7 FOUNDATIONAL EXPERIENCES FOR ALL BELIEVERS (PART 4)

What’s up everyone!

During our last installment in this in depth look at Hebrews 6:1-3 and what are known as the Seven Foundational Experiences for all Believers, we briefly delved into what is meant by “laying the foundation” and started to unpack the first of the seven foundational experiences which is “repentance from dead works“. Remember that “the foundation” we are exhorted to not lay again is considered to consist of the “elementary principles” of Christ. Kevin J.Conner in his work the Doctrine of Christ, refers to these as “steps” or “elementals” and as “the first principles of the oracles (sayings, Scriptures) of God (Heb. 5:12), the Principles of the Doctrine of Christ (Heb. 6:1) and the Word of the Beginning of Christ (Heb. 6:1 margin). He says, “these are the steps unto perfection. It is the walk of the believer ‘in Christ’. Step by step (Psa. 119:133). And the steps of the doctrine of Christ are to bring the believer to the very throne of God, the throne of perfection.” I also value the perspective of Sam Soleyn, who in describing the culture of the family of God, says that these “Elementary Doctrines are the building blocks of this culture, meant to be cultivated in the life of every believer. From infancy to maturity, these principles unfold with greater and greater complexity throughout the believer’s life. The result is a unified corpus, with many parts, that is capable of presenting a standard of righteousness in the earth.” One can obviously see how critical these all are and the importance of going on from them to maturity or perfection in Christ.

Recall that the third of this particular series of posts for our insight pertained to “repentance“. Here we will invest our time looking at what are “dead works“. We are told specifically to repent of these; of “dead works“. Here are a few cross references for this phrase (Heb 9:14; Gal 5:19-21; Eph 2:1,5). But what are these “dead works” from which we are to repent? Let’s look at each word separately.

Dead (3498) (nekros from nékus = a corpse; English – necropsy, necrophobia, etc) refers to that which lacks life and spiritually speaks of works that “have no life” for they will not endure the test of God’s refining fire. They are works wrought by the flesh not by faith.

Works (2041) (ergon; used 10 times in Hebrews) refers to toil as an effort or occupation . Hebrews 9:14 gives us insight into what the writer is speaking of here. It reads, “how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” As humans we tend to resort to fleshly works to alleviate our guilty consciences hoping we can do something that will make us acceptable to the Lord. But this verse warns us to trust in the finished work of Christ knowing that His blood will satisfy the requirements of the Father and by faith in Him cleanse our conscience from dead works and enable us to serve the Living God by and through His means.

Conner in his exposition of the Book of Hebrews says “dead works” have a twofold aspect: a) The “dead works” of the sinner concerning recovery of self, works of the flesh (Gal. 5:17-21) and b) The “dead works” of the religious, but unregenerate, at recovery of self, the works of the Law. All are lifeless forms, works of self-life. Dead works are works done before salvation in order to earn salvation and righteousness by works. The works of the Law, ceremonies, rituals, ordinances – dead works – could not produce righteousness or life.” So, in essence a dead work is anything not done in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. A dead work is anything we do, even though they may be good things, in any effort to win the favor of God. All of our works, which are not done in union with Christ or from our dependence on the Holy Spirit are nothing more than works of the flesh! Any effort or attempt we make in and of ourselves and minus Him is a dead work!

So, the writer to the Hebrews was instructing his hearers to turn away from dead works and to put their faith in God! They were being told not to trust Old Covenant rituals and beneficent acts as a means of making or proving themselves worthy before God. Christ had done the work! They now had to accept His work and live out of its reality and no longer attempt to “work” their way into salvation or the good pleasure of the Lord.

Several places in scripture address this as well. The Apostle Paul wrote in Gal. 3:3-6, “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Paul also writes in Eph. 2:8, 9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

The bottom line becomes visible to us: we are cease from doing anything not born of faith and place the gift of faith that we have been given in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Anytime we find ourselves engaging in dead works, those not of faith in Christ, we must REPENT to God. One more way, we can all stay on target!

