When you become a Christian, are you suddenly Perfect?
Yes, and No.
When we (by faith)
accept Christ into our heart as the Lord and Savior of our Life, our spirit is immediately transformed and purified by what Jesus did through the Cross. In God's eyes, and in the Righteous court of Heaven, we (our spirit) were reconciled and made perfect through the sacrifice of Jesus, the Messiah.
Yet even though our spirit was made perfect, our soul remains imperfect (while we remain on Earth)
. And though we truly love God, we still fall into sin from time to time (some of us more than others)
. This happens when we yield to the old sin nature of our flesh. Yet, as we mature and grow closer to Christ, that old sin nature of our soul withers.
That withering process can be accelerated as we honestly go all the way through
of the GetTrulyFree discipleship website with the Holy Spirit.
But as we also learned in that step, we are in danger when we think we can arrive (or have arrived)
at some level of perfection where we assume we don't have to stay on guard anymore. The fact is, that until Christ returns,
the spiritual warfare continues. And the devil tempts us through our pride with laziness and complacency.
The devil does not have to work hard to get us to think that it is difficult and too much work to deny our flesh and "
walk in the Spirit
So, WHY Doesn't God just make our soul perfect when we are saved?
Because, Our soul is Our responsibility.
Otherwise, we would be robots without the ability to choose ... or Love
With every breath
, we have the opportunity to choose to follow Christ
, despite our imperfect circumstances.
And as we take steps of action towards Him, the quality and character of our heart
grows towards the perfection He desires within us, which is to Love freely, fully and deeply.
Isn't it the maturity of our heart (the ability to Love Fully)
that God wants?
But the hour cometh, and now is,
when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:
for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
1 Samuel 16:7b
for the LORD seeth not as man seeth;
for man looketh on the outward appearance,
but the LORD looketh on the heart.
...And doesn't God desire for that maturity to be in ALL of us? And how can we have such Love, if it is only individually?
Indeed, how can we really mature any further without learning to actually
love one another
"By this all will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
We, as imperfect believers, are in the process of being perfected (in our souls)
by Christ - The TRUTH that
MAKES us FREE
The Need For Leadership
When a group of imperfect
believers come together,
there will inherently be some amount conflict and dis-order ...
UNLESS God's proper order is established.
A church without a good leadership team will ultimately fade to superficial religious gatherings that have no real evidence of the Life of Christ,
or it will dramatically end in self-destructive chaos. Many good ministries have started strong and ended poorly.
Good strong leadership is needed who are made of humble and obedient servants of Christ, that stays in tune and in step with the Holy spirit.
If we bond with each other under the leadership of the Holy Spirit,
both in the instruction He has given us in scripture, and in the direction He gives us in this present day,
we will truly become a powerful force against which the gates of hell will not prevail
What are the “gates of hell”?
Are they not the lies in which the world has been imprisoned in?
The powerful force that we become, is the Love of Christ delivering the Truth through us
which can not only set others free from the lies and demonic strongholds,
but can make us ALL
to fulfill the destiny that God has born within us, because...
Life in the Kingdom of God on Earth does not stop after Salvation.
On the Cross hangs all the Law and the prophets
The World so quickly throws out the first commandment to patronize one another with the “Golden Rule”,
while most of the present church, honors the first commandment but fails to keep the second commandment (except superficially)
We must not forget that as the Cross has two beams, it also represents our Vertical relationship with Him
our Horizontal relationship with each other.
Now the harsh words...
God did not re-birth us into a kingdom that is only to be filled with common church attenders,
who's lives are hardly recognizable from those outside the church. He made us to be un-common from the rest of the world.
After over 2000 years, there should be a markable difference (both supernaturally as well as character of soul) in ALL of the body of Christ.
But instead, we have relaxed in our seats to be entertained by a hand full of superstars.
If you find yourself taking a defensive posture, please pray before continuing.
The intention here is not to find fault with the Church,
but to seek a deeper obedience to Christ and a stronger unity among us who are called by His name.
The point to be made here, is that the reality of our discipleship has been reactionary, rather than pro-active.
Up until now, it has been left for the common believer
to wonder about haphazardly with no real direction or real help or training and no real guidance
in discovering their destiny in Christ. It is merely implied (or suggested at best)
during a sermon.
