Who are you and what is your purpose? by Callin

Monday, November 10, 2008

Who are you and what is your purpose? by Callin

Most of us have an identity crisis and have no idea who we are and why we are here.  Why do we choose wide paths leading to destruction?

Who are we?  Scripture sheds more light on this.  We can connect to the truth of the Scripture and it gives us examples.  The Holy Spirit is our teacher.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

When dealing with secular individuals we need to convey the Word of God in secular terms, not in churchy terms.  Secular people think you can believe what you want to believe – evolution or creationism.  Do we believe we are brought here by accident or is there a sovereign, loving God who put us here with purpose?

When people come to you with the secular theory that we are evolved from monkeys you can ask them a series of questions to get the people to question what they believe.  We can go to the Scriptures.

Genesis 1:26-28 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

This passage shows us our purpose – who we are and why we are on earth.  The Creator, Himself, talks about our creation and purpose.  We are to BE FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY.  We are to fill the earth with what?  The Glory of God, God’s righteousness, God’s truth, God’s love, this speaks volumes.  This is so deep it would take the rest of our natural lives to know and bring this into fruition.  It is so profound – yet so simple.  We are to HAVE DOMINION or dominant rulership, authority, responsible and accountable.  We are to SUBDUE.  God is our highest definition of life and love and calling.

Genesis is a dictate defining our purpose.  We do not do it alone.  We all know what happened to Adam and Eve — they fell short.  Then God created a series of dispensations to bring us back, and it culminated with Jesus and our salvation.

Genesis begins with a Word of God and God actively creating.  When we come out from under the covering of the Word of God things go awry, become disorganized, and mislead.

The New Testament is the Old Testament contained.  The Old Testament is the New Testament explained. These two letters (Old and New Testament) address every aspect of life that we might have a problem with.  The principles and statutes of the Old Testament are presented in action packed living stories.  God set these in place to reveal Himself to us.

Adam and Eve were put out of the Garden and had to scratch for a living. There are judges, prophets, kings to illustrate God’s truths.  God tested His people through their circumstances.  We are now in the 7th dispensation, and the knowledge of Christ is being dispensed at this particular time.

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

We can have hope through the comfort and patience of the Scriptures.  The Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation teach us and give us hope.  We live in a hopeless world.  God in His wisdom and love set the stage. The dispensations are periods of time which the knowledge, love, and mercy of God is dispensed, for example innocence, judgement, the Kingdom.  God in His love and mercy makes covenants with the people particular to the dispensation relating to the period of time. These Covenants are highlighted by Adam, Abraham, Noah, David, the Kings and the Prophets.  The dispensation of Grace because of Christ.

Because we are in turmoil, fear, and confusion we don’t always remember we have dominion and authority.  We don’t remember who we are. God interacts with man to empower him, to make him in the image and likeness of God.  God is fair and just.  God talks about the good and the bad, and disciplines us.  The Bible speaks of God’s creation and of His love for us.

But we need to realize: 1. We are corrupt.  2. Deliverance is available.  3. If we walk in deliverance we can fulfill the dictate of Genesis 1.  God has given us the keys to the Kingdom.

Jesus is throughout the whole Word of God – New Testament and Old Testament.  Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One, the Second Adam.

1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Word has to become flesh in us. The epitome of an example is Jesus.  What did Adam look like?  Genesis says that Adam was created in the image of God.  Adam walked in the presence of God, something we think of as incomprehensible until we have an encounter with Christ.

We are wired for power and authority.  We are always craving to be on top.  When we fell, our destiny became lost.  The Word still has to become what we fulfill.  Jesus gave us what Adam lost, the direct presence of God.

Adam and Eve were covered with the Shekinah Glory of God, and they were not physically minded.  We are called with a Rhema or a breath of God, that inhabits our mind, and then we can comprehend the incomprehensible.  We are then open to believe and trust in the way we were created to walk.  Remember our first encounter with God?  Adam had it from the beginning. As we spend more time with God, we can taste and see the goodness of God, and pursue it.

The human in us encounters the supernatural.  God gives us our comparison with the Scripture, the Holy Spirit and the Word.  Who was Adam?  What was his makeup?  How did He comprehend?  How intelligent was Adam?

Ephesians 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

We are blessed.  That’s what Adam had.  He used 100% of his brain capacity.  We use less than 3%.  Einstein probably used at most 10% of his brain capacity.

The Bible tells us, we have not because we ask not.  Ask God.  Callin wanted to get his information from the Bible about how intelligent Adam was, so he asked God to show him the truth in the Word of God.  God showed Callin that Adam named all the creatures.  That is a lot of creatures! Callin told us that to name a thing is to define it.  To name something you have to know its personality, comprehend and understand all about it.

Power was given to Adam, and this power was designated for mankind.  It  is available to us today. The first Adam failed, the second Adam (Jesus) succeeded.

We need to trust and believe that what God is saying is factual, and that it will work.  As it was in the Beginning, so shall it be at the end.  Adam had full power and authority to fulfill, to be fruitful and multiply.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Word became flesh. The Word is Jesus.

We then went back to Genesis 1:1-3  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

The rest of the physical creation began. God is Spirit that created a physical creation.  He created man in His image and likeness.  When God created Adam that Word became flesh.  He molded it out of the dust and breathed life and the Word took on flesh.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Word became flesh.