 

Thriving Spiritually During a Pandemic! (Part 5)

Family, I hope you have been encouraged, inspired and informed as I have shared with you 4 of 7 Ways to Thrive Spiritually During A Pandemic! Again, add these to your daily and family devotions! We will not merely survive corona, but His Church will thrive (Mt. 16:18). This is Part 5. Yesterday, we encouraged you to “Speak (His Word, to One Another and in tongues)”

Here is the fifth way we thrive spiritually during a pandemic. Remember, these will not appear in any order of priority.

Separate unto God – Separating unto the Lord has at least two key aspects to it. One, is in recognition of our positional separation unto Him. What we are by position, we must then do our part by the Spirit’s help to exhibit practically. The second has to do with our turning ourselves aside to invest much needed time with Him. Let’s look at the first of these.

Our positional separation to the Lord is seen in Him deeming us holy. Eph. 1:4 (NKJV) says, “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” The Amplified Paraphrase Bible reads: “Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.” (Amplified Bible – Lockman) This verse teaches us that we were chosen by God in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy or consecrated and set apart for Him and before Him. We are not chosen because we are holy. No. We are chosen to become holy as He deems us so. Thank You Lord! He has made us holy as He is holy and also has called us to holy living. This is what the Apostle Peter writes in 1 Peter 1:15, 16 – “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” We recognize that we are His chosen and separated for His good pleasure. All that we are, have and do should be indicative of our being separated to the Almighty God!

The second aspect of our separating unto God has to do with our turning aside or pulling aside similar to the example of Jesus Christ. See Matt. 14:13; Mark 6:30-32; Luke 4:1, 2; 5:16; 6:13; 22:39-44. Jesus was prone to steal away for private times with the Father in prayer and communion. I believe He leaves this on record as a model for us to follow. This would include but is not limited to our times of daily prayer and devotion. But these times would be more strategic and intense times of seeking God which would include prayer and fasting and studying and meditating the Scriptures. We desperately need quantitative time where we shut in with the Lord and shut out all else in order to be wholeheartedly and without distraction devoted to God!

Each of these is about our devotion to the Lord. One aspect has to do with our practice (living a holy lifestyle) based on position (the Lord has called us holy). And the second has to do with our determination to practice a lifestyle of drawing near to Him (James 4:7-10). So, I encourage you to Separate Yourself Unto the Lord during this time and even as He leads after this pandemic and expect to thrive spiritually! #Thrive!

7 Foundational Experiences for All Believers (Part 3)

Greetings All!

In our last post we shared with you the context of the seven foundational experiences for all believers in Hebrews 5:12-6:1-3. In this installment, we want to begin looking at the first of the seven foundational experiences which is “Repentance from Dead Works” (See Hebrews 6:1). Wuest Translation: “Therefore, having put away once for all the beginning word of the Messiah [the first testament in animal blood, i.e., the Mosaic economy], let us be carried along to that which is complete [the new testament in Jesus’ blood], not again laying down a foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God” (Eerdmans). We are urged by the writer to not lay again the foundation of these seven experiences which are then listed beginning with “Repentance from Dead Works“.

Repentance from Dead Works” actually features two distinct aspects: repentance from and then dead works. What is repentance? Before we delve into what repentance is, let’s take a quick look at what repentance is not. To confess one’s sin is not the same thing as repentance. It is true that proper confession of our sins is an aspect of repentance but confession of sins is not repentance. Also our being profoundly convicted of our sins is not synonymous with repentance. Many in scripture were convicted of sin but were never moved to repentance. The author Kevin J. Conner writes, “True repentance involves conviction of sin, contrition for sin, confession of sin, and abandonment or forsaking sin, being sorrowful enough to stop sinning! Conviction should produce contrition and sorrow for sin, then confession of it, then forsaking it. This is the test on all repentance, whether it is genuine or not.” See these scriptural references: Mark 1:15; Mt. 3:2, 8, 11; Luke 13:2-5; Acts 5:31; 17:30; 20:21; Rom. 2:4; 2 Cor. 7:10.

