By: Apostle Jan Bosman
John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. NKJV Rom 10:8 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. NKJV
When we become born again we are thrilled with the change that takes place in our lives, but we often don't realize the extend of God's desire and expectation of this new relationship with Him. In order to understand this even a little, we should realize that before the creation of man, Father God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit knowing all things, about the weakness and sinful tendencies we would have, had to count the cost of having sons and daughters after their own heart on the earth.
In Their great love for you and me (Their creation) they decided, being the very essence of perfection and love in Their Oneness for and in each other, that One would become like one of us, teach us the ways of God and in His sinless body take the sins of all mankind upon Himself and die the most gruesome death on the cross and so setting free all that would call upon the name of Jesus.
Can we imagine the love of Father God for us, that He would allow Jesus Who was one with Him and Holy Spirit in love and unity throughout the eternities, being sinless, become sin for us and suffer the penalty, which meant total separation from Father God ?
Wow, do we realize how precious we are to Him, no matter what you think about yourself, Father God loves you and me so much, that He gave His Son Jesus to carry our sins in order to give us life and true purpose in Him.
As sin separates us from God, Father wanted to break any hold that sin can have over us, since we cannot possibly do this in our self with our sinful tendencies, He gave us life in His perfect Son Jesus, so when we receive Him as Lord and Savior and put our trust in Him and His Word, the Holy Spirit comes in our life to teach us that we can be Holy as He is and walk in a love relationship with our Father God.
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? NKJV
In 2 Cor.2;16 it says that we have the mind of Christ, so we need to start thinking as He thinks in order to walk together with Him.
Prov 29:18 Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man] — blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he. AMP.
God's plan because of Jesus sacrifice is to redeem, to save, to heal, to restore to bring as it is in heaven down here, to see Father's kingdom come which means that we have to start thinking as He thinks because, now by blood covenant, we belong to Him and are in Christ the offspring of God. Through Jesus we are now part of the Father's family business Should not a child learn to think as dad thinks?
Rom 12;1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. NKJV
When we begin to think as God thinks we are changed and we will find His will and purpose for our life.
In our information age, we are constantly flooded with things that are wrong in this world and if we don't use the opportunity to cast these cares at the feet of Jesus in prayer, we will fill our mind and imagination with the cares and concerns of this world, rather than the redemptive process that God has for us to believe and speak forth in His Name. After all God spoke to Abraham, who was definitely in Fathers business, Rom 4:17 (as it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations") in the presence of Him whom he believed — God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; Instead of rehearsing the problems, we can speak forth the living Word of God by the Spirit of God within us, into the issues of our day.
Col 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. NKJV This does not mean that we walk in a spaced out type of way, but rather with the intent to see Fathers will be done on earth.
After the gruesome price God paid for us to be free, He does not want us to mix the covenant with Him thru ungodly alliances with those who reject Him or ungodly ways. We are here to reveal His love to all so that all can come to the knowledge of God and His love for them. 2 Cor 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people." 17 Therefore "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you." 18 'I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty."
My prayer is that in Jesus Name, by Holy Spirit's revelation, we all may grow in a greater awareness of Father's love for us. Happy Father's day!