A Rhema word from the Holy Spirit by which He explains the Way of the Cross.
The pathway to greatness in God’s Kingdom is the road less traveled and it’s called “DEATH TO SELF” which is really the way of the cross.
This is the way by which God strips you of earthly fallen unimportant carnal materialistic pursuits and causes and empowers you by His Spirit to invest in eternity where eternal glory, reward and honor abounds.
A MESSAGE TO HIS CHURCH YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME AND YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.
A fleshly person is captured by, ruled by, governed by, controlled by, driven by and preocupied with the things and matters of this temporary world.
He is a prisoner of the god of this world (THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR) because his soul (mind, will and emotions) has been captured by and is kept in bondage to material and fleshly pursuits.
When placed in a balance, he has been enriched through these fleshly pursuits and is really bank-rupt compared to spiritual matters because the desires of his flesh enslaves him. He indulges his flesh but keeps his spirit starved.
He is a bond-servant of the god of self because he worships the idol of self. He is imprisoned in his own desires because he is in bondage to himself.
WHAT YOU FEED ON YOU WILL GROW ON SO IF YOU FEED ON WORLDLY THINGS YOU WILL GROW AND BE STRENGTHENED IN CARNALITY. IF YOU FEED ON THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT THEN YOU WILL GROW AND BE STRENGTHENED IN GODLINESS. GODLINESS IS GODLIKENESS WHICH MEANS WE BECOME MORE AND MORE LIKE JESUS. WHEN WE FEED ON THE WORD OF GOD WHICH IS THE BREAD OF LIFE AND WE OBEY IT THEN IT PRODUCES THE LIFE OF CHRIST WITHIN US.
We need to ask the Lord to increase and to strengthen our spiritual appetite and desire toward the things of the Spirit.
A desire defined is an inward drive of the heart and passion to seek satisfaction or fulfillment in a certain thing. Your passion is determined by your inward drive. Your inward drive will cause you to be passionate about the object of your affection. In other words, the condition of your heart will be determined by those things which you pursue.
Worship is an act of admiration towards the object of your affection. It is an outward expression of an inward affection. The one who has won your heart is the one that you will worship.
He is the one that will control and rule your desires. He is the one you will be passionate about. He is the one through whom your heart will be enriched because he will become your treasure. The person to whom you have surrendered all desire shall be your conqueror.
Who is in control of your desires child of God?
Understand this: all worldly desires and fleshly pursuits must be considered threats through which the enemy of your soul operates to brake or distort your devotion, pursuit and worship of God.
Therefore the child of God are admonished and commanded throughout the gospel of Christ, through the cross of self-denial, to not conform to the former lusts through which Satan works to keep us in bondage to this fallen world.
The principle is this: If you want to live the higher life with God in the Spirit then you must renounce and abstain from worldly pursuits that causes you to be dominated by the lower, earthly and fleshly life. These things produces spiritual death and has no eternal value and through the pursuit of these things we accomplish nothing.
Pursuing the kingdom of God, which is of eternal value, is an inward matter of the heart because the King of this inward kingdom wants to capture and conquer and rule your heart. He already demonstrated His devotion and love toward us when He sacrificed himself on the altar of His passion.
He denied himself unto the death of self because He desires intimacy with us. True love is demonstrated by what we are willing to sacrifice to be intimate with the object of our affection. The only power made available to us by God to conquer the god of self is the love of God revealed in the cross of Christ through the call of self-denial.
The god of self is Satan because he rules man through self-desire. The principle of satan is self-exaltation so when we humble ourselves through the denial of self we conquer and dethrone the god of self.
How can Satan rule you when he looses the throne of SELF?
Self-exaltation through the indulgence of the pride of life, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes glorifies and enthrones Satan within the heart of man whereas the humility of self-denial liberates the heart and glorifies and enthrones the God of the cross.