What is Repentance? Repentance (3341) (metanoia from meta = after + noéo = to understand) literally means “afterthought” or “to think after” and implies a change of mind. From the NT uses, it is clear that metanoia means however much more than merely a change of one’s mind but also includes a complete change of heart, attitude, interest, and direction. Metanoia is a conversion in every sense of the word. (Precept Austin)

Marvin Vincent states on the verb form (metanoeo) that this is “A word compounded of the preposition meta, after, with; and the verb noeo, to perceive, and to think, as the result of perceiving or observing. In this compound the preposition combines the two meanings of time and change, which may be denoted by after and different; so that the whole compound means to think differently after. Metanoia (repentance) is therefore, primarily, an after-thought, different from the former thought; then, a change of mind which issues in regret and in change of conduct. These latter ideas, however, have been imported into the word by scriptural usage, and do not lie in it etymologically nor by primary usage. Repentance, then, has been rightly defined as “Such a virtuous alteration of the mind and purpose as begets a like virtuous change in the life and practice.” Sorrow is not, as is popularly conceived, the primary nor the prominent notion of the word. Paul distinguishes between sorrow and repentance (metanoia), and puts the one as the outcome of the other. “Godly sorrow worketh repentance” (2Cor 7:10). (Vincent, M. R. Word Studies in the New Testament. Vol. 1, Page 3-23)

Kenneth Wuest writes, Repent is the translation of metanoeo which in classical Greek meant “to change one’s mind or purpose, to change one’s opinion.” The noun metanoia meant “a change of mind on reflection.” These two words used in classical Greek signified a change of mind regarding anything, but when brought over into the New Testament, their usage is limited to a change of mind in the religious sphere. They refer there to a change of moral thought and reflection which follows moral delinquency. This includes not only the act of changing one’s attitude towards and opinion of sin but also that of forsaking it. Sorrow and contrition with respect to sin, are included in the Bible idea of repentance, but these follow and are consequent upon the sinner’s change of mind with respect to it.” (Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament)

The late Derek Prince defined “repentance from” as “an inner change of mind resulting in an outward turning back, or turning around; to face and to move in a completely new direction.”

Paul’s description of the saints at Thessalonica gives us quite the visual of true repentance:“For they themselves (other believers in Macedonia and Achaia) report about us (Paul, Silvanus and Timothy) what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come”. (1 Thessalonians 1:9, 10)

It is important to note that Jesus Christ and the Apostles’ message was “repent and believe”! It is also critical for us to see that repentance is the gift of our loving Father and that it initiates with Him and not with us. The Father in an act of grace toward man, engages His Spirit towards man, otherwise man is unable to repent. Psa. 80:3 illustrates the initiative of God: “restore us” means “cause us to turn back”. See also Lam. 5:21. Here are some additional verses which help us see that repentance is God’s gift to us: “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life” (Acts 11:18, 16:14); “God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth” = (2 Tim. 2:25); “the kindness (goodness) of God leads you to repentance“= (Rom. 2:4). As we can clearly see repentance is God’s gift. He moves towards man but we have the personal responsibility to create space for God’s wonderful gift.

Scripturally, repentance is commanded of us. See Acts 2:38. Several verses dictate repent or perish! All those who are born again should live a repentant life. Take a look at these key verses: 1 Kings 8:47-50; Ezek. 14:6; 18:30; Acts 5:31; 2 Cor. 7:9-10; 2 Peter 3:9).

The point of all this is to encourage us as believers called to mature in the Lord, to recognize that biblically defined repentance is required! Not only should we know what repentance is and is not. But we must also engage in it! It is not merely to be known as a doctrine but to be experienced as a reality for us. Tragically, under the coming judgments of Almighty God, there will come a time in history where repentance will no longer be available (Rev. 9:20-21; 16:9-11).

This leaves us to uncover what is meant by “dead works”all acts & activities that are not based upon repentance & faith. We will save this for our next discussion. We will also soon see that true repentance must always precede faith and how minus repentance, faith by itself is an meaningless profession. These are necessary experiences for all those seeking to stay on target with the Lord!

7 Foundational Experiences for All Believers (Part 2)

Greetings Everyone!

As we continue our study of the Seven Foundational Experiences for All Believers, I believe it wise to also see what the writer is saying as he presses into these elementary doctrines. Listed below is the initial verse in various translations.

