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Instructions

From who do we receive our knowledge about how The Lord wishes to be reached in this Age of Grace? Do we care? Are we concerned?

In the Old Testament, there were extremely strict laws about how one was to worship in the Temple. Those laws were disclosed to the prophets; the leaders of the Jews, to Moses….with those who chose to disobey the rules immediately being put to death by God Himself.

Today, our bodies are the Temple of God. The old Temple has been destroyed, as it was prophesied.

And ..there is a way that He wants us to approach Him, just as He had guidelines for those in the past.

The rules are not set out in the same manner…but through a chosen minister set apart for us today.

An example given us so that we do not err as we follow His path… while our bodies are here on earth. The example is… of Paul’s life, while he followed Christ.

(The religion I followed, until “seeing the light”…taught me to “try” and walk as Jesus did.
I cannot walk as Jesus did…no matter how hard I work at it, for Jesus was an Orthodox Jewish Man-God while here on earth. He was sent to Israel. He followed the Law, as His Father told Him to do. Yet my religion overlooked this important fact, and I blindly tried to follow the instruction…which leads to deep sorrow, failure, guilt, constantly seeking forgiveness….all the things that Christ Jesus died on the cross for….as He gives this gift of grace to us Gentiles….only AFTER Israel spurned Him…rejected Him….crucified Him….not recognizing their Savior at His manifestation. We have salvation…the moment we believe. Belief plus nothing. We have been given everything we need. God lives within us! How many others have been in, are in… this same predicament each and every day? Not recognizing these basic truths?)

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John relate His story while He was on earth. While He was reaching out to His chosen people, Israel. While He was offering them the kingdom, if only they would know who He was.

They do not teach us about The Secret…The Mystery…that Gentiles would be brought into the Royal Family. They did not know about it. (This plan was kept secret by God through the ages….and finally revealed in ONE Apostle. Paul. Who describes himself as the biggest sinner who ever lived.)

We cannot follow their instruction. Gentiles…are not…Orthodox Jews.

And so we see Paul.

One man.
(Israel benefited from having not only Christ Jesus in person, but also the 12 Apostles.)

After Jesus’ death and resurrection…God anointed one man to go to the Gentiles. To ALL men, and preach the Good News of His Gospel. (Never forget that the original 12 were forbidden to go to anyone BUT Israel.)

The Apostle Paul.

In Acts 22:14-15, Paul is chosen by God to “know His will.” He was chosen to “see the Just One.” (Thus satisfying the decree that an Apostle MUST have actually seen Jesus Christ.

Paul…is chosen “to hear the voice of His mouth.” (Imagination fails,when contemplating the three years that Paul spent in the desert…unlearning all he knew of Jewish tradition and religion…learning the precepts of The One that he previously denied!

He learned the Gospel from the very Mouth of God.

And then…he was appointed “to be a witness unto ALL men of what you have seen and heard.”

His former religious zeal…was transformed into a passion for Christ Jesus, about whom he immediately stepped out and preached. (Through “the simplicity that is in Christ.”)

Paul was told then to “depart for I will send thee far hence into the Gentiles.”

How very plain. Yet, how complicated man makes this gospel.

(This writer never, never discussed religion. Perhaps minimally, the scriptures.
Yet, after a series of complex surgeries…I awoke in recovery and could only say to every person who entered my space..”did you know that the Apostle Paul is our apostle in this Age of Grace?”
Can you imagine the looks I received? The reactions noted? I could not stop saying these words. Some docs, some nurses agreed and said so. Several nurses took their breaks sitting with me, their bibles in their hands. They carried their bibles to work with them! Who would have known!

Others …ran for the hills. A person came in from the chapel services, and told me that “it is only your opinion” about Paul. This, in self righteous tones…advising me to enroll in a bible study course at the University so that I could learn the truth.
Good advice for one in very poor condition, lying in a hospital bed…trying to recover from major surgery…and who asked for a chaplain. I pray that she will have a change of heart…)

But from that day onward, this aging woman is directed to continue saying those words. Only the Holy Spirit could cause this action, for it comes from..my very core.

We are not bound by those strict laws of the past. Our inner love for our neighbor…has supplanted external fences and boundaries, for we are bound by love. Charity. This love covers the Law. So says Jesus.

Read the Epistles… asking for your/our in-dwelling Holy Spirit’s wisdom and lead. (We are in this together.)

Prepare to “delete” many past understandings from your memory bank.

Let the Apostle Paul show you how to walk…how to follow, even as he “follows Christ Jesus.”

We are commanded to do so.

And will be judged at the Bema Seat…not for our sins, for they have been/are/will be forgiven…but for our acts on earth.

Were they carried out for God’s glory? Or…for our own prestige and rewards on earth?

Prepare yourself. There will be some who receive rewards, and others who watch their mis-directed deeds disappear, in the flames of judgement. When the truth of our actions is exposed for what it was.

We all fall short of His Glory. But there is still time to follow the example that God gives us, through Paul.