This is why the cross is not preached in most churches because the god of this world who rules the desires of the flesh has infiltrated and corrupted their doctrines through self-desire and many justify and disquises their greed through a deceptive fleshly gospel of prosperity and self-indulgence.
This is why God rebukes this insanity in Rev3:17 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: The eternal gold that holds real value with God is sincere faith that has conformed itself to the godly character and nature of Christ through the price of self-denial.
The love of God liberates the heart of man through self-denial because there is no worldly desire in His love. His love cannot be satisfied by the things of this world. His love can only be satisfied by being with you because to Him you are His world.
When we can come to the place where our hearts are so surrendered and captured by and totally controlled by the divine love of God then we will begin to experience real freedom because His love is the fragrance of heaven. His love is the highest ecstacy that one can experience because He is the climax of eternity.
O may we renounce and break away from the pig-pen of Satan’s carnal empire and be liberated into the joy and the freedom of Christ’s kingdom where GOD’S LOVE RULES THE HEART OF HIS ROYAL SUBJECTS.
God knows the sinfulness and greed of the fallen human heart that has conformed itself to the ways of this world and His whole goal and desire is to rescue and deliver us from ourselves because our fallen desires deceives and blinds us from the reality of the awesomeness of God.
He is the greatest most wonderful and pleasurable experience and Person to be with because He is love in its purest essense and form. We were designed and created to respond to and indulge ourselves in God because as LOVE He is the greatest satisfying and comforting factor to the human heart. He is love and as love His desire is to be with the ones He created for himself out of himself.
Yes we come from God and came out of God and our need is to be made one with Him again. When we choose to replace His love then lust will invade our world.
A heart in pursuit of worldy things is a heart that is void of the love of God and it is a heart that has been invaded by Satanic lust and lust is a bottomless abyss that can never be filled. The love of the Spirit can be defined as Godly passion and desire that will put you in pursuit of God and will drive you into the arms of God.
It will empower you to build a close and intimate relationship with the One from whom you were taken and it will restore your eternal value.
Nobody can love you like God.
IS HIS CROSS NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE OF THAT?
Then why are we resisting Him?
It is because we are idol worshippers and we need to repent and cry out to God to rescue us from ourselves. It is what is keeping us in bondage on the inside through our brokeness that prevents us from responding to His love and we need to be delivered.
Through the fall we became estranged from God because we wanted our own way and we are called to return to Him. When we rebel against the higher spiritual ways of God by persisting in our own ways then a fall will always be the result and we will always be plunged into the lower ways and darkness of the flesh.
We must allow His love to clean up and heal our hearts by sacrificing the things and desires that keeps us in bondage.
Why would we want to hold on to the things that Satan uses to destroy us and the things that produces spiritual death? Why would we want to keep pursuing the temporary things through which we accomplish nothing and destroy our eternal goal?
The call through the cross is a call of repentance to turn away from fleshly things and come back to God.
The working of the cross in the heart of the believer is a divine work of love because it liberates the heart from the desires that are used to destroy us. The power of the cross will set your heart free from the deception and bondage of wordly desire if you embrace it and it will transform your heart into a dwelling place, a garden of God where you will experience the true fulfillment, joy and freedom of divine love. You were made for Love, now return to Love by allowing Him to clean up your heart.
Never be offended against the call of the cross through a life of self-denial because to be offended by His cross is to be offended by His love. Relationship only is priority. Everything else is secondary.
That is a bride mentality.
Love towards God in the way of the cross is to lay down, resist, root out, demolish and destroy, by the power of the Holy Ghost, those things working through the flesh that would interfere with our devotion towards Him and things that are being used by the god of the flesh to draw us away from the things of the the Lord. A son must be about the Father’s business.
Things which are pure and uncontaminated by the world, things which are praise-worthy, things admirable in the presence of the Lord, all things which are Godly and righteous that would srengthen, add to and build up our foundation and relationship with God. These are the things which the children of God should devote themselves to then all other things about our lives and future will fall into place in a natural way.