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, (NASB: Lockman)

Wuest: Therefore, having put away once for all the beginning word of the Messiah [the first testament in animal blood, i.e., the Mosaic economy], let us be carried along to that which is complete [the new testament in Jesus’ blood], not again laying down a foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God (Eerdmans)

Amplified: THEREFORE LET us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ (the Messiah), advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity. Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance and abandonment of dead works (dead formalism) and of the faith [by which you turned] to God, (Amplified Bible – Lockman)

Using the word “therefore“, the writer points us back to his prior statements concerning Melchizedek and dullness of hearing as well as spiritual immaturity of the believers. He reprimands them for not being teachers by now but those who are in need of being taught again these elementary principles. Heb. 5:12 refers to these as “the first principles of the oracles of God“. The “oracles of God” is a synonym for the Scriptures and refers to divine utterances as found in (Rom 3:2; 1 Pet 4:11; Acts 7:38). Heb. 1:1-2 tells us that Christ is now the ORACLE of the Father to men. Kevin Conner teaches, “The Son is the final word and revelation of the Father. When therefore these First Principles of the Doctrine of Christ were spoken then it was God speaking His Oracle, His Only Begotten Son, from the Glory veiled in human flesh (John 1:1-3, 14-18).” It is not that they did not know these things which he calls elementary. It was that for some reason they were choosing not to function based on their had been taught or the knowledge they had been given. He further states that by now they should have been spiritually ingesting solid food but because of their condition they were still in need of or drinking the milk of the Word. It is from here that he exhorts them to leave “the elementary teaching about the Christ“. But what is he actually saying?

To “leave” is “aphiemi Gk (863) (aphiemi from apo = prefix implies separation + hiemi = put in motion, send) and conveys the basic idea of an action which causes separation and means to send from one’s self, to forsake, to hurl away, to put away, let alone, disregard, put off. It conveys the basic idea of an action which causes separation and refers to total detachment, total separation, from a previous location or condition. It means to send forth or away from one’s self. It refers to the act of putting something away or of laying it aside. Says Vincent, “Leaving or dismissing does not imply ceasing to believe in elementary truths or to regard them as unimportant, but leaving them “as a builder leaves his foundation in erecting his building”. In other words, these believers were being exhorted to “leave shadows, types, pictures, and sacrifices of the old economy and come to the reality of the New Covenant in Jesus Christ. To paraphrase it the writer is saying ‘Leave the pictures of the Messiah and go on to the Messiah Himself,’”

They are exhorted specifically to leave “the elementary teaching about the Christ.” “Elementary” (746) (arche) means the first, the beginning (the things that occurred prior in time). It can mean supreme in rank but clearly that is not the meaning in this verse. In relation to time, arche refers to the beginning of anything, the first. The writer is telling his readers to leave the elementary teaching concerning the doctrines upon which their prior religious life had been based. Leave the milk! These elementary doctrines were those teaching that Christianity had in common with Judaism, the teaching they had received from the Old Testament. They had to move past those teachings that Judaism had in common with Christianity, or otherwise they would never move on to maturity. (Precept Austin) This points back to Heb. 5:12, the principles of the doctrine of Christ or the “steps” or “elementals”. As we will discover these are steps leading to “perfection”

The word “teaching” referred to here is “logos” (3056) (logos from lego = to speak intelligently source of English “logic, logical”) means something said and describes a communication whereby the mind finds expression in words. Although Lógos is most often translated “word” which Webster defines as “something that is said, a statement, an utterance”, the Greek understanding of lógos is somewhat more complex. In the Greek mind and as used by the secular and philosophical Greek writers, lógos did not mean merely the name of an object but was an expression of the thought behind that object’s name. Logos refers to total expression.

