March 4. 2021

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 ESV

Warrior;
of which (the church) I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. (Colossians 1: 25-29) We live in a world that is NOT interested in following after God. We live in a country that wants to do things, THE WORLD’S WAY, and yet God has called us to do things HIS WAY. We are called to GODLINESS as the world is pulling us to HUMANISM. What is happening in the world, and in America should NOT be a surprise, it has been written about, and read about- for centuries, in the Bible. However, the TRUTH is hidden from those who refuse to believe the TRUTH and HUMBLE themselves before the LORD! For as God Himself said, “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.” (Matthew 7:6)

Leader, right after Jesus talked about not sharing the precious WORD of God (Pearls), to those who are NOT interested- because they are NOT GOD’s possession- He then goes into the role of those who are GOD’s, who are the ‘CALLED OUT ONES’- His church. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8) God is analogous to a lover, a spouse, someone who you DESIRE to KNOW! Matthew 7:7-8 is about a progression, a persistence, a DESIRE to KNOW, RECEIVE and BE CHANGED! There are 2 forces keeping the MYSTERY from people. First is our Lord, and secondly, and much more actively- the Prince of this World. First we need to understand that God knows who ARE HIS, and who ARE NOT HIS. That is why we are called NOT TO JUDGE- which is to attempt to deduce who is God’s and who is not. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus alludes to God’s role in keeping the mystery a MYSTERY to some. He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secreta of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables for everything I say to outsiders, so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled: ‘When they see what I do, they will learn nothing. When they hear what I say, they will not understand. Otherwise, they will turn to me and be forgiven. (Mark 4:11-12) God knows some will never turn to Him, His is omniscient, however if you have eyes to see and ears to hear, the mystery is right in front of all of us! Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit. He was seen by angels and announced to the nations. He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16)

Conduit, the prevailing force that is working to keep the WORD out of our WORLD and thus, our INNER WORLD- our hearts and minds- is the Prince of the Power of the Air. In Genesis 3 our father ADAM, made a decision that caused a molecular, structural change- sin became part of our DNA. Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned. (Romans 5:12) When the woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom, she took the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. (Genesis 3:6) From that point on, from Genesis 3:6- Revelation 22:21, the MYSTERY has been about RECONCILING man, back to God. The last verse of the Bible succinctly tells us what we ALL NEED: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen” (Rev. 22:21) This is the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:26-27) Like a lover, or a spouse, God wants us to pursue Him. God DESIRES for us to DESIRE HIM! When we seek to know the MYSTERY that is God, and to search HIS WORD, to find the hidden gems of salvation and relationship- this is pleasing to our GOD! Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:51-53) Today, pursue God, through knowing HIS WORD and seek to understand the mystery that this world MOCKS! “If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels”. (Luke 9:26)

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