Our call of God brings us into salvation, our purpose on this earth, life and intimacy with HIM, and our likeness of HIM. However, it also brings us to the cross, into persecution, rejection, and separation of the things of this world. Hebrew 12:2 says, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." The wealth and abundance of this inheritance is here for us now.
The hope of the calling is on the other side of the cross. However, if we lose sight of the joy, we will not be able to endure the cross that is set before us to go through and BE the resurrected Christ today while in our natural body that God has called us to move and function in on this earth (Philippians 3:11). Most Christian today are walking in compromise grieving the Holy Spirit in them, and not in the renewed power and authority that was given to the body of Christ at Pentecost over 2000 years ago. Today, the Spirit of God is moving around the world and calling forth, a company of people to arise and shine for your LIGHT has come. The bridegroom calls. The trumpet is sounding!
We are to KNOW the hope of our calling no matter what the difficulty is never losing sight of the joy of the LORD that is in our midst and gives us the strength to BE the LIGHT of the world, as HE is (John 4:17).
Paul shares this message to the church in Ephesus 1 when he writes:
- God gave us all spiritual blessings from heaven in Christ in us
- God ordained this before the foundation of the world that we are HOLY and blameless before HIM in love, HIS love.
- We are accepted in the beloved, Christ Jesus as one in HIM
- We have total redemption in HIS blood filled with the abundance of HIS grace and mercy
- He has abounded toward us all wisdom, power, and authority that was given to Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.
"That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worked all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ."
Believers are not getting punished for sin because of the blood of Jesus Christ cleansing us from all unrighteousness is a completeness within itself that most Christian rest in until they die to go on the other side to be with the Lord, never realizing that the fullness of the redemption of the cross was to experience spirit, soul, and body of Christ's resurrection Life on this side of death. He gave us the same power and authority that raised Jesus from death, hell, and the grave to be released in our natural bodies.
A key for this to be seen in manifestation and glory is when a company of people put aside their own agenda of glory, and bring to the alter what the Lord has given to them alone...no titles, no positions, no gifts, no doctrines, no traditions, no politics, no gender issues, no racial issues, no cultural issues, no financial or education issues, or anything else that would separate the body from the love of God only. We must recognize the unique creation of our God identity that is necessary for the whole body to come together in the unity of HIS faith in Christ Jesus. Some will be likened to a big toe and another to the hairs on the head, but both need one another.
Let us say "yes" to God allowing Him to have HIS way in each of us so that we can rule and reign with HIM now.
"Let 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, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places..." (Ephesians 1:18).
GOD has an inheritance in YOU, and His calling in you is to unveil HIS inheritance!
Whatever our circumstance is right now, if we are setting the joy of the LORD before us, we should see it as IMPOSSIBLE to be afraid, worry, insecurity, or fret over the temporary issues the world is dealing with. Paul is writing his letter to BELIEVERS in CHRIST, not unbelievers. If this is not our position while going through trials and tribulations, we are miles away from the truth that we are GOD's delight and we are not tapping into HIS inheritance that is available to us now.