Part 2: Godly FocusMonday, July 11, 2016
Philippians 3:10 (AMP)
And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did];
Being self-conscious of how we need to change and improve produces a weak, insecure and completely ineffective Christian. It is a trick of the enemy to get you occupied with how you need to change and what you need to do to be better. When we focus on Jesus Christ and Him crucified alone (1 Corinthians 2:2) we become so much more effective for the Kingdom of God because our focus is in proper perspective. Being Christ conscious provides us with great assurance and confidence in our relationship with the Father because we come to understand and know that our relationship with God is based on Jesus Christ alone and what He has accomplished for us, not any of our own merits or works. The new covenant was an agreement made between The Father and our Lord Jesus, the covenant was sealed with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ so that no man could ever mess it up again. Now, as a man is born again, he gets to get in on the blessings and the inheritance given through Christ in the New Covenant as he walks in the light of the Word. Understanding this creates great stability in our relationship with our Father God because we are not in constant fear of "did I mess up, did I miss it, did I do something displeasing to my Father?" No, we are solely focused on the finished work of Christ and what He accomplished, therefore when we do miss it, we will still have great confidence to come before the throne room of Grace BOLDLY (not ashamedly) and receive help in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). We won't run and hide from the Father because we messed up, but we will come boldly unto the throne room of Grace because we understand what the Blood of Jesus Christ alone has done on our behalf, and therefore we will be able to receive the help we have need of, and then continue to walk freely, boldly and confidently with the Father and carry out His mission on the earth. You know we are co-laborers with Him on the earth (1 Corinthians 3:9). This is true identification with Christ. As you look into the perfect law of Liberty (James 1:25), which is your mirror, you will see the reflection of Jesus Christ, and in Him, you will find complete freedom. As His reflection begins to shine on you, you will be transformed, and as you are transformed by the Word of God, then your reflection will be His reflection in this world. Understand that this is not your own self-efforts, it is Christ in you, the hope of glory, working through you. Recognize that it is Jesus in you, even Jesus recognized His Father at work through Him. He said, I ONLY DO what my Father tells me to do (John 5:19 and John 5:30) and in John 10:32 Jesus said He had done many good works because His Father directed Him to. Jesus recognized His good works proceeded from the Father, not of His own efforts. That is why Jesus was so effective in His work. You can do a million wonderful things as a Christian, but if it is not proceeding from an inward work of Christ working in you and through you, those outward works will amount to nothing because they are not motivated by a heart of love (1 Corinthians 13:3), they are proceeding from a heart full of worry and anxiousness, or duty, that you are not doing enough for the Father. This kind of heart is a result of not understanding what Jesus Christ has already done for you. He has already made you accepted, already made you approved by God, already made you as a sweet fragrance to the Father and your own self-efforts add nothing to that whatsoever. In Galatians 5:6 we read, For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but only faith activated and expressed and working through love. This verse is simply saying, you abiding by certain laws and regulations and doing certain acts to gain God's approval and become more pleasing to Him, it all amounts to zero! What does matter, are your actions that spring forth from your heart that is full of faith and love because you have been dwelling and communing with the Master Himself. These actions can only happen as you understand and acknowledge what Jesus has done for you. As you KNOW HIS LOVE for you, you will be able to give HIS LOVE to others, as you KNOW the compassion He has on you then you will be able to extend that same compassion to others. That is true fruit bearing. In John 15:5 we read, I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing. As we dwell in Him, that is the Word of God, for He is the Word, Jesus working in us will cause us to bear much fruit for Him. It is not up to you to bring forth the fruit, it is just up to you to dwell in the Word of God, and as the Word becomes a part of the very fabric of your being, you will bring forth fruit by the power of God. Let our heart cry to the Father be to KNOW JESUS and the wonders of His person (Philippians 3:10 Amplified Bible). This was one of the Apostle Paul's greatest heart cry's to the Father. Think about that, after all those years of ministry, Paul still said his determined purpose in life was to KNOW JESUS and the wonders of His person. Paul knew the secret of how to bring forth fruit for the Father God, and that was by coming to know in greater detail each day who Jesus truly was.