08.12.16

Character Building in the Kingdom Culture

Posted in Elsabe's Blog at 9:22 pm by Administrator

CHARACTER BUILDING IN THE KINGDOM CULTURE

In the Kingdom culture there is a quality of character, sprouting from the Indwelling Holy Spirit, producing fruit that is identifiable as Christ-like. The gifts and calling of God is without repentance (Rom.11:29), but character is forged in the fire of trials and tribulations.

How we handle the trials of our faith, will determine the outcome.

By leaning into the Spirit, we will have the victory (growing much into the image of Christ) and by giving into the flesh we will suffer defeat and frustration and lose much ground in the spirit.

Many times we want God to give the breakthrough while we have not heeded to or submitted to the process of refining in the fire. Therefore, tests will be repeated until we learn our lessons well, allowing Him to shape us, mold us, and form us through the process of transformation into HIs image.

Sometimes our sanctification is tried and tested and, as we recognize it as a test, yielded to the Holy Spirit, we will rest in His ability to build endurance, patience, long-suffering in us until we are perfected.

James 1:2 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

In any trial, as well as temptation (from the enemy of our soul), we have the provision in Christ to overcome:

When we rejoice in this, our perspective changes and we position ourselves for victory. In the process, standing in faith for the overcoming victory, keep asking for wisdom from above and we will stand astounded at the increase of the fruit of patience and endurance that is coming forth as we yield to the instructions of the Holy Spirit, giving the Lord all the glory and growing in the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

The enemy tempts us to react in the flesh, eating from the wrong tree, but remember there is perfect provision by leaning into the Spirit.

12 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.”

08.01.16

Meditation on the Word of God

Posted in Elsabe's Blog at 7:42 pm by Administrator

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Ps.1 KJV

I realize that the people and environment we expose ourselves to in fellowship is the deciding factor that determines and influences our thought life. Every person that you communicate with carries a sound – either of the glory of God or of the negative.

When you leave a conversation, the effect of it lingers in your mind and consciousness – either good or bad. Having fellowship with people who are full of the glory leaves a stimulating effect of life and inspiration to pursue the things above, not on the earth. The contrary is also true. The choice is ours.

Simply put – what you fill yourself up with, will flow out (“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”).

So everyone leaves an imprint and we also have to check the imprint we are leaving and trace it back to its origin – God or the world, light or darkness, joy or melancholy, love and peace or turmoil, uplifting and encouragement or downgrading and defilement, etc.

When we are filled with the Word of God, meditating on it day and night there is no room for negativity to invade us. “The Word of God is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path” (Ps.119:105).  It shows us the way and as we meditate on His Word, praying in the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Wisdom and revelation floods our understanding to know the Christ and His ways.

We need to get so filled with the glory of God’s presence that it overflows in a love stream of light to those around us (especially the ungodly, the sinners and the scornful)– leaving a mark of the glory of God, setting the captives free.

We cannot have communion with the ungodly, the sinners and the scornful, but we can be carriers of the glory and be light and salt, being ambassadors of the King, ministering salvation, healing and deliverance, changing the world by His spoken Word.

Another “prosperous” result of meditating on the Word, is that it causes our souls to prosper. (3 John 2) This will cause us to prosper in all things and be in good health! How good is that!?