Sunday, 27 January 2019
Kenneth E. Hagin: Why did Jesus come? To found a church? To improve on humanity or to give us a code of conduct? No, He came for one purpose: “… I am come that they might HAVE LIFE, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
The Greek word translated ‘life’ in this verse is Zoe. Zoe is the GOD-KIND of life.
Do you want to live the GOD-KIND of life?
Apostle Paul: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; the old has gone, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17) – this is the miraculous recreating of man. Isn’t it wonderful?
Paul is not talking about the body or the mind. He is talking about the spirit – the inward man – who is in Christ. God is actually giving birth to a new man. In the new birth, our spirit is BORN OF GOD. Isn’t it awesome?
In Romans 12:2, Paul talks about RENEWING THE MIND. He is writing to people who are born again and Spirit-filled (myself included). He says that we need to DO SOMETHING with our bodies and minds. We need to have renewed minds. Our mind becomes renewed with the WORD OF GOD.
Our spirit is not perfect. Peter says, “Like newborn babies, crave PURE SPIRITUAL MILK, so that by it you may GROW UP in your salvation…” (1 Peter 2:2). And Paul says, “NOT that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made PERFECT i.e. NOT PERFECT” (Philippians 3:12).
Kenneth E. Hagin: The old man is the old spiritual man. You’ve still got the same body you had and the same mind you had. That old spiritual man had the nature of the devil in him.
Honestly, I was taken aback by these words: That old spiritual man had the nature of the devil in him. [I had the nature of the devil in me! Do I still have the nature of the devil in me? If yes, what must I do?]
James says, “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and HUMBLY ACCEPT THE WORD planted in you, which can save you.” (James 1:21)
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the WORD of God is living and active. It is sharper than any double-edged sword. It PENETRATES to divide soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It JUDGES the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Many people think that the soul is saved if one is born again. Yes, our spirit has become a new man, but it is the WORD OF GOD which will save our soul.
Father, I can see a seed planted into the soil of my heart. It germinates and grows into a plant. You are the Gardener. I see You pouring water - which is the WORD over it. Water, soil (with its nutrients) and sunlight (from above) make the plant (me) grow strong and healthy - into a fruit-bearing tree. Hallelujah!
Father, I can see the plant that I bought last year. I always say that I do not have ‘green fingers’ but the truth is: I didn’t know how to take care of it. Because I did nothing much to it, it is not growing properly. In fact, it looks like it’s going to die!
Father, You have given us LIFE. It is our responsibility to feed ourselves and grow. Just like what You said to Adam, “Work…” I can hear Your voice saying, “Work on your salvation…”
Apostle Paul says, “… continue to WORK OUT your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose” (Philippians 2:12b-13).
We are NOT working alone. GOD IS WORKING IN US!
Father God, have Your way in me…
Song: I Surrender (Hillsong)
Here I am / Down on my knees again / Surrendering all / Surrendering all
And find me here / Lord as You draw me near / Desperate for You / Desperate for You
Drench my soul / As mercy and grace unfold / I hunger and thirst / I hunger and thirst
With arms stretched wide / I know You hear my cry / Speak to me now / Speak to me now
I surrender / I surrender / I wanna know You more / I wanna know You more
Like a rushing wind / Jesus breathe within / Lord have Your way / Lord have Your way in me
Like a mighty storm / Stir within my soul / Lord have Your way / Lord have Your way in me…
Lam Yee Ling