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How You Can Experience The Ultimate!


Here's the deal.

Satan deceived Adam and Eve into obeying him rather than God. As a result, mankind is servant of Satan--we just can't be righteous. The first step in righteousness is to love the Lord your God with all our heart, soul, and mind and never disobey Him. The second step is to love everyone just as much as you love yourself. No one can do that, so you and I would be sunk... except for Jesus.

God sent Jesus, who is both God and man, to live a perfect life. Jesus obeyed God and never obeyed Satan once, and His final act of obedience was to die on the cross to pay the price for the sins of the whole world. Jesus opened the door so that we may accept His free forgiveness and go from being enemy of God to being a friend of God. Of course, we have to give up being an enemy of God. When we accept Jesus as the one who saves us from our sins, we need to realize that He wants us to leave our sins behind. What actually happens is that God draws us to Jesus. God speaks to us through our consciences. If we are not deceived by the lies and if we are not afraid to walk in light rather than darkness, we hear God's voice and God puts faith into our hearts. We open up the door to Jesus, and He comes and lives in our hearts.

(some caveats about hearing God's Voice)

Perhaps you can hear God's voice right now, and you would like to open the door to Jesus. He hears your thoughts. Just ask Him to come into your heart, and He will.

If you have done this, you are born again. You are a new person. We all have spirits, minds, and bodies. The Bible calls our minds several things, mind, soul, heart, and life. When we are born again, our spirits are set free to a large extent. We are seated with Christ in heavenly places in the spirit. But our bodies and minds have not been redeemed. It may be hard to realize that, in our natural state, there is little difference between our own minds and the mind of Satan. Just because we are born again, that does not mean that our minds have been totally set free. We do have the ability now to use our will to focus on Jesus, listen to Him, and receive His Spirit, though. Then His Spirit does His work through us, which is called righteousness or the fruit of the Spirit. Again, we have to remember that the fruit is of the Spirit, not of ourselves. Self effort does not help. Walking in the Spirit is righteousness.

When we allow His Spirit to work through us, our minds are slowly changed to be like the mind of Christ Jesus. This happens in ever-increasing glory. If we listen to Satan, we stay under the control of Satan, and there is no change in our lying minds. It's important to realize that none of this is anything that we are doing. Our natural mind is such a liar that it may want to take credit for it. If anything is right, it is what the Holy Ghost is doing. We can stop it through wanting our own way, but if we lean on Jesus, He will lead us and give us power to do right things in the right way by the right Spirit. He actually does the work through us. When we allow that, the Holy Spirit makes our minds new a little bit at a time. Eventually, our bodies will be redeemed. They will be transformed. The Bible says it this way in Romans 12:2: don't be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds. The renewing of our minds is called holiness and only the Holy Spirit can renew our minds. Holiness is a progressive experience. It is maturity. No one becomes mature all at once. With maturity, even the desire to do sinful things gradually fades away. Bitterness fades. Our own desires fade and we want what God wants.

The ultimate is full maturity. The Bible says that God gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to get you and I ready for works of service to other members of the Body of Christ. As we build each other up in love and we each supply what the other needs, we will all come into total unity as if we were all one person in complete unity with Jesus who is the head of the body. We will come to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. That is the ultimate. Ephesians 4

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