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Messenger Reaches Beyond Barriers

Messenger Reaches Beyond Barriers

Maria Claudia Uitz Canche, along with her husband Esteban Mena Barrera, are members of the first Church of God of Prophecy in Cacalchen, Yucatan, Mexico. Claudia did not have the opportunity to go to school beyond the first grade and Mayan was her first language. When her children began to learn to read, she took the opportunity to teach herself and used the only reading material she could find, the Mensjaero Ala Blanca/White Wing Messenger to learn Spanish, read, and write. Thank God for the ministry of the Mensajero/Messenger that reaches beyond barriers of nations, tribes, and even tongues. You can support this amazing ministry by subscribing to the English, Spanish or French editions or donating at www.whitewingmessenger.net. Thank you Minister Abi Velasquez for sending us this inspiring testimony!

07-15-17 Loved Ones Devotion EXTREME JOY AND PLEASURE!

07-15-17 Loved Ones Devotion EXTREME JOY AND PLEASURE!

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every dayWhen we trust in our Abba Father as the way of our obligation to Him, and we live a life of dependence upon Him, and are devoted to him; he knows who we are, HE OWNS US…(we were purchased with the blood of Jesus Acts 20:28). He has keen awareness of every situation we are in and knows what is best for us, and what course to take most efficiently for our relief!]

“Blessed is the one who does NOT WALK in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but WHOSE DELIGHT is in the law of the LORD, and WHO MEDITATES on his Law, day and night.” (Psa. 1:1-2)

[The word “delight” comes from a word that means “extreme happiness” and “immense pleasure”. Let the reading of and meditating on; the word of God, bring us immense pleasure and makes us extremely happy! Whatever others do, WE MUST MAKE UP OUR MINDS TO OBEY GOD! Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh]

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CONFIRM YOUR CALLING AND ELECTION. For IF you do these things, YOU WILL NEVER STUMBLE, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. 1:10-11)

[The word “election” is from eklogē; a divine selection, choice or choosing!] “You did not choose me, but I CHOSE YOU and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that WHATEVER YOU ASK in my name the Father WILL GIVE YOU.” (Joh. 15:16)

WE MUST MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CONFIRM OUR CALLING AND ELECTION, FOR IF WE DO THESE THINGS, WE WILL NEVER STUMBLE!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] You did not choose me, but I CHOSE YOU and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruitfruit that will last …”!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

07-09-17 Loved Ones Devotion ABOUT THESE “SIGNS”!

07-09-17 Loved Ones Devotion ABOUT THESE “SIGNS”!

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every dayAnd THESE SIGNS WILL ACCOMPANY THOSE WHO BELIEVE: in my name, they will CAST OUT DEMONS; they will SPEAK IN NEW TONGUES; they will LAY THEIR HANDS ON THE SICK, AND THEY WILL RECOVER.” (Mark 16:17-18)

[“Signs” comes from the word; sēmeion: distinguishing mark, miracle! These “SIGNS” will “GO WITH” with believers!]

Very truly I tell you, WHOEVER BELIEVES IN ME WILL DO THE WORKS I HAVE BEEN DOING, and they WILL DO EVEN GREATER THINGS than these…” (John 14:12)

[“Works” from the word ergon; action, behavior or deed!]

And I will do WHATEVER YOU ASK in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me FOR ANYTHING in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)

[Why will we do these things? TO GLORIFY THE FATHER; because these “signs” could only be done supernaturally, to indicate a miraculous event!]

“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and YOUR JOY WILL BE COMPLETE.” (John 16:24)

[Qualifier: We are to ask so we may do THE WORKS THAT JESUS DID: NOT new, airplanes, boats and the like! Where do these miraculous signs come from? The Holy Spirit of God in us! To show the world and to remind us of who we are which will make our joy complete!]

“…you WILL RECEIVE POWER when THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES ON YOU; and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, The Holy Spirit is anxiously awaiting our ACCEPTING AND BELIEVING these wonderful promises from the Lord!]

