From False to True Responsibility
By Ron McGatlin
We have entered and era of apostolic transformation sent to re order the world to the plan of Godís full redemption. Since the coming of Christ over two millennia ago we have continued to move slowly toward the inevitable fulfillment of the work of Christ Jesus to redeem and restore the kingdoms of this world to the kingdoms of God. We are only a link in the long chain of generations of Godís people inching the world toward the fulfillment of redemption. God will have a purified holy people in whom Christ fully dwells to finish the work of redemption.
While darkness increases upon the people the bright light of God increases upon those who come to Him with their whole hearts. Godís people are growing in number and in the stature of Christ even as the world increasingly suffers under the weight of sin. At the same time the people of God increase and are being prepared to possess the land, the cleansing judgment against evil increases. The whole earth is under increasingly intense stress. The weight of the disorder of sin and death is upon the world causing its people to suffer stress.
There is no way to determine the massive number of people who suffer stress related diseases and illnesses of many types. In 2007 there were 34,598 suicides in the USA. And the rate is much higher in some other countries. Not all who call themselves Christians are exempt from these tragic stress related results. One factor involved in stress is that most people including many if not most Christians have long since abandoned their proper responsibility toward God and assumed false responsibilities that they are ill equipped to handle. God has a much better plan. Godís plan involves the Kingdom of God coming and will of God being done on earth as it is in heaven.
Assuming responsibility for supplying our daily provisions and meeting our inner needs and desires in this life is a great source of stress. Because we strive seeking to get what we feel we need we are diverted from our area of real responsibility toward seeking God and His kingdom with our whole hearts.
If we fully care for our first responsibility, we will become free from the false responsibilities that plague our lives. Most people including Christians have been trained to not depend on the guidance, leadership and empowerment of the Holy Spirit of God. We have been trained by life experience to depend on our intelligence and strength to sustain and maintain our lives.
The top priority and number one responsibility in the minds of natural human beings is to stay alive and provide the necessities and desires of life for ourselves and our families. These are considered noble and worthy first priority responsibilities in a life that is not filled and saturated with the Holy Spirit.
Being fully connected into Christ Jesus and Father God by the Holy Spirit brings a higher and greater everlasting life flowing from the Spirit. This everlasting life is not based in or focused first on natural life in the world. It is based in the spiritual realm of heaven and focused first on the kingdom of God. This supernaturally empowered life of God is then reflected through us into the natural world. We then function by the love, power and wisdom of heaven flowing through the life of Christ in us. This causes us to become highly productive in serving God by serving His people and His world by bringing the order and life of heaven into the earth. This is our FIRST responsibility to seek and maintain this Spirit-filled Spirit-saturated life in intimate communion with God in heaven and walking by His Spirit in this natural world.
As this happens we are thoroughly supplied in the provisions for this life. Though we do NOT seek them, they are added to us. Thus, by meeting our first real responsibility, we are totally freed from the deadly stress of striving in the natural and abide in the true rest of God. The kingdom of God Ė New Jerusalem lifestyle is a life of effortless righteousness, perfect peace and everlasting joy in the Holy Spirit.
Read the following verses slowly and allow the Holy Spirit to speak their life into you. Contained in them is the potential life change from false to true responsibility which is the cure for stress.
In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
(Mat 6: 9-15, 31-33)
Day by day Father God continues to draw us unto Himself and into greater fullness of His kingdom. Jesus is the way and the empowerment of truth to free us from the restraining cords the enemy has tied us with through false concepts and beliefs. The kingdom of God lifestyle God is drawing us into and preparing us for is a life of peace and full rest in God Ė A life in which powerful works are done effortlessly as the Lord works through us. In this New Jerusalem ordered lifestyle we are free from myriads of false responsibilities heaped upon us by the works of the enemy working through natural thinking and religious traditions.
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Keep on pursuing love. It never fails
and His kingdom never ends.