Saturday, January 3, 2015

Spiritual Leadership – Part 2

The purpose of the Ten Commandments was to show us that we could not keep the commandments on our own. Without God, we are totally inadequate to keep the law. For he who knows the law and keepeth it not, unto him it is sin. The law leads us unto Christ because it reminds us that we are sinners in need of God's son to recompense, redeem and balance the scale of justice as the perfect payment for our sin. Often when men hear the Word of God, they give back to God the scraps from that which they have received from God. Jesus does not want your performance. He does not want your money... He wants your heart. Salvation is only by grace through faith.  

The culture is in want of spiritual leadership. The enemy uses the military strategy of "divide and conquer." The adversary has divided and conquered the culture of our times. The divisions are between the races, between the political right wing and left wing, between polarized secular political positions. The struggle among the socio-economic classes is a result of the adversary's pitting opposing factions against each other...  to divide between the rich and the poor, between the haves and the have nots.  In marriage relationships, the divide and conquer rate of divorce in Orange County, California alone is 72%.  In the church, divisions are among competing theologies, structures of hierarchy, and personal preferences of worship styles. However, God is a God of reconciliation and unity.  Reconciliation means to bring together that which has been divided. The power of unity through Jesus Christ shall overcome of the adversary's strategy of "divide and conquer." The power of unity is over-abundantly disproportionate to the power of division. Much more power is released in an atomic fusion (unity) reaction than in an atomic fission (division) reaction.

Reconciliation is the foundation of peace. Reconciliation is the balancing of God's scale of justice by payment for the penalty of sin resulting in peace with God.  Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. His power is far more powerful than the power of Satan, the "god of this world." Jesus Christ has broken down the partition of sin that separated us from God. For He who knew no sin became the sin sacrifice on our behalf, that we may be made the righteousness of God in him – 2 Corinthians 5:21.  Jesus Christ is our reconciliation...  he has reconciled our debt of sin to our Heavenly Father by payment of his own blood, thereby making peace. Ye are not your own...  you have been bought with the price of the precious blood of the Lamb of God.  According to Galatians 3:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Therefore, let this mind be in you which was also in Christ, who took upon himself the form of a servant.  Jesus Christ has the power of life over death.  Therefore, choose life...  come to Jesus and live. 

May God richly bless you.
Your brother in Christ,

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