This is “the elementary teaching about the Christ” which these Jewish believers are being exhorted to move beyond. “The Christ” is the Messiah. Webster reveals Messiah is a title given to “the promised Deliverer of the Jewish nation prophesied in the Hebrew Bible.” Messiah is derived from the Hebrew word mashiach which means “anointed one” and which corresponds to the NT title of “Christ” (Christos = anointed one). “The majority of Jews (and this Gentile writer) have come to salvation by grace through faith (Eph 2:8-9) as the Spirit unveiled the OT messianic prophecies (2 Cor 4:6, John 3:8) to clearly show “Jesus (is) the Messiah appointed for” them and for us, “to the Jew first and also to the Greek (anyone not Jewish).” (Acts 3:20, Rom 1:16). In fact the main purpose of John’s Gospel is that “you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His Name.” (John 20:31) Jesus is the Anointed One, the fulfillment of the three OT offices which God anointed (selected and set apart for special service): Prophet (Psalms 105:15, Deut 18:18, fulfilled = John 7:40), Priest (Ex 29:7, Lev 4:3, Ps 110:4 fulfilled = Heb 6:19-20) and King (1Sa 2:10, Ps 2:2,6 shadows of Messiah fulfilled = Mk 15:26, Rev 19:16). Norman Geisler adds that the concept of MESSIAH (Christ) ‘is the key to the interpretation of the Bible, not only in that He is the fulfillment of OT types and prophecies, but in that Christ (Messiah) is the tie between the Testaments, the content of the whole canon and the unifying theme in the Bible!’ In short the entire Bible is “Messiah-centric” or “Christo-centric!” Beloved brethren, God’s Anointed is appointed, and we shall not be disappointed! “All hail the power of Jesus’ Name!, Let angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all.” (Perronet)

Kenneth Wuest provides this analysis, “Now what does the writer exhort these Hebrews to abandon, and to what does he urge them to allow themselves to be borne along? Well, what does a mariner do when he is at a loss as to exactly where he is? He checks his position by his instruments. The aviator in a similar situation checks his course by the radio beam. An exegete in a similar situation will consult the historical background and analysis of the book. And that is exactly what we will do. We found that the writer proves twice over that the New Testament in Jesus’ Blood is superior to and takes the place of the First Testament in animal blood. After proving this, he shows that faith is the only way of appropriating the salvation which the High Priest procured for sinners at the Cross. In the light of this demonstration, he warns them against falling away. He exhorts them to go on to faith in the New Testament Sacrifice. Having left the temple sacrifices, and having identified themselves with the visible Church, from what could they fall away but from their profession of Messiah as High Priest, and to what could they fall back to but First Testament sacrifices? Thus the words, “the principles of the doctrine of Christ,” must refer to the First Testament sacrifices, for these Jews are exhorted to abandon them. Likewise, the word “perfection” must speak of the New Testament Sacrifice to which they are exhorted to allow themselves to be borne along. Our analysis has guided us to the correct interpretation.” (Hebrews Commentary online)

It is from here that these Christians are urged to go on. The scripture says, “let us press on to maturity“.  See these references verses: (Hebrews 7:11; Hebrews 12:13; Proverbs 4:18; Matthew 5:48; 1 Corinthians 13:10; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 4:12; Philippians 3:12-15; Colossians 1:28; Colossians 4:12; James 1:4; 1 Peter 5:10; 1 John 4:12).

What is this portion of the scripture saying? Twelve times this phrase “let us” appears in the Epistle to the Hebrews. The writer to the Hebrews is urging them all to press on to maturity. “Press on” (KJV = go on) (5342) (phero) is to be borne along like a ship by the wind. The use of the passive voice emphasizes the exertion of power on the individual from an outside source. passive voice also conveys the the thought of the need of the recipient to willingly surrender to this outside influence. In this case, the outside force is the Holy Ghost. The present tense emphasizes the continual need for this activity. Note the writer lumps himself in this group needing to be continually borne along. The idea is “Let us be carried along (by God’s Spirit).” Maturity (5047) (teleiotes related to teleios from telos = an end, a purpose, an aim, a goal) describes one as being in a state of completion or perfection in the sense of maturity (and in contrast to the stage of elementary, ABC, knowledge). The related word teleios means complete, mature, fully developed, full grown, brought to its end, finished, wanting nothing necessary to completeness, in good working order. Teleios signifies consummate soundness, includes the idea of being whole. Interestingly the Gnostics used teleios of the one fully initiated into their mysteries and that may have been why Paul used teleios in this epistle. (Precept Austin)

To what location or aim are they to press on? To maturity is the destination to which they are to press. They are being urged just as are we to press on beyond the elementary teachings of the Christ and on to maturity in Christ. Our ultimate destiny is to be conformed to the image of the Christ. In other words, we are to become just like the only begotten Son of God! Kenneth Wuest comments, “Our Lord in His life of faith on earth, became the perfect or complete example of the life of faith. Thayer speaks of our Lord as ‘one who has in his own person raised faith to its perfection and so set before us the highest example of faith.’” (Hebrews Commentary online)

Finally, these Hebrew Christians were being exhorted to hit the target established by the Lord – CHRISTLIKENESS! Until next time, hit His target!

