The issues of life, sometimes raises more questions than answers: One of such questions is, why did Jesus waited for his friend Lazarus to die for four days before he showed up? A song writer said, “Jesus is the answer for the world today” Yes, He is. Another writer said, “In times like this you need a savior, you need and anchor, be very sure your anchor holds and grips the solid rock, this rock is Jesus.”
Last week Jesus answered the question about greatness or success in life and eternity. Jesus said, the path to greatness in the kingdom of God is humility. For what does it profit a man, he said, if you gain the whole world and do not make it to heaven? Therefore “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:10 (NASB) Humility is an expression of love. Jesus Christ is our perfect example of Humility. He also demonstrated love with ultimate sacrifice and without treacherousness.
You can turn adversity to opportunity in life and in relationship with God and people. That is the lesson we learnt from Jesus Last week. He said, I have come to save not to destroy. So, in our response and reaction, we must do so appropriately for the sake of Christ and the gospels.
We are learning from Jesus, how best to answer Questions and face challenges. Last week we examined the question of gain and godliness. When Jesus was asked, “…Therefore what shall we have?” : Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake,
Matthew 11:19 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 1 Corinthians 13:13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13 (NASB)
he word of wisdom and of knowledge of God is the fundamental gift for all believers. Wisdom is the principal thing; … Also, it is not good for a person to be without knowledge…” Prov. 4:7,19:2 (NASB) As I said last week, quoting from the letter of Paul to the Ephesians. These gifts are for the building of the body of Christ, for personal growth, until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; Ephesians 4:13-14 (NASB) These gifts are not for sooth saying, fortune telling or cunning craftiness of men. They are for your growth, edification, and strength in the Lord. We relate and worship God with His wisdom and power.
Last week I said that the power Jesus promised, is the gift of Holy Spirit and the accompany gifts or signs. With this power He said, you will be my witness and teach people to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NASB) Essentially the Gift of the Holy Spirit and the various gifts is the authority by which we fulfill the everlasting purpose of God. It is important to keep this in mind as we explore these powerful gifts. They are the many spiritual parts God uses to build and maintain His living temple. The power of God is ordained for the eternal purpose of God in Christ Jesus.
The gift of life, the gift of redemption and the gift of Holy Spirit have been subject of our discussion for weeks. These are personified and personal gifts of God to anyone who believe in God - Particularly in Jesus Christ His only begotten son. He is the only way or access to our Father in Heaven. John 14:6 I like to repeat the fact that the gift of the Holy Spirit is the anointing which is in you. And you can attest to his presence in you by the signs we have talked about. Such as: the knowledge of God, his comfort, love of Him, his word, praying, and your everlasting desire to love and relate with Him.
The love of God is the perfect and most powerful sign of the anointing. I said in the last episode, that the word “Desire” is an everlasting characteristic of the Holy Spirit. This is how you know and experience that the Spirit of God is in you. Strong feeling is a natural thing for living souls. Apostle Paul use this word to suggest how we should approach and relate with God. “…so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” A mortal child will outgrow baby food, but spiritual children of God must forever, hunger and thirst for Him.
Last week started talking about the signs of His anointing. To answer the question how do I know that the anointing of God is in me? To which Apostle John answered saying; “By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. “1 John 4:13 (NKJV) And anyone “… who believes in the Son of God has the testimony (the witness of the Holy Spirit) in himself; …” 1 John 5:10 (NASB) When He is in you, He will testify to Himself in you. He will not leave you ignorant or wondering.