Jesus Christ was, and is, the full expression of all the fullness of God. He is ALL truth. To make truth our goal is only measure, ALL TRUTH should be our goal, to the glory of God.
A man can hide in a measure of truth to save his image before men, but God sees everything. For example: A man overlays and gets up late for work. He rushes out to try and make his time up but gets entangled in a traffic jam, making him even later. When he arrives at work he attempts to hide his failure at getting up at the right time by explaining to the boss that he got caught in the traffic jam, which made him late. His explanation was true, but not the truth, the whole truth. God will not honour the lies we try to hide our failure in. It is more important to live to God than live to man. Our conscience is a God given gift in every man to live our lives to the glory of God. When we ignore it continually it becomes desensitized to the Holy Spirit.
1 John 1:5-7 “….God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness (lies), we lie, and do not the truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light , we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son cleanses us from all sin”.
Psalm 34, and many other Psalms, encourage us to magnify the Lord. I cannot make God any bigger than what He already is, but I can, most certainly, make Him bigger in my life! My life today is the full expression of the revealed truth to me, personally, that I have embraced and walked in according to the leadings of the Holy Spirit.
God has done His very best for me in line with the choices I have made in life.
Jesus was the full expression of all the fullness of God. He only did the things that pleased His Father. He only said the words His Father gave Him. He sacrificed His will in exchange for His Father’s. He is the Tree of Life that we should partake of. Jesus never ate from the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil”, (Genesis 3). All our problems stem from eating from the wrong “tree”. We judge situations/people/life as being “good” or “evil” for us, never taking time to consult the Lord. What we judge as “good” for us, may not be “God” for us! Good can be the enemy of the best!….God’s best.
When I don’t consult God, I insult Him.
So, we are on our journey from measure to fullness. Today, I am only responsible for the measure of truth He is showing me, inviting me to walk in, with Him, in the light. I may have to trade some of the lies I am believing for His truth. Sub-consciously, or consciously, I may be believing that I am a better man than I am. When God shines His search light on my life, darkness cannot hide. Let us welcome His “love-light” into the secret chambers of our hearts because when we respond to Him, repent and humble, He pours into us another measure of His Son, another measure of His fullness. His royal exchange gives His beauty for my ashes….What a mighty God we serve! Let us not limit the Unlimited One by hanging on to false securities and our petty rights to ourselves. Our lives are not our own any more. When we received Jesus as our Saviour, His shed blood at Calvary forgave our every sin and He planted His incorruptible seed in our hearts. Our lives now belong to Him. He is our Saviour, but we must make Him our Lord and Master on the journey to fullness. The twelve disciples turned the world upside down after Pentecost. The fullness of God is our birthright, it is offered to us as heirs of salvation.
Jesus is the Tree of Life. Can the Spirit of Jesus dwell comfortably in me when I eat from the wrong tree?…the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. No…because He is grieved by wrong choices. He promised never to leave nor forsake me, and He will not, but when I grieve Him I am aware of the loss of the consciousness of His presence. I lose His abiding peace and joy. These are indicators that I have lost my way, made a wrong choice/decision somewhere and He is showing me, wooing me to get back on track with Him. I must repent and humble before Him at the counter where He directs. If I refuse Him, presumption, chaos and confusion result. If I embrace what He is showing me, He is faithful and just to forgive me and lovingly corrects and directs me back on track with Him, and the two of us go rejoicing on our way. He rewards me with another measure of His fullness….”…of his fullness have we all received.”
Romans chapter 8 is full of encouragement, instruction and revelation. As we read it we can note there are a few “if’s” in this chapter, thus terms and conditions apply! Let us open ourselves up to the searchlight of the Holy Spirit as we read it afresh. Verse 8 declares, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” We KNOW when we are in the flesh….when “I, me and mine” takes offence! That flesh rises up in me to usurp Jesus from the throne of my heart because I want to stand up for my rights or express my will in preference to others. I need to be a quick repenter to please my Heavenly Father. Surrender and humility are always key to protecting the Lord Jesus dwelling comfortably in me. To walk in truth and transparency is an “acquired taste” that the Lord will grant us as we choose to practice it.
So, our journey into 2018 continues. Let us appreciate and enjoy His daily presence with thankful hearts, but let us be ready to progress to the next area of change He requires, the area of humbling I need to embrace. This is where change and progress take place on my journey into the fullness of His Son….in me! Christ in me, the hope of glory! I have not yet arrived, but I have most certainly left. The road I travel now is a much brighter one than the one I once knew. I have left a lot of unnecessary baggage/ways/things I once loved behind. I no longer need them on this joyous journey with my Saviour. A lot of things left me as His new life in me began to grow in stature. As I journey into my future together with Him, I know there will be other things I will leave behind, but the treasure He bestows in me for eternity will, by far, outweigh anything that is earthly or temporal. Our Heavenly Father gives us all things richly to enjoy on our earthly journey, but it is the “Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom.” The kingdom of God is within us….insignificant, little us! All the potential for the fullness of God is contained in the incorruptible seed in you and me. Thou mighty Christ, come forth in me!