Why is this so important? The answer is that most of the things that keeps us from the full service of The Lord are things that we feel we have a right too. Let's look at a simple example of this. If somebody does something that I don't approve of I can become offended, but shouldn't we look at why we are offended? I believe that you cannot offend a dead man. What ever you say to me are words spoken over a dead man. If it offends The Lord who better to defend the Lord than the Lord Himself? Is HE not the judge off all? Many times we are offended and judge very quickly because we are hurt right? But can you hurt a dead man? It's no longer that I live but Christ that lives in me. Get the point? A dead man has no rights! We are to be hidden in Christ, therefore if attacked who are they attacking me or Christ?
I really want to look at this on a personal level relevant to our everyday life. Many are walking around carrying judgment and hurt that they don't even have a right to have since they claim to be born again. Hebrews 12:14-15 deals with this very matter read it very carefully and pray over it. Pursue peace with everyone. Who is everyone? Whats it matter if you are dead? The pursuit of peace and holiness is totally foreign to the carnal man but not the spirit man. What happens when we are offended? Most of the time we hold judgment against the one who offended us. But, if we are dead and Christ is living in us then it is the Lords battle. Hebrews in this chapter warns us not to let the root of bitterness spring up in us. This is what happens when we do not forgive! We must let our rights, our life be hidden in Christ. This allows us to live in the Spirit, to walk in the Spirit and love in the Spirit.
First John 4:17 read very carefully says "as He is so are we in this World"!! Did you get it? As HE is so are we in this world. This means that the power of God is in us for all things. When I pray for someone, I step back and quote this verse then say Lord as you are so am I in this world so its you praying not me. The same with offense, I say Lord, as you are so am I in this world this is coming at you and you alone are able to withstand! We must be dead to ourselves and alive to Christ. Only Christ can save, only Christ can heal, only Christ can forgive. Brothers there are offenses that are so deep, so painful that come into our lives that are not humanly possible to forgive, but Christ in me the hope of glory can.
The principle of the Cross is all but lost in the modern church. We must regain it for this generation. If we want to see the full measure of Christ we must die to our self. We must give over our rights to our Lord. Remember, you were bought with a price, you are not you own any more if you are Born Again you are Christs own. This requires much sacrifice but brings about much glory.
Right now maybe you are going through one of these wonderful opportunities to die to your self and to pick up the cross and follow Him. Maybe you haven't looked at it in this light; maybe you feel like you are being treated unfairly, or maybe you have already been offended. Please take some time to seek the Lord and let Him guide you through to victory. We must not gage our walk by what the world deems successful, but only in the light of the Lord. We are to be the Church of the Overcomer. Read the letter to the Churches in Rev.2-3. All of these promises are made to those who overcome. How can we overcome if we are not challenged? If this letter speaks to where you are please stand firm in Christ. If you need prayer please contact us and we will pray for you. But remember, you are not alone, we are all being shaken right now to the very foundation but those who are His shall overcome.