Spiritual Christians (consecrated and Spirit-born creations who have been enlightened by the Gospel’s “Harvest of Souls” Message, and, thus, are no longer driven by their old human nature) MUST bear ALL of the responsibility for reconciling and restoring any brother or sister in Christ who has been ensnared by any iniquity (habitual sin or deviation from the Gospel’s Truth). Because Gospel ministers must “bear each other’s burden” and other ministry tasks, we cannot assume that this “bearing” falls upon one person’s shoulders. We also cannot pass the buck to “other” people for them to do our work in our place.
This New Year 2012 will be full of God’s blessings, wonderful surprises, and supernatural miracles. Stay alert! Get prepared, and remain prepared!
It definitely is time for today’s Christian spiritual leaders to teach nonbelievers and carnal believers about the reasons why God follows His established laws and principles, both in the spiritual and natural realms, which means spiritual leaders need to start teaching those individuals who profess that they believe in Jesus the Christ that they also must follow God’s established laws and principles in both realms. Indeed, it definitely is time for believers to understand the bottom line: Where the laws of reproduction are concerned, the spiritual realm operates the same way as the natural world!
It is important to note here that Christmas is not about one day, and the Christmas Season is not about a certain time of the year. The Christmas Season, thus, is all about the heart condition, which is a 365 days a year spiritual condition.
As genuine believers in Christ, our ministering to others predominantly must be about who we are in Christ, as well as who we are becoming, which is more and more like Christ Jesus. Becoming more like our Lord means that, by God’s Grace and the power of His Holy Spirit, we also are gaining more of our Lord’s ministering attributes—His ministering characteristics that help us show our love, compassion, accessibility, approachability, and knowledge about the Gospel’s Truths with those believers and unbelievers who are in need of spiritual, physical, financial, material, communal, familial, emotional, mental, and/or psychological help.
It is important to note here that Christmas is not about one day, and the Christmas Season is not about a certain time of the year. Christmas equals the Christmas Season, and the Christmas Season is really the year-round condition of believers’ “heart,” and believers’ “heart” is the seat or center of their Holy Spirit guided, taught, and empowered spiritual life. Therefore, putting the argument about the real date when Jesus the Christ was born aside, for true believers, whether the Christmas Season is celebrated for 6 or 7 weeks out of the year or celebrated for 365 continuous days, the Christmas Season has been and continues to be the most wonderful and most holy time of the year.
The Apostle Paul makes it clear that we must holdfast to our Faith, which must be rooted in the Word of God. In other words, we must not allow ourselves to be bewitched by that old Galatianism—that resurfaced false belief that we non-Jews must become Jews by taking on the yoke of the Mosaic LAW, so that we non-Jews truly not only can be in but also grow in Christ Jesus. More specifically, we must not allow ourselves to be bewitched by that old Galatianism that maintains that the justification we initially received by faith ONLY can be sustained by our human efforts to keep the Mosaic LAW, in particular circumcision, the Sabbath, and the seven annual Festivals.
By the aid of the Holy Spirit, the most important goal of our born again and saved lives must be for us to get the dress rehearsal right—we must grow in Christ-likeness, for the Lord Himself matured physically and spiritually, and increased in favor with God and mankind; cf. Luke 2:52). Additionally, we must complete God’s holiness (sanctification) process. In essence, we must be Holy Spirit driven instead of being driven by money, greed, lust, materialism, fame, bitterness, jealousy, envy, hatred, immorality, and so forth.
The Lord NEVER promises to build a religious institution (a man-made organization consisting of numerous physical buildings, or meeting places also known as churches, where Christians publicly worship God). What the Lord promises to build is a spiritual House that is exclusively His; therefore, this House cannot be built by human hands. In other words, the Lord promises to build an “ekklesia”—His spiritually “called out” assembly, group, community, family (cf. Hebrews 9:11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 5:1). The bottom line is this: God always meant for the Lord’s Christian “birds of a feather” to flock together!