An Exhortation to Remain Faithful!

God Bless the saints of the Most High God!

There has been a stirring in my spirit to exhort the saints to remain faithful especially in times of trial and transition! Some of you are dealing with both even as I type. But one of the vital keys to it all, is to remain faithful to God in the midst of all that is taking place! This is not a time to rely on your feelings or what you may be experiencing. This is the time to rely on God’s Word! Everything you are going through must be judged by His Word. It must be held up against His Word in order for you to obtain His perspective, His plan and the fruit of His process! See James 1:2-12.

Many times we frustrate what God is doing in our lives by misinterpreting what is going on in our lives. I urge you, my brothers and my sisters, to refuse to conform to the world’s idea of what to do and how to do it (Rom. 12:1-3) as well as refuse to compromise the standard of God’s Holy Word (Rom. 1:25)! Be careful as to which voices you are listening to in this season! Let God’s word speak to your situation. Whatever counsel you receive, pray it through and judge it by the Word of God and not your human emotions or the persuasive speech of others (1 John 4:1). Choose wisely (Psalms 1; Heb. 13:7).

James writes in his epistle, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience (endurance and steadfastness and patience). But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing (fully developed [with no defects] lacking in nothing).” (James 1:2-4). God wants to perfect (mature) you in this that you are going through for His glory and His good! But you must come under God’s word: Count it all Joy! Know that God has a method and a mission in the midst of this – by testing/trying your faithfulness, He is working within you the supernatural power to hang in there until this patience produces what He has promised! Don’t bail out now! Stay the course! Hold on to His Word! Let the Process Bring You into Possession of what He Promises (Heb. 10:35-39)!

You cannot be faithful to God and not remain obedient to His revealed will! Your faithfulness should not be subjective to how you are feeling or what you are going through! Your perception of how people may be treating you cannot be the measurement for how you will live before and serve the Lord either! You must be determined to please Him even in this trial or transition! Saints, Remain Faithful! God is going to be glorified and you are going to be better!

Love you all,
apostle H.

Life Trajectory

The word of God teaches us that Jesus Christ is our example in all things. Today, let’s take a lesson from the life of Jesus concerning “Life Trajectory.” Life Trajectory is a phrase I want to stress especially to younger people. A life without proper trajectory is really just an experiment in unfruitful living. This does not mean that there is no benefit in a life lived without trajectory but a life lived this way will never be one that realizes it’s maximum potential.

Learning Life Trajectory means discovering who I am in God, what He has assigned me to do and learning how He wants this assignment done for His glory.

Now, in the life of Jesus we can readily see its trajectory. Jesus knew and walked out 3 things:

1) He knew Who He was

2) He knew what He was supposed to do

3) He knew how He was supposed to get it done

Therefore, if He is our example as Christians in all things; and He is. We are to establish our life’s trajectory based on the pattern or example He has left us. We need to know from the Father the three things Jesus knew as the Son. Pray about it. Listen and obey!

Until the next time, Stay On Target!

Right Relationship

Both the fruit of the Spirit and the works of the flesh are the byproducts of relationship. Intimacy with the Spirit of God, right relationship with Him, will produce the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). It is a predominant relationship with the flesh that can only produce the works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21). Keep in mind, in every relationship there is change! You are either being changed or acting as an change agent. But know you can only produce based upon which relationship you are more given to. Read Gal. 6:7-10. I admonish every believer to choose to live life under the influence of the Spirit – the fruit you produce in this world will give you benefits out of this world! (See also Gal. 5:16-18; 24-26)