“His divine power has given us EVERYTHING WE NEED for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE [take part in] IN THE DIVINE NATURE…” (2 Peter 1:3-4)

[What is the divine nature? For us to FINISH THE WORK AS JESUS WOULD DO IF HE WERE STILL ON THIS EARTH! Now we are here as:] “…Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…” (2 Corin. 5:20)

[We are Christ’s representatives so LET US DO AS HE WOULD DO: take part in His divine nature by believing and doing miraculous signs!]

WE ARE CHRIST’S AMBASSADORS, HERE ON EARTH; TODAY!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE [take part in] IN THE DIVINE NATURE.!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

07-03-17 Loved Ones Devotion HOW CAN WE EVER THANK GOD

07-03-17 Loved Ones Devotion HOW CAN WE EVER THANK GOD

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“…we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God…you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, THE WORD OF GOD, which also PERFORMS ITS WORK IN YOU who believe.” (1 Thess. 2:13)

[Because of the great reverence the Jewish scribes held toward the Scriptures, they exercised extreme care in making new copies of the Hebrew Bible. The entire scribal process was specified in meticulous detail to minimize the possibility of even the slightest error. The letters, words, and lines were counted, and the middle letters of the Pentateuch and the Old Testament were determined. If a single mistake was discovered, the entire manuscript was destroyed. As a result of this extreme care, the quality of the manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible surpasses all other ancient manuscripts. I read an account that certain men who wanted to disprove the accuracy of the scripture received the book of Isaiah the longest book in the Old Testament discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls and diligently compared to the King James Version and found 12 discrepancies out of 120,000 words that in no way affected its meaning.]

ALL SCRIPTURE IS GODBREATHED and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

[Not only is scripture God-Breathed but:] …the WORD OF GOD IS ALIVEAND POWERFUL, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and it judges the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12)

[I think this is what inspired David to say:]

“I have HIDDEN YOUR WORD IN MY HEART that I might not sin against you.” (Psa. 119:11)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, How precious is the word of God?] “…MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” (Psa. 19:10-11)

[So, what should our daily task be?] SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39)

I HAVE HIDDEN YOUR WORD IN MY HEART THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST YOU

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says: ?] Your word is:“…MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” (!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

06-30-17 Loved Ones Devotion HELP US TO GROW UP!

06-30-17 Loved Ones Devotion HELP US TO GROW UP!

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to LIVE A LIFE WORTHY OF THE CALLING you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Eph. 4:1-2)

 

[Paul was now a prisoner at Rome; and he indicates “as a prisoner for the Lord”, he mentions this once again, to show that he was not ashamed of his bonds! (Eph. 3:1)]

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and FATHER OF ALL, who is OVER ALL and THROUGH ALL and IN ALL.” (Eph. 4:4-6)

[As Christians are called to the same hope of eternal life. There is one Christ that we all hope in, and one heaven that we are all hoping for; and therefore, we should be of one heart! Our Abba Father is the Father of all of us; by our special relation, as He is the Father of all men by creation: and He is above us all, by His essence, and He has dominion over all creatures and especially over His church, and through us all, by His providence upholding and governing us: and in us all, in all believers, in whom He dwells as in His holy temple, by His Spirit and special grace.]

“So, Christ himself gave the APOSTLES, the PROPHETS, the EVANGELISTS, the PASTORS and TEACHERS, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge [to know Him intimately] of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to THE WHOLE MEASURE OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST.” (Eph. 4:11-13)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, We are going to attain to the “whole measure” of the “fullness” of Christ! How can that be? Well – NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD!!!]

“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, WE WILL GROW TO BECOME IN EVERY RESPECT THE MATURE BODY of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Eph. 4:14-15)

[Consider this wonder promise!] “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST.” (1 Corin. 2:16)

WE WILL BECOME MATURE, ATTAINING TO THE WHOLE MEASURE OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says: Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, WE WILL GROW TO BECOME IN EVERY RESPECT THE MATURE BODY of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

06-29-17 Loved Ones Devotion THE “BRANCH”

06-29-17 Loved Ones Devotion THE “BRANCH”

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“…Thus, says the LORD of hosts, “Behold, the man whose name is THE BRANCH: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD.” (Zech. 6:12)

[THE BRANCH SHALL GROW UP OUT OF HIS PLACE, out of Bethlehem the city of David, the place appointed for His birth; though His earthly family be a root in a dry ground, yet this branch shall spring out just like in the spring, when the sun returns, the flowers spring out of the roots, in which they lay buried out of sight and out of mind, for just the right time!]

