We’ve Not Been This Way Before

 
 
“Are you a sinner saved by grace
                   or
a saint who sometimes sins?”
                                  Chaplain Joe Sannutti

 

Really, how do you see yourself? It makes all the difference in the world. You cannot be or go where you do not see yourself going or being.

The term “sinner saved by grace” is not in the Bible. I searched many sources. Ephesians 2:4-6 But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved! And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus 

Notice how God sees salvation. God’s love made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our sins. God’s grace saved us. God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in Heaven. There are no sinners in heaven. Only glorious saints seated with Christ, ruling and reigning in this life over evil. From being dead to seated in heaven. Wow!

Jesus is coming back for a glorious church, a church without spot, wrinkle or blemish.  A victorious, overcoming church.  A church worthy of Him, who is His equal.

Friends, we have work to do.  We’ve not passed this way before.

But that’s also the exciting news.  We are part of a generation who is being prepared to welcome the Glorious King of Kings & Lord of Lords.  We will rise up to meet Him fully prepared and equipped as His equal.  His Helpmate.  His Bride.

Oh Church, we’ve not passed this way before.  We are in an awesome time in history.  God is working to create us a Bride worthy of His Beloved Son.  The Father does the choosing.  The Father does the enabling.  The Father does the preparation.

Our part is the obedience, the cooperation and the willingness.  Just like Jesus:  Though He was God’s Son, He learned obedience through what He sufferedHebrews 5:8  
Since you have purified your souls by obedience to the truth, so that you have a genuine love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from a pure heart. 1 Peter 1:22

The result:  to be filled with the fullness of God so we are a suitable, worthy, glorious bride for our Lord Jesus Christ!

I pray that out of the riches of His glory, He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.    Ephesians 3:16-19

Are you ready to go where we’ve never been?  In 2018, we will come to KNOW our purpose and destiny and what God says about us.  Then we will GROW up in our spirits to begin to SHOW the world the truth of God and His Kingdom.  The GLOW of His glory will be seen in us and in the earth in greater measure.  KNOW.  GROW.  SHOW.  GLOW are our words for our journey.  We have not passed this way before.  

(Joshua 3:4 Early in the morning Joshua and all theIsraelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubitsa] between you and the ark; do not go near it.”   Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

God said those words to Joshua as He was making a nation out of slaves.  Today He is creating a living  bride  from the dead.)

 


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