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GOOD FRIDAY 2018

LUKE 23:34 – THEN JESUS SAID, “FATHER, FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY DO.” AND THEY DIVIDED HIS GARMENTS AND CAST LOTS.

ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY IS WRAPPED UP IN THESE WORDS OF OUR SAVIOR!

FROM ADAM TO THE LAST ADAM, GOD IS A COVENANT MAKER AND MAN IS A COVENANT BREAKER

THE BIBLE GIVES THE HISTORY OF MAN’S COVENANT BREAKING NATURE

IT ALSO IS THE RECORD OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS AND HIS RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT

GOD’S MERCY IS DIRECTLY TIED TO HIS LAW OF SACRIFICE: “THE INNOCENT DIEING FOR THE GUILTY”

FULFILLED ON THE CROSS IN CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS ONE

RECEIVE HIS MERCY GIFT IN CHRIST AND SIN IS REMOVED

REJECT HIS MERCY AND THERE IS NOTHING LEFT, BUT ETERNAL JUDMENT

A HOLY GOD MUST JUDGE SIN! 

SIN IS JUDGED AT THE CROSS

LIFE IS GIVEN THROUGH THE POWER OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION

AS IT IS WRITTEN “HE FIRST MAN ADAM BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” THE LAST ADAM BECAME A LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT.

REJOICE AND BE GLAD, FOR YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN IS GREAT

Matthew 5:13 – Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great.

Although there are many challenges in this life, we are passing through to a greater time where rewards will be given for faithfulness in the kingdom of God. Jesus promises a “great” reward to those who have suffered insults and persecution for His sake. “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet is promised a prophet’s reward” (Matthew 10:41). “When you receive a righteous man in the name of a righteous man, you receive a righteous man’s reward” (Matthew 10:41). Even the giving of cold water qualifies one for a reward (Matthew 10:42). “When you lend, expecting nothing in return, your reward is great” (Luke 6:35). Paul says, “Each one will receive their own reward according to their own work “(1 Corinthians 3:8). Works that are built upon an imperishable foundation will receive a reward according to 1 Corinthians 3:14.

Don’t throw away your confidence, because it has a great reward (Hebrews 10:35). John the apostle said, “Watch yourselves that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward” (2 John 8). The Lord Jesus Christ promised that He “is coming quickly and His reward is with Him, to render to every man according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12).

Finally, diligence carries the promise of reward “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV). One does not have to wait for heaven to begin receiving rewards from our gracious Savior. Faithful diligence releases God’s favor throughout one’s life.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you about His reward for you. The Father loves to give to His children. Don’t be bashful about expecting to receive rewards from Him. The Holy Spirit loves to honor the sons and daughters of God in this life. So be in a receiving mode now and in an expectant mode about the future.

ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN

Matthew 6:10 – On earth as it is in heaven.

God’s will is for heaven’s influence to be brought to earth. His plan from the beginning was that His creation man would fill the earth with the righteousness of heaven. He began by creating man in His own image. Because of man’s disobedience in the Garden, sin entered the scene.  In God’s dealings with Adam and Eve, He looked down the annals of time and said, “I will put enmity between you and women, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel” (Genesis 3:15). We have come to understand that the Lord was speaking about the battle between Satan and Christ.

Jesus came to provide redemption for all mankind. In the process, Satan bruised Him through the crucifixion, but Christ the Lord crushed Satan’s ability to stop the advancement of the Lord’s kingdom purpose in the earth. One day, the old earth and heaven will be destroyed and a new heaven and earth created. “The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10). This is a prophetic mystery about which the Scriptures speak. We should not get hung up in mysteries and things which are not altogether clear. We need to trust God about the future, while in the present we seek His face to know His will for our daily lives. As long as we draw breath, we are called to affect the earth with heaven’s perspective and heaven’s authority.

Worship and praise must be continual throughout my life, for this is a part of bringing heaven to earth. My daily walk should include intimate fellowship with the Godhead. This is bringing heaven to earth. As I observe needs in the lives of people, I am a ready servant to help meet those needs as God enables me. This is bringing heaven to earth. As I allow the Holy Spirit to fill me and release His gifts through me to others, this is bringing heaven to earth. God’s love for me and God’s love in me released to others in my daily walk, most assuredly helps bring heaven to earth. Keep this phrase in your mind “on earth as in heaven” it will help you to be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit and His plans.

Father, I pray that my life will be used to manifest heaven’s will here on earth. Please continue to change me into Christ’s likeness. Help me put on the mind of Christ in all that I do and in everything that I say. Lord, You are faithful, so please cause me to be faithful in doing Your will consistently.

WILL OF GOD BE DONE

Matthew 6:10 – Your will be done

There is nothing more important than the will of God. His will reigns supreme above all else. God the Father has invited humanity to cooperate with His purposes.   The will of God is rooted in His purpose. Jesus is the full revelation of that purpose, a new man. Jesus completely fulfilled His Father’s will through His human life. He was led by the Holy Spirit to represent God the Father and lay down His own life for the lost humanity. In His redemptive work, He made it possible for all to be reconciled to the Father. Jesus has made it possible for each believer to do God’s will through the power of His Spirit.

Just as Jesus intercedes on our behalf, we have been invited to intercede on behalf of those yet needing redemption. Peter writes, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God’s will is that each believer be matured in Christ and give testimony of God’s salvation to others. Just think, if every believer was praying for the lost and sharing their faith, how many might be saved.

The Lord Jesus did the will of His Father when He walked on earth. He finished the work when He died for the sins of the entire world. The Father raised Him up through His surpassing power and seated Him in the highest authority at His own right hand. The purpose of our salvation is to be joined with the Lord in doing the Father’s bidding on earth. Yes, we will go to heaven and be with Him throughout eternity, but for now, it is about doing His will. 

God’s will was accomplished through the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only acceptable sacrifice for sin. He redeemed all of mankind once and for all. No other sacrifice is needed, only the blood of Jesus. The Holy Spirit was given to each believer to help us to be able to do God’s will. He brought conviction for sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is bringing forth a new man in the earth. This new man is known as the corporate body of Christ. He made it possible for the will of God to be done in and through each believer’s life. 

Today, examine yourself and see if you are doing His will. Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas of your life that fall short of the will of God. Quickly repent and renounce any of those areas He shows you. Receive the Holy Spirit in a fresh infilling of power and do the work of the Father in your life.   

COME, KINGDOM OF GOD

Matthew 6:10 – Your kingdom come.

Jesus is calling the disciples into His ministry of declaring the kingdom of God. The first advent of the kingdom after our Lord was crucified, He descended into hell, and on the third day rose from the dead, the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost. The Spirit is the one who brought the kingdom to earth. He is the one that causes the will of God to be accomplished. Many believe the kingdom is a future event, but Jesus said to His disciples, “Behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst” (Luke 17:21). The KJV translates it this way, “the kingdom of God is within you.” The kingdom was present because the king was present. Jesus is ruling from heaven. He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell each believer.  The kingdom of God is present in the believer here and now.

Paul wrote, “The kingdom is in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). The kingdom of God came to earth when the Holy Spirit arrived. The will of God is being worked out through the Spirit even unto this day. We are to continue to pray for the kingdom to come, but with an emphasis of increase in the earth. From the days of the apostles to the present, one purpose of the Spirit has been to increase the kingdom of God in the earth until the whole earth is full of the glory of the Lord  (see Habakkuk 2:14). 

It is important to evaluate the increase of the kingdom of God in our own lives. Many receive Christ as their Savior, but neglect to receive Him as Lord in the present. We first ask for God’s kingdom to come into us. We ask the Holy Spirit to take control in every area of our life. We then begin to share the kingdom of God with others, giving them an opportunity to receive God’s grace. If they respond to the invitation, they too may have the kingdom of God reigning in their life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Each person who repents of their sins and invites the Holy Spirit to fill them receives the promise of the Father. When someone does this, they are receiving God’s kingdom. What a wonderful gift the Father has given us through His Son!

As you pray “Your kingdom come, Your will be done,” pray for the Holy Spirit to enlarge the kingdom of God in your life. Pray for the power to live a life fully committed to our great king and His kingdom purpose in the earth. Thank Him, for calling you into the kingdom of God and a relationship of service.

YOUR NAME IS HOLY

Matthew 6:9 – Hallowed be Your name.

“Like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior, because it is written, you shall be holy, for I am holy.”

God’s holiness is a difficult attribute for humans to understand. I am sure that if you asked ten people to describe God’s holiness, you would receive ten different answers. Each answer would be limited by an individual’s fallen human understanding. Jesus’ life is the only real valid representation of the holiness of God that we have in human form. We know God the Father by the life our Lord Jesus Christ lived here on earth. His holy life became our pattern for how we should live as children of God.

Jesus gives believers His Holy Spirit as promised by our heavenly Father. One of His divine purposes for giving the Holy Spirit to a believer is to supply power to overcome sin and live a holy life. Paul’s statement to the believers in Corinth says it all. “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin (2 Corinthians 11:2-3). Our heavenly Husband is holy. As His bride, we are to be holy as well.

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). The meaning of the word sanctification is “to be set apart.” We have been set apart unto God by His Word and by the work of the Holy Spirit. We belong to God in every respect: spirit, soul and body. Paul dealt with the church at Corinth over sexual immorality. In Thessalonians, Paul specifically addressed the issue of idolatry and immorality. Both these evils cause culture to fall from a foundation which was to be established in God’s moral law. The result has been for many of God’s people to be drawn away from seeking after God and His holiness and drawn into idolatry and immorality. 

Today, make the choice to be holy and ask the Holy Spirit for His help in your sanctification. He knows the weakness of our flesh and will help all who call upon Him. God the Father desires a pure bride for His Son. Today, and every day, ask the Holy Spirit for the grace to be able to present your body to God as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to your heavenly Father.