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: AS SOON AS ITS BRANCH BECOMES TENDER and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that HE IS NEAR, at the very gates.” (Matt. 24:32-33)

[The fig-trees that are budding and blossoming are a sign of summer; for the trees of the field, know their appointed time. Therefore, when God begins to fulfil prophecies, He will make it all come to pass!]

“I am THE TRUE VINE, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. I am the vine; [now] YOU ARE THE BRANCHES. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.” (John 15:1-2, 5)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and KaleighNow, we are the branches; for what purpose? To bear fruit!]

ABIDE IN ME, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4)

[To ABIDE: the Greek word menō: a state of relationship with anticipation of doing His will. So, we must continue with Jesus, knowing He is going to do something with us!]

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you FRIENDS, for all that I have heard from my Father I HAVE MADE KNOWN TO YOU. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that YOUR FRUIT SHOULD ABIDE, so that WHATEVER YOU ASK the Father in my name, HE MAY GIVE IT TO YOU.” (John 15:15-16)

[The reason Jesus says this is: whatever we need to bring forth fruit He will provide!] “…so that whatever you ask in my name THE FATHER WILL GIVE YOU.” (John 15:16)

WHATEVER WE ASK THE FATHER IN JESUS NAME, HE WILL GIVE IT TO US, SO WE MAY BEAR FRUIT!

 Notice: [We must understand that the bible says: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that YOUR FRUIT SHOULD ABIDE, so that WHATEVER YOU ASK the Father in my name, HE MAY GIVE IT TO YOU.” (!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

06-28-17 Loved Ones Devotion YOU ARE SO AWESOME!

06-28-17 Loved Ones Devotion YOU ARE SO AWESOME!

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“They shall make an ark of acacia wood. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. THERE I WILL MEET WITH YOU, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I WILL SPEAK WITH you about all that I will give you…” (Exod. 25:10, 22)

[The first thing our Abba Father ordered to be made, after His people rejected Him, was the ark with its accessories, the fixture of the most holy place, and THE SPECIAL TOKEN OF GOD’S PRESENCE, a tangible presence for them. The ark itself was a chest, or coffer, where the two tables of the law, written with the finger of God, were to be honorably placed, and carefully kept. WHY DID GOD HAVE THEM CREATE THE ARK TO REPRESENT HIS PRESENCE? Because when the very real presence of God appeared before them; look what happened…] “Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, THE PEOPLE WERE AFRAID AND TREMBLED, and they stood far off and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but DO NOT LET GOD SPEAK TO US, lest we die.” (Exod. 20:18-19)

[This was their response;] “…BECAUSE THEY DID NOT BELIEVE IN GOD AND DID NOT TRUST HIS SAVING POWER.” (Psa. 78:22)

[The people of Israel, God’s chosen people, did not believe in Him! What was God to do? He gave them the Law as their schoolmaster:]

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster TO BRING US UNTO CHRIST, that we might be justified by faith.” (Gal. 3:24)

[For you see, as the writer of Hebrews says: “…faith is CONFIDENCE in what we hope for AND ASSURANCE about what we do not see.” (Heb. 11:1)]

“…WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD, because anyone who comes to him MUST BELIEVE THAT HE EXISTS and that HE REWARDS those who earnestly seek him.” (Heb. 11:6)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, God has chosen to enter a relationship with us where He is our Abba Father and we are His children, but not just His children, His HEIRS (inheritor, beneficiary or recipient of what is His)!]

“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs–HEIRS OF GOD and COHEIRS WITH CHRIST, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” (Rom. 8:16-17)

[Jesus is THE SON OF GOD and we are “co” or “joint” heirs with Him:] “…If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but GAVE HIM UP FOR US ALL, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Rom. 8:31-32)

WE ARE HEIRS OF GOD AND COHEIRS WITH CHRIST!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says: “…If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but GAVE HIM UP FOR US ALL, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

06-27-17 Loved Ones Devotion NO CONDEMNATION!

06-27-17 Loved Ones Devotion NO CONDEMNATION!

