Thursday – June 9, 2016
Proverbs 9:6 (ESV)
6 Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”
Thursday is upon us and time for our consumption of the Word of God. Today we are reminded to pray for the seven pillars of society established by Wisdom (God). Let the Lord lead you today as to which pillar or pillars you are to pray for. Engage the Father according to His will. He will likely have you intercede concerning the pillar or pillars to which you are assigned. Inquire, is it the pillar of government, of information technology, of religion, of education and science, of finance, the family, or the arts, sports, and entertainment?
Colossians 3:1 (ESV)
1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Let’s take a look at this in another translation of Holy Scripture.
Colossians 3:1 (MSG)
1 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides.
Christ presides over the body of Christ, the Kingdom of God in the earth. He through the Holy Spirit is guiding us to excel in this Kingdom, expanding the Kingdom, the harvest. We are not to be preoccupied with Heaven. Colossians 3:1 in the Message Bible imparts a great deal of clarity. We are to be about the Father’s business over which Christ presides (heads) in the earth. He is the head and we are the body. As the human head gives direction to the human body so does Christ give direction to His body. There is one huge caveat, the human body always responds exactly as instructed by the mind however we as part of the body of Christ can exercise free-will which may be expressed as either obedience or disobedience. We can choose to obey or not and we may suddenly feign deafness. We were dead in our trespasses but now we are alive in Him, we were headed to hell and on assignment for the devil and now we are on assignment from Heaven with Jesus as our commander full of life and hope.
Ephesians 2:5-7 (ESV)
5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
God the Father is fixing to brag on His children especially the sons of God. We are a demonstration project for all that may follow in the ages to come of the mighty power of God to extinguish death and bring life, life eternal, and to bring those who were dead and without hope into His very presence. Not like a dog or a cat but as His own very dear children. Restored as at the first only now in Christ Jesus. We are a unique creation, none like us before and there will be none like us to follow.
Hebrews 1:1-3 (KJV)
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
If it were not for the Son we would not be seated with and in Him at the right hand of Majesty on high. He, Himself, purged (eliminated, removed, eradicated, expunged, dismissed, cleared, exonerated, cleansed, and purified us of) our sins. O what a Savior! What do you think about the phrase in verse three “the express image of his person”? Jesus told the disciples that if they have seen Him they have seen the Father and He told them that all He did they and we were to do the same and even greater things. We are to be a revelation, a representation, and an expression of Him (Jesus and the Father) in the earth.
Hebrews 12:22-24 (KJV)
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
Dear brother and sister we are not coming at some point in the future to “the heavenly Jerusalem” what we call Heaven we are now already come to the heavenly Jerusalem. In the following verse, Jesus is the burning lamp.
Genesis 15:17 (KJV)
17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
Jesus (preincarnate) walked with the Holy Spirit (smoking furnace) that day between the surrogate pieces of blood sacrifice understanding that one day He would be those pieces on an Old Rugged Cross shedding Blood that would speak far better things than the blood of Abel.
Hebrews 12:28-29 (KJV)
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Did you notice this is our Kingdom, and we have Grace whereby we can serve God acceptably?
By Dr. David R. Wood, Bible Teacher, Author, and Prophetic Voice