1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

What God started in Genesis, He finished with the Last Adam (Jesus).  Jesus defeated sickness, sin, and disobedience.  We all have faced losing positions at work, doubtful minds, distractions, and have refused to put Him (God) first.  We all battle with these things in the battlefields of our minds.  We need to look at what we are doing in our lives and ask ourselves, is that a distraction?

Ephesians 6:10-12  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

When satan is shooting fiery darts at us, we need to have our full armor of God on.  We need to know who we are in Christ.  Eve was deceived and distracted by satan.

The Old Testament illustrates things in the flesh.  In the New Testament the New Adam (Jesus) reigns, and we have the Shekinah Glory of God.  The Spirit is within us individually.  Jesus tells us (as we see in the end of Matthew) that we are to preach the Gospel and subdue the earth.

Callin told us that the strongest part of us is what we know the least about.  We are weakened because we spend so much in the world.  With our children we spend much time feeding, coddling, and taking care of our children’s needs.  What a miracle the nine months of gestation is, and we know so little about that.  When the baby is introduced to the world, he/she is programmed to the physical.  He gets wet, hungry, cries, and we as parents address these problems.

God created us in his image, and we are also triune beings.  God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  We have the physical, spirit, and soul (mind, will, and emotions).  We spend so much time developing our body and our soul, but neglect the spirit.  The psychological (soul) deals with the emotional, volitional will, and people think that who we are depends on our family structure – and that will determine if we are good or bad.

As our children grow they will develop fully by 17 or 21 they are developed with a good education, and hopefully morals.  Do they know God?  If not they are lost.  Our children need to hear a word from us.  We need to question them to make sure that they are saved.  What is missing? Many are hungry for the Spirit of God, and yet believers minister to believers.  We need to be reaching out to the unsaved.

Callin spoke about how many people we deal with are unsaved, and know very little about the Spirit of God.  The weakest part of ourselves – our physical body – rules our lives.  If you think something, and it is based on feelings it can be wrong – we can have fear and stinking thinking.  We are born again, and before that we were floundering around in the flesh.  The Word becomes flesh in us.  We are seeking to retake our position as it was in Genesis.  Praise and worship, living in His Word will bring the Shekinah glory to cover us as it did in the time of Adam.

Wherever you go on earth you are supposed to have an impact.  God will do that if we are working in the power of the Word of God.  We can be used spiritually either by God or by the power of darkness.  It is our choice.  Both speak to us, and we choose whom we will obey.  We are a spirit, living in a body, and we have a soul.  If our soul (mind, will, emotions) is not surrendered to God through our spirit we will not be effective for God’s kingdom. We will either subdue or get subdued.  We need leadership, and we emulate various figures in our lives.  Then along comes Jesus and says, “This is the way it is done.”  We have to unlearn what we have learned awry.

We have been programmed to live life on our own terms.  Eventually, when we get the truth, we have to not just make it a concept, but we have to walk out the truth in our lives.  This takes a different kind of courage, and it takes going into different areas that are scary.  We have to take chances, to boldly go before the throne of God.  God is faithful whether we believe Him or not.  He is faithful.  We have to say, “Lord you said…show yourself mightily.”  God’s Word is a bond on our heart, and we will not depart from God.  God’s Word has not diminished. Let His Word wash over us as waves.

Joshua 1:8-9 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

We are to meditate on the Word of God day and night, and then we will have good success. It will help us be strong and courageous, when we are subject to the Word of God. God puts the Word in our hearts, and because of our orientation, the Word brings changes in us, and helps us attain the fullness of God in us.

Unfortunately, many choose to live their lives in their own understanding. Judges 21:25  In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Before we got saved we dealt with life according to our senses, to what we see, through the experience of our flesh.  Once we are saved we begin a pilgrimage (sort of like Pilgrim’s Progress).  We are on a path that gives us distractions, but if we stay on the path we will begin to change.  But so often pride (Vanity Fair – in Pilgrim’s Progress), or the Pit of Despondency can pull us off course.  We need to remember we are blessed with every spiritual blessing and are to be seated in the high places in Christ Jesus.

All we have is THE NOW.  God lives outside of time and space – so He knows our perpetual past, present, and future.  We only have our history and now.  We go step by step.  We either know God or distance ourselves from Him.  We either obey God’s calling or disobey His calling.  The power of our destiny is in us.

We cannot stay in the Spirit outside of time.  Our assignment is here on earth as the Ambassador of the Kingdom of God.  While we are here, we have to speak their language, and be IN the world but not OF the word.  Jesus is our best example of this.  He taught people and led by example.  When people were ready, Jesus told them about the Kingdom of Heaven.  Jesus met the people where they were.  If they were blind, he gave them sight; hungry, he fed them.  Jesus was a radical of his day, as we are also radical in our time – much of what we do as Christians is not considered politically correct.

We shall be like Him – that is our designated purpose.  The challenge is to grow to be more like  Him.

Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

If we allow the Word to become flesh, we will excel, and rule and reign with Christ.  The challenge is to stay in the Word of God, obey, be spirit filled and this will transform us.

1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;  nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

We were baptized in Spirit and Water.  Christ is so prominent in the Old Testament.  which is a type and figure of what is our Heritage in Christ. God is faithful.  Every temptation we face, Christ also faced. When temptations come to keep us distracted, we need to stay in the Word of God, and grow in Christ.  If you turn a pauper into a prince you create a tyrant.  We need to walk in the power of love.

Praying your day is blessed.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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