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“…God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that THE WORLD MIGHT BE SAVED THROUGH HIM. (John 3:17)

[Our awesome Abba Father loves us so much that He GAVE His one and only begotten Son, FOR US! Why?]

“The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY. And the LORD REGRETTED THAT HE HAD MADE MAN on the earth, and IT GRIEVED HIM TO HIS HEART.” (Gen. 6:5-6)

[See how God hates sin? We should also hate sin? Has our sin grieved him to the heart?]

“…you have burdened me with your sins; you have wearied me with your iniquities.” (Isa. 43:24)

[YES! Shouldn’t we also be grieved and full of sorrow in our hearts for it? O, that this example and OUR UNDERSTANDING OF IT; may humble us and shame us, and that we may see how we have grieved our Abba Father, and mourn, so we do not turn back from His wonderful LOVE for us! See what our wonderful Abba Father has done:]

“I, I am he who BLOTS OUT your transgressions for my own sake, and I WILL NOT REMEMBER your sins.” (Isa. 43:25)

[We must understand that we are in a battle for our souls; the enemy of our souls IS doing everything he can to get us to fall away!]

“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But EXHORT ONE ANOTHER EVERY DAY, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” (Heb. 3:12-13)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, It is our responsibility to exhort: (encourage, pressure and urge) one another on a regular basis:]

“Let us then with confidence DRAW NEAR TO THE THRONE OF GRACE, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16)

[Our Abba Father will grace us with the strength we need to stand up for our faith so that we may:]

COUNT IT ALL JOY, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that THE TESTING OF YOUR FAITH PRODUCES STEADFASTNESS.” (Jam. 1:2-3)

[Steadfastness: to have cheerful endurance and lasting patience!]

WE CAN DRAW NEAR TO THE THRONE OF GRACE, SO WE MAY RECEIVE MERCY AND FIND GRACE TO HELP IN TIME OF NEED!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says: “Let us then with confidence DRAW NEAR TO THE THRONE OF GRACE, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

Missio Dei: The Sending by God

Missio Dei: The Sending by God

“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’” (Matthew 22:34–40).

The classical doctrine on the missio Dei (the sending by God) is tied to the trinity as God the Father sends the Son, God the Father and the Son send the Spirit. There is today another movement: The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit send the church into the world.

Mission, is seen as a movement from God to the world; the church is viewed as an instrument for that mission. To participate in the sending by God (mission) is to participate in the movement of God’s love toward people. The Church has an opportunity to share in the redemption of humanity and to be the instrument by which God, through Jesus and by the Holy Spirit calls humanity back into a relationship with their creator. Back to mankind’s original purpose, to love the Lord God with all of our hearts!

Our body, the Church of God of Prophecy, must know that everything we do, every event, every service, every strategy and every ministry must fit into two categories if it is to please God (faith) and fit into the sending by God, our mission.

We must live out God’s original purpose for creating us: to be in relationship with Him.

We must fulfill the will of God in the earth. We must go and call fallen people back into relationship with their Creator, back to their original purpose!

Our Original Purpose

First, we must learn to love God with all of our hearts and grow in our relationship with Him. This is our purpose for being, to be in relationship with our Creator. Genesis 2:7 says: “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

The word “formed” comes from the Hebrew word “yatsar,” which means to shape with pressure, in the same way a potter would shape clay into a vessel. This Scripture verse shows the great care the Creator took in “forming” mankind. He shaped us with loving pressure. In every other instance of creation throughout Genesis 1, God simply commanded, “Let there be,” and it was done. God spoke the world and everything in it into existence just by His command. But the creation of man was different. When God created man, He formed, built, and breathed life into His creation.

The love and tenderness of the Creator toward mankind is evident as He provided man with a home and created a woman to be his partner and helpmate. No other creature was created with the potential and possibility to be in a personal relationship with God—only humans.

The phrase, “became a living soul” contains the Hebrew word, “lenefesh,” which means “a soul, living being, self, person with desire, passion, appetite, emotion, to be made alive relationally.” Man did not evolve; instantly, with a gasp of air, with the breath of God and the quickening of the Holy Spirit, mankind began to breathe, and the intellect, the emotions, and the will, (the soul of man) was brought into existence. The soul of mankind was made alive in a relationship where the intellect (what man knew) was designed to know God and the emotions (the inward appetites or passions) were set towards obeying God.

