Calibration Block 3-A,B, and C

It has taken me quite awhile to write part three of this message, I assure you it isn’t because I didn’t want to but this has been a very difficult and somewhat intimidating article to write.  As these articles progress it becomes clear the immensity and depth of our calling and what it means to truly examine ourselves with Christ as the measuring stick. Of course non of us will ever be Jesus, but as Christians we are all called to be like Him and if we are truly His then He is transforming us into His image from glory to glory. However sometimes I think many including myself(more often than I care to mention) forget what, and who glory is. Instead we choose to come up with our own definition of what is Christ-like rather than what truly is like Christ. The only real reason that this happens is because all to often we find another glory, something other than Jesus that captures our attention, our focus, and gains our adoration. It takes alot to care and nurture another glory and it is easy for a person to end up serving another master, and obeying the will of something that is in opposition to the will of God.  In this third part of the calibration block, the will of God is going to be the issue. The question that was posed at the end of part two of the calibration block was, what are the three reasons that Jesus gives that the people of Matthew 7: 21-23 were not allowed to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? These are the people who had prophesied in Jesus name, cast out demons, and in Jesus name had performed many miracles and yet they were not allowed into the Kingdom of Heaven by the very Jesus by whom they had done all these spiritual works. So in review, the three reasons are, 1) They were not doing the will of the Father(even if they were doing the things that are supposed to be done for God). 2) Jesus says He doesn’t even know them. and 3) they practiced lawlessness.  Since these three reasons cover so much space I decided to tackle them one at a time in three separate ‘sub articles’, and since I have had such a hard time writing this final part of the calibration block, I have decided to do this via video rather than write it. The video has it’s challenges but it is the first of many to come, so please click ‘play’ and see if the Word of God and the Spirit of God aren’t speaking the very same things to you.

I am going to add all three of the Calibration Part three videos to this one post so that all three will be stored together. So here is part 3-B. This video has it’s ‘hot spots’ all the way to the end. I really enjoyed this part.

Last but not least here is section C to part three, I hit a couple of side note rabbit trails on this one, but not too bad, and I always get right back to the point, there is some good stuff in this video that you don’t want to miss if you have been watching the series. As far as the rabbit trails, I will get better I promise.

Pleasure as a purpose?

Pleasure As A Purpose

Pleasure As A Purpose

A few years back I went through a season of posting short blog posts that had a lot of punch to them. These posts were as much revelation to me as they were to others. So for the next week or so I thought I would post a few of these, I hope you find as much insight and truth in them as I have. If you have had similar revelation please feel free to post.

Pleasure as a purpose?

I exist for His purposes and to make Him happy, I think I have gotten that twisted and turned around in my life. Unfortunately to get it turned back around and into right order seems to take more of a miracle then healing the sick or casting out demons.

How ridiculous to think that ministering to others is going well when I am getting personal pleasure out of it,…and if I am not,…well, than it just can’t be God’s will can it.(Jonah thought this way)

Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad for your reward in Heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the Prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11,12
I realize that it is IMPOSSIBLE to live in Matthew 5:13-16 if you don’t live in 11 and 12,…absolutely IMPOSSIBLE.
How many however, including myself have said,..or thought, that persecution was a sign that I was doing something wrong, and that having all men speak well of me was a sign of spiritual maturity, that I had learned to say things in a way that people could ‘receive it’. What a lie!
I mean Jesus also said, ” Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.” Luke 6:26
I guess for today without getting lengthy I’ll just say that God does not exist for my pleasure and that my pleasure is not His purpose.
Because for one, God knows that eternal pleasure is already set up for me, so why would He want me to spend my life trying to obtain something that is already guaranteed?

Jesus was the Lord of Glory long before He came to Earth. He left all of that to come here for a life as a human so that He could become our sacrifice,….think about that,….how pleasurable would it be to live understanding that God’s ultimate purpose for your life was to be brutally torn to shreds as a sacrifice for the sins of other people when you hadn’t committed any sins of your own?
Yes I understand there was a resurrection,…but even Jesus was so horrified by His calling that at one point He asked God if there was any other way,….save me from this!
This makes me realize that if I am going to be a light in this World, my own pleasure is going to have to stop being my purpose. And the insane sickness of believing that God’s ultimate purpose for my life is my own personal pleasure,….well that is open sin and must die at the cross of Jesus.
As Jesus said, “if the light in you is darkness, how great is that darkness.”