Thursday, December 13, 2018

Winning in God's kingdom is about three things: Feed yourself, Clothe Yourself, and Learn to Find the Right Shelter


Victory, walking with the Lord in God's kingdom is victory when you learn three things.  Let me ask you,  Are you clothed?  Have you eaten?  Do you know where to find shelter?



First, Are you clothed?   


"(12) Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (13) Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (14) And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."   Colossians 3:12-14

I'll cut to the chase.   Some of you are wanting God to do something AMAZING for you in your life out there, but you feel like God is keeping you sheltered, hiding you away, keeping you from being out there!  Well, no wonder.  You haven't learned how to clothe yourself yet!   Look, God loves us too much to have us go out there unclothed.  It is a cold, cold world out there, and if we do not learn how to clothe ourselves, we can be in too much danger to be out there yet.  1 Peter 5:5b says,

"All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”


God will oppose of the idea of sending you out there unclothed because he loves you too much to see you be defeated by the cold in the middle of winter.   You can win, you just need to learn how to be clothed.  Let's learn how to put on our clothes, and be clothed with God's righteousness! 


Have you learned how to eat?


"I am the living bread that came down out of heaven"  John 6:51a



God knows that the journey is long.  Do you know how to feed yourself?   Many of you go out and try to go for days and days without nourishment.  What nourishment am I talking about?  The nourishment of the Word of God.  You become angry when God hides you away in a safe place, or in the same place, and it's because you haven't learned how to take care of yourself yet.  You haven't learned to recognize when you're hungry and then stop and take your nourishment of the word of God frequently.    And remember, your food is also, once you learn to hear the word of God, listening for his voice, your food is to do what He says in his word (see John 4: 31-34) and then you will find your strength like never before.


Do you know how to find shelter? 

Look at Colossians 3:12-14 again:

"(12) Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (13) Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (14) And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."   Colossians 3:12-14


Learn where to find shelter.   As we walk together in the Lord, the Bible says we are to cover each others sins.  What does this mean?  We need to get around us the kind of people in the Lord that know how to cover over our sin and lift us up in prayer.  Once we are clothed this doesn't mean we aren't yet perfect.  For that reason it is VITAL that we surround ourselves around others that won't remind us of our shame, but of our victory in JESUS; people that bear with each other and forgive one another; if anyone has a grievance, we can be like Christ to them and cover over them in love.  These people know how to forgive as God forgave us, and this goes beyond waiting until someone does something wrong.  It's proactively lifting up the voice of one who has ability though sings poorly because of their shame and helping them, putting seeds of faith in them until the sing POWERFULLY because you've been feeding them with CAN DO power and mostly because you have covered them with love.   Find those people; they are your shelter as you are on this earth.

Now, could you say, "The Lord is my covering, I don't need anybody!"  Yes, but even Jesus walked with others because the kingdom is not singular.  The kingdom is just that: a Kingdom with a King that rule a people.  You are that people, and God commands us to love one another, forgive one another and walk together in perfect unity.   We are to learn to be each other's shelters while walking on this earth. 


You learn to do those three things:  clothe yourself, feed yourself with God's word, and find great shelter, then you will find GREAT victory on this earth.

JH





If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.