The will of man was regulated by the choices of man and how he allowed those choices to affect his actions. Choosing whether to obey or not to obey God’s commands determined mankind’s eternal destiny. God created mankind to be in relationship with his Creator. In the Garden of Eden, that relationship was perfect—mankind and God were in harmony. They enjoyed fellowship and relationship.

Our Problem

Not only did God want to have a relationship with man, He also wanted man to be able to freely choose to have a relationship with Him. God created within man the ability to make choices and decisions. The original choice between right and wrong that was presented to man was whether or not to eat from the tree that God had planted in midst of the Garden. The consequences of disobedience and eating from the tree were in God’s command to mankind when He said, “And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die’” (Genesis 2:16, 17). The choice was clear: Eat from any of the trees or plants in the Garden and live forever in relationship with God, or eat from the one forbidden tree and face physical and spiritual death and separation from God.

Adam and Eve made their choice, and that choice affected all of mankind. In listening to the serpent, they:

  • Looked at the fruit. They used their intellect to judge from the standard of what was right and wrong. “Thou shall not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
  • Desired the fruit. Their emotions, appetites and passions fueled their desire.
  • They took the fruit and ate it. They used their will to make a choice.

 

Because of the choice they made, their relationship with God was changed. Disobeying God’s command caused separation from the original, created relationship with God. When mankind took and ate the fruit (a choice), sin entered the world causing mankind to be separated from God and the relationship between man and God to be broken. The problem that mankind faced in the Garden is still faced by mankind today.

Because of sin entering the world, and the separation of the relationship with God that it caused, mankind now needs a way, through choice, to come back into relationship with his creator.

In spite of mankind’s choice, God’s original design has always been to be in relationship with His creation. His love for us was so great that He provided a way to bring reconciliation between Himself and His creation. The provision for reconciliation came through the sending of His son, in the person of Jesus.

Colossians 1:21-22 says, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” Sin brought separation and death, but Jesus brought reconciliation and life. “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions” (Ephesians 2:4, 5).

Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead provided the way for us to fulfill the purpose we were created for—to come back into a reconciled relationship with God. Your purpose in life is to live in relationship with God. Because of sin, the only possible way to have a relationship with God is to accept Jesus as Savior (a choice) and obey his commands.

God Sends! (God’s Will)

The second commandment for our lives is like the first, we must love humanity as ourselves. It is the will of God that seeks to restore humanity and heal creation. God’s original plan for mankind was that his creation might know Him. The Church today is the instrument to fulfill God’s will by taking the Gospel of Jesus to mankind so that salvation might be obtained. Not just for this life, but into the next, unto eternity. God’s will for the Church is to bring lost man into a relationship with the Creator, and disciple them to do the same.

God’s Will for the Son

Jesus lived out the will of the Father while He was on earth. John 4:34-35 tells us, “Then Jesus explained: ‘My nourishment comes from doing the will of God who sent me, and from finishing His work.’” Jesus came to earth to do the will of the Father—to bring mankind back into a relationship with God. Through His death and resurrection, the Son made reconciliation between creature and creator possible again.

Jesus was the Messiah—God in flesh. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:1–5, 14, 16–18). It is by choosing to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and by living a life of obedience to his Lordship, that mankind can be brought back into a right relationship with the Father and spend eternity in God’s presence. The relationship between God and mankind isn’t only for a lifetime; it is an eternal relationship.

Christ’s Finished Work (Revelation and Sending)

What is the finished work of Christ? John 17:2–4 and 6–8 give us insight to the finished work of Jesus while here on earth. “For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. Jesus did God’s will by restoring the original relationship between man and the Creator. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do…I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. Jesus finished the work the Father gave Him to do.”

The finished work was that the disciples received the revelation, by the Holy Spirit, that Jesus was the Christ. That a relationship between mankind and God could be restored, and mankind through choice could accept God’s word and live the standard of obedience to Him.

