The Spiritual Birth!
John 12:24-26 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
Luke 1:41-42 41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
Reflection: Do we really understand how to live & practice our faith outside the four walls of the church? I always knew there was more to fulfilling my purpose, but I just didn't know how to obtain it! How many times have you heard someone say, find your purpose & Destiny in Christ, but you had no idea where to to start! Too many in the BOC (Body of Christ) have fallen into the vicious cycles of religion & tradition. And much like a merry go round, unless you decide to get off the ride, you will continue to go round & round!
I was that person, years ago, crying out to God for an answer! God heard & God answered and a divine appointment came! It was shortly after that I heard a man of God preaching on the kingdom vision! He preached on the importance of God wanting to use every member of the BOC to win the LOST for the kingdom of heaven! And that is when I had my Mary Elizabeth encounter! Spiritual life jumped inside of me & I felt alive with a passion like I had never felt before! The answer I had been looking for all that time had presented itself, through this man of God! God just used this man, to speak life to what was already inside of me! It took a step of Faith & obedience & then a willingness to follow the path that the Lord had set before me!
The road to obedience is an narrow one, but it's also very rewarding! I had to make a decision that I would stay on FIRE to reach the LOST regardless of the cost! I had no idea what kind of a journey I was about to enter into! If the Lord had showed me ahead of time what was coming, I wouldn't have said “You have got to be kidding me” & as fast as my feet could carry me, exit right! But I accepted and God was faithful to see me through disappointments, discouragement & vicious attacks designed to take me out! He has shown me how to wield his mighty sword (His word) & flow in the anointing (His power)! It was only thorough the use of His word & the authority of His power that I have been able to stand!
When we decide to serve the Lord, without compromise, we basically have painted a target on our backs & we have become the devil's worst nightmare! The enemy does not like to be exposed! But I also remember what Paul the mighty apostle said in 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them], So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.
We must decide if we want to be effective for God's kingdom or famous to the world! There are no shortcuts & we will have to decide which side of the fence we want to be on! God will reward us for diligently seeking after him! I discovered when I made God's kingdom my main focus, that is when God began revealing my individual purpose to me! Kingdom vision + individual purpose = a heart on FIRE 4 JESUS! Check on MY TESTIMONY and see how God is using me to touch & change peoples lives for eternity! Are you ready for God to use YOU?