And while we are polishing our oratory skills, the devil is left undetected to continually attack us.
And unfortunately, we don't recognize it until the destruction in our life
becomes so obvious
ly bad, that it has to be dealt with! OR worse, we spend the rest of our life (until death)
in mediocre 'Churchianity' with only brief moments of genuine effectiveness where the Spirit of God is allowed
to move in our life, because ... we've had an upside-down mindset.
It's time to change that. Because there's more. Much more. And...
There is a way we can accelerate the process
We have not yet even begun to tap into the abundant life that is available when we truly
ourselves in unity with Christ.
We have only seen bits and pieces, fading in and out, here and there throughout history
and currently in our time. Yes, we have been seeing marks of progress, but they have been SLOW
compared to where we should be after 2000 years!
Strong Steady Growth vs. Brief Revivals
Spiritual Maturity occurs in two ways:
- As we humble ourselves and overcome the leading of our carnal minds.
- As we take steps (of action) in faith.
Is there a way we can accelerate the process and make it last beyond brief revivals?
Imagine if we could allow it to grow beyond the devil's
greatest fears – where we truly realize Christ within us AND each other.
But, this has yet to be fully realized until we as the Body of Christ are truly in UNITY.
Let's be honest, we preach and sing that we are one,
... but anyone outside of our little culture click will honestly observe that our unity is shallow and even patronizing when our actions are compared to our words.
Of course, this is not in all churches. But the general state of the Body of Christ, as a whole, is pretty sickly.
We have been in a mind-lull, and we have suffered from the devil's infirmities far too long.
The devil has done a good job of containing us in a semi-religious box that blinds us
from seeing the current roadblocks to our unity
which can and must be overcome.
Many influences from World's society and culture have gained great momentum and are deeply embedded in many church infrastructures.
We've been waking up
but now the question is : How can we re-build the church as a TRUE family of God, which helps each other in all areas
AND still remain in God's Freedom
? (and not fall back into religious tradition)
Indeed, that is a tall order! It is a giant that we have not yet slain.
Not because we haven't been able to,
but the current structure of how we do church has veiled the practical vision to do so( until recently).
We keep waiting for God to move closer to us, and God keeps waiting for us to move closer to Him. It's a stale-mate where we have actually limited God!
How can God be limited?
If God is limited, it's in this:
God only uses what we give Him
(to work with).
If we give God only a little of our faith --- He can and does mighty things. But what if we gave Him more?!
Remember the 10 lepers who Jesus healed
Only one of them came back to thank Jesus, and his leprosy was not only healed but the rest of his body was restored.
Throughout the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, the Gospel of God is simply the path for us to come back to Him. That is His desire.
God is Love
(1 John 4:8
), and He cannot and will not over step the free will that He gave us.
So if we limit ourselves to just teaching and preaching, and on top of that,
we do it only on Sundays and Wednesdays for an hour or two... Don't you think God could do more if we gave Him more?
AND this is NOT suggesting doing just more of the same old thing on more days....
There is no perfect church.
There are only churches in the process of perfection (if they are humbly and truly following Christ).
And thank God, there are a good number believers who truly gather in His name.
But there is much more work to do. Currently, there are too many broken and upside down churches with dysfunctional families and defeated Christians that are not living an abundant life and many (possibly most)
have no real clue what their destiny is!
Anyone can preach, we need good Leadership and Discipleship
Let's waste no more time on titles and positions nor business as usual.
We must press in deeper with the Holy Spirit and take a proper look at the blueprint already specified in scripture.
Let's resolve to tear down anything what is not right and re-build according to the Master's plans of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As noted throughout this article, there are some serious issues to deal with and overcome.
The following articles in this series will delve more into the Biblical view of leadership in the church
and how it is designed to maintain God's proper order of authority and discipleship within a local body of believers.
We need good leadership, in our families and in our churches. We need real discipleship and real unity to prevail against the gates of hell and to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus
Hopefully, the Holy Spirit has already been giving you ideas on how to implement a new strategy for growing stronger at your church. If you would like more help putting this into practice in your group or church, checkout our Workshops...