Revival – 1 of 4 – Seeking
I realize that I have addressed several complex issues within the overall Christian movement with my previous post on Revival. Some of these items have been traditions Christians have clung to for many years without valid questioning. So, readers might have some confusing thoughts and feelings about what I wrote. I thought I would go into a little more depth and hopefully readers will grasp the truths being set forth. I will address each one in a separate post.
To seek or not to seek, that is the question:
The unsaved person, in order to be saved, must seek God to find Him, repent, and respond to the free gift that has been provided.
The Free Gift: The free gift is not Jesus. Jesus is who provided the free gift. Eternal life is not the free gift. Eternal life is the result experienced by accepting the free gift. The free gift is forgiveness of sins. The sacrifice of Jesus, once and for all time eradicated sin from people’s lives(Hebrews 10:12; 1 John 2:2) and now God is not holding sins against mankind(Romans 4:8). See, Jesus fulfilled the law, completing the necessity for any other man to follow it. And now, where there is no law to be fulfilled, there is no transgression(sin) that can happen(Romans 5:13). That is the good news of the gospel!
If an unsaved person wants to experience eternal life(which starts right here right now(see the definition of the Greek word Zoe in John 10:10)), the unsaved person must respond to the free gift. An unsaved person’s response to the free gift, is performing Romans 10:9-10. Romans 10:9-10 does not initiate sins being forgiven, that task was solely provided for by the shedding of Jesus’ blood on the cross and His resurrection sealed it forever. Only Christ’s sacrifice can do that, otherwise it is a work on part. Romans 10:9-10 activates a person’s experience of eternal “Life – Zoe” free from sin and God’s wrath, a son no longer a slave/servant(Galatians 4:7). Doing Romans 10:9-10 is like opening the Christmas gift you have already received under the tree. Whether a person continues to experience the “Life – Zoe” provided by the gift, depends on how willing that person is to renew their mind.
Once a person has acknowledged the free gift, repented, and responds, salvation is encountered. The saved person has sought and now found, they knocked and the door was opened. They no longer need to seek to find God or get in His presence. A saved person has no need to try to get God to come closer through the normal ways Christians seek Revival. Longing to be with God, in His presence, and close to Him, is not an appropriate activity for a saved person. Jesus told unsaved people to seek and knock. He told believers you will never thirst again, you will have rivers of living water flowing out of you(John 7:38).
Our faith becomes effective through the acknowledgement of every good thing that is in us in Christ(Philemon 1:6). Acknowledgement that you are One with God, that you are close to God, that He lives in you, that you cannot be separated from Him in any capacity, and that He and His Spirit abides in you and cannot be removed or decrease, no matter whether it feels that way or not, or whether your experience reflects that or not, is the appropriate activity for a saved person. Otherwise, the saved person is exalting “Experience” as more true than what the word says. Coming into agreement and alignment with the truth of the word, despite how present circumstances feel or what they reflect, is how immature Christians get mature. Christians typically believe seeking God the way they seek Revival is a requirement of believers. It is rooted in not being able to make their experience congruent to the outcome the word says is expected. They don’t feel close to God, they don’t feel like they are In His Presence despite the word saying that is so. They embark on a process to get closer, to seek Him more, to find a way to be touched by Him. The most common pathway Christians seek closeness through is worship because of the emotive aspects associated with music, rhythm, etc. These are traditions that man uses instead of relying on the truth of the Word. These traditions exalt themselves against the truth of the word, the knowledge of God(2 Corinthians 10:5), and make the truth of the word of God of none effect in their lives(Mark 7:13) because the word has not been mixed with faith(Hebrews 4:2).
Now, this is where Christians typically get protective of worship a couple sentences back. God desires our worship because of who He is and what He has done for us. We should worship Him in Spirit and truth. True worship should be us presenting our bodies as living sacrifices which is our reasonable service and spiritual worship(Romans 12:1). It is not wrong to stand in a church building and worship Jesus for an hour. But if that is the extent of your worship, there is no living sacrifice there, and you have fallen short of sacrifice, which is always associated with worship throughout the bible. Reasonable service involving sacrifice is undertaking activity that requires you to sacrifice your will and body in faith on behalf of another. It requires you doing something bigger than you know you are capable of(work of Faith) and then expecting God to co-labor with you in faith to complete the work. This is worship to God because we rely on Him and the power that He meets our work of faith with(2 Thessalonians 1:11) cannot be said to have come from us(2 Corinthians 4:7).
This is also where Christians typically launch into the sanctification tradition or stronghold that exalts itself against the word(knowledge of God)(2 Corinthians 10:4-5). Well it takes a while to get mature and get to the point where you can be Christ-like. It is a life-long process if we can get there at all in this lifetime. These are excuses based on not knowing how to come unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ(Ephesians 4:13). Most Christians don’t know how to attain to this image, so they use deflective techniques when young vibrant Christians get all excited about becoming like Christ. This position of not being able to make it there fully, ever, is used in a religious way to explain why Christians have not attained it. If it is attainable, and someone has not attained it, that looks bad. Christians don’t want to look bad, so they explain away why it is not attainable. References to Pride are often also used to deter other people from trying to attain what the bible clearly calls us to. They only believe this, because they have not been taught how to achieve it. They have never experienced not thirsting, or being the life supply for someone else(true discipleship), the fullness of the stature of Christ, or the perfect man. Their experience becomes the teacher and more real than the experience and truth of the word. Confessing and professing the truth of the word, which may be unseen by our natural senses in the current circumstances, is Faith and is how that truth is made manifest.
Saved individuals are already sanctified(Hebrews 10:10; John 17:19; Acts 20:32; Romans 15:16; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Corinthians 6:10-11; Hebrews 2:11; Jude 1:1). All sanctification means is to be set apart for a particular purpose. Christians use the word to mean the path to holiness. Saved individuals are called to holiness(Ephesians 4:24). Holiness is achieved through discipline(Hebrews 12:10). When we discipline our carnal minds to be renewed to the Word of God, thus coming into alignment with the Spirit of God living inside of us, we enter into holiness. Holiness is expected of us and God would not expect something of us that He knew we could not fulfill. Excuses of Pride and that we will always fail or that we are always sinners are traditions Christian men have come up with to explain why they are not mature and to keep others from rising above them and making them look bad. More on renewing the mind in the next post.
The Abide Project is designed to show people, through true discipleship, how to experience the life giving waters and outflow of the Spirit for the purpose of taking it from personal experience into the realm of discipling others.