Use that time wisely.

Maranatha…
Louise Hudson

Questions

Are you caught in the despair of trying to, say….curb an over-active food-craving appetite that seems to grow more voracious, the more you “work” on the problem?
Well, take your eyes, and so your concentration off of the “problem!” Climb out of that downward spiraling vortex. Your own strength means nothing here. Take the Hand offered to you…climb into the Lap waiting for you….nestle yourself against the God holding you…and give yourself over to Him. He will provide. He will conquer…in His time. Not only is the rest of the world watching to see how we deal with the “hand dealt us”…but the scriptures tell us that the angels are watching as well!

*******1Pe 1:12    Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
“The angels didn’t know how God’s plan for our redemption would be accomplished but were intensely curious about it as well. In essence Peter said that they learn by watching how God works with us.” gracethrufaith.com)*******

Keep your eyes on only Him, and the rest will fall into place!

Does your mind tell you that you are worthless, and that not even God could love you?
Well…without Him…you/we are. But always remember that He looks upon those who are His and sees only His Son, for we are covered in the Blood of Christ.

*******Col 3:3    For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.*******

Whenever you meet with a fellow believer do you come home and berate yourself for having said all the wrong things…for maybe coming across in everything you said as a “scriptural know-it-all?” Or feeling that you portrayed yourself as being “holier than thou?”
Tell God about it! Put these thoughts into the non-stop, unceasing conversation that we have with Him every day. Let Him take the perceived guilt away.

*******Rom 5:1    Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:*******

*******Php 4:8    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.*******

Does your excitement at finding a “believer” overcome the evidence of Godly humility within you? Do you verge on actually jumping up and down in excitement as you face each other? Is your proverbial foot in your proverbial mouth at the most in-opportune times?
Forgiveness. Just as we receive forgiveness from Him…we must learn to forgive ourselves.
Take a deep breath. Allow the Spirit to bring the following verse to your mind, before you speak.

*******Php 4:5    Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.*******

Do your very prayers seem self serving…not knowing exactly just what you should be praying for?
Remember that the Holy Spirit knows what you need. And prays in words unintelligible to human ears the truth of our wants and our deepest needs.

*******Rom 8:26    Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27    And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.*******

Do we meet with a person who claims to be a believer and walk away with our spiritual teeth clenched; not being able to reach a point of agreement in our discussion about things spiritual?
How hard it is to remember that we are all at different stages of “knowing” and understanding His Word. As well as being placed we-don’t-know-where in the anatomy of His Body.

*******1Co 12:4    Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5    And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6    And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7    But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.*******

Are we cast down after offering God’s word to a person who blatantly rejects hearing the words from the scriptures? Perhaps a seed has been planted.
As Paul said…..

*******1Co 3:6    I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7    So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8    Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9    For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.*******

How about “loving our neighbors as ourselves?” (For in this act…are all the commandments met.)
We hear the same complaints over and over…hear unkind words…..see unkind acts….help in situations without ever receiving a word of thanks….just think how He is nurturing our patience, understanding, forbearance; while we are quelling our Adamic instincts and instead following Christ’s plan.
In all of these instances, you are not alone. We are not alone. And as such…must remember to reach out to each other in support…not as an “expert” in this invisible battle which is waged within us every day…but as an invisible brother/sister and compatriot who might live in a distant land…in a different country….in a differently toned skin….in a different educational strata….enduring different trials and pain…but placing first our Leader, for whom the battle is fought; our allegiance to Him…and then our unity with each other while we are still on earth.

This writer has faith that at least one person who needs to read these words of support will do so. Our faith is in our unseen Saviour and in His Father, who is our God. He tells us that there is an entire “body’s” worth of the faithful who are out there even now, unseen and not recognizable when trying to discern with our earthly eyes. He also tells us that each have different duties which cannot be understood by us as we try to “mesh” with each other; one who is a foot….might be trying to understand one who is, say….an endocrine gland. (!) Each person has revelation from the Holy Spirit that enhances his or her role in the Royal Scheme of Things.
Paul tells us that even with these differences, we are yet one body of Christ, of which Jesus is the Head.

*******Php 3:20    For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:*******

And so….as a member of that August Body…this writer prays that the Spirit of God is filling you with that deep peace only He can provide, as we go about our daily duties and attempt to live a life that is pleasing to our God while we grow in Him, and also grow….like Him. That God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The same God who appointed Paul of Tarsus to be our Apostle. This Paul, who tells us how we should live by emulating him, as he emulates Christ Jesus all throughout the Pauline Epistles: words inspired by the Holy Spirit; placed in the Holy Bible for our eyes to see and slowly understand as the Spirit sees fit.

*******Rom 8:1    There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.*******

Dear God…please save us from ourselves, and from our own self-condemnation. Help us to remember that the Holy Spirit is leading us…if we but let him. All revelation of your Word is through Him…in Jesus’ name…amen.

Peace….and Maranatha….
Louise Hudson