Material of Bible School "The anointing of abundance and excess ", Kyiv
Сourse: "The Glory"
Part 2. Disobedience to the Lord Jesus
Lesson 17. Disobedience to the Lord has a specific purpose against the glory that God has prepared
The basic verse of this message: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Repetition of highlights of 15 and 16 lessons
1. Changing the purpose of life
Repetition of the main points of the 15th lesson
• The essence of sin is a deviation from something that God has determined.
In the case of a person, this is the deviation from a specific mission of God to a person.
We read: “And the LORD God took the man (Adam, the woman was not yet created and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it” (Genesis 2:15).
The word “keep” in the context of this verse means: to stop any actions of someone which are contrary to what God has already said or will say. To keep - is a very specific task from God. And, in order that Adam could fulfill it, God firstly said about man: “…let them have dominion over… all the earth…” (Genesis 1:26).
Attention! This is not what God was proposing to do to Adam. No. It was the mission of man on Earth. This is what he had to do to be what he was created to be.
Now listen carefully, what I heard from the Holy Spirit: “If Adam did what he had to do as a man, he would not have transgressed the prohibition of God. The fall of man occurred because he did not do what he should have done, was not what he was created to be. Did not fulfill the mission assigned to him.”
And this is absolutely true:
The goal of everything that comes from Satan, - to take the person aside from the will of God, or make him disobedient.
Repetition of the main points of the 16th lesson
If Adam did what his mission on earth was, Eve's conversation with the fallen spirit would end right after the words: “…hath God said…” (Genesis 3:1). This would be his first and last words ever said to a man. This means that:
1. Changing the purpose of life
In the course of examining the nature of sin, it becomes obvious that sin has a very specific primary goal - to place a man in the original sin - which is disobedience to the Lord. Attention! Behind direct disobedience to the Lord is the unfulfilled glory of God, prepared by God for a particular person. This tells us that:
Listen carefully: people are afraid to sin so that they will not go to hell.
People are afraid to sin so that they will not experience the wrath of God.
People are afraid to sin so as not to die prematurely. Attention! But at the same time, people, not knowing the essence of sin itself, some time after repentance, not seeking to realize what they are called to do by God, they become disobedient to the Lord Jesus.
You should not be afraid to sin, if you know the essence of sin, then you make every effort to do the will of God, both general and individual, so you will not sin in any way.
To every God-born God has given some time to grow in the Spirit of God, but:
As we have already said, the word “sin” in Hebrew translation most often means “miss”, “failure to reach the target”, or in simple words: be what you should not be, and do things that you should not do. It's written: “Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father” (Galatians 4:1-2), and also: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-15).
Let us remind ourselves that it was the Pharisee Saul who went to Damascus: “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do...” (Acts of the Apostles 9:1-6).
Question: “What changed Saul? The way of life or the purpose of life?” Saul changed the purpose of life.
Question: “How did he change the purpose of life?” Choosing the purpose of God for his life. This is the key to obeying the Lord - to change the purpose of life.
Attention! After being born again, the first thing you need to strive to change is the purpose of life, and this will lead to a change in your way of life. In a different order, life’s purpose can't change at all.
Since the moment of repentance, I have been strenuously and purposefully changing my way of life, filling it with biblical values, but I have not changed the purpose of life. In my mind I was pleased, and in my spirit, I was deeply aware that something else what was not quite as it should be. I again tried to change something in the way of life, added home groups, time in prayer, communication, but in spirit again and again there was no joy about what was being done. It seemed that I was trying to impress God or to deserve God's favor through the right way of life.
But, looking at lives of some ministers, I realized that such kind of life, like they had, I'm unlikely to achieve, they were all right in everything. But I wanted to change the way of life, to have blessings and be in blessing. But the heaviness in the spirit did not go away. Until the Holy Spirit paid my attention to the words of the Model of all born-again - the Son of God Jesus, which He Himself read to me, in such a way, that I couldn't remain the same: “…For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38). I have received my sight, it felt like concrete slab fell off my chest, which I could not bear any more.
When the Holy Spirit read the words of Jesus, I probably heard them in the same way as when God spoke to Adam: “…Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28).
Only I was told: “You descended from heaven, not in order to do your will, but the will of the Father who sent you.”
In an instant, I realized where was what I was looking for, and my spirit seemed to ascend, it became so easy, I found the answer.
Being in sports, after the decision to become a champion, I changed everything in my life: the daily routine, what I ate, with whom I spent time, I changed my lifestyle to the one that was necessary to become a champion. And in due time I became champion. Attention!
When I changed the goal of life, it changed all my prayers, all my confessions, priorities, approaches, views, life became abruptly changed.
Attention! In the process, I did not think about not sinning, I was busy doing what I came to earth for. What I had previously been looking for and making great efforts now flowed from my spirit without any effort, always and everywhere. The spirit rejoiced and lived, I no longer thought to change the way of life, I realized God's purpose for my life, and the image changed the way. For me the concept of sin, as such, as it were, God's purpose of life absorbed the heaviness of life. This is the fragment of a glorious life, a life in which God's purpose absorbs everything, and the person does nothing but the realization of God's purpose.
Let's read a vivid example of this: “And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:27-34). Jesus is a model of life in the glory of God.
The Son of God Jesus was sent by the Father, so that everyone who accepts Him for the atonement of their sins could return to the glory that God had prepared for him. Not to be someone else. No, return to the Glory prepared by God even before the creation of the world.
It's written: “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men…” (John 12:42-43), recognition and honor by people, “…more than the praise of God” (John 12:43), or the glory that God has prepared for them. They decided to keep their usual way of life and did not change the purpose of life; thus, they did not enter into the glory that God had prepared for them.
Question: “What is inevitable with this approach?” Sin.
Read: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
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