word will cause you to grow in power, faith, and authority.

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“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow by it.” (1 Peter 2:2)

In this respect, a brand-new Christian is no different than a newborn baby. Both must eat in order to grow and gain strength.

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Once your spiritual growth and development begins, the new life that is yours in Christ through faith will begin to open to you. Before long, the memory of your old life will begin to seem like nothing more than a bad dream. You’ll wonder how you could have ever lived without the joy that is available to you through the new birth.Be sure to be diligent in your study of God’s Word. It’s your source of spiritual nourishment.

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Paul’s Prayer for a Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation

2 Jun

by Dr. Jonathan Doctor

Paul’s Prayer for a Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation

Why do we need a Spirit of Wisdom and revelation? Because God’s Word is spirit: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life” ( John 6:63, nas).

There is a wealth of spiritual treasure we need to discover in God’s Word. Most Christians are living in ignorance far below their rightful privileges.

Don’t just read the Word. Prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and you’ll start to get revelation. Divine wisdom will be imparted to your spirit man as you gain an intimate and growing knowledge of Him through the Word.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8 (nas)

The Christian life should be described as getting to know God better every day. A friendship that does not grow closer with the years tends to vanish with the years. Paul prayed “that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened”— that inner illumination of the spirit.

Ephesians 1:18 says,

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.”

Eyes gather information. Through them you know what’s happening around you. Many Christians have a dull spiritual perception. They daily skim over the surface of the Word and mostly miss the message God’s trying to communicate to them. Neither do they pick up what’s happening in the spirit world around them. Paul prays for their spiritual eyes to be enlightened so they might know three things; they must know these three things:  That you may know (by divine revelation) the hope of His calling. 

Ephesians 1:18  

The hope to which He has called you …

We are all called by God, not just the pastor and the elders. Not all are called to full-time ministry, or to stand in the fivefold office of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher.

To all the Hebrews … Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling … Hebrews 3:1a (nas) 

 

To all the Corinthians … For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong … 1 Corinthians 1:2627 (nas)

 

Where is your church to which He has called you? It is the spiritual duty of the pastor and the members to press in to discover their calling and place in the ministry. The hope of His calling includes the eternal reward waiting in heaven for all who discover and obeying their calling.

 

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. Titus 2:1114 (nas)

 

This hope should inspire us to pursue our calling. Too many Christians are without vision, focus, or direction. They need to discover the hope of His calling. As you daily begin to pray this prayer over your life, your calling will become clearer to you. You’ll also have the corresponding desire, will, and grace to walk in it.

 

That you may know (by divine revelation) what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints … Ephesians 1:18

 

The word inheritance in the Greek is kleronomia (klay-ron-om-ee’-ah); which means heirship; an inheritance, property a son inherits on the death of his father.  The root word of inheritance in the Greek is kleronomos (klay-ron-om’-os); in Messianic usage it means one who receives his allotted possession by right of sonship.

If you’re born again, you qualify for the inheritance.

Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:1214 (nas)

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What is the Difference between the Spirit and Soul

2 Jun

by Dr. Jonathan Doctor, Th.M, Ph.D.

For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit.Hebrews 4:12

 What is a joint made of? Bone. The Word of God can divide between the bone and the marrow. I like the way the Norlie translation puts it: “The Word of God pen­etrates deeply, making a distinction between the bone and the marrow.”

How many of you knew that bone and marrow were two different things? In the same way, the spirit and soul are different. For the Word of God divides or makes a distinction between the soul and the spirit. How does the Word of God divide the soul and the spirit but by explain­ing the difference between the soul and the spirit? We are a spirit being, we have a soul, and we live in a body.

The Soul Has Three Parts

1. The mind

2. The will

3. The emotions

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

1 Corinthians 14:14

The Amplified Bible says it this way: “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit by the help of the Holy Spirit within me prays, but my mind is unproductive.”

 When I pray in my heavenly prayer language, my spirit is active and involved, but my mind is unproductive.

We can see there is a difference between my spirit and my mind. If the mind is not part of the spirit, and it’s definitely not part of the body, then what is it part of? The mind is part of the soul. We can prove very easily that the mind and the human spirit are two different things. Can you drive through five o’clock rush hour traffic and do this calculation at the same time? Add five plus seven plus six plus twenty-one, divide by three, times four, and then add seventeen. If you tried that, you would overextend the ability of the mind. Yet you can drive through five o’clock rush hour traffic and pray in tongues at the same time.

Why is that? When I pray in tongues, it is my spirit that prays, not my mind. Now look at 1 Corinthians 14:2: “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God.” Remember when I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying. Therefore, is it my spirit or my mind that talks to God? We can see I talk to God with my spirit, and God talks to me in my spirit. If I speak to God in English, that is with my soul; does God hear me? Yes, He does. But I must listen with my spirit.

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, “out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”John 7:37–38

In John 7:38 is the word heart. It is not talking about the physical blood pump? The word heart in the Greek is koilia, pronounced koy-lee-ah. This Greek word can be translated into English as hollow, a cavity, heart, belly, and womb.

I am sure we all agree these different explanations describe the deepest center of man’s being, which is the core of the spirit.

Jesus said that from the heart or the spirit of man will come forth rivers of living water. How does this happen? The answer is found in verse 39: “But Jesus spoke con­cerning the spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive, for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” Jesus is saying that the believer will

receive the Holy Spirit, and then the thirst of his heart will be satisfied. I know many Christians who are born again and who are filled with the Spirit, yet they are con­tinually thirsty. They are continually depressed and sad.

Why is this? Answer: They are not drinking living water.

How do we drink living water from the Holy Spirit within us?

By praying in other tongues and by singing in other tongues. Paul was saying the same thing in 1 Corinthians 14:4: “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself.”

Jude said the same thing in verse 20: “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.”

Paul said the same thing in Ephesians 3:16. “Be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.” The word might is dunamis in the Greek, which means power in action.

Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink living water.”

Now let’s see if we can understand the different expe­riences of the Spirit man, the mind, and the body.

If I spend time worshiping God in other tongues, I will experience an inward satisfying. If I sit and listen to the preached Word of God or read the Bible, I will experience an inward satisfying. Is this inward, satisfying experience taking place in my spirit, my mind, or my body? Answer: my spirit.

Let’s experience the body. Take your right hand and put it on your left shoulder. You can feel your hand on your shoulder. Now remember this: The language of the body is feeling.

Let’s locate the mind. Add up the following figures in your mind. Two plus two plus five plus seven is what? The answer is sixteen. Now remember this: “The voice of my mind is reason.”

Now how many of you can tell the difference between a spiritual experience, a mental experience, and a physi­cal experience? Remember that spiritual experience is that deep inward satisfying.

Now remember this: Your spirit is in contact with the spiritual realm. Your soul is in contact with the mental and emotional realm. Your body is in contact with the physical realm. I live in three dimensions.

Christians are suffering from so many problems today because they do not know how to hear God’s voice. Every Christian has a scriptural right to know the voice of God. Jesus said in John 10:27, “My sheep know My voice.”

Let’s look at a portion of scripture to further prove the difference in the spiritual and the natural realms.

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assur­edly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and

the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again’.” John 3:1–7

Notice the following from this portion of Scripture:

1. Nicodemus thought Jesus was talking about physi­cal birth.

2. Jesus is talking about spiritual birth, one who is born of water and the spirit. Water in verse 5 refers to the Word of God. (This can be confirmed in Ephesians 5:26 and 1 Peter 1:23).

3. The same way your body is plunged into water at baptism, our spirit is plunged into the Holy Spirit in the born again experience. ( Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life.” Jesus said, “I am the resurrec­tion and the life.”)

Ephesians 2:1 says, “We were dead in our sins.” This means our spirit was cut off from the Spirit of God. When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, our spirit is birthed back into the Spirit of God. We are born again, born back into life for the second time.

 Now that you have a better grasp of the difference between the spiritual and the natural part of yourself, we can look a little deeper as to what to look for and recog­nize when listening for God’s guidance.

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