Rejoice in the Lord Always
It is unfortunate today, that some Pastors and religious leaders, have taken a simple word like "breakthrough" and made it synonymous with acquiring the things of this world. There are some who request somewhat spiritual breakthroughs to battle depression, anxiety, worry etc.; as well as physical breakthroughs for disease, illness or pain. While others seek a "breakthrough" in regards to their relationships or future spouses. It is indeed good to go to the Lord to make your requests known to Him, as it relates to all matters. May I suggest however, that there is a greater "breakthrough" which God desires for us to experience and know. God has a specific purpose for you and I as it relates to Him. He has saved us from death to eternal life, that we might have the most intimate relationship with Him. We were saved from the price of sin and saved to God! Many of us have "saving" faith, but still have not begun the process of being regenerated or renewed by God, through the Holy Spirit. Thus our eyes are "opened shut." Open to the reality of salvation and shut to the rebirth process of the Holy Spirit.
The real "breakthrough" in a Christian's life is the realization that the living Christ is inside of them, waiting to make them a new creature-to the Glory of God. This is the great point to meditate upon and to pray about, in our Christian walk. All other points of focus are of no consequence in the kingdom of God.
We should experience the give and take of the Holy Spirit everyday. The Holy Spirit is in the business of taking that which is of the Father and teaching (giving) it to us. Our part in this process is to actively participate. We should expect the Holy Spirit to be involved in every aspect of our lives today. Our work is to keep our spirit, ready to hear His voice and to prepare our hearts, to respond to His instructions. Then with humility and meekness submit to Him; for humility and meekness are the doorways through which the Holy Spirit enters into our spirit. It is in this way that we "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling."
Please enjoy this beautiful expression of Christmas at the following link. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Vnt7euRF5Pg&vq=medium
We have been talking a lot about God's grace in the past 3 weeks and the natural question often arises as to how does God's grace will help prevent me from sinning. If indeed God's grace is greater than sin. "What is mine and your motivation not to sin? The answer is for us to become bondservants to Christ. I have found a fantastic definition of Bondservant and I am posting the link in this blog. Please allow yourself 15 minutes to read it. I believe that it will more than address any concerns anyone may have as to how receiving God's grace will help lead me out of sin. Here it is http://thebondservant.org/?page_id=68