A Challenge to Greatness

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A Challenge to Greatness

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Ephesians 1:4-6 "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."

The Lord knew and loved us from the foundation of the world. We were created in His very own image and likeness to spend all of eternity in close, intimate fellowship with Him. However, Adam's sin changed all that; it interrupted our relationship with God and condemned us to spiritual and physical death. We were left without hope and permanently separated from Him.

Our God was in anguish at the loss of His people and was compelled to develop an alternate plan. He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to redeem us from our sins and to restore our right standing with Him. Christ died so that we could be set free. There should never be a separation between man and God ever again. He loves us as His very own sons and daughters.

We all have the opportunity to be saved and baptized in the one true faith. That decision can mean the difference between eternal life and condemnation. If we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and are baptized in His name, we will be eligible to enter into the Kingdom of God. We must additionally walk in love, obey all His commandments and fulfill His will for our lives.

2Timothy 1:9 "Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,"

The Lord not only has saved us from our sins and the penalty of death, but He has also elevated us to sit with Christ Himself in heavenly places. We are joint-heirs with Jesus to all the promises for righteousness. We have unique privileges and responsibilities. We have been given an opportunity to make a dramatic difference in this world and we cannot permit fear, doubt or unbelief to deter us in any way. We will be given divine power and authority to function just as Christ did.

Our lives have to be fully consecrated to the Lord in humble service and we must lay down all our carnality and selfish soul ambitions. We cannot be doing our own thing or be willful and disobedient in any way. We are vessels of the Holy Spirit of God to be used as ambassadors for good. There are eternal ramifications for our actions, and we should be well aware of them. We have to be very sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and comply with all that He instructs us to do.

We should say and do only what the Lord tells us in the days that lie ahead. Our faith-based words that line up with the Word and will of God will make dramatic changes in the world around us. All of creation is anxiously awaiting the revealing of the sons of God to set matters straight on the earth. We will establish peace, order and stability and eliminate all chaos and destruction. The entire world will be shaken to the core, renewed and restored to prepare for the return of Jesus Christ.

Colossians 2:6-7 "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."

We are the Body of Christ on the earth - His hands, feet and voice. We should walk as He walked, in humble service to all of mankind. Our lives are not our own; we were bought with a dear price. We have a sacred responsibility to fulfill our divine destinies and usher in the Kingdom of God with power and glory. We must serve the Lord and one another willingly, not out of obligation or constraint. We should be eternally grateful for all that has been done for us, and eager to share what we have with others.

The Lord has an eternal redemption plan that requires our help in implementation. He wants us to partner with Him in saving others, so that they can be set free. We should share our faith and spread the Gospel of peace, so that all of mankind has an equal opportunity to inherit eternal life. In the days ahead, we will see many converted, saved and baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. We will make the Kingdom of God available to men, women and children all over the world who are willing to believe and receive it.

Christ has restored our dominion on the earth to us, and we must learn to exercise it. We cannot be passive or lax in our duties; the fate of all humanity is at stake. We should heal the sick, cast out devils and even raise the dead back to life, just as Jesus did during His public ministry. We must destroy all demonic strongholds and establish Kingdom principles as a way of life. We will correct all social injustice, eliminate poverty and lack in our midst, and treat all men with genuine love, mercy and compassion.

Ephesians 1:18-19 "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,"

We must be uncompromisingly righteous in the days ahead and sanctify ourselves totally and completely, so the anointing power of God can work through us to overcome all evil with good. If we come up higher in our spiritual walk now, we will become all that we were intended to be from the very beginning of time. We will fulfill our divine destinies as the sons and daughters of God. We will take back the earth and everything in it for our Lord and Savior and establish the Kingdom of God, as we are ordained to do.

All world governments and their economies will be restructured to align with Kingdom principles of fairness and justice for all mankind. War, violence, civil unrest, oppression and exploitation will all be eliminated through our efforts. There will be no more greed, poverty and lack to keep men subservient to those in power over them. Cruelty, despotism and domination of all types will soon be eradicated. We will teach others to walk in love and righteousness and prepare the hearts of all men to receive their King.

This will be the climax of our Christian walk. We will destroy all the works of darkness and drive out Satan and all his minions. The human race will be rescued from the demonic oppression and bondage to sin that they have suffered. The entire creation will be restored and renewed to its original beauty and balance. Man will take dominion over all of nature and the world will never be the same. We are returning to the Garden of Eden in its new, improved form and it will be a perfect abode for both God and man.

Colossians 3:24 "Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ."

The return of Jesus Christ is imminent and we will be privileged to share in it. He will soon begin judgment of the living and the dead, the church and the nations, all men and even angels - to determine who has been righteous and who deserves punishment. He will mete out eternal rewards to the faithful, and cast the unrighteous into the lake of fire. The Lord will take vengeance on all our enemies and destroy all evil. He will bind Satan in the abyss and vindicate His people.

Christ will rule with a rod of iron to make certain that Kingdom principles of fairness and justice are continually enforced. There will be blessings for all of God's people, with no downside. We will dwell in love and unity in the very presence of our God. All men will be righteous; His laws will be written in our minds and hearts. He will even blot out all pain and sorrow from our memories. Our redemption will finally be complete, and we will have new, glorious, resurrection bodies that live forever.

There will be peace and prosperity, safety and security, health and longevity, joy and freedom for all those who enter the Kingdom of God. We will share in all the vast resources that the universe has to offer us. The Lord will meet all of our needs in abundance, even before we ask Him. He will lavish His love on us and take a personal interest in all the details of our individual lives. We will enjoy an intimate relationship with Him and He will be a Father and God to us for all of eternity.

The Lord will not forget our unselfish devotion to Him in ushering in His Kingdom. He will boast of us to all creation, as we share in Christ's own honor and glory. We will be appointed kings and priests of God and even judge both men and angels. We will receive the heathen for our inheritance in the uttermost parts of the earth. We will rule and reign with Jesus Christ over all the nations of the world. All men will look up to us, and we will be glorified as the very sons and daughters of almighty God Himself!

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