June 28, 2020
Philippians 3: 10 (NKJV) that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death I find the only way to follow Christ is through the way of the DEATH OF FLESH and EMPTYING THE SELF. If we follow a movement or a leader of a movement but we DO NOT SMELL ‘the aroma of death of flesh’ and ‘emptying the self’ means that there is ONLY ‘the aroma of flesh’ there.
If we want to study further, the term to follow Christ is only one way like written here below:
Mark 8: 34 (NKJV) When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to COME AFTER Me, let him DENY HIMSELF, and TAKE UP HIS CROSS, and FOLLOW ME.
Without the aroma of death of flesh and emptying the self, it means the current movement, how great and amazing it is or how great, popular or famous the leader is, it is not in the way of the cross. You might be there once but because one thing and another, you started to get distracted and get out of the track you should be. You might start to follow ‘the other way’ where the personal ambition, popularity, self-assertion, the pursuit of worldly desires and matters or storing up of wealth will be the characteristics that can be seen on that way. In short, we prefer to pursue the worldly glory rather than to pursue the heavenly glory.
Mark 8: 35-37 (NKJV) For whoever desires to SAVE HIS LIFE will lose it, but whoever LOSES HIS LIFE for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. FOR WHAT WILL IT PROFIT A MAN if he GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD, and LOSES HIS OWN LIFE? Or what will a man give IN EXCHANGE for his soul?
The Bible records those who are following the way other than the way of the cross, meaning that they are trying to save their lives, which would eventually lose their lives. FOR WHAT WILL IT PROFIT A MAN if he GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD, and LOSES HIS OWN LIFE, meaning although we gain anything we pursue, that is: ambition, fame, power, worldly pleasure and wealth, etc, although it can all be embraced and achieved at once but it is NOT COMPARABLE to the ‘BARTER’ (exchange) with OUR SOULS that will be lost or disappeared later. It means we are OUT of the Father’s purpose and will not reach the dimension of the ETERNITY that has been provided by the Father for those of us who believe. Then what are we saved for? Is not that the essence of
the salvation to enter and to live even to have the eternal kingdom of God? (Matthew 5: 3-12).
Matthew 6: 32-33 (NKJV) For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the KINGDOM OF GOD and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS , and all these things shall be added to you.
We are PARTS of HIS BODY that join to WIDEN THE INFLUENCE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. The principle of a kingdom is that there is ONLY one king. There must be no ‘other kingdom agenda’ that may infiltrate or piggyback the main kingdom. Otherwise, another agenda will be carried out secretly, like a parasite attached to the body of the host. The parasite seems to stick to its host but it only gnaws and sucks in the nutrients to fatten itself and thin out its host. After the host is deemed unable to provide profits, it will be left just like that.
So, in the kingdom of God, doing the Father’s will is the MAIN and ONLY purpose. We can’t piggyback on it by carrying the agenda of the kingdom of self. One day, it will give rise to ’rebellion’ or ‘separation’ in the movement. Inevitably the ‘king of self’ must die. Only Christ, the King, may reign. We as the parts of his body must learn empty ourselves and submit ourselves to be FULL SUPPORTER to FULFILL THE AGENDA OF THE KING. In this case, the LEADER OF THE MOVEMENT as the SPEARHEAD OF THE MOVEMENT. If the leader of the movement is like a main machine of a car, it will always need the spare parts (support) such as the car frame, fuel tank, electricity components, tires, streering wheel, other interior which makes the car COMPLETE and FULLY FUNCTIONAL to be able to carry the passengers to a destination.
Likewise, as one body there should be BODY UNITY that moves in the FAITH UNITY to support the leader of the existing movement to FULFILL THE DIVINE DESTINY that God has set.
I pray that the work of the Word in the spirit continues to work in our lives as the part of the body of Christ and END every ‘KINGDOM DUALISM’ in our lives. The ‘kingdom of self’ has died and now the kingdom of God is ALIVE and REIGNING over each of us. Each of us as part of His body continues to be molded in the way of the heart attitude, conviction and divine lifestyle until we reach the fullness of Christ. Let it be done! Amen! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus