Filled With The Fruits Of Righteousness

Philippians 1:11–Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness–We are to be continually in the process of being filled with these fruits. Being filled, there is to be no mixture with the unfruitful works of darkness. “The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:9).

Which are by Jesus Christ–Jesus produces these fruits of righteousness in us and our lives through His Spirit.
These are the manifestation of the Spirit of Christ as He reveals the character of God that dwells within us.

Unto the glory and praise of God–Our lives are to be lived in such a way that God will be glorified and praised. Jesus said, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit” (John 15:8). “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). May God be praised and glorified because of us and the way we live. May our lives be a living sacrifice holy and accepted unto God which is our reasonable service unto Him. Amen.

We Are God’s Workmanship

Ephesians 2:10–For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
We are His workmanship–We are what God has made us by His grace. “It is He that has made us and not we ourselves” (Psalms 100:3). As some have said, “He doesn’t make any junk”. He made us a new creature in Christ Jesus.

Created in Christ Jesus–We were created in union with Jesus Christ. He is in us and we are in Him. He is our life and power.

Created unto good works–These good works are according to God’s judgment and not that superficial judgment of mankind. These consist of the thoughts, words, and deeds that originate from the new life we have received. They have the fruit of the Spirit and the word of God as their foundation. They spring forth from the Spirit as we walk in obedience to God’s word. They manifest the righteousness and holiness that exist in this new life in Christ.

God has ordained that we should walk in them–He has prepared us for this, set us aside for this, and decreed or commanded that we should walk in these good works. Let us not be weary in well doing and we will hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).

Sowing and Reaping

Galatians 6:7-8–Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap–This is a law of God the Creator. He made it this way and we deceive our self if we think that we can make it different. Another part of the law is, “He who sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). Jesus taught this principle. He said judge and you shall be judged, condemn and you shall be condemned, forgive and you shall be forgiven, give and it shall be given unto you…For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again (Luke 6:37-38).

Sow to the flesh and you shall reap corruption–This means living and acting according to the flesh with all of its sin and evil.  It means following the course of the world and being conformed unto the world.

Sow to the Spirit and you shall reap life everlasting–This means living and acting according to the Spirit producing the fruit of the Spirit and doing good unto all men, especially unto our fellow Christians.

“Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10). Let us go about sowing to the Spirit and reap the abundant life which Jesus spoke of.

Our Sufficiency Is Of God

2 Corinthians 3:5–Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.
We are not sufficient of ourselves–Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). In our own natural ability we cannot live as God would have us to live. On our own we can not fulfill the ministry God has called us to and get the results that He wants to see. We need the life and power that comes from Jesus to accomplish whatever we need to accomplish.

Our sufficiency is of God–God gives us as much of whatever we need to triumph and be victorious in our life and in our ministry. Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). God tells us, “It is not by might nor by power but by my Spirit saith the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6).”We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Romans 8:37). We can find the strength we need to face, deal with, and overcome whatever we have to in this life.

As the great hymn says, “I need thee every hour”. We truly need Him every hour. So, let us draw near to God and He will draw near to us (James 4:8). Thank you Lord for always being there for us.

Letters From God–Book of Heberws 9:13-18

My child, if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to Me, purge your conscience from dead works to serve Me, the living God. For this cause he is the mediator of the New Testament that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, you which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. Where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force only after the person is dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator lives. When Jesus died this New Testament became active and the promise of eternal inheritance was activated. That is why the first testament was dedicated with blood. Moses spoke every precept to all the people according to the law and he then took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the testament which God has commanded unto you. He also sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of worship. Now almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood is no remission of sin. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in My presence for you. Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entered into the holy place every year with blood of others; for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world he has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 9:13-28

We Have Access

Ephesians 2:18–Through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Through Him–It is through Jesus Christ. He is the way and no man can come to the Father but through Him (John 14:6). He opened the way for us through the veil, that is to say, His flesh.

We have access unto the Father–”By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” (Hebrews 10:20). We can approach God because He is now our Father. We have been born of His Spirit and are His children. We have all the rights and privileges of children and receive of the gifts that our Father bestows.

By one Spirit–When we approach our heavenly Father we are not alone. The Holy Spirit is with us. “We know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26). The Holy Spirit helps us in our approach to our Father and in our talking with Him.

So “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:22). We can draw near in full assurance of faith because our Father, Himself, has provided the way and the means of entering into His presence. He has done all this for us because He loves us and desires our fellowship.

The Good Word of God & the Powers Of The World To Come

Hebrews 6:5–We have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come.
We have tasted the good word of God–Tasting speaks of an experience. It goes beyond just a hearing of the good word of God. We have experienced it and have become aware of the power inherent in it. We have felt its convicting power and its transforming power. We have experienced its creative power. Because we have first-hand experience with this good word of God we can testify of it and share it with others.

We have tasted of the powers of the world to come–We have experienced the powers of the kingdom of God. “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses” (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit dwells within us and manifests the powers of the world to come in us and through us. The world to come is heaven and the kingdom of God. Like the good word of God, we have experienced these powers and can testify of these powers. There is a world coming of which we are already a part of because we have tasted of the good word of God and of the powers of that world. It is a world like nothing we could ever imagine. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Because of Jesus’ sacrifice we have become heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. We have received an eternal inheritance reserved for us in heaven, we have received the earnest (the Holy Spirit) of our eternal inheritance which is reserved for us in heaven, and have tasted of the powers of that world which is to come. “Even so Lord Jesus, come”.

Conditions Of Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26:3–Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Perfect Peace–completely and totally free from anxiety and fear. A calmness that is free from emotional disturbance or agitation. It includes a sense of security and well-being even in the midst of danger. God is able to keep us in this perfect peace.

Whose mind is stayed on Him–This means that our thoughts remain on Him. He is the focus of our thinking. Even when other things enter our mind it keeps coming back to Him. The reason for this is that we trust in Him. We trust Him to be with us and see us through our day and whatever it brings our way. We trust in His presence, His love, His mercy, His grace, and His power. God honors our faith in Him and our being focused on Him and will give us this peace. As we continue to honor this promise with our faith and actions God will continue to keep us in perfect peace.

God’s Light and God’s Truth

Psalms 43:3–O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
O send out thy light and thy truth–The truth is a reference to the word of God, God’s message to us. Jesus’ prayer to the Father for us was, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). To sanctify is to separate from evil things and ways and unto God and the paths of righteousness. This is done by God’s word which is truth. God sends out His light to enable us to see the truth contained in His word. This spiritual enlightenment opens the eyes of our understanding that were once blind to the truth.

Let them lead me; let them bring me–God’s word (God’s truth) is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalms 119:105). However we must take up and use this lamp and light (God’s word) to find our way in this dark and evil world.

Unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles–God’s light and truth will lead us and bring us unto God. They will usher us into the presence of God. They will lead us to worship in His presence.

Let this be our prayer–As we read or hear God’s word let us pray for Him to send out His light and truth and lead us and bring us to Him that we might glory in His presence and worship Him. Here we will find direction, knowledge, wisdom, strength, freedom, and fellowship. Here our soul will be stirred, our spirit will be lifted, our minds will be renewed and we will leave this moment in time refreshed. We will leave this experience with joy and peace. Praise Be To God.

Experiencing Jesus’ Peace

John 14:27–Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Peace I leave with you–Peace is calmness, free from emotional disturbance or agitation. It is a sense of security and well-being even in the midst of danger. Jesus leaves this with us reveals that he is going away. Jesus leaves this with us, and it is available to us and is ours.

My peace I give unto you–This is Jesus’ peace. It is not a superficial peace that a person might normally have. This is a peace that passes all understanding. It supersedes the normal peace that a person might have which is far inferior. It is a total freedom from emotional disturbance or agitation. Jesus gives this peace to us. This peace allows us to think more clearly in the midst of danger or upsetting circumstances and allows us to make better decisions.

Not as the world gives–The world cannot give this kind of peace. The world’s peace is superficial and subjective whereas the peace that Jesus gives is objective and is experienced to the core of our being. The world’s peace might be experienced in our mind but Jesus’ peace is experienced throughout our being. Jesus’ peace engulfs or swallows up the anxiety and fear in total victory.

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid–Let not indicates that we have control. We are to take control of the situation and of our feelings toward it. We are not to allow our heart to be troubled or afraid. How do we do this? Philippians 4:4-7 tells us that when we are getting anxious or fearful about something we are to rejoice in the Lord and to proclaim that the Lord is at hand. We are to proclaim to ourselves and to everyone around us that the Lord is at hand. We are to say it until it gets out of our mouth into our mind and then into our heart. Next we are told that in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving we are to share our requests with God. Then the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. When we receive this peace it is God saying, “I have it”. If that anxiety or fear should begin to come back we are to rejoice in the Lord, proclaim His presence and thank Him for taking charge of our problem. Jesus has left His peace and given it to us but whether we experience it or not is up to us.