Hebrews 5:8 – 6:3
It is my firm conviction, based on the evidence and testimony of Scripture, that God in every age and in every generation, is calling His people up to higher ground, and that the work of sanctification; that work whereby we are being fashioned by the Holy Spirit into the image and likeness of the Lord as we yield our lives to Him is an ongoing one which shall not reach its conclusion until the coming of the Lord.
God is wanting to raise up a people of spiritual maturity; a people such that He can trust with Christian service in the field of battle! As one surveys the length and breadth of the land, one has to ask; where are the spiritual giants of yesteryear? God is calling His people up higher in these last days that we might be fitted and prepared for ministry. Will we heed that call?
The clear and uncompromising call of Scripture is an exhortation, calling the people of God unto holiness! Praise God for the many victories won over besetting sins and the great gains made thus far. Yet, could it be, that God is saying to you and I; there is still something amiss in your life that I’m calling you to perfect. Something still lacking which I’m calling you to address.
My Brother, my Sister; the Word God is this; DO NOT SETTLE FOR “ALMOST HOLY” WHEN GOD IS CALLING YOU TO “BE HOLY”.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:5-8).
When one ponders such an unthinkable act of humility, Jesus Christ – very God of very God – humbling Himself in being clothed in humanity and coming down to earth to die the death of a criminal upon a rugged cross; how can we not humble ourselves before Him? Why is it that so often, pride will keep us from saying sorry? May the Lord grant us much grace to take to heart what Brian shares.
There’s something wonderful about the sun (S-U-N); its sheer power and brilliance in casting forth its rays; reaching every inch it seems of the earth’s surface. Yet do you know, there are some places that even this great light can’t reach—chasms which burrow deep beneath the earth’s surface—their steep and rocky sides shielding out the light. The deeper that chasm goes, the greater the darkness becomes! Do you know, I’ve found that the human heart is not too dissimilar; like that great chasm, it is adept at concealing itself from the searching rays of the SON (S-O-N).
This sermon is a call for the people of God to prepare their hearts as to how they intend to hear from God. It is a call for willingness on the behalf of us, to step into the light of God’s searching truth, in order that we might be brought up to higher ground.
How amazing are the wonders of our great and gracious God!!! Beyond our comprehension and thinking. In this opening message, Brian sets before us, the awesome wonder of God’s greatness and calls the Body of Christ to place their faith in HIM!!
There is coming a day when all that will be shaken, will be shaken. The Church of Jesus Christ is going to go through a very turbulent time in the days ahead and a great testing will distinguish between those who are truly for the Lord and those who are not. It is imperative that the Bride of Christ is found abiding in faith, hope and love; these three shall remain, but the greatest of these is love.
1 Peter 2:3-8
Brian brings a very moving message on the preciousness of Christ. Amongst the varied fruit of a true believer, this one distinguishing mark must be present. Is Jesus Christ precious to your heart, and if not then why not?