Ephesians 5:25-27 – “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” NKJV
Although the topic of marital relations is incredibly important that is not my focus today it is THE CHURCH, the BODY of CHRIST. I would request that you read the following passages in conjunction with the one of our text: Acts 20:28; Galatians 4:1-9,13-14; Genesis 12:1-3, and 1 Peter 2:1-2, 9-12. I believe they will be beneficial in our pursuit of this idea and thought.
There are a number of things that stand out to me in this thought and I sense, in my spirit, that God is saying or desiring to say some things to the Church Universal, Local and Members Individual. Those things are exciting, encouraging, expanding but also somewhat exasperating. It is much easier to see where God wants to take us than how we are going to get there. He wants to take us through some places that we cannot accomplish in our present condition as we are laden with baggage which prevents. Too many of us and too many churches have EXCESS BAGGAGE. Please, don’t get religious on me and protest that you do not have any baggage and resist the temptation to compare yourself with another and thereby elevate yourself in your own eyes.
It is important for us to know WHERE we are going. If I do not know where I’m going I can only arrive at the destination by accident and there are no accidents in God. We need to know WHERE we are and accept reality as to our position and condition. Are we pulling down strongholds? Are we walking in unity and faith, not simply doctrine and tradition but unity and faith? Have we fully matured in Christ and in our knowledge of the Son of God? Are we manifesting Jesus on an individual, local and universal level? That tells us WHERE we are! Let me suggest that the devil has no fear of what you know doctrinally. Devils do not fear what you know they fear what you experience and manifest in God.
Too often, I fear, we have been building institutions on “Foundations of Sand”. We are entering a time when God is beginning to shake His Church and our world and some things are going to fall like dominoes. Too many are waiting for Jesus’ Rescue Mission and trying to Hold the Fort rather than Pulling Down Strongholds. JESUS IS COMING, but He told us to OCCUPY until He does. He is preparing His bride and wants her spotless, wrinkleless, blemishless, and mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. God has never had and will never have a “run for your life” program and plan. He is and through Him we are VICTORIOUS. He has defeated the enemy and we, through Him, can defeat the enemy. He wants us to REIGN IN HIM in this present world.
- GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD A PLAN.
Consider the position and authority of the first man, Adam as revealed in Genesis 1:26-30. He was to be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue, have dominion, and enjoy the creation set before him. God repeated that desire to Noah in Genesis 9:1-2 and again to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3 as is clearly revealed in the Covenant declaring that All the Families of the Earth are to be Blessed. The covenant was reinforced and repeated to Isaac in Genesis 26 and then to Jacob in Genesis 35.
The plan and purpose of God become incredibly clear as we study the Covenants of God. He has a plan! He wants the families of the earth to be blessed. He wants them to walk in His Covenant and to be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue, have dominion, and enjoy the Abundant Life He has set before us or offered to us. Jesus prayed, “Thy Kingdom Come” in Matthew 6 and in verse 33 tells us that the first and foremost pursuit of our lives is to be “The Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.” In verse 34 He tells us, “Do not worry about tomorrow…” WHY? Because, if you are walking in the Kingdom of God, tomorrow is no threat! I am totally convinced if we understood and believed that we would become incredibly bold in the face of the assaults of the devil.
God’s Plan and Desire is to have a people through whom He can manifest His Glory and manifest Himself. He wants us to Rule and Reign with or in Him. He wants us to walk experientially the fruit of His Covenant and Promises. Sadly, man has failed time and again. Adam failed and the race has struggled since that time and yet God continues to repeat and offer His covenant to man. That Plan has never ceased in God’s heart. What we need to realize that is: He has a Plan and in our own strength we cannot fulfill it but IN HIM we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS.
I want to deal with this further but for now, I will tap the brakes and pause until next time. May God be with you, guard and guide you as your travel through this day in Him!