Jubilee Weekly October 3, 2017

“Are You Interested?”

Did that question catch your attention? I’m sure you are interested in many things, but my real question is “Are you really interested in God’s ultimate intention for your life?” Now you probably are wondering, “What is God’s ultimate intention for my life?”

I am so glad that you asked. The answer is found in God’s word – Romans 8:29, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first born among many brothers.” God’s ultimate intention for each of us who are Christ-followers, is that we be “conformed to the image of His Son.” What does that mean? How does it happen?

1. First of all, we need to be born again spiritually, by faith in Jesus Christ. John 3: 1-8

2. Recognize the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. When we are born again, the Holy Spirit moves into our inner most being. We become temples of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 6:19.

3. The Holy Spirit works in us to produce the Christ-life in us. He wants us to become more and more like our Savior and Lord, in character and conduct. Paul in Philippians 2: 13 wrote, “For it is God who works in us both to will and to do His good pleasure.”

4. The process of the Holy Spirit working in us causing us to grow and become more and more like Christ, is called sanctification. We are born again in a moment of time, but our sanctification is an ongoing process right now, but it will not be fulfilled until we stand in the presence of His glory.

Listen to Jude 24-25 –
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God and Savior, who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever. Amen”

When we are first saved or born again, many of us have baggage from the old life that is not compatible with our new life in Christ. As we grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, we should begin to shed that old wardrobe and be clothed with a new wardrobe that shows the excellency of Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit working in us teaches us how to rid ourselves of the old and put on the new.
In Romans 13:14, the Apostle Paul wrote, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provisions for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.”

In Col. 3:8, the Apostle wrote, “But now you yourselves are to put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.” He continues in verses 9-10, “Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge, according to the image of Him who created him.”

Listen to these admonitions to us as Christ followers:
❖ Romans 13:12b, “…Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”
❖ 1 Cor. 15: 53, “For this corruption must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality.”
❖ Please read Ephesians 4: 17-24. (This is powerful).
❖ In Ephesians 6: 11, we are admonished to “Put on the whole armor of God.”
✓ The belt of truth. 6: 14a
✓ The breastplate of righteousness. 6: 14b
✓ Wear gospel shoes. 6:15
✓ The shield of faith. 6: 16
✓ The helmet of salvation. 6: 17a
✓ The sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. 6: 17b
✓ Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. 6:18

In closing let me refer you to one last passage that should interest us, if we are really interested in God’s ultimate intention for our lives. It is Colossians 3: 12-15, “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long suffering, bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things, put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

And, let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

I pray that each of us will be keenly interested in God’s ultimate intention for our lives. Let our passion be to grow and become more and more like Jesus.

In His glory,

Pastor Leonard