Jesus was the Christ! When Jesus’ disciples accepted the revelation of the truth of who Jesus was and God’s Word was placed in the hearts of the disciples, the work of the Son of God was completed. He could then go to the cross so that through His death, burial, and resurrection humanity (through choice) could believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Messiah. The Holy Spirit today, though revelation, is revealing Jesus as the one true Savior of humanity. The same revelation that Peter experienced in Matthew 16:16 when he answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” This revelation must be pronounced and proclaim by Christ’s body, the church, in the earth today!

Jesus’ Will for His Disciples

After His resurrection, Jesus told the disciples His will for their life: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-19). God’s will for all who believe is to go (a choice) and share the message of reconciliation back to God, through Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, to every part of the world. We must disciple others to live in relationship with God throughout their earthly lives, into eternity.

God’s Will for You and Me

In John 17, Jesus prays for you and me, and His prayer gives us insight into God’s will for us: My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them will be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me (John 17:20, 21). Jesus prayed that we make the choice to believe in Him, and that we would share the Good News with others so that they could make the same choice.

The will of God is the same for all disciples of Jesus. Regardless of age, occupation, stage of life or location in the world, the purpose and will of God remains the same—that we would be in relationship with God (“may they also be in us”) so that others would believe in the reconciliation provided by Jesus’ death and resurrection (“that the world may believe that you sent me”). It is God’s will that we point others toward a relationship with their Creator and disciple them to continue to live in relationship with God. We have the promise of Jesus that as we live out our purpose for being, to know Him, and carry out the will of God by engaging humanity with the Gospel, Jesus said, “ . . . and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-19).


Kirk Rising
International Youth Director

Questions We Must Answer
If our purpose for being is to be in relationship with God, and the will of God for our lives is that we call mankind back into a relationship with their Creator, we must ask ourselves:

Will you and I as individuals, choose to be and grow in relationship with the Creator of the Universe?

Will we as the Church of Jesus, in our daily lives, choose to call humanity back into a relationship with God and teach them to do the same to others?

Will we choose to grow in our relationship with the Holy Spirit as He opens our eyes to the lost and develops in us a heart of courage to share the Gospel of Jesus? Missio Dei. Will you and I participate in the mission of God as He sends us to lost humanity? Will We?

This article appeared in the June 2017 issue of The White Wing Messenger, the official publication of the Church of God of Prophecy. To preview or download the issue, click here. For an annual print subscription, click here

6-23-17 Loved Ones Devotion EVERYTHING NEW!

6-23-17 Loved Ones Devotion EVERYTHING NEW!

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, THE NEW IS HERE!” (2 Corin. 5:17)

[The change the grace of God makes in our soul so awesome, that, old things are passed away – old thoughts, old values, and old practices, are passed away; and all these things must become new. Regenerating grace creates a new world in our soul; ALL THINGS ARE NEW. When we are renewed; we act from new principles, by new rules, with a new finish, and with new friends.]

“He who was seated on the throne said, I AM MAKING EVERYTHING NEW!” Then he said, “Write this down, for THESE WORDS ARE TRUSTWORTHY AND TRUE.” (Rev. 21:5)

[The new birth is the necessary first step we must take to experience the new heaven and the new earth!]

“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.” (Rev. 21:1)

[The world is not newly created, but newly opened, and filled with all of us who are the heirs of God. To make way for the beginning of this new world, the old world, with ALL ITS TROUBLES AND COMMOTIONS, is passed away.]

“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, PREPARED AS A BRIDE beautifully dressed for her husband.” (Rev. 21:2)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, this New Jerusalem is the bride of Christ in her new and perfect state, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband, beautified with all perfection of wisdom and holiness, perfect for the fulfillment of the Lord Jesus Christ in glory!]

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and HE WILL DWELL WITH THEM. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘HE WILL WIPE EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev. 21:3-4)

[The presence of our Awesome Abba Father with his children in heaven will not be interrupted as it is on earth, but he will dwell with us constantly FOR ALL ETERNITY.]

“I did not see a temple in the city, because THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY AND THE LAMB ARE ITS TEMPLE. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” (Rev. 21:22-23)

[Declare with me, for our lives in Christ…BEHOLD, ALL THINGS ARE NEW!]

IN HEAVEN, THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY AND THE LAMB ARE ITS TEMPLE!

 Notice: [We must understand that the bible says: “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and HE WILL DWELL WITH THEM. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘HE WILL WIPE EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES…”!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh