So many people just believe in a Christianity that only takes them somewhere after they die. So many in the world today believe in a Faith that fails to supply them with a “now” joy, a “now” victory, and a “now” song of praise. They look around and see “now” circumstances and they put hope in a “tomorrow” or a day when they will go somewhere better, instead of recognizing that the Best has come into their life for the “now!”
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh...”1 Timothy 3:16
What is Christianity according to God? “God was manifest in the flesh...” God became a man; the Word became a human! He did not become a man to just teach us about the fruit of the Spirit but to manifest the fruit of the Spirit. He did not become a man to teach us about what it would be like if godliness were available but to live out godliness in Himself.
“Great is the mystery of godliness...” God does not want it to be a mystery to the believer; He wants it to become a revelation! If your highest form of ambition is to get a lesser level of education than what God is making available to you, then godliness will remain a mystery, and your Christianity will remain substandard to what Christ came to deliver!
Anyone can plan for average but when championship is birthed in you, you don’t want average! You want excellence; you want victory; you want triumph; you want to see the Lord’s goodness manifested in the land of the living! Amen!
The Best Teacher
When God sent Jesus, He sent the greatest Teacher ever but there is a problem: the Lord Jesus did not come teaching you things that you can do. You might say, “the Lord is the best teacher that there is.” Well, that is true but the better the teaching gets, the more of a problem you have—if the teaching doesn’t give you the power to do what you’re taught, then all that you are being shown is something from which you will be deprived.
Wouldn’t it be frustrating to know everything you’re supposed to do and not have the power to do it? Wouldn’t it be a terrible thing to have access to the revelation that you need in order to do everything He has called you to do and to be everything that He called you to be, but then allow voices, circumstances, oppositions, and doubters talk you out of specializing in pleasing God? That would steal your joy because it would steal your purpose for living.
“And the Word was made 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.”John 1:14
God became a man and we beheld His glory, full of grace and truth. He was not only full of the fruit of the Spirit but full of wisdom. He was not only wisdom incarnate, He was power incarnate! (1 Corinthians 1:24) He was moved by compassion (Matthew 14:14) and it didn’t matter if you were the incurable leper—missing body parts, the outcast of society—or if you were the Gadarene—so demonized that no man can rehabilitate you. It didn’t matter. “He healed them all.”
Jesus told His disciples, “Listen. I’m going to go away, but I will send you another Comforter. I will be with you always. I will give you power. I will clothe you with fire. I will baptize you in my spirit!”
The Best Is yet to Come
So Jesus ascended and He blessed this new generation of people. He blessed them and said, “You’re going to continue; you’re going to multiply; you’re going to increase; you’re going to succeed; you’re going to grow; you’re going to reign! When I come back, I will find faith on the earth!”
This is not historic only. The best is yet to come! The Church started with power but God didn’t run out of fuel. He has reserved the best until now!
Everyone has asked, “Why am I here, Lord? Do You have a plan for me?” Everyone has asked these questions, but some people quit asking. This mystery of godliness is still a mystery to them: that God was manifested in the flesh, that God literally revealed what He is like by becoming the man—the kind of man that He has called you to become by becoming a member of His Body!
Today all over the world there are hearts being stirred. People in different groups, churches, religions, and even some atheists are being stirred. They are looking for the reality of where God’s blessing is ordained and orchestrated to be demonstrated on behalf of those who are called. God is looking to peruse your heart, saying, “Will you let Me make you a sign and a wonder? Will you let Me break every chain, move every limit, and flood your life with the superabundant? People will look and say, ‘They’re not self-made, they’re God-ordained.’”
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him...”2 Chronicles 16:9