On Sunday we learned about the purifying fire we will pass through at The Judgment Seat of Christ (II Corinthians 5:6-11. I Corinthians 3:10-15). When we realize that the eyes of Jesus is burning fire (Revelation 19:12), it creates quite a word picture. We can imagine looking Jesus in the eye, then all of our conduct and motives will either be purified or consumed. Can I look Jesus in his eyes of fire, and have the content of my life pass through the fire? I will be asking that question a lot this week.
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Thanks for taking time to write Stephen. You give some very solid insights. I agree with your words, and hope for a more God-centered life to emerge in my life and my fellow brothers and sisters.
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Great and timely message. I pray the congregation “got it” and can begin to move toward holiness. Once we see the “fire” of God through the eyes of Jesus, we must act according to His mandate to be and act holy.
How we approach God and everything we do that pertains to the Lord is driven by how we perceive Him. We can’t properly serve our creator without a correct understanding of Him. Just as with everything in life, we can only make quality spiritual decisions on the information we have. Once we have the information we need, about anything, we can make a choice. Since we can only make one of two choices, GOOD or BAD, we need to have ALL the information available. So it is with our relationship to and with the Lord. We can’t have a relationship with someone we don’t know. Neither can we know someone without a knowledge of them. The more we know about someone, the better we can understand them and choose our relationship with them.
Jesus told the Samaritan woman that God is Spirit and must be worshiped in spirit and in truth [John 4:24]. The Lord is also to be worshiped in “reverence and in awe” [Hebrews 12:28]. But, before we can worship Him in spirit, truth, reverence and awe we must KNOW Him. Not know ABOUT Him, but have an intimate relationship with Him through His Son Jesus and by His Holy Spirit.
Because God is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, we MUST begin to evaluate ALL of our actions and thoughts based on these truths. Since God is omnipresent, we’re always in His presence. Therefore, it is NEVER proper to invite Him into our presence. We are always “standing on Holy ground” because where He is (EVERYWHERE), is Holy ground. As the song says, “We are standing in His presence, on Holy ground.” We had better stop tip toeing through the tulips of theological semantics. It’s time that the Christian community comes to the realization that God knows EVERYTHING that we think, say or do, even before we think, say or do it. IF we had the proper understanding of The Holy, Living, God we would begin to act differently toward Him and each other.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?