Reports on what God is doing through Bible believing evangelical Christians in Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, India and Ecuador. Jesus said, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you" (John 15:7).
SELAH! Pause - reflect- just think of that!
Our One Supreme Passion
Authentic Christianity is God-centered because it loves the Lord God with all the heart, mind soul and strength. Evidence of a true knowledge of God is an obsession with the glory of God manifest in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The one consuming passion of the believer is the glory of God because he has witnessed the grandeur, majesty and excellence of the Lord God through the eyes of the Lord Jesus and he can never remain the same thereafter.
The glory of God is the sum weight of all the attributes of God. It sums up all that He is in the awesome beauty of His divine perfections. He is perfectly and infinitely glorious.
The grace of God frees us and enables us to live for His glory. Apart from His enabling grace we can do nothing that will honor and please a righteous and holy God. What we do in our abilities will only dishonor His glorious Name. If I touch it with my hands I ruin it for I am sinful. Only if what I do is covered by His atoning sacrifice will it be acceptable to a holy God.
It is our responsibility to ascribe the glory that is due to His wonderful person. We cannot add to His already perfect glory. We glory in His Name when we worship Him and live with the conviction that His perfections are characteristic of His person.
We live in a way that can mirror His glory. To sin is to bring dishonor and fall short of His glory. The passion of the Christian is to live a life-style that is to the praise of His glory. If that is our supreme passion it will redefine our daily life, and we will not be able to separate our personal lives from our worship of the living God.
It is tragic to see a self-centered, man-centered, humanistic pseudo-christianity in our churches.
If our supreme passion is to bring glory to the LORD God it will redefine our manner of life, our goals, methods and purposes in ministry. It means we will live every moment of our lives to the praise of His glory. The focus is on Him alone. He will share His glory with no one.
An authentic, vital Christianity results in a consecration of the whole person to the Lord Jesus Christ. It takes seriously God’s purpose in our sanctification as to transform us in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. God’s mystery in bringing glory to Himself is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). Our responsibility in ministry is to “proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ” (v. 28).
We are being transformed as we behold Christ with our spiritual eyes. The apostle Paul said, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18). Our responsibility is to “behold” Him in the glory of His divine character with our spiritual eyes. The nearer we keep to Christ the more rapid the change in us. We become like those with whom we associate. “When He shall appear we will be like Him” (1 John 3:2). Our character will be conformed to Christ. If we are to become like Christ we must live closer and closer to Him. We must know Him and see life through His eyes.
As we are being transformed into the image of Christ men will see a glimpse of Him also. Our lives are transformed. It will become evident by the way we conduct our businesses, and our personal lives that we have been with Jesus. Christ is patient, kind, not jealous, does not brag, is not arrogant, etc. That is what it means to be conformed to the image of Christ. Righteousness that is Christ-like bears evidence of His righteousness and therefore the Father is glorified.
Moreover, the transforming secret is “Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). If Christ is living in me I cannot fail to be changed from glory to glory in His image. If we abide in Him, and He in us, it is impossible not to bear fruit in His likeness (John 15:5). By faith we put on Christ. We must let Him live in us and work in us to be and to do His good pleasure.
It is our responsibility to abandon ourselves entirely to Him. Jesus Christ comes to abide in us, and is Himself our life. It begins with a commitment to Christ and a daily commitment of our whole lives to Christ. We hand over to Him our thoughts, our words, our walk, etc. Lord Jesus, I give myself to You, and I move in with Him. We abide in Him. He abides in us. By faith we take off the old person and put on the new in the likeness of Christ. By faith we reckon ourselves dead unto sin, and alive unto God. We are just as dead as we are alive. By faith we realize that our everyday life is Christ living in us. By faith we allow the living, loving, glorious, risen Christ to become our dwelling place. The bond with Christ is so powerful that it is described and our being in Christ and His dwelling in us. We are His new dwelling place! We are continually transformed as we allow Him to reign and rule within us. He subdues all things unto Himself (2 Cor. 5:17). It is the living Christ working in us that transforms and conforms us to Christ.
Has Jesus Christ become the one consuming supreme passion of your life? It liberates the soul and frees you to be all that God wants you to be in Christ Jesus. I invite you to join me in this love affair with such a wonderful glorious Lord and Savior. There is none other like Him. This supreme passion to glorify God defines the Christian’s way of life, including our witness and our worship.
There is no greater passion of the soul than to live in expectation for that glory to be manifest through all eternity by redeemed people from every tribe and nation before His throne. We will join in that glorious redeemed body singing:
And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.” “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” . . . And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing” (Revelation 4:8, 11; 5:9, 12).
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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